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The Best Mystery Thriller Movies

Updated May 14, 2021 13.7k votes 1.6k voters 105.2k views144 items

List RulesVote up your favorite thrillers that ask, "Whodunit?"

Something happened! But whodunit? The best mystery thriller films come in many forms. Some good mystery thriller movies revolve around washed-up and/or hard-boiled detectives, while other thrilling mysteries feature everyday people working to solve crimes. Many of the best mystery thriller films have won awards.

 

What films will you find on this top mystery thriller movies list? Silence of the Lambs has to be at the top. This 1991 multi-Oscar winner film finds Jodie Foster starring as FBI rookie Clarice Starling interviewing psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter to get insight into a serial murderer of women known as Buffalo Bill. Seven is another engaging mystery thriller starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. Other good mystery thriller movies featured on this list include The Usual Suspects, Gone Girl, and Memento.

Which mystery thriller do you think is the best? Vote your favorites up to the top of this list and you might also like this list of mystery novels made into books and our lists of the best suspense movies of all time and the best crime thriller movies.

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    The Usual Suspects

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    Seven

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    Shutter Island

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    Rear Window

    Grace Kelly, James Stewart

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    Primal Fear

    Edward Norton, Richard Gere

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    The Prestige

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    Gone Girl

    Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris

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    Memento

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    Prisoners

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    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

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    Inception

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    Zodiac

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    The Game

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    Oldboy

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    Mystic River

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    Chinatown

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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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    Identity

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    Red Dragon

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    Wind River

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    Rosemary's Baby

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    Black Swan

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    Insomnia

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