★★★☆☆ UK. 1h41m. Crime / Mystery. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Alfred Hitchcock, Walter Mycroft, Alma Reville (screenplay) and Clemence Dane, Helen Simpson (“Enter Sir John”). Cinematography by J.J. Cox. Edited by Rene Marrison, Emile de Ruelle. Music by John Reynders. Starring Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring, Phyllis Konstam, Edward Chapman, Miles Mander, Esme Percy.
A young actress in a traveling theatre troupe, is found in a daze with blood on her clothes, standing by the murdered body of another young actress. The poker used to commit the murder was at Diana’s feet, but she has no memory of what happened during the minutes the crime was committed.
★★★★☆ UK. 2h8m. Mystery. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Written by Paul Dehn (screenplay) and Agatha Christie (“Murder On The Orient Express”). Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth. Edited by Anne V. Coates. Music by Richard Rodney Bennett. Starring Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Rachel Roberts, Richard Widmark, Michael York.
The Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Albert Finney), is asked to investigate the murder of an American business tycoon aboard the Orient Express train. The suspects are portrayed by an all-star cast. Received six nominations at the 47th Academy Awards: Best Actor (Finney), Best Supporting Actress (Bergman), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design. Of these nominations, Bergman was the only winner.
★★★☆☆ USA / Malta. 1h54m. Mystery. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Written by Michael Green (screenplay) and Agatha Christie (“Murder On The Orient Express”). Cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos. Edited by Mick Audsley. Music by Patrick Doyle. Starring Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley.
The fourth screen adaptation of Christie’s novel, following the 1974 film, a 2001 TV film version, and a 2010 episode of the television series Agatha Christie’s Poirot. The plot follows Poirot, a world-renowned detective, as he investigates a murder on the luxury Orient Express train service in the 1930s.
★★★☆☆ UK. 1h4m. Thriller / Mystery. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Alfred Hitchcock, Alma Reville, Rodney Ackland (screenplay) and Joseph Jefferson Farjeon (“Number Seventeen”). Cinematography by Jack Cox, Bryan Langley. Edited by A.C. Hammond. Music by Adolph Hallis. Starring Leon M. Lion, Anne Grey, John Stuart, Donald Calthrop, Barry Jones, Ann Casson.
A group of criminals who committed a jewel robbery hide their loot in an old house over a railway that leads to the English Channel. An outsider stumbles onto this plot and intervenes with the help of a neighbour who is a police officer’s daughter.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h38m. Thriller / Mystery. Directed by Brian De Palma. Written by Paul Schrader (screenplay) and Brian De Palma, Paul Schrader (story). Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond. Edited by Paul Hirsch. Music by Bernard Herrmann. Starring Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold, John Lithgow, Stocker Fontelieu.
About a New Orleans businessman who is haunted by guilt following the death of his wife and daughter during a kidnapping-rescue attempt gone wrong. Years after the tragedy, he meets and falls in love with a young woman who is the exact look-alike of his long dead wife.
★★★☆☆ UK. 1h22m. Comedy / Mystery. Directed by Tim Whelan, Arthur B. Woods. Written by Brock Williams, Jack Whittingham, Ian Dalrymple. Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr. Edited by Hugh Stewart. Music by Muir Mathieson. Starring Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Valerie Hobson, George Curzon, George Merritt, Gus McNaughton, David Tree.
In September 1938, advanced British aircraft prototypes carrying experimental and secret equipment are vanishing with their crews on test flights. No one can fathom why, not even spymaster Major Hammond or his sister Kay, a newspaper reporter, who is working undercover in the works canteen at the Barrett & Ward Aircraft Company.
★★★★★ USA. 1h52m. Mystery / Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by John Michael Hayes (screenplay) and Cornell Woolrich (“It Had To Be Murder”). Cinematography by Robert Burks. Edited by George Tomasini. Music by Franz Waxman. Starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, Wendell Corey, Raymond Burr.
A photographer is confined to a wheelchair while he mends a broken leg, and while housebound he begins to spy on his neighbors. This leads him to suspect one of his neighbors has committed murder. Considered by many filmgoers, critics, and scholars to be one of Hitchcock’s best and one of the greatest films ever made.
★★★☆☆ UK / USA. 1h53m. Mystery. Directed by Herbert Ross. Written by Nicholas Meyer (screenplay) and Nicholas Meyer (“The Seven-Per-Cent Solution”). Cinematography by Oswald Morris. Edited by Chris Barnes. Music by John Addison. Starring Nicol Williamson, Robert Duvall, Alan Arkin, Laurence Olivier, Charles Gray, Samantha Eggar, Vanessa Redgrave, Joel Grey, Jeremy Kemp, Jill Townsend.
