Best Mystery Movies of 1975

1.

Three Days of the Condor

5.4
7.4/10 IMDB

A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.

Starring: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow, John Houseman, Addison Powell, Walter McGinn, Tina Chen, John Randolph Jones, Michael Kane ..
Directed by: Sydney Pollack
Release date: 1975-09-24
2.

Picnic at Hanging Rock

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

In the early 1900s, Miranda attends a girls boarding school in Australia. One Valentine's Day, the school's typically strict headmistress treats the girls to a picnic field trip to an unusual but scenic volcanic formation called Hanging Rock. Despite rules against it, Miranda and several other girls venture off. It's not until the end of the day that the faculty realizes the girls and one of the teachers have disappeared mysteriously.

Starring: Rachel Roberts, Karen Robson, Jane Vallis, Anne-Louise Lambert, Dominic Guard, Helen Morse, Margaret Nelson, John Jarratt, Jenny Lovell, Peter Collingwood ..
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 1975-09-02
3.

The Return of the Pink Panther

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

The famous Pink Panther jewel has once again been stolen and Inspector Clouseau is called in to catch the thief. The Inspector is convinced that 'The Phantom' has returned and utilises all of his resources – himself and his Asian manservant – to reveal the identity of 'The Phantom'.

Starring: Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer, Catherine Schell, Herbert Lom, Peter Arne, Peter Jeffrey, Grégoire Aslan, David Lodge, Graham Stark, Eric Pohlmann ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1975-05-21
4.

Night Moves

4.9
7.1/10 IMDB

Private detective and former football player Harry Moseby gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case, as a former Hollywood actress whose only major roles came thanks to being married to a studio mogul wants Moseby to find and return her daughter. Harry travels to Florida to find her, but he begins to see a connection between the runaway girl, the world of Hollywood stuntmen, and a suspicious mechanic when an unsolved murder comes to light.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Jennifer Warren, Susan Clark, Harris Yulin, Kenneth Mars, Janet Ward, James Woods, Melanie Griffith, Anthony Costello, John Crawford ..
Directed by: Arthur Penn
Release date: 1975-02-27
5.

The Stepford Wives

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Joanna Eberhart has come to the quaint little town of Stepford, Connecticut with her family, but soon discovers there lies a sinister truth in the all too perfect behavior of the female residents.

Starring: Katharine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Nanette Newman, Judith Baldwin, Peter Masterson, Tina Louise, Carol Eve Rossen, William Prince, Mary Stuart Masterson, Patrick O'Neal ..
Directed by: Bryan Forbes
Release date: 1975-02-12
6.

The Eiger Sanction

4.6
6.3/10 IMDB

A classical art professor and collector, who doubles as a professional assassin, is coerced out of retirement to avenge the murder of an old friend.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy, Vonetta McGee, Jack Cassidy, Heidi Brühl, Thayer David, Reiner Schöne, Michael Grimm, Jean-Pierre Bernard, Brenda Venus ..
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 1975-05-21
7.

Farewell, My Lovely

4.3
7.0/10 IMDB

LA private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by ex-con Moose Malloy to find his girlfriend. While also investigating the murder of a client and the theft of a jade necklace, Marlowe becomes entangled with seductress Helen Grayle and discovers a web of dark secrets that are better left hidden.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, Sylvia Miles, John Ireland, Anthony Zerbe, Harry Dean Stanton, Jimmy Thompson, Joe Spinell, Sylvester Stallone, Kate Murtagh ..
Directed by: Dick Richards
Release date: 1975-08-08
8.

Breakheart Pass

4.1
6.7/10 IMDB

At the height of the frontier era, a train races through the Rocky Mountains on a classified mission to a remote army post. But one by one the passengers are being murdered, and their only hope is the mysterious John Deakin, who's being transported to face trial for murder.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Ben Johnson, Jill Ireland, Ed Lauter, Bill McKinney, David Huddleston, Richard Crenna, Charles Durning, Roy Jenson, Robert Tessier ..
Directed by: Tom Gries
Release date: 1975-12-09
9.

Black Moon

3.8
6.1/10 IMDB

There is a war in the world between the men and the women. A young girl tries to escape this reality and comes to a hidden place where a strange unicorn lives with a family: sister, brother, many children and an old woman that never leaves her bed but stays in contact with the world through her radio.

