Best Mystery Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Mystery Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: suspense, psychological thriller, atmospheric, twist ending, psychological and cerebral. Plot: twists and turns, murder, death, crimes, investigation, corpse, violence, plot twist, flashback and storytelling. Genre: Mystery, Thriller and Drama. Country: USA, UK and Spain.
Best Mystery Movies
Best Mystery Movies
TOP Movies: Prisoners (2013), Se7en (1995), Shutter Island (2010), Knives Out (2019), Zodiac (2007), The Sixth Sense (1999), Gone Girl (2014), Memento (2000), Donnie Darko (2001), The Invisible Guest (2016), Mystic River (2003), Incendies (2010), The Ghost Writer (2010), Get Out (2017), Twelve Monkeys (1995), The Prestige (2006), Wind River (2017), The Usual Suspects (1995), L.A. Confidential (1997), Watchmen (2009).

List of Best Movies

 8.1
 709K
Prisoners (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Style: psychological, twist ending, suspenseful, atmospheric, surprise ending ...
Plot: kidnapping, investigation, police investigation, revenge, vigilantism, brutality, torture, serial killer, vengeance, twists and turns, missing child, police ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, boston, usa
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 8.6
 1.6M
Se7en (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, surprise ending, tense, neo noir ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, twists and turns, police, psychology, police investigation, psychopath, insanity, crimes, killings, murder, powerful ending ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, new york
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 8.2
 1.3M
Shutter Island (2010)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twist ending, suspense, confusing ...
Plot: twists and turns, plot twist, mental illness, investigation, insanity, mystery, psychology, psychiatrist, paranoia, mental institution, memory, schizophrenia ...
Time: year 1954, year 1945, 1940s, 20th century, year 1952 ...
Place: boston
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 7.9
 625K
Knives Out (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, witty, exciting, suspense ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: investigation, whodunit, murder mystery, murder, mansion, murder investigation, large family, mystery killer, eccentric family, crimes, death, private detective ...
Time: future, 2010s, 21st century
Place: new england, usa, massachusetts
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 7.7
 542K
Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, stylized, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, murder, murder mystery, mystery, journalism, crimes, paranoia, maniac, killings, uncover truth, police ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1971 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oakland california, sacramento california
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 8.2
 990K
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about an eight year old boy named Cole Sear who believes he can see into the world of the dead. A child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe comes to Cole to help him deal with his problem, learning that he really can see ghosts ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twist ending, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: twists and turns, ghost, afterlife, supernatural, mystery, psychology, death, psychiatrist, plot twist, life & death, boy, psychic power ...
Time: 90s, future, 20th century
Place: usa, pennsylvania, philadelphia
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 8.1
 979K
Gone Girl (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
Style: psychological, suspense, twist ending, suspenseful, neo noir ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens, boys' night
Plot: twists and turns, mystery, infidelity, murder mystery, adultery, investigation, missing person, femme fatale, manipulation, police investigation, missing wife, disappearance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s, year 2012
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, new york, missouri, st. louis missouri
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 8.4
 1.2M
Memento (2000)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby ...
Style: psychological, twist ending, surprise ending, suspense, philosophical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: amnesia, memory loss, murder, plot twist, mystery, memory, revenge, twists and turns, paranoia, psychology, vengeance, haunted by the past ...
Time: future, 20th century, 90s, 21st century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 8.0
 800K
Donnie Darko (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.
Style: psychological, surreal, mind bending, atmospheric, suspense ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: time travel, mental illness, parallel universe, insanity, psychology, imaginary friend, time loop, hallucination, schizophrenia, surrealism, social misfits, supernatural ability ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century, year 1988
Place: virginia, usa
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The Invisible Guest (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: "The Invisible Guest” turns on a young businessman who wakes up in a hotel room locked from the inside with the dead body of his lover next to him. He hires a prestigious lawyer, and over one night they work together to clarify what happened ...
Style: suspense, surprise ending, psychological, twist ending, psychotronic ...
