Best murders mystery movies 2019

Best murders mystery movies 2019 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 ()

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 ()

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 ()

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 ()

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 ()

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 ()

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 ()

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 adaptation and feel free to compare and contrast.

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Gosford Park ()

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 ()

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 year-old murder case.

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Bad Times at the El Royale ()

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 , though they share more in common than they reveal at first.

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L.A. Confidential ()

L.A. Confidential transports viewers to s 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 ()

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 ()

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 ()

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 ()

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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10 Best Murder Mystery Movies of

I strongly believe that the so created mystery genre isn&#;t the ideal move. As a cinema goer, I feel every story, every character has a mystery in itself, which is pursued in many different manners.  While some opt to wrap it in humor, some choose to cloth this irresistible secret in tense, atmospheric storytelling. At the heart of it, all remains a similarly created and sought after puzzle, yearning to a resolution.

Some of the movies that feature in this list belong to the said description of mystery films. To the risk of becoming one-dimensional and universally inaccessible, we also have picked out choices that follow a rather conventional, generic style, although the quality with which they&#;re executed is top-notch. Here&#;s the list of best murder mystery movies of

The Vanishing

Do not confuse this feature with, or as a remake of, the Dutch masterpiece &#;Spoorloos&#;. While both the films are slow-burns, tempting and flirting with the viewer gracefully, the cinematic impact remains starkly different. The film is directed by newcomer Krystoff Nyholm and boasts of a starry cast, led by the trio of Gerard Butler, Olafur Olafson (TV show &#;Trapped&#;), and Peter Mullan. The cryptic premise revolves around the arrival of three lighthouse keepers on a deserted and remote island. Each of the three arrives with different motivations and skillsets. Their personal struggle intertwines with a washed-up treasure that captures the intrigue of the men and spirals them into a violent frenzy that comes to a shocking conclusion.

&#;The Vanishing&#; plays cleverly on the originality of its concept and harbors some genuinely vulnerable and haunting sequences. The climax is so brutal and unexpected, you almost jump out of your seat and gasp at its absurdity and significance for Butler&#;s character. Without a fully developed and foolproof narrative, Nyholm&#;s maiden venture into the unknown is ably supported by a magnificent cast and powerful tunes.

9. Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark

A group of four friends visits a dilapidated and abandoned house that is apparently haunted by the ghost of Sarah Bellows. Initially harmless, Stella&#;s decision to unearth and reopen Sarah&#;s personal diary eventually threatens to be fatal and all-consuming. Each night after Halloween, it writes itself a story in blood about a member of the group that visited the house and predicts, correctly, their fateful demise. In an attempt to stop the menace, Stella embarks on uncovering the truth behind the folklore of Sarah&#;s death.

As a mainstream, commercial entertainer, &#;Scary Stories&#; succeeds in almost every aspect. With almost no seriousness and ambition to make itself more than a generic Halloween fable, &#;Scary Stories&#; evokes some genuine scares and valuable intrigue. Despite its restrictions, &#;Scary Stories&#; packs a solid punch, owing to its nightmarish images and gnarly monsters.

8. The Dead Center

&#;The Dead Center&#; presents a wild fantasy-like world where dead people aren&#;t really dead. The protagonist, a Jon Doe. wakes in a frenzy from the morgue he&#;s placed in and proceeds to come across psychiatrist Daniel. At the same time, the coroner who signed off his death certificate begins an investigation in the sudden disappearance of the dead body. Both inquiries lead to a puzzling revelation, one that might not pass them as the same.

There are sheer moments of brilliance within the storytelling that really catch you by surprise. The conclusion of the concentric circles might be talked about for a long time. But it is the inconsistency in the story that withholds &#;Dead Center&#; from truly blossoming into a full-blooded mystery.

