Good mystery movies

Good mystery movies DEFAULT

The new Hulu series, Only Murders In the Building, is the latest iteration in a long tradition of murder mysteries. The show, which stars Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez, follows three New Yorkers who investigate (as the title suggests) a possible murder in their Upper West Side apartment building—they also happen to make a Serial-style podcast along the way. The show draws inspiration from decades of murder mystery tropes, which feature prominently in many beloved and acclaimed movies. From Alfred Hitchcock to Jordan Peele, whodunits have always had a particular knack for captivating audiences.

Whether you're watching Only Murders or you're just a thriller fan, we've gathered some of our favorite murder mystery movies from over the years. Below, find comedic takes on the genre or true whodunit classics. But, as Halloween approaches, a murder mystery marathon may be your best bet.

Clue (1985)

A dark comedic take on the murder mystery, Clue has become a cult classic. Based on the board game by the same name, the movie starts with a group of strangers, a New England mansion, a stormy night, and—you guessed it—a murder.

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Get Out (2017)

Get Out was Jordan Peele's directorial debut and was widely lauded for its social commentary. In the film, Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya), a young black man, uncovers dark, disturbing information while visiting his white girlfriend's family.

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Knives Out (2019)

A movie perhaps best known for its slew of cable-knit sweaters, this star-studded feature revolves around the mysterious death of a crime novelist. Detective Benoit Blanc, played by Daniel Craig, enters the picture and tries to piece together this curious case.

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Rear Window (1954)

One of Alfred Hitchcock's most famous films, an injured news photographer (James Stewart) becomes convinced he witnessed a murder in a nearby apartment. He and his girlfriend (played by Grace Kelly) then attempt to solve the mystery themselves.

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Charade (1963)

Even if you're not into mysteries, Charade is worth viewing for its cast and costumes alone. When Regina "Reggie" Lampert's (Audrey Hepburn) husband dies unexpectedly, she faces sudden danger. However, a mysterious-yet-charming American, Peter Joshua (Cary Grant), wants to help.

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Gone Girl (2014)

Based on the bestselling book by the same name, Gone Girl is a psychological thriller about a man (Ben Affleck) who becomes the lead suspect in his wife's (Rosamund Pike) disappearance. However, in this movie, nothing is as it seems.

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Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Another murder mystery based on a book, Murder on the Orient Express is an adaptation of Agatha Christie's detective novel. If you like this version, watch the 2017 adaptation and feel free to compare and contrast.

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Gosford Park (2001)

If Downton Abbeywere a murder mystery, it would be Gosford Park. Starring Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas, the movie begins with a group arriving at a posh English country estate, but a murder and an ensuing investigation, needless to say, complicate the weekend plans.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

David Fincher's thriller follows disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), and tattooed computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), as they attempt to solve a 40-year-old murder case.

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Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

A celebrity ensemble cast, including Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, and Dakota Johnson, stars in Bad Times at the El Royale. The plot centers on a group of strangers meeting up at a seedy hotel in 1969, though they share more in common than they reveal at first.

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L.A. Confidential (1997)

L.A. Confidential transports viewers to 1950s Los Angeles, as three detectives investigate a murder. Sounds simple enough, but the investigation leads the detectives into a wild web of corruption closer to home than they anticipated.

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The Last of Sheila (1973)

A movie producer, Clinton Greene, gathers six friends aboard his luxury yacht, on the one year anniversary of his wife's death. All but one were present on the day of her death, when she was killed in a hit and run. Greene, however, thinks there's more to the story, and is determined to find out everyone's secrets.

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Scream (1996)

The slasher movie that launched a massive franchise, Scream focuses on a group of horror movie fanatics who are subsequently targeted by a masked serial killer. Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Neve Campbell, and Drew Barrymore all star in this famed feature.

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The Third Man (1949)

Set in Vienna at the start of the Cold War, The Third Man is a classically British murder mystery. The basic premise? An American arrives in Austria to work for his friend, only to find that the friend mysteriously died.

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Murder By Death (1976)

A oddball millionaire hosts a dinner party with the world's leading detectives as guests. However, he reveals that the evening is more than a social event, and a murder will occur in the house that night. The reward for finding the killer? $1 million.

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'Seven' (1995)

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Starring: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, John C. McGinley, and Kevin Spacey.

The mystery: A serial killer starts a seven deadly sins-themed murder spree, and two detectives (Freeman and Pitt) have to try to solve the case before he strikes again. The film's now known for a few key scenes, but the plot's underrated and very tense. Watch out if you're squeamish, though.

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'Bad Times at the El Royale' (2018)

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Starring: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, and Chris Hemsworth.

The mystery: In 1959, a man arrives at the El Royale, a hotel on the border between California and Nevada, and hides a bag of money beneath the floorboards of one of the rooms—only to be killed immediately after. Ten years later, a group of strangers arrive at the hotel, each with secrets and mysterious motives of their own. Delightfully star-studded and twisty, it's a modern take on a Clue-type story.

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'Brick' (2005)

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Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Emilie de Ravin, and Nora Zehetner.

The mystery: It's a neo-noir starring high schoolers, and an absolute cult classic. Rian Johnson pre-Knives Out takes us into the murder of Emily (de Ravin), and the search to determine what happened to her and why. It's basically like Chinatown but with teenagers.

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'The Lovebirds' (2020)

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Starring: Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, Paul Sparks, Anna Camp, and Kyle Bornheimer.

The mystery: A couple, formerly in love and now on the cusp of a breakup, get roped into a fiasco after a man runs over a bicyclist with their car. On the run and knowing the cops won't believe them, they set out to solve the mystery for themselves. The narrative really goes in some unanticipated directions, and some of the twists—plural—are truly unexpected. Plus, Rae and Nanjiani totally sell the desperation of trying to clear their own names and failing to avoid the absolute insanity that ensues.

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'The Girl on the Train' (2016)

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Starring: Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Édgar Ramírez, and Lisa Kudrow

The mystery: AlcoholicRachel aimlessly rides the train to the city from the suburbs every day after losing her job and her marriage. One day Rachel gets off the train and, after a confrontation, wakes up covered in blood and learns that a woman has disappeared. Can she trust her unreliable memory?

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'Memento' (2000)

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Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, and Jorja Fox.

The mystery: This film, Christopher Nolan's early smash hit, is most well-known for the fact that it plays in reverse order. But core to the conceit is the central question: "Who killed Leonard's (Pearce) wife? And will he get revenge?" The stakes matter, and the twists, plural, are as shocking as they come.

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'Dark Places' (2015)

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Starring: Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Chloë Grace Moretz, Tye Sheridan, Sterling Jerins, Corey Stoll, and Christina Hendricks

The mystery: Based on the novel of the same name by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, Dark Places focuses on Libby, whose mother and sisters were brutally murdered when she was a child. As a girl, Libby identifies her brother as the murderer to police, but years later starts wondering if there wasn't more to the story.

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'Knives Out' (2019)

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Starring: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Christopher Plummer, and Katherine Langford.

The mystery: Harlan Thrombey, famous author and aging patriarch of a needy, pissed off family, dies by suicide. Or does he? Detective Benoit Blanc (Craig) is hired to investigate but absolutely everyone in this family has a motive. As the story unwinds, the plot takes...let's call it an unusual turn that actually, truly, pays off. This is a terrific example of a modern spin on the classic genre. Rian Johnson really gets the murder-mystery.

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'Get Out' (2017)

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Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Caleb Landry Jones, Marcus Henderson, LaKeith Stanfield, and Lil Rel Howery.

The mystery: This would probably be categorized first as a horror film, and second as a murder mystery. But the twist is as compelling as any on this list. Chris (Kaluuya) goes to meet his girlfriend's (Williams) parents but their ensuing behavior seems bizarre. Then things get so much scarier. The questions that the film poses about racism, privilege, and classism are terrifying—and the answers they provide, including what happens to the man kidnapped in the first scene, are even more so. If you've watched this as a horror flick, watch it again for the mystery.

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'Rebecca' (1940)

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Starring: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson, George Sanders, and Gladys Cooper.

The mystery: The precursor to his classic murder-mysteries, Hitchcock takes on the (notoriously hard to adapt) book to great effect. It's about a young bride whose husband's first wife died under mysterious circumstances. Who killed her? And why??

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'Scream' (1996)

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Starring: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, and Drew Barrymore.

The mystery: Speaking of horror movies secretly channeling murder-mysteries, this classic is a meta-slasher film combined with a whodunit that asks, "Who's the terrifying Ghostface?" Besides, that iconic first scene with Drew Barrymore is one of the finest bait-and-switches in movie history (spoilers at that link) and the perfect setup to what follows.

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'Death on the Nile' (1978)

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Starring: Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury, Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, David Niven, George Kennedy, and Jack Warden.

The mystery: There's a remake coming out, so familiarize yourself with the story now. A woman steals her best friend's husband and ends up dead—only her BFF couldn't possibly have done it. So who did? Mia Farrow (playing the best friend) is quite good in this, channeling the perfect balance of intense and hysterical. But the cast is also packed with unbelievable talent, including a gloriously young Maggie Smith and Angela Lansbury.

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'Us' (2019)

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Starring: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker.

The mystery: Jordan Peele's super-successful followup to Get Out is not so much about the WHOdunnit but the WHYdunnit. Evil doppelgangers come to kill, well, everyone—and it's not clear where they've come from and what their motivations are. It's eerie and twisty and has a few unexpected twists, so don't ruin the mystery for yourself and go watch.

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'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' (2005)

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Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, and Corbin Bernsen.

The mystery: Harry Lockhart (Downey Jr.) is a thief who gets mistaken for an actor. He's subsequently thrown into the glamorous, murder-y world of Hollywood, complete with a mystery involving his childhood crush. Director Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Iron Man 3) somehow manages to make all of that funny and heralded the triumphant return of Downey Jr. as one of the best actors of our time.

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'The Long Goodbye' (1973)

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Starring: Elliott Gould, Sterling Hayden, Nina Van Pallandt, Jim Bouton, and Mark Rydell.

The mystery: A private detective gives his friend a lift to Mexico, then said friend's wife turns up dead. Then so does the friend. It's a perfect picture of '70s-era L.A., and all the seediness of the city, as the private detective sets out to learn what happened.

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'Game Night' (2018)

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Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Jesse Plemons, Michael C. Hall, and Kyle Chandler.

The mystery: Ok, so technically this doesn't start as a murder mystery so much as a kidnapping whodunit: Max (Bateman) and Annie (McAdams) are pros at game night—then Max's brother Brooks (Chandler) hosts an "immersive" mystery game that immediately goes horribly, hilariously wrong. The couple and their friends must figure out what's real and what's not, and the film pulls out the rug from under us in spectacular fashion. Whodunnits are rarely funny, but boy this one is.

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'Fargo' (1996)

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Starring: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, and Harve Presnell.

The mystery: Same deal here, only way darker—what starts out as a simple kidnapping ends in murder. We the audience get early insight into who dies and why, but the joy of the movie is Marge frickin' Gunderson (McDormand), who uses her brains and creativity to track down the killers. It's a blacker-than-black comedy, too.

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'L.A. Confidential' (1997)

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Starring: Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger, James Cromwell, and Danny DeVito.

The mystery: This neo-noir is ostensibly about three police officers (Pearce, Crowe, Spacey) investigating a series of murders. But it's really about police corruption, California's criminal underbelly, and the glitz of Hollywood—the film aims high, and totally delivers. Beloved (and award-winning), this is the rare murder mystery that cares just as much about its characters and setting as it does about uncovering the truth.

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'North By Northwest' (1959)

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Starring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason.

The mystery: If you're a fan of the modern mystery, spy thriller, or adventure film, this Hitchcock film provides the blueprint for all three. Framed for a murder he didn't commit, mistaken for a criminal, and on the run with a mystery woman, Roger (Grant) must try to simultaneously solve the mystery and not be murdered himself. It's just as twisty and compelling as it sounds—and it's aged well, considering it's five decades old.

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'The Nice Guys' (2016)

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Starring: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Keith David, and Kim Basinger.

The mystery: Remember Kiss Kiss Bang Bang? Shane Black is back with a witty, highly quotable '70s-era mystery. Two detectives, who initially can't stand each other, must team up to investigate a suspicious suicide—and find a vast, city-wide conspiracy instead. An homage to L.A. Confidential, both Crowe and Basinger are back in the genre and clearly enjoying themselves. The real treat, though, is watching Crowe and Gosling try to out-banter each other as the twists keep coming.

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'Charade' (1963)

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Starring: Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, and George Kennedy.