Starring: Cathryn Harrison, Therese Giehse, Alexandra Stewart, Joe Dallesandro ..
Directed by: Louis Malle
Release date: 1975-09-24
10.

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother

3.8
6.0/10 IMDB

After spending decades living in the shadow of his more famous and successful sibling, Consulting Detective Sigerson Holmes (Wilder) is called upon to help solve a crucial case that leads him on a hilarious trail of false identities, stolen documents, secret codes... and exposed backsides.

Starring: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise, Leo McKern, Roy Kinnear, John Le Mesurier, Douglas Wilmer, Michael Crane, Albert Finney ..
Directed by: Gene Wilder
Release date: 1975-12-14
11.

Rumpole of the Bailey

3.7
8.3/10 IMDB

An irreverent barrister chooses to defend a young Jamaican boy accused of stabbing on the same day his only son leaves for college in America.

Starring: Leo McKern, Herbert Norville, Joyce Heron, David Yelland, Noel Willman, Artro Morris, George Sweeney, Vernon Dobtcheff, Peter Spraggon ..
Directed by: John Gorrie
Release date: 1975-12-16
12.

The Drowning Pool

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Harper is brought to Louisiana to investigate an attempted blackmail scheme. He soon finds out that it involves an old flame of his and her daughter. He eventually finds himself caught in a power struggle between the matriarch of the family and a greedy oil baron, who wants their property. Poor Harper! Things are not as straight-forward as they initially appeared.

Starring: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Murray Hamilton, Gail Strickland, Melanie Griffith, Linda Haynes, Richard Jaeckel, Paul Koslo, Joe Canutt ..
Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg
Release date: 1975-07-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1975 : The Double Kill
13.

The Double Kill

3.4
7.7/10 IMDB

Hugh's house is full of priceless treasures. So why is he advertising the fact that he has no burglar alarms?

Starring: Gary Collins, Penelope Horner, James Villiers, Peter Bowles, Stuart Wilson, John Flanagan, Hilda Fenemore, Griffith Davies, Michael Stainton, Gordon Salkilld ..
Directed by: Ian Fordyce
Release date: 1975-02-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1975 : Hustle
14.

Hustle

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

The body of teenager Gloria Hollinger is found dead on a Los Angeles beach, and Lt. Phil Gaines is in charge of the investigation. Gaines learns that the girl, a stripper and prostitute, committed suicide, but he ignores the connection between her and a powerful mob lawyer, Leo Sellers. Hollinger's father, however, is not satisfied with Gaines's results, and attempts to investigate the case on his own.

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Catherine Deneuve, Ben Johnson, Eileen Brennan, Eddie Albert, Paul Winfield, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Carter, Colleen Brennan, Catherine Bach ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1975-12-25
15.

The Reincarnation of Peter Proud

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

When college professor, Peter Proud begins experiencing flashbacks of an earlier life, he's mysteriously drawn to a place he's never been to, but which seems familiar and where he soon finds his previous incarnation's wife.

Starring: Michael Sarrazin, Jennifer O'Neill, Margot Kidder, Cornelia Sharpe, Paul Hecht, Tony Stephano, Norman Burton, Anne Ives, Debralee Scott, Steve Franken ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1975-04-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1975 : Murrain
16.

Murrain

3.2
7.1/10 IMDB

When a mystery illness infects the pigs of a village farmer and a local boy is also taken ill, the villagers try to convince a veterinarian that it is caused by a curse from a woman they believe to be a witch.

Starring: David Simeon, Bernard Lee, Una Brandon-Jones, David Neal, Marjorie Yates, John Golightly, Raymond Platt, Ray Dubbobbin, Philip Gilman ..
Directed by: John Cooper
Release date: 1975-07-27
17.

Brannigan

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

Jim Brannigan is sent to London to bring back an American mobster who is being held for extradition but when he arrives he has been kidnapped which was set up by his lawyer. Brannigan in his American Irish way brings American law to the people of Scotland Yard in order to recapture this mobster with both a price tag on his head and a stuffy old London cop to contend with.

Starring: John Wayne, Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson, Mel Ferrer, John Vernon, Ralph Meeker, Barry Dennen, Lesley-Anne Down, Del Henney, James Booth ..
Directed by: Douglas Hickox
Release date: 1975-03-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1975 : One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing
18.

One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing

3.1
5.9/10 IMDB

Escaping from China with a microfilm of the formula for the mysterious "Lotus X", Lord Southmere, a Queen's Messenger, is chased by a group of Chinese spies.

