13 Best Mystery Movies on Netflix for You

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A good mystery is something that everyone enjoys. Sitting puzzled in front of your television, whether it’s for a whodunnit-based crime story or a mind-bending psychological thriller, maybe a lot more fun than it sounds.

The best mysteries sometimes span multiple seasons on Netflix, making the TV side of things very crowded — think The Sinner, Dark, Midnight Mass, and The Haunting of Hill House/Bly Manor — but there are plenty of mystery films for those who want a more thorough experience. The streaming service offers a variety of mystery films to offer in this regard, spanning the horror, thriller, and sci-fi genres, each with an unexpected twist or reveal.

What’s hidden behind the closed doors of Remi Weekes’ His House? Why are there so many closed doors at Santiago Menghini’s boarding house in No One Gets Out Alive? Why are there so many killings on Fear Street in Shadyside? David Lynch wonders aloud, “What precisely did Jack do?” The top mystery movies on Netflix range from creaky haunted houses to vindictive masked killers.

Buster’s Mal Heart

Buster’s Mal Heart, directed by Sarah Adina Smith, is a Netflix original that you may have missed. However, Rami Malek’s compelling performance in this slow-burn mystery should transport you back in time. The story revolves around a man known as Buster by local authorities, who are being pursued breaking into and residing in people’s vacation houses in Montana’s mountains. But where we first encounter Buster is far from the beginning of the story; in fact, it will take multiple parallel narratives to reveal the horrific truth. — UK Editor Shannon Connellan

The Call

Lee Chung-The hyun’s Call is a dark, chilling South Korean mystery that you can’t put down. Based on Matthew Parkhill’s 2011 supernatural horror film The Caller, Lee Chung-The hyun’s Call is a dark, chilling South Korean mystery that you can’t put down.

When Kim Seo-yeon (Park Shin-hye) pays a visit to her family, she misplaces her phone, then begins receiving strange, distressing calls and discovers a connection to a woman named Young-sook (Jeon Jong-seo). You’ll never know where this picture goes from here, so paying casual attention isn’t an option. This bizarre and unpleasant voyage is made possible by strong performances, unsettling use of sound, breathtaking photography, and a well-woven structure. — S.C. & S.C. & S.C.

Fear Street

What could have been a cheesy homage to great horror films from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s really has a gripping central mystery, thus it’s on the list! The Fear Street trilogy, based on R.L. Stine’s more mature novel series, revolves around a cyclical curse that plagues the citizens of Shadyside with a number of killings. The three films (Part 1: 1994, Part 2: 1978, and Part 3: 1666), directed by Leigh Janiak, are set in various time periods but are united by these events. Before the curse catches up with them, a group of teenagers will have to delve into the past to figure it all out. Fear Street is the best thing since sliced bread in terms of horror mysteries (sorry). — S.C. & S.C. & S.C.

His house

The best horror films are more than just a collection of jump scares. Some are character studies, while others go deeper into themes or tackle complex social concerns, and a select handful manages to impact you in ways other than simply rising your pulse. His House, the debut film from writer-director Remi Weekes, accomplishes all of the above at the same time.

His Home melds drama with a claustrophobic haunted house mystery, following asylum seekers Bol (Sope Dirisu) and Rial (Wunmi Mosaku) as they arrive in the UK from South Sudan only to be plunged into an unforgiving world of bureaucracy and racism. Noises reverberate through the walls, and Bol’s anxiety and paranoia rise in tandem with ours. The entire tragedy of His House is exposed only as the film unfolds and Jo Willems’ inventive cinematography begins to hint at what happened in the past. Deputy UK Editor, Sam Haysom

I Am All Girls

This one isn’t for the faint of heart. The film begins with the interrogation of Gert van Rooyen, a South African sex offender accused in the abductions of six young girls in the late 1980s, and is based on true events. The film is set in the present day and is based on van Rooyen’s alleged crimes, with a detective attempting to discover a child trafficking network while also investigating a serial murderer who appears to be targeting only the criminals involved. Donavan Marsh’s film is a mix of mystery and thriller, a how-deep-does-this-go conspiracy that leads from decaying drug dens to government halls, finding a succession of terrible disclosures with roots dating back 30 years. — S.H.

