Great Mystery Movies

by Hareesh R | created - 03 Sep 2012 | updated - 03 Sep 2012 | Public

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1. The Last of Sheila (1973)

PG | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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A year after Sheila is killed in a hit-and-run, her multi-millionaire husband invites a group of friends to spend a week on his yacht playing a scavenger hunt-style mystery game. The game turns out to be all too real and all too deadly.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Richard Benjamin, James Coburn, James Mason, Dyan Cannon

Votes: 4,034

2. High Crimes (2002)

PG-13 | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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48 Metascore

High powered lawyer Claire Kubik finds her world turned upside down when her husband, who has been living under a false name, is arrested by military police and placed on trial for the murder of villagers while he was in the Marines.

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Adam Scott

Votes: 32,993 | Gross: $41.54M

3. Collateral Damage (2002)

R | 108 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

5.5
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33 Metascore

After his family is killed by a terrorist act, a firefighter goes in search of the one responsible.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Leguizamo, Francesca Neri, Elias Koteas

Votes: 65,146 | Gross: $40.08M

4. The Thin Man (1934)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

8.1
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Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 22,264

5. Another Thin Man (1939)

Passed | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.5
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An explosives manufacturer suspects a young man is out to kill him. He calls in new parents Nick and Nora to sort things out.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Virginia Grey, Otto Kruger

Votes: 5,228

6. The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.4
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Nick and Nora visit Nick's hometown, and end up involved in a murder.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Lucile Watson, Gloria DeHaven

Votes: 3,984

7. Song of the Thin Man (1947)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

7.0
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Nick and Nora investigate the murder of a bandleader in New York.

Director: Edward Buzzell | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Keenan Wynn, Dean Stockwell

Votes: 3,594

8. L.A. Confidential (1997)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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90 Metascore

As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger

Votes: 453,563 | Gross: $64.62M

9. State of Play (2009)

PG-13 | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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64 Metascore

When a congressional aide is killed, a Washington D.C. journalist starts investigating the case involving the congressman, his old college friend.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Helen Mirren

Votes: 119,600 | Gross: $37.02M

10. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009)

PG-13 | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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35 Metascore

Remake of the 1956 film noir film "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" in which a writer's plan to expose a corrupt district attorney takes an unexpected turn.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Jesse Metcalfe, Amber Tamblyn, Michael Douglas, Joel David Moore

Votes: 11,248 | Gross: $0.03M

11. Red Corner (1997)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.3
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An American attorney on business in China is wrongfully arrested and put on trial for murder, with a female defense lawyer from the country the only key to proving his innocence.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Richard Gere, Bai Ling, Bradley Whitford, Byron Mann

Votes: 14,003 | Gross: $22.42M

12. Righteous Kill (2008)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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36 Metascore

Two veteran New York City detectives work on a case of serial executions of criminals who escaped justice.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Carla Gugino, 50 Cent

Votes: 76,942 | Gross: $40.08M

13. 8MM 2 (2005 Video)

R | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

4.6
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An American diplomat and his fiancée venture into the sordid underworld of sex and pornography in Budapest, Hungary to find out who is blackmailing them with a porno video taken of them with a prostitute.

Director: J.S. Cardone | Stars: Johnathon Schaech, Lori Heuring, Bruce Davison, Julie Benz

Votes: 3,921

14. Wild Things (1998)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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52 Metascore

A police detective uncovers a conspiracy behind a case involving a high-school guidance counselor when accusations of rape are made against him by two female students.

Director: John McNaughton | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Neve Campbell, Matt Dillon, Denise Richards

Votes: 95,999 | Gross: $29.75M

15. Exam (2009)

Not Rated | 101 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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Eight candidates for a highly desirable corporate job are locked together in an exam room and given a final test with just one question. It seems simple yet confusing that soon, tensions begin to unravel.

Director: Stuart Hazeldine | Stars: Adar Beck, Gemma Chan, Nathalie Cox, John Lloyd Fillingham

Votes: 84,540

16. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

R | 158 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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71 Metascore

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 360,346 | Gross: $102.52M

17. Music Box (1989)

PG-13 | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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A lawyer defends her father accused of war crimes, but there is more to the case than she suspects.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Jessica Lange, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Frederic Forrest, Donald Moffat

Votes: 5,714 | Gross: $6.26M

18. The International (I) (2009)

R | 118 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.5
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52 Metascore

An Interpol agent attempts to expose a high-profile financial institution's role in an international arms dealing ring.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ulrich Thomsen

Votes: 83,509 | Gross: $25.45M

19. The Trial (2010)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Mystery

5.5
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After the horrific death of his wife and two sons, suicide seems to be the only escape for small-town attorney Kent "Mac" McClain... until he's assigned a capital punishment case that ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Wheeler | Stars: Matthew Modine, Rance Howard, Nikki Deloach, Randy Wayne

Votes: 1,177 | Gross: $0.02M

20. Michael Clayton (2007)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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82 Metascore

A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multibillion-dollar class action suit.

