My Favorite Mystery Movies

by Mulholland-95 | created - 17 Jun 2016 | updated - 5 days ago | Public

These movies have an intriguing story that allows us being put on hold and the facts can to deviate us of real problem. Therefore we look for the truth and we suspect on some characters.

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1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

R | 158 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

71 Metascore

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 390,935 | Gross: $102.52M

In this film, we see how Mikael and Lisbeth try to resolve a strange case of one woman's disappearance 40 years ago. Every character have a own story and this investigation going to change them life.

2. Mulholland Drive (2001)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 293,709 | Gross: $7.22M

The best film of David Lynch, 'Mulholland Drive' tell us the story about Diane/Betty and Rita/Camilla in Hollywood. We can see a excelent combination between surrealism and the genre neo-noir. Along film, there are some symbolical people with metaphorical objects inside subjective colors.

3. Perfect Blue (1997)

R | 81 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery

A retired pop singer turned actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.

Director: Satoshi Kon | Stars: Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji, Masaaki Ôkura

Votes: 45,229 | Gross: $0.44M

Undoubtely one of the best psychogical thriller because it is so difficult find the difference between the reality and the fantasy. This movie tell us the transition of a woman, from the world of music to acting, and her identity's crisis.

4. Blue Velvet (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

76 Metascore

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

Votes: 164,558 | Gross: $8.55M

This film of Lynch is so interesting, creepy and strange. The story tell us the Jeffrey's investigation about a crime, during this time, he meet the attractive singer Dorothy and the insane criminal Frank.

5. Arrival (II) (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 525,366 | Gross: $100.55M

The arrival of life extraterrestrial intelligent towards the Earth changes the people's life. Louise Banks and Ian Donelly must resolve the problem of comunication between humans and aliens. The results going to change their lifes, the humankind and the future.

6. Se7en (1995)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Andrew Kevin Walker

Votes: 1,305,708 | Gross: $100.13M

In this neo-noir film, two detectives want catch one serial killer, this mad man do his crimes based in the seven capital sins: gluttony, greed, sloth, lust, pride, envy & wrath.

7. The Black Dahlia (2006)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

49 Metascore

Two policemen see their personal and professional lives fall apart in the wake of the "Black Dahlia" murder investigation.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Aaron Eckhart, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank

Votes: 68,751 | Gross: $22.52M

The case of 'The Black Dahlia' is a controversial and tragic story of Elizabeth Short, especially for her cruel and sadic murder. This film tell us the life of two detectives that tries to resolve this case.

8. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)

R | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

28 Metascore

A young FBI agent disappears while investigating a murder miles from Twin Peaks that may be related to the future murder of Laura Palmer; the last week of the life of Laura Palmer is chronicled.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 77,766 | Gross: $4.16M

The most popular story of David Lynch, this film tell us the last seven days of Laura Palmer in Twin Peaks, we can see her life, relations and dreams; also, we see special agent Dale Cooper before of his investigation. In the movie, we see sobrenatural and symbolic people that define Laura's destiny.

9. Breakdown (I) (1997)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

73 Metascore

A man searches for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the middle of the desert.

Director: Jonathan Mostow | Stars: Kurt Russell, J.T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan, M.C. Gainey

Votes: 44,812 | Gross: $50.13M

Definitely is a excellent suspense movie because one man desperately seek his wife until that he discover the terrifying truth; and the soundtrack do to feel us an uncertainty enviroment. Also, this story will occur to whoever.

10. Inland Empire (2006)

R | 180 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

72 Metascore

As an actress starts to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world starts to become nightmarish and surreal.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Karolina Gruszka, Krzysztof Majchrzak, Grace Zabriskie, Laura Dern

Votes: 49,959 | Gross: $0.75M

I consider that 'Inland Empire' is the most surrealistic movie of David Lynch, the story tell us principally the realization of movie for Nikki. Along the film, we can see four stories totally different but conected through some objects and events, with strange pictures.

11. Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

Not Rated | 107 min | Mystery, Thriller

77 Metascore

A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Keir Dullea, Carol Lynley, Laurence Olivier, Martita Hunt

Votes: 6,801

In this film, we see to Anne that loses her daughter and her brother helps her for find to Bunny; and they fight for to the police believe in existence of Anne's daughter. However, the truth is really surprising about the kidnapping of Bunny Lake.

12. Lost Highway (1997)

R | 134 min | Mystery, Thriller

52 Metascore

After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, John Roselius, Louis Eppolito

Votes: 119,789 | Gross: $3.80M

This psychological thriller of David Lynch is bizarre, surrealistic and neo-noir. We can see Fred's problems with his wife and his job; later we see his transformation in Pete so he have a new life and other issues. Finally, we see his return to Fred and the resolution of initial mistery.

