22 Best Mystery Thriller Movies Will Keep Your Mind Busy

Best Mystery Thriller Movies:

The Best Mystery Thriller Movies are the films that keep you on your toes and have you turning the pages at the end. If you’re not sure which thriller movies to watch, consider this list. These are some of the Best Mystery Thriller Movies and will be a great introduction to the genre. You’ll be able to pick a favorite from the list and vote for your favorite in the comments.

1. The Prestige (2006)

IMDB Rating – 8.5/10

The Prestige (2006) - Best Mystery Thriller Movies
DirectorChristopher Nolan
GenreMystery/Drama
CastChristian Bale
Hugh Jackman
Scarlett Johansson

In the list of Best Mystery Thriller Movies how can we miss the one and only The Prestige, It is a big-budget film that is directed by Christopher Nolan. It stars Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, and Scarlett Johansson. The story is about the rivalry between two stage magicians in London in the 19th century.

The movie contains several twists and turns and is a thrilling ride. While many films have predictable or implausible plot twists, The Prestige manages to blend them seamlessly with the story. The movie is also worth seeing if you’re looking for a thriller with a good cast. The plot is very intriguing and well-written, and the performances are exceptional. The movie will definitely entertain you and keep you hooked.


2. Shutter Island (2010)

IMDB Rating – 8.2/10

Shutter Island (2010) - Best Mystery Thriller Movies
DirectorMartin Scorsese
GenreThriller/Mystery
CastLeonardo DiCaprio
Emily Mortimer
Mark Ruffalo

The thriller follows U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels & Chuck Aule, played by Leonardo DiCaprio & Mark Ruffalo, as they investigate the mysterious escape of a brilliant murderess. In the movie, the Marshals travel to the isolated island of Ashecliffe, where an insane asylum seems to be a fortress. A woman has mysteriously vanished from a locked room and all evidence points to a horrific crime within its walls. If Teddy is going to escape alive, he will have to confront his darkest fears.

The film’s setting is an isolated mental hospital. Set in the 1970s, the island is filled with bizarre characters, including a psychiatrist. The movie’s low-key lighting and moody atmosphere make it a compelling psychological thriller. The film was a box-office hit, a hit for director Martin Scorsese. The performances, camera work, and atmosphere were praised by critics and it’s one of the Best Mystery Thriller Movies.


3. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

IMDB Rating – 8.2/10

The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
DirectorJuan José Campanella
GenreCrime/Mystery
CastRicardo Darín
Soledad Villamil
Pablo Rago

Benjamin Espósito, a retired criminal investigator, is working on a book about a decades-old unsolved mystery. He seeks the assistance of former colleague Judge Irene Menéndez Hastings, a woman who has been in his life since their childhood. With the help of this new woman, Benjamin Espósio is able to piece together his past and make sense of his present and past. As he tries to make sense of his past, he’s led on an emotional journey that leads him to a shocking realization.


4. Get Out (2017)

IMDB Rating – 7.7/10

Get Out (2017)
DirectorJordan Peele
GenreThriller/Mystery
CastDaniel Kaluuya
Allison Williams
Bradley Whitford

In, Get Out, a young man named Chris is dating a girl named Rose. She invites him to meet her parents, and Chris interprets Missy’s overly accommodating behavior as a nervous attempt to deal with his interracial relationship. While on a weekend getaway, he discovers a disturbing truth. As the plot unravels, Chris and Rose find themselves in increasingly unsettling situations.

The movie starts with a conversation between two characters of different races – a black man named Chris and a white woman named Rose. Both of these people are deeply uneasy about the situation, but they both love their partners and are determined to see them happy. Throughout the film, the two men meet, and bond with each other, but Chris is suspicious of Rose’s parents. As the relationship progresses, he becomes convinced that the people who have manipulated him are out to kill him, and it leads to a horrific incident. It is one of the Best Mystery Thriller Movies on the list.