Starring: Derek Nimmo, Hugh Burden, Bernard Bresslaw, Helen Hayes, Joan Sims, Deryck Guyler, Clive Revill, Molly Weir, Andrew Dove, Max Harris ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1975-07-09
Best Mystery Movies of 1975 : The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond
19.

The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

The curse of the legendary blue Hope Diamond on all its owners is dramatized from the gem's discovery in 17th Century India until its donation to the Smithsonian Institute.

Starring: Samantha Eggar, Martha Scott, Harry Dean Stanton, Robert Clary, Bradford Dillman, Rod Serling, Claudine Longet ..
Directed by: Delbert Mann
Release date: 1975-03-27
Best Mystery Movies of 1975 : The Man from Nowhere
20.

The Man from Nowhere

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

The Man from Nowhere is a beautifully told Victorian gothic thriller from acclaimed director James Hill. Young orphan Alice has been invited by her rich uncle to live in his country mansion but she soon finds herself persecuted by the apparent visitations of an unsettling stranger. Who is this man from nowhere and just why is he tying to scare her away?

Starring: Sarah Hollis Andrews, Ronald Adam, Anthony McCaffery, Shane Franklin, Reggie Winch, Robin Keston, John Forbes-Robertson, Edmund Thomas, Gabrielle Hamilton, Michael Gough ..
Directed by: James Hill
Release date: 1975-01-01
21.

Bug

2.8
5.2/10 IMDB

An earthquake releases a strain of mutant cockroaches with the ability to start fires, which proceed to cause destructive chaos in a small town. The studies carried out by scientist James Parmiter, however, reveal an intent with much more far-reaching consequences.

Starring: Bradford Dillman, Joanna Miles, Richard Gilliland, Jamie Smith-Jackson, Alan Fudge, Jesse Vint, James Greene, Patty McCormack, Brendan Dillon, Jim Poyner ..
Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc
Release date: 1975-06-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1975 : The Ash Tree
22.

The Ash Tree

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

Man of leisure Sir Richard receives notification that his Uncle has died, bequeathing him his stately country manor and all its lands. On his return to England he immediately sets about taking stock of all legal matters concerning his new property, but during these dealings Sir Richard seems to be more than a little distracted, he hears strange noises from the ash tree outside his bedroom window.

Starring: Edward Petherbridge, Preston Lockwood, Barbara Ewing, Lalla Ward, Lucy Griffiths, Oliver Maguire, Clifford Kershaw, Cyril Appleton, David Pugh ..
Directed by: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Release date: 1975-12-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1975 : Mrs. Amworth
23.

Mrs. Amworth

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

A vampire terrorizes a quiet English town.

Starring: Glynis Johns, Derek Francis, Pip Miller, John Phillips, Ronald Russell ..
Directed by: Alvin Rakoff
Release date: 1975-01-01
24.

Conduct Unbecoming

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

A company of British soldiers in colonial India is shaken when the widow of their most honored hero is assaulted. A young officer must defend a fellow lieutenant from the charges in an unusual court-martial, while investigating the deepening mystery behind the attack.

Starring: Michael York, Richard Attenborough, Trevor Howard, Stacy Keach, Christopher Plummer, Susannah York, James Faulkner, Persis Khambatta, Michael Culver, James Donald ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1975-01-01
25.

Death Among Friends

2.5
6.9/10 IMDB

Shirley investigates the murder of a millionaire who was strangled on his tennis court.

Starring: Kate Reid, A Martinez, Robyn Hilton ..
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1975-05-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1975 : Lifespan
26.

Lifespan

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

Cult icon Klaus Kinski features in this dark and intriguing existential thriller. He plays the mysterious "Swiss Man" - ruthless industrialist Nicolas Ulrich - who is obsessed with a search for the elixir of life. He tricks a young American scientist into joining him on his demonic quest. A quest that ends in suicide, death and madness. The story takes place in the atmospheric European city of Amsterdam. Its winding alleys and ancient canals trap the characters in a labyrinthine maze as they find themselves manipulated like figures on a giant chess board.

Starring: Hiram Keller, Tina Aumont, Klaus Kinski, Fons Rademakers, Eric Schneider, Frans Mulder, Lyda Polak, Joan Remmelts, André van den Heuvel, Onno Molenkamp ..
Directed by: Sandy Whitelaw
Release date: 1975-09-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1975 : The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery
27.