The mystery: Sometimes deemed "The best Hitchcock movie Hitchcock never made," this actually is a mystery, comedy, and romance all wrapped into one movie. Never fear, the premise is intensely interesting: A woman's husband dies unexpectedly and mysterious men come after her too. A handsome stranger (Grant) wants to help...or does he?

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'Happy Death Day' (2017)

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Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews, and Charles Aitken.

The mystery: Is this a traditional murder mystery setup? Absolutely not. Is it a great mystery movie? You bet. In a Groundhog Day-like scenario, Tree (Rothe) is seeking out a murder. The victim? Tree. Every morning she goes in search of her murderer, trying to beat the clock and survive to tomorrow. I'd argue the premise makes the whodunit even more interesting.

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'The Usual Suspects' (1995)

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Starring: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, Pete Postlethwaite, Kevin Spacey, Suzy Amis, Benicio del Toro, and Giancarlo Esposito.

The mystery: Who is Keyser Söze? Once considered the most compelling mystery of all time, the films starts near the end, with the murders already committed and the killer basically identified. Then it painstakingly goes back into the story via police interviews, gently unwinding everything you think you know about what happened. This is as much a "why done it" as a "who done it," and the film waits until the final few seconds to answer both brilliantly.

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'Chinatown' (1974)

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Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Hillerman, Perry Lopez, Burt Young, and John Huston.

The mystery: LA private eye J.J. "Jake" Gittes (Nicholson) is hired by a woman named Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband's suspected infidelity. But the case takes a turn when Jake meets the real Mrs. Mulwray (this one played by Dunaway) and finds himself investigating Mr. Mulwray's sudden death. It's a multilayered story about corruption, cruelty, and deception at every level of society. Do be warned, though, that there's sexual violence, and it's an intense story.

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'Sherlock Holmes' (2009)

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Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, and Eddie Marsan.

The mystery: Sherlock Holmes is the original detective, and some of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories are the best whodunits out there. Many films have been made about the super-sleuth, but this one (directed by Guy Ritchie) gives it a much-needed shot of adrenaline. Ritualistic killings are going on in London, and it seems like the culprit's obvious. Then shit gets weird, and more bodies start piling up. (This one is far superior to the sequel.)

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'The Fugitive' (1993)

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Starring: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Joe Pantoliano, Andreas Katsulas, and Jeroen Krabbé.

The mystery: Harrison Ford's a doctor wrongly convicted for murdering his wife—so, as you do, he escapes and sets out to investigate the crime himself. Tommy Lee Jones is the U.S. Marshall who comes after him, reluctantly starting to realize the man he's chasing might be innocent after all. It's not the typical "10 people in a room—figure out who the killer is" story, but the modified format works incredibly well. Having the man convicted of the crime investigate the crime is a brilliant framework, and Ford carries it off perfectly.

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'Laura' (1944)

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Starring: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, and Judith Anderson.

The mystery: Named one of the top murder-mysteries of all time by the AFI, this hauntingly gorgeous noir film centers around the murder of ad exec Laura. As the detective (Andrews) gets close to the people in her life, he becomes obsessed with the dead woman's story. The story still holds up 75 years later.

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'A Simple Favor' (2018)

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Starring: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells, Linda Cardellini, Rupert Friend, and Jean Smart.

The mystery: Two moms become friends, then one goes missing. The hunt to figure out what's happened (and who the woman really is) begins. No spoilers on who dies—yes, it's included on a murder mystery list for a reason—or why the mystery's so compelling. But just trust me on this one: It's actually kind of brilliant. And, guys, Blake Lively is really funny (and so is the film, contrary to what the trailer might make you believe). Don't sleep on this one.

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'Murder on the Orient Express' (1974)

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Starring: Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Rachel Roberts, Richard Widmark, and Michael York.

The mystery: If you liked the remake (or even if you didn't!) check out the original, which channels Agatha Christie's vision perfectly. A billionaire is murdered on a trip on the Orient Express while famed detective Hercule Poirot happens to be on board. He sets about trying to solve the mystery, with everyone in the car proving to be a suspect.

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'Psycho' (1960)

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Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, Vera Miles, and Martin Balsam.

The mystery: This horror film is also the ultimate murder mystery, in part because of who the murderee is...(no spoilers, even though you've probably seen that pivotal scene). Hitchcock's insistence on an unconventional narrative structure shoots the story forward. And he leaves red herrings throughout the film to make the ending feel genuinely surprising, even now.

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'Clue' (1985)

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Starring: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, and Lesley Ann Warren.

The mystery: This comedy, based on the iconic board game, follows a group of guests at a dinner party who all suspect each other when their host is murdered. It's one of the rare instances in which a game adaptation actually works, and the original theatrical release had multiple endings distributed randomly to audiences. (The version you'll watch will have all three, one after the other.)

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'The Big Sleep' (1946)

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Starring: Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

The mystery: Private investigator Philip Marlowe (Bogart) is hired by General Sternwood to help fix his daughter, Carmen's, gambling debts. Marlowe turns to the general's older daughter, Vivian (Bacall), who reveals that the situation is much more complicated than it appears. The film really dives into how a crime is solved. With literary legend William Faulkner cowriting, the story's aged well.

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'Zodiac' (2007)

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Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Charles Fleischer, Zach Grenier, Philip Baker Hall, Elias Koteas, James LeGros, Donal Logue, John Carroll Lynch, Dermot Mulroney, Candy Clark, and Chloë Sevigny.

The mystery: Director David Fincher's 2007 film took on the still officially unsolved murders of the Zodiac Killer. The film is long and complex, but doesn't feel it. If the lack of closure makes you wary of seeing it, don't let that deter you. This film's as riveting as it gets.

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'Mystic River' (2003)

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Starring: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laura Linney.

The mystery: An ex-con's daughter is murdered and two of his childhood friends are connected to the case, prompting him to conduct his own investigation into the murder. The mood is dark and twisted, with a true gut punch of an ending (no spoilers here).

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'Rear Window' (1954)

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Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, and Raymond Burr.

The mystery: A newspaper photographer with a broken leg passes the time during his recovery by observing his neighbors through his window. When he witnesses what he believes to be a murder, he goes to work solving the crime himself. By this point, Hitchcock is absolutely nailing the "murder mystery with a twist" genre.

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'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' (2011)

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Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård, Steven Berkoff, Robin Wright, Yorick van Wageningen, and Joely Richardson.

The mystery: A disgraced financial reporter and a genius hacker team up to investigate a 40-year-old murder case. Fair warning: it gets violent, including sexual violence throughout. But if you've got the stomach for it, this remake and book adaptation channels the depth and horror of the subject matter.

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'Diabolique' (1954)

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Starring: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, and Charles Vanel.

The mystery: An inspiration for Psycho, this film starts with two women at their wits' end: One, the wife of an abusive husband, the other, his mistress. Their conspired plot to do away with him goes horribly awry—the body disappears, and the women are tormented by eerie, seemingly otherworldly hauntings. The true victim, what happened, and why: It all builds to an ending you won't see coming.

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'Gone Girl' (2014)

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Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry.

The mystery: A man (Affleck) is the prime suspect in his wife's disappearance and apparent murder, but things are definitely not what they seem. David Fincher really understands what made the book so powerful, and structuring it in a similar way means there are multiple jaw-dropping twists throughout the windy story.

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'Dial M for Murder' (1954)

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Starring: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, and John Williams.

The mystery: A man plots the perfect murder to get rid of his adulterous wife, but is backed into a corner when his wife fights back and kills her assassin in self-defense. Another Hitchcock classic, the plot starts out twisty and only gets twistier.

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'The Maltese Falcon' (1941)

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Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Barton MacLane, Lee Patrick, and Sydney Greenstreet.

The mystery: Detective Sam Spade (Bogart) takes on a case that turns out to be more than he bargained for when his partner ends up murdered. Sam is threatened and told he must find the valuable statue at the center of the crime spree.

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'Primal Fear' (1996)

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Starring: Richard Gere, Edward Norton, Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard, and Frances McDormand.

The mystery: When the Archbishop of Chicago is murdered, a media-hungry attorney takes on the case, defending the alter boy who is the prime suspect in the case. Norton (only 27 at the time and in his film debut) gives a star-making performance as a young alter boy who's more than meets the eye.

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'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' (1988)

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Starring: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Charles Fleischer, Stubby Kaye, and Joanna Cassidy.

The mystery: Not every murder mystery has to be super-serious, obviously. Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a family-friendly take on classic noirs. In it, a detective works to find out, well, who framed Roger Rabbit—and who really committed the murder the cartoon is accused of. The effects have aged a little, but the story's still a memorable one.

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'Murder Mystery'

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Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Luke Evans, and Terence Stamp.

The mystery: This spoofy Netflix special satirizes the murder mystery genre, but is also a really suspenseful (and funny!) itself. Sandler plays a NYC cop who takes his wife (Aniston) on a European vacation and the two find themselves entangled in a murder of a billionaire. Cue "dun dun dun."

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'The Woman in the Window'

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Starring: Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Anthony Mackie, Wyatt Russell, and Gary Oldman.

The mystery: Anna Fox (Adams) is an agoraphobic child psychologist who won't leave her house. After befriending a neighbor (and, admittedly, spying on her through the window from her house) she witnesses a vicious crime. The cops don't believe her, so it's up to Anna to serve justice. Based on the book by Joe Wright of the same name, The Woman in the Window is packed with twists and turns.

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'Haunted Mansion'

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Starring: Eddie Murphy, Terence Stamp, Nathaniel Parker, Marsha Thomason, Aree Davis, and Marc John Jefferies.

The mystery: An oldie, but a goodie! On the way to a family vacation, an ambitious real estate agent (Murphy) stops at an old mansion he's hoping to sell. A storm forces the group to stay the night at the creepy mansion, with its eccentric owner. There, amidst supernatural happenings, the family begins to unravel the truth behind a decades-old murder.

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'The Night Clerk'

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Starring: Tye Sheridan, Ana de Armas, Helen Hunt, and John Leguizamo.

The mystery: Bart, a young hotel night clerk with Asperger Syndrome (Sheridan) becomes the prime suspect in a murder of a hotel guest. While police race to make an arrest, Bart must protect another guest (de Armas) from a similar fate.

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'The Black Dahlia'

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The beauty of the best mystery movies is that they prey on our human instinct to look for answers to questions. It can feel maddening to not know what’s going to happen next, and yet we love it when a crime thriller is impossible to predict. Even better if the mystery movie has you on the edge of your seat until the very last second.

Whether it’s a vintage whodunit or a terrifying psychological thriller, the best mystery movies never stop being fun. Trying to differentiate the bad from the good, guessing who’s lying or telling the truth, and attempting to solve a crime thriller are all mental puzzles that are endlessly frustrating yet completely entertaining. 

So, with that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the best mystery movies you can stream tonight. From Alfred Hitchcock classics to M. Night Shyamalan thriller twists, these picks span every genre. If you're in the mood for comedy, try something light like The Lovebirds.Horror and crime thriller fans will be intrigued by Get Out and Seven. Meanwhile, those who prefer a moving drama might enjoy Arrival. No matter what kind of mystery movie you're feeling, we’ve got you covered.


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60 Best Mystery Movies Of All Time

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By Mike Bedard/May 13, 2020 6:55 pm EDT/Updated: Oct. 14, 2021 12:08 pm EDT

Who doesn't love a good mystery movie? Watching a clever detective figure out who's behind a murder never gets old. Sometimes these films are comical, sometimes they're bizarre, and sometimes they're deadly serious. Yet all of them leave you guessing until the final frame.

Not every whodunit is a winner, however. How's a fan supposed to know which flicks are worth checking out, and which should remain in the bargain bin? That's where we come in. From brilliant Hitchcock classics to modern day crime sagas, these are the 60 best mystery movies of all time.

Updated on October 14, 2001:New mystery movies come out every day, from all corners of the globe. We keep a close eye on the cinematic landscape, and update this list whenever a new classic is released. Be sure to check back for new and exciting developments in the realm of mystery movies.

Memento

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Christopher Nolan's breakout film follows Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce), a man who suffers from anterograde amnesia. This means he can't form new memories, which makes it particularly difficult for him to figure out who killed his wife. Told in reverse chronological order, "Memento" is a good example of how Nolan plays with the audience's perception of linear time, an approach he returns to in "Inception" and "Dunkirk." Even though you know how this story ends, your jaw will be on the floor once you see its beginning.

  • Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Year: 2000
  • Runtime: 113 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Rear Window

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Alfred Hitchcock knew how to tap into people's primordial fears. This is never more clear than in "Rear Window," which stands as one of his greatest movies. James Stewart plays L.B. Jefferies, a photographer who's homebound due to a broken leg. He apparently witnesses a neighbor murdering his wife, as well as other strange happenings. L.B. takes it upon himself to solve the case, but doing so proves to be much more complicated than he might have thought. Stewart proves himself to be one of the finest actors of his day in this film, working off a script that ups the suspense with every page.

  • Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Year: 1954
  • Runtime: 112 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Clue

Paramount Pictures

Many mystery films are dark and dour, but "Clue," based off the best-selling board game, is a delight from start to finish. We begin with a group of people who are invited to a luxurious mansion. When Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving) winds up dead, the guests have to determine which one of them is behind it. To add to the intrigue, three different endings are presented. Like any great mystery movie, "Clue" keeps you on your toes, but it also keeps you laughing.

Zodiac

Paramount Pictures

Fictional mysteries are scary enough, but "Zodiac" ups the ante by exploring a real-world case. The Zodiac Killer terrified the Bay Area for years, sending letters, ciphers, and bloody clothing to local newspapers as he murdered innocents. It remains one of the most infamous unsolved crimes in American history. With the help of an all-star cast, this powerful movie focuses on the officers and reporters who sacrificed so much in their efforts to bring this maniac to justice.

  • Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Director: David Fincher
  • Year: 2007
  • Runtime: 157 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

Mulholland Drive

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David Lynch is an infamously enigmatic filmmaker, and "Mulholland Drive" proves this reputation is well-earned. The film picks up with a woman who survives a car crash, then wanders into the apartment of an aspiring actress. It's soon revealed that the survivor has absolutely no idea who she is. Together, the two women will have to figure out where she belongs — but that's a trickier question to answer than you might think. Watching "Mulholland Drive" is like being inside of a dream that gradually transforms into a nightmare. Your entire perception of the story will change as it unfolds, and you'll love every mysterious minute.

Seven

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"Seven" is the kind of mystery that makes you question your own sense of right and wrong. Two detectives end up on a case involving a serial killer who bases his crimes off the seven deadly sins. What ensues is terrifying, gruesome, and brilliant — and it all leads to one of the most memorable film climaxes ever. Though "Seven" is undoubtedly dark, it also manages to argue that the world is worth fighting for, even if the battle is beyond your wildest nightmares.

The Big Sleep

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The mystery genre owes a major debt of gratitude to author Raymond Chandler, who wrote some of the best detective stories of all time. Many of them were adapted into movies, including "The Big Sleep." Philip Marlowe's on the case in this mystery tale, which is more concerned with the process of finding answers than the answers themselves. Fun fact: "The Sound and the Fury" author William Faulkner co-wrote the screenplay.

  • Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely
  • Director: Howard Hawks
  • Year: 1946
  • Runtime: 116 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Chinatown

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This neo-noir classic follows Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson), a private eye who's hired by a woman to investigate her husband's misdeeds. It seems like a routine case ... until he realizes the woman who hired him isn't actually the man's wife. Things only grow more complex from there as Jake delves into a world of corruption and dark family secrets. This twisty masterpiece is widely regarded as one of the best mystery films of all time, and it's easy to see why. Despite the movie's most famous line, you won't soon forget "Chinatown."

North by Northwest

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

As with many great mystery films, "North by Northwest" kicks off with a case of mistaken identity. Ad man Roger Thornhill ends up getting kidnapped as a result of this mix-up, but no matter how many times he protests, no one will believe he's not really who they believe him to be. This is a movie that has no problem being mean to its protagonist — Hitchcock masterfully sets up plenty of traps for Roger to fall into. Plus, the movie's worth watching for the iconic crop duster scene alone.

  • Starring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Year: 1959
  • Runtime: 136 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Knives Out

Lionsgate

Whodunits have become something of a lost art form in the 21st century. This might be the result of our media-savvy age: Even non-cinephiles know to anticipate red herrings and be on the lookout for anyone who seems a little too innocent. Then "Knives Out" came along and flipped the genre on its head with its story of a deceased novelist and his suspicious family. This expert caper has humor, political commentary, and more than a few twists and turns. The set-up may be straight out of an Agatha Christie novel, but the delivery is classic Rian Johnson.

  • Starring: Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Chris Evans
  • Director: Rian Johnson
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 130 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Brick

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Long before Rian Johnson reinvented the whodunit with "Knives Out," he explored another mystery subgenre: the hardboiled noir. "Brick" takes the detective out of the mean streets and into a high school by following teen Brendan Frye (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) as he figures out what happened to his ex-girlfriend. This tale plays like a classic Dashiell Hammett mystery, albeit one transplanted into high school. This setting adds a fun twist to the proceedings, while still offering everything a mystery fan could want.

  • Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nora Zehetner, Lukas Haas
  • Director: Rian Johnson
  • Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 110 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

Bad Times at the El Royale

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What happens when you lock a bunch of strangers with dark secrets in a hotel together? In real life, you'd probably get a bunch of awkward encounters, but in "Bad Times at the El Royale," you get sheer entertainment. This is the kind of thriller that's best to go into knowing as little as possible. Watch it with an open mind and a willingness to accept Chris Hemsworth as you've never seen him before, and you will be rewarded. All these strangers want is a shot at redemption — provided they don't end up dead. This turns out to be a tall order.

  • Starring: Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth
  • Director: Drew Goddard
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 141 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%

Rebecca

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If you're in the mood for a tense game of cat-and-mouse, you can't do better than this Hitchcock classic. "Rebecca" follows Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier), a wealthy Englishman who marries a naïve young woman following the death of his first wife, the titular Rebcca. Despite everyone's attempts to move on from the first Mrs. de Winter, her presence remains a haunting constant throughout the movie, which won Best Picture at that year's Academy Awards.

  • Starring: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Year: 1940
  • Runtime: 130 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Death on the Nile

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No one crafts a tale of suspense quite like Agatha Christie. 1978's "Death on the Nile" adapts one of her finest works, which takes place on a tranquil cruise through Egypt. Of course, all that peace is shattered once a beautiful young woman winds up dead. If you're unfamiliar with Hercule Poirot, Christie's beloved detective, "Death on the Nile" is a great introduction to his stories. If you're already acquainted but haven't seen this film, squeeze it into your schedule ASAP — it's Poirot at his best.

  • Starring: Peter Ustinov, Mia Farrow, Maggie Smith
  • Director: John Guillermin
  • Year: 1978
  • Runtime: 140 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

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This darkly funny flick sees two-bit criminal Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.) accidentally wind up with a part in a Hollywood film. In the process, he gets flung into a massive conspiracy alongside his new partner, Perry van Shrike (Val Kilmer). "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" excels where so many other films have failed in attempting to parody the mystery genre. What makes it work here, as opposed to those missteps, is the filmmakers' clear affection for classically hard-boiled tropes.

Fargo

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The Coen Brothers juxtapose abhorrent violence with a seemingly innocent environment in this black comedy masterpiece. A car salesman hires a couple of ignorant ne'er-do-wells to kidnap his own wife, hoping to use the ransom money to get out of debt. The plan goes awry, however, when one of the criminals shoots a state trooper. All the hallmarks of a classic Coen Brothers film are present in "Fargo," making it a must-see for curious newbies and dedicated fans.

  • Starring: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi
  • Director: Joel and Ethan Coen
  • Year: 1996
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

The Long Goodbye

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Philip Marlowe (Elliott Gould) is back in the thick of things in this twist-filled mystery. After giving his friend Terry (Jim Bouton) a ride to Mexico, Marlowe returns to Los Angeles to discover that Terry's wife is dead. All signs may seem to point to Terry as the culprit, but there's more to this story than meets the eye. "The Long Goodbye" is a cornerstone of the genre that mixes deep social commentary with sheer entertainment.

  • Starring: Elliott Gould, Jim Bouton, Nina van Pallandt
  • Director: Robert Altman
  • Year: 1973
  • Runtime: 112 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

L.A. Confidential

Warner Bros.

Los Angeles is the ideal location for a good mystery: The glitz and glamor of Hollywood contrast nicely with fame's seedy underbelly. "L.A. Confidential" dives deep into both worlds with a story involving three very different policemen looking to rid the city of corruption. They all have their own desires and motivations, but their stories are deliciously intertwined. This complex approach paid off: The movie took home Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress.

  • Starring: Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger
  • Director: Curtis Hanson
  • Year: 1997
  • Runtime: 138 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

The Nice Guys

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After watching "The Nice Guys," you'll wonder why there aren't more movies starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling as a pair of mismatched detectives. As Healy and March, they plumb Los Angeles' depths in search of a missing girl. The movie's mystery is enough to keep you guessing all the way through, but what truly sets "The Nice Guys" apart is its humor. There are plenty of scenes here that will make you bust out laughing — one moment featuring Ryan Gosling's attempt to keep a bathroom door open is particularly hilarious.

  • Starring: Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Angourie Rice
  • Director: Shane Black
  • Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 116 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Charade

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You don't find many rom-com mysteries in theaters these days. But the combination of romance and intrigue can't be beat, and "Charade" is proof. This flick follows a woman who falls for a dashing man on a ski holiday in the French Alps. While she's away, she learns of her husband's death. Together, the pair track down her husband's old cronies to put the pieces of this mysterious puzzle together. Death may be involved in this film, but "Charade" applies a light touch, allowing for warmth and charm throughout the proceedings.

  • Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Walter Matthau
  • Director: Stanley Donen
  • Year: 1963
  • Runtime: 113 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

The Usual Suspects

Gramercy Pictures

In this fascinating film, a con man talks with the police about his involvement in a multi-million dollar heist controlled by the mysterious Keyser Soze. Authorities have always been doubtful that this storied crime lord actually exists, but they're about to learn the horrible truth: He's out there, and he's dangling a carrot in front of their noses. This film's twist is one of the genre's best — once you see it for yourself, you're going to want to start the movie all over again.

  • Starring: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del Toro
  • Director: Bryan Singer
  • Year: 1995
  • Runtime: 106 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

The Fugitive

Warner Bros.

"The Fugitive" skillfully draws you into Richard Kimble's (Harrison Ford) Kafkaesque conundrum. He's been wrongfully accused of killing his wife, so he flees from the law and attempts to find the real killer. The only problem is, Senior Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) is hot on his trail and wholeheartedly believes he's responsible. It all leads to one of the most iconic climaxes of all time. This thoroughly suspenseful tale functions as a master class in pacing.

Sherlock Holmes

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Sherlock Holmes might be over 100 years old, but he continues to impress 21st century audiences: Actors ranging from Henry Cavill to Benedict Cumberbatch have portrayed the famous sleuth in recent years. In the minds of many, however, Robert Downey Jr. pulls off the best modern incarnation in 2009's "Sherlock Holmes." This flick has everything audiences expect out of the detective, plus a few surprises thrown in for good measure. The use of slow-motion to portray Holmes' thought process remains an innovative way of showcasing his sheer intellect.

  • Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams
  • Director: Guy Ritchie
  • Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 129 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 69%

Laura

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Film noir operates according to certain tenets. Complex plots are a given, as are mysterious dames and conniving suitors. All of these ideas work splendidly in "Laura," which follows a Manhattan detective as he searches for a Madison Avenue executive's killer. The set-up's straightforward enough, but this movie takes you around one curve after the next. "Laura" isn't everything it seems to be — just like Laura herself.

  • Starring: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Vincent Price
  • Director: Otto Preminger
  • Year: 1944
  • Runtime: 88 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Murder on the Orient Express

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A man winds up dead on the Orient Express, and pretty much every passenger on board has a reason they might have killed him. This looks like a job for Hercule Poirot! With expert precision, this adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie novel of the same name leaves you guessing until its shocking finale. This film set the bar for every mystery film to come, and it's no secret as to why. When you take a bunch of A-list actors, throw them into a room together, and have them play characters desperate to convince a detective (and the audience) of their innocence, you're going to end up with movie magic.

The Third Man

Selznick Releasing Organization

Most people probably know Orson Welles best from "Citizen Kane," considered by many to be the greatest film of all time. It deserves that designation, but audiences would do well to check out other works in his filmography, like "The Third Man." This film noir revolves around two childhood friends who rekindle their partnership, only for one of them to end up dead. A conspiracy theory develops regarding a "third man" present during the death, but who was it? What ensues is so fascinating, the British Film Institute considers "The Third Man" to be the best British film ever made.

