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The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked

Updated September 3, 2020 14.3k votes 1.6k voters 100.6k 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 Lambs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Demme

    The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Seven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released1995

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams

    Released2010

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    The Usual Suspects

    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro

    Released1994

    Directed byBryan Singer

    The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    The Prestige

    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie

    Released2006

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    The Prestige is a 2006 mystery drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Rear Window is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Rear Window

    Grace Kelly, James Stewart

    Released1954

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Rear Window is a 1954 American mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Gone Girl

    Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris

    Released2014

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Primal Fear

    Edward Norton, Richard Gere

    Released1996

    Directed byGregory Hoblit

    Primal Fear is a 1996 American neo-noir thriller film, based on William Diehl's 1993 novel of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Prisoners

    Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2013

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

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    Memento is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Memento

    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2000

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Inception is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Inception

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Others is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2001

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

    The Others is a 2001 horror-thriller film written, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenábar.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Zodiac

    Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Zodiac is a 2007 American mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher, based on the 1986... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Game is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    The Game

    Sean Penn, Michael Douglas

    Released1997

    Directed byDavid Fincher, Pedro Coutinho

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    L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    L.A. Confidential

    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe

    Released1997

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

    L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Girl with the Dragon Tatto is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara

    Released2011

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Mystic River

    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn

    Released2003

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Oldboy

    Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae

    Released2003

    Directed byPark Chan-wook

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    Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Red Dragon

    Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2002

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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    Identity is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Identity

    Amanda Peet, John Cusack

    Released2003

    Directed byJames Mangold

    Identity is a 2003 American psychological thriller film directed by James Mangold from a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Chinatown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Chinatown

    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway

    Released1974

    Directed byRoman Polanski

    Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Insomnia

    Al Pacino, Robin Williams

    Released2002

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Black Swan

    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis

    Released2010

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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    Wind River is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Wind River

    Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen

    Released2017

    Directed byTaylor Sheridan

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    Kiss the Girls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Kiss the Girls

    Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd

    Released1997

    Directed byGary Fleder

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