Top 50 underrated mystery movies

01.
Thunderheart
119 min | 1992 |
6.8 (13664 votes)
|
8.89 (76 reviews)

A young mixed-blood FBI agent is assigned to work with a cynical veteran investigator on a murder on a poverty-stricken Sioux reservation.

02.
The Sea of Trees
110 min | 2015 |
6.1 (12916 votes)
|
7.95 (106 reviews)

A suicidal American befriends a Japanese man lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji and the two search for a way out.

03.
Basic Instinct 2
114 min | 2006 |
4.3 (36721 votes)
|
6.13 (302 reviews)

Novelist Catherine Tramell is once again in trouble with the law, and Scotland Yard appoints psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass to evaluate her. Though, like Detective Nick Curran before him, Glass is entranced by Tramell and lured into a seductive game.

04.
Haunter
97 min | 2013 |
5.9 (16304 votes)
|
7.73 (80 reviews)

A teenager is stuck in a time loop that is not quite the same each time. She must uncover the truth but her actions have consequences for herself and others.

05.
The Exorcist III
110 min | 1990 |
6.4 (24576 votes)
|
8.17 (195 reviews)

A police Lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased Gemini serial killer, leads him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward.

06.
Without a Clue
107 min | 1988 |
7.0 (8696 votes)
|
8.77 (66 reviews)

A drunken Sherlock Holmes is really just a cover for the real detective, Dr. Watson.

07.
This Island Earth
86 min | 1955 |
5.9 (8635 votes)
|
7.63 (99 reviews)

Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war.

08.
Powder
111 min | 1995 |
6.6 (28052 votes)
|
8.27 (116 reviews)

An off the charts genius who is home schooled and shunned after his last relative dies shows the unconscious residents of his town about connection awareness and the generosity of the spirit.

09.
Maximum Risk
101 min | 1996 |
5.5 (19095 votes)
|
7.13 (75 reviews)

A cop/flic discovers that he had a twin who just got murdered in Nice, France. In order to find out who did it, he takes his place including the cute girlfriend in Little Odessa, NYC.

10.
The Professor and the Madman
124 min | 2019 |
7.3 (28557 votes)
|
8.87 (280 reviews)

Professor James Murray begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid-19th century, and receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr. William Minor.

11.
The Night Flier
94 min | 1997 |
6.0 (9298 votes)
|
7.51 (77 reviews)

A reporter is on the trail of a vampiric murderer who travels by plane.

12.
Valentine
96 min | 2001 |
4.9 (24549 votes)
|
6.4 (249 reviews)

Five women are stalked by an unknown assailant while preparing for Valentine's Day.

13.
DOA: Dead or Alive
87 min | 2006 |
4.8 (42710 votes)
|
6.3 (160 reviews)

The world's best fighters are invited to DOA, an invitational martial arts contest. There, four female rival fighters will have to work together to uncover the secret that the organizer of the tournament is trying to hide.

14.
Terminal Velocity
102 min | 1994 |
5.5 (12584 votes)
|
7.0 (38 reviews)

A maverick skydiver and a former KGB agent team up to stop the Russian mafia from stealing gold.

15.
Lone Star
135 min | 1996 |
7.4 (27463 votes)
|
8.89 (156 reviews)

When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.

16.
Final Destination 3
93 min | 2006 |
5.8 (127857 votes)
|
7.29 (531 reviews)

A student's premonition of a deadly roller coaster ride saves her life and a lucky few, but not from Death itself, which seeks out those who escaped their fate.

17.
Fletch
98 min | 1985 |
6.9 (46482 votes)
|
8.38 (103 reviews)

Irwin M. "Fletch" Fletcher is a newspaper reporter being offered a large sum to off a cancerous millionaire, but is on the run, risking his job and finding clues when it's clear the man is healthy.

