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Movies: Best Mystery Movies

A mystery film is a genre of film that revolves around the solution of a problem or a crime. It focuses on the efforts of the detective, private investigator or amateur sleuth to solve the mysterious circumstances of an issue by means of clues, investigation, and clever deduction. The plot often centers on the deductive ability, prowess, confidence, or diligence of the detective as they attempt to unravel the crime or situation by piecing together clues and circumstances, seeking evidence, interrogating witnesses, and tracking down a criminal. Suspense is often maintained as an important plot element. This can be done through the use of the soundtrack, camera angles, heavy shadows, and surprising plot twists. Alfred Hitchcock used all of these techniques, but would sometimes allow the audience in on a pending threat then draw out the moment for dramatic effect. This genre has ranged from early mystery tales, fictional or literary detective stories, to classic Hitchcockian suspense-thrillers to classic private detective films. A related film subgenre is spy films. ()

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Inception(2010)

4.1/5 (with 8,868 votes)

Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another person's idea into a target's subconscious.

Directed by Christopher Nolan - With Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, ...

Shutter Island(2010)

R
| 2h 18min | Drama, Thriller, Mystery
4.0/5 (with 4,728 votes)

World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.

Directed by Martin Scorsese - With Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, Max von Sydow, ...

The Maze Runner(2014)

PG-13
| 1h 53min | Action, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 4,114 votes)

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, young Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.

Directed by Wes Ball - With Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Aml Ameen, Patricia Clarkson, ...

Se7en(1995)

R
| 2h 7min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
4.1/5 (with 4,005 votes)

Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. Sommerset researches each sin in an effort to get inside the killer's mind, while his novice partner, Mills, scoffs at his efforts to unravel the case.

Directed by David Fincher - With Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, ...

Arrival(2016)

PG-13
| 1h 56min | Thriller, Drama, Science Fiction, Mystery
3.7/5 (with 3,971 votes)

Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve - With Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma, Sangita Patel, ...

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix(2007)

PG-13
| 2h 18min | Adventure, Fantasy, Kids & Family, Mystery
3.8/5 (with 3,955 votes)

Returning for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts, Harry is stunned to find that his warnings about the return of Lord Voldemort have been ignored. Left with no choice, Harry takes matters into his own hands, training a small group of students – dubbed 'Dumbledore's Army' – to defend themselves against the dark arts.

Directed by David Yates - With Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, ...

Gone Girl(2014)

R
| 2h 25min | Mystery, Thriller, Drama
4.0/5 (with 3,953 votes)

With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

Directed by David Fincher - With Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Missi Pyle, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, ...

Sherlock Holmes(2009)

PG-13
| 2h 8min | Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery
3.6/5 (with 3,658 votes)

Eccentric consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson battle to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy England.

Directed by Guy Ritchie - With Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan, Kelly Reilly, ...

The Prestige(2006)

PG-13
| 2h 10min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
4.1/5 (with 3,141 votes)

A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.

Directed by Christopher Nolan - With Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Piper Perabo, ...

Prometheus(2012)

3.2/5 (with 3,140 votes)

A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Directed by Ridley Scott - With Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron, ...

The Hateful Eight(2015)

R
| 2h 47min | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Western
3.8/5 (with 3,053 votes)

Bounty hunters seek shelter from a raging blizzard and get caught up in a plot of betrayal and deception.

Directed by Quentin Tarantino - With Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, ...

Memento(2000)

R
| 1h 53min | Mystery, Thriller
4.1/5 (with 3,011 votes)

Leonard Shelby is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty, however, of locating his wife's killer is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, untreatable form of memory loss. Although he can recall details of life before his accident, Leonard cannot remember what happened fifteen minutes ago, where he's going, or why.

Directed by Christopher Nolan - With Carrie-Anne Moss, Guy Pearce, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior, Jorja Fox, Stephen Tobolowsky, ...

Get Out(2017)

R
| 1h 44min | Mystery, Thriller, Horror
3.7/5 (with 2,910 votes)

Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

Directed by Jordan Peele - With Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Betty Gabriel, ...

Oblivion(2013)

3.3/5 (with 2,895 votes)

Jack Harper is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. His existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

Directed by Joseph Kosinski - With Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Zoë Bell, ...

Donnie Darko(2001)

R
| 1h 53min | Fantasy, Drama, Mystery
3.9/5 (with 2,594 votes)

After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.

Directed by Richard Kelly - With Patrick Swayze, Mary McDonnell, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Katharine Ross, Jena Malone, ...

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows(2011)

PG-13
| 2h 9min | Adventure, Action, Crime, Mystery
3.5/5 (with 2,569 votes)

There is a new criminal mastermind at large (Professor Moriarty) and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil and lack of conscience may give him an advantage over the detective.

