Mysteries 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 is an American drama series that presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. The series was created by Robert Doherty and stars Jonny Lee ...more

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Inland Empire is listed (or ranked) 8 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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 10 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) 11 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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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 13 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 Originals is listed (or ranked) 14 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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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 15 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) 16 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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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 17 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 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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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Eyes Wide Shut is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Eyes Wide Shut is a 1999 American thriller film loosely based upon Arthur Schnitzler's 1926 novella Dream Story. The film was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick. It was his ...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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Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Cloud Atlas is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Midsomer Murders is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Wind River is listed (or ranked) 25 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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Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Waking Life is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Waking Life is a 2001 American adult animated docufiction/drama film, directed by Richard Linklater. It was distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures and it was the first animated film released by ...more

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Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 29 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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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. ...more

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The White Ribbon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
The White Ribbon is a 2009 black-and-white German-language drama film written and directed by Michael Haneke. Das weiße Band, Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte darkly depicts society and ...more

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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Wallander is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Wallander is a British television series adapted from the Swedish novelist Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander novels and starring Kenneth Branagh as the eponymous police inspector. The first ...more

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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Sense8 (Netflix, 2015) is an American science fiction drama web television series created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski. A group of people around the world are suddenly ...more

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Whitechapel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Whitechapel is a British television drama series produced by Carnival Films, in which detectives in London's Whitechapel district dealt with murders which replicated historical crimes. The first ...more

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L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same title, the third book in his L.A. Quartet series. Like the book, the film tells the story of a group of ...more

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Murder One is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Murder One is an American legal drama television series that first aired on the ABC network in the United States in 1995. The series was created by Steven Bochco, Charles H. Eglee, and Channing ...more

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie. It stars Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del ...more

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Sharp Objects is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Sharp Objects (HBO, 2018) is an American miniseries created by Marti Nixon, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn. Fresh out of a psych hospital for her years of self-harm, crime reporter Camille ...more

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bones is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Bones is an American procedural comedy-drama television series that premiered on Fox in the United States on September 13, 2005. The show is based on forensic anthropology and forensic ...more

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Winter’s Bone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
"Deep in the Ozark Mountains, clans live by a code of conduct that no one dares defy—until an intrepid teenage girl has no other choice. When Ree Dolly's father skips bail and goes missing, ...more

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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Veronica Mars is an American mystery drama television series created by screenwriter Rob Thomas. The series is set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, and stars Kristen Bell as the ...more

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Anatomy of a Murder is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
This film is a 1959 American courtroom drama film. It was directed by Otto Preminger and adapted by Wendell Mayes from the best-selling novel of the same name written by Michigan Supreme Court ...more

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Memento is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan. The screenplay was written by Nolan based on his younger brother Jonathan Nolan's short story ...more

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Spider is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Spider is a 2002 Canadian/British psychological thriller film produced and directed by David Cronenberg and based on the novel of the same name by Patrick McGrath, who also wrote the screenplay. ...more

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Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 46 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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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It is based on John Ball's 1965 novel of the same name which tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a black ...more

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The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2009 Swedish drama thriller film based on the novel of the same name by Swedish author/journalist Stieg Larsson. It is the first book in the trilogy known as ...more

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parn... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a 2009 fantasy film directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Gilliam and Charles McKeown. The film follows a travelling theatre troupe whose leader, having ...more

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Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Mystery Shows & Movies
Broadchurch is a British television drama broadcast on ITV. It was created and written by Chris Chibnall and produced by Kudos Film and Television, Shine America, and Imaginary Friends. The ...more