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Great Mystery Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy

Updated March 30, 2020 3.8k votes 878 voters 87.8k 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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    Clue

    Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byJonathan Lynn

    Clue is a 1985 American ensemble mystery comedy film based on the board game of the same... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Goonies2
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • Scooby-Doo3
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    Scooby-Doo

    Pamela Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released2002

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

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    Nancy Drew

    Bruce Willis, Emma Roberts

    Released2007

    Directed byAndrew Fleming

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    Holes

    Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Davis

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  • Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events6

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Silberling

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  • The Haunted Mansion7
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    The Haunted Mansion

    Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Tilly

    Released2003

    Directed byRob Minkoff

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  • The Great Mouse Detective8
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    The Great Mouse Detective

    Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Michener, Burny Mattinson, Ron Clements, John Musker

    The Great Mouse Detective is a 1986 American animated mystery film produced by Walt Disney... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Dora and the Lost City of Gold9
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    Dora and the Lost City of Gold

    Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez

    Released2019

    Directed byJames Bobin

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    The Great Muppet Caper

    John Cleese, Diana Rigg

    Released1981

    Directed byJim Henson

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  • Hugo11
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    Hugo

    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2011

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase12
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    Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

    Sophia Lillis, Zoe Renee

    Released2019

    Directed byKatt Shea

    Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is a 2019 American mystery drama film directed by Katt... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Monster House

    Kathleen Turner, Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Released2006

    Directed byGil Kenan

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  • Young Sherlock Holmes14
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    Young Sherlock Holmes

    Sophie Ward, Michael Hordern

    Released1985

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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  • Escape To Witch Mountain15
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    Escape To Witch Mountain

    Kim Richards, Kyle Richards

    Released1975

    Directed byJohn Hough

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  • Anastasia16
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    Anastasia

    Kirsten Dunst, Meg Ryan

    Released1997

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman, Susan Beak, Geoff Beak

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  • Cloak & Dagger17
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    Cloak & Dagger

    Dabney Coleman, Louie Anderson

    Released1984

    Directed byRichard Franklin

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  • Detective Pikachu18
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    Detective Pikachu

    Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith

    Released2019

    Directed byRob Letterman

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  • Harriet The Spy19
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    Harriet The Spy

    Rosie O'Donnell, Michelle Trachtenberg

    Released1996

    Directed byBronwen Hughes

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    The Pagemaster

    Macaulay Culkin, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1994

    Directed byJoe Johnston, Pixote Hunt

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  • Return To Oz21
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    Return To Oz

    Fairuza Balk, Piper Laurie

    Released1985

    Directed byWalter Murch

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    Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Pam Grier, Jason Robards Jr.

    Released1983

    Directed byJack Clayton

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    Adventure Scouts

    Jim Fitzpatrick, Jodi Knotts

    Released2010

    Directed byJim Fitzpatrick

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    Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

    Ophelia Lovibond, Kyle Bornheimer

    Released2020

    Directed byTom McCarthy

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