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Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy 

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Updated March 30, 2020 2.8k votes 775 voters 72.1k views 24 items

List Rules Vote up the best mystery movies that viewers of any age will enjoy.

Scammers and schemers are no match for the smart young detectives in the best kids' mystery movies. The top children's mystery movies feature crafty kid investigators getting to the bottom of fishy situations. This is a list of the greatest family-friendly mystery movies, including everything from The Great Mouse Detective to Return to Oz to Hugo.

What films will you find on this list of the best kid-friendly mystery movies? An old map is the catalyst for a great mystery and a whole lot of adventure in The Goonies. Clue is another good mystery movie that the entire family can enjoy. Three siblings uncover a mountain of mysteries in the 2004 film Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Other good movies featured on this list list include Holes, The Great Muppet Caper, Dora and the Lost City of Gold and Escape to Witch Mountain.

Do you have a favorite family-friendly mystery movie? Vote the best films up to the top of this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

Released: 1985

Directed by: Richard Donner

The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's ...more

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Nancy Drew is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Bruce Willis, Emma Roberts, Rachael Leigh Cook

Released: 2007

Directed by: Andrew Fleming

Nancy Drew is a 2007 American mystery comedy film loosely based on the popular series of mystery novels about the titular teen detective. It stars Emma Roberts as Nancy Drew, with Josh Flitter ...more

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Clue is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn

Released: 1985

Directed by: Jonathan Lynn

Clue is a 1985 American ensemble mystery comedy film based on the board game of the same name. The film was directed by Jonathan Lynn, who collaborated on the script with John Landis, and stars ...more

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Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Pamela Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Isla Fisher

Released: 2002

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

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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Holes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Davis

Holes is a 2003 American comedy-drama adventure film based on the 1998 novel of the same title by Louis Sachar, with Shia LaBeouf as the lead role of Stanley Yelnats IV and also starring Khleo ...more

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Lemony Snicket's A Serie... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Meryl Streep, Jim Carrey, Jude Law

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brad Silberling

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is a 2004 American fantasy dark comedy film directed by Brad Silberling. It is an adaptation of the first three novels of A Series of Unfortunate ...more

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The Haunted Mansion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Tilly, Terence Stamp

Released: 2003

Directed by: Rob Minkoff

The Haunted Mansion is a 2003 American fantasy comedy film based on the attraction of the same name at Disney theme parks. The film was directed by Rob Minkoff, written by David Berenbaum and ...more

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Dora and the Lost City o... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Temuera Morrison

Released: 2019

Directed by: James Bobin

Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a 2019 American family film directed by James Bobin, based on the Nickelodeon series. Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents ...more
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The Great Mouse Detectiv... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Frank Welker

Released: 1986

Directed by: David Michener, Burny Mattinson, Ron Clements, John Musker

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Hugo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee

Released: 2011

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Hugo is a 2011 American 3D historical adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Martin Scorsese and adapted for the screen by John Logan. Based on Brian Selznick's novel The Invention of ...more

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Monster House is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Kathleen Turner, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Steve Buscemi

Released: 2006

Directed by: Gil Kenan

Monster House is a 2006 computer-animated fantasy comedy film directed by Gil Kenan, produced by ImageMovers and Amblin Entertainment, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The film stars ...more

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The Great Muppet Caper ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
John Cleese, Diana Rigg, Jim Henson

Released: 1981

Directed by: Jim Henson

The Great Muppet Caper is a 1981 mystery musical comedy film directed by Jim Henson. It is the second of a series of live-action musical feature films, starring Jim Henson's Muppets. This film ...more

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Young Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Sophie Ward, Michael Hordern, Brian Oulton

Released: 1985

Directed by: Barry Levinson

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Anastasia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Kirsten Dunst, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer

Released: 1997

Directed by: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Susan Beak, Geoff Beak

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Escape to Witch Mountain... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Ray Milland

Released: 1975

Directed by: John Hough

Escape to Witch Mountain is a 1975 film based on the novel Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key. It was produced by Walt Disney Productions, released by Buena Vista Distribution Company and ...more

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Nancy Drew and the Hidde... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Sophia Lillis, Zoe Renee, Mackenzie Graham

Released: 2019

Directed by: Katt Shea

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is a 2019 American mystery drama film directed by Katt Shea, loosely based on the book by Carolyn Keene AKA Mildred Wirt Benson. A bit of an outsider ...more
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Cloak & Dagger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Dabney Coleman, Louie Anderson, William Forsythe

Released: 1984

Directed by: Richard Franklin

Cloak & Dagger is a 1984 spy adventure film directed by Richard Franklin starring Henry Thomas, Dabney Coleman and Michael Murphy. It is a remake of the 1949 film The Window. It was ...more

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Harriet the Spy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Rosie O'Donnell, Michelle Trachtenberg, Danny Glover

Released: 1996

Directed by: Bronwen Hughes

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Something Wicked This Wa... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Pam Grier, Jason Robards Jr., Diane Ladd

Released: 1983

Directed by: Jack Clayton

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The Pagemaster is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Macaulay Culkin, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart

Released: 1994

Directed by: Joe Johnston, Pixote Hunt

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Detective Pikachu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Detective Pikachu Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton

Released: 2019

Directed by: Rob Letterman

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Return to Oz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Fairuza Balk, Piper Laurie, Nicol Williamson

Released: 1985

Directed by: Walter Murch

Return to Oz is a 1985 fantasy adventure film based on L. Frank Baum's Oz books, mainly The Marvelous Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz. The plot begins with Dorothy's return to the Land of Oz, and her ...more

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Adventure Scouts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Adventure Scouts Jim Fitzpatrick, Jodi Knotts, Jim Kelly

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jim Fitzpatrick

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Timmy Failure: Mistakes ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Ophelia Lovibond, Kyle Bornheimer, Craig Robinson

Released: 2020

Directed by: Tom McCarthy

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is a 2020 American comedy-drama fantasy film directed by Tom McCarthy, based on the book series of the same name by Stephan Pastis. An 11-year-old boy named ...more