Best Mystery Movies of 1965


The Collector

7.5/10 IMDB

Freddie is an inept bank clerk with no future. His only hobby is collecting butterflies, which gives him a feeling of power and control that is otherwise totally missing from his life. He comes into a large sum of money and buys himself a country house. Still unable to make himself at ease socially, he starts to plan on acquiring a girlfriend - in the same manner as he collects butterflies. He prepares the cellar of the house to be a collecting jar and stalks his victim over several days.

Starring: Terence Stamp, Samantha Eggar, Mona Washbourne, Maurice Dallimore, Edina Ronay, Kenneth More, Allyson Ames, Gordon Barclay, William Beckley, William Bickley ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1965-06-17

The Ipcress File

7.2/10 IMDB

Sly and dry intelligence agent Harry Palmer is tasked with investigating British Intelligence security, and is soon enmeshed in a world of double-dealing, kidnap and murder when he finds a traitor operating at the heart of the secret service.

Starring: Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Guy Doleman, Sue Lloyd, Gordon Jackson, Aubrey Richards, Frank Gatliff, Thomas Baptiste, Oliver MacGreevy, Freda Bamford ..
Directed by: Sidney J. Furie
Release date: 1965-03-18

Bunny Lake Is Missing

7.3/10 IMDB

A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Carol Lynley, Keir Dullea, Martita Hunt, Anna Massey, Clive Revill, Finlay Currie, Noël Coward, Lucie Mannheim, Adrienne Corri ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1965-10-03

That Darn Cat!

6.7/10 IMDB

A young woman suspects foul play when her cat comes home wearing a wristwatch. Convincing the FBI, though, and catching the bad guys is tougher than she imagined.

Starring: Hayley Mills, Dean Jones, Dorothy Provine, Roddy McDowall, Frank Gorshin, Neville Brand, Elsa Lanchester, William Demarest, Richard Eastham, Grayson Hall ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1965-12-02


7.2/10 IMDB

New York City. David Stillwell struggles to recover his memory before the people who are trying to kill him succeed. Who is he, who are they, and why is he surrounded by murder?

Starring: Gregory Peck, Diane Baker, Walter Matthau, Kevin McCarthy, Jack Weston, Leif Erickson, Walter Abel, George Kennedy, Robert H. Harris, Anne Seymour ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1965-10-29

Ten Little Indians

6.6/10 IMDB

Ten strangers are invited as weekend guests to a remote mountain mansion. When the host doesn't show up, the guests start dying, one by one, in uniquely macabre Agatha Christie-style. It is based on Christie's best-selling novel with 100 million sales to date, making it the world's best-selling mystery ever, and one of the most-printed books of all time.

Starring: Hugh O'Brian, Shirley Eaton, Fabian, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Dennis Price, Leo Genn, Stanley Holloway, Daliah Lavi, Mario Adorf, Marianne Hoppe ..
Directed by: George Pollock
Release date: 1965-07-31

A Study in Terror

6.5/10 IMDB

When Watson reads from the newspaper there have been two similar murders near Whitechapel in a few days, Sherlock Holmes' sharp deductive is immediately stimulated to start its merciless method of elimination after observation of every apparently meaningless detail. He guesses right the victims must be street whores, and doesn't need long to work his way trough a pawn shop, an aristocratic family's stately home, a hospital and of course the potential suspects and (even unknowing) witnesses who are the cast of the gradually unraveled story of the murderer and his motive.

Starring: John Neville, Barbara Windsor, Judi Dench, Barry Jones, Robert Morley, Edina Ronay, Donald Houston, John Fraser, Anthony Quayle, Adrienne Corri ..
Directed by: James Hill
Release date: 1965-10-01


6.3/10 IMDB

A young woman is terrorized by her fiance's demented mother who blames her for her son's death.

Starring: Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers, Peter Vaughan, Donald Sutherland, Maurice Kaufmann, Yootha Joyce, Gwendolyn Watts, Robert Dorning, Philip Gilbert, Winifred Dennis ..
Directed by: Silvio Narizzano
Release date: 1965-03-21

I Saw What You Did

6.2/10 IMDB

Teenage friends Kit and Libby make prank phone calls for fun but then find themselves involved in a brutal double murder committed by one of their targets.

Starring: Joan Crawford, John Ireland, Leif Erickson, Sara Lane, Andi Garrett, Sharyl Locke, Patricia Breslin, John Archer, John Crawford, Joyce Meadows ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1965-07-21

The Satan Bug

6.1/10 IMDB

A US government germ warfare lab has had an accident. The first theory is that one of the germs has been released and killed several scientists. The big fear is that a more virulent strain, named The Satan Bug because all life can be killed off by it should it escape, may have been stolen.

