The 15 Best Mystery Movies Streaming Right Now, According to Critics

Mystery movies let viewers pit their wits against thrilling plot twists, with the very best culminating in a director's delicious reveal.

For this list, Newsweek scoured review aggregator Metacritic, which ranks movies by their composite critical reception, scoured major streaming sites such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Now TV, and checked out the Rotten Tomatoes reviews.

Cinema has a rich history of entertaining audiences and both contemporary titles and classics of the genre are available right now on streaming sites such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Now TV.

Newsweek has rounded up some of the very best and critically acclaimed mystery films that you can stream right now.

Please be aware that streaming services regularly cycle through movies, meaning some of these titles may be unavailable at certain times.

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | Netflix

Pan's Labyrinth
Pan's Labyrinth is visionary director Guillermo Del Toro's extraordinary fantasy Tequila Gang, New Line Cinema, Estudios Picasso

Visionary director Guillermo Del Toro's fantasy finds Young Ofelia meet a mythical faun who claims she is destined to become princess of the Underworld—however, she must first she must carry out three perilous tasks.

Rotten Tomatoes' critical consensus states: "Pan's Labyrinth is Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups, with the horrors of both reality and fantasy blended together into an extraordinary, spellbinding fable."

The Souvenir (2019)

15 | Amazon Prime

The Souvenir
The Souvenir is a critically-acclaimed romantic mystery movie BBC Films

An ambitious film student falls into an intense relationship with a charismatic but untrustworthy older man in this romantic drama.

Rotten Tomatoes' critical consensus states: "Made by a filmmaker in command of her craft and a star perfectly matched with the material, The Souvenir is a uniquely impactful coming of age drama."

Uncut Gems (2019)

R | Netflix

Uncut Gems
Engrossing mystery movie Uncut Gems is availble to stream on Netflix A24, IAC, Sikelia Productions

Adam Sandler plays a charismatic and increasingly desperate New York jeweller in this engrossing crime caper.

Rotten Tomatoes' critical consensus states: "Uncut Gems reaffirms the Safdies as masters of anxiety-inducing cinema—and proves Adam Sandler remains a formidable dramatic actor when given the right material."

Burning (2018)

R | Netflix, Hoopla

Burning
Burning is a highly lauded South Korean psychological thriller mystery NHK, Pine House Film

This South Korean psychological thriller mystery starts with an aspiring writer collect a high school friend from the airport.

Rotten Tomatoes' critical consensus states: "Burning patiently lures audiences into a slow-burning character study that ultimately rewards the viewer's patience – and subverts many of their expectations."

The Wicker Man (1974)

R | Amazon Prime

The Wicker Man
The Wicker Man has been described as an "intelligent horror film" British Lion Films

British cult horror musical The Wicker Man begins with a policeman's arrival on as remote Scottish island to investigate a reported missing child.

Rotten Tomatoes' critical consensus states: "This intelligent horror film is subtle in its thrills and chills, with an ending that is both shocking and truly memorable".

The Departed (2006)

R | Netflix

The Departed
The Departed is an all-star crime mystery movie Warner Bros, Plan B Entertainment, Media Asia Entertainment Group, Vertigo Entertainment

All-star crime drama The Departed, about a mole for the mob in the South Boston police, won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Martin Scorsese.

Rotten Tomatoes' critical consensus states: "Featuring outstanding work from an excellent cast, The Departed is a thoroughly engrossing gangster drama with the gritty authenticity and soupy morality we come to expect from Martin Scorsese."

The Vast of Night (2020)

PG-13 | Amazon Prime

The Vast of Night
The Vast of Night is billed as an "engrossing" mystery movie available on streaming site Amazon Prime GED Cinema

Two friends in a rural 1950s New Mexico town discover an eerie throbbing sound in this sci-fi mystery movie.

Rotten Tomatoes' critical consensus states: "An engrossing sci-fi thriller that transcends its period trappings, The Vast of Night suggests great things for debuting director Andrew Patterson."

