Top Ten Mystery Films of all Time

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6. Chinatown – 1974
Chinatown 1974

Roman Polanski’s inspired direction and Faye Dunaway and Jack Nicholson’s spellbinding performances made this into a great film. Set in the 1930s, it is murky and nasty, but it is a perfect film, and a definite edge-of–the-seat experience.


7. The Usual Suspects – 1995
The Usual Suspects 1995

A complicated crime drama, it keeps you hooked from the first scene of Gabriel Bryne’s shooting and the flashback leading up to this event. Kevin Spacey won an Oscar for his role as a crippled squealer in this film.


8. Murder on the Orient Express – 1974
Murder on the Orient Express 1974

One of Agatha Christie’s most enduring mysteries, it had a star cast consisting of Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot and Ingrid Bergman and Vanessa Redgrave and Lauren Bacall among others. Albert Finney’s knockout performance, and the usual enthralling tale from a master mystery writer made this one of the best mystery films.


9. Gosford Park – 2001
Gosford Park 2001

Two murders and both of the same person?  A confusing story – but then mysteries are made of this. With Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith in two Oscar nominated performances; this was one of Britain’s finest presentations in this century.


10. Sleuth – 1972
Sleuth  1972

A film with only three characters, yet it remains an enthralling film. Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine are the actors in this film. We cannot really term it as a mystery, but it follows the intricacies of an elaborate plot, and the twists and turns make it a riveting film.

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