Best Mystery Movies of 1966

1.

Seconds

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

A secret organisation offers wealthy people a second chance at life. The customer picks out someone they want to be and the organisation surgically alters the customer to look like the intended person, stages the customer's death, gets rid of the intended person and the customer takes on a new life.

Starring: Rock Hudson, Salome Jens, John Randolph, Will Geer, Jeff Corey, Richard Anderson, Murray Hamilton, Karl Swenson, Khigh Dhiegh, Frances Reid ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1966-10-05
2.

Blow-Up

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

A successful mod photographer in London whose world is bounded by fashion, pop music, marijuana, and easy sex, feels his life is boring and despairing. But in the course of a single day he unknowingly captures a death on film.

Starring: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle, Veruschka von Lehndorff, Jane Birkin, Gillian Hills, Peter Bowles, Julian Chagrin, Claude Chagrin ..
Directed by: Michelangelo Antonioni
Release date: 1966-12-18
3.

Torn Curtain

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

During the Cold War, an American scientist appears to defect to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the formula for a resin solution, but the plan goes awry when his fiancee, unaware of his motivation, follows him across the border.

Starring: Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Günter Strack, Hansjörg Felmy, Ludwig Donath, Wolfgang Kieling, Mort Mills, Carolyn Conwell, Gisela Fischer, Norbert Schiller ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1966-07-13
4.

Harper

4.3
6.8/10 IMDB

Harper is a cynical private eye in the best tradition of Bogart. He even has Bogie's Baby hiring him to find her missing husband, getting involved along the way with an assortment of unsavory characters and an illegal-alien smuggling ring.

Starring: Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris, Arthur Hill, Janet Leigh, Pamela Tiffin, Robert Wagner, Robert Webber, Shelley Winters, Harold Gould ..
Directed by: Jack Smight
Release date: 1966-02-22
5.

Arabesque

3.9
6.5/10 IMDB

When a plot against a prominent Middle Eastern politician is uncovered, David Pollock, a professor of ancient hieroglyphics at Oxford University, is recruited to help expose the scheme. Pollock must find information believed to be in hieroglyphic code and must also contend with a mysterious man called Beshraavi. Meanwhile, Beshraavi's lover, Yasmin Azir, seems willing to aid Pollock -- but is she really on his side?

Starring: Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren, Alan Badel, Kieron Moore, Carl Duering, John Merivale, Duncan Lamont, George Coulouris, Ernest Clark, Harold Kasket ..
Directed by: Stanley Donen
Release date: 1966-05-04
6.

The Ghost & Mr. Chicken

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Luther Heggs, a typesetter for the town newspaper, pitches an idea for a story about a local haunted house where a famous murder/suicide occurred 20 years earlier. After the editor assigns Luther to spend one night alone in the mansion, Heggs has a number of supernatural encounters and writes a front page story that makes him a hometown hero...until the nephew of the deceased sues him for libel.

Starring: Don Knotts, Joan Staley, Liam Redmond, Dick Sargent, Skip Homeier, Reta Shaw, Lurene Tuttle, Philip Ober, Harry Hickox, Charles Lane ..
Directed by: Alan Rafkin
Release date: 1966-01-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1966 : Evening Primrose
7.

Evening Primrose

3.5
7.5/10 IMDB

A young poet gets the brilliant idea to live in a department store, hiding by day, and courting his muse by night where it's quiet, and he can have all his needs met. But, to his surprise, he learns his brilliant idea's not exactly original; there are other residents who dodge the night watchmen, and who keep their existence secret at all costs. And one of them is a young woman who wants to leave, but is too frightened to go. And Charles finds that he wants to show her the larger world outside.

Starring: Anthony Perkins, Charmian Carr, Dorothy Stickney, Larry Gates, Margaret Bannerman, Margaret Barker, Leonard Elliott, Michael Meola, Dorothy Sands, Margaretta Warwick ..
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Release date: 1966-11-16
8.

The Man Called Flintstone

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

In this feature-length film based on the "Flintstones" TV show, secret agent Rock Slag is injured during a chase in Bedrock. Slag's chief decides to replace the injured Slag with Fred Flintstone, who just happens to look like him. The trip takes Fred to Paris and Rome, which is good for Wilma, Barney, and Betty, but can Fred foil the mysterious Green Goose's evil plan for a destructive missile without letting his wife and friends in on his secret?

