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The best mysteries on Netflix right now (October 2022)

It’s no mystery that Netflix is one of the best streaming services for all of your movie needs, particularly in the mystery genre. These movies will keep viewers guessing at every turn while trying to solve a riddle or discover who a killer is before they have the opportunity to harm the protagonist of the story. What can be a bit more difficult to discern is what the best mysteries on Netflix actually are. There are a plethora of options to choose from, each leaving clues about whether or not they’re worth watching. That’s why we’ve put on our detective hats and solved the mystery of the best Netflix mysteries for you to watch right now.

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Murder Mystery (2019)
Murder Mystery
38 %
pg-13 97m
Genre Comedy
Stars Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Luke Evans
Directed by Kyle Newacheck
Adam Sandler’s Netflix-exclusive movies are admittedly an acquired taste, but Murder Mystery is arguably the best of them. Police officer Nick Spitz (Adam Sandler) takes his wife, Audrey (Jennifer Aniston), on a trip to Europe, which quickly gets sidetracked by a billionaire whose uncle is killed in their midst. As the Americans in the situation, the blame quickly falls on Nick and Audrey, who set out to prove their innocence. While not breaking any narrative ground, the dynamic between Sandler and Aniston is solid as ever, a reminder of when they both owned the comedy scene. For those who couldn’t get enough of the caper, a sequel is on the way.
Identity (2003)
64 %
r 90m
Genre Mystery, Thriller
Stars John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet
Directed by James Mangold
An isolated hotel stands out in the Nevada desert. When a vicious storm ravages the land, 10 people seek refuge at the motel. Elsewhere, a serial killer awaits execution for murdering a group of motel guests. When the motel guests realize they’re being killed off one by one, limo driver Ed Dakota (John Cusack) endeavors to find the murderer’s identity in this twisted, psychologically misleading thriller.
Spenser Confidential (2020)
Spenser Confidential
49 %
r 110m
Genre Comedy, Action, Thriller
Stars Mark Wahlberg, Winston Duke, Alan Arkin
Directed by Peter Berg
Another entry in a prominent Netflix genre: the action-comedy-mystery. Mark Wahlberg plays Officer Spenser, a jailed cop who begins to investigate the murder of a police captain he was previously convicted of assaulting. The film cares plenty about its mystery, but it probably cares more about its action sequences, many revolving around a flashy yellow Corvette. The buddy-cop dynamic shared with Winston Duke is also a memorable combination. Like any half-decent Netflix film, Spenser Confidential also has a sequel en route.
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
A Walk Among the Tombstones
57 %
r 114m
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Stars Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour
Directed by Scott Frank
This movie could succinctly be described as Liam Neeson doing Liam Neeson things. Neeson plays Matt Scudder, a former NYPD detective serving as an unlicensed private detective, trying to solve the kidnapping and murder of a drug trafficker’s wife. As Scudder searches for answers, he proves to be unafraid of potentially crossing the line between criminal and compliant. The film can be as cliche as it gets, but Neeson embodies the noir of the whole thing well. The film is a gritty slow burn coming from Scott Frank, known for films such as Out of Sight and Minority Report.
In the Shadow of the Moon (2019)
In the Shadow of the Moon
48 %
Genre Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
Stars Boyd Holbrook, Cleopatra Coleman, Michael C. Hall
Directed by Jim Mickle
There’s a female serial killer on the loose in the film, In the Shadow of the Moon. But Detective Thomas Lockhart (Boyd Holbrook) can’t wrap his head around how the killer, Rya (Cleopatra Coleman), survived her own death only to reappear seemingly the same nearly a decade later. Naveen Rao (Rudi Dharmalingam) has a wild theory about Rya’s murders and the true agenda behind her actions. But it will cost Thomas everything he holds dear to get to the bottom of this case. And he won’t like what he finds when he uncovers the truth.
Forgotten (2017)
Genre Thriller, Mystery, Drama, Horror, Crime
Stars Kang Ha-neul, Kim Moo-yul, Moon Sung-keun
Directed by Jang Hang-jun

In the Korean thriller, Forgotten, Kang Ha-neul stars as Jin-seok, a young man living with his family in 1997. After moving into a new home, Jin witnesses the abduction of his brother, Yoo-seok (Kim Mu-yeol). Nineteen days later, Yoo is seemingly returned unharmed. And yet Jin becomes convinced that not only is his brother an impersonator, but so are their parents. Jin’s attempt to go for help leads to another shocking twist that completely destroys his world. There’s been a crime committed, but who is responsible and how is Jin connected to it?

Your Son (2018)
Your Son
Genre Drama, Thriller
Stars Jose Coronado, Pol Monen, Ana Wagener
Directed by Miguel Ángel Vivas
Within the film Your Son, Jaime Jimenez (Jose Coronado) is a doctor whose gifts make him a marvelous surgeon. But those wondrous abilities fail Jaime when his own son, Marcos (Pol Monen), is brought into the operating room after suffering nearly life-threatening injuries. Jaime soon learns that Marcos was brutally beaten outside of a nightclub, and he turns vigilante in his quest to find the perpetrators and to get his revenge. Along the way, Jaime alienates his wife, Carmen (Ana Wagener), and their daughter, Sara (Asia Ortega), while slowly losing his moral compass and the qualities that made him a good man.

Fractured (2019)
36 %
r 99m
Genre Thriller
Stars Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, Stephen Tobolowsky
Directed by Brad Anderson
In Fractured, Sam Worthington stars as Ray Monroe with Lily Rabe as his wife, Joanne Monroe. While traveling with their daughter, Peri (Lucy Capri), Ray and Lily’s relationship problems lead to an argument and a potentially dangerous accident. At the hospital, Ray becomes suspicious when the staff seems eager to sign Peri up as an organ donor. And his suspicions seem well founded when both Peri and Joanne disappear at the hospital without a trace. The answers lie somewhere within, but even Ray’s not sure of what he saw or what he should do next.

