Best Mystery Movies of 1970


The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

7.0/10 IMDB

Holmes and Dr. Watson take on the case of a beautiful woman whose husband has vanished. The investigation proves strange indeed, involving six missing midgets, villainous monks, a Scottish castle, the Loch Ness monster, and covert naval experiments.

Starring: Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely, Geneviève Page, Christopher Lee, Tamara Toumanova, Clive Revill, Irene Handl, Mollie Maureen, Stanley Holloway, Catherine Lacey ..
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1970-10-29

Beneath the Planet of the Apes

6.0/10 IMDB

The sole survivor of an interplanetary rescue mission discovers a planet ruled by apes, and an underground city run by telepathic humans.

Starring: James Franciscus, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, Linda Harrison, Charlton Heston, Paul Richards, David Watson, Thomas Gomez, Victor Buono, James Gregory ..
Directed by: Ted Post
Release date: 1970-04-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1970 : An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe

An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe

7.4/10 IMDB

A collection of four Poe stories narrated by Vincent Price: 1) The Tell-Tale Heart, 2) The Sphinx, 3) The Cask of Amontillado, and 4) The Pit and the Pendulum.

Starring: Vincent Price ..
Directed by: Kenneth Johnson
Release date: 1970-01-01

And Soon the Darkness

6.6/10 IMDB

Two young English women go on a cycling tour of the French countryside. When one of them goes missing, the other begins to search for her. But who can she trust?

Starring: Pamela Franklin, Michele Dotrice, Sandor Elès, John Nettleton, Clare Kelly, Hana Maria Pravda, John Franklyn, Claude Bertrand, Jean Carmet ..
Directed by: Robert Fuest
Release date: 1970-09-10

The Dunwich Horror

5.4/10 IMDB

Dr. Henry Armitage, an expert in the occult, goes to the old Whateley manor in Dunwich looking for Nancy Wagner, a student who went missing the previous night. He is turned away by Wilbur, the family's insidious heir, who has plans for the young girl. But Armitage won't be deterred. Through conversations with the locals, he soon unearths the Whateleys' darkest secret — as well as a great evil.

Starring: Sandra Dee, Dean Stockwell, Ed Begley, Lloyd Bochner, Talia Shire, Barboura Morris, Sam Jaffe, Joanne Moore Jordan, Donna Baccala, Michael Fox ..
Directed by: Daniel Haller
Release date: 1970-01-14
Best Mystery Movies of 1970 : The Hart of London

The Hart of London

6.6/10 IMDB

"The Hart of London" is an endlessly layered tour de force. It explores life and death, the sense of place and personal displacement, and the intricate aesthetics of representation. It is a personal and spiritual film, marked inevitably by Chambers’s knowledge that he had leukemia. The late American avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage said of Hart, "If I named the five greatest films [ever made], this has got to be one of them." Even this high praise falls short of hyperbole. The Hart of London is at the centre of Chambers’s extraordinary achievement.

Directed by: Jack Chambers
Release date: 1970-11-30

Scream and Scream Again

5.5/10 IMDB

A serial killer, who drains his victims for blood is on the loose in London, the Police follow him to a house owned by an eccentric scientist.

Starring: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Judy Huxtable, Alfred Marks, Michael Gothard, Christopher Matthews, Anthony Newlands, Julian Holloway, Judy Bloom ..
Directed by: Gordon Hessler
Release date: 1970-02-02
Best Mystery Movies of 1970 : Darker Than Amber

Darker Than Amber

6.2/10 IMDB

Professional beach bum and 'knight errant' Travis McGee goes up against psychotic body-builder Terry Bartell. McGee pulls out all the stops when he joins a Caribbean cruise to bring the killer to justice.

Starring: Rod Taylor, Theodore Bikel, Suzy Kendall, Ahna Capri, William Smith, Janet MacLachlan, Robert Phillips, Jane Russell, James Booth, Oswaldo Calvo ..
Directed by: Robert Clouse
Release date: 1970-08-14

Robin Redbreast

7.3/10 IMDB

After the break-up of a long-term relationship, urban sophisticate Norah seeks refuge in a remote house in the country. The locals are friendly, if eccentric, and she toys with the idea of a flirtation with dishy young gamekeeper Rob. But events at Harvest Festival leave her feeling manipulated, and six months later, with the consequences all too evident, she finds herself trapped in what is more like a nightmare. What role is she destined to play in the cycle of the seasons -- and of the generations?

