Marie Claire's 42 Murder Mystery Movies That Will Satisfy Your Inner Detective

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We're living in a golden age of true crime content, from documentaries to podcasts to TV shows and books. Which means, no surprise, that the murder mystery film is also seeing a resurgence in popularity. The classic genre has had some major standouts over the last several decades, and the typical whodunit setup—several people in a house, one dies, a detective has to solve the crime—has expanded to include truly unique settings and stories. That's a good thing: It means that a lot of these mysteries can play with form and framing while still giving you a perfect twist ending. There are horror films, action movies, and dramas on this list (not to mention a couple comedies!). From Alfred Hitchcock to the Coen brothers to David Fincher to Rian Johnson, some of the best directors in history have tried their hand at this iconic genre. The one thing these movies have in common? A killer mystery—pun absolutely intended.

What's also great is that fictional whodunits can satisfy your crime-solving, clue-finding itch without the sad (and, if we're being honest, somewhat problematic) true-life aspects of those true crime shows you love. Here are 42 murder mystery movies that will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. No major spoilers lie ahead for any of these mind-bending films, particularly the whodunit part. But if you don't want to know ANYTHING about the plot, go watch before you read.

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    Se7en

    1995, in 25 top lists Check
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    Bad Times at the El Royale

    2018, in 0 top lists
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    Brick

    2005, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Lovebirds

    2020, in 0 top lists
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    The Girl on the Train

    2016, in 1 top list Check
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    Memento

    2000, in 24 top lists Check
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    Dark Places

    2015, in 0 top lists Check
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    Knives Out

    2019, in 4 top lists
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    Get Out

    2017, in 13 top lists Check
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    Rebecca

    1940, in 22 top lists Check
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    Scream

    1996, in 9 top lists Check
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    Death on the Nile

    1978, in 0 top lists Check
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    Us

    2019, in 5 top lists
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    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    2005, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Long Goodbye

    1973, in 12 top lists Check
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    Game Night

    2018, in 0 top lists
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    Fargo

    1996, in 26 top lists Check
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    L.A. Confidential

    1997, in 23 top lists Check
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    North by Northwest

    1959, in 26 top lists Check
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    The Nice Guys

    2016, in 1 top list Check
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    Charade

    1963, in 2 top lists Check
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    Happy Death Day

    2017, in 0 top lists
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    The Usual Suspects

    1995, in 21 top lists Check
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    Chinatown

    1974, in 29 top lists Check
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    Sherlock Holmes

    2009, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Fugitive

    1993, in 7 top lists Check
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    Laura

    1944, in 20 top lists Check
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    A Simple Favor

    2018, in 0 top lists
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    Murder on the Orient Express

    1974, in 1 top list Check
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    Psycho

    1960, in 38 top lists Check
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    Clue

    1985, in 1 top list Check
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    The Big Sleep

    1946, in 20 top lists Check
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    Zodiac

    2007, in 12 top lists Check
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    Mystic River

    2003, in 7 top lists Check
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    Rear Window

    1954, in 28 top lists Check
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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    2011, in 1 top list Check
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    Les diaboliques

    1955 — a.k.a. Diabolique, in 19 top lists Check
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    Gone Girl

    2014, in 9 top lists Check
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    Dial M for Murder

    1954, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 24 top lists Check
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    Primal Fear

    1996, in 0 top lists Check
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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    1988, in 16 top lists Check
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Last updated on May 15, 2021; source