Best Mystery Movies of 1959

1.

North by Northwest

6.7
8.3/10 IMDB

Advertising man Roger Thornhill is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.

Starring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Martin Landau, Leo G. Carroll, Adam Williams, Jessie Royce Landis, Doreen Lang, Josephine Hutchinson, Philip Ober ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1959-07-08
2.

Anatomy of a Murder

5.7
8.0/10 IMDB

Semi-retired Michigan lawyer Paul Biegler takes the case of Army Lt. Manion, who murdered a local innkeeper after his wife claimed that he raped her. Over the course of an extensive trial, Biegler parries with District Attorney Lodwick and out-of-town prosecutor Claude Dancer to set his client free, but his case rests on the victim's mysterious business partner, who's hiding a dark secret.

Starring: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell, Eve Arden, Kathryn Grant, George C. Scott, Orson Bean, Russ Brown, Murray Hamilton ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1959-07-01
3.

Suddenly, Last Summer

5.3
7.6/10 IMDB

The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker, Mercedes McCambridge, Gary Raymond, Mavis Villiers, Patricia Marmont, Joan Young, Maria Britneva ..
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1959-12-22
4.

House on Haunted Hill

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Frederick Loren has invited five strangers to a party of a lifetime. He is offering each of them $10,000 if they can stay the night in a house. But the house is no ordinary house. This house has a reputation for murder. Frederick offers them each a gun for protection. They all arrived in a hearse and will either leave in it $10,000 richer or leave in it dead!

Starring: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long, Alan Marshal, Carolyn Craig, Elisha Cook Jr., Julie Mitchum, Leona Anderson, Howard Hoffman ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1959-02-17
5.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

4.3
7.0/10 IMDB

When a nobleman is threatened by a family curse on his newly inherited estate, detective Sherlock Holmes is hired to investigate.

Starring: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Christopher Lee, Marla Landi, David Oxley, Francis de Wolff, Miles Malleson, Ewen Solon, John Le Mesurier, Helen Goss ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1959-05-04
6.

The Crimson Kimono

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

A Los Angeles detective and his Japanese partner woo an artist while solving a stripper's murder.

Starring: Victoria Shaw, Glenn Corbett, James Shigeta, Anna Lee, Paul Dubov, Jaclynne Greene, Neyle Morrow, Gloria Pall, Pat Silver, George Yoshinaga ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1959-10-21
7.

The Bat

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

Mystery writer Cornelia Van Gorder has rented a country house called "The Oaks", which not long ago was the scene of some murders committed by a strange and violent criminal known as "The Bat". Meanwhile, the house's owner, bank president John Fleming, has recently embezzled one million dollars in securities and has hidden the proceeds in the house, but is killed before he can retrieve it.

Starring: Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Gavin Gordon, John Sutton, Lenita Lane, Darla Hood, Elaine Edwards, John Bryant, Harvey Stephens, Mike Steele ..
Directed by: Crane Wilbur
Release date: 1959-08-09
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : Blind Date
8.

Blind Date

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Dutch painter Jan-Van Rooyer hurries to keep a rendezvous with Jacqueline Cousteau, an elegant, sophisticated Frenchwoman, slightly his elder, whose relationship with him had turned from art student into one of love trysts. He arrives and is confronted by Detective Police Inspector Morgan who accuses him of having murdered Jacqueline. Morgan listens sceptically to the dazed denials of Van Rooyer as he tells the story of his relationship with the murdered woman. Morgan, after hearing the story, realizes that the mystery has deepened, and it becomes more complicated when the Assistant Commissioner, Sir Brian Lewis, explains that Jacqueline was not married but was being kept by Sir Howard Fenton, a high-ranking diplomat whose names must be kept out of the case.

Starring: Hardy Krüger, Stanley Baker, Micheline Presle, John Van Eyssen, Gordon Jackson, Robert Flemyng, Jack MacGowran, Redmond Phillips, George Roubicek, Lee Montague ..
Directed by: Joseph Losey
Release date: 1959-08-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : Edge of Eternity
9.

Edge of Eternity

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Helped by socialite Janice Kendon and barkeeper Scott O'Brien, Arizona deputy sheriff Les Martin works to solve three brutal murders in and around the Grand Canyon. His efforts leads to the killer fleeing with Janice as a hostage and a chase by car and helicopter lead to a climax on a miner's bucket on cables a mile above the canyon floor.

Starring: Cornel Wilde, Victoria Shaw, Mickey Shaughnessy, Edgar Buchanan, Jack Elam, Rian Garrick, Alexander Lockwood, Tom Fadden, Wendell Holmes, Hope Summers ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1959-11-02
10.

Web of Evidence

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

A World War II evacuee (Van Johnson) returns years later to England and finds his father in prison framed for murder.

Starring: Van Johnson, Vera Miles, Emlyn Williams, Bernard Lee, Jean Kent, Moultrie Kelsall, Leo McKern, Geoffrey Keen, Jameson Clark, Rosalie Crutchley ..
Directed by: Jack Cardiff
Release date: 1959-04-28

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