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The Best Mystery Thriller Movies

Updated April 7, 2021 13.7k votes 1.6k voters 104.3k views141 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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    Hannibal

    Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman

    Released2001

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Kiss the Girls

    Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd

    Released1997

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    Gone Baby Gone

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2007

    Directed byBen Affleck

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    Mulholland Drive

    Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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    Basic Instinct

    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas

    Released1992

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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    The Bone Collector

    Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington

    Released1999

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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    Secret Window

    Johnny Depp, Maria Bello

    Released2004

    Directed byDavid Koepp

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    Along Came a Spider

    Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter

    Released2001

    Directed byLee Tamahori

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    The Call

    Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin

    Released2013

    Directed byBrad Anderson

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    Blue Velvet

    Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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    Phone Booth

    Katie Holmes, Colin Farrell

    Released2002

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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    Side Effects

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jude Law

    Released2013

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

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    Secret in Their Eyes

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman

    Released2015

    Directed byBilly Ray

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    Overlord

    Wyatt Russell, Jacob Anderson

    Released2018

    Directed byJulius Avery

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    Angels & Demons

    Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor

    Released2009

    Directed byRon Howard

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    State of Play

    Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck

    Released2009

    Directed byKevin Macdonald

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    Eyes Wide Shut

    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman

    Released1999

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Out of Time

    Eva Mendes, Denzel Washington

    Released2003

    Directed byCarl Franklin

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    Searching

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    Basic

    John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2003

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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    Unbreakable

    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2000

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    Escape Room

    Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll

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    Greta

    Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2019

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    A Simple Favor

    Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively

    Released2018

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    Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard

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