Director: Tony Gilroy | Stars: George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Michael O'Keefe

Votes: 142,107 | Gross: $49.03M

21. Frailty (2001)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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64 Metascore

A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions led to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons."

Director: Bill Paxton | Stars: Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe, Matt O'Leary

Votes: 66,324 | Gross: $13.10M

22. Shattered (2007)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.7
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A perfect family's dynamic is ruined by a kidnapper's brutally efficient plot.

Director: Mike Barker | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Maria Bello, Gerard Butler, Emma Karwandy

Votes: 27,147

23. Deception (I) (2008)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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31 Metascore

An accountant is introduced to a mysterious sex club known as The List by his lawyer friend. But in this new world, he soon becomes the prime suspect in a woman's disappearance and a multi-million dollar heist.

Director: Marcel Langenegger | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor, Michelle Williams, Bruce Altman

Votes: 34,597 | Gross: $4.60M

24. Arlington Road (1999)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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65 Metascore

A man begins to suspect his neighbors are not what they appear to be and their secrets could be deadly.

Director: Mark Pellington | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Hope Davis

Votes: 73,617 | Gross: $24.36M

25. Malice (1993)

R | 107 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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A tale about a happily married couple who would like to have children. Tracy teaches art, Andy's a college dean. Things are never the same after she is taken to hospital and operated upon by Jed, a "know all" doctor.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Nicole Kidman, Bill Pullman, Bebe Neuwirth

Votes: 19,571 | Gross: $46.04M

26. Hard Candy (2005)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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58 Metascore

A teenage girl raids a man's home in order to expose him under suspicion that he is a pedophile.

Director: David Slade | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Odessa Rae

Votes: 140,039 | Gross: $1.01M

27. Shattered (1991)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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After a horrific car wreck leaves him an amnesiac, a man slowly begins to unravel his shocking past.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Tom Berenger, Bob Hoskins, Greta Scacchi, Joanne Whalley

Votes: 6,866 | Gross: $11.51M

28. Along Came a Spider (2001)

R | 104 min | Drama, Thriller

6.3
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42 Metascore

When a congressman's daughter under Secret Service protection is kidnapped from a private school, detective Alex Cross investigates the case even though he's recovering from the loss of his partner.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Michael Wincott, Monica Potter, Dylan Baker

Votes: 63,438 | Gross: $74.08M

29. Stolen (2009)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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34 Metascore

A detective deals with the loss of his own son while trying to uncover the identity of a boy whose mummified remains are found in a box buried for fifty years.

Director: Anders Anderson | Stars: Jon Hamm, Josh Lucas, Rhona Mitra, James Van Der Beek

Votes: 4,814 | Gross: $0.01M

30. The Black Dahlia (2006)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.6
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49 Metascore

Two policemen see their personal and professional lives fall apart in the wake of the "Black Dahlia" murder investigation.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Aaron Eckhart, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank

Votes: 65,906 | Gross: $22.52M

31. Shooter (I) (2007)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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53 Metascore

A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to find the real killer and the reason he was set up.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Michael Peña, Rhona Mitra, Danny Glover

Votes: 275,368 | Gross: $47.00M

32. Shutter Island (2010)

R | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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63 Metascore

In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 897,238 | Gross: $128.01M

33. In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Approved | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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75 Metascore

An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant

Votes: 55,062 | Gross: $24.38M

34. Following (1998)

R | 69 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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60 Metascore

A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, Lucy Russell, John Nolan

Votes: 72,927 | Gross: $0.05M

35. Fight Club (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama

8.8
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66 Metascore

An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier

Votes: 1,511,739 | Gross: $37.03M

36. Death and the Maiden (1994)

R | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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72 Metascore

A political activist is convinced that her guest is a man who once tortured her for the government.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Stuart Wilson, Krystia Mova

Votes: 19,014 | Gross: $2.10M

37. Tell No One (2006)

Unrated | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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82 Metascore

After eight long years since his beloved wife's hideous murder, unexpectedly, an accidental discovery of two bodies near a Doctor's estate will stir things again in a long-forgotten buried case that nothing is as it appears.

Director: Guillaume Canet | Stars: François Cluzet, Marie-Josée Croze, André Dussollier, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 42,626 | Gross: $6.18M

38. Shuang shi ji (2008)

98 min | Drama, Mystery

6.3
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A mystery about a gourmet in love with two different women who winds up poisoned.