Shimmer Lake (2017)
Shimmer Lake
6 %
Genre Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Stars Rainn Wilson, Benjamin Walker, John Michael Higgins
Directed by Oren Uziel
Events are not necessarily what they appear to be in Shimmer Lake, a rare mystery that unfolds in reverse. That means we see the ending of the story before we understand how it relates to the main characters, and who is pulling the strings. Andy Sikes (Rainn Wilson) and his friends, Chris Morrow (Mark Rendall) and Ed Burton (Wyatt Russell), plot a bank robbery and blackmail Judge Brad Dawkins (John Michael Higgins) to get access to the money. This puts the trio in direct opposition to Andy’s brother, Zeke Sikes (Benjamin Walker), and nearly everyone involved in the crime is dying under very suspicious circumstances.

The Legacy of the Bones (2019)
The Legacy of the Bones
Genre Thriller, Crime
Stars Marta Etura, Elvira Mínguez, Francesc Orella, Miren Gaztanaga, Marta Larralde
Directed by Fernando González Molina
The Legacy of the Bones is the middle chapter of the Spanish-language Baztán Trilogy, which started with The Invisible Guardian and ended with Offering to the Storm (both of which are also on Netflix). But if you’re willing to read subtitles, then you don’t have any reason to be intimidated by this largely stand-alone movie. All you really need to know is that Amaia Salazar (Marta Etura) is a detective who is married to James (Benn Northover), and she’s just given birth to their son, Ibai. Upon returning to active duty, Amaia is assigned to investigate a series of shocking suicides that are somehow connected. Unfortunately for Amaia, this mystery hits very close to home for her, as she discovers that her mother, Rosario (Miren Gaztanaga), is involved in a way that she could never have predicted.

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
68 %
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Ruth Wilson, Paula Prentiss, Bob Balaban
Directed by Oz Perkins
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is a ghost story … or perhaps Lily Saylor (Ruth Wilson) is just losing her mind. After being hired as a live-in nurse, Lily finds herself taking care of Iris Blum (Paula Prentiss), a world-famous horror novelist whose mind has largely been lost to dementia. Almost immediately, Lily begins noticing strange and unusual things happening in the house. She also suspects that the protagonist of Iris’ most popular novel, Polly Parsons (Lucy Boynton), may have been a real person — and a very real ghost. But who killed Polly? And why does her spirit linger?

Mindhorn (2016)
70 %
Genre Comedy
Stars Julian Barratt, Simon Farnaby, Essie Davis
Directed by Sean Foley
Although Mindhorn is admittedly a comedy first and foremost, there is a mystery at the heart of this film. Julian Barratt stars as Richard Thorncroft, a washed-up actor who once starred in a TV series as Detective Bruce Mindhorn, the man with an optical lie detector. Over two decades after Julian’s heyday, an escaped maniac, Paul Melly (Russell Tovey), demands a meeting with Detective Mindhorn. Julian seizes on the chance to be relevant again, and he quickly alienates the local police. However, not even Julian could predict that Paul has evidence of an actual crime that goes much higher than anyone believed. But can Julian really live up to his Mindhorn character and solve the mystery?

Enola Holmes (2020)
Enola Holmes
68 %
pg-13 123m
Genre Mystery, Crime, Adventure
Stars Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin
Directed by Harry Bradbeer
Teenager Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) is the exceptional younger sister of world-renowned detective Sherlock Holmes (Henry Cavill). When her mother disappears on Enola’s 16th birthday, the intelligent youth uses all of her mystery-solving abilities to track down the Holmes matriarch, all while unearthing a deeper conspiracy at play in Victorian-era London. Featuring a stellar lead performance from Brown as the titular character, Enola Holmes is a quick-on-its-feet adaptation of the first book in author Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes Mysteries series. And, like any major film success, there’s already a sequel in the works.

Earthquake Bird (2019)
Earthquake Bird
51 %
r 107m
Genre Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Stars Alicia Vikander, Riley Keough, Naoki Kobayashi
Directed by Wash Westmoreland
Lucy Fly (Alicia Vikander) is an American translator working at a Japanese manufacturing company. Suspected of foul play when her expat friend Lily (Riley Keough) goes missing, Lucy is questioned by authorities. But as the third person in a love triangle with Lily and a local photographer, Teiji Matsuda (Naoki Kobayashi), Lucy believes the latter to be at fault for Lily’s disappearance, a theory she’ll have a more-than-difficult time selling to Japanese law enforcement. A fine blend of mystery, melodrama, and thriller elements, Earthquake Bird is a Netflix exclusive, and a polished one at that. Slightly formulaic, its lack of groundbreaking originality is made up for by the acting chops of both Vikander and Keough.

Lost Girls (2020)
Lost Girls
67 %
r 95m
Genre Drama, Mystery, Thriller, History
Stars Amy Ryan, Thomasin McKenzie, Lola Kirke
Directed by Liz Garbus
Based on a true and long-spanning unsolved crime, Lost Girls stars Amy Ryan as Mari Gilbert, the mother of teenager Shannan Gilbert (Sarah Wisser). When her child goes missing, Mari urges Long Island authorities to track down the girl. Taking matters into her own hands, Mari discovers that her daughter’s whereabouts may be linked to a series of unsolved cases involving a number of murdered sex workers. A moody narrative that negates over-sensationalizing the crime that inspired it in favor of authentic character work, Lost Girls leans on the strength of its small ensemble cast and Liz Garbus’ minimalist directing style to ensnare, enrage, and devastate us.

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