30 Best Mystery & Suspense Movies (Handpicked List)

Are you trying to find some mystery & suspense movies to watch today? Here you’ll catch all the thrilling and mysterious movies that you indeed love to watch. Solving the murder mystery, finding who’s telling the lies, and exploring the crime scene, are frustrating yet entertaining enough.

Best Mystery & Suspense Movies

That’s why I here curated some of the best mysterious movies. From Sherlock Holmes to The Sixth Sense and The Knives Cut, you get all the biggest thriller blockbusters here. So, go ahead, scroll down and click on these movies to watch now.

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So let’s dive into the list. We have tried our best to add all the popular thriller suspense movies of all time.

1. Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive

David Lynch movie Mulholland Drive is one of the mysterious movies that give you excitement and hiccup at the same time. It’s a story of a woman Laura Harring who lost her memory after an accident. She supports the most ambitious actress (Naomi Watts) from the Midwest. She helps to solve the mystery of Laura’s identity. As they head together to unleash the truth, both of them stumbled into the dreamy world of Hollywood.

2. Vertigo

Vertigo

Vertigo is a classic-cult detective stuff movie that most people like to watch. Jimmy Stewart, star in the movie, plays the role of the private detective. Kim Novak, who is his client’s wife, hired Alfred Hitchcock. This could be a tragic movie full of madness and suspense.

3. Knives Out

Knives Out

Director Rian Johnson produces this movie to pay his tribute to the Whodunits of the decades. Once you have detective stuff here, in this movie, Daniel Craig played the detective’s role, who gets hired by the unspecified client to solve the death puzzle of Harlan Thrombey, a novelist. Christopher Plummer plays the role of the novelist in the movie.

Knives Out deliver the content that you probably expect to have with a lot of suspects and suspense.

4. Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is the most famous detective fiction movie bought by Guy Ritchie to the big screen. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are both in the lead. Dr. Watson, in the movie, tries to solve the mystery of the man Lord Blackfoot. People think he came from the grave and has the evillest mind.  This takes you to the ride of ups and downs and surely going to moan you for a while.

5. The Fugitive

The Fugitive

The Fugitive movie is an adaptation of the most famous Tv series, “The Fugitive.” Harrison Ford played Dr. Richard Kimble’s role. He is the man who is condemned for his wife’s murder. He was trying to find the actual killer of his wife, whereas the U.S Marshal is in the trial. This movie is nominated for the seven Academy Awards too.

6. Seven

Seven

The movie seven has all the stuff pride, lust, gluttony, envy, sloth, and wrath. Morgana Freeman and Brad Pitt both play the role of detective. They work together to capture the serial killer. This movie gives the most envious and vivacious horror film that you watch with a lot of excitement and fun.

7. The Third Man

The Third Man

Joseph Cotton started in the movie as an American man in this noir penned. He travels to Austria and Vienna when their friend offers a job to him. But surprisingly, he is shocked when he gets to know that Harry Lime, his old pal, is dead. However, the truth of his strange disappearance is more disturbing and a stranger to him.

8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the movie that you need to watch. The American version of this movie was released two years back. Daniel Craig is playing the role of the journalist in the movie. Lisbeth Salander is a vigilante hacker in the film. This story revolves around both of them investigating the surprising disappearance of the woman.

9. Shutter Island

Shutter Island

Martin Scorsese made something extremely mysterious and thrilling content this time. Leonardo DiCaprio once again delivers the most epic performance. He plays the role of Teddy Daniel who was sent to the asylum for his insane crime with Chuck Aule, his partner. He was trying to investigate the inexplicable and impossible disappearance of the killer. Soon, they began to uncover the facts and figure out everything.

10. The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code

This film is based on a novel with the same name. The Da Vinci Code is a mystery of the murder that was held in the Louvre in Paris. The case was unfolded by the hidden clues present within the art of Leonardo Da Vinci. Once again, you’ll see Tom Hanks in the role of detective.

11. The Game

The Game

The Game never lets you blink your eyes for a while. This mysterious thriller movie was detected by the famous director David Fincher. Nicholas Van Orton is the most successful banker of San Francisco, haunted by his father’s death. He suicides at the age of 48 years.  Michael Douglas played the role of the detective in the movie and solved the death puzzle.