  • Starring: Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Alida Valli
  • Director: Carol Reed
  • Year: 1949
  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

Mystic River

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This hard-bitten film centers around three lifelong friends, who are all connected to a young woman's murder. One of them is the girl's father, another is the last person to see her alive, and the last is the homicide detective leading the case. The police may have a protocol for this kind of thing, but that doesn't stop her father from taking the law into his own hands. "Mystic River" is a heart-wrenching watch, and one of Clint Eastwood's best films. The mystery is engaging, but what truly makes this movie special is the emotion underlying it.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" was a natural next step for director David Fincher. It's a gritty noir film, much like "Seven." It's an adaptation of a popular book, like "Fight Club." Yet it also stands on its own as a brilliant, twist-packed mystery. A girl's been missing for 40 years, and one dogged journalist is still on the case. To finally crack it, he needs Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), an antisocial computer hacker, to help him as only  she can. The closer they get to solving it, however, the closer they get to one another.

  • Starring: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer
  • Director: David Fincher
  • Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 158 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

The Maltese Falcon

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"The Maltese Falcon" is the film noir. Many genre tropes were first codified by this film: Smoke permeates the air, the shadows are dark and deep, and the hard-boiled P.I. doesn't mind bending the rules to find the truth. Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) and Miles Archer (Jerome Cowan) take on a case offered by a beautiful woman. However, when Miles goes searching for clues, he winds up dead. Not only does this film paint a fantastic portrait of a classic detective, it also has one of the best MacGuffins ever utilized in film.

  • Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Jerome Cowan, Mary Astor
  • Director: John Huston
  • Year: 1941
  • Runtime: 101 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Primal Fear

Paramount Pictures

Edward Norton is a household name at this point. However, back in 1996, most people didn't know what to expect out of him when they walked into a movie theater to see "Primal Fear." Norton stars as an altar boy on trial for the murder of an influential archbishop. Did he do it, or is he innocent? That's the central question in this legal thriller, which will have you questioning your own beliefs throughout its runtime. While Norton steals the show, Richard Gere's portrayal of his defense attorney is also deeply compelling. He's trying to do the right thing, but he — like the audience — isn't sure what that is anymore.

  • Starring: Richard Gere, Edward Norton, Alfre Woodard
  • Director: Gregory Hoblit
  • Year: 1996
  • Runtime: 130 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%

Shutter Island

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Many people didn't know what to make of "Shutter Island" when they first saw the trailer. Was it a straightforward mystery? Did it possess elements of horror? In true Martin Scorsese fashion, it transcends those traditional labels to offer something entirely new. The movie picks up with U.S. Marshal Teddy (Leonardo DiCaprio) as he first steps foot onto the eponymous island, which houses a psychiatric facility. One of the patients has gone missing, and it's up to him and his partner to figure out where they went. Forget everything you think you know about mysteries from this point forward — the twist in this film will leave your jaw on the floor.

  • Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 139 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 68%

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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There have been plenty of attempts over the years to merge live-action footage with animation. Some have been successful, while others have painfully missed the mark. "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" towers over all of them. It's a landmark of animation set within the confines of a good old-fashioned mystery, in which a grizzled human has to team up with a wacky cartoon rabbit. As if that wasn't enough, it has a cavalcade of cameos from all your favorite Saturday morning cartoon characters, including Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, and Betty Boop.

  • Starring: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Year: 1988
  • Runtime: 104 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Gone Girl

20th Century Studios

"Gone Girl" doesn't save its final twist until the very end. In fact, it gives up the game about halfway through, revealing the strange truth behind the disappearance of Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike). From there on out, it's all about unraveling its twisted web of lies — and every moment is pulse-pounding. At its core, this is a movie about two people who hate each other ... and also happen to be married. Whatever you do, don't watch this one with your significant other.

  • Starring: Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris
  • Director: David Fincher
  • Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 149 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

Searching

Sony Pictures Releasing

With the internet at our disposal, it often feels as though anyone can be a detective. Any time you go on a Tinder date, you accumulate a ton of information on the other person before ever meeting them, right? This paradigm shift underlies "Searching," one of the best thrillers of the 21st century so far. John Cho stars as David, a man whose daughter has gone missing. He proceeds to comb through her computer and internet search history to determine where she could've gone. This enthralling film unfolds entirely on computer and smartphone screens. Every account, page, and site could contain a clue, which means you'll often find yourself pausing to scan each frame, just like David does.

  • Starring: John Cho, Debra Messing, Michelle La
  • Director: Aneesh Chaganty
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

In the Heat of the Night

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"In the Heat of the Night" is a thrilling detective story with a lot on its mind. Principally, it looks at the way race, wealth, and crime intersect in the United States, which makes it just as timely today as it was when it debuted in 1965. The film follows Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier), an elite detective who's arrested in a small Mississippi town on suspicion of murder. He manages to prove his own innocence, but he has to team up with the town's police chief to figure out what's really going on. A searing exploration of small-town secrets ensues.

  • Starring: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates
  • Director: Norman Jewison
  • Year: 1967
  • Runtime: 109 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

The Pelican Brief

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When you want a thrilling legal novel, you turn to John Grisham. "The Pelican Brief" adapts his 1992 novel of the same name with great success. Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington play a law student and a reporter respectively, who become wrapped up in a massive conspiracy centered around the murder of two Supreme Court justices. Soon enough, people are out to kill them, too. To make it out alive, they need to be crafty — good thing that's just what they are.

A Simple Favor

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Who says you need a dark office and a lot of cigarette smoke to become a detective? Sometimes, you just need the drive and a smartphone. That describes Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) from "A Simple Favor" to a T. She's a single mother and a vlogger who becomes friends with, Emily (Blake Lively), who appears to have it all. But one day, Emily goes missing. The police try their best, but Stephanie still decides to launch her own investigation. As it turns out, she may have not known the real Emily in the first place.

The Sixth Sense

Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

Even if you've never seen "The Sixth Sense," you already know the twist. It's become cinematic short-hand for something that seemingly comes out of left field, only for audiences to realize it was right there in front of them the whole time. M. Night Shyamalan's magnum opus also established what audiences should expect out of his movies: a big twist at the end. Virtually all of his films, from "Unbreakable" to "Old," carry on that tradition, "The Sixth Sense" does it best with its tale of psychic children and frustrated psychologists.

Enola Holmes

Netflix

Millie Bobby Brown rose to stardom thanks to her role on Netflix's "Stranger Things." She soon proved to be the streaming platform's golden girl by starring in one of Netflix's best-reviewed original films, "Enola Holmes." Everyone's familiar with Enola's older brother Sherlock, but this movie proves that deductive reasoning skills run in the family. When her brilliant mother Eudoria goes missing, she's hot on the case. While Sherlock and Mycroft lend a helping hand, Enola is the center of this riveting story, which combines mystery with irrepressible charm.

What Lies Beneath

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Though this movie features a mysterious murder and supernatural phenomena, you'll become even more enraptured with the small, intimate moments between Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer, who play a married couple on the brink. Even when they don't yell at each other, you can sense a palpable tension between them. "What Lies Beneath" feels like a prototype for "Gone Girl," and will forever change the way you look at the letters "MEF."

  • Starring: Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Miranda Otto
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Year: 2000
  • Runtime: 130 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 47%

Gone Baby Gone

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People already knew Ben Affleck as an actor and writer, but with "Gone Baby Gone," he proved himself to be a masterful director as well. In his feature-length debut, Affleck tells a story set in his native Boston, where P.I. Patrick Kenzie (Casey Affleck) is hired to find a missing girl. Everyone thinks he's wasting his time, as the girl's already been missing for 76 hours. But Kenzie knows the city's streets better than most — a fact he might come to regret, as the movie marches to its devastating conclusion.

  • Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman
  • Director: Ben Affleck
  • Year: 2007
  • Runtime: 114 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

The Name of the Rose

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"The Name of the Rose" follows a Franciscan friar of the 1300s who's been confronted with a bizarre state of affairs: A young monk has been found dead, in a manner that makes no sense. This one-of-a-kind film explores medieval cosmology, ponders the nature of sin, and delivers a gripping story, performed by an all-star cast including Sean Connery, Christian Slater, and Ron Perlman. You've never seen mystery like this before.

  • Starring: Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham, Christian Slater
  • Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
  • Year: 1986
  • Runtime: 131 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%

The Thin Man

Loew's Inc.

When an inventor goes missing, retired detective Nick Charles is pressed back into service. He's joined in sleuthing by his wife Nora, who's developed a real taste for deduction. Together, they go on a journey through deception, cruelty, and murder. But don't worry, it's not all doom and gloom: "The Thin Man" is also a comedy, offering plenty of laughs. This genre alchemy proved to be so successful, it spawned several sequels.

  • Starring: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan
  • Director: W. S. Van Dyke
  • Year: 1934
  • Runtime: 91 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes score:98%

Sleuth

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"Sleuth" is the last movie the legendary Joseph L. Mankiewicz directed, which shows he was at the top of his game until the very end. This fantastic film follows a mystery novelist who goes toe-to-toe in a battle of wits with his wife's lover. People are framed for crimes in elaborate ways, inspectors are called in to investigate, and enigmatic clues are planted. The stakes grow ever higher as these two men play their deadly game — until finally, it all comes crashing down.

  • Starring: Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Eve Channing
  • Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Year: 1972
  • Runtime: 138 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Prisoners

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In "Prisoners," Denis Villeneuve proves his impressive skills extend into the thriller genre. This taut film focuses on the kidnapping of two young girls, who are snatched away from their families on Thanksgiving. Unsatisfied with how the police have handled the matter, one of the girl's fathers decides to strike out on his own. It's easy to see why Villeneuve was selected to film "Blade Runner 2049" after seeing "Prisoners" — he clearly understands the allure of a crafty mystery. 

  • Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis
  • Director: Denis Villeneuve
  • Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 153 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

Rashomon

Daiei Film/YouTube

Have you ever remembered an event differently from someone else who was also present? This is known as the "Rashomon effect," which is named after this enthralling mystery. Widely considered to be one of the best films ever made, "Rashomon" explores a murder from multiple perspectives. Every witness has ulterior motives, so they lie and bend the truth to their benefit. This penetrative examination of the subjective nature of truth remains one of the most fascinating mysteries ever put to film.

  • Starring: Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Toshiro Mifune
  • Director: Akira Kurosawa
  • Year: 1950
  • Runtime: 88 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Vertigo

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"Vertigo" is widely considered to be one of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films, and indeed, one of the greatest film ever made (via BBC). It tells the story of Scottie Ferguson, a retired detective who left the force due to his intense acrophobia and vertigo. These fears come to the fore when an old acquaintance hires Scottie to follow his wife, who's been acting strangely. Nothing is as it seems, however, as Scottie and the audience unforgettably discover.

  • Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Year: 1958
  • Runtime: 128 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Witness for the Prosecution

United Artists

There's truly something special about courtroom dramas. Few movies do more with this inherently interesting genre than "Witness for the Prosecution." This film unfolds like a searing play, as the viewers witness a man put on trial for the murder of a wealthy socialite. The only person who can save him is his detestable wife, who doesn't legally have to take the stand ... but chooses to anyway. What results is mesmerizing.

  • Starring: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton
  • Director: Billy Wilder
  • Year: 1957
  • Runtime: 116 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Oldboy

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"Oldboy" contains one of the greatest fight sequences ever put to film, inspiring legions of movies and TV shows to come. As for the story that makes the fight scene possible? Well, that's not too shabby either. "Oldboy" follows an obnoxious man who's imprisoned for 15 years by unknown captors. When he's finally let out into society once again, he's given the opportunity to track down the individual responsible for his confinement. But as he soon discovers, the forces that held him captive are more complex and strange than he ever could have imagined.

  • Starring: Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jung
  • Director: Park Chan-wook
  • Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

Double Indemnity

Paramount Pictures/YouTube

You've watched movies about private investigators taking on dastardly cases, but what about insurance adjusters? That's the clever twist that runs through this noir classic. It all starts with an insurance salesman who falls for a classic femme fatale, who has a wicked plan to kill her husband and make a fortune off his life insurance. Naturally, things get complicated, and insurance investigator Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) is called to look into the mysterious circumstances of the death. "Double Indemnity" set a new standard for film noir which few films have managed to surpass.

  • Starring: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Porter Hall
  • Director: Billy Wilder
  • Year: 1944
  • Runtime: 107 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Double Jeopardy

Paramount Pictures/YouTube

A woman is falsely convicted and imprisoned for the murder of her husband. While in the slammer, she realizes her husband is still alive, and that he framed her for his "death." She further realizes that once she's out of prison, she can kill her husband for real without going back to jail, thanks to the Constitution's double jeopardy clause. Here's the thing: This is not how double jeopardy works. But this movie is so entertaining and well-paced, you won't get bogged down in logistics. It's '90s fun at its absolute wackiest.