The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

Film noir parody with a private eye trying to solve the murder of his milkman.

Starring: Gabriel Dell, Will Geer, Barbara Harris, Anjanette Comer, Joyce Van Patten, Richard Gautier, Nita Talbot, Vincent Gardenia, Jackie Coogan, Sorrell Booke ..
Directed by: Dean Hargrove
Release date: 1975-03-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1975 : Scobie Malone
28.

Scobie Malone

2.4
5.4/10 IMDB

Sydney homicide detective Sergeant Scobie Malone (Jack Thompson) and his offsider (Shane Porteous) investigate the murder of Helga (Judy Morris), whose corpse is found in the basement of the Sydney Opera House.

Starring: Jack Thompson, Judy Morris, Shane Porteous, Jacqueline Kott, James Condon, Bryan Brown, Cul Cullen, Noel Ferrier, Walter Sullivan, Max Meldrum ..
Directed by: Terry Ohlsson
Release date: 1975-10-03
29.

Peeper

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

A detective is hired to locate a girl adopted 30 years earlier whose birth father wants to bequeath her his fortune.

Starring: Michael Caine, Natalie Wood, Kitty Winn, Michael Constantine, Timothy Carey, Liam Dunn, Thayer David, Don Calfa, Margo Winkler, Harvey J. Goldenberg ..
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Release date: 1975-12-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1975 : Murder on Flight 502
30.

Murder on Flight 502

2.3
5.3/10 IMDB

On a flight to London, a note is found stating that there will be murders taking place on the airliner before it lands.

Starring: Ralph Bellamy, Polly Bergen, Theodore Bikel, Sonny Bono, Dane Clark, Laraine Day, Fernando Lamas, George Maharis, Farrah Fawcett, Hugh O'Brian ..
Directed by: George McCowan
Release date: 1975-11-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1975 : 3 A.M.
31.

3 A.M.

2.3
6.0/10 IMDB

A woman begins an affair with her brother-in-law. The family finds out. Complications ensue.

Starring: Georgina Spelvin, Charles Hooper, Rhonda Gellard, Sharon Thorpe, Frank Mauro, Rob Rose, Judith Hamilton, Clair Dia, Rob Rose ..
Directed by: Gary Graver
Release date: 1975-03-05
32.

Aquarium

2.2
5.8/10 IMDB

The 1975 Super-8 short Aquarium is Zulueta’s first available incursion into the psychodrama—in which the filmmaker dramatises a disturbed state of consciousness—in which appear lyrical passages of the kind that will be made by the fictional experimental filmmaker played by Will More in Zulueta’s 1980 feature Arrebato. (Senses of Cinema)

Starring: Will More ..
Directed by: Iván Zulueta
Release date: 1975-01-01
33.

Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary

2.2
5.0/10 IMDB

Mexican horror film about an American painter named Mary (Cristina Ferrare) who is living in Mexico where she sells her works and also kills people for their blood. It turns out Mary is a vampire but not the traditional one with fangs. Since she has no fangs she must stab or slash the throats of her victims but soon she has a new man (David Young) in her life as well as a mysterious man (John Carradine) in black who appears to be doing the same type of murders.

Starring: Cristina Ferrare, David Young, John Carradine, Helena Rojo, Arthur Hansel, Enrique Lucero, Susana Kamini, José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla', Ramón Armengod, Carlos Riquelme ..
Directed by: Juan López Moctezuma
Release date: 1975-05-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1975 : The Spiral Staircase
34.

The Spiral Staircase

2.2
4.7/10 IMDB

A demented killer stalks the streets, preying on young, handicapped women. Where will he strike next? Who will be the next victim? The answers might surprise you…because there's always another twist to The Spiral Staircase. Jacqueline Bisset and Christopher Plummer headline this fear-choked modernization of the famed 1946 Gothic shocker. Bisset is Helen, a mute woman who stops overnight at her family’s remote country mansion where Helen’s Uncle Sherman (Plummer) runs a respected psychological institute. And there, an unseen eye stares out at Helen from the shadows. When a storm plunges the house into darkness, the terror erupts and Helen’s horror has only just begun. So have the convoluted steps leading to the suspense-filled end of The Spiral Staircase.