12. The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects movie was released in 1995. This is a cult classic that has a twisting ending. The vivacious crime lord was introduced in the movie. There are a lot of twisted plots that leave you in suspense all the time. However, the most amazing trick here is that the devil tried to convince the world that he doesn’t exist anymore.

13. Identity

Identity

The Agatha Christie classic novel inspires this mystery film, “And Then There Were None.”  In this psychological thriller movie, John Cusack stars as a man who aground in the isolated model in the Nevada Desert. He was there with nine other people when the desert storm hit. Then comes a deadly turn where he acts as a serial killer who starts killing the guest and discovers some unexpected connection.

14. The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense is one of the best mystery movies that you are ever going to watch. The film was directed by the director M. Night Shyamalan and Bruce Willis stars in the film. He plays the child psychologist’s role, who meets Haley Joel Osment, a young boy who perceives the dead people.  A lot of drama keeps you behold in the movie for a long time. Unexpected ending and spooky fun and concept earned the nomination in Oscars.

This is one of the best mystery movies of all time.

15. Gone Girl

Gone Girl

Gone Girl is amongst the most amazing mysterious movies that are filled with thriller action. Fincher. Ben Affleck stars in the movie. The man is the prime suspect in his mysterious disappearance of his wife. The whole clues that were left behind pointed towards him. This is based on the thriller novel by Gillian Flynn in which Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, and Neil Patrick Harris also show their true talent.

16. Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express

In this film, Kenneth Branagh proved his acting talent and gave a marvelous performance. The whole star cast keeps you behold in the drama till the end. As the name of the movie is showing you that this could be a murder mystery. The movie board’s whole character is a train that becomes the crime scene before it reaches the final destination. The actor cum director of the movie Kenneth Branagh and the whole star cast give a super performance.

Leslie Odom Jr., Penelope Cruze, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Derek Jacobi, Tom Bateman, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley starred in the movie.

17. Clue

Clue

The clue is one of the best thrillers and suspenseful full movies to watch now if you like mystery movies. This movie is based on family games and an incredible blend of murder mystery comedy.

Christopher Lloyd reprises as Professor Plum, Eileen Brennan reprise as Mrs. Peacock, Madeline Kahn as Mrs. White, Martin Mull as Colonel Mustard, and Lesley Ann Warren reprises as Miss Scarlet are starring in the movie.

All the movie characters join the dinner party organized by the butler Wadsworth and Colleen Camp (maid). Then, all of a sudden, the death of the host surprised all of them. Was the culprit Colonel Mustard who was in the library? Well, what’s the fun of watching a thriller movie.

18. Chinatown

Chinatown

You may have watched various suspense movies but not like Chinatown. This film is based on the political dispute acclaimed to be the most mysterious movie of all time. The 1974’s Chinatown inspires this. Jack Gittes’s role is played by Jack Nicholson, who is trapped in the political family drama. This is one of the suspenseful and thriller movies that you surely want to watch.

19. Double Jeopardy

Double Jeopardy

This chase is one of the best suspense movies that you can watch now. This time, Ashley Judd is in the lead and the character of Judd, a woman who is convicted for the murder of his husband. Well, that’s just for surprise only. Because her husband was still alive, however, she is also aware of this fact.

20. Memento

Memento

This is very common in tattoos to remind them of things they don’t want to miss or forget. The idea of using tattoos was taken one step ahead by the Memento 2000 with the man Guy Pearce, who has short-term memory loss. He used to make tattoos on his body of the clues to his wife’s death.

He uses this to remind himself about the details of the wide murder and trace down his killer. However, this thriller mystery also leaves you in suspense till the end. Joe Pantoliano and Carrier-Anne Moss star in the movie.

21. Zodiac, 2007

Zodiac, 2007

This is one of the thrillers and mystery movies that take you to the world of amateur detective. Zodiac 2007 is based on the non-fiction movie of 1986 with the same title. This explores the story of a serial killer or of the search for the Zodiac killer. He led the series of the murder in the San Francisco.

He typically haunted the public with creepy messages and phone calls. Till the last, it holds the suspense and keeps you bound in the story of the serial killer. Mark Ruffalo, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Robert Downey Jr. starred in the film and remarkably nailed their roles.