  • Starring: Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Greenwood
  • Director: Bruce Beresford
  • Year: 1999
  • Runtime: 105 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 27%

The Clovehitch Killer

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"The Clovehitch Killer" brings viewers into seemingly innocent suburbia, where nice Christian parents raise their kids. But one day, a placid family's teenage son discovers disturbing images in the dad's possession. He starts to suspect his father is the man responsible for 13 murders in their area, and begins investigating. Soon enough, he learns his father is not exactly who he seems to be. If this movie sounds eerily plausible to you, that's because it draws inspiration from real-life serial killer Dennis Rader, aka the BTK Killer.

  • Starring: Charlie Plummer, Dylan McDermott, Samantha Mathis
  • Director: Duncan Skiles
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 110 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%

Tell No One

EuropaCorp Distribution

There's something about serial killers audiences find captivating. "Tell No One" plumbs the subgenre for all its worth by focusing on a man who lost his wife to a serial killer many years ago. He's soon implicated in the killing of two other people, and discovers his wife is still alive. He receives a message that appears to be from her: "Tell no one." Surveillance, deception, and police cover-ups collide in this pulse-pounding mystery.

  • Starring: François Cluzet, Marie-Josée Croze, André Dussollier
  • Director: Guillaume Canet
  • Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 131 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Suspicion

RKO Radio Pictures Inc./YouTube

In "Suspicion," yet another Hitchcock classic, a naive woman marries a man she believes to be a dashing, wealthy playboy. However, after the ink dries on their marriage license, she learns he's a gambler and a liar who's after her family's money. Soon enough, she also grows suspicions that he's a murderer — and that she could be his next victim. Joan Fontaine won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in this movie, which indeed serves as a tremendously powerful showcase of her talents.

  • Starring: Joan Fontaine, Cary Grant, Nigel Bruce
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Year: 1941
  • Runtime: 99 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

L'Avventura

Columbia Pictures/YouTube

"L'Avventura" is milestone in Italian cinema, and it's not hard to see why. Two young women join one of their lovers on a boating trip. Things take a turn for the worse when one of the women goes missing. A search proceeds, and in the interim, the two survivors grow closer. The mystery remains front and center throughout the film, but much of its runtime explores the characters' guilt and anguish for succumbing to their urges. Watching these lost souls navigate such an impossible situation is as moving as it is thrilling.

  • Starring: Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, Lea Massari
  • Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Year: 1960
  • Runtime: 143 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Paprika

Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan

"Paprika" follows Dr. Atsuko Chiba, a trailblazing scientist and dream detective who is able to enter other people's dreams through the cutting-edge DC Mini device. Though she uses it to assist patients, the DC Mini also has the potential to cause irreparable harm. A prototype winds up being stolen, forcing her to spring into action to retrieve it. What follows is a trippily psychological excursion that will have you second-guessing everything you think you know about your own mind.

  • Starring: Megumi Hayashibara, Tōru Furuya, Tōru Emori
  • Director: Satoshi Kon
  • Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

The Postman Always Rings Twice

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/YouTube

When you first watch "The Postman Always Rings Twice," you might think the beginning's a little slow. Once you get into the second half, however, you'll realize how essential every scene is to setting the stage for total chaos. Things kick off when a diner owner hires a drifter to work for him. This drifter soon begins an affair with the diner owner's wife, and the two conspire to kill him. Things quickly get complicated after they attempt their murder, however, and eventually spiral into outright havoc. Justice is complex in this movie, and entertaining as all get-out.

  • Starring: Lana Turner, Cecil Kellaway, John Garfield
  • Director: Tay Garnett
  • Year: 1946
  • Runtime: 113 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

Gosford Park

USA Films/YouTube

Do you wish "Downton Abbey" had a bit more murder and suspense? If so, "Gosford Park" is extremely up your alley — it's even written by Julian Fellowes, mastermind behind the smash-hit TV series. A group of wealthy, famous individuals gather at a prestigious hunting resort in the 1930s, looking for some rest and relaxation. But when a murder transpires, they're all considered a suspect. This is a brilliant examination of class and crime, packed with incredible performances and cutting wit.

Memories of Murder

CJ Entertainment/YouTube

Before Bong Joon-ho unleashed "Parasite" upon the world, he offered up a very different kind of film with "Memories of Murder." These films may vary significantly, but one thing's clear: Bong Joon-ho has always had an interest in the macabre and violent. This film takes place in 1986, where two detectives are assigned a double murder. They soon start to notice other murders featuring the same patterns are transpiring. It's at this point that they realize they're on the hunt for the country's first confirmed serial killer. To make this movie even more haunting, it's based on true events.

Anatomy of a Murder

Columbia Pictures Corporation/YouTube

They say the truth is stranger than fiction. That's certainly the case with "Anatomy of a Murder," which adapts a novel that is itself based on a 1952 case. The film follows a semi-retired lawyer who agrees to take on a case involving a man accused of murder. There are many moving parts to the story, and they all center around the accused's business partner, who has a dark secret that threatens to upend everything. This is one of the finest courtroom dramas ever made, and one of cinema's greatest-ever mysteries.

  • Starring: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Kathryn Grant
  • Director: Otto Preminger
  • Year: 1959
  • Runtime: 160 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%
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The 30 Best Mystery Movies on Netflix Right Now

By Remus Noronha

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From classic whodunnits to mind-bending thrillers, these are the best mystery movies to watch on Netflix.

If you are wondering how to put your puzzle-solving skills to some good use, we got you covered. What’s better than watching a good, exciting mystery movie and trying to solve the riddle yourself? The best thing about this genre is that although it can get a bit frustrating to not know what’s coming next, the thrill of that journey makes it all worth it. No matter what the solution is, mysteries are exciting and they're basically fuel for your brain.

So we've put together a list of the best of the best mystery movies you can watch on Netflix right now. From simple and straightforward murders to crime thrillers, mind-bending sci-fi, and more, each of these mystery films will have your mind racing for answers. There's suspense, conflict, thrill, action, and some batshit crazy moments that would make you question life, the universe, and everything! So get ready for the ultimate shock-and-awe experience.

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Hubie Halloween

Director: Steven Brill

Writer: Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy

Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Ray Liotta, Rob Schneider, June Squibb, Kenan Thompson, Shaquille O'Neal, Steve Buscemi, Maya Rudolph, Tim Meadows, Karan Brar, Paris Berelc, Noah Schnapp, China Anne McClain, Michael Chiklis

Not all Halloween movies are spine-chilling and spooky and not all Salem stories are about witches! Hubie Halloween proves that mysteries can be comical too. The movie follows the story of Hubie Dubois (Adam Sandler), an eccentric but simple deli-worker in Salem, Massachusetts. His good-natured, child-like persona is often mocked by the kids and adults in his neighborhood. But this one Halloween, Hubie finds himself in the middle of a mystery that he must solve to save the community that he loves. It’s fun, entertaining, with lots of LOL moments, and there’s nothing to take seriously. It’s a mystery-comedy after all.

Murder Mystery

Director: Kyle Newacheck

Writer: James Vanderbilt

Cast: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Luke Evans, Gemma Arterton, Adeel Akhtar, Terence Stamp, David Williams, David Boon, John Cani, Sufe Bradshaw

Another mystery-comedy from the house of Adam Sandler and this time he has a partner! Jennifer Aniston teams up with the Sandman after nearly a decade for a thrilling and fun ride. In Murder Mystery, New York cop (Sandler) and his wife (Aniston) set out on a vacation to Europe to reignite the spark in their marriage. But a random encounter with the billionaire Charles Cavendish (Luke Evans) puts them in the middle of a murder turning their holiday into an investigation.

The Netflix Original admittedly had mixed reviews from critics but it did manage to bag a People's Choice Award. A sequel is currently in development.

The Woman in the Window

Director: Joe Wright

Writer: Tracy Letts

Cast: Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julianne Moore

If you are looking for something intense and mind-boggling, then The Woman in the Window is what you need. Child psychologist Anna Fox (Amy Adams) lives alone in her Manhattan apartment, separated from her husband and daughter. She is agoraphobic but manages her life and lifestyle well enough. She also has an investigative bone, which leads to her spying on her neighbors. But this backfires and she witnesses a crime, throwing her life into a downward spiral. With an ensemble cast and a deep psychological thriller angle, this is a movie you cannot miss.

Spenser Confidential

Director: Peter Berg

Writer: Sean O'Keefe and Brian Helgeland

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Winston Duke, Alan Arkin, Iliza Shlesinger, Bokeem Woodbine, Marc Maron, Austin Post (Post Malone)

Adapted from the novel Robert B. Parker's Wonderland by author Ace Atkins, Spenser Confidential follows the unfortunate events in the life of, well, Spenser (Mark Wahlberg). He's a Boston police officer who loses his job and is sent to prison but it's after he gets released that things start getting twisted. Two Boston cops get murdered, including Spenser’s ex-captain. So Spenser teams up with his roommate and joins hands with the crime world to solve these murders. It’s a mystery-comedy and it’s got lots of action with never a dull moment.

Mute

Director: Duncan Jones

Writer: Michael Robert Johnson and Duncan Jones

Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux, Robert Sheehan, Noel Clarke, Florence Kasumba, Dominic Monaghan, Sam Rockwell, Seynab Saleh, Robert Kazinsky

Mute is a follow-up to the 2009 sci-fi thriller Moon by Duncan Jones but you can easily watch one without the other.

When his girlfriend goes suddenly (and mysteriously) missing, mute bartender Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) must go on a desperate search to get her back. But his hunt takes him through the city’s seedy dark side. Set in a futuristic Berlin, Mute is a neo-noir sci-fi mystery that explores crime, violence, and a gritty future. Skarsgård stars in an intriguing role and Paul Rudd plays a character very unlike what we usually see from him. Wondering if Leo ever gets to speak or will his character remain silent (but very violent) till the end? Watch the movie.

Shimmer Lake

Director: Oren Uziel

Writer: Oren Uziel

Cast: Benjamin Walker, Wyatt Russell, Rainn Wilson, Adam Pally, John Michael Higgins, Ron Livingston, Stephanie Sigman, and Rob Corddry

The real experience of Shimmer Lake is in its narrative. The story is told and shot in reverse, spanning day-by-day accounts of a week’s event and that’s what makes this movie an interesting watch. Besides the mystery element, of course. The plot follows a small-town sheriff (Benjamin Walker) who is on a quest to solve the mystery of a bank robbery gone wrong and the three suspects involved, one of them being his own brother, Andy (Rainn Wilson).

Rebecca

Director: Ben Wheatley

Writer: Jane Goldman, Joe Shrapnel, Anna Waterhouse

Cast: Lily James, Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Keeley Hawes, Ann Dowd, Sam Riley

Based on a 1938 novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier, this vintage British romance follows the life of Rebecca (Lily James). After a torrid love affair followed by a whirlwind wedding in Monte Carlo to a wealthy widower named Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer), Rebecca accompanies her husband to his mansion in England. Newlywed and naïve, Rebecca soon encounters mysterious behavior from the housekeeper, who seems to be still devoted to Maxim’s dead wife. In case you are thinking if there’s a horror element (with a dead wife and all), then all we can say is that there are horrifying things than you might expect in the story. The rest, as they say, is the mystery and there’s no other way to find out but to watch it.

Enola Holmes

Director: Harry Bradbeer

Writer: Jack Thorne

Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Sam Claflin, Henry Cavill, Helena Bonham Carter, Adeel Akhtar, Louis Partridge, Susie Wokoma,

We have read, seen, and heard enough of Sherlock Holmes (and occasionally Mycroft Holmes) solving the most unimaginable, unsolvable mysteries. Looks like being a supersleuth runs in the Holmes family

genes. Meet Enola (Millie Bobby Brown), the younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft, who is left alone with her mother (Helena Bonham Carter) after her brothers go off on their own life paths. On her 16th birthday, Enola finds her mother mysteriously missing and goes on an adventurous journey to London to find her. While her brothers do join the scene, her wit and investigative skills seem to outdo theirs. The movie is based on the first book in the eponymous YA fiction series by Nancy Springer.

Teenage romance, feminism in 1800s England, a refreshingly cheerful protagonist, and a journey of self-discovery – Enola Holmes has all the ingredients of a young adult story and a classic mystery movie. It’s really a must-watch.

