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Best Whodunit Movies of All Time

"Predictability is the last thing audiences want out of their entertainment, so most stories contain at least some element of surprise. And nothing uses the concept to its advantage quite like the classic whodunit. A challenge for the filmmaker and the viewer alike, this particular subgenre keeps viewers guessing until the final reveal and, furthermore, uses that guesswork as a basis upon which to tell its story.
But what is a whodunit, exactly? Merriam-Webster defines it as "a detective story or mystery story." The Oxford Reference dates the term back to the 1930s and describes it as "a story or play about a murder in which the identity of the murderer is not revealed until the end." "
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Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
2
The Name of the Rose (1986)
The Name of the Rose (1986)
3
Primal Fear (1996)
Primal Fear (1996)
4
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
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5
The Thin Man (1934)
The Thin Man (1934)
6
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
7
Mystic River (2003)
Mystic River (2003)
8
Knives Out (2019)
Knives Out (2019)
9
Sleuth (1972)
Sleuth (1972)
11
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
12
The Third Man (1949)
The Third Man (1949)
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13
Chinatown (1974)
Chinatown (1974)
14
Prisoners (2013)
Prisoners (2013)
15
Rashomon (1950)
Rashomon (1950)
16
L.A. Confidential
L.A. Confidential
17
Shutter Island (2010)
Shutter Island (2010)
18
Vertigo (1958)
Vertigo (1958)
19
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
20
Rear Window (1954)
Rear Window (1954)
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21
Oldboy (2003)
Oldboy (2003)
22
Memento (2000)
Memento (2000)
23
The Usual Suspects (1995)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
24
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
25
Se7en (1995)
Se7en (1995)
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