I Am Mother

The trouble with robots is that it’s impossible to know what they’re thinking. This is a lesson we’ve heard over and over in the sci-fi world, and Grant Sputore’s future mystery — about a girl raised by a robot in a post-apocalyptic bunker — is no exception. The suspense in this film, starring Hilary Swank, Clara Rugaard, and Rose Byrne, begins with Mother (the robotic nurse in questionblank, )’s impenetrable look, then ramping up when a stranger’s entrance raises doubt on the metal guardian’s true purpose. — S.H. & S.H. & S.H.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Is this the most enjoyable film on the list? In all likelihood, no. Is it, nevertheless, the best mystery? Well, judging by how extremely puzzled I was after I finished viewing it, probably. The story of a student who travels to meet her boyfriend’s parents for the first time is a head-scratching psychological nightmare that seems like seeing a real crack for two hours straight. There’s a lot of complex writing, philosophical musings, and reality-bending clues, all of which contribute to a Lynch-esque impression that what we’re viewing isn’t quite what it seems. But what exactly are we looking at? The answer might take some figuring out. — S.H. & S.H. & S.H.

Lost Girls

Lost Girls is a somber investigation of events surrounding an infamous serial killer cold case that focuses on the families left behind. It is based on the real disappearance of Shannan Gilbert in 2010 and her mother Mari’s attempts to find her. Liz Garbus directs with a dismal realism, and Amy Ryan portrays furious desperation as she battles a police agency that appears disinterested at best and incompetent at worst. — S.H. & S.H. & S.H.

No One Gets Out Alive

Is there more horror than mystery here? Perhaps. However, Santiago Menghini’s claustrophobic haunted house story, based on an Adam Nevill novel of the same name, leaves lots of unanswered issues. Why are there so many closed doors in the boarding home where Mexican immigrant Ambar (Cristina Rodlo) arrives? What are the noises she hears at night, and the nightmares she has about a strange stone box she sees when she closes her eyes? It’ll be difficult to guess, but this tense and well-written thriller will keep you guessing until the very end. — S.H. & S.H. & S.H.

Oxygen

Alexandre Aja’s Oxygen is a claustrophobic nightmare about a lady who wakes up in a cryogenic box with no idea who she is or how she got there, in a future spin on the horror of being buried alive. What’s the good news? M.I.L.O., a robotic medical unit, allows her to communicate with the outside world. What’s the bad news? Nobody she speaks with seems willing to be honest with her, and her oxygen levels are rapidly depleting. Christie LeBlanc’s screenplay has enough twists and turns to keep the tale racing along at a heart-pounding speed. Mélanie Laurent expertly nails the short-breathed dread of this part. If you have a fear of enclosed spaces, proceed with caution; this will not be a fun watch for claustrophobics. * — S.H. & S.H. & S.H.

The Perfection

This isn’t the type of film you want to watch while eating. Richard Shepard’s musical nightmare leans heavily on the body horror genre, with protégés Charlotte (Allison Williams) and Lizzie (Logan Browning) embarking on a truly hellish journey that begins with a bus ride through rural China and ends with them returning to the prestigious music school where they both studied — and where everything is clearly not as it seems. Take care, for this is not a story for the faint of heart – yet it is full of surprises. — S.H. & S.H. & S.H.

Things Heard and Seen

Don’t be put off by the poor Rotten Tomatoes rating. Things Heard and Seen, directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini and based on Elizabeth Brundage’s novel All Things Cease to Appear, is one of those films that is sure to divide audiences. It straddles numerous genres, fusing drama and thriller with horror and mystery in a balancing act that some may find off-putting. Catherine (Amanda Seyfried) and George (James Norton) are a young couple whose decision to move into a farmhouse in upstate New York leads to the uncovering of some disturbing secrets (both of the ghostly and the non-ghostly variety). You won’t be disappointed if you don’t walk in expecting straight terror. It’s worth checking out if you appreciate well-drawn characters and a lot of simmering fear. — S.H. & S.H. & S.H.

What Did Jack Do?

It’s time to see David Lynch ask a suited monkey if he’s ever been a communist party card-carrying member for a genuinely perplexing riddle. In David Lynch’s What Did Jack Do?, a 17-minute short in which the director interrogates a monkey named Jack in a railway carriage, something happens.

Lynch wrote, directed, and edited the film, which was co-presented by his business Absurda and the Fondation Cartier, a contemporary art institution in Paris. He also assisted with set construction, sound editing, and set design with a small staff.

We won’t tell you what occurs, but Emily Stofle (Twin Peaks star and David Lynch’s wife) will make an appearance.

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