Starring: Paul Frees, Harvey Korman, Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl, Gerry Johnson, June Foray, Gerry Johnson, Don Messick, Janet Waldo ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1966-08-03
9.

The Deadly Affair

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

Charles Dobbs is a British secret agent investigating the apparent suicide of Foreign Office official Samuel Fennan. Dobbs suspects that Fennan's wife, Elsa, a survivor of a Nazi Germany extermination camp, might have some clues, but other officials want Dobbs to drop the case. So Dobbs hires a retiring inspector, Mendel, to quietly make inquiries. Dobbs isn't at all sure as there are a number of anomalies that simply can't be explained away. Dobbs is also having trouble at home with his errant wife, whom he very much loves, having frequent affairs. He's also pleased to see an old friend, Dieter Frey, who he recruited after the war. With the assistance of a colleague and a retired policeman, Dobbs tries to piece together just who is the spy and who in fact assassinated Fennan.

Starring: James Mason, Simone Signoret, Maximilian Schell, Harriet Andersson, Harry Andrews, Kenneth Haigh, Roy Kinnear, Max Adrian, Lynn Redgrave, Robert Flemyng ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1966-05-13
10.

Eye of the Devil

3.2
6.0/10 IMDB

A French nobleman deserts his wife because of an ancient family secret.

Starring: Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Sharon Tate, David Hemmings, Donald Pleasence, Edward Mulhare, Flora Robson, John Le Mesurier, Emlyn Williams, Michael Miller ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1966-11-18
11.

Murderers' Row

3.2
5.8/10 IMDB

The handsome top agent Matt dies a tragic death in his bath tub - the women mourn about the loss. However it's just faked for his latest top-secret mission: He shall find Dr. Solaris, inventor of the Helium laser beam, powerful enough to destroy a whole continent. It seems Dr. Solaris has been kidnapped by a criminal organization. The trace leads to the Cote D'Azur.

Starring: Dean Martin, Ann-Margret, Karl Malden, Camilla Sparv, James Gregory, Beverly Adams, Richard Eastham, Tom Reese, Helen Funai, Corinne Cole ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1966-12-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1966 : Mister Buddwing
12.

Mister Buddwing

3.2
6.0/10 IMDB

An amnesiac wanders the streets of Manhattan, trying to solve the mystery of who he is.

Starring: James Garner, Jean Simmons, Suzanne Pleshette, Katharine Ross, Angela Lansbury, George Voskovec, Jack Gilford, Joe Mantell, Billy Halop, Raymond St. Jacques ..
Directed by: Delbert Mann
Release date: 1966-07-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1966 : Who Killed the Cat?
13.

Who Killed the Cat?

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

A scheming widow tries to persecute three old ladies, but fate takes its revenge on her.

Starring: Mary Merrall, Ellen Pollock, Amy Dalby, Mervyn Johns, Vanda Godsell, Conrad Phillips, Natasha Pyne, Ronald Adam, Philip Brack, Inigo Jackson ..
Directed by: Montgomery Tully
Release date: 1966-10-07
14.

Circus of Fear

2.9
5.4/10 IMDB

A circus becomes the location for stolen loot and murder.

Starring: Christopher Lee, Leo Genn, Anthony Newlands, Heinz Drache, Eddi Arent, Klaus Kinski, Margaret Lee, Suzy Kendall, Cecil Parker, Victor Maddern ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey, Werner Jacobs
Release date: 1966-04-29
15.

The Psychopath

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

Inspector Holloway is investigating a series of brutal murders in which a doll of each victim is found at the scene. The dolls, as it turns out,were purchased by the crippled Mrs. Von Sturm, whose home is overcrowded with a doll collection. Her pale, wide-eyed, neurotic son is the prime suspect and the daughter of one of the victims discovers the shocking truth.

Starring: Patrick Wymark, Margaret Johnston, John Standing, Alexander Knox, Judy Huxtable, Don Borisenko, Thorley Walters, Robert Crewdson, Colin Gordon, Tim Barrett ..
Directed by: Freddie Francis
Release date: 1966-02-04
Best Mystery Movies of 1966 : Our Man in Marrakesh
16.

