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The Best Mystery Movies of All Time

~ You know what you look like to me, with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube. A well-scrubbed, hustling rube with a little taste. Good nutrition's given you some length of bone, but you're not more than one generation from poor white trash, are you, Agent Starling?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter from The Slience of the Lambs

 

What is a mystery movie?

The mystery movies often revolve around the solution of a problem, the relationship between the perpetrator of the sequence of mysterious events or the mysteries.

Mystery films mainly focus on solving a crime or a puzzle and make the audiences curious by hiding important causes.

Generally, the expectations and forecasts of the audiences are readjusted and delayed on every new event until the end of the movie. By doing this, filmmakers deliberately provoke the mind of the audiences and create mental engagement.

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. Let us give some information about the best mystery movies before you can see them. In genres that depend on mystery and suspense for their effects, the narrative often 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.

 

 

 

What mystery films that this list includes?

This is a very broad genre and it is possible to include many sub-genres like; murder-mystery, crime-mystery, horror-mystery, mystery-thriller, drama-mystery, psychological-thriller-mystery, detective movies etc. Due to having many sub-genres, there are plenty of popular mystery movie examples. We've decided that it is more appropriate to make an archive-wide collection rather than 5-10 top-rated list of the must-see mystery movies. 

Although this is a large movie list, you can narrow your search with corresponding IMDb rating or production year by doing this you can still find the top mystery movies of the year that you choose. We continuously expand the list by adding new mysterious films in order to make this up to date.

 

 

Dr.Hannibal Lecter ~ Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Dr.Hannibal Lecter ~ Silence of the Lambs (1991) 

 

 

What are the best mysterious movies of all time?

This large size list of films includes many great popular and modern masterpieces of the mystery movie genre you must see. Almost every list or group, in any case, have the most shining star. Of course, the term "the best movies" is naturally a subjective opinion, then the answer to this question will be also our subjective answer. Although we carefully select all the great movies, we can say that these are our favourite mystery movies of all time in an unordered list.

 

 

 

The Master of Thriller/Mystery Movies: David Fincher

Speaking of mystery films, David Fincher has to make room for himself. He has produced many outstanding examples of this genre and almost all movies should be watched if you really like mystery genre. Some of the Fincher's great movies are; The Game (1997) starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, Zodiac (2007) is about Zodiac killer in San Francisco, Gone Girl (2014), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) and the great Se7en (1995) movie with 8.6 IMDb rating.

 

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The Usual Suspects  poster

8.6/10

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The Usual Suspects (1995)

Following a truck hijack in New York, five conmen are arrested and brought together for questioning. As none of the..

action

anti-hero

corruption

crime

drama

mystery

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8.6/10

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Se7en (1995)

A film about two homicide detectives' (Morgan Freeman and (Brad Pitt desperate hunt for a serial killer who justifi..

corruption

crime

drama

mystery

psychological

psychology

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8.6/10

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The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Clarice Starling is a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hanni..

crime

drama

horror

psychological

psychology

scary

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8.5/10

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Psycho (1960)

Phoenix officeworker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. She has to meet her lover Sam in lun..

black and white

golden palm

horror

mystery

paranoia

psychological

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8.5/10

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Memento (2000)

Memento chronicles two separate stories of Leonard, an ex-insurance investigator who can no longer build new memori..

black and white

corruption

memory

mystery

paranoia

philosophy

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The Prestige (2006)

In the end of the Nineteenth Century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough and Alfred Borden..

corruption

drama

mystery

psychological

psychology

science fiction

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8.4/10

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The Shining (1980)

Signing a contract, Jack Torrance, a normal writer and former teacher agrees to take care of a hotel which has a lo..

horror

paranoia

psychological

psychology

scary

social commentary

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8.4/10

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Old Boy (2003)

An average man is kidnapped and imprisoned in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. He then is released, ..

absurd

art house

artistic

bizarre

drama

golden palm

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8.3/10

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Rashomon (1950)

A priest, a woodcutter and another man are taking refuge from a rainstorm in the shell of a former gatehouse called..

artistic

black and white

corruption

crime

Golden Lion winner (Venice Film Festival)

golden palm

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8.3/10

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Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Six criminals, who are strangers to each other, are hired by a crime boss, Joe Cabot, to carry out a diamond robber..

corruption

crime

cult

drama

gangs

gangster

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8.3/10

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L.A. Confidential (1997)

1950's Los Angeles is the seedy backdrop for this intricate noir-ish tale of police corruption and Hollywood sleaze..

anti-hero

corruption

crime

drama

film noir

gangster

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8.2/10

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The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamín Espósito is writing a novel, using an old closed case a..

corruption

crime

drama

love story

memory

mystery

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8.2/10

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Chinatown (1974)

JJ 'Jake' Gittes is a private detective who seems to specialize in matrimonial cases. He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray..

anti-hero

black and white

corruption

crime

film noir

golden palm

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8.1/10

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Shutter Island (2010)

It's 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient f..

conspiracy theory

drama

memory

mystery

paranoia

psychological

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8.1/10

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The Sixth Sense (1999)

Malcom Crowe (Bruce Willis)is a child psychologist who receives an award on the same night that he is visited by a ..

drama

horror

mystery

psychological

psychology

scary

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8.1/10

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Prisoners (2013)

How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-ol..

corruption

crime

drama

morality

mystery

psychological

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8.1/10

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About Elly (2009)

A group of middle-class friends travel from Tehran to spend the weekend at the seaside. Sepideh invites Elly, who i..

drama

golden palm

mystery

sarcasm

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8.1/10

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Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pr..

corruption

crime

drama

mystery

paranoia

psychological

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