Best Mystery Movies of 1959


North by Northwest

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

Anatomy of a Murder

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

Suddenly, Last Summer

7.5/10 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

The Hound of the Baskervilles

6.9/10 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

House on Haunted Hill

6.8/10 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
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : Libel


7.1/10 IMDB

A California commercial pilot sees a telecast in London of an interview with Sir Mark Lodden at his home. The Canadian is convinced that the baronet is a fraud, and he is actually a look-alike actor named Frank Welney.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Olivia de Havilland, Paul Massie, Robert Morley, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Richard Wattis, Anthony Dawson, Millicent Martin, Robert Shaw, Kenneth Griffith ..
Directed by: Anthony Asquith
Release date: 1959-10-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : Sapphire


7.2/10 IMDB

Two Scotland Yard detectives investigate the murder of a young woman of mixed race who had been passing for white. As they interview a spate of suspects -- including the girl's white boyfriend and his disapproving parents -- the investigators wade through a stubbornly entrenched sludge of racism and bigotry.

Starring: Nigel Patrick, Michael Craig, Yvonne Mitchell, Paul Massie, Bernard Miles, Olga Lindo, Earl Cameron, Gordon Heath, Barbara Steele, Peter Vaughan ..
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Release date: 1959-11-02

The Scapegoat

6.8/10 IMDB

An Englishman in France unwittingly is placed into the identity, and steps into the vacated life, of a look-alike French nobleman.

Starring: Alec Guinness, Bette Davis, Nicole Maurey, Irene Worth, Pamela Brown, Annabel Bartlett, Geoffrey Keen, Noel Howlett, Peter Bull, Leslie French ..
Directed by: Robert Hamer
Release date: 1959-08-06

The Crimson Kimono

6.8/10 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

The Wreck of the Mary Deare

6.7/10 IMDB

A disgraced merchant marine officer elects to stay aboard his sinking cargo ship in order to prove the vessel was deliberately scuttled and, as a result, vindicate his good name.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Michael Redgrave, Virginia McKenna, Richard Harris, Emlyn Williams, Alexander Knox, Cecil Parker, Ben Wright, Peter Illing ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1959-11-17

The Bat

6.0/10 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 : The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake

The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake

5.8/10 IMDB

Jonathan Drake, while attending his brother's funeral, is shocked to find the head of the deceased is missing. When his brother's skull shows up later in a locked cabinet, Drake realizes an ancient curse placed upon his grandfather by a tribe of South American Jivaro Indians is still in effect and that he himself is the probable next victim.

Starring: Henry Daniell, Valerie French, Grant Richards, Paul Wexler, Eduard Franz, Frank Gerstle, Lumsden Hare, Bert Stevens, Arthur Tovey, Howard Wendell ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1959-11-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : Ten Little Indians

Ten Little Indians

6.2/10 IMDB

Ten strangers are invited to a mansion on a remote island, where they are killed one by one by a mysterious assailant. Based on the Agatha Christie novel, also known by the title And Then There Were None.

Starring: Nina Foch, Barry Jones, Romney Brent, Kenneth Haigh, Valerie French, Peter Bathurst, James Berwick, Chandler Cowles ..
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Release date: 1959-01-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : Edge of Eternity

Edge of Eternity

6.4/10 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
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : Blind Date

Blind Date

6.7/10 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

Web of Evidence

6.3/10 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

Jack the Ripper

6.1/10 IMDB

A serial killer is murdering women in the Whitechapel district of London. An American policeman is brought in to help Scotland Yard solve the case.

Starring: Lee Patterson, Eddie Byrne, Betty McDowall, Ewen Solon, John Le Mesurier, George Rose, Philip Leaver, Barbara Burke, Anne Sharp, Denis Shaw ..
Directed by: Robert S. Baker, Monty Berman
Release date: 1959-05-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : Where Is Everybody?

Where Is Everybody?

7.9/10 IMDB

In the first episode of The Twilight Zone, a man finds himself totally alone in a small town. His panic escalates into terror as he desperately looks for an explanation.

Starring: Earl Holliman, James Gregory, Garry Walberg, Paul Langton, James McCallion, John Conwell, Jay Overholts, Carter Mullally Jr., Jim Johnson, Rod Serling ..
Directed by: Robert Stevens
Release date: 1959-10-02

The House of the Seven Hawks

6.0/10 IMDB

A ship's captain gets mixed up with murder during the hunt for lost Nazi treasure.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Nicole Maurey, Linda Christian, Donald Wolfit, David Kossoff, Eric Pohlmann ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1959-10-29

The Man in the Net

6.1/10 IMDB

A artist living in a quiet Connecticut town is the main suspect in the disappearance of his shrew wife. Things turn ugly when the townsfolk attempt to take the law into their own hands.

