Top thriller-mystery movies

by After_Ego | created - 20 Jan 2013 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

Here is my list with the best mystery thriller movies from all over the world.I tried to avoid mainstream cinema productions and make a list with more unknown good films.I hope you like it.

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1. The Body (2012)

108 min | Mystery, Thriller

A detective searches for the body of a femme fatale which has gone missing from a morgue.

Director: Oriol Paulo | Stars: Jose Coronado, Hugo Silva, Belén Rueda, Aura Garrido

Votes: 40,074

2. Tesis sobre un homicidio (2013)

106 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Roberto Bermudez, a specialist in criminal law, is convinced that one of his students committed a brutal murder. It leads him to start an investigation that becomes his obsession.

Director: Hernán Goldfrid | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Natalia Santiago, Alberto Ammann, Calu Rivero

Votes: 6,456

3. Tesis (1996)

R | 125 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

While doing a thesis about violence, Ángela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty...

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Ana Torrent, Fele Martínez, Eduardo Noriega, Xabier Elorriaga

Votes: 32,054

4. The Orphanage (2007)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

74 Metascore

A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep, Mabel Rivera

Votes: 135,003 | Gross: $7.16M

5. Identity (2003)

R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

64 Metascore

Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, John Hawkes

Votes: 204,558 | Gross: $52.16M

6. Exam (2009)

Not Rated | 101 min | Mystery, Thriller

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: 91,722

7. La habitación de Fermat (2007)

Not Rated | 89 min | Mystery, Thriller

Four mathematicians who do not know each other are invited by a mysterious host on the pretext of resolving a great enigma. The room in which they find themselves turns out to be a ... See full summary »

Directors: Luis Piedrahita, Rodrigo Sopeña | Stars: Alejo Sauras, Elena Ballesteros, Lluís Homar, Santi Millán

Votes: 17,024

8. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

80 Metascore

A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Carla Quevedo

Votes: 167,374 | Gross: $6.39M

9. The Hidden Face (2011)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Shattered by the unexpected news of their irreversible break-up, an aspiring orchestra conductor is puzzled by his girlfriend's mysterious and seemingly inexplicable case of disappearance. But, can he look beyond the facts?

Director: Andrés Baiz | Stars: Quim Gutiérrez, Martina García, María Soledad Rodríguez, Jose Luis Garcia

Votes: 30,030

10. El habitante incierto (2004)

R | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

In the dark corridors of Félix's house, an intruder is hiding. Is he real, or is he a manifestation inside the obscure maze of his mind?

Director: Guillem Morales | Stars: Andoni Gracia, Mónica López, Francesc Garrido, Agustí Villaronga

Votes: 4,954

11. Mientras duermes (2011)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

70 Metascore

You wake day after day to the comfort and security of your home. But how safe is it really?

Director: Jaume Balagueró | Stars: Luis Tosar, Marta Etura, Alberto San Juan, Petra Martínez

Votes: 32,283

12. The Aura (2005)

Not Rated | 134 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

A deluded taxidermist plans the perfect crime.

Director: Fabián Bielinsky | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Manuel Rodal, Dolores Fonzi, Pablo Cedrón

Votes: 12,233 | Gross: $0.06M

13. Dead End (I) (2003)

R | 85 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

Christmas Eve. On his way to his in-laws with his family, Frank Harrington decides to try a shortcut, for the first time in 20 years. It turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life.

Directors: Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Fabrice Canepa | Stars: Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Mick Cain, Alexandra Holden

Votes: 23,029

14. Abandon (2002)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

36 Metascore

A senior at an elite college, already under severe pressure to complete her thesis and land a prestigious job, must confront the sudden reappearance of her old boyfriend, after his two-year... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Gaghan | Stars: Katie Holmes, Benjamin Bratt, Charlie Hunnam, Zooey Deschanel

Votes: 8,649 | Gross: $10.73M

15. Hodejegerne (2011)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Julie R. Ølgaard

Votes: 89,711 | Gross: $1.20M

16. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

R | 152 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

76 Metascore

A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling, Lena Endre

Votes: 193,986 | Gross: $10.10M

17. The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

66 Metascore

As computer hacker Lisbeth and journalist Mikael investigate a sex-trafficking ring, Lisbeth is accused of three murders, causing her to go on the run while Mikael works to clear her name.

Director: Daniel Alfredson | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre, Peter Andersson

Votes: 83,153 | Gross: $9.08M

18. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2009)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

60 Metascore

Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court.