You Were Never Really Here (2018)

R | Amazon Prime

You Were Never Really Here
You Were Never Really Here is a gritty drama-mystery movie starring Joaquin Phoenix Film4 Productions, BFI, Why Not Productions

A jaded, brutal hitman (Joaquin Phoenix) attempts to rescue a missing teenage girl in this powerful drama-mystery movie.

Rotten Tomatoes' critical consensus states: "Bracingly elevated by a typically committed lead performance from Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here confirms writer-director Lynne Ramsay as one of modern cinema's most unique—and uncompromising—voices."

The Forbidden Room (2015)

Not Rated | Amazon Prime

The Forbidden Room
The Forbidden Room is a critically acclaimed mystery movie set aboard a submarine National Film Board of Canada

A submarine crew trapped underwater for months makes an unexpected encounter in this fantasy drama.

Rotten Tomatoes' critical consensus states: "The Forbidden Room may frustrate viewers looking for a linear experience, but those seeking a challenge – or already familiar with director Guy Maddin's work – will be rewarded."

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

PG | Disney Plus

Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Who Framed Roger Rabbit has been praised as an "innovative and entertaining" mystery movie Touchstone Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Amblin Entertainment, Silver Screen Partners

A cartoon rabbit suspects his wife (Kathleen Turner) of having an affair and hires a detective (Bob Hoskins) in this family comedy classic.

Rotten Tomatoes' critical consensus states: "Who Framed Roger Rabbit is an innovative and entertaining movie that features a groundbreaking mix of live action and animation, with a touching and original story to boot."

The Lighthouse (2019)

Rated Mature (15) | Now TV

The Lighthouse
Mystery movie The Lighthouse has attracted acclaim for being "darkly exciting" A24, Regency Enterprises

On a remote island, Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) arrives as a lighthouse keeper to assist elderly supervisor, Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe).

Owen Gleiberman of Variety called the mystery movie "darkly exciting" and "made with extraordinary skill."

Hugo (2011)

PG | 2h 7m | Netflix

Hugo
Hugo: An orphan (Asa Butterfield) escapes the attentions of stern stationmaster (Sacha Baron Cohen) inthis mystery movie GK Films, Infinitum Nihil

Living inside a Paris train station, an orphan (Asa Butterfield) escapes the attentions of stern stationmaster (Sacha Baron Cohen) while enjoying numerous adventures.

Rotten Tomatoes' critical consensus states: "Hugo is an extravagant, elegant fantasy with an innocence lacking in many modern kids' movies, and one that emanates an unabashed love for the magic of cinema."

Palm Springs (2020)

Rated Mature (15) | Hulu

Palm Springs
Palm Springs is a mystery movie starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti Limelight Productions

A pair of wedding guests (Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti) fall in love while continuously living the same day in this sci-fi comedy.

Rotten Tomatoes' critical consensus states: "Strong performances, assured direction, and a refreshingly original concept make Palm Springs a romcom that's easy to fall in love with."

Tell No One (2008)

Unrated | Amazon Prime

Tell No One
Tell No One is a mystery movie based on an international best selling thriller Canal+; ‎CinéCinéma

This movie, based on Harlan Coben's international best selling thriller, involves the case about a man's murdered wife being reopened.

British actor Michael Caine described Tell No One as the best he had seen in 2007 and also included the movie among his Top Ten movies of all time in his 2010 autobiography.

Knives Out (2019)

PG-13 Amazon Prime

Knives Out
Knives Out is a classic and critically acclaimed A-list whodunit T-Street Productions

Knives Out is an A-list whodunit starring Daniel Craig, Toni Collette, Chris Evans and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Rotten Tomatoes' critical consensus states: "Knives Out sharpens old murder-mystery tropes with a keenly assembled suspense outing that makes brilliant use of writer-director Rian Johnson's stellar ensemble."