Top 50 underrated mystery movies

01.
Thunderheart
119 min | 1992 |
6.8 (13320 votes)
|
8.89 (74 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.
Basic Instinct 2
114 min | 2006 |
4.3 (36180 votes)
|
6.13 (297 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.

03.
The Exorcist III
110 min | 1990 |
6.4 (23624 votes)
|
8.22 (185 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.

04.
Haunter
97 min | 2013 |
5.9 (16004 votes)
|
7.72 (77 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 Sea of Trees
110 min | 2015 |
6.1 (12387 votes)
|
7.88 (99 reviews)

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

06.
Without a Clue
107 min | 1988 |
7.0 (8696 votes)
|
8.76 (64 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 (8385 votes)
|
7.64 (92 reviews)

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

08.
The Professor and the Madman
124 min | 2019 |
7.3 (24270 votes)
|
8.94 (235 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.

09.
Maximum Risk
101 min | 1996 |
5.5 (19095 votes)
|
7.1 (73 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.
Valentine
96 min | 2001 |
4.8 (24218 votes)
|
6.4 (248 reviews)

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

11.
Powder
111 min | 1995 |
6.6 (27716 votes)
|
8.16 (115 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.

12.
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
92 min | 1985 |
4.8 (31488 votes)
|
6.36 (256 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.

13.
Fletch
98 min | 1985 |
6.9 (45600 votes)
|
8.42 (100 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.

14.
Final Destination 3
93 min | 2006 |
5.8 (125549 votes)
|
7.3 (523 reviews)

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

15.
Terminal Velocity
102 min | 1994 |
5.5 (12418 votes)
|
7.0 (37 reviews)

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

16.
The Night Flier
94 min | 1997 |
6.0 (9093 votes)
|
7.48 (74 reviews)

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

17.
Lone Star
135 min | 1996 |
7.4 (27043 votes)
|
8.87 (154 reviews)

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

18.
A Soldier's Story
101 min | 1984 |
7.2 (8403 votes)
|
8.65 (48 reviews)

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

19.
Crossroads
99 min | 1986 |
7.1 (13538 votes)
|
8.54 (69 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.

20.
Color of Night
121 min | 1994 |
5.2 (22012 votes)
|
6.61 (71 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.

21.
Death Warrant
89 min | 1990 |
5.7 (16377 votes)
|
7.09 (66 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.

22.
Earthquake Bird
107 min | 2019 |
5.9 (10262 votes)
|
7.28 (146 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.

23.
Jacob's Ladder
113 min | 1990 |
7.5 (94554 votes)
|
8.87 (315 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.

24.
Breakdown
93 min | 1997 |
6.9 (46592 votes)
|
8.24 (181 reviews)

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

25.
I'm Not Scared
108 min | 2003 |
7.4 (13956 votes)
|
8.74 (68 reviews)

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

26.
Scream
111 min | 1996 |
7.2 (272779 votes)
|
8.54 (720 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.

27.
Final Destination 5
92 min | 2011 |
5.8 (102201 votes)
|
7.12 (187 reviews)

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

28.
Eraser
115 min | 1996 |
6.1 (100179 votes)
|
7.41 (119 reviews)

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

29.
Character
122 min | 1997 |
7.7 (10154 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.

30.
Enter Nowhere
90 min | 2011 |
6.5 (8526 votes)
|
7.8 (83 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.

31.
Scream 2
120 min | 1997 |
6.2 (150451 votes)
|
7.49 (364 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.

32.
Shutter
97 min | 2004 |
7.1 (38913 votes)
|
8.39 (125 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.

33.
Scream 3
116 min | 2000 |
5.6 (118800 votes)
|
6.89 (518 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.
The 'Burbs
102 min | 1989 |
6.9 (64730 votes)
|
8.19 (254 reviews)

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

35.
Foul Play
116 min | 1978 |
6.8 (12884 votes)
|
8.08 (76 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.

36.
Dolores Claiborne
132 min | 1995 |
7.4 (36936 votes)
|
8.68 (142 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.

