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Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy

Updated March 30, 2020 3.9k votes 952 voters 97.0k views24 items

List RulesVote 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

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin
    The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The...  more

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    Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd
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    Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver
    Holes is a 2003 American comedy-drama adventure film based on the 1998 novel of the same title...  more

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    Pamela Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar
    Scooby-Doo is a 2002 American comedy horror film. Based on the long-running Hanna-Barbera...  more

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    Nancy Drew

    Bruce Willis, Emma Roberts
    Nancy Drew is a 2007 American mystery comedy film loosely based on the popular series of...  more

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    The Haunted Mansion

    Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Tilly
    The Haunted Mansion is a 2003 American fantasy comedy film based on the attraction of the same...  more

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    The Great Mouse Detective

    Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone
    The Great Mouse Detective is a 1986 American animated mystery film produced by Walt Disney...  more

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    Dora and the Lost City of Gold

    Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez
    Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a 2019 American family film directed by James Bobin, based...  more
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    The Great Muppet Caper

    John Cleese, Diana Rigg
    The Great Muppet Caper is a 1981 mystery musical comedy film directed by Jim Henson. It is the...  more

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    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz
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    Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

    Sophia Lillis, Zoe Renee
    Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is a 2019 American mystery drama film directed by Katt...  more
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    Monster House

    Kathleen Turner, Maggie Gyllenhaal
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    Young Sherlock Holmes

    Sophie Ward, Michael Hordern
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    Escape To Witch Mountain

    Kim Richards, Kyle Richards
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    Kirsten Dunst, Meg Ryan
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    Detective Pikachu

    Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith
    Detective Pikachu is a 2019 action mystery film directed by Rob Letterman, based on the video...  more


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    Cloak & Dagger

    Dabney Coleman, Louie Anderson
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    Harriet The Spy

    Rosie O'Donnell, Michelle Trachtenberg
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    The Pagemaster

    Macaulay Culkin, Whoopi Goldberg
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    Return To Oz

    Fairuza Balk, Piper Laurie
    Return to Oz is a 1985 fantasy adventure film based on L. Frank Baum's Oz books, mainly The...  more

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    Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Pam Grier, Jason Robards Jr.
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    Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

    Ophelia Lovibond, Kyle Bornheimer
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