Best Mystery Movies of 1972

1.

Sleuth

5.6
8.0/10 IMDB

A mystery novelist devises an insurance scam with his wife’s lover – but things aren’t exactly as they seem.

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Alec Cawthorne, John Matthews, Eve Channing, Teddy Martin ..
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1972-12-10
2.

Asylum

3.9
6.5/10 IMDB

A young psychiatrist applies for a job at a mental asylum, and must pass a test by interviewing four patients. He must figure out which of the patients, is in fact, the doctor that he would be replacing if hired.

Starring: Peter Cushing, Patrick Magee, Herbert Lom, Britt Ekland, Barry Morse, Charlotte Rampling, Barbara Parkins, Robert Powell, Sylvia Syms, Richard Todd ..
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
Release date: 1972-11-17
3.

The Night Stalker

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

Wisecracking reporter Carl Kolchak investigates a string of gruesome murders in Las Vegas. It seems that each victim has been bitten in the neck and drained of all their blood. Kolchak is sure that it is a vampire. He's hot on the trail, but nobody believes him. His editor thinks he's nuts and the police think he's a hindrance in the investigation, so Kolchak takes matters into his own hand.

Starring: Darren McGavin, Carol Lynley, Simon Oakland, Ralph Meeker, Claude Akins, Charles McGraw, Kent Smith, Elisha Cook Jr., Stanley Adams, Larry Linville ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Release date: 1972-01-11
4.

Images

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Cathryn is suffering from schizophrenia and is haunted by hallucinations of apparitions. Her husband has his mind on other things, while her mental state is deteriorating. She is unable to define whether the people around her, like visitors to their house, are real or imaginary.

Starring: Susannah York, René Auberjonois, Marcel Bozzuffi, Hugh Millais, Cathryn Harrison, John Morley, Barbara Baxley ..
Directed by: Robert Altman
Release date: 1972-12-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1972 : The Other
5.

The Other

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Chilling and eerie, this supernatural tale of good versus evil coils around twin brothers living with their grandmother in a sleepy rural area during the summer of 1935. After his grandmother encourages Niles to develop what seem to be psychic gifts, Niles starts to suspect that his twin may be involved in recent fatal accidents.

Starring: Uta Hagen, Diana Muldaur, Chris Udvarnoky, Martin Udvarnoky, Norma Connolly, Victor French, Loretta Leversee, Lou Frizzell, Portia Nelson, Jenny Sullivan ..
Directed by: Robert Mulligan
Release date: 1972-05-23
6.

Shaft's Big Score!

3.3
6.0/10 IMDB

John Shaft is back as the lady-loved black detective cop on the search for the murderer of a client.

Starring: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Drew Bundini Brown, Joseph Mascolo, Kathy Imrie, Wally Taylor, Julius Harris, Rosalind Miles, Joe Santos, Angelo Nazzo ..
Directed by: Gordon Parks
Release date: 1972-06-08
Best Mystery Movies of 1972 : Behind the Green Door
7.

Behind the Green Door

3.3
6.0/10 IMDB

Gloria is kidnapped and taken to a theater where she is told that she will have "the most exquisite moment of her life." She shares many sexual and intimate experiences on a stage in front of a small masked audience that grows increasingly aroused as the performance progresses.

Starring: Marilyn Chambers, George S. McDonald, Johnnie Keyes, Elizabeth Knowles, Yank Levine, Toni Attell, Ben Davidson, Adrienne Mitchell, Dana Fuller, Dale Meador ..
Directed by: Artie Mitchell, Jim Mitchell
Release date: 1972-12-17
8.

Private Parts

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

Teenage runaway Cheryl splits from Ohio and ends up in Los Angeles staying at an old rundown hotel full of weirdos. The weirdest of all is George and he has a crush on Cheryl.

Starring: Ayn Ruymen, Lucille Benson, John Ventantonio, Laurie Main, Paul Bartel, Stanley Livingston, Charles Woolf, Len Travis, Dorothy Neumann, Gene Simms ..
Directed by: Paul Bartel
Release date: 1972-09-01
9.

The Carey Treatment

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

Dr. Peter Carey is a pathologist at a Boston hospital. The daughter of the hospital's Chief of Staff dies after an illegal abortion goes wrong, and Carey's friend and colleague Dr. David Tao is accused of performing the abortion. Carey doesn't buy it, and so he digs deeper, angering the girl's father in the process. Questions abound: Who performed the abortion? Was the girl really pregnant? And what does it have to do with stolen morphine, blackmail attempts, and a mysterious and dangerous masseur?

Starring: James Coburn, Jennifer O'Neill, Pat Hingle, Skye Aubrey, Elizabeth Allen, John Fink, Dan O'Herlihy, James Hong, Alex Dreier, Michael Blodgett ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1972-03-29
10.

Siddhartha

3.2
6.7/10 IMDB

Siddhartha is the story of a young Brahmin and his search for a meaningful way of life. His journey takes him through periods of harsh asceticism, sensual pleasures, material wealth, self-revulsion and eventually to the oneness and harmony that he had been seeking. The story is based on the best-selling novel by German Nobel Prize winner Hermann Hesse.

Starring: Shashi Kapoor, Simi Garewal, Romesh Sharma, Zul Vellani, Amrik Singh, Kunal Kapoor, Shanti Hiranand, Pinchoo Kapoor ..
Directed by: Conrad Rooks
Release date: 1972-08-01

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