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The Best Mystery Movies 

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List Rules Vote 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.

Plenty of well-known directors have been associated with Mystery films, including Stanley Kubrick and Christopher Nolan.

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Rear Window is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock

Released: 1954

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Rear Window is a 1954 American mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by John Michael Hayes based on Cornell Woolrich's 1942 short story. Originally released by Paramount ...more

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Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

Released: 1958

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Vertigo is a 1958 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. The story was based on the 1954 novel D'entre les morts by Boileau-Narcejac. The screenplay was ...more

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

Released: 1995

Directed by: David Fincher

Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, with Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, and Kevin ...more

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Dial M for Murder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock, Ray Milland

Released: 1954

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

This film is a 1954 3-D American thriller film in Warnercolor directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, and Robert Cummings. The screenplay and the successful stage play ...more

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L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

Released: 1997

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same title, the third book in his L.A. Quartet series. Like the book, the film tells the story of a group of ...more

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The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor

Released: 1941

Directed by: John Huston

The Maltese Falcon is a 1941 Warner Bros. film noir based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett. Directed by John Huston, the film stars Humphrey Bogart as private investigator Sam ...more

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

Released: 1994

Directed by: Bryan Singer

The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie. It stars Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del ...more

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Chinatown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

Released: 1974

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a screenplay by Robert Towne, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. The film was inspired by the ...more

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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

Released: 1993

Directed by: Andrew Davis

This film is a 1993 American action film based on the 1960s television series of the same name created by Roy Huggins. The film was directed by Andrew Davis and stars Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee ...more

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Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2010

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel of the same name. Production started in March 2008. ...more

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Arsenic and Old Lace is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Cary Grant, Peter Lorre, Raymond Massey

Released: 1944

Directed by: Frank Capra

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Memento is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

Released: 2000

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan. The screenplay was written by Nolan based on his younger brother Jonathan Nolan's short story ...more

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Vince Vaughn

Released: 1998

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

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The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

Released: 2006

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

The Prestige is a 2006 mystery drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay adapted by him and his brother Jonathan Nolan from Christopher Priest's 1995 World Fantasy ...more

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The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

Released: 2002

Directed by: Doug Liman

The Bourne Identity is a 2002 American-German action spy film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's novel of the same name. It stars Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, a man suffering from extreme memory loss ...more

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Murder on the Orient Exp... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall

Released: 1974

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

This film is a 1974 British Technicolor mystery film directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, and based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie.

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The Game is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze

Released: 1997

Directed by: David Fincher, Pedro Coutinho

The Game is a 1997 American mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher, starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, and produced by Propaganda Films and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. It tells ...more

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Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Fincher

Zodiac is a 2007 American mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher, based on the 1986 non-fiction book by Robert Graysmith. In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist (Jake ...more

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The Others is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

Released: 2001

Directed by: Alejandro Amenábar

The Others is a 2001 horror-thriller film written, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenábar. It stars Nicole Kidman and Fionnula Flanagan. It won eight Goya Awards, including awards for ...more

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Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

Released: 2003

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Mystic River is a 2003 American mystery drama film directed and scored by Clint Eastwood. It stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laura Linney. ...more

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The Girl with the Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Noomi Rapace, Marika Lagercrantz, Lena Endre

Released: 2009

Directed by: Niels Arden Oplev

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2009 Swedish drama thriller film based on the novel of the same name by Swedish author/journalist Stieg Larsson. It is the first book in the trilogy known as ...more
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In the Heat of the Night... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

Released: 1967

Directed by: Norman Jewison

In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It is based on John Ball's 1965 novel of the same name which tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a black ...more

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A Few Good Men is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson

Released: 1992

Directed by: Rob Reiner

A Few Good Men is a 1992 American legal drama film directed by Rob Reiner, based on the play by Aaron Sorkin. Military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) defends Marines accused of ...more

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To Catch a Thief is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock

Released: 1955

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

This film is a 1955 romantic thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, from a screenplay by John Michael Hayes based on the 1952 novel of the same name by David Dodge. The film stars Cary Grant who ...more
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Death on the Nile is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
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Released: 1978

Directed by: John Guillermin

This film is a 1978 British film based on the Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same name, directed by John Guillermin and adapted by Anthony Shaffer. The film features the Belgian detective ...more

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