37.
Psycho III
93 min | 1986 |
5.4 (12257 votes)
|
6.68 (99 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.

38.
New Nightmare
112 min | 1994 |
6.4 (48643 votes)
|
7.67 (216 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?

39.
Angel Heart
113 min | 1987 |
7.3 (76505 votes)
|
8.57 (198 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.

40.
Ringu
96 min | 1998 |
7.2 (60781 votes)
|
8.45 (288 reviews)

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

41.
The Quiet American
101 min | 2002 |
7.0 (26584 votes)
|
8.24 (132 reviews)

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

42.
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
91 min | 2002 |
3.7 (18688 votes)
|
4.94 (172 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.

43.
Small Town Crime
91 min | 2017 |
6.6 (8973 votes)
|
7.83 (68 reviews)

An alcoholic ex cop finds a woman on the roadside, left for dead. He offers to find the killer pro bono as P.I. Her granddad hires him. Things get nasty.

44.
Black Christmas
98 min | 1974 |
7.2 (30602 votes)
|
8.43 (321 reviews)

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

45.
Curse of the Demon
95 min | 1957 |
7.5 (11321 votes)
|
8.71 (178 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.

46.
Quatermass and the Pit
97 min | 1967 |
7.0 (8894 votes)
|
8.19 (124 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.

47.
The Uninvited
99 min | 1944 |
7.3 (9264 votes)
|
8.48 (118 reviews)

A composer and his sister discover that the reason they are able to purchase a beautiful gothic seacoast mansion very cheaply is the house's unsavory past.

48.
Frequency
118 min | 2000 |
7.3 (97501 votes)
|
8.48 (389 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.

49.
Backtrack
90 min | 2015 |
5.9 (11086 votes)
|
7.08 (60 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.

50.
House of Wax
113 min | 2005 |
5.3 (111679 votes)
|
6.47 (556 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.

Top 50 overrated mystery movies

01.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
121 min | 2017 |
7.1 (104715 votes)
|
3.66 (619 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.
Uncut Gems
135 min | 2019 |
7.5 (138345 votes)
|
4.53 (1584 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.

03.
Mother!
121 min | 2017 |
6.6 (176170 votes)
|
3.84 (1879 reviews)

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

04.
Us
116 min | 2019 |
6.9 (190998 votes)
|
4.15 (2834 reviews)

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

05.
Midsommar
148 min | 2019 |
7.1 (134695 votes)
|
4.43 (2092 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.

06.
Blade Runner 2049
164 min | 2017 |
8.0 (420439 votes)
|
5.49 (2049 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 (154802 votes)
|
4.2 (2566 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 (51758 votes)
|
4.66 (545 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.
Arrival
116 min | 2016 |
7.9 (554909 votes)
|
5.76 (1646 reviews)

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

10.
Gone Girl
149 min | 2014 |
8.1 (805869 votes)
|
5.98 (1132 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.

11.
High Life
113 min | 2018 |
5.9 (22634 votes)
|
3.88 (263 reviews)

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

12.
You Were Never Really Here
89 min | 2017 |
6.8 (90030 votes)
|
4.79 (617 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.

13.
Secret Obsession
97 min | 2019 |
4.3 (15524 votes)
|
2.3 (681 reviews)

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

14.
The Super
90 min | 2017 |
5.8 (11760 votes)
|
3.87 (147 reviews)

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

15.
Paranormal Activity
86 min | 2007 |
6.3 (213768 votes)
|
4.38 (1153 reviews)

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

16.
Prometheus
124 min | 2012 |
7.0 (552648 votes)
|
5.09 (2372 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.

17.
Broken Flowers
106 min | 2005 |
7.2 (95207 votes)
|
5.39 (484 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.

18.
The Hateful Eight
168 min | 2015 |
7.8 (481225 votes)
|
6.0 (1310 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.