Director: Tianyu Zhao | Stars: Francis Ng, Nan Yu, Yiyan Jiang, Yuchen Zhu

Votes: 264

39. Page Eight (2011 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is a long-serving MI5 officer. His boss and best friend Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon) dies suddenly, leaving behind him an inexplicable file, threatening the... See full summary »

Director: David Hare | Stars: Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Tom Hughes, Michael Gambon

Votes: 12,480

40. Paycheck (2003)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.3
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43 Metascore

What seemed like a breezy idea for an engineer to net him millions of dollars, leaves him on the run for his life and piecing together why he's being chased.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart, Uma Thurman, Michael C. Hall

Votes: 94,242 | Gross: $53.79M

41. Reversal of Fortune (1990)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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93 Metascore

Wealthy Sunny von Bülow lies brain-dead, husband Claus guilty of attempted murder; but he says he's innocent and hires Alan Dershowitz for his appeal.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, Ron Silver, Annabella Sciorra

Votes: 12,244 | Gross: $15.45M

42. Runaway Jury (2003)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Thriller

7.1
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61 Metascore

A juror on the inside and a woman on the outside manipulate a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: John Cusack, Rachel Weisz, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 81,270 | Gross: $49.44M

43. Sherlock Holmes (2009)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.6
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57 Metascore

Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong

Votes: 516,431 | Gross: $209.03M

44. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.5
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48 Metascore

Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris, Rachel McAdams

Votes: 368,634 | Gross: $186.85M

45. Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (2004 TV Movie)

99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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A serial killer stalking the teen-aged daughters of the aristocracy brings Sherlock Holmes out of his drug-filled semi-retirement.

Director: Simon Cellan Jones | Stars: Rupert Everett, Nicholas Palliser, Neil Dudgeon, Ian Hart

Votes: 2,214

46. Murder by Decree (1979)

PG | 124 min | Mystery, Thriller

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Sherlock Holmes investigates the murders commited by Jack the Ripper and discovers a conspiracy to protect the killer.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Christopher Plummer, James Mason, David Hemmings, Susan Clark

Votes: 3,979

47. Death on the Nile (1978)

PG | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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As Hercule Poirot enjoys a luxurious cruise down the Nile, a newlywed heiress is found murdered on board. Can Poirot identify the killer before the ship reaches the end of its journey?

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Peter Ustinov, Mia Farrow, Simon MacCorkindale, Jane Birkin

Votes: 22,097

48. Evil Under the Sun (1982)

PG | 117 min | Drama, Mystery

7.0
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Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Peter Ustinov, James Mason, Maggie Smith, Colin Blakely

Votes: 10,474 | Gross: $6.11M

49. Appointment with Death (1988)

PG | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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When a former prison wardress who dominates the lives of her three adult stepchildren and her daughter is found dead at an archaeological dig near the Dead Sea, there are a great many suspects.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Peter Ustinov, Lauren Bacall, Carrie Fisher, John Gielgud

Votes: 2,655 | Gross: $0.96M

50. Dead Man's Folly (1986 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

6.4
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During a murder hunt game at a country house, to which Hercule Poirot is invited as an "expert", a real murder occurs.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: Peter Ustinov, Jean Stapleton, Constance Cummings, Tim Pigott-Smith

Votes: 1,285

51. Thirteen at Dinner (1985 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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An American movie actress, best known for playing dumb blondes, is Scotland Yard's prime suspect when her husband, Lord Edgware, is murdered. The great detective, Hercule Poirot, digs deeper into the case.

Director: Lou Antonio | Stars: Peter Ustinov, Faye Dunaway, David Suchet, Jonathan Cecil

Votes: 1,485

52. Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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53 Metascore

A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.

Director: Paul McGuigan | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Ben Kingsley, Morgan Freeman, Lucy Liu

Votes: 277,782 | Gross: $22.49M

53. The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.6
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76 Metascore

In the midst of the Gulf War, soldiers are kidnapped and brainwashed for sinister purposes.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Meryl Streep, Kimberly Elise

Votes: 92,134 | Gross: $65.96M

54. The Ghost Writer (2010)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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77 Metascore

A ghost writer, hired to complete the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister, uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 141,232 | Gross: $15.54M

55. The Interpreter (2005)

PG-13 | 128 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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62 Metascore

Political intrigue and deception unfold inside the United Nations, where a U.S. Secret Service agent is assigned to investigate an interpreter who overhears an assassination plot.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Jesper Christensen

Votes: 89,784 | Gross: $72.71M

56. Gothika (2003)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.8
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38 Metascore

A repressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr., Charles S. Dutton

Votes: 95,156 | Gross: $59.69M

57. Unknown (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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56 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn

Votes: 223,289 | Gross: $63.69M