Starring: Anna Cropper, Bernard Hepton, Amanda Walker, Julian Holloway, Freda Bamford, Freda Bamford, Andy Bradford, Cyril Cross, Robin Wentworth ..
Directed by: James MacTaggart
Release date: 1970-12-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1970 : Taste of Excitement

Taste of Excitement

5.4/10 IMDB

A man has been killed on the Dover/Boulogne car ferry. What is the connection between him and the attempts being made to kill Jane Kerrell, a young girl in her early twenties? As she speeds through the French countryside to the South of France, several attempts are made on her life as she is deliberately forced off the road by another car. But when she reports these attempts, the local Cap Ferrat Police Inspector and the sinister psychiatrist, Dr. Forla believe these attempts are in her imagination and Dr Forla, concludes that Jane is mentally disturbed. At her wits end Jane finds an ally in the young English painter, Paul Hedley who finally believes her life is in danger following an attempt to murder him. When Inspector Malling of Scotland Yard and Mr. Breese arrive in Cap Ferrat trying to uncover the connection between Jane and the murdered man on the ferry, this thrilling puzzle of international intrigue begins to unravel against the backdrop of the French Riviera.

Starring: Eva Renzi, Peter Bowles, David Buck, Peter Vaughan, Paul Hubschmid, Sophie Hardy, Kay Walsh, Francis Matthews, George Pravda ..
Directed by: Don Sharp
Release date: 1970-01-01

Fragment of Fear

6.1/10 IMDB

A reformed drug addict travels to Italy to find out who murdered his aunt.

Starring: David Hemmings, Gayle Hunnicutt, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Flora Robson, Adolfo Celi, Roland Culver, Daniel Massey, Mona Washbourne, Arthur Lowe, Yootha Joyce ..
Directed by: Richard C. Sarafian
Release date: 1970-09-03

The Ballad of Tam Lin

5.8/10 IMDB

Based upon the Celtic legend Tam Lin, a young man is bewitched by a beautiful, heartless, aging sorceress to become her lover. When his attention wanders to a lovely girl, he is doomed to ritual sacrifice by the sorceress.

Starring: Ava Gardner, Ian McShane, Richard Wattis, Cyril Cusack, Stephanie Beacham, David Whitman, Fabia Drake, Sinéad Cusack, Joanna Lumley, Jenny Hanley ..
Directed by: Roddy McDowall
Release date: 1970-12-01


5.6/10 IMDB

Tulia, a young model is invited to a photographer's country home for what purports to be a quiet weekend retreat - but soon appears to be anything but.

Starring: Karl Lanchbury, Vivien Neves, Pia Andersson, Sibyla Grey, Johanna Hegger, Andrew Grant, Edwin Brown, Ernest C. Jennings, Larry Dann, Lisbet Lundquist ..
Directed by: José Ramón Larraz
Release date: 1970-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1970 : The Lawyer

The Lawyer

6.7/10 IMDB

Tony Petrocelli, a bright young lawyer practicing in the rich cattle town of Baker, becomes embroiled in a murder case.

Starring: Barry Newman, Diana Muldaur, Harold Gould, Booth Colman, Ken Swofford, Robert Colbert, Kathleen Crowley, Warren J. Kemmerling, E.J. André, William Sylvester ..
Directed by: Sidney J. Furie
Release date: 1970-03-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1970 : Along Came a Spider

Along Came a Spider

6.4/10 IMDB

Dr. Janet Furie comes to believe that her husband and fellow scientist were set up to die in a lab accident. She blames another scientist, not only for the murder but also for taking credit for her husband's groundbreaking work. When she can't prove her husband was murdered, she spins a web of intrigue and deceit that results in the suspected scientist being framed for another murder that never actually happened.

Starring: Suzanne Pleshette, Ed Nelson, Andrew Prine, Brooke Bundy, Richard Anderson, Wright King, Barry Atwater, Milton Selzer, Frank Ferguson, Virginia Gregg ..
Directed by: Lee H. Katzin
Release date: 1970-02-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1970 : Mister Jerico

Mister Jerico

6.2/10 IMDB

Con man Dudley Jerico sets out to rob corrupt millionaire Victor Rosso of his legendary Gemini diamond, but there's another operator in town who is out to con the con.

Starring: Patrick Macnee, Connie Stevens, Herbert Lom, Marty Allen, Jasmina Hilton, Peter Yapp, Bruce Boa, Joanne Dainton, Paul Darrow, Jasmina Hilton ..
Directed by: Sidney Hayers
Release date: 1970-03-03

Ritual of Evil

5.5/10 IMDB

A psychiatrist investigates the death of one of his patients, a young heiress.

