Best Mystery Movies of 2003

1.

Mystic River

6.4

The lives of three men who were childhood friends are shattered when one of them has a family tragedy.

Starring: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 2003-10-07
2.

Identity

5.8

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.

Starring: John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, John Hawkes, Alfred Molina
Directed by: James Mangold
Release date: 2003-04-25
3.

Final Destination 2

5.1

When Kimberly has a violent premonition of a highway pileup she blocks the freeway, keeping a few others meant to die, safe...Or are they? The survivors mysteriously start dying and it's up to Kimberly to stop it before she's next.

Starring: Ali Larter, A.J. Cook, Michael Landes, David Paetkau, James Kirk
Directed by: David R. Ellis
Release date: 2003-01-31
4.

11:14

5.0

Tells the seemingly random yet vitally connected story of a set of incidents that all converge one evening at 11:14pm. The story follows the chain of events of five different characters and five different storylines that all converge to tell the story of murder and deceit.

Starring: Henry Thomas, Blake Heron, Barbara Hershey, Hilary Swank, Clark Gregg
Directed by: Greg Marcks
Release date: 2003-05-16
5.

Basic

4.8

A DEA agent investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army ranger drill sergeant and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone severely awry.

Starring: John Travolta, Connie Nielsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Giovanni Ribisi, Tim Daly
Directed by: John McTiernan
Release date: 2003-04-18
6.

Confidence

4.8

What Jake Vig doesn't know just might get him killed. A sharp and polished grifter, Jake has just swindled thousands of dollars from the unsuspecting Lionel Dolby with the help of his crew. It becomes clear that Lionel wasn't just any mark, he was an accountant for eccentric crime boss Winston King. Jake and his crew will have to stay one step ahead of both the criminals and the cops to finally settle their debt.

Starring: Edward Burns, Rachel Weisz, Morris Chestnut, Dustin Hoffman, Andy García
Directed by: James Foley
Release date: 2003-04-25
7.

Wonderland

4.7
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On the afternoon of July 1, 1981, Los Angeles police responded to a distress call on Wonderland Avenue and discovered a grisly quadruple homicide. The police investigation that followed uncovered two versions of the events leading up to the brutal murders - both involving legendary porn actor John Holmes. You're about to experience both versions.
Starring: Val Kilmer, Dylan McDermott, Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Lisa Kudrow
Directed by: James Cox
Release date: 2003-10-23
8.

Dead End

4.7

Christmas Eve. On his way to his in-laws with his family, Frank Harrington decides to try a shortcut, for the first time in 20 years. It turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life.

Starring: Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Mick Cain, Alexandra Holden, Amber Smith
Directed by: Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Fabrice Canepa
Release date: 2003-01-30
9.

Paycheck

4.6

Michael Jennings is a genius who's hired – and paid handsomely – by high-tech firms to work on highly sensitive projects, after which his short-term memory is erased so he's incapable of breaching security. But at the end of a three-year job, he's told he isn't getting a paycheck and instead receives a mysterious envelope. In it are clues he must piece together to find out why he wasn't paid – and why he's now in hot water.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart, Uma Thurman, Paul Giamatti, Colm Feore
Directed by: John Woo
Release date: 2003-12-25
10.

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

4.6

Hitman "El Mariachi" becomes involved in international espionage involving a psychotic CIA agent and a corrupt Mexican general.

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Eva Mendes, Mickey Rourke
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Release date: 2003-09-11
11.

Intermission

4.3

A raucous story of the interweaving lives and loves of small-town delinquents, shady cops, pretty good girls and very bad boys. With Irish guts and grit, lives collide, preconceptions shatter and romance is tested to the extreme. An ill-timed and poorly executed couple's break-up sets off a chain of events affecting everyone in town.

Starring: Colin Farrell, Colm Meaney, Kelly Macdonald, Cillian Murphy, Brían F. O'Byrne
Directed by: John Crowley
Release date: 2003-08-29
12.

The Haunted Mansion

4.0

Workaholic Jim Evers and his wife/business partner, Sara get a call one night from mansion owner, Edward Gracey wants to sell his house. Once the Evers family arrive at the mansion a butler takes them to dine with Gracey. Gracey takes one look at Sara and he thinks she's his lost lover.