7. The Souvenir

Male toxicity has become an important point of discussion in contemporary dialogue on the prevention of abuse in relationships. Quite often one might not realize that they are a part of one, despite feeling sad and trapped all the time, due to the fear of loneliness and abandonment. Joanna Hogg&#;s intimate semi-biographical film focuses on a protagonist in a similar position. Jule comes from affluent family background and pursues a career in film making. At a party, she comes across a charming, authoritative mysterious figure who instantly woos her. His eccentric and selfish behavior increasingly becomes intolerable for Julie, who reconsiders their relationship.

It is quite easy to misconstrue and simply write off Hogg&#;s exploration of her early struggles as a study in self-pity. Julie, while seemingly seems to be a rather naive and amateurish adult for her age, she is a reflection of similarly placed millions around the world. &#;The Souvenir&#; presents an opportunity for Hogg to craft a poignant, at times shocking, portrayal of how abuse in a relationship can devour a person&#;s inner strength and will, rendering them completely out of their wits and vulnerable. Tim Burke deserves all the awards but won&#;t win any.

6. We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Sisters Mary and Constance are seen to be living in a burnt house but carry their daily routines seemingly unaffected. The story then flashes back sometime in the past to a delightful, luxurious Blackwood edifice of power, authority, and immense jealousy. The family is infamous in the town they inhabit as being the object of universal hate. The members seldom step out of the house, leaving them isolated and unhappy. The arrival of Charles, cousin to the sisters, marks a great change in the fortunes of the family for the worse.

Shirley Jackson&#;s novel inspires the plot of the film. Alexandria Daddario and Taissa Farmiga play the two leads with contrasting personalities to perfection. Their chemistry and dedication to each of their individual personas reap great rewards, as the mystery that brews within the story&#;s core benefits greatly due to their good work. A neatly written and performed mystery film that is deceptively layered and will catch you unawares with its brilliance.

5. Ready or Not

&#;Ready or Not&#; proves to be an engaging blend of mainstream genres and conducts itself with great balance and restraint. Housing a vague family and their abnormal predilections, &#;Ready or Not&#; follows the story of a newly wedded Grace, who finally marries her dream-man, Daniel. The journey of their life that looms to begin subsequently, has to first, pass the litmus test of Daniel&#;s family. This is the part that might never allow the two to experience this life of unison. Boorish, relentless, and thoroughly enjoyable, &#;Ready or Not&#; easily makes for one of the most entertaining watches of the year.

4. Long Day&#;s Journey Into Night

In a frenzy, as he recovers from a dream about her, Luo gingerly falls back into reality. The shape of her body seems to have permanently clung on to his memory, relentlessly pursuing his attention and heart. He makes his way back to where it all started- Kaili- the place that hosted their passionate love affair. Bi Gan grew up in the town of Kaili and narrates the story in a dream-like, hypnotic structure that at once is harrowing and irresistible.

Such is the sophistication with which Gan narrates ‘Long Day’s Journey’ that distinguishing the past and present, reality and fiction, becomes an impossible task. The mystery that it hides so well beneath its surrealist cover expands to cover everything under its cinematic sun, eclipsing the altruistic and brief premise. Gan’s unique framing, drenched with evocative colors, brings together a gorgeous visual appeal that the film carries until its last-minute. Bela Bartok’s Hungarian-Chinese fusion makes for one of the best background scores of the year.

Gan&#;s thorough understanding of every crevice, every inch of Kaili&#;s majestic landscape truly transforms the city into a character in the story. His romanticism constantly endows Luo&#;s desperate howl with such wonderful visual appeal, you can&#;t help but give in to its charms.

While ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’ might be incomprehensible to the larger audience, its niche target viewers will remember it as a modern masterpiece that dictates the pumping of their blood, the wildness of their imagination, and the meaning of their existence as it gradually burns to its resolution. This movie will undoubtedly be in discussions about the best movies of this century for many, many years to come.

3. High Life

Claire Denis&#; return to the screen this year evoked a lot of passion from her admirers. Even for the best of them, &#;High Life&#; proved to be a challenging watch. The cryptic space-opera ranked as one of the most bewildering and polarizing movies of the year. This human spaceflight exploration saga is surprisingly inherently funny. Although Denis has often refrained from actively pursuing any humor veins in her topography, &#;High Life&#; is full of them.

