Best Mystery Movies of 1971

1.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Three children evacuated from London during World War II are forced to stay with an eccentric spinster (Eglantine Price). The children's initial fears disappear when they find out she is in fact a trainee witch.

Starring: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe, John Ericson, Bruce Forsyth, Cindy O'Callaghan, Roy Snart, Ian Weighill, Tessie O'Shea ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1971-10-07
2.

Klute

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

A high-priced call girl is forced to depend on a reluctant private eye when she is stalked by a psychopath.

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
3.

THX 1138

4.8
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
4.

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
5.

Let's Scare Jessica to Death

4.0
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
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Ransom for a Dead Man
6.

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
7.

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 : Dead Weight
8.

Dead Weight

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A war hero shoots and kills his business partner; an easily manipulated young divorcée is the only witness.

Starring: Peter Falk, Eddie Albert, Suzanne Pleshette, Kate Reid, John Kerr, Val Avery, Timothy Carey, Clete Roberts, Ron Castro, Glen Vernon ..
Directed by: Jack Smight
Release date: 1971-10-27
9.

They Might Be Giants

3.6
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
10.

See No Evil

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

In the English countryside, Sarah Rexton, recently blinded in a horse riding accident, moves in with her uncle's family and gallantly adjusts to her new condition, unaware that a killer stalks them.

Starring: Mia Farrow, Dorothy Alison, Robin Bailey, Diane Grayson, Brian Rawlinson, Norman Eshley, Paul Nicholas, Christopher Matthews, Michael Elphick, Donald Bisset ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1971-09-02

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