Unknown Origins

Director: David Galán Galindo

Writer: David Galán Galindo and Fernando Navarro

Cast: Javier Rey, Antonio Resines, Brays Efe, Verónica Echegui, Ernesto Alterio, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Álex García, Carlos Areces

It’s one thing to be a comic book nerd and it’s a whole other thing to be a comic book-inspired serial killer. A very creative and painstaking job indeed. Based on David Galán Galindo’s novel of the same name, Unknown Origins (Spanish: Orígenes Secretos) is a Spanish movie about a killer on a rampage in Madrid, who uses characters from famous superhero origin stories to kill. The investigation falls upon inspector David (Javier Rey), who has an absolute aversion to comic books and believes that they are for adults who refuse to grow up. His criticism soon comes back to bite him in the hind, when he has to become a superhero to solve the murders. But that’s not all. David has to team up with his cosplay-loving boss, Norma (Verónica Echegui), much to his distaste.

A tad campy but colorful and fun, Unknown Origins is pure entertainment, whether you are a comic book fan or not.

The Invisible Guest

Director: Oriol Paulo

Writer: Oriol Paulo

Cast: Mario Casas, Bárbara Lennie, Blanca Martinez, Iñigo Gastesi, Francesc Orella, Blanca Martínez, José Coronado, Ana Wagener, Manel Dueso, San Yélamos, David Selvas, Paco Tous

The Invisible Guest (Spanish: Contratiempo), follows the story of Adrián Doria (Mario Casas), a young and successful businessman who wakes up in a locked hotel room, next to the body of his dead lover. He meets a celebrated defense attorney, Virginia Goodman (Blanca Martinez), who, over the course of one night, devises an exceptional strategy to save Adrian.

There’s a lot of legal drama involved but at the core, The Invisible Guest is a proper murder mystery. Despite mixed reviews, the movie was a box office success and inspired remakes in three different languages.

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The Baztán Trilogy

Director: Fernando González Molina

Writer: Luiso Berdejo and Dolores Redondo

Cast: Marta Etura, Paco Tous, Francesc Orella, Elvira Mínguez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Colin McFarlane

Based on the eponymous novels by Dolores Redondo, the Spanish crime thriller movie series comprises of three films – The Invisible Guardian, The Legacy of the Bones, and Offering to the Storm.

The stories follow police inspector Amaia Salazar (Marta Etura) and her experiences while solving crimes in her hometown of Baztán, in Navarre. The Invisible Guardian introduces Salazar – a former FBI agent and now a cop in the town of Pamplona, the capital of Navarre. She is sent on an investigation to Baztán to solve the mysterious ritualistic murder of a teenage girl, which appears to be connected to the local Basque mythology. While tracing the criminals, Salazar must also face her disturbing past. In the second movie, Salazar returns to the Baztán valley again to investigate a series of suicides that seem to have an uncanny pattern. In the final chapter of the trilogy, Salazar must uncover the origins of her nightmares that haunt her and dig into the darkest secrets of the Baztán valley. Shrouded in mystery and eerie crimes, this series is as intense as you can imagine. We recommend that you binge-watch all three to get the complete experience.

Handsome

Director: Jeff Garlin

Writer: Jeff Garlin and Andrea Seigel

Cast: Jeff Garlin, Natasha Lyonne, Chris Redd, Dana Powell, Amy Sedaris, Leah Remini, Christine Woods, Steven Weber, Megan Ferguson, Timm Sharp, Hailee Keanna Lautenbach, Eddie Pepitone, Joe Kenda, Kaley Cuoco

What happens when personal problems get in the way of solving a murder? Unwanted complications, for starters. And if it’s someone like Gene Handsome (Jeff Garlin) leading the investigation, then expect nothing but all madness and chaos. LA detective Handsome is skilled at solving crimes but his personal problems keep butting in. When his neighbor’s babysitter is murdered in a gruesome way, things just get crazy for Handsome and his partner. As the creator, director, and lead actor in the movie, Jeff Garlin and brings every ounce of his comedic talent to this Netflix Original murder-comedy flick. Although a mystery, it’s super fun and perfect when you need a bit of both.

Mirage

Director: Oriol Paulo

Writer: Oriol Paulo and Lara Sendim

Cast: Adriana Ugarte, Chino Darín, Javier Gutiérrez Álvarez, Álvaro Morte, Nora Navas

This sci-fi mystery thriller focuses on Vera (Adriana Ugarte), a young mother of one. On the night of an eerie thunderstorm, she manages to save a young boy but, in the process, finds her daughter missing. Vera’s simple act of good deed causes a chain of disturbing and unexpected events and disturbs the space-time continuum, altering reality for her and everyone around her. If you are in the mood for an exciting and mind-bending sci-fi mystery that leaves you burning with questions, then Mirage (Spanish: Durante la Tormenta) is the movie to watch.

A Fall from Grace

Director: Tyler Perry

Writer: Tyler Perry

Cast: Crystal Fox, Phylicia Rashad, Bresha Webb, Mehcad Brooks, Cicely Tyson, Tyler Perry, Adrian Pasdar

Tyler Perry’s first Netflix movie, A Fall from Grace follows the story of Grace Waters (Crystal Fox), who is accused of murdering her husband. Being a law-abiding, straight-arrow citizen, Grace pleads guilty. But her lawyer, Jasmine Bryant (Bresha Webb) has other opinions and believes that a larger conspiracy is at work. A sensational trial follows and unexpected information about everyone involved is brought into the light. This movie also features the late Cicely Tyson and serves as her last movie.

A classic Tyler Perry work, this movie has all the elements that you would expect in a good legal thriller – murder, mystery, trial, witnesses, and hard-hitting lawyers.

In the Shadow of the Moon

Director: Jim Mickle

Writer: Gregory Weidman and Geoff Tock

Cast: Boyd Holbrook, Michael C. Hall, Cleopatra Coleman, Bokeem Woodbine, Rudi Dharmalingam, Rachel Keller

The obsession for solving a mystery, no matter the cost, can come for... well, a huge cost. Like it happens for officer Thomas “Locke” Lockhart (Boyd Holbrook). Set in 1988, the story follows a string of mysterious killings in Philadelphia. Police officer Lockhart starts tracking the killer but the murders seem alien to anything that he has seen or known. When the killer resurfaces after nine years, Lockhart’s investigation sends him down a rabbit hole. From determined to desperate, Lockhart’s fixation on finding the killer and serving justice could cost him his job, personal life, and probably also his mind.

A sci-fi thriller at its core, this murder mystery has some fascinating moments where past, present, and future collide.

The Paramedic

Director: Carles Torras

Writer: David Desola and Hèctor Hernández Vicens

Cast: Mario Casas, Déborah François, Celso Bugallo, Raúl Jiménez, Pol Monen, Gerard Oms, Guillermo Pfening, Maria Rodríguez Soto

Revenge is best served not just cold but when deadly obsession takes over. The Paramedic (Spanish: El Practicante) is the story of (you guessed it) a paramedic named Angel Hernandez (Mario Casas) who loses his mobility in an accident. Unable to deal with his new situation, he gets fixated on the idea that his girlfriend, Vanesa (Déborah François) is cheating on him with his co-worker. His frustration leads him to gaslight and mentally torment Vanesa, pushing her to leave him. What happens next is the mystery and to find out, you have to watch the movie or it would all be spoilers. The mystery thriller may seem to have a classic “obsessed lover” trope but there’s more to the story than what meets the eyes.

The Occupant

Director: David Pastor and Àlex Pastor

Writer: David Pastor and Àlex Pastor

Cast: Javier Gutiérrez, Mario Casas, Bruna Cusí, David Selvas, David Verdaguer, Vicky Luengo

Unemployment can drive people to unimaginable extents. Like wanting to get the old life back, for instance. The Occupant (Spanish: Hogar) revolves around the story of Javier Munoz (Javier Gutiérrez), a successful advertising executive whose life turns upside down after he loses his job. He has to sell his plush apartment that he cannot afford anymore. Later, he realizes that the old keys are still with him. He suddenly gets wild about getting his apartment back and restoring his life, no matter what it takes. And so he takes some extreme steps, including stalking the new owners of the flat and wrecking their lives. You may think that there’s not much secret in this story per se, since we already know what happens and why. But a good mystery is also about the narrative and the character’s arc and how predictable or unpredictable they become. And that’s what this mystery thriller is all about.

Velvet Buzzsaw

Director: Dan Gilroy

Writer: Dan Gilroy

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge, Natalia Dyer, Daveed Diggs, Billy Magnussen, John Malkovich

It’s not every day that you get to learn about a supernatural force interested in the world of art or seeking justice for forgotten artists. So, here’s something for you.

When an unknown artist leaves a stash of paintings, an ambitious gallery owner and her assistant steals them to showcase them in her gallery. But their art critic friend, upon researching the dead artist, discovers unsavory facts and fears that something is not right. Mysterious deaths and unsettling events follow. There’s horror, mystery, and lots of edge-of-the-seat moments in this thriller, along with a strong Nightcrawler vibe, which could be because of Jake Gyllenhaal leading both the movies. But be warned, this is not a film for everyone.

The Da Vinci Code

Director: Ron Howard

Writer: Akiva Goldsman

Cast: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Jürgen Prochnow, Paul Bettany, Jean Reno

The first movie in the Robert Langdon series, The Da Vinci Code is based on Dan Brown’s bestselling novel of the same name. Both the book and the movie are a part of the quadrilogy involving Robert Langdon. The Da Vinci Code focuses on Langdon (Tom Hanks), a professor of symbology at Harvard University who becomes the prime suspect in an unusual murder that only leaves cryptic clues. Teaming up with cryptologist and police officer Sophie (Audrey Tatou), Langdon sets out on a quest for the Holy Grail. Literally!

A story of religious conspiracy, ancient secrets, and more, The Da Vinci Code invited a lot of controversies and criticism. But the film still rocked the box office and was a huge success, which means, that hundreds of people watched it and probably liked it too. If cryptic clues, religious history, and ancient treasure hunts are your wheelhouse, then this is a movie to watch. The Da Vinci Code was followed by its sequel – the next title on our list.

Angels & Demons

Director: Ron Howard

Writer: David Koepp and Akiva Goldsman

Cast: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård, Pierfrancesco Favino, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Armin Mueller-Stahl

Robert Langdon returns to solve another mystery but this time, it’s to save the world. Tom Hanks reprises his role as Langdon and joins Ayelet Zurer as Dr. Vittoria Vetra as they set out to recover missing antimatter, finding terrorists, the secret society of the Illuminati, and more.

Although released as a sequel to The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons is the first book of the series. So, if you want to go in order, watch this before The Da Vinci Code.

Related:Dan Brown's 'The Lost Symbol' TV Show Gets a Release Date at Peacock

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Thriller movies are reserved for the most fearless of movie fanatics.

Rather than the blood and gore of many horror films, thrillers are full of conflict, unexpected twists and tensions that have you on the edge of your seats. Better yet, the anxiety, terror and uncertainty inflicted on a viewer by thrillers can force them to question themselves, their close ones and even their own reality.

From 2020 Oscar winner Parasite, which delves into the subjects of greed and class, to Rosamund Pike’s scene-stealing performance in psychological thriller Gone Girl, the best thrillers are the ones that seem so real they give us nightmares.

That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of the best thriller movies to watch that are sure to have you biting your nails throughout.

1The Guilty (2021)

This film had us holding our breath for the majority of it given the fast-paced, nail-biting tension that builds thanks to Jake Gyllenhaal's incredible performance. The plot sees an incredibly anxious and angry police detective (Gyllenhaal) working as a 911 operator after being demoted from his detective position, and trying to help a distressed caller.

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2The Power Of The Dog, 2021

This film has Oscar nominations written all over it, in our eyes. It's a part Western, part thriller that sees Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch) gaslight and subtly bully his brother-in-law's (Jesse Plemons) new wife Rose (Kirsten Dunst) on the family ranch. Cumberbatch's whistle continues to send shivers down our spine.

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3I See You (2019)

If you love Helen Hunt's then prepare yourself for this psychological thriller. A 12-year-old boy goes missing and the case's investigator Greg Harper is struggling issues at home with his wife, Jackie (Hunt) and son Connor. However, Jackie and Greg's family soon finds itself tormented by unexplainable events that may be linked to the child's disappearance. One watch of this trailer and you'll be clicking 'play film' immediately.

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4Red Dragon (2002)

Edward Norton plays ex-FBI agent Will Graham who comes out of retirement, years after capturing Dr. Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), in order to solve a new batch of murders carried out by someone know as the Tooth Fairy. Unfortunately for Will, he has realises in order to find the serial killer he needs to confront his former demons and enlist the help of Lecter. Creepy? You bet.