At the very core of her exploration are the value of time and the beauty of inevitability of life to us. The doomed spaceship is incompetent to make a return flight back to earth. The living occupants can&#;t seem to figure out a way to escape the suction of the black hole, leaving them with an air of uncertainty in terms of their immediate fates, though the eventual result won&#;t change. Pattinson&#;s intriguing take on a criminal who has left his guilt behind on earth makes for an exemplary character study. With a director like Denis, you can always expect actors to go the extra mile. And Pattinson does exactly that.

His growing stature is only furthered by another complete performance. Mia Goth doesn&#;t have a lot of screen time but reaffirms herself as a major superstar. Overall, the sophistication of Claire&#;s vision might be at once its greatest downfall and biggest temptation.

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2. Midsommar

Ari Aster is the new cult that Hollywood can&#;t stop talking about. His fanatic admirers defend and aggrandize his brand so staunchly and intensely, you almost wonder what&#;s wrong with them. But like his admirers, Aster&#;s vision in &#;Midsommar&#; certainly evokes mixed feelings of confusion and disgust, all bound by a genuinely shocking storyline. As the title suggests, the film revolves around a trip that a group of four friends and Dani take to Sweden during midsummer for celebrating a tradition that repeats itself every 90 years. What seems initially to be a fun time hanging with friends, doing drugs, and possibly getting lucky, down spirals into a harrowing cult-inspired tragedy.

There’s something about both ‘Hereditary’ and ‘Midsommar’ that is inexplicable. Aster seems to have a unique modus operandi that is inherently challenging for the masses, yet retains elements of ceremonial devices used in films for poetic expressionism. ‘Midsommar’s core layout mirrors Dani and Christian’s personal relationship and its deteriorating stages. Aster reaffirms the notion of this perspective when he described the movie as “Dani’s fairytale and but folk horror for everybody else” in an interview.

The mystery of the cult becomes apparent from the first group dances the inhabitants do when the outsiders first arrive. Aster actually gives away the entire story through the opening shot, the mural, that depicts all the events in different stages of the summer. It&#;s hard to figure what goes on in Aster&#;s mind when he writes the scenes of old people falling to their death off a cliff to the cheers and celebratory formalities from relatives.

Without a definitive protagonist or antagonist, Aster’s attempt to leave the movie open to interpretation and heavily rely on the viewer’s personal experiences walks a tight rope between derivative and innovative rather well. ‘Midommar’s magic lies in its ability to astonish and catch you unaware with its voguish creator’s twisted sense of expression but might frustrate with its occasional cynicism. If you’re looking for anything normal, tread with caution.

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1. Us

Jordan Peele&#;s explosion on the major stage with &#;Get Out&#; last year set the ball rolling for a Peele juggernaut that hopefully doesn&#;t stop anytime soon. Just like &#;Get Out&#;, &#;Us&#; continues his brand of hard-hitting and gripping storylines that certainly mean more than their face values. Lupita Nyong&#;o&#;s force of nature performance steers Peele&#;s ship of macabre and the unknown with great precision and impact. The duality in her persona is represented well in both of her characters. The plot revolves around Adelaide Wilson&#;s traumatic childhood experience and the subsequent revisit to the place of the tragedy.

Taking &#;Us&#; simply on its face-value might defeat the purpose and intent with which Peele wrote the script. His personal expression of the inequity and social divide between the rich and the poor, race relations, and the institutionalization of neglect of the marginalized makes for an eye-opening marvel. Add to that his quirky skill to carve out a thrilling, atmospheric story, and you get a memorable experience worth revisiting.

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Crime, intrigue and the classic "whodunit" question What's not to love about murder mysteries? The murder mystery has long been one of cinema's most beloved genres, but it's recently seen an explosion in popularity thanks to hit films like Knives Out and true crime docuseries like Netflix's Unsolved Mysteries. If you're on the hunt for a murder mystery movie to watch right now, there are plenty of options, from the best psychological thriller films to horror movies, dramas and even dark comedies.

