Best Mystery Movies of 1968


2001: A Space Odyssey

8.3/10 IMDB

Humanity finds a mysterious object buried beneath the lunar surface and sets off to find its origins with the help of HAL 9000, the world's most advanced super computer.

Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Douglas Rain, Daniel Richter, Leonard Rossiter, Margaret Tyzack, Robert Beatty, Sean Sullivan, Frank Miller ..
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1968-04-02

Rosemary's Baby

8.0/10 IMDB

A young couple, Rosemary and Guy, moves into an infamous New York apartment building, known by frightening legends and mysterious events, with the purpose of starting a family.

Starring: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans, Ralph Bellamy, Charles Grodin, Patsy Kelly, Victoria Vetri, Elisha Cook Jr. ..
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Release date: 1968-06-12

The Boston Strangler

7.1/10 IMDB

Boston is being terrorized by a series of seemingly random murders of women. Based on the true story, the film follows the investigators path through several leads before introducing the Strangler as a character. It is seen almost exclusively from the point of view of the investigators who have very few clues to build a case upon.

Starring: Tony Curtis, Henry Fonda, George Kennedy, Mike Kellin, Hurd Hatfield, Murray Hamilton, Jeff Corey, Sally Kellerman, William Marshall, George Voskovec ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1968-10-08
Best Mystery Movies of 1968 : Prescription: Murder

Prescription: Murder

7.9/10 IMDB

In Columbo's first outing, a psychiatrist uses a patient he is having an affair with to help him kill his wife, but his perfect alibi may come apart at the hands of a seemingly befuddled LAPD lieutenant.

Starring: Peter Falk, Gene Barry, Katherine Justice, William Windom, Nina Foch, Virginia Gregg, Andrea King, Susanne Benton, Ena Hartman, Sherry Boucher ..
Directed by: Richard Irving
Release date: 1968-02-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1968 : Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles

7.1/10 IMDB

Holmes asks Watson to protect the new Lord of Baskerville Manor whose life seems to be threatened by a legendary, almost supernatural, hound.

Starring: Peter Cushing, Nigel Stock, Gary Raymond, Gabriella Licudi, Philip Bond, Gerald Flood, Ballard Berkeley, David Leland, George Howe, Christopher Burgess ..
Directed by: Henri Safran, Viktors Ritelis, Graham Evans
Release date: 1968-09-30

The Detective

6.5/10 IMDB

Police detective Joe Leland investigates the murder of a gay man.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Lee Remick, Jacqueline Bisset, Ralph Meeker, Jack Klugman, Horace McMahon, Lloyd Bochner, William Windom, Tony Musante, Al Freeman Jr. ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1968-05-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1968 : The Fixer

The Fixer

6.8/10 IMDB

Set in tsarist Russia around the turn of the century and based on a true story of a Russian Jewish peasant Yakov Bog who was wrongly imprisoned for a most unlikely crime - the “ritual murder” of a Gentile child in Kiev. We witness the unrelenting detail of the peasant handyman's life in prison and see him gain in dignity as the efforts to humiliate him and make him confess fail.

Starring: Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde, Georgia Brown, Ian Holm, David Warner, Hugh Griffith, Elizabeth Hartman, Murray Melvin, Carol White, Michael Goodliffe ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1968-12-08

5 Card Stud

6.4/10 IMDB

The players in an ongoing poker game are being mysteriously killed off, one by one.

Starring: Dean Martin, Robert Mitchum, Inger Stevens, Roddy McDowall, Katherine Justice, John Anderson, Ruth Springford, Yaphet Kotto, Denver Pyle, Bill Fletcher ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1968-07-28

Lady in Cement

5.8/10 IMDB

While diving for sunken treasure, street-smart gumshoe Tony Rome finds the body of a gorgeous blonde, her feet stuck in a block of cement. Soon after, tough guy Waldo Gronski hires him to find a missing woman named Sandra Lomax, and Rome wonders if there's a connection. He sets about trying to locate the woman, and in no time finds himself mixed up with a beautiful party girl and a slippery racketeer.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Raquel Welch, Richard Conte, Martin Gabel, Lainie Kazan, Pat Henry, Steve Peck, Virginia Wood, Richard Deacon, Frank Raiter ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1968-11-19

The Magus

5.5/10 IMDB

A teacher on a Greek island becomes involved in bizarre mind-games with the island's magus (magician) and a beautiful young woman.

