Family Fun: Mystery Movie Night

A mystery movie night is a great way to enjoy a night spent with family and friends—but with a fun, mystery twist!  There are a great many classic and contemporary mysteries to enjoy yet when complemented with costumes, food, or fun activities, these movies and get-togethers become unforgettable!

Clue (1985)

This classic comedy is only made better by a half-time break playing the classic board game of the same name.  The game features plenty of suspects and loads of weapons.  When paired with the film, your company will love the experience.  Try to catch this mystery and others offered through services like TVLocal cable.  Also, consider hiding fake weapons under your guests’ seats.  Call out “rope” for instance and the person with the rope wins a special prize—a magnifying glass, for instance.

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

This film that stars Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law breathed new life into the Sherlock Holmes legacy.  Not only is the movie riveting and highly entertaining, it lends itself to a mystery night filled with fun.  When looking for activities or foods to serve, consider serving mystery-related snacks like question mark-shaped cookies or a cake shaped like Sherlock Holmes’s hat.

Mystic River (2003)

This who-done-it murder mystery stars Sean Penn as the father of a murdered young woman.  The plot unravels to reveal surprising revelations and unforgettable acting performances.  A dark tale, it’s a riveting mystery that can be lightened up with some fun activities like a card game with wrapped “mystery” prizes or even a scavenger hunt.

More Mystery Films to Consider:

The Game (1997)

This film is non-stop suspense and stars Michael Douglas.

The Illusionist (2006)

This suspenseful film is riveting and perfect for Victorian-styled decorations and food.

Murder on the Orient Express (1994)

This classic film features Agatha Christie’s famous Inspector Hercule Poirot and is set amidst the glitter of this magnificent train journey.

The Bourne Identity (2002)

Pairing suspense and action, this film stars Matt Damon who has amazing skills as a hit man, but doesn’t remember his identity or past actions.

The Third Man (1939)

Lending itself to the Art Deco period, this film classic stars Orson Wells and is a must-see mystery film.

Minority Report (2002)

This unusual mystery and suspense film has an unusual science fiction twist that makes it completely unique.

Mystery Night Activities

No matter what mystery films you opt to show, consider inviting your guests to dress up as their favorite detective or villain.  Costume parties are great fun for large groups and make for a memorable evening.  Consider setting a buffet table filled with appetizers and surround it with yellow crime scene tape.  Other decorations include lots of toy plastic weapons like knives.

A mystery movie night makes time spent with family and friends more memorable.  It may take some extra work, but it’s well worth the effort.  There are also many other mysteries to consider that can complement your movie night.  Plan your own mystery movie night soon.

Max Chennault loves movies of all kinds. When he’s not watching, he’s writing about them on various blog sites.