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5Mulholland Drive (2001)

This film, directed by David Lynch, stars Naomi Watts and Justin Theroux. The film begins when Rita (Laura Elena Harring) loses her memory following a car crash. Stumbling around Los Angeles, confused, she finds shelter in an apartment and is found by Betty (Watts) who then helps to try to solve Rita’s history. Wildly dubbed as one of the best films to come out of the 21st Century in the US, this is not to be missed.

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6Buried (2010)

Being buried alive might be one of our worst fears. And it’s made even worse now that we’ve seen Ryan Reynolds star in this film, which sees his character Paul (a truck driver in Iraq) placed inside a coffin underground with nothing but a lighter and mobile phone. And breathe.

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7The Gift (2015)

A psychological thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by actor Joel Edgerton, The Gift sees couple Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) meet Gordo (Edgerton), from Simon’s past, who exposes a pretty terrifying secret which causes Robyn to question how much she knows about her beloved.

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8Woman In The Window, 2021

Amy Adams plays agoraphobic Dr. Anna Fox in this film and boy does she give a scene-stealing performance. Living alone in her large Manhattan house, Anna's life is turned upside down even further when she witnesses something from her window while spying on the new family who have moved in over the road. But, did she really see what she thinks she saw? Watch to find out.

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9Run, 2020

Run is a spine-tingling thriller which explores the relationship between a teenager (Kiera Allen) and her overprotective mother (Sarah Paulson) who locks her away from the outside world. However, the teen soon starts to question why her mother is so hellbent on keeping her isolated and starts to investigate into her mother's web of dark secrets.

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10Greta, 2018

Greta is a 2018 psychological thriller film which really gives us the heebie jeebies.

It stars Isabelle Huppert (who plays a lonely widow named Greta) and Chloë Grace Moretz (a young woman named Frances) who become friends. That is, until Greta becomes obsessed with Frances (and we mean really obsessed). When Frances tries to end the creepy relationship, Greta takes things into her own hands.

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11The Revenant, 2015

The acting, combined with the location, combined with the soundtrack of consistent, building drumming that essentially runs through the entirety of this film means that you literally feel your heart is beating in time with the film. Suspense is an understatement when it comes to this 2015 film which saw Leonardo Dicaprio finally win a Best Actor Oscar.

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12Panic Room, 2002

See a young Jodie Foster and an even younger Kristen Stewart play a mother and daughter who move into a home which features an actual panic room. On one terrifying night they are forced to take refuge in the panic room, when three men (led by Forrest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam and Jared Leto) storm their home.

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13Oxygen, 2021

We feel breathless even thinking about this film. Starring Mélanie Laurent, this French-language sci-fi thriller sees her character wake up in a cryogenic chamber with no memory of how she got in there. With time and oxygen running out, she has to figure out how to escape before time is up.

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14Split, 2016

This is James McAvoy like you've never seen him. The Scottish actor plays Kevin who has been diagnosed with 23 personalities, which his psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley) is fully aware of. However, there appears to be one personality that is yet to emerge and is believed to dominate all of the others when it does. Things get pretty terrifying when McAvoy's character kidnap three women who must escape before the 24th personality arrives on the scene.

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15Slender Man, 2018

In a town in Massachusetts, US a group of friends became fascinated by the internet story of a character named Slender Man, and attempt to prove he doesn't exist. That is until one of them goes missing. We don't want to give too much away on this one but it's a not one for the faint hearted.

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16Widows (2018)

Steve McQueen's crime heist thriller documents three recently widowed women (played by Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez and Elizabeth Debicki) who attempt to execute the heist their late husbands were planning. Also starring Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell and Daniel Kaluuya, this is not one to be missed.

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17Stowaway, 2021

If the thought of being lost in space has you jumping under the duvet, then wait until you hear about this film.

Starring Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim and Toni Collette, this film sees a group of astronauts head to Mars and find out an unintended stowaway has slipped on board their spaceship and caused damage to their life support systems. Will time not on their side, the crew must make some pretty serious decisions about survival.

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18Dark Waters, 2019

When are thrillers even more thrilling? When they're based on real-life events...

Dark Waters is based on the true story - and a fascinating New York Timesarticle- about a lawyer's determination to bring DuPont (who make pots, pans and a lot of other household equipment), to justice in this gripping Erin Brockovich-esque film.

Shining a light on the devastating effects on a community in West Virginia after the company dumped chemicals into the grounds and water, it's a story so shocking that you won't believe you haven't heard of it up until now.

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19The Girl On The Train, 2016

Based on the bestselling book by Paula Hawkins, Emily Blunt plays Rachel, an alcoholic struggling with her divorce. On her daily commute every day, (in the book it's into London, in the movie it's into New York City) she watches an attractive young couple who live next door to her ex-husband. Until one day, the woman she watches every day goes missing and Rachel ends up embroiled in the investigation.

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20Zero Dark Thirty

Chronicling the capture and military attack of Osama Bin Laden from his Pakistani compound in 2011, following a decade-long manhunt for America's most wanted man after the 09/11 terrorist attacks. The movie follows the journey it took the CIA to arrive at that point and stars Jessica Chastain as a fictional CIA operative (Chastain won a Golden Globe for her performance).

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21Blood Diamond, 2006

Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou and Jennifer Connolly star in this devastating film about the effects of the mining of diamonds in conflict zones, otherwise known as 'blood diamonds'.

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22Drive, 2011

Starring Ryan Gosling as stunt driver for movie productions and robbers alike, his character falls in love with young mother Irene (Carey Mulligan) whose husband Standard (Oscar Isaac) soon causes trouble for the motorman.

Involving one of the most bloody bathroom killing scenes we’ve ever seen on screen, this is a film with a soundtrack just as good as its cast, plot and cinematography.

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23Uncut Gems, 2019

This is Adam Sandler like you’ve never seen him before. In this American crime thriller the actor plays Howard Ratner, a smooth-talking jeweller and gambling addicting in NYC, who is on a mission to find a gem he bought to pay off his mounting debts.

Starring Eric Bogosian (Succession) and Idina Menzel (Frozen) this is a fast-paced drama that will have your heart racing from start to finish (and make you want all the diamonds).

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24Zodiac, 2007

A San Francisco cartoonist isn’t the first person you’d think of to delve into the amateur detective world but that’s what you can expect from this film.

Based on the 1986 non-fiction book of the same title by Robert Graysmith, Zodiac explores the story of the search for the Zodiac Killer - a serial murderer in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1960s and 1970s who haunted the public with cryptic messages and creepy phone calls.

The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr and scores a staggering 89 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes ‘tomatometer’.

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25Rebecca, 2020

A modern adaptation of the 1938 novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier and Alfred Hitchock’s 1940 thriller film, the latest version’s cast (Lily James, Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas) are just one persuading factor when it comes to choosing this film.

If you don’t already know the plot, Rebecca details the experiences of a newlywed who arrives at her husband’s family’s estate on the English coast and finds herself haunted by his ex wife, the late Rebecca, in the house.

The setting alone is spectacular.

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26Fear, 1996

A film starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Wahlberg, Fear is one to add to the viewing list, pronto.

Nicole Walker (Witherspoon) falls in love with David McCall (Wahlberg) in a Seattle nightclub and despite their age gap (she’s 16 years old to his 23 years) McCall charms his partner’s family, despite the teen’s father having doubts. Unfortunately for Walker’s dad (played by William Petersen), his concerns are proven right as McCall turns out to have a darker more sinister side to him. Marky Mark, he is not!

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27House At The End Of The Street, 2012

Don’t let the seemingly sweet title of this film fool you as this film has made us scared of scrolling through Rightmove for at least a fortnight. After a mother and daughter arrive in a small town in search of a fresh start, they’re given a rude awakening when the area soon reveals its haunting past.

Starring Jennifer Lawrence, this film is certainly not one to watch when home alone.

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28The Invitation, 2015

A man (Logan Marshall-Green) attends a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife. Sounds slightly complicated but not creepy, right?

That is until the man soon realises his ex (Tammy Blanchard) doesn’t exactly turn about to be the hostess with the moistest, thanks to the help of her new husband (Michiel Huisman) and the twisted fates they have planned for their guests.

This film is why we now think very carefully before posting an RSVP to a wedding – just saying.

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29The Platform, 2019

The Platform (El Hoyo) is a Spanish thriller based on the story of a vertical prison with two ‘prisoners’ situated on each level.

In the middle is hole where a platform comes down with food that is the remains of the upper levels’ dining. The higher you go, the more food you have to eat. But is that the true moral of this film?

Warning: This film might put you off your dinner.

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30American Psycho, 2000

Starring Christian Bale, Reese Witherspoon and Justin Theroux, American Psycho explores the dark interests of Patrick Bateman (Bale) – a Wall Street businessman who is also a psychotic killer who appears to have a love of raping, killing and dismembering his victims.

This is dark and creepy as it is a magnificent thriller.

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31Winter’s Bone, 2010

Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) is a teen living in Ozarks, Missouri, who must protect her family from being evicted by finding her absent father.

Earning Lawrence an Oscar nomination for ‘Best Actress’, the film explores Ree talking to a local crime boss and meth-addicted uncle in a bid to find out what happened to her dad.

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32Bird Box, 2018

If you’re scared of the dark, you might want to give this film a miss. Bird Box experiments with the idea of an invisible monster taking over the world and exterminating humanity. Well, it's invisible unless you look straight at it, that is, in which case, then you end up dead.

Malorie (Sandra Bullock) finds herself caring for her two children and having to undertake a two-day journey while blindfolded down a dangerous river.

Starring Trevante Rhodes, Sarah Paulson and John Malkovich, this is a must-watch thriller.

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33The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, 2011

Directed by David Fincher, this film – based on the first book in a trilogy by Stieg Larsson – stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.

It follows a journalist, Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) who investigates the disappearance of a wealthy industrialist’s niece from 40 years ago who is believed to have been killed. He’s helped in his investigation by a tattooed computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander (Mara).

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34Nocturnal Animals, 2016

Written and directed by Tom Ford, this film was the winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival.

Starring Amy Adams as wealthy art gallerist Susan Morrow and Jake Gyllenhaal as author Tony Hastings, it's a romantic thriller about a divorced couple finding out some hidden truths about each other.

Morrow finds herself haunted by her ex-husband's writings, which she becomes convinced is a form of revenge on his part. But is it?

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35The Departed, 2006

Directed by Martin Scorsese, this Boston-based film is about an organised crime scene involving corrupt policemen, the mafia and undercover agents.

The film has a stellar cast including Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, Ray Winstone, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon.

We could watch this film again and again.

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36mother!, 2017

Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence play a couple – Mother and Man, respectively – in this bizarre thriller.

Their relationship is put to the test by another couple (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer) who invite themselves into their lives and their seemingly idyllic country home.

Trust us, you won’t be able to sleep after viewing this one.

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37You Were Never Really Here, 2017

A man who tracks down missing girls for money, Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) takes on a case which wakes him from his seemingly depressive state.

Hired by a politician to rescue his daughter, who is believed to have been taken by a human trafficking group, Joe uses the only thing he knows – violence – to retrieve her. This film forces you to question everything you’ve ever thought about the bad and good guys.

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38Argo, 2012

Winning a ‘Best Director’ Oscar for lead actor Ben Affleck, Argo chronicles the true story of a rescue operation of a group of Americans during a hostage incident in Iran.

CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist, Tony Mendez (Affleck) is forced to come up with a plan to get the Americans safely out of Iran before danger occurs. This film will have you on the edge of your seats for its duration, we promise.

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39Fatal Attraction, 1987

If you didn’t think a marital affair was a bad idea before, let us just leave you with these two words: Bunny Boiler.

Dan’s (Michael Douglas) decision to have an affair with Alex (Glenn Close) goes horribly wrong when she tells him that she’s pregnant and won’t leave him or his family alone until she can win him back. Forcing Dan to take responsibility for his actions, Alex stalks his family and turns his life into a living nightmare, proving that every decision has a consequence.

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40Ex Machina, 2015

Writer Alex Garland (28 Days Later) is the director behind this marvellous thriller, starring Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) – a programmer who wins a competition at his company to spend a week at the estate of its CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac).

Smith learns that he’s been chosen as the human test for a Turing-like consciousness experiment for Bateman’s latest ‘batch’ of artificial intelligence, Ava (former ELLE UK cover star Alicia Vikander).

If ever there was a lesson that humans shouldn’t mess with mankind, this is it.

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41Parasite, 2019

It’ll come as no surprise to film fans that this scooped the 'Best Picture' award at the 2020 Oscars.

The film sees the Kim family infiltrate the lives of the affluent Park family as their driver, tutor, art therapist and house maid. Perfectly exploring issues of servitude, poverty, greed and power, this film is a must-see.