Starring: George Maharis, Anne Francis, Dana Andrews, Richard Basehart, Ed Asner, Frank Sutton, Richard Bull, John Larkin, Simon Oakland, John Clarke ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1965-03-26

Two on a Guillotine

6.1/10 IMDB

The daughter of a dead magician who accidentally killed his wife, her mother, while performing a guillotine trick must spend the night in his house in order to collect her inheritance. Is the house haunted or is it all magic?

Starring: Connie Stevens, Dean Jones, Cesar Romero, Parley Baer, Virginia Gregg, Connie Gilchrist, John Hoyt, Russell Thorson ..
Directed by: William Conrad
Release date: 1965-01-13

Terror-Creatures from the Grave

5.5/10 IMDB

An attorney arrives at a castle to settle the estate of its recently deceased owner. The owner's wife and daughter reveal that he was someone who was able to summon the souls of ancient plague victims and, in fact, his spirit was roaming the castle at that very moment. Soon occupants of the castle begin to die off in gruesome, violent ways.

Starring: Barbara Steele, Mirella Maravidi, Walter Brandi, Alfredo Rizzo, Riccardo Garrone, Luciano Pigozzi ..
Directed by: Massimo Pupillo
Release date: 1965-06-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1965 : The Alphabet Murders

The Alphabet Murders

5.3/10 IMDB

The Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates a series of murders in London in which the victims are killed according to their initials.

Starring: Tony Randall, Anita Ekberg, Robert Morley, Maurice Denham, Sheila Allen, Drewe Henley, Clive Morton, Austin Trevor, Guy Rolfe, James Villiers ..
Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1965-12-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1965 : The Fool Killer

The Fool Killer

6.9/10 IMDB

After the Civil War, a southern boy, aged 12, runs away from his foster home, wanders the countryside, and meets various odd characters along the way, including Milo, a mysterious drifter who may or may not be the vengeful "Fool Killer" of folklore.

Starring: Anthony Perkins, Edward Albert, Dana Elcar, Henry Hull, Salome Jens, Yvonne Gilbert, Charlotte Jones, Arnold Moss, Lana Wood, Sindee Ann Richards ..
Directed by: Servando González
Release date: 1965-04-28


6.0/10 IMDB

An American wakes up in an English hospital unable to remember anything of his life before a recent car accident. With only a photograph torn from a newspaper to guide him, and an unknown benefactor, he attempts to unravel what looks increasingly like a bizarre murder.

Starring: Robert Webber, Anthony Newlands, Jennifer Jayne, Maurice Denham, Lelia Goldoni, Peter Woodthorpe, Sandra Boize, Sue Lloyd, Marianne Stone, Irene Richmond ..
Directed by: Freddie Francis
Release date: 1965-04-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1965 : The Big Job

The Big Job

6.4/10 IMDB

A gang of hapless crooks, led by Sidney James, successfully perpetrate a robbery only to be caught after the fact. Fifteen years later they emerge from prison intent on retrieving their stolen loot - and discover a police station has been built over its hiding place.

Starring: Sid James, Sylvia Syms, Dick Emery, Joan Sims, Lance Percival, Jim Dale, Edina Ronay, Deryck Guyler, Reginald Beckwith, Brian Rawlinson ..
Directed by: Gerald Thomas
Release date: 1965-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1965 : Dead Man's Chest

Dead Man's Chest

6.6/10 IMDB

Two young journalists simulate a murder, but the scheme backfires when the mock victim disappears.

Starring: John Meillon, Ann Firbank, John Thaw, Peter Bowles, Graham Crowden, Arthur Brough ..
Directed by: Patrick Dromgoole
Release date: 1965-10-27
Best Mystery Movies of 1965 : Dog Star Man

Dog Star Man

6.3/10 IMDB

Experimental film following a cycle of seasons as well as the stretch of a single day as a man and his dog slowly ascend a mountain.

Starring: Stan Brakhage, Jane Brakhage ..
Directed by: Stan Brakhage
Release date: 1965-02-22

Dark Intruder

6.3/10 IMDB

Police call in occult expert to help solve series of murders.

Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Peter Mark Richman, Judi Meredith, Gilbert Green, Charles Bolender, Werner Klemperer ..
Directed by: Harvey Hart
Release date: 1965-07-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1965 : The Third Day

The Third Day

5.6/10 IMDB

A man stumbles out of a car crash with no memory of what transpired. Everyone who he meets suggests that he is a ruthless man with an aggressive temper. Could he be deliberately blocking out memories of his past?

