Best Mystery Movies of All Time

1.

Se7en (1995)

7.0
8.6/10

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. Sommerset researches each sin in an effort to get inside the killer's mind, while his novice partner, Mills, scoffs at his efforts to unravel the case.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, John C. McGinley, Kevin Spacey
Directed by: David Fincher
Release date: 1995-09-22
2.

Rear Window (1954)

6.9
8.5/10

Professional photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbors. He begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his high society fashion-consultant girlfriend Lisa Freemont and his visiting nurse Stella to investigate.

Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1954-08-01
3.

The Prestige (2006)

6.8
8.5/10

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.

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Andy Serkis
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Release date: 2006-10-19
4.

Memento (2000)

6.8
8.4/10

Leonard Shelby is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty of locating his wife's killer, however, is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, untreatable form of short-term memory loss. Although he can recall details of life before his accident, Leonard cannot remember what happened fifteen minutes ago, where he's going, or why.

Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior, Stephen Tobolowsky
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Release date: 2000-10-11
5.

Shutter Island (2010)

6.8
8.1/10

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.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 2010-02-14
6.

Gone Girl (2014)

6.7
8.1/10

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.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon
Directed by: David Fincher
Release date: 2014-10-01
7.

The Sixth Sense (1999)

6.7
8.1/10

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 of dead people.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams, Haley Joel Osment, Donnie Wahlberg
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Release date: 1999-08-06
8.

Vertigo (1958)

6.7
8.3/10

A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1958-05-09
9.

Citizen Kane (1941)

6.7
8.3/10

Newspaper magnate, Charles Foster Kane is taken from his mother as a boy and made the ward of a rich industrialist. As a result, every well-meaning, tyrannical or self-destructive move he makes for the rest of his life appears in some way to be a reaction to that deeply wounding event.

Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Ray Collins, George Coulouris
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1941-04-30
10.

North by Northwest (1959)

6.7
8.3/10

Advertising man Roger Thornhill is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.

Starring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Martin Landau, Leo G. Carroll
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1959-07-07
11.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

6.7
8.3/10

Humanity finds a mysterious object buried beneath the lunar surface and sets off to find its origins with the help of HAL 9000, the world's most advanced super computer.

Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Douglas Rain, Daniel Richter
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1968-04-09
12.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

6.6
7.5/10

Returning for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts, Harry is stunned to find that his warnings about the return of Lord Voldemort have been ignored. Left with no choice, Harry takes matters into his own hands, training a small group of students – dubbed 'Dumbledore's Army' – to defend themselves against the dark arts.

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes
Directed by: David Yates
Release date: 2007-06-28
13.

Dial M for Murder (1954)

6.6
8.2/10

An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to have his wife murdered after discovering she is having an affair, and assumes she will soon leave him for the other man anyway. When things go wrong, he improvises a new plan—to frame her for murder instead.

Starring: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams, Anthony Dawson
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1954-05-29
14.

The Thing (1982)

6.6
8.1/10

Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people it kills.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T. K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 1982-06-25
15.

Chinatown (1974)

6.6
8.2/10

Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, John Hillerman
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Release date: 1974-06-20
16.

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (2016)

6.6
8.2/10

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson find themselves in 1890s London in this holiday special.

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves, Mark Gatiss
Directed by: Douglas Mackinnon
Release date: 2016-01-01
17.

Loving Vincent (2017)

6.5
7.8/10

The film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from all across the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings are his passionate and ill-fated life and mysterious death.

Starring: Robert Gulaczyk, Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Saoirse Ronan, Helen McCrory
Directed by: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Release date: 2017-06-22
18.

L.A. Confidential (1997)

6.5
8.2/10

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.

Starring: Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger, James Cromwell
Directed by: Curtis Hanson
Release date: 1997-09-19
19.

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

6.5
8.0/10

Bourne is brought out of hiding once again by reporter Simon Ross who is trying to unveil Operation Blackbriar, an upgrade to Project Treadstone, in a series of newspaper columns. Information from the reporter stirs a new set of memories, and Bourne must finally uncover his dark past while dodging The Company's best efforts to eradicate him.

Starring: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Paddy Considine
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Release date: 2007-08-03
20.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

6.5
7.8/10

Born under unusual circumstances, Benjamin Button springs into being as an elderly man in a New Orleans nursing home and ages in reverse. Twelve years after his birth, he meets Daisy, a child who flits in and out of his life as she grows up to be a dancer. Though he has all sorts of unusual adventures over the course of his life, it is his relationship with Daisy, and the hope that they will come together at the right time, that drives Benjamin forward.

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond, Elle Fanning
Directed by: David Fincher
Release date: 2008-12-25

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