Entertainment The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies  

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List Rules Vote up the most entertaining mystery shows and movies that keep you guessing.

There's something about good mystery movies and television shows that keep you on the edge of your seat. Are you the type of viewer who figures out whodunnit in the first few moments of the movie and wait to see if you are right? Do you prefer to see who the culprit is in the beginning and focus more on how they are caught? Whatever your interest in the genre, Hollywood has made some of their best films and television series over the years following the mystery genre.

Fortunately, there have been some recent additions to the mystery genre audiences have greatly enjoyed. In film, fairly new mystery movies like Mystic River and Eyes Wide Shut help keep the audience guessing throughout the entire film. When it comes to mystery shows on TV, some make you wonder who the guilty party is right up to the last few episodes like on USA's The Mentalist while other series like Monk tend to show you right up front who did it and it's up to the detective to determine just how and make sure the criminal pays.

Which mystery movies and shows deserve the top spots on this list? Help decide the top mystery shows and movies by giving your favorites a thumbs up and adding any good ones missing from the list.

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Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Mystic River is a 2003 American mystery drama film directed and scored by Clint Eastwood. It stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laura Linney. ...more

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Lost is an American television drama series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 ...more

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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Twin Peaks (Showtime, 2017) is a miniseries that follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in a continuation of the original 1990 series, created by David Lynch.

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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the characters of Archie Comics. The series follows Archie Andrews' (KJ Apa) ...more

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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Noah Wyle, Jena ...more

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Elementary (CBS, 2012) is an American procedural drama series created by Robert Doherty, based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. Following his fall from grace in London and ...more

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent offences.

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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
The Originals (The CW, 2013) is an American television series created by Julie Plec, and is a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries. Vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) and his ...more

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
The Americans (FX, 2013) is an American period drama television series created by Joe Weisberg. Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) are two Soviet KGB officers posing as ...more

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Inland Empire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Inland Empire is a 2006 mystery film written and directed by David Lynch and was his first feature film since 2001's Mulholland Drive. The feature took two-and-a-half years to complete, and was ...more

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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Mulholland Drive is a 2001 American neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch and starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, and Justin Theroux. It tells the story of an aspiring ...more

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Blue Velvet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Blue Velvet is a 1986 American mystery thriller flm, written and directed by David Lynch. The film stars Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper and Laura Dern. The title is taken ...more

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Dexter is an American television drama series. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department who also leads a secret life ...more

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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
The Expanse (Syfy, 2015) is an American science fiction television series developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, based on the novels by James S. A. Corey. In a future where humanity has ...more

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more

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The Bothersome Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
The Bothersome Man is a Norwegian film from 2006. It was directed by Jens Lien after a script by Per H. V. Schreiner. In the main roles were Trond Fausa Aurvåg, Petronella Barker and Per ...more

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Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
This film is a 1974 British Technicolor mystery film directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, and based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie.

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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Oldboy is a 2003 South Korean mystery thriller neo-noir film directed by Park Chan-wook. It is based on the Japanese manga of the same name written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya. ...more

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Atonement is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Atonement is a 2007 British romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright and based on Ian McEwan's 2001 novel of the same name. The film stars James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, Romola ...more

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Cloud Atlas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Cloud Atlas is a 2012 science fiction film written and directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski. Adapted from the 2004 novel of the same name by David Mitchell, the film has ...more

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Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Zodiac is a 2007 American mystery-thriller film directed by David Fincher and based on Robert Graysmith's non-fiction book of the same name. Zodiac tells the story of the manhunt for a person ...more

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Wind River is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Wind River is a 2017 American thriller film directed and written by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water) in his directorial debut. US Fish and Wildlife Service agent Cory Lambert ...more

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Midsomer Murders is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
This is a British television detective drama that has aired on ITV since 1997. The show is based on Caroline Graham's Chief Inspector Barnaby book series, as originally adapted by Anthony ...more