Starring: George Peppard, Elizabeth Ashley, Roddy McDowall, Arthur O'Connell, Mona Washbourne, Herbert Marshall, Robert Webber, Charles Drake, Sally Kellerman, Arte Johnson ..
Directed by: Jack Smight
Release date: 1965-08-04
Best Mystery Movies of 1965 : Assassination in Rome

Assassination in Rome

5.3/10 IMDB

In this crime-thriller, Rome proves to be an unhappy destination for an American couple when the husband is kidnapped and his wife begins a desperate search for him.

Starring: Cyd Charisse, Hugh O'Brian, Mario Feliciani, Alberto Closas, Juliette Mayniel, Philippe Lemaire, Gina Rovere, Beni Deus, Manuel Alexandre, Gianni Baghino ..
Directed by: Silvio Amadio
Release date: 1965-06-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1965 : Day of the Nightmare

Day of the Nightmare

4.6/10 IMDB

A young wife's marriage begins to crumble after she's attacked by a knife-wielding woman whom the police believed was already dead.

Starring: John Ireland, Beverly Bain, Cliff Fields, John Hart, Elena Verdugo, Jimmy Cross, Liz Renay, Lynne Lori, Harvey Shain, Elizabeth Knowles ..
Directed by: John A. Bushelman
Release date: 1965-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1965 : Portrait in Terror

Portrait in Terror

4.6/10 IMDB

A plan to steal a valuable work of art leads to murder.

Starring: William Campbell, Anna Pavane, Patrick Magee, Kerry Anderson, Dante Gerino, Mike Astin ..
Directed by: Rados Novakovic
Release date: 1965-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1965 : The Return of Mr. Moto

The Return of Mr. Moto

4.9/10 IMDB

Mr. Moto goes undercover to find out who has been blowing up oil wells and trying to gain total control of all the oil leases from a petroleum-rich Middle Eastern country.

Starring: Henry Silva, Terence Longdon, Suzanne Lloyd, Marne Maitland, Martin Wyldeck, Brian Coburn, Stanley Morgan, Peter Zander, Harold Kasket, Tony Booth ..
Directed by: Ernest Morris
Release date: 1965-12-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1965 : Scream of the Butterfly

Scream of the Butterfly

5.0/10 IMDB

A beautiful woman marries a rich man for his money, then embarks on an affair and plans to use her boyfriend to help murder her husband.

Starring: Nélida Lobato, Nick Novarro, Richard Beebe, Robert Miller, John Richards, Leona Gage, John Fife, Alan J. Smith, William Turner, Britt Nelson ..
Directed by: Howard Veit, Eber Lobato
Release date: 1965-12-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1965 : Change Partners

Change Partners

6.4/10 IMDB

An adulterous couple turn to murder, only to discover that a petty crook and blackmailer has already had his eye upon them.

Starring: Jane Barrett, Kenneth Cope, Peter Bathurst, Pamela Ann Davy, Zena Walker ..
Directed by: Robert Lynn
Release date: 1965-07-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1965 : My Blood Runs Cold

My Blood Runs Cold

5.5/10 IMDB

Wealthy, reckless Californian Julie Merriday, accompanied by her boyfriend Harry Lindsay, an attorney, narrowly avoids crashing into a motorcycle driven by young Ben Gunther. Ben temporarily abandons his damaged cycle and accepts a ride from Julie but insists upon calling her Barbara. Later, at the Merriday beach house, Julie's Aunt Sarah tells Julie that her great great grandmother was named Barbara, and furthermore, that ancestress had an illegitimate child fathered by one Benjamin Gunther.

Starring: Troy Donahue, Joey Heatherton, Barry Sullivan, Nicolas Coster, Jeanette Nolan, Russell Thorson, Ben Wright, Shirley Mitchell, Howard McNear, Howard Wendell ..
Directed by: William Conrad
Release date: 1965-03-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1965 : The Love Statue

The Love Statue

5.1/10 IMDB

Wimpy struggling Greenwich Village painter Tyler Westin is in love with gorgeous, but mean and snippy cabaret dancer Lisa, who treats Tyler like dirt and constantly belittles him. Sultry nightclub singer Mashiko turns Tyler on to LSD. After a nightmarish three day acid trip, Tyler returns to his shabby apartment to find Lisa murdered. Is Tyler responsible for her death? Or did someone else kill Lisa?

Starring: Gigi Darlene, Mario DeRosa, Harvey J. Goldenberg, Hisako Tsukuba, Nancy Norman, Liz Otto, Peter Ratray, David Roya, Beti Seay, Maria Sobossek ..
Directed by: David E. Durston
Release date: 1965-12-29

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