To help you awaken your own inner armchair detective, we've rounded up some of the best murder mystery movies available to stream across the internet now — including movies you can watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime and other popular streaming services. Whether you're hunting for something to watch on family movie night or or you're looking for a film to screen at your murder mystery party, these "whodunit" movies have something for everyone, including gripping storylines, suspicious characters and shocking plot twists you'll never see coming.

2Gone Girl ()

Though this popular psychological thrillerbased on the novel by Gillian Flynn may not follow the classic "whodunit" formula, there's definitely a mystery at the center of Gone Girl. A man (Ben Affleck) becomes a prime suspect for the murder of his wife (Rosamund Pike) after she goes missing, but all isn't what it seems.

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3Knives Out ()

One of the best modern murder mystery films in recent years, this recent blockbuster puts a modern-day spin on classic murder mystery movies. Featuring an all-star ensemble cast alongside a riveting plot involving an investigation of the family patriarch's suspicious death, this film is a must-see.

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5L.A. Confidential ()

This neo-noir crime film — which snagged a total of total nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture — centers around a group of three policemen who investigate a series of murders in s Los Angeles. What ensues is a story of corruption, deceit and (of course) mystery.

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6Murder on the Orient Express ()

In this classic adaptation of Agatha Christie's popular murder mystery novel, a detective named Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of an American business tycoon aboard the Orient Express train. The film even earned a total of six Academy Award nominations (and one win!).

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7Murder on the Orient Express ()

After watching the original, check out this more recent remake of Murder on the Orient Express, too — it features a star-studded cast including Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer and Penelope Cruz, alongside director Kenneth Branagh as Detective Poirot.

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8Gosford Park ()

Set in a grand English manor in the s, this murder mystery film has all the elements of a classic "whodunit": a dinner party, a group of aristocrats and a sudden murder. Fans of Downtown Abbey will love this one, as it was written by the show's creator Julian Fellowes (who originally planned Downtown Abbey as a spin-off of Gosford Park).

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9Scream ()

10Memento ()

Can't resist a good mind-bending flick? Christopher Nolan's Memento is a must-watch, not only for its gripping mystery but for its truly innovative plot involving a man with short-term memory loss (Guy Pearce) who attempts to track down his wife's killer.

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11Kiss Kiss Bang Bang ()

Robert Downey Jr. stars in this black comedy crime film described by the director himself as "half romantic comedy, half murder mystery." The story follows a crook named Harry Lockhart, who gets tangled up in a murderous conspiracy in Hollywood after stumbling into an audition for a mystery film.

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13Rear Window ()

Often considered one of Alfred Hitchcock's best films, this classic mystery thriller follows a photographer with a broken leg who passes the time by observing his neighbors through his window and, after becoming convinced he witnessed a murder, sets out to find the killer himself.

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14The Nice Guys ()

If you loved Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Nice Guys is another neo-noir comedy film by the same director (Shane Black). In this one, Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe star as two L.A. detectives in the '70s who team up to investigate a missing girl and a mysterious death.

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15Identity ()

Ten strangers arrive at an isolated motel in the middle of a violent storm and then are mysteriously killed off one by one. In classic "whodunit" fashion, this psychological slasher film involves the group attempting to uncover the identity of the killer before it's too late.

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16Death on the Nile ()

This British mystery film based on Agatha Christie's novel (the sequel to Murder on the Orient Express) is getting an upcoming remake — which means there's no better time to familiarize yourself with the story (this time involving a murder on a cruise ship!) than now.

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18Seven ()

Seven is another riveting psychological crime thriller about a serial killer, but in this one, the killer bases his murders on the Seven Deadly Sins. Two detectives (Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman) must team up to catch him before he strikes again.

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19Who Framed Roger Rabbit ()

Looking for a family-friendly murder mystery? Featuring a mix of live action and animation, this delightful comedy-mystery film follows the story of a private investigator who must help Roger Rabbit prove his innocence when the cartoon is unjustly framed for murder.

