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The Best Whodunit Movies

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Here is a list of the best whodunit movies, as ranked by mystery movie fans from all over the world. There’s something thrilling about watching a great 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 an entire whodunit mystery. These good mystery movies include the moment the crime takes place to the second the (sometimes bumbling) 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 classics are more light hearted and 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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    Clue

    Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd

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    Murder on the Orient Express

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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

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    Rear Window

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    And Then There Were None

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    James Stewart, Kim Novak

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    Primal Fear

    Edward Norton, Richard Gere

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh

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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise

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    Memento

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    Zodiac

    Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal

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    Strangers on a Train

    Alfred Hitchcock, Farley Granger

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    The Name of the Rose

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    Mystic River

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    The Man Who Knew Too Much

    James Stewart, Doris Day

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    The Birds

    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren

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