Best Mystery Movies of 1974

1.

Chinatown

6.6
8.2/10 IMDB

Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, John Hillerman, Roman Polanski, Diane Ladd, Roy Jenson, Richard Bakalyan, James Hong ..
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Release date: 1974-06-20
2.

The Conversation

6.3
7.8/10 IMDB

Surveillance expert Harry Caul is hired by a mysterious client's brusque aide to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco's Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. Tormented by memories of a previous case that ended badly, Caul becomes obsessed with the resulting tape, trying to determine if the couple is in danger.

Starring: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Frederic Forrest, Cindy Williams, Harrison Ford, Teri Garr, Allen Garfield, Elizabeth MacRae, Robert Duvall, Michael Higgins ..
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1974-04-07
3.

Murder on the Orient Express

5.9
7.3/10 IMDB

In 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before.

Starring: Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Anthony Perkins ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1974-11-22
4.

Black Christmas

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

Starring: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon, Marian Waldman, Andrea Martin, James Edmond, Doug McGrath, Art Hindle, Lynne Griffin ..
Directed by: Bob Clark
Release date: 1974-10-11
5.

The Yakuza

4.5
7.2/10 IMDB

Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter - and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia...

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Ken Takakura, Brian Keith, Herb Edelman, Richard Jordan, Keiko Kishi, Eiji Okada, James Shigeta, Ky?suke Machida, Christina Kokubo ..
Directed by: Sydney Pollack
Release date: 1974-12-21
6.

Madhouse

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

A horror movie star returns to his famous role after years in a mental institution. But the character seems to be committing murders independent of his will.

Starring: Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Robert Quarry, Adrienne Corri, Linda Hayden, Natasha Pyne, Michael Parkinson, Barry Dennen, Ellis Dayle, Catherine Willmer ..
Directed by: Jim Clark
Release date: 1974-05-22
7.

The Midnight Man

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

An ex-convict, and ex-cop, finds himself in the midst of drama as a murder, of a female student, is commited at the university where he works as a night watchman. He is reluctantly drawn into the criminal investigation and eventually becomes a suspect in the case. Will he be able to find the real murderer and clear his own name, or not?

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Cameron Mitchell, Morgan Woodward, Harris Yulin, Robert Quarry, Joan Lorring, Lawrence Dobkin, Ed Lauter, Mills Watson ..
Directed by: Roland Kibbee, Burt Lancaster
Release date: 1974-03-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : ‘Rameau’s Nephew’ by Diderot (Thanx to Dennis Young) by Wilma Schoen
8.

‘Rameau’s Nephew’ by Diderot (Thanx to Dennis Young) by Wilma Schoen

3.1
6.9/10 IMDB

Described (rather cheekily) by director Michael Snow as a musical comedy, this deft probing of sound/image relationships is one of his wittiest, most entertaining and philosophically stimulating films. In his words, the film “derives its form and the nature of its possible effects from its being built from the inside, as it were, with the actual units of such a film, i.e. the frame and the recorded syllable. Thus its ‘dramatic’ element derives not only from a representation of what may involve us generally in life but from considerations of the nature of recorded speech in relation to moving light-images of people.’”

Starring: Kevin Wenzel, Munro Ferguson, Jim Murphy, Jonas Mekas, Harry Gantt, Joyce Wieland, Barry Gerson, Helene Kaplan, Bob Cowan, Ping Chong ..
Directed by: Michael Snow
Release date: 1974-11-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : Screamer
9.

Screamer

3.1
6.6/10 IMDB

A young American girl on her way to visit friends in rural England is brutally attacked and raped. After spending the next few months in a mental institution trying to recover from her ordeal, she is released into the care of her friends. The police assure her that they have the man responsible in custody, and she begins to rest easy. That is until she sees her attacker wandering the streets of the town. After planning her revenge she follows the man and kills him. This, she thinks, is the end of her ordeal. That is until the man she thinks she has killed arrives at the house she is staying in.