18.
Earthquake Bird
107 min | 2019 |
5.9 (11546 votes)
|
7.37 (153 reviews)

An enigmatic translator with a dark past is brought in for questioning after an ex-pat friend, who came between her and her photographer boyfriend, ends up missing and presumed dead.

19.
Something Wicked This Way Comes
95 min | 1983 |
6.8 (8135 votes)
|
8.23 (66 reviews)

In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk.

20.
A Soldier's Story
101 min | 1984 |
7.2 (8568 votes)
|
8.63 (51 reviews)

An African American officer investigates a murder in a racially charged situation in World War II.

21.
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
92 min | 1985 |
4.8 (32473 votes)
|
6.22 (271 reviews)

Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis - who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.

22.
Death Warrant
89 min | 1990 |
5.7 (16755 votes)
|
7.09 (71 reviews)

In a violent and corrupt prison, decorated cop Louis Burke must infiltrate the jail to find answers to a number of inside murders. What he finds is a struggle of life and death tied in to his own past.

23.
Crossroads
99 min | 1986 |
7.1 (13874 votes)
|
8.47 (72 reviews)

Ralph Macchio is Lightning Boy. A kid who can make a slide guitar sing. Blind Dog is an old pro who knows it. Together, they're headed to a place where deals are made. And legends are born.

24.
Eraser
115 min | 1996 |
6.1 (101677 votes)
|
7.46 (120 reviews)

A Witness Protection specialist becomes suspicious of his co-workers when dealing with a case involving high-tech weapons.

25.
Scream
111 min | 1996 |
7.2 (277728 votes)
|
8.56 (739 reviews)

A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

26.
Breakdown
93 min | 1997 |
6.9 (47824 votes)
|
8.25 (199 reviews)

A man searches for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the middle of the desert.

27.
Foul Play
116 min | 1978 |
6.8 (13150 votes)
|
8.15 (79 reviews)

A shy San Francisco librarian and a bumbling cop fall in love as they solve a crime involving albinos, dwarves, and the Catholic Church.

28.
Psycho III
93 min | 1986 |
5.4 (12617 votes)
|
6.74 (100 reviews)

Norman Bates falls in love with a fallen nun who stays at the Bates Motel alongside a drifter and a curious reporter. Meanwhile, "Mother" is still watching.

29.
Jacob's Ladder
113 min | 1990 |
7.5 (96398 votes)
|
8.84 (319 reviews)

Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.

30.
Color of Night
121 min | 1994 |
5.2 (22320 votes)
|
6.54 (77 reviews)

A color-blind psychiatrist Bill Capa is stalked by an unknown killer after taking over his murdered friend's therapy group, all of whom have a connection to a mysterious young woman that Capa begins having intense sexual encounters with.

31.
I'm Not Scared
108 min | 2003 |
7.4 (14163 votes)
|
8.72 (69 reviews)

A young boy accidentally discovers a deep hole in the ground, where another boy is kept prisoner.

32.
Wes Craven's New Nightmare
112 min | 1994 |
6.4 (49636 votes)
|
7.72 (224 reviews)

A demonic force has chosen Freddy Krueger as its portal to the real world. Can Heather Langenkamp play the part of Nancy one last time and trap the evil trying to enter our world?

33.
Scream 3
116 min | 2000 |
5.6 (120718 votes)
|
6.91 (526 reviews)

While Sidney and her friends visit the Hollywood set of Stab 3, the third film based on the Woodsboro murders, another Ghostface killer rises to terrorize them.

34.
Character
122 min | 1997 |
7.7 (10254 votes)
|
9.01 (54 reviews)

Jacob Katadreuffe lives mute with his mother, has no contact with his father who only works against him and wants to become a lawyer, at all costs.

35.
Scream 2
120 min | 1997 |
6.2 (153094 votes)
|
7.5 (373 reviews)

Two years after the first series of murders, as Sydney acclimates to college life, someone donning the Ghostface costume begins a new string of killings.