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5. Primal Fear (1996)

IMDB Rating – 7.7/10

Primal Fear (1996)
DirectorGregory Hoblit
GenreThriller/Mystery
CastRichard Gere
Laura Linney
Edward Norton

The 1996 American legal thriller-mystery Primal Fear is a flawed film with many plot twists and a predictable ending. It focuses on the role of an opportunistic defense attorney, Martin Vail, played by Richard Gere. The movie is based on a 1993 novel by William Diehl. The cast includes Laura Linney, Frances McDormand, Alfre Woodard, and Edward Norton.

Although “Primal Fear” features a dated score, it’s a tense thriller. It’s about man’s noble purposes and the goals of the courtroom. It’s part trial procedural, unraveling testimony and realizing lies as it unfolds. But the film is also a character study that explores the complicated romance between a priest and a prosecutor. It also offers a surprisingly compelling storyline, with a central murder suspect.


6. Sherlock Holmes (2009)

IMDB Rating – 7.6/10

Sherlock Holmes (2009) - Best Mystery Thriller Movies
DirectorGuy Ritchie
GenreMystery
CastRobert Downey Jr.
Jude Law
Rachel McAdams

Writing a list of Best Mystery Thriller Movies and Sherlock Holmes not come, would be unfair. In the 2009 movie, Sherlock Holmes is back as the legendary detective with his faithful partner Dr. Watson (Jude Law). The plot revolves around the devotee of the dark arts, Lord Blackwood, who is murdered, but his execution plays into his plans. As his body is resurrected, Lord Blackwood continues to plan his murder, and Sherlock Holmes and his new companion must navigate the occult and strange technologies to solve the case.

The film’s script is a masterpiece. Written by Michael Robert Johnson and Anthony Peckham, Sherlock Holmes delivers the perfect blend of murder/mystery and manly bromance. Though the film has a big budget, it is still an excellent movie to watch with a friend.


7. Searching (2018)

IMDB Rating – 7.6/10

Searching (2018)
DirectorAneesh Chaganty
GenreThriller/Mystery
CastJohn Cho
Debra Messing
Joseph Lee

Searching is a psychological mystery-thriller that was based on a screenplay by Aneesh Chaganty & Sev Ohanian. The movie is based on the story of a missing girl, Margot, who is found alive after years of battle against lymphoma. She is able to use her social media accounts to communicate with her family, but she also needs the help of her doctor. She has lost contact with her mother and her father is desperate to know what’s going on with her daughter. Watch to find out why we have picked it in our Best Mystery Thriller Movies list.


8. The Nice Guys (2016)

IMDB Rating – 7.4/10

The Nice Guys (2016)
DirectorShane Black
GenreAction/Mystery
CastRussell Crowe
Ryan Gosling
Angourie Rice

The Nice Guys is a mystery thriller starring Holland March, a down-on-his-luck private eye in 1977-Los Angeles, and Jackson Healy, an enforcer hired to hurt people for a living. The unlikely partners are drawn together to investigate the disappearance of a woman, Amelia. But they soon discover that a very dangerous person is looking for her, and their investigation will take them to some very dark places.

It features many of the usual crime film, buddy cop, and private-eye tropes, but they’re handled with a fresh twist. The ham-fisted characters are a little over-the-top, but they do not ruin the film. The cast is solid, with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe delivering some of the most compelling performances of their respective careers. It is one of the Best Mystery Thriller Movies.


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9. The Wailing (2016)

IMDB Rating – 7.4/10

The Wailing (2016)
DirectorNa Hong-jin
GenreHorror/Mystery
CastJun Kunimura
Jung-min Hwang
Kwak Do-won

The Wailing is a mystery film about a group of rural villagers who link a series of brutal murders to a mysterious stranger. Jun Kunimura plays the mystery man. It is a harrowing and horrifying thriller that will leave you wanting more. It is a must-watch if you’re a fan of the horror-mystery genre. The plot is simple: a group of villagers try to solve the murders of their neighbor and link the crimes to a mysterious stranger.