Directed by Guy Ritchie - With Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris, Noomi Rapace, Stephen Fry, Rachel McAdams, ...

The Fate of the Furious(2017)

PG-13
| 2h 16min | Adventure, Action, Crime, Thriller, Mystery
3.4/5 (with 2,534 votes)

When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

Directed by F. Gary Gray - With Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Eva Mendes, ...

Limitless(2011)

PG-13
| 1h 45min | Thriller, Mystery, Science Fiction
3.6/5 (with 2,485 votes)

A paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unsuccessful writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret "smart drug" that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract shadowy forces that threaten his new life in this darkly comic and provocative film.

Directed by Neil Burger - With Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro, Anna Friel, Johnny Whitworth, Tomas Arana, ...

Now You See Me 2(2016)

PG-13
| 2h 9min | Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 2,461 votes)

One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their mind-bending spectacles, the Four Horsemen resurface only to find themselves face to face with a new enemy who enlists them to pull off their most dangerous heist yet.

Directed by Jon M. Chu - With Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Lizzy Caplan, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, ...

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button(2008)

3.7/5 (with 2,374 votes)

Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

Directed by David Fincher - With Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Tilda Swinton, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, ...

Blade Runner 2049(2017)

3.7/5 (with 2,326 votes)

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve - With Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Ana Celia de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, ...

The Bourne Identity(2002)

PG-13
| 1h 59min | Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 2,255 votes)

Wounded to the brink of death and suffering from amnesia, Jason Bourne is rescued at sea by a fisherman. With nothing to go on but a Swiss bank account number, he starts to reconstruct his life, but finds that many people he encounters want him dead. However, Bourne realizes that he has the combat and mental skills of a world-class spy – but who does he work for?

Directed by Doug Liman - With Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, Brian Cox, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Gabriel Mann, ...

The Sixth Sense(1999)

1h 47min | Mystery, Thriller, Drama
3.9/5 (with 2,250 votes)

A psychological thriller about an eight year old boy named Cole Sear who believes he can see into the world of the dead. A child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe comes to Cole to help him deal with his problem, learning that he really can see ghosts of dead people.

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan - With Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams, Donnie Wahlberg, Peter Anthony Tambakis, ...

2001: A Space Odyssey(1968)

4.0/5 (with 2,193 votes)

Humanity finds a mysterious object buried beneath the lunar surface and sets off to find its origins with the help of HAL 9000, the world's most advanced super computer.

Directed by Stanley Kubrick - With Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Leonard Rossiter, Margaret Tyzack, Robert Beatty, ...

The Da Vinci Code(2006)

PG-13
| 2h 29min | Thriller, Mystery
3.3/5 (with 1,945 votes)

When the curator of the Louvre is found murdered in the famed museum's hallowed halls, Harvard professor, Robert Langdon and cryptographer, Sophie Neve must untangle a deadly web of deceit involving the works of Leonardo da Vinci.

Directed by Ron Howard - With Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Paul Bettany, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina, ...

Watchmen(2009)

R
| 2h 43min | Action, Mystery, Science Fiction
3.6/5 (with 1,941 votes)

In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered, an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited heroes set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so uncover a sinister plot that puts all of humanity in grave danger.

Directed by Zack Snyder - With Billy Crudup, Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Matthew Goode, ...

Tomorrowland(2015)

3.1/5 (with 1,863 votes)

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as "Tomorrowland."

Directed by Brad Bird - With George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Kathryn Hahn, Tim McGraw, ...

Minority Report(2002)

PG-13
| 2h 25min | Action, Thriller, Science Fiction, Mystery
3.6/5 (with 1,817 votes)

John Anderton is a top 'Precrime' cop in the late-21st century, when technology can predict crimes before they're committed. But Anderton becomes the quarry when another investigator targets him for a murder charge.

Directed by Steven Spielberg - With Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow, Patrick Kilpatrick, Lois Smith, ...

The Bourne Ultimatum(2007)

PG-13
| 1h 55min | Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 1,804 votes)

Bourne is brought out of hiding once again by reporter Simon Ross who is trying to unveil Operation Blackbriar, an upgrade to Project Treadstone, in a series of newspaper columns. Information from the reporter stirs a new set of memories, and Bourne must finally uncover his dark past while dodging The Company's best efforts to eradicate him.

Directed by Paul Greengrass - With Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Paddy Considine, Édgar Ramírez, Albert Finney, ...

Saw(2004)

R
| 1h 43min | Horror, Mystery, Crime
3.7/5 (with 1,788 votes)

Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer abducts the morally wayward. Once captured, they must face impossible choices in a horrific game of survival. The victims must fight to win their lives back, or die trying...

Directed by James Wan - With Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson, Ken Leung, Tobin Bell, ...