9 Best Mystery Movies on Netflix

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Sometimes all we want out of our movie viewing experience is a feel good, low-maintenance boost of serotonin for 90 minutes straight. And there’s no shame in turning to the screen to clear your head. Of course, there are other times when we want to put a little leg work into our watch. After all, there are few things more satisfying than trying to keep a step ahead of a story.

And what better genre is there than the mystery genre when it comes to flexing those mental gymnastics? With guaranteed suspense and addictive bread crumb trail storylines, mystery movies highlight one of these greatest storytelling techniques in film: leaving something for the imagination. By the end, you’ll either find yourself dumbfounded by the truth, clinging to the edge of a cliff-hanger, or high-fiving yourself for “calling it” from the start.

So why not follow those footsteps to the TV and investigate Netflix’s mystery movies? We’ve already covered you when it comes to the best picks to get you started. Finding the missing link to your perfect movie night is elementary, dear reader. Follow our lead.

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Shutter Island

Directed by Martin Scorsese with performances by Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, and Michelle Williams among others, Shutter Island follows a U.S. Marshall and his partner as they investigate the disappearance of a murderer from an asylum on Shutter Island in Boston Harbor. However, the investigators quickly realize they will need to remain vigilant if they want to reach a conclusion… and safely escape the island.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Daniel Craig stars as a journalist investigating the unsolved murder of a young woman, 40 years after the fact. With the help of an intelligent computer hacker with a high firewall of distrust, played by Rooney Mara, the film unfolds into a deeply suspenseful psychology crime thriller with a score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

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I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives in The House

In this gothic supernatural horror film, a young woman is assigned to take care of an elderly man in Massachusetts whose health is rapidly declining. However, she quickly learns that they might not be alone in the house.

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Hold the Dark

Jeffrey Wright stars as a wolf expert and writer who is called to a remote Alaskan village to investigate the recent disappearances of three young children. While residents suspect that the children were taken by wolves, the expert quickly realizes that there might be more than what meets the eye.

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Double Jeopardy

There just aren’t thriller mysteries like Double Jeopardy anymore. While newer ventures like to live in a shroud of doubt, Double Jeopardy is high-octane insanity that keeps you guessing from beginning to end. And it also marks the height of Ashley Judd’s blockbuster career, which was a perfect era of cinema.

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The Gift

On the lighter side of the mystery front, Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr. is one of the newest iterations of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic. Featuring Jude Law and Rachel McAdams, the film isn’t the most pressing on the list, but damn if it’s not a lot of fun.

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Inspired by the Greek tragedy Iphigenia at Aulis, The Killing of a Sacred Deer sets the dark tale of revenge in modern-day, starring Colin Farrell as a cardiologist whose history with a young fatherless boy quickly unravels into his family life. As his family grows mysteriously ill, the father quickly learns that the conditions of saving his family require a fatal sacrifice.

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Lost Girls

Directed by acclaimed documentarian Liz Garbus and featuring performances from Amy Ryan, Thomasin McKenzie, and Lola Kirke among others, Lost Girls tells the true story of one activist’s pursuit to bring justice to the unsolved string of murders against sex workers on Long Island.

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Burning

Based on a short story from Japanese author Haruki Murakami, South Korean psychological thriller Burning follows a young man and aspiring novelist who rekindles a relationship with his old childhood friend and, soon, her enigmatic new partner. Tension comes to a boil as uncertainty surrounding Ben turns into paranoia, guided by intense performances from Yoo Ah-in, Steve Yeun, and Jeon Jong-seo.

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