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'Seven' ()

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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' ()

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

The mystery: In , 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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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 takeslet'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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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 helpor does he?

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'Happy Death Day' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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 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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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 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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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' ()

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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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Starring: Josh Hartnett, Mia Kirshner, Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Mike Starr, Patrick Fischler, and James Otis.

The mystery: The murder of rising actress Elizabeth Short is still one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of our time.In this film adaptation, Josh Hartnett plays a detective desperate to uncover the truth.

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  • 1

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    Directed by: Rian Johnson

    Knives Out is a mystery film directed by Rian Johnson. When wealthy crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead during his birthday party, Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel  more

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  • 2

    Released: January 4

    Directed by: Adam Robitel

    Escape Room is a American psychological horror-thriller film directed by Adam Robitel. Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control, and must use their wits to survive.  more

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  • 3

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    Directed by: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

    Ready or Not is a American thriller film, directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. On the night of her wedding, a young bride (Samara Weaving) joins her new husband’s (Mark O’Brien)  more

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  • 4

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    Directed by: John Lee Hancock

    The Highwaymen is a American crime film directed by John Lee Hancock. Texas Ranger Frank Hamer (Kevin Costner) and ex-partner Maney Gault (Woody Harrelson) attempt to track down and apprehend  more

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  • 5

    Released: February 13

    Directed by: Christopher B. Landon

    Happy Death Day 2U is a American slasher film directed by Christopher B. Landon, and the sequel to the film Happy Death Day. After her horrific experience of dying over and over again, Tree  more

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    Glass

    Bruce Willis, James McAvoy

    Released: January 18

    Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

    Glass is a American superhero horror-thriller film directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Security guard David Dunn (Bruce Willis) uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb (James  more

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    Directed by: Ari Aster

    Midsommar (Swedish for "Midsummer") is a American horror film written and directed by Ari Aster. A couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend's rural hometown for its fabled mid-summer  more

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    Directed by: Brad Anderson

    Fractured is a American thriller film directed by Brad Anderson. After his daughter breaks her arm while on a family road trip, Ray rushes her to the hospital along with his wife, once they are  more

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  • 9

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    Directed by: André Øvredal

    Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a American horror film directed by André Øvredal, based on the children's book series by Alvin Schwartz. A group of young teens attempt to solve a mystery  more

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    Greta

    Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz

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    Directed by: Neil Jordan

    Greta is a American drama thriller film directed by Neil Jordan. A young woman (Chloe Grace Moretz) befriends a lonely widow (Isabelle Huppert), who turns out to have sinister intentions.  more

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  • 11

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    Directed by: P.B. Shemran

    The Professor and the Madman is a biographical drama film direted by P.B. Sherman, based on the book The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester. In , a professor begins compiling the  more

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  • 12

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    Directed by: Jim Mickle

    In the Shadow of the Moon is a American political thriller directed by Jim Mickle.  more

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  • 13

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    Directed by: James Bobin

    Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a American family film directed by James Bobin, based on the Nickelodeon series. Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents nothing  more

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  • 14

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    Directed by: Lars Klevberg

    Polaroid is a American horror film directed by Lars Klevberg, based on his short film of the same name. High schooler Bird Fitcher (Kathryn Prescott) stumbles upon a vintage Polaroid camera  more

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  • 15

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    Directed by: Robert Eggers

    The Lighthouse is a black-and-white psychological horror film directed by Robert Eggers. The story of two lighthouse keepers (Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson) on a remote and mysterious New  more

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  • 16

    Released: January 4

    Directed by: Kristoffer Nyholm

    The Vanishing is a Scottish psychological thriller film directed by Kristoffer Nyholm. Three lighthouse keepers, James (Gerard Butler), Thomas (Peter Mullan), and Donald (Connor Swindells),  more

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  • 17

    Badla

    Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu

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    Directed by: Sujoy Ghosh

