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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 Silence of the Lambs... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

Released: 1991

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

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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

Released: 1995

Directed by: David Fincher

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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Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2010

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

Released: 1994

Directed by: Bryan Singer

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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

Released: 2014

Directed by: David Fincher

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The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

Released: 2006

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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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

Released: 2013

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

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Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

Released: 1996

Directed by: Gregory Hoblit

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Rear Window is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock

Released: 1954

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

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The Others is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

Released: 2001

Directed by: Alejandro AmenĂ¡bar

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

Released: 2010

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Memento is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

Released: 2000

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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The Girl with the Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Robin Wright

Released: 2011

Directed by: David Fincher

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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Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Fincher

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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L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

Released: 1997

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

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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The Game is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze

Released: 1997

Directed by: David Fincher, Pedro Coutinho

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Identity is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina

Released: 2003

Directed by: James Mangold

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Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton

Released: 2002

Directed by: Brett Ratner

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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Oh Dal-su

Released: 2003

Directed by: Park Chan-wook

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Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

Released: 2003

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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Chinatown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

Released: 1974

Directed by: Roman Polanski

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The Bone Collector is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Wind River is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Jeremy Renner, Ashley Olsen, Jon Bernthal

Directed by: Taylor Sheridan

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Kiss the Girls is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

Released: 2002

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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