19.
Blindness
121 min | 2008 |
6.6 (68103 votes)
|
4.83 (300 reviews)

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

20.
It Comes At Night
91 min | 2017 |
6.2 (76805 votes)
|
4.47 (762 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.

21.
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
161 min | 2019 |
7.7 (423324 votes)
|
6.02 (4535 reviews)

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

22.
Eye of the Beholder
109 min | 1999 |
5.1 (14222 votes)
|
3.44 (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.

23.
Cold Creek Manor
118 min | 2003 |
5.0 (20479 votes)
|
3.35 (182 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.

24.
Brimstone
148 min | 2016 |
7.1 (33509 votes)
|
5.45 (271 reviews)

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

25.
The Last Thing He Wanted
115 min | 2020 |
4.3 (8315 votes)
|
2.7 (267 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.

26.
The Strangers
86 min | 2008 |
6.2 (113757 votes)
|
4.6 (766 reviews)

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

27.
The Oxford Murders
104 min | 2008 |
6.1 (26771 votes)
|
4.51 (91 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.

28.
A Quiet Place
90 min | 2018 |
7.5 (368658 votes)
|
5.95 (2716 reviews)

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

29.
Cube²: Hypercube
94 min | 2002 |
5.6 (60348 votes)
|
4.06 (186 reviews)

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

30.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
146 min | 2013 |
7.5 (592374 votes)
|
5.98 (617 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.

31.
Hereditary
127 min | 2018 |
7.3 (200000 votes)
|
5.78 (2864 reviews)

A grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences.

32.
Hold the Dark
125 min | 2018 |
5.6 (30373 votes)
|
4.11 (717 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.
Personal Shopper
105 min | 2016 |
6.1 (34059 votes)
|
4.64 (199 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.

34.
Ghajini
183 min | 2008 |
7.3 (54101 votes)
|
5.85 (203 reviews)

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

35.
Premonition
96 min | 2007 |
5.9 (70906 votes)
|
4.46 (343 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.

36.
Cam
94 min | 2018 |
5.9 (21954 votes)
|
4.47 (253 reviews)

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

37.
Sleuth
88 min | 2007 |
6.5 (29699 votes)
|
5.07 (101 reviews)

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

38.
Now You See Me
115 min | 2013 |
7.3 (572854 votes)
|
5.87 (672 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.

39.
Irreversible
97 min | 2002 |
7.4 (112798 votes)
|
5.97 (553 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.

40.
Surveillance
97 min | 2008 |
6.3 (16443 votes)
|
4.87 (123 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.

41.
Pi
84 min | 1998 |
7.4 (164719 votes)
|
6.0 (437 reviews)

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

42.
Buried
95 min | 2010 |
7.0 (144244 votes)
|
5.6 (457 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.

43.
The Forgotten
91 min | 2004 |
5.8 (62701 votes)
|
4.4 (358 reviews)

After being told that their children never existed, a man and woman soon discover there is a much bigger enemy at work.

44.
Martha Marcy May Marlene
102 min | 2011 |
6.9 (47018 votes)
|
5.5 (160 reviews)

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

45.
Murder on the Orient Express
114 min | 2017 |
6.5 (194936 votes)
|
5.11 (784 reviews)

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

46.
Shattered
95 min | 2007 |
6.7 (29586 votes)
|
5.31 (130 reviews)

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

47.
The Titan
97 min | 2018 |
4.8 (25932 votes)
|
3.41 (515 reviews)

A military family takes part in a ground-breaking experiment of genetic evolution and space exploration.

48.
Divergent
139 min | 2014 |
6.7 (411527 votes)
|
5.33 (762 reviews)

In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late.

49.
The Black Dahlia
121 min | 2006 |
5.6 (69829 votes)
|
4.25 (618 reviews)

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

50.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
122 min | 2011 |
7.1 (180035 votes)
|
5.76 (501 reviews)

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6.