Starring: Pamela Franklin, Donal McCann, Frances White, Jim Norton, Derek Smith, Wolfe Morris, Peter Howell, Stephen Bateman, Ambrosine Phillpotts, Michael Hall ..
Directed by: Shaun O'Riordan
Release date: 1974-11-02
10.

Sweet Movie

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

The winner of the Miss World Virginity contest marries, escapes from her masochistic husband and ends up involved in a world of debauchery.

Starring: Carole Laure, Pierre Clémenti, Anna Prucnal, Sami Frey, John Vernon, Jane Mallett, Roy Callender, Marpessa Dawn, Don Arioli, Otto Muehl ..
Directed by: Dušan Makavejev
Release date: 1974-06-12
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : And Then There Were None
11.

And Then There Were None

3.0
5.6/10 IMDB

Ten people are invited to a hotel for a weekend getaway by a Mr. U. N. Owen, who mysteriously isn't in attendance. When the group gets together for their first dinner, a record is played in which Mr. Owen accuses each guest of committing various unpunished crimes, which sets off a series of murders in the hotel.

Starring: Oliver Reed, Elke Sommer, Richard Attenborough, Charles Aznavour, Herbert Lom, Stéphane Audran, Gert Fröbe, Adolfo Celi, Alberto de Mendoza, Maria Rohm ..
Directed by: Peter Collinson
Release date: 1974-09-24
12.

The Beast Must Die

3.0
5.6/10 IMDB

Wealthy big game hunter Tom Newcliffe has tracked and killed practically every type of animal in the world. But one creature still evades him, the biggest game of all - a werewolf.

Starring: Calvin Lockhart, Peter Cushing, Marlene Clark, Anton Diffring, Ciaran Madden, Michael Gambon, Charles Gray, Tom Chadbon, Sam Mansary, Andrew Lodge ..
Directed by: Paul Annett
Release date: 1974-04-01
13.

The Cars That Ate Paris

2.9
5.6/10 IMDB

After the death of his brother on the road, unemployed and unstable drifter Arthur Waldo stays for a while in the rural Australian town of Paris as the guest of the mayor, who hopes he will become a permanent member of the Paris population. Arthur soon realizes the quaint hamlet has a sinister secret: they orchestrate car accidents and rob the victims. Survivors are brought to the local hospital, lobotomized, and used for a local doctor's experiments.

Starring: John Meillon, Terry Camilleri, Kevin Miles, Max Gillies, Rick Scully, Danny Adcock, Bruce Spence, Kevin Golsby, Chris Haywood, Peter Armstrong ..
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 1974-10-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : The Treasure of Abbot Thomas
14.

The Treasure of Abbot Thomas

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Pride comes before a fall in John Bowen' adaptation of MR James' tale of a treasure hunt with a sticky end. Michael Bryant plays The Reverend Somerton whose self-assured intellectual arrogance masks a naked greed.

Starring: Michael Bryant, Sheila Dunn, Anne Blake, Frank Mills, Virginia Balfour, Paul Lavers, John Herrington, Peggy Aitchison ..
Directed by: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Release date: 1974-12-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : Cry Panic
15.

Cry Panic

2.9
6.2/10 IMDB

A man accidentally runs over and kills a pedestrian outside a small town. He begins to suspect that the locals, including the sheriff, are keeping secrets about the victim.

Starring: John Forsythe, Earl Holliman, Ralph Meeker, Norman Alden, Claudia McNeil, Anne Francis, Eddie Firestone, Harry Basch, Gene Tyburn, Jason Wingreen ..
Directed by: James Goldstone
Release date: 1974-02-06
16.

The Cloning of Clifford Swimmer

2.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Clifford Swimmer, an angry and abusive man cruel to his wife and son, wants out if his marriage. With the help of a scientist he clones a replacement who takes over as head of the family while the real Clifford travels the world. The clone turns out to be a gentle and sensitive husband and father, a complete opposite of the original, and the wife and son come to love him. When the real Clifford comes back and finds his family happy with the clone he becomes angry and jealous and things take a deadly turn.