Starring: Alan Ladd, Carolyn Jones, Diane Brewster, John Lupton, Charles McGraw, Tom Helmore, Betty Lou Holland, John Alexander, Edward Binns ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1959-06-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : Deadly Record

Deadly Record

5.9/10 IMDB

A young airline pilot wrongly accused of murdering his unfaithful wife searches for the real killer.

Starring: Lee Patterson, Barbara Shelley, Jane Hylton, Peter Dyneley, Geoffrey Keen, John Paul, Everley Gregg, Edward Cast, George Pastell, Ferdy Mayne ..
Directed by: Lawrence Huntington
Release date: 1959-06-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : Hidden Homicide

Hidden Homicide

5.8/10 IMDB

A novelist wakes up with a gun in his hand and a corpse in the house he woke up in. He doesn't remember how he got there or even if he committed the killing.

Starring: Griffith Jones, Patricia Laffan, James Kenney, Bruce Seton, Peter Carver, Danny Green, Charles Farrell, Richard Shaw, Robert Raglan, Maya Koumani ..
Directed by: Anthony Young
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : The Twilight Zone: The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine

The Twilight Zone: The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine

6.8/10 IMDB

Barbara Jean Trenton is a faded film star who lives in the past by constantly re-watching her old movies instead of moving on with her life, so her associates try to lure her out of her self-imposed isolation.

Directed by: Mitchell Leisen
Release date: 1959-01-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : 48 Hours to Live

48 Hours to Live

4.1/10 IMDB

A New York newspaper reporter is sent to the Swedish island of Gotland to interview a nuclear scientist. He gets involved with foreign agents who have kidnapped the scientist’s daughter.

Starring: Anthony Steel, Birger Malmsten, Lewis Charles, Håkan Westergren, Ina Anders, Annalena Lund, Sven-Eric Gamble, Fredrik Ohlsson, Ingemar Johansson, Marlies Behrens ..
Directed by: Peter Bourne
Release date: 1959-10-19
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : 13 Demon Street: Green Are the Leaves

13 Demon Street: Green Are the Leaves

0.0/10 IMDB

A film crew doing a live broadcast from a haunted castle is convinced that a strangling was committed by a real ghost.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., John Crawford, Anne Wakefield, Jason Lindsay, Lauritz Falk, George Bisset ..
Directed by: Curt Siodmak
Release date: 1959-02-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : 13 Demon Street: Murder in the Mirror

13 Demon Street: Murder in the Mirror

0.0/10 IMDB

An antique mirror reflects the image of a long-ago murder committed before its gaze.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Ben Breen, Doreen Denning, Vernon Young, Ralph Brown, Jill Donohue, Robert St. Clair ..
Directed by: Curt Siodmak
Release date: 1959-02-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

0.0/10 IMDB

The Twilight Zone is an American media franchise based on the anthology television series created by Rod Serling. The episodes are in various genres, including fantasy, science fiction, suspense, horror, and psychological thriller, often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist, and usually with a moral. A popular and critical success, it introduced many Americans to common science fiction and fantasy tropes. The original series, shot entirely in black and white, ran on CBS for five seasons from 1959 to 1964.

Starring: Rod Serling, William Shatner, Lee Marvin, Martin Landau, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor, David Armstrong, James Turley, Jack Klugman ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur, Don Siegel, John Brahm
Release date: 1959-11-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : 13 Demon Street: The Secret of the Telescope

13 Demon Street: The Secret of the Telescope

0.0/10 IMDB

A man believes that a telescope containing magical powers will make him rich, only to receive a dire prediction instead.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Charles Nolte, Lorri Scott, Hortensia Hedström, Olle Granberg, Sydney Coulson ..
Directed by: Curt Siodmak
Release date: 1959-03-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : Mr. Denton on Doomsday

Mr. Denton on Doomsday

0.0/10 IMDB

"Mr. Denton on Doomsday" is episode three of The Twilight Zone. A jaded gunslinger finds a magic potion that restores his shooting skill but brings an end to his fast-drawing career.

