Whodunits, murders mysteries and edge-of-the-seat suspense thrillers, Bollywood has dazzled us with several tales based on these themes. From the era of black-and-white films to the present day, we have witnessed an avalanche of iconic crime mysteries. These movies will keep you hooked till the very end and you just cannot take your eyes off of them. Here is a list of top crime mystery movies that you should watch if you haven’t already:

CID (1956)

A superhit classic of the ’50s, this film starred Dev Anand as a C.I.D. inspector who finds himself caught in a web of lies and deceit.


Bees Saal Baad (1962)

A suspense thriller, this black-and-white classic film is an adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s famous story,The Hound of the Baskervilles. Presented with a tinge of Bollywood drama, Bees Saal Baad is an interesting tale.

Gumnaam (1965)

Based on Agatha Christie’s famous novel, And Then There Were None, the film was a box office hit during its time. High on suspense and thriller, Gumnaam is definitely worth a watch.


Khamosh (1985)

Murder on a film set. Who is the killer? Is it one of the crew members? This forms the crux of Khamosh, a stellar suspense thriller directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The film was initially rejected for its unconventional story, but later enjoyed a long run at the box office.

Gupt: The Hidden Truth (1997)

A tale of love, passion and revenge. This film narrates the story of a young man who is wrongly accused of murder. But if he hasn’t committed the crime, then who has? Gupt was one of the most successful thrillers of the ’90s.

Manorama Six Feet Under (2007)

Inspired by Roman Polanski’s Chinatown (1974), Manorama Six Feet Under is an interesting tale of lies, deceit and murder. Starring Abhay Deol, the story revolves around a writer who is asked to impersonate the protagonist of his novel, in order to solve a case.

Talaash: The Answer Lies Within (2012)

You know it’s a super hit film if it stars Aamir Khan. A suspense-filled thriller directed by Reema Kagti, the film received rave reviews from critics. And that mind-boggling climax, we didn’t see it coming! Did you? Catch this interesting film if haven’t already.

Kahaani (2012)

One of the best crime mysteries to ever have graced the silver screen, Kahaani recounts the tale of a pregnant woman who sets out to locate her missing husband. The film enjoyed a successful run at the box office and also established Vidya Balan as an iconic actress in Bollywood.

Ugly (2014)

Dark, intense and mind-boggling, Ugly is one of those crime thrillers that will haunt you for days. Bollywood seldom presents you with hardcore suspense thrillers and Ugly is one of them. #MustWatch

Rahasya (2015)

Inspired by the Arushi Talwar murder case, the film successfully set the scene for its nail-biting climax. Who killed the teenager? Was it her parents? Watch this gritty tale to find out.

Possibly joining this league of great crime mysteries is The Body and Mardaani 2.

The Body

Directed by Jeethu Joseph best known for his suspense movies – Drishyam ad Oozham, The Body stars Emran Hashmi, Rishi Kapoor, Sobhita Dhulipala and Vedhika. According to The Body trailer, a body is missing and an investigation led by Rishi Kapoor’s character is underway. The missing body is Maya Verma’s (Sobhita) who is married to Mr. Puri (Emraan). The investigation soon turns towards Mr. Puri who is revealed to be having an extramarital affair with Vedhika’s character. Though Mr. Puri tries to get rid of Maya he may have not succeeded in his plan. Maya seems to know of the affair and is she really dead?

The trailer has many nail-biting scenes and the film has the potential to be a top crime investigative movie. But, will the audience love the movie? Find out in a theatre near you.

Mardaani 2

Reprising her role as the badass cop Shivani Shivaji Roy, Rani Mukerji is back with a bang. The Mardaani 2 trailer has many goose-bumps inducing scenes.

Directed by Gopi Puthran, this suspense crime thriller is about a serial killer who rapes and murders young women. Shivani Roy has been given the responsibility to put an end to this monster but will she succeed?

Who doesn’t enjoy a tadka of suspense in their life? And with these films brimming with all possible elements of mystery, drama and nail-biting scenes, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t watch them.