We tried to collect the most outstanding and exclusive movies of the mystery genre. So, we had to consider some selection criteria to fit the needs of wide audience. Some of these criteria are the popularity of the film, the actors' performances and the film's IMDB score. The historical significance, complexity of screenplay and characters, and reviews of cinema professionals are also other factors.
Mystery Genre Intro
Mystery movies often revolve around the solution of a problem, the relationship between the perpetrator of the sequence of mysterious events or the mysteries. The films of the genre mainly focus on a crime or a puzzle. This films make the audiences curious by hiding important causes.
Generally, the expectations and forecasts of the audiences are re-adjusted and delayed on every new event until the end of the movie. Filmmakers deliberately provoke the minds and create mental engagement through creating perplexity, uncertainty and doubt.
Also, mystery films often use the power of sound from an unseen source to engage the audience’s interest or manipulate the expectations of the audiences like in horror movies.
At the end of these films, many questions are answered, but some of them are left to the mystery movie audiences.
Early mystery films date back to the silent period of cinema. Sherlock Holmes Baffled (1903) is considered the first example of such detective-mystery films. In genres that depend on mystery and suspense for their effects, the narrative usually withholds information, forcing us to fill in the gaps, teasing and tempting us with possible solutions to mysteries that are not completely resolved until the end of the film.
Dr.Hannibal Lecter ~ Silence of the Lambs (1991)
What are those best mystery movies?
Mystery genre is remarkably a broad genre, and it is possible to include many subs-genres like; murder-mystery, crime-mystery, horror-mystery, mystery-thriller, drama-mystery, psychological-thriller-mystery, detective movies, etc. Because of having many subs-genres, there are plenty of popular and successful mystery films. Thus, we’ve decided that it is more proper to create an archive-like list of films rather than a small-size must-see movie list.
You will find many popular mystery movies like Se7en, The Silence of the Lambs, The Shining etc. Here are the rest of the mysterious movies choosen by us. for your viewing pleasure.