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List of the best whodunit movies, as ranked by mystery movie fans and film critics from all over the world. There’s something thrilling about watching a fictional mystery unfold in front of your very eyes on the big screen. Unlike real life mysteries, you get to experience the beginning,middle, and end of the entire whodunit mystery. These movies include the moment the crime takes place to the second the detective or intelligent protagonist reveals the real culprit in a parlor room-type scene. Many of these whodunit film are gruesome mysteries where a murder has taken place, such as Primal Fear and Identity, while some are more humorous adventures, like Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Clue.

Not all of the mysteries in these films are about death.Like in the case of The Prestige and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, the mystery is about the real motivation and actions of puzzling characters.However, most of these films are defined by their incredible detective characters, like Poirot in the Agatha Christie mysteries, who sift through clues and solve crimes like it was solving a crossword puzzle.

What are the best whodunit movies of all time? This list features the top movies that have whodunit mysteries as the center of the film.

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The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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Rear Window Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock

526 166
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Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

394 143
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Vertigo James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

530 229
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Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

740 183
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Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

476 94
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Murder on the Orient Express Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall

466 259
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Shutter Island Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

734 197
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Clue Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn

425 148
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L.A. Confidential Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

613 134
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wiabux added The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

328 77
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And Then There Were None Walter Huston, Judith Anderson, Barry Fitzgerald

312 130
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wiabux added Mystic River Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

336 146
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Primal Fear Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

277 102
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Strangers on a Train Alfred Hitchcock, Farley Granger, Leo G. Carroll

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320 74
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StacyWolfe added 12 Angry Men Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman, Lee J. Cobb

385 156
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The Prestige Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

260 75
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Death on the Nile Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury

248 115
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StacyWolfe added The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

189 97
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The Third Man Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten

346 127
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wiabux added The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Robin Wright

219 89
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Witness for the Prosecution Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power

282 129
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wiabux added Zodiac Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo

252 182
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Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

264 102
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Chinatown Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

219 112
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StacyWolfe added Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

128 77
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schuechen added In the Heat of the Night Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

151 75
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Anatomy of a Murder James Stewart, George C. Scott, Lee Remick

208 146
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wiabux added Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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166 89
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The Big Sleep Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Dorothy Malone

232 111
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wiabux added The Game Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze

151 26
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The Maltese Falcon Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor

279 114
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Identity Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina

240 96
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Murder by Death Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness

127 73
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The 39 Steps Alfred Hitchcock, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Donat

167 77
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oldrocker added A Few Good Men Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson

136 111
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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan

137 91
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gerald.marsh added Presumed Innocent Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raúl Juliá

89 76
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PeteBoyle added The Grand Budapest Hotel Bill Murray, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe

155 68
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Charade Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Coburn

161 49
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies
KeithBrennett added Gone Girl Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

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CraigAlarm added Dial M for Murder Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock, Ray Milland

139 26
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Booksflavia added North by Northwest Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Eva Marie Saint

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135 83
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wiabux added Gone Baby Gone Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris

137 91
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gerald.marsh added No Way Out Brad Pitt, Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman

237 89
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madamsundin added Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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wawwhite1 added Rebecca Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine

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wawwhite1 added Shadow of a Doubt Alfred Hitchcock, Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten

134 55
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DeannaChurch added The Thin Man Myrna Loy, Cesar Romero, Maureen O'Sullivan

118 70
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oldrocker added Insomnia Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank