Mysteries The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked  

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This list contains information on the best mystery thriller movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best mystery thriller films come in many forms. Some good mystery thriller films revolve around washed-up detectives while other good mystery thriller movies 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? Chinatown has to be at the top. This 1974 film finds Jack Nicholson starring as J.J. Gittes, as a private investigator who quickly finds himself in over his head. Director Roman Polanski incorporated elements of noir to add to the artistry of this suspenseful film. Seven is another engaging mystery thriller.

The Silence of the Lambs is a white-knuckle viewing experience as a budding FBI agent enlists the help of an incarcerated serial killer to help her find another murderer on the loose. 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 get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime and horror genres. Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott ...more

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, with Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, and Kevin ...more

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The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman The Prestige is a 2006 mystery drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay adapted by him and his brother Jonathan Nolan from Christopher Priest's 1995 World Fantasy ...more

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Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel of the same name. Production started in March 2008. ...more

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard Inception is a 2010 science fiction heist thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, ...more

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne 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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Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello Prisoners is a 2013 crime drama thriller film written by Aaron Guzikowski and directed by Denis Villeneuve.

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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher and adapted by Gillian Flynn from her 2012 novel of the same name. It stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Set ...more

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Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo 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. The Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. joint ...more

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Memento is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano 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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Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon 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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The Game is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze The Game is a 1997 American mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher, starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, and produced by Propaganda Films and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. It tells ...more

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The Others is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley The Others is a 2001 horror-thriller film written, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenábar. It stars Nicole Kidman and Fionnula Flanagan. It won eight Goya Awards, including awards for ...more

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Bad Times at the El Royale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson Bad Times at the El Royale is a 2018 American mystery thriller film directed by Drew Goddard. Over the course of one fateful night at a rundown hotel, seven strangers: a young concierge (Lewis ...more

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L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir crime 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 ...more

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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Oh Dal-su 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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Wind River is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Jeremy Renner, Ashley Olsen, Jon Bernthal 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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Rear Window is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock Rear Window is a 1954 American mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by John Michael Hayes based on Cornell Woolrich's 1942 short story "It Had to Be Murder". ...more

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Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney Primal Fear is a 1996 American neo-noir crime-thriller film, based on William Diehl's 1993 novel of the same name and directed by Gregory Hoblit. The film tells the story of Chicago defense ...more

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The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Robin Wright The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2011 Swedish-American mystery thriller film based on the novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson. This film adaptation was directed by David Fincher and ...more

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin. The cast includes Mia ...more

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Apostle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen, Lucy Boynton Apostle is a 2018 period thriller film directed by Gareth Evans. When his sister is kidnapped by a religious cult, a mysterious man (Dan Stevens) travels to the remote island where he digs ...more

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Identity is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina Identity is a 2003 American psychological thriller film directed by James Mangold from a screenplay written by Michael Cooney. The film stars John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, Alfred Molina, ...more

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The Bone Collector is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah The Bone Collector is a 1999 psychological thriller film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, directed by Phillip Noyce and produced by Martin Bregman. The movie was based on the crime ...more

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Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis. The plot revolves around a production ...more

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Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank Insomnia is a 2002 American crime thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan, and starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank. It tells the story of two Los Angeles homicide detectives ...more

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Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton Red Dragon is a 2002 American psychological thriller film based on Thomas Harris' novel of the same name, featuring psychiatrist and serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter. It is a prequel to The ...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 Hannibal is a 2001 American crime thriller film directed by Ridley Scott, adapted from the novel of the same name by Thomas Harris. It is the sequel to the 1991 Academy Award-winning film The ...more

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A Simple Favor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding A Simple Favor is a 2018 American mystery thriller film directed by Paul Feig, based on the novel by Darcey Bell. Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy vlogger, seeks to uncover the truth behind ...more

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Kiss the Girls is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Mena Suvari Kiss the Girls is a 1997 American psychological thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, and Cary Elwes. The screenplay by David Klass is based on the ...more

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Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris 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 Most Assassinated Woman in... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Anna Mouglalis, Niels Schneider, Eric Godon The Most Assassinated Woman in the World is a 2018 French mystery thriller film directed by Franck Ribière. Grand Guignol Theatre in Paris has the leading lady Paula Max (Anna Mouglalis), ...more

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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George 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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Basic Instinct is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn 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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Chinatown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a screenplay by Robert Towne, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. The film was inspired by the ...more

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Along Came a Spider is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Anton Yelchin Along Came a Spider is a 2001 American psychological thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori. It is a sequel to the 1997 film Kiss the Girls. The screenplay by Marc Moss was adapted from the 1993 ...more

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Secret Window is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro Secret Window is a 2004 American psychological thriller film starring Johnny Depp and John Turturro. It was written and directed by David Koepp, based on the novella Secret Window, Secret Garden ...more

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Angels & Demons is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård Angels & Demons is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Ron Howard and based on Dan Brown's novel of the same name. It is the sequel to the 2006 film, The Da Vinci Code, also directed ...more

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The Call is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut The Hive is a 2013 thriller film written by Richard D'Ovidio and directed by Brad Anderson.

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Searching is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee Searching is a 2018 American thriller film directed by Aneesh Chaganty, shot from the point-of-view of smartphones and computer screens. When David Kim (John Cho) discovers that his daughter, ...more

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Out of Time is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Eva Mendes, Denzel Washington, Sanaa Lathan Out of Time is a 2003 American thriller film, directed by Carl Franklin featuring Denzel Washington.

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Blue Velvet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern 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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Eyes Wide Shut is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Stanley Kubrick Eyes Wide Shut is a 1999 American erotic 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 ...more

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In Darkness is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Natalie Dormer, Emily Ratajkowski, Ed Skrein In Darkness is a 2018 thriller film directed by Anthony Byrne. Blind pianist Sophia (Natalie Dormer) is caught up in the dangerous underworld of London after she hears someone kill a girl.

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Secret in Their Eyes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts 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) 46 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jude Law, Channing Tatum Side Effects is a 2013 American psychological thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh from a screenplay written by Scott Z. Burns. The film stars Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, ...more

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Basic is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Roselyn Sánchez Basic is a 2003 American/German mystery-thriller film directed by John McTiernan and starring John Travolta, Connie Nielsen and Samuel L. Jackson. The film is McTiernan's final film to date and ...more

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Mandy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache Mandy is a 2018 American action horror film directed by Panos Cosmatos. When a vile band of ravaging cultists and supernatural creatures desecrate his idyllic home with vicious fury, Red ...more

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Phone Booth is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Katie Holmes, Colin Farrell, Jared Leto 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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Elizabeth Harvest is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Abbey Lee, Ciarán Hinds, Dylan Baker Elizabeth Harvest is a 2018 horror thriller film directed by Sebastian Gutierrez. When her brilliant scientist husband Henry (Ciarán Hinds) goes away for business, newlywed Elizabeth ...more