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21 Most Intriguing Mystery Movies That Will Blow Your Mind

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These films are like puzzles in the form of talking pictures.

All mystery movies are a puzzle waiting to be solved. Every movie audience member loves to put on their detective hat, discover clues, and follow the breadcrumbs to solve the mystery.

Here are the best mystery films to tickle your inner problem solver:

1. The Usual Suspects

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"The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist."

The only survivor of a pier shootout recounts how a notorious criminal orchestrated the events that began with five criminals meeting in a police lineup.

This Neo-noir thriller slowly pieces together a mystery that is one of the most popular to ever hit the big screen.

2. The Green Mile

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Warner Bros.

"Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not."

A corrections officer working on death row experiences supernatural occurrences after a mysterious inmate arrives at his facility.

The mystery in this fantasy drama will keep you engaged from start to finish. The brilliant Academy Award-nominated performance by Michael Clarke Duncan will take your breath away along with a few tears.

3. Se7en

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"This guy's methodical, exacting, and worst of all, patient."

A veteran and a rookie detective pursue a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.

If you're looking for a crime thriller with great elements of mystery, look no further than David Fincher's Se7en. There are great detective scenes on a backdrop of a much darker setting and even darker, twisted scenarios.

4. Missing

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"I'm not giving up on my mom."

When her mother disappears while on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend, June searches for answers.

This mystery thriller brings a unique entry to the "found footage" genre. Emmy winner Storm Reid delivers a great performance that will keep you guessing until the end.

5. Shutter Island

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"We don't know how she got out of her room. It was locked from the outside. And the only window's barred. It's as if she evaporated, straight through the walls."

A US Marshal and his new partner travel to Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane to investigate the unexplainable disappearance of a patient.

This mystery crime thriller brings all the dread and uneasiness out of the gate. The story itself is compelling and will leave you asking how a patient can vanish off an island.

6. The Prestige

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"Now you’re looking for the secret, but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled."

Two rival stage magicians learn dark secrets about each other's pasts.

Where better to find mystery than through the secrets of magicians? The cast is phenomenal, and the story will keep you invested in the fates of everyone involved.

7. North by Northwest

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"I'm an advertising man, not a red herring."

An advertising executive goes on the run after being mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies.

A mystery loosely disguised as an adventure flick from the legendary Alfred Hitchcock. It has thrills, actions, love, and all the things that make cinema magical.

8. Get Out

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"Black is in fashion."

A young Black man goes upstate with his white girlfriend to visit her parents for the weekend, but the longer he stays, the more disturbing happenings begin to unfold.

Director Jordan Peele is an ace at blending genres, and this film is a top-tier mystery. Just when you think you know what is happening, the next scene pulls the rug out from under you, and sends you sinking into your chair.

9. Rear Window

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"We've become a race of Peeping Toms. What people ought to do is get outside their house and look in for a change."

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors and believes he has witnessed a murder.

It's another Hitchcock masterpiece. Jimmy Stewart is brilliant as always, and the mystery through the lens of a camera will pull you in quickly.

10. The Sixth Sense

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"They only see what they want to see. They don't know they're dead."

A child psychologist starts treatment of a young boy who claims he can see dead people.

This psychological thriller has its scares, but between the lines, it is a tremendous mystery that will have you pulling on a thread until there is nothing left but shocking answers.

11. Oldboy

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Show East

"Revenge is good, but not the pain."

A man released from prison must track down his captor in five days.

This Korean action-thriller is a must-watch for mystery fans. The movie itself plays out like a detective film, but it is so weird and wonderful. Every shot feels like a work of art, and the story isn't your typical revenge story.

12. Psycho

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"We all go a little mad sometimes."

A secretary embezzles money from her employer's client, and goes on the run only to hide in a remote motel run by a young man under the thumb of his terrifying mother.

Maybe Hitchcock's finest, this film blends horror and mystery with a suspenseful pace that can only be described as masterful. The mystery and shock that follows the terrifying mother in every scene she appears in is unforgettable.

13. Citizen Kane

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"If I hadn't been very rich, I might have been a really great man."

"Rosebud" was the final word uttered by a dying publishing tycoon, and reporters race to solve its meaning.

Viewed as one of the greatest films ever made, one word will have you guessing what it all means. The characters also understand themselves a little more the deeper they investigate the single word.

14. The Thing

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"If it takes us over, then it has no more enemies, nobody left to kill it. And then it's won."

 A group of American researchers in Antarctica encounter an alien that imitates living organisms.

It's a sci-fi horror, but the mystery around who could be "the thing" makes this a special film. Try all you want, but the clues of who could be "the thing" will drive you to drink gasoline.

15. Gone Girl

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"What have we done to each other?"

A Missouri man becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of his wife.

Another Fincher mystery that will leave you both frustrated and captivated. This psychological thriller is a wonderfully crafted story with marvelous performances led by Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. 

16. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

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"The murderer is with us — on the train now."

A world-renowned detective investigates a murder that happened on a moving train, and everyone is a suspect.

An adaption of the beloved Agatha Christie novel, Kenneth Branagh leads a stacked cast that does a solid job retelling one of the most famous murder mysteries ever put onto paper.

17. Zodiac

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"I need to look him in the eye, and I need to know it's him."

The story behind the manhunt of one of the United States' most infamous unsolved crimes.

Another Fincher project, and another banger. A deep cast of talent comes together to portray one of the greatest mysteries in American history: the Zodiac Killer. This crime thriller is a long but interesting one that will have you glued one minute and turning away in fear the next.

18. Knives Out

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"This is a twisted web, and we are not finished untangling it, not yet."

The death of a crime novelist launches an investigation into his murder.

By far, the funniest entry on this list, but the movie itself is very well-constructed, and when you think the mystery is spoiled, more mysteries unfold.

19. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

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"Why don't people trust their instincts?"

An unusual investigator joins a dangerous quest for the truth about a 40-year-old murder.

Despite being the second adaptation, Fincher's take was loved by many. Based on the 2005 Swedish novel, this film offers a unique lead character Lisbeth Salander, played by Rooney Mara.

20. Memento

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"Memory can change the shape of a room..."

A man suffering from a rare, untreatable form of memory loss hunts down his wife's killer.

This Neo-noir mystery by Christopher Nolan is shot beautifully. Because of the main character's memory loss, the story takes you on all kinds of twists and turns with a conclusion as unexpected as the film's entire premise.

21. The Batman

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"It can be cruel, poetic, or blind. But when it's denied, it's your violence you may find."

When a sadistic serial killer begins murdering political figures, a masked vigilante must investigate the city's hidden corruption tied to the victims.

I know it may seem silly having a comic book movie on this list, but this film can go toe-to-toe with any great mystery film. It's well-written and cares more about being an intriguing mystery than it does being a "Batman" movie.

Do you have any mystery movies to recommend? Comment the titles below!

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