Plot: uncover truth, lawyer, evidence, interrogation, lie, infidelity, suspect, death, murder suspect, female lawyer, blackmail, moral dilemma ...
Place: barcelona, spain
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 7.9
 457K
Mystic River (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.
Style: psychological, twist ending, suspense, emotional, tense ...
Plot: mystery, vengeance, loss of child, sexual abuse, murder, police investigation, childhood, child abuse, investigation, death in the family, tragic event, vigilantism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 60s
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa
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 8.3
 178K
Incendies (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults' voyage to ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, unusual plot structure, heartbreaking, realistic ...
Plot: prison, torture, twists and turns, rape, incest, incest rape, last will and testament, brother sister relationship, pregnant from rape, civil war, twins, muslim ...
Time: contemporary, year 1970, year 2009, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: middle east, lebanon, canada, quebec, montreal
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 158 min.
Story: This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, as he investigates the disappearance of a weary patriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, rough, neo noir, clever ...
Plot: serial killer, rape, hacker, investigation, sexual abuse, strong female character, missing person, twists and turns, mystery, crimes, journalist, uncover truth ...
Time: 21st century, year 1966, contemporary, 60s, year 2011 ...
Place: stockholm sweden, scandinavia, sweden, europe, london ...
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The Ghost Writer (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A writer stumbles upon a long-hidden secret when he agrees to help former British Prime Minister Adam Lang complete his memoirs on a remote island after the politician's assistant drowns in a mysterious accident. In director Roman ...
Style: suspense, atmospheric, serious, captivating, political ...
Plot: writers, twists and turns, political conspiracy, politics, investigation, mystery, writer's life, betrayal, secrets, spy, suspicion, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, london, massachusetts, england, usa ...
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 7.7
 607K
Get Out (2017)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend ...
Style: psychological, twist ending, suspenseful, suspense, tense ...
Plot: racism, hypnosis, brainwashing, satire, cult, survival, kidnapping, abduction, secret society, disappearance, female villain, manipulation ...
Time: future, 2010s, 21st century
Place: brooklyn new york city, new york
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 8.0
 618K
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In the year 2035, convict James Cole reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to discover the origin of a deadly virus that wiped out nearly all of the earth's population and forced the survivors into underground communities. But when ...
Style: psychological, surreal, non-linear, twist ending, confusing ...
Plot: time travel, post apocalypse, apocalypse, insanity, time loop, paranoia, virus, psychology, alternate reality, social misfits, save the world, distopia ...
Time: future, 90s, 2030s, 21st century, 20th century ...
Place: philadelphia, maryland, baltimore, usa
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 8.5
 1.3M
The Prestige (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, intellectual, psychological, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: twists and turns, obsession, magic, rivalry, plot twist, illusion, uninhibited rivalry, magic trick, secrets, illusionist, secret, deception ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, future, edwardian era, 20th century ...
Place: london, colorado, europe, england
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 7.7
 253K
Wind River (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Western
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: An FBI agent teams with the town's veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, surprise ending, neo noir, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, murder, fbi, murder investigation, native american reservation, rape, winter, fbi agent, snow, native american, hunter, violence ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: wyoming, usa
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The Usual Suspects (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Held in an L.A. interrogation room, Verbal Kint attempts to convince the feds that a mythic crime lord, Keyser Soze, not only exists, but was also responsible for drawing him and his four partners into a multi-million dollar heist that ended with an ...
Style: neo noir, surprise ending, twist ending, confusing, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: twists and turns, crimes, plot twist, heist, master criminal, gangsters, criminal, organized crime, dishonesty, manipulation, mind game, whodunit ...
Time: 20th century, year 1981, 80s, 90s
Place: los angeles, hungary, new york, turkey, manhattan new york city
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L.A. Confidential (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.
Style: neo noir, tense, captivating, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: crimes, murder, police detective, police corruption, corruption, murder mystery, justice, dangerous attraction, police brutality, organized crime, twists and turns, call girl ...
Time: 50s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, arizona
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 7.6
 553K
Watchmen (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered, an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited ...
