Best Mystery Movies of 1971

1.

Klute

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

This acclaimed thriller stars Jane Fonda as Bree Daniel, a New York City call girl who becomes enmeshed in an investigation into the disappearance of a business executive. Detective John Klute is hired to follow Daniel, and eventually begins a romance with her, but it appears that he hasn't been the only person on her trail. When it becomes clear that Daniel is being targeted, it's up to her and Klute to figure out who is after her before it's too late.

Starring: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi, Roy Scheider, Dorothy Tristan, Vivian Nathan, Robert Milli, Betty Murray, Rita Gam, Jean Stapleton ..
Directed by: Alan J. Pakula
Release date: 1971-06-23
2.

THX 1138

4.9
6.7/10 IMDB

People in the future live in a totalitarian society. A technician named THX 1138 lives a mundane life between work and taking a controlled consumption of drugs that the government uses to make puppets out of people. As THX is without drugs for the first time he has feelings for a woman and they start a secret relationship.

Starring: Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley, Maggie McOmie, Ian Wolfe, Marshall Efron, Sid Haig, John Pearce, Irene Cagen, Gary Alan Marsh ..
Directed by: George Lucas
Release date: 1971-03-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Columbo: Murder by the Book
3.

Columbo: Murder by the Book

4.0
7.7/10 IMDB

When one member of a mystery writing team wants to break from his less talented partner, he becomes the victim in a real-life murder mystery.

Starring: Peter Falk, Jack Cassidy, Rosemary Forsyth, Martin Milner, Barbara Colby, Lynette Mettey, Bernie Kuby, Hoke Howell, Haven Earle Haley ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1971-09-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Ransom for a Dead Man
4.

Ransom for a Dead Man

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

A brilliant tort attorney gets rid of her boring husband by faking his kidnapping and keeping the ransom. The FBI may be fooled, but not Columbo.

Starring: Peter Falk, Lee Grant, John Fink, Harold Gould, Patricia Mattick, Paul Carr, Jed Allan, Charles Macaulay, Hank Brandt, Jean Byron ..
Directed by: Richard Irving
Release date: 1971-03-01
5.

The Hospital

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

A suicidal doctor struggles to find meaning in his life while a murderer stalks the halls of his hospital.

Starring: George C. Scott, Diana Rigg, Richard Dysart, Barnard Hughes, Stephen Elliott, Nancy Marchand, Frances Sternhagen, Andrew Duncan, Roberts Blossom, Lenny Baker ..
Directed by: Arthur Hiller
Release date: 1971-12-14
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : They Might Be Giants
6.

They Might Be Giants

3.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Every hero has a weakness, and Sherlock Holmes' weakness was Moriarty. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve mysteries and search for Moriarty in 1970s New York City. The fact that Sherlock Holmes is a psychotic paranoid and Dr. Watson is a female psychiatrist fascinated by his case is almost beside the point.

Starring: George C. Scott, Joanne Woodward, Jack Gilford, Lester Rawlins, Al Lewis, Rue McClanahan, Theresa Merritt, James Tolkan, Kitty Winn, F. Murray Abraham ..
Directed by: Anthony Harvey
Release date: 1971-06-09
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Gumshoe
7.

Gumshoe

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

A would be private eye gets mixed up in a smuggling case.

Starring: Albert Finney, Billie Whitelaw, Frank Finlay, Janice Rule, Carolyn Seymour, Fulton Mackay, Oscar James, Bill Dean, Wendy Richard, Maureen Lipman ..
Directed by: Stephen Frears
Release date: 1971-12-01
8.

The House That Dripped Blood

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

A Scotland Yard investigator looks into four mysterious cases involving an unoccupied house.

Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Nyree Dawn Porter, Denholm Elliott, Jon Pertwee, Joanna Dunham, Joss Ackland, John Bennett, Chloe Franks, Tom Adams ..
Directed by: Peter Duffell
Release date: 1971-02-22
9.

Pretty Maids All in a Row

3.4
6.2/10 IMDB

At Oceanfront High School, female students are being targeted by an unknown serial killer. Meanwhile, a married teacher hides his flings with nubile students, and an awkward male is frustrated by the plethora of uninhibited freewheeling young girls.

Starring: Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson, Telly Savalas, John David Carson, Roddy McDowall, Keenan Wynn, James Doohan, William Campbell, Susan Tolsky, Barbara Leigh ..
Directed by: Roger Vadim
Release date: 1971-04-28
10.

Let's Scare Jessica to Death

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Newly released from a mental ward, Jessica hopes to return to life the way it was before her nervous breakdown. But when Jessica moves to a country house with her husband and a close friend, she finds a mysterious girl living in there who may or may not be a vampire. Jessica's terror and paranoia resurface as evil forces surround her, making her wonder: Are the visions real or is she slipping back into madness?

Starring: Zohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Gretchen Corbett, Alan Manson, Mariclare Costello, Kevin O'Connor ..
Directed by: John D. Hancock
Release date: 1971-08-06

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