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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 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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The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside
The Machinist is a 2004 English-language Spanish psychological thriller film directed by Brad Anderson and written by Scott Kosar. The film stars Christian Bale with Jennifer Jason Leigh, John ...more
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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant
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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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George
Dark City is a 1998 neo-noir science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was written by Proyas, Lem Dobbs and David S. Goyer. The film stars Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, ...more
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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Oh Dal-su
Oldboy is a 2003 South Korean mystery thriller neo-noir film directed by Park Chan-wook. It is based on the Japanese manga of the same name written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya. ...more
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The Postman Always Rings Twice is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Lana Turner, Hume Cronyn, John Garfield
The Postman Always Rings Twice is a 1946 drama-film noir based on the 1934 novel of the same name by James M. Cain. This adaptation of the novel features Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil ...more
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The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Richard Dumas added Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Dorothy Malone
The Big Sleep is a 1946 film noir directed by Howard Hawks, the first film version of Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel of the same name. The movie stars Humphrey Bogart as detective Philip Marlowe ...more
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Anatomy of a Murder is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
James Stewart, George C. Scott, Lee Remick
This film is a 1959 American courtroom drama film. It was directed by Otto Preminger and adapted by Wendell Mayes from the best-selling novel of the same name written by Michigan Supreme Court ...more
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Mulholland Falls is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, John Malkovich
Mulholland Falls is a 1996 American neo-noir thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori and written by Pete Dexter. It stars Nick Nolte, Jennifer Connelly, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, Chris ...more
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The Conversation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman
The Conversation is a 1974 American psychological thriller film written, produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Gene Hackman with supporting roles by John Cazale, Allen ...more
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Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead
Citizen Kane is a 1941 American drama film produced by, co-written by, directed by and starring Orson Welles. The picture was Welles's first feature film. The film was nominated for Academy ...more
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Inception is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard
Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph ...more
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Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon
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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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken
Sleepy Hollow is a 1999 American fantasy horror adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It is a film adaptation loosely inspired by the 1820 short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington ...more
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The Illusionist is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Jessica Biel, Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti
The Illusionist is a 2006 American period drama film written and directed by Neil Burger and starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel. It is based loosely on Steven Millhauser's ...more
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A Few Good Men is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson
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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The Pelican Brief is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, John Lithgow
The Pelican Brief is a 1993 legal thriller based on the novel of the same name by John Grisham. Directed by Alan J. Pakula, the film stars Julia Roberts in the role of young law student Darby ...more
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Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton
Red Dragon is a 2002 American psychological thriller film based on Thomas Harris' novel of the same name. It is a prequel to The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. The novel was originally ...more
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Blue Velvet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern
Blue Velvet is a 1986 American mystery thriller flm, written and directed by David Lynch. The film stars Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper and Laura Dern. The title is taken ...more
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Presumed Innocent is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raúl Juliá
Presumed Innocent is a 1990 legal drama. It is a film adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by Scott Turow, which tells the story of a prosecutor and his female colleague and ...more
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Greta is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe
Greta is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by Neil Jordan. A young woman (Chloe Grace Moretz) befriends a lonely widow (Isabelle Huppert), who turns out to have sinister intentions.
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What Lies Beneath is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford, Amber Valletta
What Lies Beneath is a 2000 American psychological thriller film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is the first film by ImageMovers. It stars Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer as a well-to-do ...more
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Conspiracy Theory is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson, Patrick Stewart
Conspiracy Theory is a 1997 American action thriller film directed by Richard Donner. The original screenplay by Brian Helgeland centers on an eccentric taxi driver who believes many world ...more
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Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris
Gone Baby Gone is a 2007 American neo-noir mystery film directed by Ben Affleck and starring his brother Casey Affleck. The screenplay by Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard is based on the novel of ...more
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Identity is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina
Identity is a 2003 American psychological thriller film directed by James Mangold from a screenplay written by Michael Cooney. The film stars John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, Alfred Molina, ...more
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Glass is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Mystery Movies
Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson
Glass is a 2019 American superhero horror-thriller film directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Security guard David Dunn (Bruce Willis) uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb ...more