Style: neo noir, suspense, dark, visually appealing, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, heroes, alternate reality, moral dilemma, distopia, good versus evil, hidden identity, conspiracy, parallel world, mars, cold war, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, future, year 1985, 50s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., new york, antarctica, los angeles ...
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 7.2
 297K
Insomnia (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.
Style: neo noir, dark, atmospheric, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, small town, police corruption, investigation, investigator, police, guilt, murderer, snow, insomnia, serial killer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: alaska, los angeles, usa
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The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.
Style: suspense, dark, tense, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Plot: investigation, rape, twists and turns, murder, lawyer, investigator, serial killer, evidence, revenge, mystery, obsession, police ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s, year 1974, 70s
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina, harvard university, south america
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The Hateful Eight (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 168 min.
Story: Bounty hunters seek shelter from a raging blizzard and get caught up in a plot of betrayal and deception.
Style: captivating, stylized, talky, bloody, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bounty hunter, gang, stagecoach, dark humor, winter, murder, brutality, old west, revenge, snow, prisoner, twists and turns ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: wyoming, usa
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 7.3
 250K
Identity (2003)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Complete strangers stranded at a remote desert motel during a raging storm soon find themselves the target of a deranged murderer. As their numbers thin out, the travelers begin to turn on each other, as each tries to figure out who the killer is.
Style: twist ending, scary, suspenseful, mind bending, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, mystery, mental disorder, investigation, murder mystery, stranded, split personality, psychology, murder, characters killed one by one, rainstorm, dissociative identity disorder ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, contemporary
Place: nevada, usa, florida
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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA, UK, Malta
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Genius Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of an American tycoon aboard the Orient Express train.
Style: surprise ending, suspense, artsy, twist ending, dramatic ...
Plot: investigation, murder mystery, train, whodunit, vengeance, murder, snow, private detective, crimes, justice, conspiracy, suspect ...
Time: 1930s, year 1934, 1920s, pre world war two, post world war one
Place: alps, venice, jerusalem, istanbul turkey, mediterranean sea ...
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Memories of Murder (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 132 min.
Story: 1986 Gyunggi Province. The body of a young woman is found brutally raped and murdered. Two months later, a series of rapes and murders commences under similar circumstances. And in a country that had never known such crimes, the dark whispers about ...
Style: neo noir, realistic, suspense, psychological, disturbing ...
Audience: date night
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, police, rape, murder investigation, twists and turns, unsolved crime, murder, crimes, police detective, investigation, murder mystery ...
Time: 80s, year 1986, year 2003, 20th century
Place: south korea, asia, korea
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 7.6
 368K
The Others (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA, France, Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Grace is a religious woman who lives in an old house kept dark because her two children, Anne and Nicholas, have a rare sensitivity to light. When the family begins to suspect the house is haunted, Grace fights to protect her children at any cost in ...
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, suspense, scary, dark ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, supernatural, afterlife, twists and turns, mysterious character, nightmare, able to see the dead, uncover truth, spiritualism, isolation, supernatural horror ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: europe, english channel, england
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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Canada, Spain
Duration: 164 min.
Story: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, ...
Style: futuristic, neo noir, suspense, thought provoking, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, investigation, police detective, violence, robot, dark future, flying car, bounty hunter, existentialism, menage a trois, distopia ...
Time: future, near future, 2040s, 2020s, year 1966 ...
Place: california, los angeles, san diego california, las vegas
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 7.6
 374K
The Illusionist (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Czech Republic
Duration: 110 min.
Story: With his eye on a lovely aristocrat, a gifted illusionist named Eisenheim uses his powers to win her away from her betrothed, a crowned prince. But Eisenheim's scheme creates tumult within the monarchy and ignites the suspicion of a dogged ...
Style: surprise ending, atmospheric, twist ending, enigmatic, psychological ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: magic, forbidden love, twists and turns, wizards and magicians, investigation, murder, love triangle, secrets, love, magician, death, duchess ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, edwardian era, 1890s, 1880s ...
Place: vienna, austria, london, england, europe
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