    Badla is a Indian Hindi crime thriller film directed by Sujoy Ghosh, it is an adaptation of the Spanish movie The Invisible Guest. A lawyer investigates further into the suspicious  more

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  • 18

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    Directed by: Jacob Aaron Estes

    Don’t Let Go is a American supernatural thriller film directed by Jacob Aaron Estes. After the demise of a man's (David Oyelowo) family, he receives a phone call from his deceased niece.  more

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  • 19

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    Directed by: Michael Chaves

    The Curse of La Llorona is a American supernatural horror film directed by Michael Chaves. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker (Linda  more

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  • 20

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    Directed by: Edward Norton

    Motherless Brooklyn is a crime drama film directed by Edward Norton, based on the novel of the same name by Jonathan Lethem. A private investigator (Edward Norton) with Tourette syndrome  more

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  • 21

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    Directed by: James Gray

    Ad Astra is a American epic science fiction thriller film directed by James Gray. Twenty years after his father (Tommy Lee Jones) left on a one-way mission to Neptune in order to find signs of  more

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  • 22

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    Directed by: Billy Senese

    The Dead Center is a American thriller film directed by Billy Senese. A troubled psychiatrist tries to help a patient who claims to have no memory of how he got to the hospital but that he died  more

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  • 23

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    Directed by: Katt Shea

    Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is a American mystery drama film directed by Katt Shea, loosely based on the book by Carolyn Keene AKA Mildred Wirt Benson. A bit of an outsider struggling to  more

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  • 24

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    Directed by: Carol Morley

    Out of Blue is a American crime film directed by Carol Morley, based on the novel Night Train by Martin Amis. Detective Mike Hoolihan (Patricia Clarkson) is called to investigate the shooting of  more

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  • 25

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    Directed by: David M. Rosenthal

    Jacob's Ladder is a American psychological horror film directed by David M. Rosenthal, and a remake of the movie. After returning home from the Afghanistan, veteran Jacob Singer struggles  more

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  • 26

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    Directed by: Richard Linklater

    Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a American comedy-drama film directed by Richard Linklater, based on the novel by Maria Semple. After her anxiety-ridden mother (Cate Blanchett) disappears,  more

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  • 27

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    Directed by: Deon Taylor

    The Intruder is a American psychological thriller film directed by Deon Taylor. A young married couple (Michael Ealy and Meagan Good) buys their dream home in Napa Valley unaware that the  more

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  • 28

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    Directed by: Stacie Passon

    We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a American mystery thriller film directed by Stacie Passon, based on the novel by Shirley Jackson. After experiencing a family tragedy, Merricat (Taissa  more

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  • 29

    Released: January 11

    Directed by: Jeffrey Nachmanoff

    Replicas is a American science fiction thriller film directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff. In a Christofascist collectivist future, a daring synthetic biologist (Keanu Reeves), after a car accident  more

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  • 30

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    Directed by: Lisa Langseth

    Euphoria is a Swedish-British-German drama film ( US theatrical release) written and directed by Lisa Langseth. Ines (Alicia Vikander) and Emilie (Eva Green) are sisters in conflict that are  more

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  • 31

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    Directed by: Gary Dauberman

    Annabelle Comes Home is a American supernatural horror film directed by Gary Duaberman, based on the legend of the Annabelle doll and a sequel to Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation. Annabelle  more

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  • 32

    Released: 

    Directed by: Wash Westmoreland

    Earthquake Bird is a American mystery film directed by Wash Westmoreland, based on the novel of the same name by Susanna Jones. In Toyko, Lucy Fly (Alicia Vikander) is a young female expat  more

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  • 33

    Released: February 8

    Directed by: Asghar Farhadi

    Everybody Knows is a Spanish-French-Italian psychological thriller film directed by Asghar Farhadi. A Spanish woman (Penélope Cruz) living in Buenos Aires returns with her children to her  more

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  • 34

    Released: 

    Directed by: Brian A. Miller

    10 Minutes Gone is a Canadian American mystery-thriller film directed by Brian A. Miller. A man loses 10 minutes of his memory after a bank heist goes wrong and must recover his memory to find  more

