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The Best Mystery Movies

Updated August 28, 2020 19.8k votes 1.3k voters 98.0k views185 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.



  • Rear Window1

    Rear Window

    Grace Kelly, James Stewart


    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Rear Window is a 1954 American mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written...  more
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  • Dial M for Murder2

    Dial M for Murder

    Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock


    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    This film is a 1954 3-D American thriller film in Warnercolor directed by Alfred Hitchcock,...  more
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  • Vertigo3


    James Stewart, Kim Novak


    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Vertigo is a 1958 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred...  more
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  • L.A. Confidential4

    L.A. Confidential

    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe


    Directed byCurtis Hanson

    L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same...  more
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  • The Maltese Falcon5

    The Maltese Falcon

    Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre


    Directed byJohn Huston

    The Maltese Falcon is a 1941 Warner Bros. film noir based on the novel of the same name by...  more
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  • The Fugitive6

    The Fugitive

    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford


    Directed byAndrew Davis

    This film is a 1993 American action film based on the 1960s television series of the same name...  more
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  • The Usual Suspects7

    The Usual Suspects

    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro


    Directed byBryan Singer

    The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan...  more
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  • Arsenic and Old Lace8

    Arsenic and Old Lace

    Cary Grant, Peter Lorre


    Directed byFrank Capra

    Arsenic and Old Lace is a 1944 American dark comedy film directed by Frank Capra, starring...  more
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  • Seven9


    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow


    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars...  more
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  • Shutter Island10

    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The...  more
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  • Chinatown11


    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway


    Directed byRoman Polanski

    Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a...  more
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  • Murder on the Orient Express12

    Murder on the Orient Express

    Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman


    Directed bySidney Lumet

    This film is a 1974 British Technicolor mystery film directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Albert...  more
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  • The Prestige13

    The Prestige

    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie


    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    The Prestige is a 2006 mystery drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay...  more
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  • The Big Sleep14

    The Big Sleep

    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart


    Directed byHoward Hawks

    The Big Sleep is a 1946 film noir directed by Howard Hawks, the first film version of Raymond...  more
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  • Memento15


    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss


    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan....  more
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  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo16

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Noomi Rapace, Marika Lagercrantz


    Directed byNiels Arden Oplev

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2009 Swedish drama thriller film based on the novel of...  more
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  • In the Heat of the Night17

    In the Heat of the Night

    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger


    Directed byNorman Jewison

    In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It...  more
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  • Clue18


    Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd


    Directed byJonathan Lynn

    Clue is a 1985 American ensemble mystery comedy film based on the board game of the same...  more
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  • The Others19

    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston


    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

    The Others is a 2001 horror-thriller film written, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenábar....  more
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  • To Catch a Thief20

    To Catch a Thief

    Grace Kelly, Cary Grant


    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    This film is a 1955 romantic thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, from a screenplay by John...  more
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  • Death on the Nile21

    Death on the Nile

    Bette Davis, Maggie Smith


    Directed byJohn Guillermin

    This film is a 1978 British film based on the Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same name,...  more
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  • The Sixth Sense22

    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton


    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

    The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night...  more
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  • Zodiac23


    Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal


    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Zodiac is a 2007 American mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher, based on the 1986...  more
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  • The Bourne Identity24

    The Bourne Identity

    Matt Damon, Clive Owen


    Directed byDoug Liman

    The Bourne Identity is a 2002 American-German action spy film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's...  more
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  • A Few Good Men25

    A Few Good Men

    Tom Cruise, Demi Moore


    Directed byRob Reiner

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