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Terence Stamp, Nathaniel Parker, Marsha Thomason, Jennifer Tilly
Directed by: Rob Minkoff
Release date: 2003-11-25
13.

In the Cut

3.8

Following the gruesome murder of a young woman in her neighborhood, a self-determined woman living in New York City--as if to test the limits of her own safety--propels herself into an impossibly risky sexual liaison. Soon she grows increasingly wary about the motives of every man with whom she has contact--and about her own.

Starring: Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Nick Damici, Heather Litteer
Directed by: Jane Campion
Release date: 2003-09-09
14.

The Order

3.8

For centuries, a secret Order of priests has existed within the Church. A renegade priest, Father Alex Bernier, is sent to Rome to investigate the mysterious death of one of the Order's most revered members. Following a series of strangely similar killings, Bernier launches an investigation that forces him to confront unimaginable evil.

Starring: Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, Benno Fürmann, Mark Addy, Peter Weller
Directed by: Brian Helgeland
Release date: 2003-09-05
15.

Cold Creek Manor

3.7

Wanting to escape city life for the countryside, New Yorkers Cooper Tilson (Quaid), his wife Leah (Stone) and their two children move into a dilapidated old mansion still filled with the possessions of the previous family. Turning it into their dream house soon becomes a living nightmare when the previous owner (Dorff) shows up, and a series of terrifying incidents lead them on a spine-tingling search for clues to the estate's dark and lurid past

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, Stephen Dorff, Juliette Lewis, Kristen Stewart
Directed by: Mike Figgis
Release date: 2003-09-19
16.

My House in Umbria

3.5
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Emily Delahunty is an eccentric British romance novelist who lives in Umbria in central Italy. One day while travelling, the train she is on is bombed by terrorists. After she wakes up in a hospital, she invites three of the other survivors of the disaster to stay at her Italian villa for recuperation. Of these are The General, a retired British Army veteran, Werner, a young German man, and Aimee, a young American girl who has now become mute after her parents were both killed in the explosion.
Starring: Maggie Smith, Ronnie Barker, Chris Cooper, Benno Fürmann, Giancarlo Giannini
Directed by: Richard Loncraine
Release date: 2003-05-25
17.

The Reckoning

3.4

In 14th Century England, this tale of murder and mystery follows a fugitive priest who falls in with a troupe of actors. As they Arrive in a small town, the actors encounter a woman bing sentenced to death for practicing witchcraft and murder. Discarding the expected bible stories, the actors stage a performance based on the crime. Through the performance of the play, they discover a mystery.

Starring: Paul Bettany, Willem Dafoe, Tom Hardy, Brian Cox, Simon McBurney
Directed by: Paul McGuigan
Release date: 2003-08-06
18.

Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico

3.4

A friend of Fred's, Alejo Otero, invites the Scooby gang to Veracruz, Mexico. There they find a monster, El Chupacabra, terrorizing the town.

Starring: Frank Welker, Nicole Jaffe, Heather North, Casey Kasem, Jesse Borrego
Directed by: Scott Jeralds
Release date: 2003-01-01
19.

Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire

3.4

The Yowie Yahoo starts kidnapping musicians at a concert attended by Scooby and the gang in Vampire Rock, Australia.

Starring: Casey Kasem, Frank Welker, Nicole Jaffe, Heather North, Jeff Bennett
Directed by: Scott Jeralds
Release date: 2003-03-04
20.

The Big Empty

3.3

Struggling actor John Person agrees to drive a blue suitcase from Los Angeles to the small town of Baker, Calif., and hand it over to a mysterious cowboy in return for having his credit card debt of $27,000 paid off. Upon his arrival, John can't find the cowboy but receives an ominously head-shaped package he's supposed to hang onto. While waiting, John gets close to Ruthie, whose psychotic boyfriend, Randy, keeps threatening to kill him.

Starring: Jon Favreau, Joey Lauren Adams, Rachael Leigh Cook, Daryl Hannah, Kelsey Grammer
Directed by: Steve Anderson
Release date: 2003-05-16

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