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The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies  

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As it's easy to get sucked into a decent riddle, even the cheesiest mystery movies are capable of engaging audiences. While guilty pleasure mystery films may not stimulate your intellect with incredibly well-plotted storylines and charismatic leads, sometimes you just don't feel like working all that hard when you settle in for a night in font of the TV. Plus, sometimes overwrought acting and corny premises make bad mystery flicks unintentionally hilarious.

The best cheesy mysteries can make you giggle while keeping you engaged at the same time. Sure, the saga of an unsolved heist, murder mystery, or supernatural enigma may be riddled with absurd plot holes, but don't you just have to find out what happens anyway? Everyone loves a good puzzle, and the movies below are as entertaining as they are dumb. Browse this list if you're in need of viewing recommendations for some easy watching. 

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Clue is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn
Clue is a 1985 American mystery comedy film based on the board game of the same name. The film is a murder mystery set in a Gothic Revival mansion, and is styled after The Rocky Horror Picture ...more
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The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velásquez
The Mummy is a 1999 American fantasy adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, and Kevin J. O'Connor, with Arnold Vosloo in ...more
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Death on the Nile is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury
This film is a 1978 British film based on the Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same name, directed by John Guillermin and adapted by Anthony Shaffer. The film features the Belgian detective ...more
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National Treasure Franchise is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
National Treasure is a series of political theatrical adventure mystery films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Nicolas Cage as Benjamin Gates, a treasure hunter who, with the help of ...more
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The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman
The Name of the Rose is a 1986 film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, based on the book of the same name by Umberto Eco. Sean Connery is the Franciscan friar William of Baskerville and Christian ...more
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Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Alfred Molina, Meredith Baxter, Leslie Caron
Murder on the Orient Express is a 2001 made-for-television movie, based on the 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, featuring Hercule Poirot. This version is set in the ...more
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Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Pamela Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Isla Fisher
Scooby-Doo is a 2002 American comedy horror film. Based on the long-running Hanna-Barbera animated television series Scooby-Doo, the film was directed by Raja Gosnell, written by James Gunn and ...more
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The Gift is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Katie Holmes, Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves
The Gift is a 2000 American supernatural thriller film directed by Sam Raimi, written by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson and based on the alleged psychic experiences of Thornton's mother. ...more
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Murder by Death is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness
This film is a 1976 American mystery comedy film with a cast featuring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie ...more
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Murder Mystery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Luke Evans
Murder Mystery is a 2019 American mystery-comedy film directed by Kyle Newacheck. While en route to Europe for a vacation, a NYC cop (Adam Sandler) and his wife (Jennifer Aniston) are invited to ...more
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Dick Tracy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Madonna, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman
Dick Tracy is a 1990 American action film based on the 1930s comic strip character of the same name created by Chester Gould. Warren Beatty produced, directed, and starred in the film, which ...more
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The Forgotten is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Julianne Moore, Gary Sinise, Alfre Woodard
The Forgotten is a 2004 American science fiction psychological thriller drama film, directed by Joseph Ruben and starring Julianne Moore and Dominic West. The film's plot revolves around a woman ...more
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The Maze Runner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Kaya Scodelario, Dylan O'Brien, Patricia Clarkson
The Maze Runner is a 2014 American science fiction dystopian action thriller film directed by Wes Ball, based on James Dashner's 2009 novel of the same name. The film is the first installment in ...more
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Atlantis: The Lost Empire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy, James Garner
Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a 2001 American traditionally animated action-adventure film created by Walt Disney Feature Animation—the first science fiction film in Disney's animated features ...more
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The Great Mouse Detective is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Frank Welker
The Great Mouse Detective is a 1986 American animated mystery film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, originally released to movie theaters on July 2, 1986 by Walt Disney Pictures. The ...more
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Get a Clue is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Lindsay Lohan, Brenda Song, Amanda Plummer
Get a Clue is a 2002 Disney Channel Original Movie starring Lindsay Lohan as Lexy Gold, a high-school student who investigates a mystery after one of her teachers goes missing. The movie stars ...more
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The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura
The Running Man is a 1987 American science fiction action film loosely based on the 1982 novel The Running Man, written by Stephen King and published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. ...more
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Nancy Drew is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Bruce Willis, Emma Roberts, Rachael Leigh Cook
Nancy Drew is a 2007 American film loosely based on the popular series of mystery novels about the titular teen detective. It stars Emma Roberts as Nancy Drew, Max Thieriot as Ned, Kay Panabaker ...more
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Dude, Where's My Car? is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher, Andy Dick
Dude, Where's My Car? is a 2000 American stoner comedy film directed by Danny Leiner. The film stars Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott as two young men who find themselves unable to ...more
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Gothika is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., Penélope Cruz
Gothika is a 2003 supernatural horror film directed by Mathieu Kassovitz and written by Sebastian Gutierrez. Halle Berry plays a psychiatrist in a women's mental hospital who wakes up one day to ...more
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The Village is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Bryce Dallas Howard, Sigourney Weaver, Joaquin Phoenix
The Village is a 2004 American psychological thriller film, written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt ...more
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Hoodwinked! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close, Andy Dick
Hoodwinked! is a 2005 American computer-animated family comedy film. It retells the folktale Little Red Riding Hood as a police investigation, using flashbacks to show multiple characters' ...more
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Cop Out is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Bruce Willis, Michelle Trachtenberg, Rashida Jones
Cop Out is a 2010 American buddy cop comedy film directed and edited by Kevin Smith, and also written by Cullen brothers Mark and Robb Cullen, and starring Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Kevin ...more
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The Shaggy Dog is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Mystery Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Tim Allen, Danny Glover
The Shaggy Dog is a 2006 comedy film by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the second remake of the 1959 film of the same name, which was first remade as a television film in 1994. Both the 1959 and ...more