Last Updated on 18 September 2023

The following list is the Official Definitive List of the 400 best mystery movies of all time.

I found 33 different ranked lists online of “best mystery movies of all time” and pulled them all into Excel and merged them all to get this definitive compilation.  See my Methodology page for the research process that was used, including links to all 33 lists that were averaged. Below is a checklist you can print to track which ones you’ve seen, followed by the ranked list.

  1. Se7en (1995)
  2. Vertigo (1958)
  3. Rear Window (1954)
  4. Chinatown (1974)
  5. Psycho (1960)
  6. The Usual Suspects (1995)
  7. Memento (2000)
  8. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  9. Knives Out (2019)
  10. L.A. Confidential (1997)
  11. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  12. Clue (1985)
  13. North by Northwest (1959)
  14. The Third Man (1949)
  15. Shutter Island (2010)
  16. Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
  17. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
  18. Zodiac (2007)
  19. Gosford Park (2001)
  20. Mystic River (2003)
  21. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
  22. Gone Girl (2014)
  23. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
  24. The Fugitive (1993)
  25. The Nice Guys (2016)
  26. The Sixth Sense (1999)
  27. The Big Sleep (1946)
  28. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
  29. Oldboy (2003)
  30. Laura (1944)
  31. The Prestige (2006)
  32. Dial M for Murder (1954)
  33. Spirited Away (2001)
  34. Memories of Murder (2003)
  35. Charade (1963)
  36. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
  37. Citizen Kane (1941)
  38. Brick (2005)
  39. The Long Goodbye (1973)
  40. Prisoners (2013)
  41. Death on the Nile (1978)
  42. Rashomon (1950)
  43. The Thin Man (1934)
  44. The Last of Sheila (1973)
  45. Crooked House (2017)
  46. 12 Angry Men (1957)
  47. Drishyam 2 (2022)
  48. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
  49. Double Indemnity (1944)
  50. Sherlock Holmes (2009)
  51. Diabolique (1955)
  52. The Shining (1980)
  53. Mulholland Drive (2001)
  54. A Simple Favor (2018)
  55. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
  56. Rebecca (1940)
  57. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
  58. The Conversation (1974)
  59. The Green Mile (1999)
  60. Primal Fear (1996)
  61. Identity (2003)
  62. Apocalypse Now (1979)
  63. Fargo (1996)
  64. Hot Fuzz (2007)
  65. Sleuth (1972)
  66. Scream (1996)
  67. Cure (1997)
  68. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
  69. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
  70. The Name of the Rose (1986)
  71. And Then There Were None (1945)
  72. Training Day (2001)
  73. Harakiri (1962)
  74. Blow-Up (1966)
  75. Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)
  76. Donnie Darko (2001)
  77. Fight Club (1999)
  78. The Invisible Guest (2016)
  79. M (1931)
  80. The Clovehitch Killer (2018)
  81. Searching (2018)
  82. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
  83. Three Colors: Red (1994)
  84. 12 Monkeys (1995)
  85. Blue Velvet (1986)
  86. The Pelican Brief (1993)
  87. Gone Baby Gone (2007)
  88. The Others (2001)
  89. Burning (2018)
  90. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
  91. Get Out (2017)
  92. Strangers on a Train (1951)
  93. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
  94. Murder By Death (1976)
  95. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
  96. The Lives of Others (2006)
  97. Blow Out (1981)
  98. L’Avventura (1960)
  99. The Fallen Idol (1948)
  100. I See You (2019)
  101. See How They Run (2022)
  102. Murder Mystery (2019)
  103. The Game (1997)
  104. Wind River (2017)
  105. The Da Vinci Code (2006)
  106. The Guest (2014)
  107. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
  108. The Departed (2006)
  109. Fanny and Alexander (1982)
  110. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  111. Rope (1948)
  112. Insomnia (2002)
  113. The Hateful Eight (2015)
  114. The Thing (1982)
  115. Mother (2009)
  116. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
  117. Incendies (2010)
  118. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  119. Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)
  120. Inception (2010)
  121. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
  122. Dark Waters (2019)
  123. To Catch a Thief (1955)
  124. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
  125. Double Jeopardy (1999)
