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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 can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, 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.

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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 Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock

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Dial M for Murder Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock, Ray Milland

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Vertigo James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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The Maltese Falcon Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor

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

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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Chinatown Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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jianna.cox added Death on the Nile Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury

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Psycho Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Vince Vaughn

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Arsenic and Old Lace Cary Grant, Peter Lorre, Raymond Massey

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The Prestige Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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The Fugitive Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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Anatomy of a Murder James Stewart, George C. Scott, Lee Remick

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Murder on the Orient Express Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall

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Shutter Island Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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The Postman Always Rings Twice Lana Turner, Hume Cronyn, John Garfield

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To Catch a Thief Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock

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Richard Dumas added The Big Sleep Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Dorothy Malone

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Mystic River Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

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In the Heat of the Night Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

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The Others Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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The Illusionist Jessica Biel, Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti

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The Game Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze

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The Firm Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey

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Zodiac Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo

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The Conversation Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman

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The Bourne Identity Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

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What Lies Beneath Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford, Amber Valletta

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Noomi Rapace, Marika Lagercrantz, Lena Endre

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Conspiracy Theory Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson, Patrick Stewart

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Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Citizen Kane Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

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The Machinist Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside

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The Pelican Brief Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, John Lithgow

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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Blue Velvet Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

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Sleepy Hollow Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

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A Few Good Men Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson

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Insomnia Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Oldboy Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Oh Dal-su

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Presumed Innocent Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raúl Juliá

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The Long Kiss Goodnight Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, Brian Cox

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Mulholland Falls Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, John Malkovich

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Murder by Decree Donald Sutherland, Christopher Plummer, John Gielgud

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Along Came a Spider Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Anton Yelchin

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Gone Baby Gone Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris

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The French Connection Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

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The Devil's Advocate Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves

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The Skeleton Key Kate Hudson, John Hurt, Joy Bryant