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  • 35

    Released: 

    Directed by: Malik Bader

    Killerman is a action drama film directed by Malik Bader. A New York City money launderer wakes up with millions of dollars in cash and contraband with no memory as to how it got there, he  more

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  • 36

    Released: January 18

    Directed by: Henry Dunham

    The Standoff at Sparrow Creek is a American drama film directed by Henry Dunham. A reclusive ex-cop turned-militia man, Gannon (James Badge Dale), investigates a shooting at a police funeral by  more

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  • 37

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    Directed by: Claire Denis

    High Life is a English-language science fiction film directed by Claire Denis. Part of a group of criminals sent on a journey in space to find alternative energy, Monte (Robert Pattinson)  more

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  • 38

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    Directed by: Rob Letterman

    Detective Pikachu is a action mystery film directed by Rob Letterman, based on the video game. Despite not being as powerful and nimble as other Pikachu of his kind, a peculiar talking Pikachu  more

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  • 39

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    Directed by: Owen Egerton

    Mercy Black is a American horror film directed by Owen Egerton. Marina Hess is being released from psychiatric care to live with her sister and young nephew fifteen years after having stabbed a  more

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  • 40

    Maze

    Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward

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    It doesn’t matter what your real-life job is—everyone becomes a detective the minute there’s a mystery afoot. When presented with a real-world murder mystery, we take to Reddit to collectively pore over every detail we’ve been presented with—and dig up new ones, too. And if you’re doubting that statement at all, just think back to the phenomenons that were Serial, Making a Murderer, and Tiger King. Sometimes it doesn’t even take a hit podcast or viral documentary to rally the internet sleuths. Just look at Don’t F*ck With Cats, the story of a group of internet detectives who cracked a real-life murder basically in real time, long before the tale became the subject of a Netflix series.

    If you prefer your murder mysteries with lower stakes, however, there’s always the world of fiction to turn to. And murder mysteries have a long, storied history in the realm of fiction, meaning there are plenty of options to choose from and keep your amateur detective brain working in high gear. In film, murder mysteries have taken every conceivable form. There are comedies, like Clue and the aptly titled Netflix hit Murder Mystery. There are dark, twisty, psychologically challenging murder mystery tales, like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. And there are those movies that strike the kind of tone that makes you feel like you’re living in a classic mystery novel, like Murder on the Orient Express and Knives Out. Whatever your mystery mood is, this list of some of the best murder mystery movies of all time has you covered.

    Basic Instinct ()

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    This movie is all about a police detective investigating (and having a relationship with) the widow of a former rockstar who may or may not have brutally murdered her husband. Ah, romance!

    Dark Places ()

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    Based on Gillian Flynn's novel of the same name, it follows the story of Libby Day who, when she was eight, told police that her brother was responsible for her parents' murder. But now that she's grown up, she's not so sure that's the truth.

    A Simple Favor ()

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    Blake Lively is perfection in the role of Emily—the super cool, mysterious mom who just up and vanishes one day. But as things progress, they get a little more murder-y and a whole lot more confusing.

    In the Heat of the Night ()

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    Virgil Tibbs, a Black police detective in Philadelphia, is wrongfully accused of murder by a racist police chief in Mississippi. Once he proves his innocence, he joins up with the police chief to figure out exactly who the real killer is.

    The Silence of the Lambs ()

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    Serial killer Buffalo Bill is on the loose, and young FBI trainee Clarice Starling is trying to catch him. She has to enlist the help of another cannibalistic serial killer to give her some insight that could help her find him. And yes, this is the movie where the iconic line of "Hello, Clarice" comes from.

    Zodiac ()

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    Based on the very real (and still very much unsolved) Zodiac Killer case, this movie will have you wanting to solve the crime IRL. It's also got a stacked cast with Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr. in leading roles.