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42Hush, 2016

This is why people shouldn’t live alone in the woods unless briefly attending a cute teddy bear’s picnic, in our opinion.

Author Maddie Young (Kate Siegel) lives alone after losing her hearing in her youth, that is until a masked face of a psychotic killer appears at her window. Maddie is left in the hands of the killer who sadly underestimates her power.

Will she survive? Watch and find out.

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43Gerald’s Game, 2017

Handcuffed to the bed in a lake house without a soul in close proximity is not how we’d like to spend a Saturday morning.

As it turns out, neither does Jessie (Carla Gugino), who is left in such a sorry state after her husband’s sex game goes topsy turvy. Based on Stephen King’s novel Gerald's Game, Jessie must figure out a way to escape her situation and her mind playing tricks on her.

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44Jaws, 1975

‘Two notes and you've got a villain,’ is how Jack Black’s character sums up the beauty that is Jaws in The Holiday. And he couldn't be more spot on.

The reason why so many of us are terrified of sharks, this Steven Spielberg-directed film sees several people become victims to a murderous predator. However, a group of fisherman believe they can take on the great white and save their local community.

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45Basic Instinct, 1992

Police detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas) is investigating a case of the brutal murder of a wealthy musician. In his findings, he comes across prime suspect, Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) – a writer who – unsurprisingly – he falls head over heels for.

Tramell’s manipulation only goes so far as Curran begins to slowly unravel the threads of the case and focuses his attention more acutely on her.

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46Shutter Island, 2010

Film duo Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio come together in his dramatic thriller. It sees DiCaprio’s character, federal marshall Teddy Daniels and his partner Chuck (Mark Ruffalo) head to Shutter Island – the location of a mental hospital for the criminally insane.

Through their investigations of a patient named Rachel Solando (Emily Mortimer), Teddy begins to struggle with the memory of his wife’s murder at the hands of an arsonist who is on the island and is forced to question his own mental state.

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47Prisoners, 2013

You’re going to want to grab the big pillow to hind behind for this one.

Keller Dover’s (Hugh Jackman) daughter goes missing and he begins to launch his own investigation to find out who kidnapped her.

Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) is on the case and repeatedly warns Dover to stand down and let the authorities do their job, despite his suspicions over a local boy named Alex Jones (Paul Dano). What comes next is as thrilling and spine-tingling as you can imagine.

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48Black Swan, 2010

Earning Natalie Portman an Oscar for her lead performance in this psychological thriller, the film sees her play Nina – a ballet dancer obsessed with her career to the point of mental health deterioration. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel), replaces prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for Nina in the upcoming production of Swan Lake, things soon turn ugly.

Things get even worse when ballerina Lily (Mila Kunis) enters the picture. As Nina and Lily’s friendship intensifies, the new ‘prima’ finds herself turning to the dark side.

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49Silence Of The Lambs, 1991

The only reason we don’t like fava beans and chianti is thanks to this multi-Oscar winning thriller starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins.

In the film, Foster’s character Clairce Sterling is an FBI student who goes to interview Dr Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins), who is a psychiatrist and psychopath serving time for murder and cannibalism. In exchange for his thoughts on a high-profile case, Lecter asks to be moved to a more comfortable facility and begins to dig into Sterling’s past, making her a prime target for his wicked ways.

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50Nightcrawler, 2014

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, this film is set in Los Angeles, primarily at night.

Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal) becomes fascinated with crime journalism and develops an interest in nightcrawling – filming scenes of crimes and selling to news outlets for a profit.

However, little does Bloom realise that his love of the cut-throat nightcrawling world would lead him to becoming a victim of a crime, too.

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51The Machinist, 2004

Trevor Reznik (Christian Bale) works in a factory but struggles with severe insomnia. An accident at work sees him further isolated from his colleagues.

He also finds notes on the fridge in his apartment and has visions of people who aren’t really there. In an attempt to find out who is behind his downward spiral, he begins to question his own sanity.

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52Gone Girl

Based on the bestseller of the same name by Gillian Flynn, this film proves why you should never trust the ‘cool girl’ façade.

Five years into his marriage, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) is missing. But as the media and police close in on their seemingly picture-perfect lifestyle, it appears that the world he thought he lived in with his wife is far from ideal.

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53Inside Man

Directed by Oscar winner Spike Lee, this film is all about a showdown between a police officer (Denzel Washington) and a bank robber (Clive Owen) during a heist.

Dalton Russell (Owen) is the perfect thief, planning every detail of a crime down to the last second. However, when Madeline White (Jodie Foster) is asked to join Detective Keith Frazier’s (Washington) case, it seems like there’s something else at play than just good planning.

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54Rear Window

Alfred Hitchcock brings this lockdown story to life as photojournalist L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) is forced to stay at home with a broken leg and takes to using binoculars to watch the goings on in the surroundings of his apartment.

However, his imaginings that neighbour Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr) has murdered his nagging wife might just turn out to be true. Full of suspense and drama, this film teaches us all to stay vigilant but be aware that voyeurism isn’t always a harmless bit of fun.

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55Se7en

Director David Fincher ticked every thriller-lover’s box when it came to making this dark film. Homicide specialist Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) and young policeman David Mills (Brad Pitt) team up to find the culprit behind some pretty gross murders.

The killer chooses victims to represent the seven deadly sins. Unfortunately for the pair, and Mills’ wife Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow), the serial killer turns his attention on them.

Let’s just say this isn’t a PG film that will give you #FridayFeels.

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56Memento

A man named Leonard (Guy Pearce) struggles with short-term memory after a man beats him and brutally rapes and murders his wife. To keep track of his day-to-day life, he must take notes and Polaroid photos to piece together crucial bits of information he knows he will forget.

He sets out to seek revenge for his wife’s killer with the help of barmaid Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss) and friend Teddy (Joe Pantoliano), despite the fact Leonard has a suspicion the latter cannot be trusted. For what reason? You’ll find out.

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57Vertigo, 1958

Widely viewed as being one of director Alfred Hitchcock's best films, this literary adaptation of the French novel D'entre les morts sees personal investigator Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart) realising he has vertigo after a police officer tries to rescue him from falling off a building.

Despite retiring from his job, he is asked to do one last case for an old friend, whose wife, Madeleine (Kim Novak) is believed to have been possessed by a spirit.

His friend, Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore) wants him to follow his wife but Scott finds himself falling in love with her. Of course, tragedy ensues.

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Stowaway

You know how sometimes you go to space with two other people and everything is fine, and then all of a sudden, someone falls out of the roof of the ship because they were doing last minute maintenance and now y'all don't have enough oxygen for everyone to live? BUMMER.

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Shutter Island

Get out of here with your terrifying mind games, Martin Scorsese! Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo front this psychological thriller about two agents who go to an insane asylum on an abandoned island, trying to answer questions about a mysterious a murderer disappears. But like the genre suggests, nothing is quite as it seems, and the story gets darker the longer the two agents remain on the island.

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The Woman in the Window

Notoriously awful? Messy in scope? Sure. Those things are true. But also, The Woman in the Window is a psychological thriller that is so over the top and campy that it's impossible to stop watching. Watching Amy Adams navigate the fallout after witnessing a murder is intoxicating, especially as you decide whether or not she's a reliable witness.

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Double Jeopardy

It's peak late 90s thriller content. Starring Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones, the film follows a woman framed for her husband's murder. Everything starts unraveling though after she serves her time and sets off to uncover the truth: her husband isn't dead. But hey—it's double jeopardy, right? You can't be charged for the same crime twice.

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I Care a Lot

Somewhere between terrifying and hilarious lies I Care a Lot: the thriller starring Rosamund Pike as a legal caregiver who manipulates the judicial system to scam elderly people out of everything they own. Things are going great until she nabs someone with ties that bind a little more tightly than she's used to. The movie will literally have you asking if you're more comfortable with human trafficking or elder abuse, which is really a no-win situation. And yet, the film is so damn good.

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Ava

Tate Taylor's Ava stars Jessica Chastain as an assassin who starts doubting her choice to enter into this chaotic world when a job goes awry. Turns out, having a family while you're, well, killing people is even more complicated than it reads on paper.

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Uncut Gems

Sometimes the most terrifying thrillers are the ones that feel like they could legitimately happen. Well, that is, if you're constantly seeking the thrill of big, risky bets. Adam Sandler shines (no pun intended) as the star of Uncut Gems, playing Howard Ratner, a jeweler who makes a big bet that could either reset him financially or put his life on the line.

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Sweetheart

Being shipwrecked on an island seems like it would be thrilling (is that the right word?) enough, but being shipwrecked on a deserted island and then finding out you're not alone? No thanks. Sweetheart follows one woman's desperate attempt at survival. Bonus: it's a quick one hour and 22 minutes.

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Bad Genius

Lori Loughlin? Child's play. In Bad Genius, a group of highly gifted students set up a college entrance exam scam that leads to higher and higher stakes the more successful they become. The 2017 Thai heist film (more! heist! films!) has a 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and is critically acclaimed, so flex on your film buff friends with that.

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See You Yesterday

You might have slept on this Spike Lee-produced film, but it's on Netflix and waiting on your binge. The 2019 thriller sees two science prodigies who are experimenting with time travel, but when one of their brothers ends up murdered by an officer, their experiment becomes more important than ever before.

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93 Days

Sometimes, the best thrillers are just sourced from the moments when the world outdoes itself with terrifying disease. Sound familiar? This African film dives headfirst into the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Nigeria, when someone arrives from Lagos with the disease. The thriller focuses on real life events and how (spoiler?) the Nigerian government's response ultimately saved countless lives.

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Acclaimed director Yorgos Lanthimos won for best screenplay at Cannes for this psychological thriller starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman as a married couple whose family starts falling apart after inviting an orphaned boy into their home.

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Gerald's Game

Directed by new horror master Mike Flanagan (the mind behind Doctor Sleep and The Haunting of Hill House), Esquire ranked Gerald's Game as one of the top 10 best Stephen King adaptations. It's the story of a woman whose husband dies suddenly of a heart attack but she's left handcuffed to the bed and must find a way to survive

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Fractured

This Netflix psychological thriller shows a family on a road trip for Thanksgiving. When his young daughter suffers an injury, Ray takes her and his wife to the nearest emergency room and waits as the two are taken to get a CT scan. However, the two disappear, and Ray becomes convinced that the hospital is hiding something.

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Good Time

Before the Safdie brothers created Uncut Gems and before Robert Pattinson would star as the new Batman, the three collaborated in Good Time. Pattinson stars as a street hustler and bank robber desperately trying to get his brother (played by Benny Safdie) out of prison after a job goes wrong.

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1922

1922 follows a farmer to Nebraska, where he sets on the path to write a confession for a murder from his past. The Netflix film is adapted from a Stephen King novella.

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Bird Box

Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Trevante Rhodes, and John Malkovich star in this dystopian thriller (and Netflix original film) about a woman who must travel blindfolded along with her children to safety as an unseen force stalks them on their journey.

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Cam

Madeline Brewer plays an enterprising camgirl who discovers that she's somehow been replicated in various videos that have been uploaded to her own website in this Internet-inspired horror thriller and Netflix original.

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The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino delivers an Agatha Christie-style mystery set in the American West just after the Civil War with a stellar cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

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Hush

This is the O.G. A Quiet Place. That’s that.

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I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

Lily (Ruth Wilson) is a live-in nurse who moves into the remote New England mansion owned by her patient, an elderly horror novelist who suffers from dementia. Soon Lily starts to question if the unsettling things that are taking place in this house came straight from one of her patient's books.

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The Invitation

A gathering of friends at a swank Hollywood Hills mansion turns deadly in Karyn Kusama's chilling and unsettling thriller, which sees a seemingly innocuous dinner party devolve into a cult-inspired killing spree.

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The Perfection

The Perfection is absolutely bonkers, so when it comes to thrillers, it fits the bill perfectly. If you’re looking for unnerving twist and turns, you’re going to be hard pressed to find one with more than this film about two cellists vying for the top spot in a conservatory.

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Secret Obsession

Brenda Strong deserves one insane Netflix thriller a year, and Secret Obsession is her entry for 2019.

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Velvet Buzzsaw

This horror satire from Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy is a mix of The Square and Eyes of Laura Mars, with Jake Gyllenhaal starring as an art critic who discovers that the mysterious paintings by an unknown artist have supernatural abilities—and take their revenge on anyone attempting to profit off of them.

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Justin Kirkland Justin Kirkland is a writer for Esquire, where he focuses on entertainment, television, and pop culture.

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