15 Best Murder Mystery Movies of All Time

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7. The Secret in their Eyes (2007)

The Secret in their Eyes (2007)

It’s about time that some film other than in English language also gets consideration as other cinemas of the world are also capable of producing some immensely majestic movies.

The real mystifying point in this Argentine crime thriller film of Juan J. Campanella is not about guessing the actual killer, as that’s revealed quite early in the piece, rather it’s the curiosity about what actually made the killer disappear after few years that keeps you on the edge of your seats.


6. Rear Window (1954)

Rear Window (1954)

Another of Hitchcock’s classics, and by no means the last one of his greats on the list, ‘Rear Window’ starring the marvelous James Stewart in the lead role, tells the story of a physically handicapped photographer who keeps an eye on his neighbors and suspects one of them being guilty of a murder.


5. Memento (2000)

Memento (2000)

It holds a unique status as it is not the usual crime story involving shrewd detectives or cops against brutal murderers, rather it shows the vengeful journey of a person suffering from  memory loss.

It is still remembered as one of the most well-directed movies ever, as Christopher Nolan manages to keep the viewers confused till the very end of the movie by simultaneously running two lines of events till the very end.


4. The Usual Suspects (1995)

The Usual Suspects (1995)

Bryan Singer’s crime thriller has a seemingly simple plot but an unbelievable ending revealing Keysor Soze, who apparently possesses some exceptional powers, to be the one you least expect.

The film saw Kevin Spacey in a supreme performances and it contains one of the most movie quotes ever which says, “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist”.


3. The Third Man (1949)


By now, we know that one thing that a murder mystery movie must contain is a surprising element till the very end, and this British film noir directed by Carol Reed is second to none when it comes to that aspect.

The film masterfully depicts the postwar poverty, insecurity and immorality.


2. North by Northwest (1959)

North by Northwest (1959)

This spy thriller film directed by ‘You Know Who’ is an escape adventure of a innocent man who is mistaken for a criminal and is wrongly accused of the things he knows little about.

It’s a roller coaster ride taking the viewers upside down, left and right, for over two hours.


1. Vertigo (1958)

Vertigo 1958

It would have been a crime and a murder mystery in itself if one of Hitchcock’s movies was not put on the summit of the list.

It’s an ultimate masterpiece again involving the incredible duo of Hitchcock and James Stewart, which is likely to send shivers down your spine each time you watch it.


Honorable Mentions

This list of best murder mystery movies of all time cannot be justified without mentioning these classics also:

  • Fargo (1996)
  • Capote (2005)
  • The Fugitive (1993)
  • Brick (2005)
  • Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
  • Witness (1985)

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