Everyone loves a good mystery, right?
The genre’s rise in popularity is a result of box office successes such as Kenneth Branagh’s Hercule Poirot series, including ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ and ‘Death on the Nile,’ and director Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’, and its new sequel, ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’, which is currently in theaters and premieres on Netflix on December 23.
In honor of the release of ‘Glass Onion’, Moviefone is counting down the 25 greatest mystery films of all time!
Without further ado, grab your detective hat and let’s get started!
“We bury our sins, we wash them clean.”
2 hours 18 minutesOctober 8, 2003
Lake Tahoe, 1969. Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at the El Royale, a decadent motel with a dark past. In that fateful night, everyone will have one last chance at redemption. Starring Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, and Chris Hemsworth.
Based on the 1937 novel by Agatha Christie, “Death on the Nile” is a bold mystery-thriller about the emotional turmoil and deadly consequences of obsessive love. Kenneth Branagh, returns as iconic detective Hercule Poirot, joined by Tom Bateman, four-time Oscar® nominee Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders and Letitia Wright.
On a long-awaited trip to Europe, a New York City cop (Adam Sandler) and his hairdresser wife (Jennifer Aniston) scramble to solve a puzzling murder aboard the billionaire’s yacht.
“First class problem. Second class detective.”
1 hour 37 minutesJune 14, 2019
In a world where people collect pocket-sized monsters (Pokémon) to battle, a boy (Justice Smith) meets an intelligent monster (Ryan Reynolds) who wants to become a detective.
Eccentric consulting detectives Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Doctor John Watson (Jude Law) battle to bring down a new foe and uncover a deadly plot that could devastate England.
When Claire Spencer (Michelle Pfeiffer) starts hearing ghostly voices and seeing scary pictures, she wonders if an otherworldly spirit is trying to contact her. Meanwhile, her husband (Harrison Ford) tries to reassure her saying it’s all in his head. However, as Claire investigates, she discovers that the man she loves may know much more than he is letting on.
What lies beneath
“He was the perfect husband until one mistake followed them home.”
2 hours 10 minutesJuly 21, 2000
Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a dedicated mother and popular vlogger, befriends Emily (Blake Lively), a mysterious upper-class woman whose son Nicky attends the same school as Miles, Stephanie’s son. When Emily asks her to pick up Nicky from school and then disappears, Stephanie launches an investigation that will delve into Emily’s dark past.
Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) faces a parent’s worst nightmare when his 6-year-old daughter, Anna (Erin Gerasimovich), and her friend go missing. The only clue is an old motorhome parked in their street. The head of the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal), arrests the driver, but a lack of evidence forces Loki to let go of his only suspect. Dover, knowing that his daughter’s life was at stake, decided that he had no choice but to take matters into his own hands.
“Every moment counts.”
2 hours 33 minutesSept. 20, 2013
After Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) falls for spunky Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) on a ski vacation in the French Alps, she discovers on her return to Paris that her husband has been murdered. Soon, she and Peter are pursuing her late husband’s three World War II cronies, Tex (James Coburn), Scobie (George Kennedy) and Gideon (Ned Glass), who after a quarter million dollar stolen quartet while behind enemy lines. But why does Peter keep changing his name?
“Is there anyone really like them?”
1 hr 53 minDecember 5, 1963
“Some places never let you go.”
2 hours 18 minutes18 February 2010
Directed by Robert Altman, set in 1930’s England, a group of the rich and famous pretentious get together for a weekend of relaxation at a hunting resort. But when a murder occurs, each of these interesting characters becomes a suspect.
“Tea at four. Dinner at eight. Midnight murder.”
2 hours 17 minutesJanuary 18, 2002
Kermit and Fozzie are newspaper reporters sent to London to interview Lady Holiday (Diana Rigg), a wealthy fashion designer whose priceless diamond necklace is stolen. Kermit met and fell in love with his secretary, Miss Piggy. The jewel thieves strike again, and this time it’s Miss Piggy. It’s up to Kermit and the Muppets to bring the real culprit to justice.
With the disappearance of his wife (Rosamund Pike) the focus of an intense media circus, a man (Ben Affleck) sees the spotlight fall on him when it is suspected that he may be innocent.
“You don’t know what you’ve got until then…”
2 hours 29 minutesOctober 3, 2014
11. Laura (1944)
A police detective (Dana Andrews) falls in love with a woman (Gene Tierney) whose murder he is investigating.
“A love story that was the scariest thing that could ever happen to a woman!”
1 hour 28 minutesOctober 11, 1944
Genius Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) investigates the murder of an American tycoon aboard the Orient Express.
A private eye (Ryan Gosling) and a thug (Russell Crowe) investigate the suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles and uncover a conspiracy.
This adaptation of the Swedish English novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), as he investigates the disappearance of a weary patriarch’s niece from 40 years ago. He is assisted by a stabbed, tattooed, punk computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara). As they work together on an investigation, Blomkvist and Salander uncover vast corruption beyond anything they could have ever imagined.
Two homicide detectives are hunting for a serial killer (Kevin Spacey) whose crimes are based on the “seven deadly sins” in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the remains of a tortured victim to the next. Det. Sommerset (Morgan Freeman) researches every sin in an attempt to get inside the killer’s mind, while his rookie partner, Mills (Brad Pitt), scoffs at his attempts to unravel the case.
“Seven deadly sins. Seven ways to die.”
2 hours 7 minutesSept. 22, 1995
Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) is tracking down the man who raped and killed his wife. The difficulties of finding his wife’s killer, however, are compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare and incurable form of short-term memory loss. Although he can remember details of life before his accident, Leonard cannot remember what happened fifteen minutes ago, where he went, or why.
“Some memories are best forgotten.”
1 hr 53 minMay 25, 2001
1 hour 50 minutesMarch 31, 2006
A petty thief (Robert Downey Jr.) posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unexpected audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl (Michelle Monaghan) and the detective (Val Kilmer) who had trained him. for his upcoming role…
When acclaimed crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously called in to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his loyal staff, Blanc sifts through a web of distractions and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.
1. Hint (1985)
Clue finds six colorful dinner guests (Eileen Brennan, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, and Lesley Ann Warren) gathered at the mansion of their host, Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving) — who turns out to be dead after his death. secret revealed: He blackmailed them all. With the killer among them, the guests and chatty butler Boddy (Tim Curry) must find out the culprit before the body count rises.
“Seven Suspects, Six Weapons, Five Bodies and Three Ends.”
1 hour 34 minutesDecember 13, 1985