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The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked

Updated September 3, 2020 14.8k votes 1.6k voters 102.7k views117 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 Silence of the Lambs1
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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  • Seven2
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    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released1995

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    The Usual Suspects

    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro

    Released1994

    Directed byBryan Singer

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  • Shutter Island4
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    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams

    Released2010

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • The Prestige5
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    The Prestige

    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie

    Released2006

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • Rear Window6
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    Rear Window

    Grace Kelly, James Stewart

    Released1954

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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  • Gone Girl7
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    Gone Girl

    Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris

    Released2014

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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  • Primal Fear8
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    Primal Fear

    Edward Norton, Richard Gere

    Released1996

    Directed byGregory Hoblit

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  • Prisoners9
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    Prisoners

    Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2013

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

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  • Memento10
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    Memento

    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2000

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • Inception11
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    Inception

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • The Others12
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    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2001

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

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  • Zodiac13
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    Zodiac

    Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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  • L.A. Confidential14
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    L.A. Confidential

    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe

    Released1997

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

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  • The Game15
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    The Game

    Sean Penn, Michael Douglas

    Released1997

    Directed byDavid Fincher, Pedro Coutinho

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  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo16
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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara

    Released2011

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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  • Mystic River17
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    Mystic River

    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn

    Released2003

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • Oldboy18
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    Oldboy

    Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae

    Released2003

    Directed byPark Chan-wook

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  • Chinatown19
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    Chinatown

    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway

    Released1974

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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  • Red Dragon20
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    Red Dragon

    Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2002

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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  • Identity21
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    Identity

    Amanda Peet, John Cusack

    Released2003

    Directed byJames Mangold

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  • Wind River22
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    Wind River

    Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen

    Released2017

    Directed byTaylor Sheridan

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  • Insomnia23
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    Insomnia

    Al Pacino, Robin Williams

    Released2002

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Rosemary's Baby

    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis

    Released1968

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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  • Black Swan25
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    Black Swan

    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis

    Released2010

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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