This post was updated on May 16, 2019.
Sometimes it seems like you need a PI license just to find mystery movies on Netflix. And finding the best of the best available mystery movies? Nearly impossible. Not to worry, we’ve done the dirty work—just for Murder & Mayhem readers. From the digital age to Victorian England, we have enough lies, secrets, deceit, and murder to keep you around. Below, you’ll find 15 of the best mystery movies on Netflix that you can stream right now.
Wind River (2017)
Taylor Sheridan, who also brought us Hell or High Water and Sicario, wrote and directed this neo-Western mystery. Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner star as they investigate the death of a Native American woman on a reservation in Wyoming. Between struggles with jurisdiction and their own pasts, the two try to bring Natalie’s killers to justice.
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
A murder in the Louvre leaves Christianity at stake as a series of clues unveils a secret society that has operated for nearly two thousand years. Famed symbologist, Robert Langdon, is brought in to solve the murder and decipher the clues in the Da Vinci paintings. Alongside the victim's granddaughter, Sophie Neveu, the pair find themselves both suspects and investigators as they attempt to track down the murderer and clear their name. Based on the bestselling book by Dan Brown, this adaptation starring Tom Hanks is sure to keep you guessing.
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The Interview (1998)
Released back in 1998, The Interview mostly went unnoticed in the U.S., and remains criminally underrated to this day. Hugo Weaving turns in a star performance as Eddie Fleming, a man who is suddenly dragged into a police station and violently interrogated. The catch? Fleming has no idea what he’s being accused of. And the cops are also being investigated.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
The dynamic duo comprised of legendary detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his assistant Dr. Watson (Jude Law) have solved yet another case. This time, they finally catch serial killer and occult sorcerer Lord Blackwood and send him to hang for his heinous crimes. However, when Blackwood mysteriously reappears and resumes his killing spree after his execution, Sherlock is forced to hunt him down yet again. In addition, the duo grapple with the inevitable changes that come with Dr. Watson becoming engaged to Mary Morstan (Kelly Reilly), and the reappearance of Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams)—the temptress who may lead to Holmes' undoing. A world of deception, murder, and magic awaits!
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Fracture puts Ryan Gosling against Anthony Hopkins in a battle of wits. Hopkins plays Ted Crawford, a wealthy man who manipulates the police into being framed for the murder of his wife. Gosling plays the district attorney who will do anything to bring Crawford down.
The Bone Collector (1999)
This suspense thriller brings together Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie as they team up to track down a serial killer. Washington plays Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic ex-homicide detective, who is bed-bound after an accident leaves him completely paralyzed from the neck down. Amelia Donaghy (Jolie) is a newly recruited patrol officer who enlists Lincoln's help after discovering a mutilated corpse buried at a Civil War-era railroad trackbed. Together they attempt to track the serial killer, known as the Bone Collector, before he catches his next victim.
This 2015 film makes it clear that Bollywood does much, much more than the musicals and comedies Westerners associate with the industry. Vijay Salgaonkar has worked his way up from poor orphan to successful business owner. When his daughter is blackmailed, the family struggles to cover up all of their transgressions.
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Private detectives—and lovers—Patrick Kenzie (Casey Affleck) and Angie Gennaro (Michelle Monaghan) are hired to find 4-year-old Amanda McCready who's disappeared in Boston. When the McCreadys realize the police are no closer to cracking the case, they look to Patrick and Angie for their connections and their knowledge of the tough Boston neighborhood they live in. The couple is confronted with drug dealers, gangs, and pedophiles as they uncover a web of corruption that leaves their relationship in jeopardy.
Small Crimes (2017)
This SXSW gem was snapped up by Netflix thanks to its standout performances and dark humor. Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau stars as Joe Denton, a former cop freshly out of jail for attempted murder. Based on a novel by David Zeltserman, Small Crimes has the taste of classic noir.
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The Third Man (1949)
After World War II, American writer Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) travels to Vienna after his friend, Harry Lime (Orson Welles), offers him a job. However, the only thing that greets Martins is the news that Lime has been killed in an accident. Martins finds himself compelled by the circumstances of Lime's death and decides to investigate it further. As he digs into the case, Martins slowly unearths who Lime really was and what he left behind. The writer also finds himself falling for the girl Lime left behind, Anna, but can he trust her?
The Daughter (2015)
This reworking of an Ibsen drama (The Wild Duck) resulted in a moving and surprising family mystery. When Christian (Paul Schneider) returns home for his father’s (Geoffrey Rush) second marriage, he discovers family secrets that should have likely remained buried.
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Yes, this is a comedy. But it’s also a great cop mystery movie, filled with loving references to buddy comedies throughout the years. Simon Pegg is a too-good cop sent out to the country so that he will stop making his fellow cops look bad. There, he’s teamed up with Nick Frost. When they discover that the strange deaths in Sandford are connected, they’ll stop at nothing to find the perpetrators and take them down.
Who is the Zodiac Killer? Based on a true story, the film follows the manhunt for the infamous killer that terrorized Northern California during the late 1960s and early '70s. A San Francisco cartoonist, Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal), becomes obsessed with the case and with tracking down the killer. After taunting letters, bloodstained clothing, and ciphers are mailed to newspapers, detectives are still unable to crack the case. But Robert will stop at nothing until he finds him. It's a race against time as the Zodiac is on the hunt for his next kill.
One of Netflix’s newest original releases, Anon is a sci-fi noir from the creator of GATTACA. Clive Owens plays a detective who uses ubiquitous virtual reality technology to find killers. But when one woman, a femme fatale “fixer” played by Amanda Seyfried, discovers that people are manipulating the VR to frame others for their crimes, the two must work together to find out what’s really happening.
This South Korean drama follows a woman who would do anything to protect her son. When Do-jun is accused of murder, Mother knows that he is not responsible. But she must go up against the police and lawyers to find the truth—and she will, no matter the cost.
Featured still from "Zodiac" via Paramount Pictures