Starring: Michael Caine, Anthony Quinn, Candice Bergen, Anna Karina, Paul Stassino, Julian Glover, Takis Emmanuel, George Pastell, Danièle Noël, Jerome Willis ..
Directed by: Guy Green
Release date: 1968-12-10

Curse of the Crimson Altar

5.5/10 IMDB

When his brother disappears, Robert Manning pays a visit to the remote country house he was last heard from. While his host is outwardly welcoming - and his niece more demonstrably so - Manning detects a feeling of menace in the air with the legend of Lavinia Morley, Black Witch of Greymarsh, hanging over everything.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Barbara Steele, Michael Gough, Mark Eden, Virginia Wetherell, Rosemarie Reede, Michael Warren, Denys Peck, Derek Tansley ..
Directed by: Vernon Sewell
Release date: 1968-12-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1968 : Way Down Cellar

Way Down Cellar

7.0/10 IMDB

Three friends find a secret tunnel under the ruins of a church that leads them to the basement of a dilapidated house and, incidentally, a group of counterfeiters.

Starring: Butch Patrick, Sheldon Collins, Lundy Davis, Frank McHugh, Richard Bakalyan, David McLean, Ben Wright, Grace Lee Whitney, Frederic Downs ..
Directed by: Robert Totten
Release date: 1968-01-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1968 : Shikar


6.5/10 IMDB

Ajay Singh is an estate manager who finds his employer dead and a mysterious woman unconscious after a car crash nearby. She disappears, and he must join forces with Police Inspector Rai to solve the mystery.

Starring: Dharmendra, Asha Parekh, Sanjeev Kumar, Rehman, Helen, Bela Bose, Johnny Walker, Keshto Mukherjee ..
Release date: 1968-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1968 : Companions in Nightmare

Companions in Nightmare

7.5/10 IMDB

One of the patients in a group-therapy session conducted by a famous psychiatrist is a murderer.

Starring: Gig Young, Anne Baxter, Patrick O'Neal, Dana Wynter, Melvyn Douglas, Leslie Nielsen, William Redfield, Louis Gossett Jr., Bettye Ackerman, Stacy Harris ..
Directed by: Norman Lloyd
Release date: 1968-11-23

The Birthday Party

6.4/10 IMDB

Based on Harold Pinter's enigmatic play about a boarder in a British seaside dwelling who is visited by two strangers. They torment him verbally, ask him idiotic unanswerable questions, force him to sit down and stand up, and give him a "party". Then, eventually, they take him away, a tongue-tied idiot. The trivial becomes the terrible, and with it a certain wonder, a certain pity.

Starring: Robert Shaw, Patrick Magee, Dandy Nichols, Sydney Tafler, Moultrie Kelsall, Helen Fraser ..
Directed by: William Friedkin
Release date: 1968-12-09
Best Mystery Movies of 1968 : Project X

Project X

5.5/10 IMDB

A spy is brought back from cryogenic suspension after being almost killed in a plane crash returning from a mission to learn about a deadly new weapon being developed in the East. But the vital memories are being suppressed, so the authorities use ultra-advanced technologies to try to uncover the secret.

Starring: Christopher George, Greta Baldwin, Henry Jones, Monte Markham, Harold Gould, Phillip Pine, Lee Delano, Ivan Bonar, Patrick Wright, Keye Luke ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1968-05-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1968 : Deadly Inheritance

Deadly Inheritance

5.8/10 IMDB

There are a number of inheritors to a fortune who are getting killed by a mysterious somebody whom we do not see. Each death is novel, but not terribly graphic. Who did it?

Starring: Tom Drake, Femi Benussi, Virgilio Gazzolo, Ivo Garrani, Ernesto Colli, Valeria Ciangottini, Isarco Ravaioli, Giovanna Lenzi, Andrea Fantasia, Alessandra Maravia ..
Directed by: Vittorio Sindoni
Release date: 1968-01-01


6.4/10 IMDB

Reluctant New York City private eye P.J. Detweiler is hired as a bodyguard to protect Maureen Preble, the mistress of shady millionaire William Orbison. In truth, Orbison plans a deadly intrigue in which P.J. is to play a central part. Meanwhile, complications ensue as P.J. gradually falls in love with Maureen. (Wikipedia)

Starring: George Peppard, Raymond Burr, Gayle Hunnicutt, Brock Peters, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Jason Evers, Coleen Gray, Susan Saint James, Severn Darden, Jane Van Duser ..
Directed by: John Guillermin
Release date: 1968-03-27
Best Mystery Movies of 1968 : The Smugglers

The Smugglers

6.2/10 IMDB

A woman and her stepdaughter attempt to sneak a few souvenirs past customs and inadvertently become the couriers for an international smuggling ring.