22. Rebecca, 2020

Rebecca, 2020

Rebecca is based on the 1938 novel with the same title given by Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller film and Daphne Du Maurier. In the modern-day version of this story, Kristin Scoot Thomas, Armie Hammer, and Lily James star in the movie. The mystery is the only thing that makes this a super blockbuster suspense movie. However, the plot of the movie is one of a newlywed woman who came to the estate of her husband and his family present on the English Coast. Here she finds herself haunted by the late Rebecca, who was his husband’s ex-wife in the house.

23. Fear, 1996

Fear, 1996

Fear 1996 is another thriller and suspense movie that takes you deep into the mystery world. David McCall and Nicole Walker star in the movie. Nicole (Witherspoon) fell in love with Wahlberg after seeing her in the Seattle nightclub.

However, she is just 16-year-old whereas McCall is 23-year-old. However, his father doubts him, still, McCall is trying to impress the family of the Witherspoon. Sadly, Nicole’s father’s concern for her daughter has proven right. Soon, the darker side of McCall is sinister to him, and the rest of the story of mystery begins.

24. Nocturnal Animals

Tom Ford wrote this mystery film. Amy Adams was starring in the movie. He was playing the role of Susan Morrow, who was a wealthy art gallerist. Jake Gyllenhaal played the role of the author in this romantic thriller movie.

Nocturnal Animals

The story is based on a divorced couple who are trying to find the hidden truth within each other. Then, Susan finds herself creepy from her ex-husband’s writing, but later she gets to know that this is part of his revenge. This romantic thriller film wins the Grand Jury Prize at Venice International Film Festival.

25. The Departed

The Departed

The Departed is directed by the famous director Martin Scorsese. This film is based on a crime scene in which a mafia, corrupt police, and the undercover agent are involved. The movie’s story is so suspenseful, and you like to watch the thriller and suspense drama till the end. You will see Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Damon in this film.

26. You Were Never Really Here, 2017

You Were Never Really Here, 2017

This is a story of the man who is tracing down the mislaid girls for money. Joaquin Phoenix, as Joe stars in the movie he takes on charge of the case that wakes him up from the depressive state.

He was hired by the most famous politician in the city to rescue his daughter. They have the firm belief that a human operating group has taken the girl. So, to retrieve her, he uses only violence, which is the only weapon.

27. Argo, 2012

Argo, 2012

Argo is one the best mystery stories that you probably watched. Ben Affleck wins the best director Oscar award for this film. This film is based on the true story of the American group’s rescue operation during the prisoner incident in Iran.

Tony Mendez, the exfiltration specialist, was forced to develop the extraordinary plan and bring back the group of Americans safely from Iran before they get into danger. This thriller film is critically acclaimed to keep you holding your edges till the end.

28. Uncut Gems, 2019

Uncut Gems, 2019

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Uncut Gems is one of the amazing films done by Adam Sandler. You probably never watched him before in any mystery film like this. This story is based on a jeweler who has a gambling addiction. He was on a mission in New York to find the gem he bought to pay his debts.

Idina Menzel, Eric Bogosian is starring in the movie. This could be the fastest forward drama that always takes place in your heart to finish the race.

29. Drive, 2011

Drive, 2011

The drive is the story of the stunt driver (Ryan Gosling) for the film productions. The Robber fell in love with a young mother (Care Mulligan) whose husband created trouble for the stunt man. Later, you will see the killing scene in the bathroom that you probably have seen in many mystery films. This is the best film with twist plots, cast scenes, and best cinematography.

30. American Psycho, 2000

American Psycho, 2000

American Psycho is the story of Patrick Bateman, a businessman on Wall Street who is also a serial killer. He is fond of killing, raping, and mutilating his victims—Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, and Justin Theroux starring in the movie. In the movie, you explore the dark side of Patrick, which is one of the iconic thriller movies you like to watch.

Frequently Asked Questions:


Which is the best mystery movie to watch?

Mulholland Drive is the best mystery movie to watch.


Suggest the best five thriller and suspense movies?

The Sixth Sense, Argo, Drive, Vertigo, and Knives Out are some of the best thriller films to watch.


Which is the best romantic thriller movie?

Nocturnal Animals is the best romantic thriller movie.


Conclusion:

Mystery films never let you be bored and keep you bound till the last in the thrilling scenes. So, I hope you enjoyed reading about these 30 best mystery movies. But you will enjoy them more when you click on them and start watching them. From romantic thrillers to a murder mystery and real-life thrilling stories, I covered all the stuff you like. What you are waiting for, just click and watch your favorite from these movies.

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