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The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies 

Ranker Entertainment
Updated January 30, 2020 718 votes 93 voters 62 items

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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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990) is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark Frost and David Lynch and, despite being canceled after two seasons, sparked a cult following that ...more

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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Lost is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Blue Velvet is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Virginia. The ...more

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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 12 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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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Murder on the Orient Exp... is listed (or ranked) 14 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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 15 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 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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Inland Empire is listed (or ranked) 17 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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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
The Mentalist is an American police procedural television series that ran from September 23, 2008 until February 18, 2015, broadcasting 151 episodes over seven seasons, on CBS. The show was ...more

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Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Vertigo is a 1958 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. The story was based on the 1954 novel D'entre les morts by Boileau-Narcejac. The screenplay was ...more

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The Bothersome Man is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Midsomer Murders is listed (or ranked) 21 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

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Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
This show is a television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. The series aired for 12 seasons with 264 episodes from 1984 to 1996 on ...more

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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 23 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, based on the Japanese manga by Garon Tsuchiya. After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh ...more

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more

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Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Gone Baby Gone is a 2007 American neo-noir mystery film directed by Ben Affleck and starring his brother Casey Affleck. The screenplay by Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard is based on the novel of ...more

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