36.
Final Destination 5
92 min | 2011 |
5.8 (104265 votes)
|
7.09 (196 reviews)

Survivors of a suspension-bridge collapse learn there's no way you can cheat Death.

37.
The 'Burbs
102 min | 1989 |
6.9 (66297 votes)
|
8.18 (265 reviews)

An overstressed suburbanite and his neighbors are convinced that the new family on the block are part of a murderous Satanic cult.

38.
Dolores Claiborne
132 min | 1995 |
7.4 (37873 votes)
|
8.68 (145 reviews)

A big-city reporter travels to the small town where her mother has been arrested for the murder of an elderly woman that she works for as a maid.

39.
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
91 min | 2002 |
3.7 (18958 votes)
|
4.98 (173 reviews)

Tasked with destroying each other, an FBI agent and a rogue DIA agent soon discover that there's a much bigger enemy at work.

40.
The Quiet American
101 min | 2002 |
7.0 (26900 votes)
|
8.27 (132 reviews)

An old British reporter vies with a young U.S. doctor for the affections of a beautiful Vietnamese woman.

41.
Enter Nowhere
90 min | 2011 |
6.5 (8727 votes)
|
7.75 (91 reviews)

Three strangers arrive one by one at a mysterious cabin in the middle of nowhere only to learn they've been brought together for a reason.

42.
Shutter
97 min | 2004 |
7.1 (39894 votes)
|
8.35 (129 reviews)

A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not escape your past.

43.
Ringu
96 min | 1998 |
7.2 (62004 votes)
|
8.45 (296 reviews)

A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.

44.
House of Wax
113 min | 2005 |
5.3 (113318 votes)
|
6.54 (562 reviews)

A group of unwitting teens are stranded near a strange wax museum and soon must fight to survive and keep from becoming the next exhibit.

45.
Quatermass and the Pit
97 min | 1967 |
7.0 (9065 votes)
|
8.24 (127 reviews)

A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people.

46.
Black Christmas
98 min | 1974 |
7.2 (31340 votes)
|
8.43 (327 reviews)

During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

47.
Frequency
118 min | 2000 |
7.3 (99148 votes)
|
8.51 (399 reviews)

An accidental cross-time radio link connects father and son across 30 years. The son tries to save his father's life, but then must fix the consequences.

48.
Backtrack
90 min | 2015 |
5.9 (11390 votes)
|
7.11 (64 reviews)

A psychotherapist has nightmares and sinister visions. Ghosts? Is it more than his daughter's death causing this? He returns to his childhood home and dad to put things to rest.

49.
Curse of the Demon
95 min | 1957 |
7.5 (11602 votes)
|
8.7 (184 reviews)

American professor John Holden arrives in London for a parapsychology conference, only to find himself investigating the mysterious actions of Devil-worshiper Julian Karswell.

50.
Angel Heart
113 min | 1987 |
7.3 (78232 votes)
|
8.5 (206 reviews)

A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

Top 50 overrated mystery movies

01.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
121 min | 2017 |
7.0 (114933 votes)
|
3.65 (767 reviews)

Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

02.
Midsommar
148 min | 2019 |
7.1 (170841 votes)
|
4.17 (2465 reviews)

A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

03.
Uncut Gems
135 min | 2019 |
7.4 (193584 votes)
|
4.58 (2058 reviews)

With his debts mounting and angry collectors closing in, a fast-talking New York City jeweler risks everything in hope of staying afloat and alive.

04.
Mother!
121 min | 2017 |
6.6 (183183 votes)
|
3.79 (1969 reviews)

A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

05.
Us
116 min | 2019 |
6.9 (207187 votes)
|
4.17 (2950 reviews)

A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.

06.
Blade Runner 2049
164 min | 2017 |
8.0 (437649 votes)
|
5.49 (2146 reviews)

Young Blade Runner K's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former Blade Runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.