Starring: Peter Haskell, Sheree North, Lance Kerwin, William Bassett, Keene Curtis, Sharon Farrell, John Karlen ..
Directed by: Lela Swift
Release date: 1974-11-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : The Stranger Within
17.

The Stranger Within

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

Who is the father of Ann Collins’ baby? Her husband had a vasectomy years ago. And Ann hasn’t been with another man. Even more mysterious: as the baby grows inside her, Ann begins to change. She is beset by strange illnesses, pours tablespoons of salt on her food, turns the thermostat to 50 degrees, speed-reads academic tomes. But much bigger shocks are yet to come. Barbara Eden stars in this hypnotic, swiftly paced blend of horror and sci-fi from Richard Matheson, the popular and prolific writer who also penned the novel I AM LEGEND and several notable THE TWILIGHT ZONE scripts.

Starring: Barbara Eden, George Grizzard, Joyce Van Patten, David Doyle, Nehemiah Persoff ..
Directed by: Lee Philips
Release date: 1974-10-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : The Capone Investment
18.

The Capone Investment

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Abridged movie version of the 1974 British TV series concerning the whereabouts of Al Capone's illegal gains, garnered during the Prohibition era.

Starring: Peter Sallis, John Thaw, Roland Curram, Isobel Black, Glyn Owen, Jill Dixon ..
Directed by: Alan Gibson
Release date: 1974-06-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : Death Sentence
19.

Death Sentence

2.6
5.4/10 IMDB

A juror on a murder trial begins to believe that the man charged with the crime is innocent — and that the real killer is her own husband.

Starring: Cloris Leachman, Laurence Luckinbill, Nick Nolte, Alan Oppenheimer, William Schallert, Yvonne Wilder, Herb Voland, Hope Summers, Peter Hobbs, Doreen Lang ..
Directed by: E.W. Swackhamer
Release date: 1974-10-02
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : Death Cruise
20.

Death Cruise

2.6
5.7/10 IMDB

Several couples are notified that they have won an ocean cruise, but they actually have been lured onto a ship so that they can be murdered.

Starring: Richard Long, Polly Bergen, Edward Albert, Kate Jackson, Tom Bosley, Celeste Holm, Michael Constantine, Cesare Danova, Amzie Strickland, Alain Patrick ..
Directed by: Ralph Senensky
Release date: 1974-10-30
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : The Girl on the Late, Late Show
21.

The Girl on the Late, Late Show

2.5
6.0/10 IMDB

A television producer decides to find out the whereabouts of a former movie actress whose career has long since faded, then discovers that his inquiries have set off a string of murders.

Starring: Don Murray, Bert Convy, Yvonne De Carlo, Gloria Grahame, Van Johnson, Ralph Meeker, Cameron Mitchell, Mary Ann Mobley, Joe Santos, Laraine Stephens ..
Directed by: Gary Nelson
Release date: 1974-04-01
22.

Caravan to Vaccarès

2.4
4.5/10 IMDB

American Neil Bowman is traveling through France when he meets British photographer Lila. They are hired by French land owner Duc de Croyter to escort a Hungarian scientist to New York. But they soon realize that the job is not a cushy number, and have to deal with a gang of kidnappers who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the scientist

Starring: Charlotte Rampling, David Birney, Michael Lonsdale, Marcel Bozzuffi, Michael Bryant, Serge Marquand, Marianne Eggerickx, Françoise Brion, Vania Vilers, Manitas De Plata ..
Directed by: Geoffrey Reeve
Release date: 1974-08-08
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : Who?
23.

Who?

2.3
5.8/10 IMDB

After an American scientist is severely injured and scarred in a car crash along the border with East Germany, he is captured by East German military. The scientists use metal implants to save him. Once he's back in the States, no one can tell if it's really him, so an intelligence specialist must determine who is under the "mask".

