Any fan of Charlie Kaufman knows that his cinematic puzzles aren’t really meant to be ‘solved’. That’s especially true of his third film as writer-director: a surreal drama about a young woman going to visit her new boyfriend’s parents that pulls closer to Lynchian territory than anything he’s done before. Again, it’s best that you don’t try to untangle the story’s many knots – it will only frustrate. Give yourself over to the experience, though, and it’s like a dream you can’t dislodge.
Before putting together a list of the best mystery movies on Netflix, we had to ask ourselves: ‘What defines a mystery movie?’ Is it simply a film about a dead body dumped in a remote location and the people tasked with figuring out who put it there? Is it about strange, inexplicable happenings that may or may not have a logical explanation? Or is the mystery the movie itself – a complex narrative puzzle that refutes easy solutions? Turns out, it’s all of the above. Below, you’ll find our picks for the best mysteries streaming on Netflix right now, and they run the gamut from classic whodunnits to detective capers, to psychological thrillers, to films whose plots are a riddle in themselves. Oh, and at least one David Lynch noodle-fryer.