Our Man in Marrakesh

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

One of six travelers who catch the bus from Casablanca airport to Marrakesh is carrying $2 million to pay a local operator to fix United Nations votes. But which one?

Starring: Tony Randall, Senta Berger, Terry-Thomas, Herbert Lom, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Grégoire Aslan, John Le Mesurier, Klaus Kinski, Margaret Lee, Francisco Sánchez ..
Directed by: Don Sharp
Release date: 1966-07-22
Best Mystery Movies of 1966 : Moment to Moment
17.

Moment to Moment

2.5
6.4/10 IMDB

When an erring wife's supposedly dead lover turns up an amnesiac, it's her unsuspecting shrink husband who's enlisted to get those memories back.

Starring: Jean Seberg, Honor Blackman, Sean Garrison, Arthur Hill, Grégoire Aslan, Peter Robbins, Donald Woods, Walter Reed, Albert Carrier, Lomax Study ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1966-01-27
18.

Cyborg 2087

2.4
5.2/10 IMDB

In the future world of the year 2087, freedom of thought is illegal and the thoughts of the world's populations are controlled by the government. A small band of "free thinkers" send a cyborg back in time to the year 1966 to prevent a scientist from making the breakthrough that will eventually lead to the mass thought control of the future. Our time traveler soon discovers he is not alone when government agents from the future try to prevent him from carrying out his mission.

Starring: Michael Rennie, Karen Steele, Wendell Corey, Warren Stevens, Harry Carey, Jr., Eduard Franz, Adam Roarke, Chubby Johnson, Tyler MacDuff, Dale van Sickel ..
Directed by: Franklin Adreon
Release date: 1966-10-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1966 : Poppies Are Also Flowers
19.

Poppies Are Also Flowers

2.3
5.1/10 IMDB

In this anti-drug film narrated by Grace Kelly, a group of narcotics agents working for the United Nations inject a radioactive compound into a seized shipment of opium at the Afghanistan–Iran border, in the hopes that it will lead them to the main heroin distributor in Europe.

Starring: Senta Berger, Stephen Boyd, Yul Brynner, Angie Dickinson, Georges Géret, Hugh Griffith, Jack Hawkins, Rita Hayworth, Trevor Howard, Trini López ..
Directed by: Terence Young
Release date: 1966-05-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1966 : Death Is a Woman
20.

Death Is a Woman

2.3
4.6/10 IMDB

Narcotics agent Dennis goes undercover in the Mediterranean Islands to investigate a smuggling operation, and gains the confidence of a woman who works for the ringleader. But Dennis ends up arrested for murder when the crime boss turns up dead.

Starring: Mark Burns, Shaun Curry, William Dexter, Wanda Ventham, Terence de Marney, Mark Singleton, Michael Brennan, Blake Butler, Dulcie Bowman, Tony Watham ..
Directed by: Frederic Goode
Release date: 1966-02-01
21.

The Deadly Bees

2.3
4.0/10 IMDB

Trouble strikes when an exhausted pop singer, sent on a vacation to a farm, realizes that the farm's owner grows deadly bees.

Starring: Suzanna Leigh, Frank Finlay, Guy Doleman, Catherine Finn, John Harvey, Michael Ripper, Anthony Bailey, Tim Barrett, James Cossins, Frank Forsyth ..
Directed by: Freddie Francis
Release date: 1966-12-23
22.

Castle of Evil

1.5
4.5/10 IMDB

The relatives of a recently deceased man named Kovac gather at is creepy mansion for the reading of the will. Before the will can be read, however, the relatives began to be murdered one by one.

Starring: Scott Brady, Virginia Mayo, David Brian, Lisa Gaye, Hugh Marlowe, William Thourlby, Ernest Sarracino, Shelley Morrison, Natividad Vacío ..
Directed by: Francis D. Lyon
Release date: 1966-11-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1966 : Weekend of Fear
23.

Weekend of Fear

1.4
4.9/10 IMDB

A woman hires her deaf-mute gardener to get rid of Judy, Tom's girlfriend, a young man she thinks would be better back with his old girlfriend Carol.

Starring: Jill Banner, Dianne Danford, Micki Malone, Kenneth Washman, Tory Alburn, Ruth Trent, Jamie Vanek, Kurt Donsbach ..
Directed by: Joe Danford
Release date: 1966-02-04

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