10. Identity (2003)

IMDB Rating – 7.3/10

Identity (2003)
DirectorJames Mangold
GenreThriller/Mystery
CastJohn Cusack
Ray Liotta
Amanda Peet

A motel in the Nevada desert is the last refuge for 10 people. There is one exception to the rule – a serial killer is hiding out in the hotel. After finding the killer’s journal, the psychiatrist has convicted him and ordered his execution. Now, limo driver Ed Dakota is fighting for his life and the identity of the murderer. This is a mystery thriller that is set in the present day. You’ll be shocked by the film’s twists and turns.


11. Super 8 (2011)

IMDB Rating – 7/10

Super 8 (2011) - Best Mystery Thriller Movies
DirectorJ.J. Abrams
GenreSci-Fi/Mystery
CastElle Fanning
AJ Michalka
Kyle Chandler

Super 8 is an action-mystery film about young filmmakers who are shooting a zombie movie in 1979 Ohio. They witness a train derailment, and run for their lives but are caught up in a series of disappearances and unexplained events. Their parents encourage them to shoot it, but it is a mistake because the movie is nothing more than a slapdash of two genres. It is a semi-autobiographical love letter to childhood and is set in the 1980s.


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12. Triangle (2009)

IMDB Rating – 6.9/10

Triangle (2009)
DirectorChristopher Smith
GenreHorror/Mystery
CastMelissa George
Joshua McIvor
Jack Taylor

Triangle has some mythological parallels. The plot revolves around a group of friends who are on a yacht when they stumble upon a sunken ocean liner. In the movie, Jess is said to have driven rashly in the middle of the night to get to the destination. She and Tommy die in the accident, and the movie shows a few scenes of the wreckage, including one in which a Taxi driver, who looks calm and composed, arrives to pick them up. Watch to find out why it is one of the Best Mystery Thriller Movies.


13. Game Night (2018)

IMDB Rating – 6.9/10

Game Night (2018)
DirectorJohn Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
GenreAction/Mystery
CastJason Bateman
Rachel McAdams
Kyle Chandler

Game Night is a teen comedy about Max and Annie’s weekly game night. The party gets upgraded into a murder mystery when the fake thugs and a federal agent kidnap Brooks. The group of friends finds out that Brooks is not who he seems and they are in over their heads trying to solve the case. This summer, you’ll laugh with these fun-loving thugs, and find yourself rooting for them, but you might be surprised to know that it’s among the best mystery thriller movies.


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14. Disturbia (2007)

IMDB Rating – 6.8/10

Disturbia (2007)
DirectorD.J. Caruso
GenreThriller/Mystery
CastShia LaBeouf
David Morse
Carrie-Anne Moss

Disturbia is the story of a troubled high school student who believes that he lives next door to a serial killer. After his father’s death, the troubled teenager is struggling to come to terms with the loss of his father. He is placed under house arrest after having a fight with a teacher, and he spies on his mysterious neighbor, believing that he is a murderous psychopath.


15. Enola Holmes (2020)

IMDB Rating – 6.6/10

Enola Holmes (2020)
DirectorHarry Bradbeer
GenreCrime/Mystery
CastMillie Bobby Brown
Henry Cavill
Sam Claflin

The story of a young girl with an unusual sleuthing talent, Enola Holmes, is set in a world where crime never sleeps and the only way to solve a mystery is by using her sleuthing skills. A runaway lord is after her mother and she must use all of her sleuthing skills to catch him. The story is set in the same world as the Harry Potter series, which will make it more interesting for moviegoers. It is one of the Best Mystery Thriller Movies of Millie Bobby Brown.