Dr. John H. Watson (Robert Duvall) becomes convinced that his friend Sherlock Holmes (Nicol Williamson) is delusional — particularly in his belief that Professor James Moriarty (Laurence Olivier) is a criminal mastermind — as a result of his addiction to cocaine. Moriarty visits Watson to complain about being harassed by Holmes. Watson enlists the aid of Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft (Charles Gray), to trick Holmes into traveling to Vienna, where he will be treated by Sigmund Freud (Alan Arkin).
★★★★★ UK / USA. 2h18m. Mystery / Thriller. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Written by Anthony Shaffer (screenplay) and Anthony Shaffer (“Sleuth”). Cinematography by Oswald Morris. Edited by Richard Marden. Music by John Addison. Starring Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine.
Andrew Wyke, a successful crime fiction author, lives in a large country manor house filled with elaborate games and automata. He invites his wife’s lover, Milo Tindle, a hairdresser, to his home to discuss the situation and would like Milo to take his wife off his hands. To provide him the means to support her, Andrew suggests that Milo steal some jewelry from the house, with Andrew recouping his losses through an insurance claim.
★★★★☆ USA. 1h51m. Mystery / Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Angus MacPhail, Ben Hecht (screenplay) and Hilary Saint George Saunders, Francis Beeding (“The House Of Dr. Edwardes”). Cinematography by George Barnes. Edited by Hal C. Kern. Music by Miklós Rózsa. Starring Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll, Rhonda Fleming, John Emery, Norman Lloyd, Bill Goodwin.
The story of the new head of a mental asylum who turns out not to be what he claims. Features a dream sequence by Salvador Dalí.
★★★★☆ UK / Germany. 1h24m. Comedy / Mystery. Directed by Gustav Ucicky. Written by Karl Hartl, Walter Reisch, Benn Levy (screenplay) and Curt Goetz (“Hokuspokus”). Cinematography by Carl Hoffmann, Werner Brandes. Music by Robert Stolz. Starring Lilian Harvey, Laurence Olivier, Athole Stewart, Gillian Dean, Frank Stanmore, Felix Aylmer, Frederick Lloyd, Henry Caine.
Kitty Kellermann is put on trial for murdering her husband, a failed painter. When her counsel resigns from his mandate, the mysterious Peter Bille steps in, though it becomes apparent that he actually is not an advocate.
★★★☆☆ UK. 1h23m. Mystery / Romance. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Charles Bennett, Edwin Greenwood, Anthony Armstrong (screenplay) and Gerald Savory, Alma Reville (story) and Josephine Tey (“A Shilling For Candles”). Cinematography by Bernard Knowles. Edited by Charles Frend. Music by Jack Beaver, Louis Levy. Starring Nova Pilbeam, Derrick De Marney, Percy Marmont, Edward Rigby, Mary Clare, John Longden, George Curzon.
Young and Innocent is about a young man on the run from a murder charge who enlists the help of a woman who must put herself at risk for his cause. It is notable for an elaborately staged crane shot Hitchcock devised towards the end of the film, which identifies the real murderer.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h56m. Mystery / Comedy. Directed by Jake Kasdan. Written by Jake Kasdan. Cinematography by Bill Pope. Edited by Tara Timpone. Music by Stewart Copeland, The Greyboy Allstars. Starring Bill Pullman, Ben Stiller, Kim Dickens, Angela Featherstone, Ryan O’Neal.
Zero Effect stars Bill Pullman as “the world’s most private detective”, Daryl Zero, and Ben Stiller as his assistant Steve Arlo. Its plot is loosely based on the Arthur Conan Doyle short story “A Scandal in Bohemia”.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h37m. Mystery / Crime. Directed by David Fincher. Written by James Vanderbilt (screenplay) and Robert Graysmith (“Zodiac”, “Zodiac Unmasked”). Cinematography by Harris Savides. Edited by Angus Wall. Music by David Shire. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Anthonoy Edwards, Brian Cox, Elias Koteas, Donal Logue, John Carroll Lynch, Dermot Mulroney.
Zodiac tells the story of the manhunt for the Zodiac Killer, a serial murderer who terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area during the late 1960s and early 1970s, taunting police with letters, bloodstained clothing, and ciphers mailed to newspapers.