9 best puzzle movies on Netflix

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Sometimes all we want from our movie watching experience is a serotonin boost which feels great and low maintenance for 90 minutes straight. And there’s no shame in turning to the screen to clear your head. Of course, there are other times when we want to put a little work into our watch. After all, there are few things more satisfying than trying to stay one step ahead of a story.

And what better genre is there than the mystery genre when it comes to mental gymnastics? With guaranteed suspense and addictive breadcrumb storylines, detective films shed light on one of those best storytelling techniques in cinema: leaving something to the imagination. In the end, you will either find yourself stunned by the truth, hanging on the edge of a cliff, or you will pride yourself on “calling it out” from the start.

So why not follow in the footsteps of television and investigate Netflix’s mystery films? We’ve already got you covered when it comes to the best choices to get you started. Dear reader, finding the missing link to your perfect movie night is elementary. Follow our example.

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Shutter island

Directed by Martin Scorsese with performances by Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Michelle Williams among others, Shutter island follows a US Marshal and his partner as they investigate the disappearance of a murderer from an asylum on Shutter Island in Boston Harbor. However, investigators soon realize that they will have to remain vigilant if they are to come to a conclusion … and escape the island safely.

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The girl with the dragon tattoo

Daniel Craig plays the role of a journalist investigating the unsolved murder of a young woman 40 years after the fact. With the help of a clever hacker with a high distrust firewall, played by Rooney Mara, the film unfolds in a deeply suspenseful psychological crime thriller with a score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

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I’m the pretty thing that lives in the house

In this supernatural gothic horror film, a young woman is tasked with caring for an elderly Massachusetts man whose health is rapidly declining. However, she quickly learns that they may not be alone in the house.

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Keep the dark

Jeffrey Wright stars as a wolf expert and writer who is called to a remote Alaskan village to investigate the recent disappearances of three young children. As locals suspect the children were taken away by wolves, the expert quickly realizes that there could be more than it seems.

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Double penalty

There just aren’t any thrillers like Double Danger more. While new businesses like to live in a shroud of doubt, Double Danger is high octane madness that has you guessing from start to finish. And it also marks the peak of Ashley Judd’s blockbuster career, which was a perfect era of cinema.

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Gift

On the lighter side of the mysterious front, Sherlock holmes starring Robert Downey Jr. is one of the latest versions of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic. Starring Jude Law and Rachel McAdams, the movie isn’t the most urgent on the list, but damn if it’s not a lot of fun.

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The slaughter of a sacred deer

Inspired by the Greek tragedy Iphigénie à Aulis, The slaughter of a sacred deer sets the dark story of revenge in modern times, starring Colin Farrell as a cardiologist whose story with a young boy with no fatherhood quickly unraveled in his family life. As his family mysteriously falls ill, the father quickly learns that the conditions to save his family call for a fatal sacrifice.

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Lost girls

Directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Liz Garbus and featuring performances by Amy Ryan, Thomasin McKenzie and Lola Kirke among others, Lost Girls tells the true story of an activist who seeks to do justice to the unsolved series of murders against sex workers on Long Island.

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Burning

Based on a short story by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, a South Korean psychological thriller Burning follows a young man and aspiring novelist who reconnects with his old childhood friend and, soon, his enigmatic new partner. The tension peaks as the uncertainty surrounding Ben turns into paranoia, guided by the intense performances of Yoo Ah-in, Steve Yeun and Jeon Jong-seo.

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