16. Kiss the Girls (1997)

IMDB Rating – 6.6/10

Kiss the Girls (1997)
DirectorGary Fleder
GenreThriller/Mystery
CastMorgan Freeman
Ashley Judd
Cary Elwes

This American neo-noir psychological thriller was released in 1997. It’s based on a best-selling book by James Patterson. The film stars Morgan Freeman, Cary Elwes, and Ashley Judd. It’s also the third installment of the series. The story centers on three sisters who are kidnapped from their small town but end up being returned to their families.


17. The Pelican Brief (1993)

IMDB Rating – 6.6/10

The Pelican Brief (1993)
DirectorAlan J. Pakula
GenreThriller/Mystery
CastJulia Roberts
Denzel Washington
Sam Shepard

A young law student is forced to run on the run in New Orleans after he targets a murderous group with a legal brief. He is joined by a journalist, who helps him untangle the conspiracy. A lawyer’s mentor is also involved in the case, and the journalist’s presence helps the young law student get to the bottom of the murders. While on the run, the young man discovers a deadly secret that could save his life.


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18. Untraceable (2008)

IMDB Rating – 6.2/10

Untraceable (2008)
DirectorGregory Hoblit
GenreDrama/Mystery
CastDiane Lane
Colin Hanks
Joseph Cross

Special Agent Jennifer Marsh is in an elite FBI division that fights cybercrime. She’s been in the field for years, but when she stumbles upon a killer who lives-streams his crimes on the Internet, she’s not sure she’s seen it all. But her job is about to take a major turn when she’s confronted with a new type of threat. This tech-savvy killer is determined to get her, and her partner, by any means necessary.


19. The Room (2019)

IMDB Rating – 6/10

The Room (2019)
DirectorChristian Volckman
GenreThriller/Mystery
CastOlga Kurylenko
Kevin Janssens
Joshua Wilson

The movie follows a married couple who live in a house where a mysterious man has killed previous residents. Matt tries to prevent Kate from leaving with baby Shane, but she insists on taking him out. He goes out and meets this mysterious John Doe in a mental facility. He discovers that John Doe is also a figment, but he brings them back in any way. In the process, he finds the money that has been taken from him and has turned to dust. The Room shows that whatever is wished in this room is turned to dust if it leaves the room, so he and Kate become a pair of two-faced people.


20. Murder Mystery (2019)

IMDB Rating – 6/10

Murder Mystery (2019)
DirectorKyle Newacheck
GenreComedy/Mystery
CastAdam Sandler
Jennifer Aniston
Luke Evans

Murder Mystery stars Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston as a couple who find themselves involved in a murder investigation on a billionaire’s yacht. The story follows a married couple who have a romantic weekend away on their luxury boat. While their vacation is over, Audrey manages to guilt-trip Nick into the murder. The couple is subsequently thrown onto the yacht of the billionaire’s nephew Charles Cavendish, who is the target of the investigation. It is the Best Mystery Thriller Movies with some taste in comedy.


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21. The Lovebirds (2020)

IMDB Rating – 6/10

The Lovebirds (2020)
DirectorMichael Showalter
GenreAdventure/Mystery
CastIssa Rae
Kumail Nanjiani
Paul Sparks

Next on the list of Best Mystery Thriller Movies is The Lovebirds Movie, the couple is stranded together in a nightmarish city. As the sun sets, they must figure out how to survive the night. The storyline is similar to that of a true story. In the lovebirds, the couple is confronted with some terrible events that could threaten their love. In order to survive the night, they must work together to figure out a way to save each other.


22. Jigsaw (2017)

IMDB Rating – 5.7/10

Jigsaw (2017)
DirectorMichael Spierig, Peter Spierig
GenreHorror/Mystery
CastMatt Passmore
Tobin Bell
Callum Keith Rennie

The last on the list of Best Mystery Thriller Movies is Jigsaw, The movie features a young, gang-smuggling woman named Eleanor. She is obsessed with the Jigsaw case and has made her studio full of replica traps for the killer to fall into. Halloran is suspicious, and she follows him. Eventually, the gang escapes, and the killers are found by Detective Halloran. The movie is a hit among fans of mystery and suspense.


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