Best Mystery Movies of 1971

1.

Duel

6.1
7.6/10 IMDB

Traveling businessman David Mann angers the driver of a rusty tanker while crossing the California desert. A simple trip turns deadly, as Mann struggles to stay on the road while the tanker plays cat and mouse with his life.

Starring: Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone, Lou Frizzell, Gene Dynarski, Lucille Benson, Tim Herbert, Charles Seel, Shirley O'Hara, Alexander Lockwood ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1971-11-13
2.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

5.1
7.0/10 IMDB

Three children evacuated from London during World War II are forced to stay with an eccentric spinster. 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
3.

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
4.

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
5.

Columbo: Murder by the Book

4.0
7.6/10 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
6.

The House That Dripped Blood

4.0
6.5/10 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
7.

Let's Scare Jessica to Death

3.9
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. Jessica's terror and paranoia resurface as evil forces surround her.

Starring: Zohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Gretchen Corbett, Alan Manson, Mariclare Costello, Kevin O'Connor ..
Directed by: John D. Hancock
Release date: 1971-08-06
8.

The Hospital

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Dr. Bock, the chief of medicine at a Manhattan hospital, is suicidal after the collapse of his personal life. When an intern is found dead in a hospital bed, it appears to Bock to be a case of unforgivable malpractice. Hours later, another doctor, who happens to be responsible for another case of malpractice, is found dead. Despondent, Bock finds himself drawn to Barbara, the daughter of a comatose missionary.

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
9.

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
10.

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
11.

See No Evil

3.4
6.6/10 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
12.

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
13.

What's the Matter with Helen?

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

Two middle-aged women move to Hollywood, California after their sons are convicted of a notorious murder and open a dance school for children eager to tap their way to stardom.

Starring: Debbie Reynolds, Shelley Winters, Dennis Weaver, Micheál Mac Liammóir, Agnes Moorehead, Helene Winston, Peggy Rea, Logan Ramsey, Paulle Clark, Yvette Vickers ..
Directed by: Curtis Harrington
Release date: 1971-06-30
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : The Insomniac
14.

The Insomniac

3.1
6.1/10 IMDB

A man experiences a night-time world that is part foreboding nightmare, part sexual fantasy.

Starring: Morris Perry, Valerie Van Ost, Patricia Leventon, Neville Marten ..
Directed by: Rodney Giesler
Release date: 1971-09-24
15.

Pretty Maids All in a Row

3.1
6.1/10 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
16.

Night of Dark Shadows

3.0
5.4/10 IMDB

A newlywed painter and his wife move into his family's ancestral home and find themselves plagued by spirits of past residents.

Starring: David Selby, Kate Jackson, Grayson Hall, Lara Parker, John Karlen, Nancy Barrett, Jim Storm, Thayer David, Christopher Pennock, Diana Millay ..
Directed by: Dan Curtis
Release date: 1971-08-04
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Unman, Wittering and Zigo
17.

Unman, Wittering and Zigo

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

A new schoolteacher learns that the previous teacher was killed by his students, and he fears the same fate will befall him.

Starring: David Hemmings, Douglas Wilmer, Tony Haygarth, Carolyn Seymour, Donald Gee, Hamilton Dyce, Barbara Lott, David Jackson, Hubert Rees, David Auker ..
Directed by: John Mackenzie
Release date: 1971-06-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Quest for Love
18.

Quest for Love

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

After a scientific experiment goes horribly wrong during a demonstration, a scientist finds himself trapped in an alternate reality that bears some similarities to our own, but also has some striking differences. In this other reality the Second World War had never occurred, mankind had not yet traveled into Space and Mt. Everest had not yet been conquered, just to name a few things. Also in this other reality he is no longer a scientist but rather a well known author. After a personal tragedy in this alternate world, he finds himself back in his own world and desperately trying to locate the woman he fell in love with in the other world. Little does she know, however, that her life depends on him finding her.

Starring: Joan Collins, Tom Bell, Laurence Naismith, Denholm Elliott, Geraldine Gardner, Geraldine Moffat, David Weston, Philip Stone, Angus MacKay, Johnny Briggs ..
Directed by: Ralph Thomas
Release date: 1971-06-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate
19.

Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

Four elderly ladies with a lot of time on their hands get the idea to create a fictional "girl" for a computer dating service. However, things take a turn for the worse when their description of the "girl" attracts a psychopath.

Starring: Helen Hayes, Myrna Loy, Mildred Natwick, Sylvia Sidney, John Beradino, Vince Edwards, Larry D. Mann, Barbara Davis, Gary Vinson, Paul Smith ..
Directed by: Ted Post
Release date: 1971-11-09
20.

Murders in the Rue Morgue

2.8
5.2/10 IMDB

In Paris, in the beginning of the Twentieth Century, Cesar Charron owns a theater at the Rue Morgue where he performs the play "Murders in the Rue Morgue" with his wife Madeleine Charron, who has dreadful nightmares. When there are several murders by acid of people connected to Cesar, the prime suspect of Inspector Vidocq would be Cesar's former partner Rene Marot. But Marot murdered Madeleine's mother many years ago and committed suicide immediately after.

Starring: Jason Robards, Herbert Lom, Christine Kaufmann, Adolfo Celi, Maria Perschy, Lilli Palmer, Michael Dunn, Peter Arne, Rosalind Elliot, Marshall Jones ..
Directed by: Gordon Hessler
Release date: 1971-07-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Paper Man
21.

Paper Man

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

A prank that starts with a group of college students creating a fictitious person so they can get a credit card develops into a plot that leaves three of them dead.

Starring: Dean Stockwell, Stefanie Powers, Tina Chen, Elliott Street, James Stacy, James Olson, Jason Wingreen, Dan Barton, Robert Patten, Suzanne Taylor ..
Directed by: Walter Grauman
Release date: 1971-11-12
22.

They Call It Murder

2.6
5.4/10 IMDB

A small-town district attorney is saddled with several major investigations, including a gambler's murder and a possible insurance scam.

Starring: Jim Hutton, Lloyd Bochner, Jo Ann Pflug, Robert J. Wilke, Edward Asner, William Elliott, Miriam Colón, Jessica Walter, Carmen Mathews, Leslie Nielsen ..
Directed by: Walter Grauman
Release date: 1971-12-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Death Lends A Hand
23.

Death Lends A Hand

2.5
7.7/10 IMDB

Lieutenant Columbo matches wits against Investigator Brimmer, a former cop turned private sleuth who tries to blackmail a client's wife. When she refuses, he accidentally kills her and it's up to Frank Columbo to nail him.

Starring: Peter Falk, Robert Culp, Ray Milland, Pat Crowley, Brett Halsey, Don Keefer, Lieux Dressler, Len Wayland ..
Directed by: Bernard L. Kowalski
Release date: 1971-10-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Columbo: Murder By the Book
24.

Columbo: Murder By the Book

2.5
7.6/10 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. Columbo is on the scene (even if he’s not on the same page).

Starring: Peter Falk, Jack Cassidy, Barbara Colby, Rosemary Forsyth, Martin Milner, Lynette Mettey, Bernie Kuby, Marcia Wallace ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1971-09-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : A Howling in the Woods
25.

A Howling in the Woods

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

A disillusioned housewife on a vacation in the woods is disturbed by her husband continually trying to get her to come home and, more ominously, a mysterious howling at night.

Starring: Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, John Rubinstein, Vera Miles, Tyne Daly, Ruta Lee, George Murdock, Ford Rainey, Bill Vint, Karl Swenson ..
Directed by: Daniel Petrie
Release date: 1971-11-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Johnny Wadd
26.

Johnny Wadd

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

A woman in need comes to visit a private dick. She hires Johnny Wadd to find her girlfriend and offers him $1000 plus her body. Later, the missing girl's sister shows up and offers to double his fee and her body too so he won't find her sister.

Starring: John Holmes, Andy Bellamy, Gerard Broulard, Bob Chinn, Sandy Dempsey, Patti Lee ..
Directed by: Bob Chinn
Release date: 1971-10-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler
27.

The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler

2.4
5.4/10 IMDB

A U.S. Senator is spirited away to a secret New Mexico medical lab after a serious car crash. His injuries are completely healed by a secret organization that has developed advanced medical technology. What does the organization want in exchange for saving his life? Meanwhile, a reporter who witnessed the accident decides to investigate the senator's disappearance.

Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Bradford Dillman, James Daly, Angie Dickinson, Robert J. Wilke, Jack Carter, Don Haggerty, Lew Brown, Tris Coffin, Richard Schuyler ..
Directed by: Bob Wynn
Release date: 1971-11-30
28.

Assault

2.4
5.5/10 IMDB

After one schoolgirl is raped while taking a short cut through the local woods, and another is murdered in the same woods a few days later, the local police are baffled. With the help of a reporter from one of the local papers, and against the wishes of a psychologist at the local hospital, a young teacher at the school the girls attended uses herself as bait to lure the perpetrator out. Could it be the creepy husband of the head mistress at the school, the psychologist who seems to be taking an unusual interest in the case, or something altogether more sinister?

Starring: Suzy Kendall, Frank Finlay, Freddie Jones, James Laurenson, Lesley-Anne Down, Tony Beckley, Anthony Ainley, Dilys Hamlett, James Cosmo, Marianne Stone ..
Directed by: Sidney Hayers
Release date: 1971-02-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : The Man with Icy Eyes
29.

The Man with Icy Eyes

2.2
5.3/10 IMDB

A state senator is murdered outside his home, and the police arrest a strange man described as having "icy eyes" for the crime. An Italian reporter finds a stripper who claims to have been an eyewitness to the assassination and saw the man with the icy eyes commit it. At his trial she testifies against him, and he's sentenced to death. However, the reporter soon begins to find holes in the stripper's story, and other circumstances arise which makes him believe that the wrong man may have been convicted

Starring: Antonio Sabàto, Barbara Bouchet, Faith Domergue, Corrado Gaipa, Victor Buono, Keenan Wynn, Giovanni Petti, Joe Pollini, Bill Stevenson, James Smith ..
Directed by: Alberto De Martino
Release date: 1971-04-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Flesh Of The Lotus
30.

Flesh Of The Lotus

2.2
5.0/10 IMDB

Private eye Johnny Wadd relentlessly sets out to solve the murder of a former girlfriend, and encounters various female suspects leading him to the leader of a vicious gang that runs San Francisco's Chinatown.

Starring: John Holmes, Heather Starr, Andy Bellamy, Bob Chinn, Alex Elliot ..
Directed by: Bob Chinn
Release date: 1971-12-14
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Cry Uncle!
31.

Cry Uncle!

2.2
5.0/10 IMDB

Private detective Jack Masters takes on a case and gets mixed up in murder, sex and blackmail.

Starring: Allen Garfield, Pamela Gruen, Devin Goldenberg, Jackson Beck, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Chuck Pfeiffer, Reuben Schafer, Paul Sorvino, Ray Barron, Madeleine Le Roux ..
Directed by: John G. Avildsen
Release date: 1971-08-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : A Tattered Web
32.

A Tattered Web

2.2
5.6/10 IMDB

A detective discovers his son-in-law is cheating on his wife. He confronts the other woman and accidentally kills her, then tries to pin the crime on a local derelict.

Starring: Lloyd Bridges, Broderick Crawford, Frank Converse, Sallie Shockley, Murray Hamilton, Anne Helm, John Fiedler, Val Avery, Whit Bissell, Walter Brooke ..
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1971-09-24
33.

LA 2017

2.2
6.7/10 IMDB

An extended, feature-length episode of the show The Name of the Game, a pioneering sci-fi/drama series that had a narrative that rotated between three primary characters. Glenn Howard, while driving to a Pollution Summit meeting, falls unconscious and finds himself somehow in the future year 2017 where remaining society lives underground due to contaminated air. Can he somehow return to 1971?

Starring: Gene Barry, Barry Sullivan, Edmond O'Brien, Severn Darden, Paul Stewart, Louise Latham, Sharon Farrell, Regis Cordic, Michael C. Gwynne, Gloria Manon ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1971-01-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Cannon [Pilot]
34.

Cannon [Pilot]

1.9
7.3/10 IMDB

In this pilot film to the TV series, Cannon investigates the murder of a war buddy to clear the man's wife of suspicion in his death.

Starring: William Conrad, J.D. Cannon, Lynda Day George, Murray Hamilton, Earl Holliman, Vera Miles, Barry Sullivan, Keenan Wynn, Lynne Marta, Norman Alden ..
Directed by: George McCowan
Release date: 1971-03-26
35.