Starring: Louis Jourdan, Anne Baxter, John McMartin, Diana Hyland, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Belinda Montgomery, Carla Borelli, Georg Stanford Brown, Regis Cordic, Dehl Berti ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1970-02-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1970 : Dream No Evil

Dream No Evil

4.8/10 IMDB

Grace is a troubled young lady with some serious daddy issues. She was adopted as a young girl and raised up in a family of traveling faith healers. After the patriarch of that little group passes away Grace's world is thrown into turmoil. The eldest brother turns his back on the family business in favor of medical school despite being engaged to Grace and she is left alone with the shady younger son who puts Grace in a skimpy leotard and incorporates some circus style showmanship to draw in the rubes.

Starring: Edmond O'Brien, Michael Pataki, Marc Lawrence, Brooke Mills, Paul Prokop, Arthur Franz, D.J. Anderson, Nadyne Turney, Vicki Schreck, William Guhl ..
Directed by: John Hayes
Release date: 1970-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1970 : The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go

The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go

3.5/10 IMDB

An American draft dodger and aspiring writer named Nero Finnigan (Jeff Bridges) becomes involved with the notorious Mr. Go (James Mason), an oriental organized crime mastermind. They conspire to blackmail an American weapons scientist into providing secrets to Mr. Go's organization for resale to the highest bidder. "The Dolphin" then arrives, who is an American CIA agent and James Joyce scholar, and is charged with recovering the scientist and his work by whatever means necessary.[1]

Starring: James Mason, Jeff Bridges, Jack MacGowran, Irene Tsu, Peter Lind Hayes, Clarissa Kaye-Mason, Burgess Meredith, Broderick Crawford, Jay Adler, King Hu ..
Directed by: Burgess Meredith
Release date: 1970-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1970 : The Amazing Transplant

The Amazing Transplant

4.1/10 IMDB

A nice guy turns murderous after undergoing a penis transplant.

Starring: João Fernandes, Linda Southern, Larry Hunter, Olive Denneccio, Sandy Eden, Kim Pope, Bernard Marcel, Janet Banzet, Suzzan Landau, Uta Erickson ..
Directed by: Doris Wishman
Release date: 1970-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1970 : Flesh Feast

Flesh Feast

2.5/10 IMDB

A doctor in Florida conducts shady experiments involving maggots and stolen body parts, which may be in preparation for a larger plot.

Starring: Veronica Lake, Phil Philbin, Doug Foster, Harry Kerwin, Brad Townes, Martha Mischon, Dete Parsons, Heather Hughes, Dianne Wilhite, Yanka Mann ..
Directed by: Brad F. Grinter
Release date: 1970-05-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1970 : House on Greenapple Road

House on Greenapple Road

6.8/10 IMDB

A promiscuous housewife has been murdered and hardboiled detective Dan August has to find the motive...and the body.

Starring: Christopher George, Janet Leigh, Julie Harris, Tim O'Connor, Walter Pidgeon, Barry Sullivan, Keenan Wynn, Peter Mark Richman, William Windom, Lynda Day George ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1970-01-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1970 : The Other Man

The Other Man

6.7/10 IMDB

The neglected wife of an ambitious district attorney starts an affair with an ex-convict he had sent to prison. When her lover is found murdered, she begins to suspect that her husband did it.

Starring: Joan Hackett, Arthur Hill, Roy Thinnes, Tammy Grimes, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr., Virginia Gregg, Anne Collings, James Gavin, Zolya Talma, Bruce Kirby ..
Directed by: Richard A. Colla
Release date: 1970-10-19

Curse of the Mummy

6.2/10 IMDB

An archaeologist unearths the mummy of an Egyptian queen. He doesn't realize that his daughter has a strong resemblance to the dead queen, and soon the mummy awakens. Complications ensue.

Starring: Isobel Black, Patrick Mower, Donald Churchill, Graham Crowden, Murray Hayne, Elizabeth McKewen, Ernest Hare, Alan Haines, Frances Alger, George Janson ..
Directed by: Guy Verney
Release date: 1970-02-23

Dead Easy

0.0/10 IMDB

A student of criminology is completing a thesis on Melbourne mass murderers. With the aid of a German professor he visits the scenes of the crimes of Frederick Deeming, Norman List, Arnold Sodeman and Edward Leonski and reconstructs them.

Starring: Peter Carmody, Kurt Beimel, Bruce Spence, Anna Raknes, Peter Cummins, David Carr, Martin Phelan ..
Directed by: Nigel Buesst
Release date: 1970-06-01

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