07.
Ad Astra
123 min | 2019 |
6.6 (181330 votes)
|
4.23 (2861 reviews)

Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.

08.
Suspiria
152 min | 2018 |
6.8 (56198 votes)
|
4.43 (572 reviews)

A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.

09.
The Super
90 min | 2017 |
5.9 (11341 votes)
|
3.76 (153 reviews)

A man becomes the superintendent of a large New York City apartment building where people mysteriously go missing.

10.
Arrival
116 min | 2016 |
7.9 (572470 votes)
|
5.81 (1721 reviews)

A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world.

11.
Dangerous Lies
96 min | 2020 |
5.2 (12011 votes)
|
3.13 (240 reviews)

When a wealthy elderly man dies and unexpectedly leaves his estate to his new caregiver, she's drawn into a web of deception and murder. If she's going to survive, she'll have to question everyone's motives - even the people she loves.

12.
Gone Girl
149 min | 2014 |
8.1 (829001 votes)
|
6.04 (1202 reviews)

With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

13.
You Were Never Really Here
89 min | 2017 |
6.8 (96592 votes)
|
4.78 (659 reviews)

A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

14.
High Life
113 min | 2018 |
5.8 (25350 votes)
|
3.84 (283 reviews)

A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation.

15.
Paranormal Activity
86 min | 2007 |
6.3 (216663 votes)
|
4.37 (1166 reviews)

After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

16.
Secret Obsession
97 min | 2019 |
4.3 (16833 votes)
|
2.4 (703 reviews)

Recuperating from trauma, Jennifer remains in danger as she returns to a life she doesn't remember.

17.
Prometheus
124 min | 2012 |
7.0 (559215 votes)
|
5.12 (2402 reviews)

Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

18.
It Comes at Night
91 min | 2017 |
6.2 (80359 votes)
|
4.41 (811 reviews)

Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son. Then a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.

19.
Blindness
121 min | 2008 |
6.6 (69258 votes)
|
4.83 (307 reviews)

A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant white blindness.

20.
Broken Flowers
106 min | 2005 |
7.2 (96663 votes)
|
5.44 (485 reviews)

As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.

21.
The Hateful Eight
168 min | 2015 |
7.8 (496353 votes)
|
6.05 (1368 reviews)

In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters.

22.
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
161 min | 2019 |
7.7 (497409 votes)
|
6.0 (5040 reviews)

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

23.
Eye of the Beholder
109 min | 1999 |
5.1 (14331 votes)
|
3.43 (284 reviews)

A private eye shadows a female serial killer of men all over the U.S. without her knowing as he, strangely enough, occasionally acts as her guardian angel.

24.
The Oxford Murders
104 min | 2008 |
6.1 (27255 votes)
|
4.48 (94 reviews)

At Oxford University, a professor and a grad student work together to try to stop a potential series of murders seemingly linked by mathematical symbols.

25.
A Quiet Place
90 min | 2018 |
7.5 (388450 votes)
|
5.91 (2849 reviews)

In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.

26.
Cold Creek Manor
118 min | 2003 |
5.0 (20714 votes)
|
3.41 (184 reviews)

A family relocates from the city to a dilapidated house in the country that was once a grand estate. As they begin renovations, they discover their new home harbors a secret and may not be completely free of its former inhabitant.

27.
Premonition
96 min | 2007 |
5.9 (71611 votes)
|
4.33 (346 reviews)

A depressed woman learns that her husband was killed in a car accident the previous day, then awakens the next morning to find him alive and well at home; then awakens the day after that to find that he's dead.

28.
The Strangers
86 min | 2008 |
6.2 (115262 votes)
|
4.64 (779 reviews)

A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants.

29.
Vivarium
97 min | 2019 |
5.8 (25725 votes)
|
4.24 (656 reviews)

A young couple looking for the perfect home find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like neighborhood of identical houses.

