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The Best Mystery Movies

Updated May 14, 2021 19.9k votes 1.4k voters 99.3k views196 items

List RulesVote for your personal favorite mystery films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

A list of all the best mystery movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. This mystery movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. This list of mystery films also contains mystery movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This mystery films list goes well beyond the top 100 myster movies and contains the best mystery movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This mystery movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Voting for your favorites gets them to rise to the top.

List of top mystery movies includes mystery film titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. Share this list with your friends to see how their votes impact the list.

These are the top films in the mystery genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the mystery genre in it. Be it the motifs of the mystery genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

Always vote for things like Seven and Dial M for Murder if you like them. If we missed any mystery movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous mystery movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about mystery movie lists. This list includes the best mystery movies of the 21st cenury.

You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the mystery movies. List includes photos and mystery movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

List is made up of a variety of movies, including The Rook and The Mysterious Mr. Wong.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these mystery movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good mystery movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest mystery movies, here is the full mystery movies list, ordered from best to worst.



  • 1

    Rear Window

    Grace Kelly, James Stewart
    Rear Window is a 1954 American mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written...  more

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  • 2

    Dial M for Murder

    Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock
    This film is a 1954 3-D American thriller film in Warnercolor directed by Alfred Hitchcock,...  more

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  • 3


    James Stewart, Kim Novak
    Vertigo is a 1958 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred...  more

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  • 4

    L.A. Confidential

    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe
    L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same...  more

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  • 5

    The Maltese Falcon

    Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre
    The Maltese Falcon is a 1941 Warner Bros. film noir based on the novel of the same name by...  more

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  • 6

    The Fugitive

    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford
    This film is a 1993 American action film based on the 1960s television series of the same name...  more

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  • 7

    The Usual Suspects

    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro
    The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan...  more

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  • 8

    Arsenic and Old Lace

    Cary Grant, Peter Lorre
    Arsenic and Old Lace is a 1944 American dark comedy film directed by Frank Capra, starring...  more

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  • 9


    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow
    Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars...  more

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  • 10


    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway
    Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a...  more

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  • 11

    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams
    Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The...  more

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  • 12

    Murder on the Orient Express

    Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman
    This film is a 1974 British Technicolor mystery film directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Albert...  more

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  • 13

    The Prestige

    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie
    The Prestige is a 2006 mystery drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay...  more

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  • 14


    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss
    Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan....  more

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  • 15

    In the Heat of the Night

    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger
    In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It...  more

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  • 16


    Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd
    Clue is a 1985 American ensemble mystery comedy film based on the board game of the same...  more

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  • 17

    The Big Sleep

    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart
    The Big Sleep is a 1946 film noir directed by Howard Hawks, the first film version of Raymond...  more

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  • 18

    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston
    The Others is a 2001 horror-thriller film written, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenábar....  more

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  • 19

    Death on the Nile

    Bette Davis, Maggie Smith
    This film is a 1978 British film based on the Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same name,...  more

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  • 20

    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton
    The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night...  more

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  • 21

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Noomi Rapace, Marika Lagercrantz
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2009 Swedish drama thriller film based on the novel of...  more
  • 22

    To Catch a Thief

    Grace Kelly, Cary Grant
    This film is a 1955 romantic thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, from a screenplay by John...  more
  • 23

    Anatomy of a Murder

    James Stewart, George C. Scott
    This film is a 1959 American courtroom drama film. It was directed by Otto Preminger and...  more

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  • 24


    Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal
    Zodiac is a 2007 American mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher, based on the 1986...  more

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  • 25

    A Few Good Men

    Tom Cruise, Demi Moore
    A Few Good Men is a 1992 American legal drama film directed by Rob Reiner, based on the play...  more

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