Kids Movies Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy  

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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, 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
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
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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Holes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette
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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Clue is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
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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Lemony Snicket's A Series of U... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Meryl Streep, Jim Carrey, Jude Law
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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Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
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 Haunted Mansion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Tilly, Terence Stamp
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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Monster House is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Kathleen Turner, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Steve Buscemi
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 Mouse Detective is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
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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Young Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Sophie Ward, Michael Hordern, Brian Oulton
Young Sherlock Holmes is a 1985 American mystery adventure film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Chris Columbus, based on the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The movie ...more
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Cloak & Dagger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Dabney Coleman, Louie Anderson, William Forsythe
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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Hugo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee
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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Anastasia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Kirsten Dunst, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer
Anastasia is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy drama film produced by Fox Animation Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Directed by former Disney animation directors Don Bluth ...more
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Detective Pikachu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton
Detective Pikachu is a 2019 action mystery film directed by Rob Letterman, based on the video game. Despite not being as powerful and nimble as other Pikachu of his kind, a peculiar talking ...more
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Something Wicked This Way Come... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Pam Grier, Jason Robards Jr., Diane Ladd
Something Wicked This Way Comes is a 1983 American horror fantasy film directed by Jack Clayton and produced by Walt Disney Productions from a screenplay written by Ray Bradbury based on his ...more
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Escape to Witch Mountain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Ray Milland
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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Return to Oz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Fairuza Balk, Piper Laurie, Nicol Williamson
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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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
Harriet the Spy is a 1996 film adaptation of the 1964 novel of the same name by Louise Fitzhugh, and starring Michelle Trachtenberg as the title character. This film was directed by Bronwen ...more
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The Pagemaster is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Macaulay Culkin, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart
The Pagemaster is a 1994 American live-action/animated fantasy adventure film starring Macaulay Culkin, Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Welker and Leonard Nimoy. The ...more
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The Great Muppet Caper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
John Cleese, Diana Rigg, 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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Nancy Drew and the Hidden Stai... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Sophia Lillis, Zoe Renee, Mackenzie Graham
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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Adventure Scouts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Adventure Scouts Jim Fitzpatrick, Jodi Knotts, Jim Kelly