    Charade ()

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    Audrey Hepburn stuns in this movie as Regina "Reggie" Lampert, an American expat in Paris whose husband turns up murdered right as he was trying to leave the city. He had mysteriously sold off all of his belongings, but the money is missing. You'll come for the mystery but stay for the rapport between Audrey and Cary Grant.

    Clue ()

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    Yes, like the classic murder mystery board game. This comedy murder mystery comes complete with multiple endings and a plot that will have you laughing and guessing start to finish.

    Gone Girl ()

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    Based on Gillian Flynn’s best seller of the same name, Gone Girl is a murder mystery that also tackles some of life’s bigger mysteries—like what goes on in the dark, deep soul of a troubled marriage.

    Knives Out ()

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    This highly stylized murder mystery was an instant classic, and Ana de Armas is a damn delight.

    The Girl on the Train ()

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    How do you solve a murder when you’re the only witness and you can’t trust your own memory? That’s the conundrum Emily Blunt faces in The Girl on the Train.

    Murder on the Orient Express ()

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    Agatha Christie’s boldly mustachioed Hercule Poirot is one of literature’s most famous detectives, and Kenneth Branagh brought him to life for his most well-known case in ’s remake of Murder on the Orient Express.

    Murder Mystery ()

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    Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston reunited for Netflix’s Murder Mystery in , playing a married couple who try to get out of their rut by finally going on their long-delayed honeymoon. Along the way, the meet a wealthy playboy who invites them into his world—which is promptly turned upside down by a mysterious murder.

    Bad Times at the El Royale ()

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    Darkly funny and also just plain dark, Bad Times at the El Royale is the kind of movie that transports you to another world and keeps you on your toes. It doesn’t hurt that the movie features an all-star ensemble cast who all bring their A+ game.

    Dark Places ()

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    If you love Gone Girl, you should check out Dark Places,which is also based on a novel by Gillian Flynn. This time, instead of dissecting marriage, Flynn turns her razor on other family relationships and the way our own memories can deceive us.

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit ()

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    Anyone who thinks murder stories can’t be family-friendly is clearly forgetting about Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the best partially animated noir film the world will ever see.

    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo ()

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    Based on the Stieg Larsson novel of the same name, this adaptation starring Rooney Mara as hacker extraordinaire Lisbeth Salander is one of the great modern mysteries.

    Shutter Island ()

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    If you like your murder mysteries with a side of serious mindf*ck, Shutter Island is definitely what you’ve been looking for. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo, and you truly won’t know what is even going on until the very end—but in a good, satisfying way.

    Primal Fear ()

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    This movie basically launched Edward Norton’s career, and once you see his incredible performance in it, you’ll understand why. Plus, it has one of the most unexpected endings in movie history.

    Scream ()

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    If you don’t think of Scream as a murder mystery, then you need to expand your thinking about murder mysteries. Because, honestly, hands up if you didn’t see the true identity of Ghostface coming.

    Disturbia ()

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    The teen-focused remake of Rear Window the world didn’t realize it desperately needed until it was here.

    OldBoy ()

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    This South Korean thriller isn’t just an amazing, enthralling murder mystery. It’s also widely considered one of the best films of the s.

    Memento ()

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    Mysteries can be just as compelling and head-scratching when they’re told in reverse, and Memento proved that.

    Psycho ()

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    This Hitchcock classic shocked audiences from start to finish and basically invented the modern twist ending.

    Along Came a Spider ()

    This was Morgan Freeman’s second time playing famous book detective Alex Cross, after ’s Kiss the Girls. Both are great, but Along Came a Spider’s mystery will grip you—and have you trying to solve it right along with Morgan.

    The Fugitive ()

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    Harrison Ford plays a man wrongfully accused of murdering his wife in this classic action movie. Naturally, he needs to figure out who really did the deed and clear his name.

    A Perfect Getaway ()

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    This movie, starring Timothy Olyphant, Milla Jovovich, Steve Zahn, and a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth, flew under the radar, but if you love mysteries with endings that you didn’t see coming but totally should have seen coming, watch it immediately.

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