30.
The Last Thing He Wanted
115 min | 2020 |
4.2 (11070 votes)
|
2.65 (338 reviews)

A veteran D.C. journalist loses the thread of her own narrative when a guilt-propelled errand for her father thrusts her from byline to unwitting subject in the very story she's trying to break. Adapted from Joan Didion's namesake novel.

31.
Dorian Gray
112 min | 2009 |
6.3 (59880 votes)
|
4.75 (136 reviews)

A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty eternally, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all.

32.
Hold the Dark
125 min | 2018 |
5.6 (31858 votes)
|
4.07 (737 reviews)

After the deaths of three children suspected to be killed by wolves, writer Russell Core is hired by the the mother of a missing six-year-old boy to track down and locate her son in the Alaskan wilderness.

33.
Brimstone
148 min | 2016 |
7.1 (34775 votes)
|
5.59 (282 reviews)

From the moment the new reverend climbs the pulpit, Liz knows she and her family are in great danger.

34.
Hereditary
127 min | 2018 |
7.3 (218150 votes)
|
5.79 (3031 reviews)

A grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences.

35.
Cam
94 min | 2018 |
5.9 (24114 votes)
|
4.4 (272 reviews)

Alice, an ambitious camgirl, wakes up one day to discover she's been replaced on her show with an exact replica of herself.

36.
Martha Marcy May Marlene
102 min | 2011 |
6.9 (47702 votes)
|
5.42 (165 reviews)

Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.

37.
Murder on the Orient Express
114 min | 2017 |
6.5 (201400 votes)
|
5.04 (810 reviews)

When a murder occurs on the train on which he's travelling, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case.

38.
Cube²: Hypercube
94 min | 2002 |
5.6 (61399 votes)
|
4.14 (195 reviews)

Eight strangers awaken with no memory, in a puzzling cube-shaped room where the laws of physics do not always apply.

39.
Surveillance
97 min | 2008 |
6.3 (16585 votes)
|
4.85 (124 reviews)

Two FBI agents attempt to clarify the murders occurring in a desolate region. They approach the witnesses of the latest incident with the help of the local police. All of them hide something and all have wildly different stories to tell.

40.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
146 min | 2013 |
7.5 (601469 votes)
|
6.08 (633 reviews)

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

41.
Pi
84 min | 1998 |
7.4 (167188 votes)
|
5.99 (447 reviews)

A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.

42.
Personal Shopper
105 min | 2016 |
6.1 (35315 votes)
|
4.69 (206 reviews)

A personal shopper in Paris refuses to leave the city until she makes contact with her twin brother who previously died there. Her life becomes more complicated when a mysterious person contacts her via text message.

43.
Now You See Me
115 min | 2013 |
7.3 (583285 votes)
|
5.89 (694 reviews)

An F.B.I. Agent and an Interpol Detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances, and reward their audiences with the money.

44.
Sleuth
88 min | 2007 |
6.5 (30061 votes)
|
5.09 (101 reviews)

On his sprawling country estate, an aging writer matches wits with the struggling actor who has stolen his wife's heart.

45.
Irreversible
97 min | 2002 |
7.4 (116098 votes)
|
5.99 (567 reviews)

Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass.

46.
Sherlock Holmes
128 min | 2009 |
7.6 (572678 votes)
|
6.21 (621 reviews)

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.

47.
Ghajini
186 min | 2008 |
7.3 (55174 votes)
|
5.91 (206 reviews)

A short-term memory loss patient sets out on his journey to avenge the death of his beloved girl.

48.
The Vast of Night
91 min | 2019 |
6.7 (16958 votes)
|
5.32 (404 reviews)

In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, young switchboard operator Fay and charismatic radio DJ Everett discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever.

49.
Buried
95 min | 2010 |
7.0 (146828 votes)
|
5.63 (467 reviews)

Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.

50.
The Black Dahlia
121 min | 2006 |
5.6 (70511 votes)
|
4.24 (622 reviews)

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