Starring: Shirley Booth, Carol Lynley, Kurt Kasznar, David Opatoshu, Donnelly Rhodes, Michael J. Pollard, Ilka Windish, Emilio Fernández, Charles Drake, Albert Szabo ..
Directed by: Norman Lloyd
Release date: 1968-12-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1968 : The Chinese Room

The Chinese Room

5.1/10 IMDB

An unorthodox doctor makes a house call to the Acapulco abode of a mushroom addict.

Starring: Guillermo Murray, Elizabeth Campbell, Carlos Rivas, Regina Torné, Germán Robles, Gloria Leticia Ortiz, Carlos East, Ivan J. Rado ..
Directed by: Albert Zugsmith
Release date: 1968-08-29
Best Mystery Movies of 1968 : Murder à la Mod

Murder à la Mod

5.4/10 IMDB

Naive young Karen wants to help her struggling amateur filmmaker boyfriend Christopher raise enough money so he can divorce his wife. Meanwhile, jolly psycho-prankster Otto stalks the building where Christopher is shooting a low-grade adult movie in order to keep himself afloat.

Starring: Andra Akers, William Finley, Margo Norton, Jared Martin, Ken Burrows, Lorenzo Catlett, Jack Harrell, Laura Stevenson, John Quinn, Jennifer Salt ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1968-05-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1968 : Cocoon


7.9/10 IMDB

In this pilot film to the "Hawaii Five-0" television series, special law officer Steve McGarrett tracks down Red Chinese operatives and their spy ring in Honolulu.

Starring: Jack Lord, Nancy Kwan, Leslie Nielsen, Andrew Duggan, James Gregory, Khigh Dhiegh, Lew Ayres, Tim O'Kelly, Zulu, Kam Fong ..
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1968-09-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1968 : Sherlock Holmes: The Blue Carbuncle

Sherlock Holmes: The Blue Carbuncle

7.4/10 IMDB

Can Sherlock Holmes solve the mystery of the theft of the near-priceless gemstone, the "Blue Carbuncle?" The police have their man, but Holmes is not so sure...

Starring: Peter Cushing, Nigel Stock, Madge Ryan, James Beck, Richard Butler, Michael Robbins, Frank Middlemass, Ernest Hare, Neil Fitzpatrick, Clyde Pollitt ..
Directed by: Bill Bain
Release date: 1968-12-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1968 : The Mysteries

The Mysteries

7.0/10 IMDB

"In my film I suggest that there is no greater mystery than that of the protagonists. War and Love are simply equated for what they are; the aftermath is inevitable, and a normal human condition, for which like the ancients one can only have pity and understanding. In this lies the mystery. All else is irrelevant. That there are other sub-currents of equal power in The Mysteries goes without saying; and, those who are capable of the numerous visual visitations and annunciations which the film offers them will realize what is the Ultimate Mystery of my work."

Starring: Friedhelm Krey ..
Directed by: Gregory J. Markopoulos
Release date: 1968-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1968 : Baazi


6.5/10 IMDB

Elizabeth's uncle is in deep financial crisis. He somehow manages to prove his own death and cremate someone else's body in order to claim Rs.250,000 (a huge amount during 60s) from the insurance company. Inspector Ajay unfolds the mystery.

Starring: Waheeda Rehman, Dharmendra ..
Release date: 1968-05-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1968 : Jigsaw


5.8/10 IMDB

After inadvertently ingesting some sugar laced with LSD, a man wakes up with amnesia and in the middle of a murder plot.

Starring: Harry Guardino, Bradford Dillman, Hope Lange, Pat Hingle, Diana Hyland, Victor Jory, Paul Stewart, Susan Saint James, Michael J. Pollard, Roy Jenson ..
Directed by: James Goldstone
Release date: 1968-06-05

A Lovely Way to Die

5.2/10 IMDB

A cop quits the force after too much disappointment in the system. He becomes a bodyguard of a rich recent widow. She is on trial for her husband's murder. He decides to help her clear her name... and get over her husband.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Sylva Koscina, Eli Wallach, Kenneth Haigh, Martyn Green, Sharon Farrell, Ali MacGraw, Ruth White, Philip Bosco, Ralph Waite ..
Directed by: David Lowell Rich
Release date: 1968-04-19

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