Director: Daniel Alfredson | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Annika Hallin

Votes: 61,030 | Gross: $5.19M

19. The Method (2005)

115 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

During IMF & World Bank Summit and demonstrations which upset Madrid, like other capitals, major corporation Dekia holds interviews to recruit a top executive from seven applicants. Their ... See full summary »

Director: Marcelo Piñeyro | Stars: Eduardo Noriega, Najwa Nimri, Eduard Fernández, Pablo Echarri

Votes: 9,315 | Gross: $0.01M

20. Nine Dead (2010)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Nine strangers are kidnapped and forced to figure out the connection they have to each other as one has to die every ten minutes.

Director: Chris Shadley | Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, William Lee Scott, John Terry, James C. Victor

Votes: 11,089

21. Unknown (2006)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

44 Metascore

Five men wake up in a locked-down warehouse with no memory of who they are. They are forced to figure out who is good and who is bad to stay alive.

Director: Simon Brand | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Greg Kinnear, Bridget Moynahan, Joe Pantoliano

Votes: 27,849 | Gross: $0.14M

22. The Killing Room (2009)

R | 93 min | Mystery, Thriller

Four individuals sign up for a psychological research study only to discover that they are now subjects of a brutal, classified government program.

Director: Jonathan Liebesman | Stars: Nick Cannon, Clea DuVall, Timothy Hutton, Chloë Sevigny

Votes: 12,716

23. Hollow (2007)

TV-MA | 9 min | Short, Thriller

What initially seems to be a portrait of suburban domestic life quickly turns into a disturbing journey through a young boy's troubled pathology and ultimately ends as a poignant story of a broken family and lost innocence.

Director: Paul Bickel | Stars: Emma Caulfield Ford, Ricky Crawford, Lauren Bayer, Joshua Israel

Votes: 99

24. Cube (1997)

R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

6 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller

Votes: 185,862 | Gross: $0.50M

25. Los cronocrímenes (2007)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.

Director: Nacho Vigalondo | Stars: Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernández, Bárbara Goenaga, Nacho Vigalondo

Votes: 50,878 | Gross: $0.04M

26. Deadfall (2012)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

52 Metascore

A thriller that follows two siblings who decide to fend for themselves in the wake of a botched casino heist, and their unlikely reunion during another family's Thanksgiving celebration.

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky | Stars: Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Sissy Spacek

Votes: 35,935 | Gross: $0.07M

27. Red Road (2006)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

73 Metascore

Jackie works as a CCTV operator. Each day she watches over a small part of the world, protecting the people living their lives under her gaze. One day a man appears on her monitor, a man she thought she would never see again, a man she never wanted to see again. Now she has no choice, she is compelled to confront him.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Kate Dickie, Tony Curran, Martin Compston, Natalie Press

Votes: 11,202 | Gross: $0.15M

28. Jagten (2012)

R | 115 min | Drama

77 Metascore

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm

Votes: 230,888 | Gross: $0.69M

29. Amores Perros (2000)

R | 154 min | Drama, Thriller

83 Metascore

A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo, Álvaro Guerrero

Votes: 202,620 | Gross: $5.38M

30. Cronicas (2004)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

63 Metascore

A suspense thriller about a reporter from Miami who travels to Ecuador in pursuit of a serial killer known as the "Monster of Babahoyo."

Director: Sebastián Cordero | Stars: John Leguizamo, Alfred Molina, Leonor Watling, Damián Alcázar

Votes: 3,153 | Gross: $0.30M

31. Amer (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

72 Metascore

As a young girl Ana was a rebellious child. She was also tormented by images of death and a shadowy, ominous figure in black. Now an adult, she is once again tormented by shadowy, other-worldly forms.

Directors: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani | Stars: Cassandra Forêt, Charlotte Eugène Guibeaud, Marie Bos, Biancamaria D'Amato

Votes: 5,046

32. Dans ton sommeil (2010)

Not Rated | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

Sarah and her husband have moved to a house in the country; their son, Loic, a college student, chaffs at the isolation and a tragedy occurs. A year later, Sarah lives alone in the house; ... See full summary »

Directors: Caroline du Potet, Éric du Potet | Stars: Anne Parillaud, Arthur Dupont, Thierry Frémont, Jean-Hugues Anglade

Votes: 1,306

33. Loft (I) (2008)

118 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Five close friends, all of them married, share a loft to meet their mistresses. One day they find the body of a young woman in the loft. Since there are only five keys to the loft, the five men begin to suspect each other of murder.