13. Macario (1960)

91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Poor, hungry peasant Macario longs for just one good meal on the Day of the Dead. After his wife cooks a turkey for him, he meets three apparitions, the Devil, God, and Death. Each asks him... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Gavaldón | Stars: Ignacio López Tarso, Pina Pellicer, Enrique Lucero, Mario Alberto Rodríguez

Votes: 2,107

A humble peasant and woodcutter named Macario has an encounter with the Devil, God and Death, where his destiny going to be defined.

14. In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

An African-American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant

Votes: 61,137 | Gross: $24.38M

Virgil Tibbs solves a crime in South of USA. In addition, he must confront the racial prejudices of police and people.

15. Pedro Páramo (1967)

TV-PG | 110 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Highly symbolic and allegorical, this drama takes the search of a son for his father in the chaotic times of the Mexican Revolution and the early 1900s as its basis. Stereotypical (or ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Velo | Stars: John Gavin, Ignacio López Tarso, Pilar Pellicer, Julissa

Votes: 258

Two stories narrated in parallel along in the movie about Pedro Páramo in a small town and his son talking with ghosts. This movie has excellent performances and supernatural elements and it is a good adaptation of homonim book.

16. Inside Man (2006)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

76 Metascore

A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 315,962 | Gross: $88.51M

A team of thieves kidnap a bank and they carry out an elaborate plan while one intelligent detective tries to resolve the history behind of the robbery and one war criminal.

17. Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Mystery

A middle-aged couple suspects foul play when their neighbor's wife suddenly drops dead.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Jerry Adler, Lynn Cohen

Votes: 34,755 | Gross: $11.29M

This Woody Allen's movie is an excellent combination of comedy and genre neo-noir. A married couple try to resolve the strange disappearance of married old woman and its consequences.

18. Shutter Island (2010)

R | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

63 Metascore

In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 1,019,498 | Gross: $128.01M

The detectives Teddy and Chuck will try to resolve a strange case in a psychiatrist hospital on one island. However, Teddy start to losing his mind and he will insane for his past. Finally, this movie has ambiguous and enigmatic ending.

19. Insidious (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

52 Metascore

A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye

Votes: 257,505 | Gross: $54.01M

This movie represent a new style in the horror movies, based in 'screamers'. We see how Dalton remains in coma state and the subsequent supernatural events with a creepy soundtrack.

20. Basic Instinct (1992)

R | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

41 Metascore

A violent police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive novelist could be involved.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Votes: 158,218 | Gross: $117.73M

This iconic movie manages a police investigation of excellent manner. The roles of Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone are serious and well defined. Finally, the ambience is in suspense in all moment.

21. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

96 Metascore

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre

Votes: 141,628 | Gross: $2.11M

Like in others films noir, one detective tries resolve two mysteries about his fellow worker and an important maltese falcon. He will survive to the selfishness's triangle between Ruth, Joel and Kasper.

22. The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders

Votes: 23,781 | Gross: $0.01M

In this film, Michael O'Hara will survive to the triangle of selfish interests between Elsa, Arthur and George; each character has a story and own style for get her/his own objectives.

23. Angels & Demons (2009)

PG-13 | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

48 Metascore

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works with a nuclear physicist to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican during one of the significant events within the church.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 255,057 | Gross: $133.38M

In this movie, we can see Robert Langdon resolving one interesting case about the Illuminati in the Vatican City, he will use all his intelligent and his knowledge for resolve the mistery and avoid a great disaster.

24. Vanilla Sky (2001)

R | 136 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

45 Metascore

A self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident with a resentful lover.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell

Votes: 235,836 | Gross: $100.61M

This film, a remake of 'Abre los ojos', have an interesting and fuzzy story about David Aames. This movie invite us to question the reality in own way.

25. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 545,958 | Gross: $32.00M

The most iconic Alfred Hitchcock's story. A lonely man develops a mental disease with terrible consequences.

26. Vantage Point (2008)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

40 Metascore

The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, Matthew Fox, Bruce McGill

Votes: 139,461 | Gross: $72.27M

This fragmented story show us different people during one terrorist attack against the american president in Salamanca, Spain.

27. The Sixth Sense (1999)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

64 Metascore

A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams

Votes: 852,626 | Gross: $293.51M

The Dr. Malcolm Crowe will try to help one confused and special boy. In addition, this child psychologist must resolve his problems in the marriage.

28. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Not Rated | 83 min | Animation, Action, Crime

76 Metascore

A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Akio Ôtsuka, Kôichi Yamadera

Votes: 116,832 | Gross: $0.52M

This film is excellent because the main character have great philosophical questions, also she resolves many crimes and one complex mystery. The dystopian future in this movie is interesting and so realistic. Furthermore, many elements in this film were the basis for 'Matrix'.

29. Paprika (2006)

R | 90 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

81 Metascore

When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it.

Director: Satoshi Kon | Stars: Megumi Hayashibara, Tôru Emori, Katsunosuke Hori, Tôru Furuya

Votes: 62,118 | Gross: $0.88M

In this film, we see how an excellent detective tries resolve a crime about one invasor of dreams. In this movie, we see the importance of dreams and the use of doppelgangers. Furthermore, many elements in this film were the basis for 'Inception'.

30. Triangle (2009)

R | 99 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

A group of friends suffer a yachting accident and take refuge on a cruise drifting on the open sea, but quickly realize they were better off on the upturned yacht

Director: Christopher Smith | Stars: Melissa George, Joshua McIvor, Jack Taylor, Michael Dorman

Votes: 91,317

In this film we see an interesting story about one girl that try to do well things with her friends, her son and herself during a travel on ship and, later on yacht, within one eternal cycle of unfortunate events. We can watch a original form for narrate a suspense movie.

31. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer

Votes: 170,231 | Gross: $156.45M

One detective will try to resolve a curious case about crazy and creepy cartoon's killer. This movie is a good combination between film noir and the animation, appealing known cartoons in that epoch, like The Loonney Toons, Myckey Mouse and Woody Woodpecker.

32. Nancy Drew (2007)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

53 Metascore

Teen detective Nancy Drew accompanies her father on a business trip to Los Angeles, where she happens upon clues to a murder mystery involving a movie star.

Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Emma Roberts, Tate Donovan, Max Thieriot, Craig Gellis

Votes: 18,280 | Gross: $25.61M

Nancy Drew adapts her lifestyle to Los Angeles and she will resolve the old murder of one famous actress.

33. The Fugitive (1993)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt led by a seasoned U.S. Marshal.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Julianne Moore

Votes: 247,610 | Gross: $183.88M

In this movie, Richard Kimble fights for demonstrate his innocence and he will discover to truth murderer, while the policeman Samuel Gerard tries resolved this case.

34. Unknown (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

56 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn

Votes: 236,478 | Gross: $63.69M

One man loses his memory during a car accident. Later, he must recover his memories and his identity with the help of Gina. Their search going to have great implications.

35. The Fourth Kind (2009)

PG-13 | 98 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

34 Metascore

A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up.

Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton, Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Votes: 70,359 | Gross: $25.46M

In this movie, we can see a creepy and suspense story about the psycologist Abbey Tyler and the adbuctions in a remote town on Alaska. We see the terror and anguish in the people that suffers this experience.

36. Prometheus (I) (2012)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

Votes: 542,229 | Gross: $126.48M

Some 'scientist' and astronauts going to travel toward one remote exoplanet for discover the possible origin of humans, changing their lifes forever. This Alien's prequel is interesting but pretentious.

37. Creep (I) (2004)

R | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Trapped in a London subway station, a woman who's being pursued by a potential attacker heads into the unknown labyrinth of tunnels beneath the city's streets.

Director: Christopher Smith | Stars: Franka Potente, Sean Harris, Vas Blackwood, Ken Campbell

Votes: 26,571

One woman tries to survive a strange and sadistic murderer in the London's meter. The combination of colors and the suspense were the basis for 'The Descent'.

38. Saw (2004)

R | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

46 Metascore

Two strangers, who awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, soon discover they're pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover, Ken Leung

Votes: 355,083 | Gross: $56.00M

In this film, we can see an intelligent and strange killer that realizes elaborate plans for that he can carry out his objectives and change to his victims.

39. White Noise (I) (2005)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

30 Metascore

An architect's desire to speak with his wife from beyond the grave becomes an obsession with supernatural repercussions.

Director: Geoffrey Sax | Stars: Michael Keaton, Deborah Kara Unger, Ian McNeice, Chandra West

Votes: 45,562 | Gross: $56.39M

In this movie, we see to Jonathan, a man who lost his wife and his later obsession for the electronic voice phenomena (EVP) and this situation will carry him for a dangerous road.

40. Silent Hill (2006)

R | 125 min | Horror

31 Metascore

A woman, Rose, goes in search for her adopted daughter within the confines of a strange, desolate town called Silent Hill.

Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Sean Bean, Deborah Kara Unger

Votes: 203,892 | Gross: $46.98M

In this movie, we can see one mother seeking her daughter in a haunted town. We can enjoy some creepy scenes and strange atmosphere.

41. Orphan (2009)

R | 123 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

42 Metascore

A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9 year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder

Votes: 177,221 | Gross: $41.60M

In this movie, we can see the story of one mother when she adopts an educated and kind girl, however that girl hide a dark and unexpected secret. During this story, we can see a disturbing art.

42. Eye See You (2002)

R | 96 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A lead detective being stalked by a serial killer is asked to check into a clinic treating law enforcement officials who can't face their jobs.

Director: Jim Gillespie | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Charles S. Dutton, Polly Walker, Kris Kristofferson

Votes: 22,583 | Gross: $0.08M

Maybe the only mystery movie of Sylvester Stallone, in this story we can see to Jake Malloy persecuting to a murderer, however this killer is so intelligent, merciless and cautious, so this policeman must fight to the end for catch him.

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