Starring: Elliott Gould, Trevor Howard, Joseph Bova, Edward Grover, John Lehne, James Noble, Lyndon Brook, Michael Lombard, Joy Garrett, Kay Tornborg ..
Directed by: Jack Gold
Release date: 1974-04-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : The Disappearance of Flight 412
24.

The Disappearance of Flight 412

2.1
4.6/10 IMDB

Colonel Pete Moore (Glenn Ford) is commander of the Whitney Radar Test Group, which has been experiencing electrical difficulties aboard its aircraft. To ferret out the problem, he sends a four-man crew on Flight 412. Shortly into the test, the jet picks up three blips on radar, and subsequently, two fighters scramble and mysteriously disappear. At this point, Flight 412 is monitored and forced to land by Digger Control, a top-level, military intelligence group that debunks UFO information. The intrepid colonel, kept in the dark about his crew, decides to investigate the matter himself.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Bradford Dillman, David Soul, Robert F. Lyons, Guy Stockwell, Greg Mullavey, Stanley Bennett Clay, Jack Ging, Ken Kercheval, Edward Winter ..
Directed by: Jud Taylor
Release date: 1974-10-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : Lesbian August
25.

Lesbian August

2.0
4.7/10 IMDB

A young girl goes with her father and stepmother, with whom she has a lesbian affair, for vacation on a small island and a local fisherman gets between the two lovers.

Starring: Katia Dandoulaki, Rena Kosmidou, Giorgos Hristodoulou, Joanna Papa, Yannis Papathanasis, Stavros Farmakis, Rena Kosmidou, St. Hatzilabros, Babis Alatzas, Kl. Pitsiladis ..
Directed by: Erricos Andreou
Release date: 1974-07-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : A Beautiful Killing
26.

A Beautiful Killing

1.9
8.6/10 IMDB

A pair of detectives are faced with murder at a plush health spa for women.

Starring: Lynda Day George, Christopher George, Nita Talbot ..
Release date: 1974-01-22
27.

Impulse

1.9
4.8/10 IMDB

A paranoid, leisure-suit-wearing conman/gigolo named Matt Stone seduces lonely women, bilks them of their savings via an investment scam, then kills them. When he begins seeing an attractive widow, her daughter Tina becomes suspicious of his motives.

Starring: William Shatner, Ruth Roman, Jennifer Bishop, Kim Nicholas, James Dobson, Harold Sakata, Marcia Knight, Vivian Lester, William Kerwin, Marcy Lafferty ..
Directed by: William Grefe
Release date: 1974-10-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders
28.

Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders

1.7
7.3/10 IMDB

China, 7th century. On their way to a provincial center Judge Dee and his three wives spend the night at a Taoist monastery. Soon the judge discovers that the secluded place holds a secret - the former abbot died of unnatural causes. After a number of mysterious events and more cases of murder Dee tracks down the true villain.

Starring: Khigh Dhiegh, Mako, Soon-Tek Oh, Miiko Taka, Irene Tsu, Keye Luke, Susie Elene, James Hong, Beverly Kushida, Ching Hocson ..
Directed by: Jeremy Kagan
Release date: 1974-12-29
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : The Underground Man
29.

The Underground Man

1.6
6.8/10 IMDB

A private detective goes after the kidnappers of his ex-girlfriend's son and becomes involved in a series of murders.

Starring: Peter Graves, Jack Klugman, Judith Anderson, Sharon Farrell, Celeste Holm, Jim Hutton, Kay Lenz, Biff McGuire, Vera Miles, Lee Paul ..
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1974-05-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : Who Killed Lamb?
30.

Who Killed Lamb?

1.5
6.6/10 IMDB

A popular member of the Oxford community is killed and nobody figure out why. A police inspector is called in from Scotland Yard and discovers there may be more to the victim than anyone knows.

Starring: Stanley Baker, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Denis Lill, David Swift, Derek Francis, Simon Turner, Peter Sallis, Artro Morris, Gillian Raine, Michael Hawkins ..
Directed by: David Cunliffe
Release date: 1974-02-04
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : Nightmare at 43 Hillcrest
31.