  126. Uncut Gems (2019)
  127. Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
  128. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  129. Deep Red (1975)
  130. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
  131. Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)
  132. The Wicker Man (1973)
  133. Mildred Pierce (1945)
  134. Great Expectations (1946)
  135. Reversal of Fortune (1990)
  136. What Lies Beneath (2000)
  137. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
  138. Talk to Her (2002)
  139. Coco (2017)
  140. Solaris (1972)
  141. Dark City (1998)
  142. Lost Girls (2020)
  143. Caché (Hidden) (2005)
  144. Suspicion (1941)
  145. Tell No One (2006)
  146. The Illusionist (2006)
  147. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
  148. Sharp Objects (2018)
  149. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
  150. The 39 Steps (1935)
  151. Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
  152. JFK (1991)
  153. The Birds (1963)
  154. Paprika (2006)
  155. Atonement (2007)
  156. The Vanishing (1988)
  157. Don’t Look Now (1973)
  158. Eyes Without a Face (1960)
  159. The Black Dahlia (2006)
  160. Changeling (2008)
  161. Enola Holmes (2020)
  162. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
  163. About Elly (2009)
  164. The Machinist (2004)
  165. Children of Men (2006)
  166. The Exterminating Angel (1962)
  167. The Girl on the Train (2016)
  168. Minority Report (2002)
  169. Chungking Express (1994)
  170. Silver Streak (1976)
  171. The Tale (2018)
  172. In a Lonely Place (1950)
  173. Z (1969)
  174. After the Thin Man (1936)
  175. Arrival (2016)
  176. Murder by Decree (1979)
  177. The Bourne Identity (2002)
  178. The Devil’s Advocate (1997)
  179. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
  180. Klute (1971)
  181. Nocturnal Animals (2016)
  182. Phone Booth (2002)
  183. Touch of Evil (1958)
  184. Long Day’s Journey into Night (2018)
  185. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
  186. The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
  187. The Wailing (2016)
  188. Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
  189. Akira (1988)
  190. The Double Life of Véronique (1991)
  191. You Were Never Really Here (2017)
  192. Murder, My Sweet (1944)
  193. Blade Runner (1982)
  194. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)
  195. Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
  196. Murder She Said (1961)
  197. Watchmen (2009)
  198. Fletch (1985)
  199. Three Colors: Blue (1993)
  200. Sicario (2015)
  201. Hereditary (2018)
  202. Hugo (2011)
  203. The Past (2013)
  204. Basic Instinct (1992)
  205. Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
  206. Foul Play (1978)
  207. Gerald’s Game (2017)
  208. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
  209. Mystery Team (2009)
  210. No Exit (2022)
  211. Notorious (1946)
  212. Inheritance (2020)
  213. The Souvenir (2019)
  214. Zootopia (2016)
  215. Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
  216. The Lighthouse (2019)
  217. I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017)
  218. Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? (2022)
  219. Palm Springs (2020)
  220. Mississippi Burning (1988)
  221. Inherent Vice (2014)
  222. Nightcrawler (2014)
  223. Pali Road (2015)
  224. Satantango (1994)
  225. The Woman in the Window (2020)
  226. Fireworks Wednesday (2006)
  227. Missing (1982)
  228. Lost Highway (1997)
  229. Spellbound (1945)
  230. The Negotiator (1998)
  231. April and the Extraordinary World (2015)
  232. The Passenger (1975)
  233. The Skeleton Key (2005)
  234. Lady in the Lake (1946)
  235. Kaili Blues (2015)
  236. Under the Sand (2000)
  237. Bad Kids of Crestview Academy (2017)
  238. Gravity (2013)
  239. The Crying Game (1992)
  240. Let the Right One In (2008)
  241. Bacurau (2019)
  242. Ghost in the Shell (1995)
  243. Hail, Caesar! (2016)
  244. Out of the Past (1947)
  245. Solace (2015)
  246. The Cheap Detective (1978)
  247. Volver (2006)
  248. Manhunter (1986)
  249. The Killers (1946)
  250. The Limehouse Golem (2016)
  251. Triangle (2009)
  252. Orphan (2009)
  253. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
  254. Lantana (2001)
  255. Moon (2009)
  256. Freaks (2018)
  257. Premonition (2007)
  258. The Chaser (2008)
  259. The French Connection (1971)
  260. The White Ribbon (2009)
  261. An Inspector Calls (1954)
  262. Andhadhun (2018)
  263. Chess of the Wind (1976)
  264. Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)
  265. The Thin Blue Line (1988)
  266. Winter’s Bone (2010)
  267. Drishyam (2015)
  268. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
  269. The Testament of Dr Mabuse (1933)
  270. Trash (2014)
  271. What Lies Below (2020)
  272. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
  273. The Trial (1962)
  274. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
  275. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
  276. The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
  277. It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
  278. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
  279. The Little Things (2021)
  280. Zero Effect (1998)
  281. Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)
  282. Saw (2004)
  283. A Shot in the Dark (1964)
  284. Night Moves (1975)
  285. Brother’s Keeper (1992)
  286. Kimi (2022)
  287. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
  288. The Abyss (1989)
  289. End of Watch (2012)
  290. State of Play (2009)
  291. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
  292. The Father (2020)
  293. Trance (2013)
  294. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
  295. Let Me In (2010)
  296. The Long Good Friday (1980)
  297. Bird Box (2018)
  298. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
  299. The Naked City (1948)
  300. Unknown (2011)
  301. Without a Clue (1988)
  302. Source Code (2011)
  303. Hide and Seek (2005)
  304. The Woman in the Window (1944)
  305. Apostle (2018)
  306. Dirty Harry (1971)
  307. Glass (2019)
  308. The Lovebirds (2020)
  309. The Constant Gardener (2005)
  310. Doubt (2008)
  311. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
  312. Lone Star (1996)
  313. A Man Vanishes (1967)
  314. Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
  315. Scandal Sheet (1952)
  316. The Invitation (2015)
  317. The 9th Guest (1934)
  318. A Few Good Men (1992)
  319. Crossfire (1947)
  320. Mute (2018)
  321. Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
  322. Curse of the Demon (1957)
  323. Broken Flowers (2005)
  324. Black Swan (2010)
  325. Cam (2018)
  326. Annihilation (2018)
  327. Unbreakable (2000)
  328. Berlin Syndrome (2017)
  329. Earthquake Bird (2019)
  330. Creep (2014)
  331. The Faculty (1998)
  332. The Legacy of the Bones (2019)
  333. Cleaner (2007)
  334. D.O.A. (1950)
  335. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
  336. Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015)
  337. Flightplan (2005)
  338. The American Friend (1977)
  339. High and Low (1963)
  340. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
  341. Dark Places (2015)
  342. Presumed Innocent (1990)
  343. Sapphire (1959)
  344. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
  345. Psycho (1998)
  346. The Two Escobars (2010)
  347. Gone (2012)
  348. Interstellar (2014)
  349. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
  350. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)
  351. Le Samouraï (1967)
  352. Motherless Brooklyn (2019)
  353. The Pledge (2001)
  354. Green for Danger (1946)
  355. The Big Heat (1953)
  356. We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018)
  357. Greta (2018)
  358. Infernal Affairs (2002)
  359. The Butterfly Effect (2004)
  360. The Canary Murder Case (1929)
  361. Along Came a Spider (2001)
  362. Angel of Mine (2019)
  363. Electra Glide in Blue (1973)
  364. Foreign Correspondent (1940)
  365. National Treasure (2004)
  366. Mr. Brooks (2007)
  367. The Bone Collector (1999)
  368. Disturbia (2007)
  369. The Firm (1993)
  370. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
  371. Gentlemen of Fortune (1971)
  372. Backdraft (1991)
  373. Stay (2005)
  374. The Man from Earth (2007)
  375. Gilda (1946)
  376. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
  377. Perfect Blue (1997)
  378. Stalker (1979)
  379. Suspect X (2008)
  380. The Son (2022)
  381. Red Dragon (2002)
  382. The Hangover (2009)
  383. Conspiracy Theory (1997)
  384. Night and the City (1950)
  385. The Player (1992)
  386. Unknown (2006)
  387. Domestic Disturbance (2001)
  388. The Dead Girl (2006)
  389. The Ornithologist (2016)
  390. Kafka (1991)
  391. Badla (2019)
  392. Gotcha! (1985)
  393. Mulholland Falls (1996)
  394. Loving Vincent (2017)
  395. Cat People (1942)
  396. The Best Offer (2013)
  397. The Village (2004)
  398. Black Christmas (1974)
  399. Russian Ark (2002)
  400. Scream 2 (1997)

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