The 10 Most Underrated Mystery Movies Ever Made

Wind River (2017) is a critically acclaimed thriller that has lost its name value since release, despite holding an 88% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and making $45 million at the box office.

Wind River

Prisoners (2013) by Denis Villeneuve is an emotionally intense mystery film with an outstanding cast, yet remains underrated due to its lukewarm critical reception despite making great money at the worldwide box office.


Denis Villeneuve's mystery drama Incendies (2010) follows Canadian twins on a journey to their mother's home country and was up for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.


The Hateful Eight (2015) is a technically impressive western mystery movie with a brilliant cast and Tarantino's signature style, despite receiving lukewarm critical reviews upon release.

The Hateful Eight

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) received critical acclaim but failed to achieve box office success and is now largely overlooked by general film fans.

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Despite its cult classic status, Brian De Palma's Body Double (1984), a film about a housesitter who witnesses a murder and gets involved in the adult entertainment industry, is still considered underrated and overlooked.

Body Double

Despite its impressive cast and crew, David Mamet's Homicide (1991) remains an overlooked masterpiece with a wonderfully mysterious plot and legendary work in cinematography by Roger Deakins.


Despite featuring an impressive cast and receiving critical acclaim, the well-structured mystery plot of neo-Western Lone Star (1996) failed to attract audiences, leading to mediocre box office results and modern obscurity.

Lone Star

Despite Jack Nicholson reprising his role and also directing, and the original screenwriter Robert Towne returning, the underrated mystery sequel The Two Jakes (1990) failed to match the success of Chinatown, its predecessor, despite an intriguing plot.

The Two Jakes

Despite making over $100 million at the box office, Primal Fear (1996) is an underrated legal thriller that features a career-defining performance from Edward Norton.

Primal Fear