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The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked 

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List Rules Vote 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 Bone Collector is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah

Released: 1999

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

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Basic Instinct is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Released: 1992

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

Basic Instinct is a 1992 French-American neo-noir erotic thriller film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas, and starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone. The film is about a ...more

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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins

Released: 2001

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Lynch

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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Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ben Affleck

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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Kiss the Girls is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Mena Suvari

Released: 1997

Directed by: Gary Fleder

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Secret Window is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro

Released: 2004

Directed by: David Koepp

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Phone Booth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Katie Holmes, Colin Farrell, Jared Leto

Released: 2002

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Phone Booth is a 2002 American psychological thriller film about a man who is held hostage in a telephone booth by a sniper. It stars Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes, Radha Mitchell ...more
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Along Came a Spider is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Anton Yelchin

Released: 2001

Directed by: Lee Tamahori

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Blue Velvet is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

Released: 1986

Directed by: David Lynch

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The Call is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut

Released: 2013

Directed by: Brad Anderson

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Angels & Demons is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ron Howard

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Secret in Their Eyes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts

Released: 2015

Directed by: Billy Ray

Secret in Their Eyes is a 2015 American psychological thriller film directed by Billy Ray, and a remake of the 2009 Argentine film which is based on the novel by Eduardo Sacheri. A tight-knit ...more
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Side Effects is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jude Law, Channing Tatum

Released: 2013

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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Escape Room is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell

Released: 2019

Directed by: Adam Robitel

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Greta is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe

Released: 2019

Directed by: Neil Jordan

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Happy Death Day 2U is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Suraj Sharma

Released: 2019

Directed by: Christopher B. Landon

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State of Play is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe

Released: 2009

Directed by: Kevin Macdonald

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Replicas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jeffrey Nachmanoff

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Eyes Wide Shut is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Stanley Kubrick

Released: 1999

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Out of Time is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Eva Mendes, Denzel Washington, Sanaa Lathan

Released: 2003

Directed by: Carl Franklin

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Glass is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Glass Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson

Released: 2019

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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Basic is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Roselyn Sánchez

Released: 2003

Directed by: John McTiernan

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Broken City is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe

Released: 2013

Directed by: Allen Hughes

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Searching is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee

Released: 2018

Directed by: Aneesh Chaganty

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