Nightmare at 43 Hillcrest

1.5
6.4/10 IMDB

Police looking for drug dealers mistakenly raid the house of a typical suburban family. However, rather than admit their mistake and jeopardize their careers, several of the police officers decide to plant heroin in the family's house, and change the records of the raid to make it look like the family was the target of their investigation all along. Based on a true story.

Directed by: Lela Swift
Release date: 1974-08-20
32.

Big Rose: Double Trouble

1.4
5.9/10 IMDB

Rose Winters, a private detective out of Los Angeles, teams with Ed Mills, a somewhat inexperienced young detective, to find out who is blackmailing a wealthy contractor.

Starring: Shelley Winters, Barry Primus, Lonny Chapman, Michael Constantine, Joan Van Ark, Peggy Walton-Walker, Paul Mantee, Paul Picerni, Yale Summers, Lenore Kasdorf ..
Directed by: Paul Krasny
Release date: 1974-03-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : Death in Space
33.

Death in Space

1.1
4.4/10 IMDB

The commander of a spaceship orbiting 250 miles above Earth disappears through the airlock and is ejected into space. Although at first it appears to have been an accident, some of the crew come to suspect that it may have actually been a murder.

Starring: George Maharis, Cameron Mitchell, Margaret O'Brien, Robert Walker Jr., Susan Oliver, Jeremy Slate, William Bryant, Lynette Mettey, John Carter, Jason Wingreen ..
Directed by: Charles S. Dubin
Release date: 1974-06-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : Columbo: Swan Song
34.

Columbo: Swan Song

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A gospel singer kills his evangelist wife when she denies him more money and threatens blackmail.

Starring: Peter Falk, Johnny Cash, Ida Lupino, Vito Scotti, Janit Baldwin, John Randolph, John Dehner, Sorrell Booke, Bill McKinney, Lucille Meredith ..
Directed by: Nicholas Colasanto
Release date: 1974-10-10
35.

Raqesa ala Al-Jerah

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A classical Syrian/Lebanese movies featuring 70s famous actors: Ighraa, Liz Serkisian and Mahmoud Jabr

Starring: ?????, ????? ???, Eman ..
Directed by: ???? ?????
Release date: 1974-03-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : The Case of the Elevator Duck
36.

The Case of the Elevator Duck

0.0
7.3/10 IMDB

Young Gilbert lives in an urban apartment building. One day he discovers a duck in the building's elevator. Gilbert decides to keep the duck, but to keep his new friend secret from his mother. But his mother suspects something is up. In the meantime, Gilbert uses his detective skills to find the owner of the duck in his no-pets-allowed apartment building.

Starring: Robert Lee Grant, Bee Jay, Jackie Torres, Jackie Torres ..
Directed by: Joan Micklin Silver
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : Winter Kill
37.

Winter Kill

0.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Someone is shooting the residents of a mountain resort town. Sheriff McNeill (Andy Griffith) must figure out the connection that links the victims and find the sniper before he (or she) kills again, and before the town council relieves him of duty.

Starring: Andy Griffith, John Larch, Tim O'Connor, Lawrence Pressman, Eugene Roche, Charles Tyner, Joyce Van Patten, Sheree North, John Calvin, Louise Latham ..
Directed by: Jud Taylor
Release date: 1974-04-15
38.

Murder Works Overtime

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

An advertising artist with a large amount of cash finds herself the latest target of a vicious killer.

Starring: Joseph Hindy, Alan Oppenheimer, Lee Purcell, James G. Richardson, George DiCenzo ..
Directed by: Nick Havinga
Release date: 1974-04-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1974 : Swan Song
39.

Swan Song

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A gospel singer wants to be rid of his zealous wife. But a murder made to look like an airplane accident does not fool the wily Lt. Columbo.

Starring: Peter Falk, Johnny Cash, Ida Lupino, John Dehner, Sorrell Booke ..
Directed by: Nicholas Colasanto
Release date: 1974-03-03

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