Starring: Jacqueline Bisset, Christopher Plummer, John Phillip Law, Sam Wanamaker, Mildred Dunnock, Gayle Hunnicutt, Elaine Stritch, Sheila Brennan ..
Directed by: Peter Collinson
Release date: 1975-01-31
Best Mystery Movies of 1975 : Beyond the Bermuda Triangle
35.

Beyond the Bermuda Triangle

2.1
4.7/10 IMDB

A retired businessman notices that there has been a rash of ships and planes disappearing off the Florida coast, and he starts to investigate.

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Sam Groom, Donna Mills, Susanne Reed, Dana Plato, Dan White, Richard O'Barry, John DiSanti, Woody Woodbury, Joan Murphy ..
Directed by: William A. Graham
Release date: 1975-11-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1975 : So Sad About Gloria
36.

So Sad About Gloria

2.0
4.9/10 IMDB

A young woman just released from a mental hospital moves back in with her family. However, she is soon troubled by disturbing visions in which she commits a series of axe murders.

Starring: Lori Saunders, Dean Jagger, Robert Ginnaven, Lou Hoffman, Seymour Trietman, Linda Wyse, Joe Barone, John Brown, Etta Jagger ..
Directed by: Harry Thomason
Release date: 1975-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1975 : The Skin Under the Claws
37.

The Skin Under the Claws

2.0
4.5/10 IMDB

A series of brutal murders, the police on their toes, but they can not find a way to catch the sadistic murderer. A mad doctor experiments with ways to cheat death and confuse his pursuers with the help of a corpse identical DNA to his own. His young female victims are raped and brutally murdered with a knife. In the victims' fingernails will find the police traces of rotted human flesh.

Starring: Gordon Mitchell, Geneviève Audry, Tino Boriani, Ettore Ribotta, Agostino De Simone, Renzo Borelli, Mirella Rossi, Ada Pometti, Franco Rossi ..
Directed by: Alessandro Santini
Release date: 1975-05-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1975 : Sporting Chance
38.

Sporting Chance

1.6
7.2/10 IMDB

Life in the fast lane becomes deadly for Wilde and Sinclair when the mob tries to "fix" the sport of high-speed racing. Wilde then finds himself mixed up with lady luck and a network of communist killers.

Starring: Tony Curtis, Roger Moore, John Cairney, Donald Pickering, Lois Maxwell, Maxwell Shaw, Tim Barret, Sam Kydd, David Neal, Jenny Hanley ..
Directed by: Peter Medak, Val Guest, Leslie Norman
Release date: 1975-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1975 : A Matter of Wife... and Death
39.

A Matter of Wife... and Death

1.4
6.1/10 IMDB

A private investigator is confronted by the police AND the mob about the killing of a former private-eye associate.

Starring: Rod Taylor, Lynda Carter, Anne Archer, Joe Santos, Dick Butkus, Larry Block, John Colicos, Anne Archer, Luke Askew, Tom Drake ..
Directed by: Marvin J. Chomsky
Release date: 1975-05-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1975 : The Man Who Would Not Die
40.

The Man Who Would Not Die

1.4
6.1/10 IMDB

A boat captain in the Caribbean becomes part of a bond theft/murder cover up.

Starring: Dorothy Malone, Keenan Wynn, Aldo Ray, Alex Sheafe, Joyce Ingalls, Fred J. Scollay, James Monks, Jess Osuna, Dennis McMullen, Hal Lasky ..
Directed by: Robert Arkless
Release date: 1975-06-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1975 : Mysteries From Beyond Earth
41.

Mysteries From Beyond Earth

1.4
5.9/10 IMDB

Documentary about UFOs and related phenomena.

Starring: Lawrence Dobkin ..
Directed by: George Gale
Release date: 1975-12-01
42.

Alien Lover

0.0
6.8/10 IMDB

An orphaned teenager becomes involved with an alien who was beamed to Earth from another galaxy in a TV signal. Is the alien a dream come true or a harbinger of doom? Originally broadcast as part of "The Wide World of Mystery."

Starring: Kate Mulgrew, Pernell Roberts, Susan Brown, John Ventantonio, Steven Earl Tanner, David Lewis, Harry Morgan Moses ..
Directed by: Lela Swift
Release date: 1975-11-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1975 : Herschell Gordon Lewis Film
43.

Herschell Gordon Lewis Film

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

If there’s a Herschell gordon lewis Film not on letterboxd just use this in its place but they’ll probably remove it cuz they’re annoying lol

Directed by: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Release date: 1975-06-17

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