Point of Terror

1.8
3.8/10 IMDB

A nightclub singer has nightmares about being involved in adultery and murder, only to wake up and find that they may not be nightmares.

Starring: Peter Carpenter, Dyanne Thorne, Lory Hansen, Leslie Simms, Joel Marston, Paula Mitchell, Al Dunlap, Ernest A. Charles ..
Directed by: Alex Nicol
Release date: 1971-10-01
36.

Revenge Is My Destiny

1.7
5.5/10 IMDB

Chris Robinson plays an eyepatched Vietnam vet named Ross Archer, who comes home to find that his wife had left him and become involved with some shady business dealings.

Starring: Chris Robinson, Sidney Blackmer, Elisa Ingram, Joe E. Ross, John Lodge, Patricia Rainier, Willie Pastrano, Zorita, Rey Baumel, Guy Rennie ..
Directed by: Joseph Adler
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Flesh Factory
37.

Flesh Factory

1.4
5.5/10 IMDB

Early Mitchell Brothers' Classic

Starring: Debra Allen, Phil Avery, Mary Daniels, Pat Daniels, Ed Davis, Bob Lincoln, Joanne May, George S. McDonald, Ingrid O'Rourke, Kim Small ..
Directed by: Artie Mitchell
Release date: 1971-03-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : The Hand of Pleasure
38.

The Hand of Pleasure

1.3
3.2/10 IMDB

A mad scientist named Dr. Dreadful leads a terrorist organization called the Hand of Pleasure.

Starring: Zoltan G. Spencer, William Howard, Terri Johnson, Jacqueline Lissette, Ron Darby, Roxanne Brewer, Maria Arnold, Wendy Winders ..
Directed by: Zoltan G. Spencer
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Ellery Queen: Don't Look Behind You
39.

Ellery Queen: Don't Look Behind You

1.3
5.4/10 IMDB

Detective Ellery Queen has to solve a series of murders where the victims were killed in numerically descending ages, the male victims were strangled with blue cords and the female victims with pink ones.

Starring: Peter Lawford, Harry Morgan, E.G. Marshall, Skye Aubrey, Stefanie Powers, Coleen Gray, Morgan Sterne, Bill Zuckert, Bob Hastings, Than Wyenn ..
Directed by: Barry Shear
Release date: 1971-11-19
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Eye Spy!
40.

Eye Spy!

1.1
4.5/10 IMDB

A rich old man hires a security expert to put cameras in his home and see if his trophy wife is cheating on him. Is it the chauffeur, doctor, lesbian masseuse or even his own daughter?

Starring: Gerard Broulard, Donn Greer, Frank Harris, Annette Michael, Donna Stanley, Pamala Westcott ..
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Murder by the Book
41.

Murder by the Book

0.0
0.0/10 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, Barbara Colby, Lynette Mettey, Bernie Kuby, Hoke Howell ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1971-09-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Murder by the Book
42.

Murder by the Book

0.0
0.0/10 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, Hoke Howell ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1971-09-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Blood Legacy
43.

Blood Legacy

0.0
2.8/10 IMDB

In order to qualify to inherit the family fortune, the four heirs must spend the night in the family estate. However, during the night someone starts killing them off.

Starring: John Carradine, Rodolfo Acosta, Merry Anders, Norman Bartold, Ivy Bethune, Richard Davalos, Faith Domergue, Buck Kartalian, Brooke Mills, Jeff Morrow ..
Directed by: Carl Monson
Release date: 1971-03-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Murder by the Book
44.

Murder by the Book

0.0
0.0/10 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, Lynnette Mettey, Bernie Kuby, Hoke Howell ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1971-09-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Murder by the Book
45.

Murder by the Book

0.0
0.0/10 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 ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1971-09-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1971 : Death lends a Hand
46.

Death lends a Hand

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Columbo matches his skills against Brimmer, a former cop turned private investigator with a quick temper who tries to blackmail a client's wife. When she refuses, he accidentally kills her and it's up to Columbo to nail him.

Starring: Peter Falk, Robert Culp, Pat Crowley, Ray Milland, Brett Halsey ..
Directed by: Bernard L. Kowalski
Release date: 1971-10-06

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