Starring: Rod Serling, Dan Duryea, Martin Landau, Jeanne Cooper, Malcolm Atterbury, Ken Lynch, Arthur Batanides, Bill Erwin, Robert Burton, Doug McClure ..
Directed by: Allen Reisner
Release date: 1959-10-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : 13 Demon Street: A Gift of Murder

13 Demon Street: A Gift of Murder

0.0/10 IMDB

A voodoo doll offers up vengeance for a determined businessman.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Charles Nolte, Doreen Denning, Birgitta Ander, Greg Prinz, Lennart Klefbom, Lauritz Falk ..
Directed by: Curt Siodmak
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : 13 Demon Street: The Black Hand

13 Demon Street: The Black Hand

0.0/10 IMDB

A doctor and his wife are involved in a head-on accident. The doctor's hand is caught in the steering column of his burning car. After freeing himself of the vehicle and doing the necessary surgery, he decides to put the dead man's hand from the other vehicle onto himself to replace his missing limb. Bad things start to happen while the doctor wonders what the cause of recent his problems are.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Pat Clavin, Sheldon Lawrence, Louise Grant, Torsten Lilliecrona ..
Directed by: Curt Siodmak
Release date: 1959-01-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : 13 Demon Street: The Photograph

13 Demon Street: The Photograph

0.0/10 IMDB

While vacationing in snowy Maine, photographer Donald Powers takes a number of powerful images, none more so than a lonely farmhouse framed by a bleak landscape. When a beautiful woman emerges from the house, Powers tries to get her to pose; instead she flees into the woods. Powers overtakes her and tries to force her to return but, in the struggle, accidentally strangles her. When Powers develops the picture of the farmhouse, he notices something strange - whenever he looks at the picture the woman moves closer and closer to the camera.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., John Crawford, Ralph Brown, Inga Edwards, Eve Hossner, Edward Maze ..
Directed by: Curt Siodmak
Release date: 1959-02-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine

The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine

0.0/10 IMDB

An aging movie star (Ida Lupino) rewatches her old films in an attempt to recapture her youth.

Starring: Rod Serling, Ida Lupino, Martin Balsam, Jerome Cowan, Ted de Corsia, Alice Frost, John Clarke ..
Directed by: Mitchell Leisen
Release date: 1959-10-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : 13 Demon Street: Black Nemesis

13 Demon Street: Black Nemesis

0.0/10 IMDB

A doctor is murdered by a phony medium hoping to bilk the grieving widow.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Alan Blair, Lorri Scott, Robert Kanter, Ben Bennett, Hilda Bruce-Potter, Sydney Coulson, Doreen Denning ..
Directed by: Jason Lindsey
Release date: 1959-01-29
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : Where is Everybody?

Where is Everybody?

0.0/10 IMDB

Mike Ferris finds himself alone in the small Oakwood town and without recollection about his name, where he is or who he is. Mike wanders through the town trying to find a living soul. The tension increases and Mike has a breakdown.

Starring: Earl Holliman, James Gregory, Paul Langton, James McCallion, John Conwell, Jay Overholts, Carter Mullally Jr., Garry Walberg, Jim Johnson, Rod Serling ..
Directed by: Robert Stevens
Release date: 1959-10-02

Perchance to Dream

0.0/10 IMDB

A fatigued man fights to stay awake as he explains to a psychiatrist that if he falls asleep it will trigger a nightmare, which will cause his heart to fail.

Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1959-11-27

Judgment Night

0.0/10 IMDB

It's 1942, and a man finds himself on a ship in the Atlantic, not knowing who he is, nor how he got there. He does know the ship will soon be attacked by a German U-boat.

Directed by: John Brahm
Release date: 1959-12-04

And When the Sky Was Opened

0.0/10 IMDB

Three astronauts return to Earth after seemingly having made an encounter that dooms them and their craft to erasure from existence itself.

Directed by: Douglas Heyes
Release date: 1959-12-12
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : And When the Sky Was Opened

And When the Sky Was Opened

0.0/10 IMDB

Three astronauts (Rod Taylor, Charles Aidman, Jim Hutton) return from the desert where their spacecraft crashed, but cannot remember what happened during their flight.

Starring: Rod Taylor, Jim Hutton, Charles Aidman, Maxine Cooper, Paul Bryar, Sue Randall, Joe Bassett, Lisabeth Field, Logan Field, S. John Launer ..
Directed by: Douglas Heyes
Release date: 1959-12-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1959 : Walking Distance

Walking Distance

0.0/10 IMDB

A man travels back in time to his childhood, arriving just a few miles away from his native town.

Directed by: Robert Stevens
Release date: 1959-10-29

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