Director: Erik Van Looy | Stars: Koen De Bouw, Filip Peeters, Matthias Schoenaerts, Bruno Vanden Broecke

Votes: 18,546

34. Jar City (2006)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

A murder opens up a bleak trail of long buried secrets and small town corruption for a worn out police detective and his squad.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir

Votes: 4,714

35. Caché (2005)

R | 117 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Bénichou, Annie Girardot

Votes: 64,734 | Gross: $3.63M

36. Das letzte Schweigen (2010)

Not Rated | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

13-year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. Her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago. The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past.

Director: Baran bo Odar | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Claudia Michelsen, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Katrin Saß

Votes: 5,560 | Gross: $0.10M

37. Antikörper (2005)

Not Rated | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

Wanted for a long time, serial killer Gabriel Engel gets arrested in a spectacular police strike. Small town cop Michael Martens travels to the big city to interrogate him and finds out more then he is looking for.

Director: Christian Alvart | Stars: Norman Reedus, Christian von Aster, André Hennicke, Waltraud Witte

Votes: 6,825

38. Alexandra's Project (2003)

Unrated | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

62 Metascore

A regular suburban family man comes home from work on his birthday to find a deserted house and a videotape waiting to be played...

Director: Rolf de Heer | Stars: Gary Sweet, Helen Buday, Bogdan Koca, Samantha Knigge

Votes: 4,605

39. Palabras encadenadas (2003)

89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A mild-mannered psychopath plays mind-games with a woman he has tied to a chair in his basement.

Director: Laura Mañá | Stars: Darío Grandinetti, Goya Toledo, Fernando Guillén, Eric Bonicatto

Votes: 2,041

40. El rey de la montaña (2007)

R | 90 min | Thriller

Two strangers run from unknown assailants that stalk them through the woods.

Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego | Stars: Leonardo Sbaraglia, María Valverde, Thomas Riordan, Andrés Juste

Votes: 3,036

41. The Memory of a Killer (2003)

R | 123 min | Action, Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

Vincke and Verstuyft are the best detectives of the Antwerp police department. They are confronted with the murder on a leading executive and put all their effort to catch the murderer.

Director: Erik Van Looy | Stars: Koen De Bouw, Werner De Smedt, Jan Decleir, Laurien Van den Broeck

Votes: 8,928 | Gross: $0.33M

42. 5150 rue des Ormes (2009)

110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5150 ELM'S WAY is located at the end of a quiet street in a small town. When Yannick fell off his bike, he knocked at the door of the Beaulieu residence so he could clean the blood off his ... See full summary »

Director: Éric Tessier | Stars: Marc-André Grondin, Normand D'Amour, Sonia Vachon, Mylène St-Sauveur

Votes: 2,929

43. Av Mevsimi (2010)

140 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The lives of three homicide detectives are turned upside-down during a murder investigation.

Director: Yavuz Turgul | Stars: Sener Sen, Cem Yilmaz, Çetin Tekindor, Melisa Sözen

Votes: 25,912

44. Sound of Noise (2010)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

72 Metascore

A tone-deaf cop works to track down a group of guerilla percussionists whose anarchic public performances are terrorizing the city.

Directors: Ola Simonsson, Johannes Stjärne Nilsson | Stars: Bengt Braskered, Sanna Persson, Magnus Börjeson, Johannes Björk

Votes: 8,117 | Gross: $0.02M

45. Przesluchanie (1989)

118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Tonia goes out drinking. She wakes up in prison, not having a clue why she's there. She is tortured to encourage her to confess to a crime she is not aware of.

Director: Ryszard Bugajski | Stars: Krystyna Janda, Adam Ferency, Janusz Gajos, Agnieszka Holland

Votes: 2,585

46. La noche de los girasoles (2006)

123 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The discovery of a young woman's dead body in the middle of a sunflower field near a quiet village will lead to a tragic string of events, and a vicious cycle of violence, deception and greed. Who has the courage to get to the bottom of it?

Director: Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo | Stars: Carmelo Gómez, Judith Diakhate, Celso Bugallo, Manuel Morón

Votes: 2,436

47. Big Bad Wolves (2013)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

64 Metascore

A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the ... See full summary »

Directors: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado | Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Tzahi Grad, Doval'e Glickman

Votes: 13,986 | Gross: $0.03M

48. Roman de gare (2007)

R | 103 min | Drama

71 Metascore

A popular novelist researches unlikely sources to find characters for her next bestseller.

Director: Claude Lelouch | Stars: Fanny Ardant, Dominique Pinon, Audrey Dana, Michèle Bernier

Votes: 2,270 | Gross: $1.85M

49. Splinter (I) (2008)

R | 82 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller