Best Mystery Movies of 1976


All the President's Men

7.9/10 IMDB

During the 1972 elections, two reporters' investigation sheds light on the controversial Watergate scandal that compels President Nixon to resign from his post.

Starring: Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, Hal Holbrook, Jason Robards, Jane Alexander, Meredith Baxter, Ned Beatty, Stephen Collins ..
Directed by: Alan J. Pakula
Release date: 1976-01-18

Murder by Death

7.3/10 IMDB

Lionel Twain invites the world's five greatest detectives to a 'dinner and murder'. Included are a blind butler, a deaf-mute maid, screams, spinning rooms, secret passages, false identities and more plot turns and twists than are decently allowed.

Starring: Peter Falk, Eileen Brennan, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness, David Niven, Maggie Smith, Truman Capote, James Coco, Nancy Walker, Estelle Winwood ..
Directed by: Robert Moore
Release date: 1976-06-23

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

7.0/10 IMDB

Quiet, withdrawn 13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives peacefully in her home in a New England beach town. Whenever the prying landlady inquires after Rynn's father, she politely claims that he's in the city on business. But when the landlady's creepy and increasingly persistent son, Frank, won't leave Rynn alone, she teams up with kindly neighbor boy Mario to maintain the dark family secret that she's been keeping to herself.

Starring: Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith, Mort Shuman, Scott Jacoby, Dorothy Davis, Clesson Goodhue, Hubert Noël, Jacques Famery, Mary Morter ..
Directed by: Nicolas Gessner
Release date: 1976-12-25


6.7/10 IMDB

New Orleans businessman Michael Courtland’s life is shattered when his wife and daughter are tragically killed in a botched kidnap rescue attempt. Many years later whilst visiting Italy he meets and falls in in love with Sandra Portinari, who bears a striking resemblance to his wife.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold, John Lithgow, Sylvia Kuumba Williams, Wanda Blackman, J. Patrick McNamara, Stanley J. Reyes, Nick Kreiger, Stocker Fontelieu, Don Hood ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1976-08-01

Burnt Offerings

6.4/10 IMDB

A couple and their 12-year-old son move into a giant house for the summer. Things start acting strange almost immediately. It seems that every time someone gets hurt on the grounds, the beat-up house seems to repair itself.

Starring: Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Burgess Meredith, Bette Davis, Eileen Heckart, Lee Montgomery, Dub Taylor, Joseph Riley, Todd Turquand, Orin Cannon ..
Directed by: Dan Curtis
Release date: 1976-10-18

Alice, Sweet Alice

6.4/10 IMDB

Alice is a withdrawn 12-year-old who lives with her mother and her younger sister, Karen, who gets most of the attention from her mother, leaving Alice out of the spotlight. When Karen is found brutally murdered in a church, suspicions start to turn toward Alice. But could a 12-year-old girl really be capable of such savagery?

Starring: Linda Miller, Mildred Clinton, Paula E. Sheppard, Niles McMaster, Jane Lowry, Rudolph Willrich, Michael Hardstark, Alphonso DeNoble, Gary Allen, Brooke Shields ..
Directed by: Alfred Sole
Release date: 1976-11-13

God Told Me To

6.2/10 IMDB

A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that "God told them to."

Starring: Tony Lo Bianco, Deborah Raffin, Sandy Dennis, Sylvia Sidney, Sam Levene, Robert Drivas, Mike Kellin, Richard Lynch, Sammy Williams, Jo Flores Chase ..
Directed by: Larry Cohen
Release date: 1976-10-22

The Town That Dreaded Sundown

6.0/10 IMDB

A Texas Ranger hunts for a hooded serial killer terrorizing the residents of a small town, set in 1946 Arkansas. Loosely based on a true story.

Starring: Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine, Dawn Wells, Jimmy Clem, Jim Citty, Charles B. Pierce, Robert Aquino, Cindy Butler, Christine Ellsworth, Earl E. Smith ..
Directed by: Charles B. Pierce
Release date: 1976-09-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : The Disappearance of Aimee

The Disappearance of Aimee

7.4/10 IMDB

In 1926, celebrated evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson mysteriously disappeared. She turned up several weeks later and recounted the details of her kidnapping and escape to authorities. Not everyone believed her, however, and she was accused of having gone away to have an affair with a married man. A court hearing took place to reveal the truth.

Starring: Faye Dunaway, Bette Davis, James Sloyan, James Woods, John Lehne, Lelia Goldoni, Severn Darden, William Jordan, Sandy Ward, Barry Brown ..
Directed by: Anthony Harvey
Release date: 1976-11-17

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

6.6/10 IMDB

Concerned about his friend's cocaine use, Dr. Watson tricks Sherlock Holmes into travelling to Vienna, where Holmes enters the care of Sigmund Freud. Freud attemts to solve the mysteries of Holmes' subconscious, while Holmes devotes himself to solving a mystery involving the kidnapping of Lola Deveraux.

Starring: Alan Arkin, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Duvall, Nicol Williamson, Laurence Olivier, Joel Grey, Samantha Eggar, Jeremy Kemp, Charles Gray, Régine ..
Directed by: Herbert Ross
Release date: 1976-10-24

The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

6.2/10 IMDB

When a widowed mother falls in love with an American sailor, her troubled young son is pressured by the bullying leader of his clique to seek revenge.

Starring: Kris Kristofferson, Sarah Miles, Jonathan Kahn, Margo Cunningham, Earl Rhodes, Paul Tropea, Gary Lock, Stephen Black, Peter Clapham, Jennifer Tolman ..
Directed by: Lewis John Carlino
Release date: 1976-04-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : Reunion


5.5/10 IMDB

A group of high school friends are invited to spend a weekend together at a mysterious house on a secluded island.

Starring: Bree Anthony, Tony Richards, Nancy Dare, Alan Marlow, Marlene Willoughby, Vanessa del Rio, Taylor Young ..
Directed by: Leonard Kirtman
Release date: 1976-07-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : One of My Wives Is Missing

One of My Wives Is Missing

7.3/10 IMDB

Vacationing in a small town, a frantic Daniel Corban shows up at the local police station, declaring that his wife has disappeared. Corban imperiously demands that the easygoing police inspector drop everything and find his missing spouse. Within a few days, a woman claiming to be his wife shows up, but Corban insists that he's never met the woman before.

Starring: Jack Klugman, Elizabeth Ashley, James Franciscus, Joel Fabiani, Milton Selzer, Ruth McDevitt, Byron Webster, Garry Walberg, Anthony Costello, Michael Stearns ..
Directed by: Glenn Jordan
Release date: 1976-03-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : Schizo


5.7/10 IMDB

A recently-married woman who has been labeled as mentally unstable, begins to suspect that someone close to her is the culprit in a sudden string of murders.

Starring: Lynne Frederick, John Leyton, Stephanie Beacham, Queenie Watts, John Fraser, Jack Watson, Trisha Mortimer, Paul Alexander, Robert Mill, Colin Jeavons ..
Directed by: Pete Walker
Release date: 1976-11-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : The Whiz Kid and the Carnival Caper

The Whiz Kid and the Carnival Caper

7.0/10 IMDB

Daffy Fernald loses her brother's toy rocket when it flies into a storm drain. She knows Alvin will be upset if he finds out, so she climbs into the dark tunnel to search for it. She spots a stranger, Ernie Nelson, and sees that he's carying a gun. She races home and tells Alvin, but the would-be inventor refuses to believe her.

Starring: Eric Shea, Clay O'Brien, Kim Richards, Richard Bakalyan, Jaclyn Smith, John Colicos, Milton Frome, Ted Gehring, Jack Kruschen, John Lupton ..
Directed by: Tom Leetch
Release date: 1976-01-11

Creature from Black Lake

4.9/10 IMDB

Two men exploring the Louisiana swamps run into a Bigfoot-type creature.

Starring: Jack Elam, Dub Taylor, Dennis Fimple, John David Carson, Bill Thurman, Jim McCullough Jr., Roy Tatum, Cathryn Hartt, Becky Smiser, Michelle Willingham ..
Directed by: Joy N. Houck Jr.
Release date: 1976-03-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : Sherlock Pink

Sherlock Pink

6.0/10 IMDB

Private Detective Pink tries to identify who stole his breakfast cake (which he ate himself in his sleep), instead finding another crook and chasing him through a surreal house.

Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1976-06-29
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : Dark August

Dark August

5.1/10 IMDB

A young girl is accidentally run down by a car driven by a careless city slicker. This careless injustice provokes the girl's grandfather into summoning his mystical powers and placing a death curse on the young man. Desperate to stave off the dire consequences of the hex, Barry seeks the counsel of a local psychic medium

Starring: Kim Hunter, J.J. Barry, Carolyne Barry, Kate McKeown, Frank Bongiorno, William Robertson, Richard Allan Fay, Martin Harvey Friedberg, Kenneth W. Libby, Stan Shefler ..
Directed by: Martin G. Goldman
Release date: 1976-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : Night Ferry

Night Ferry

6.3/10 IMDB

Night Ferry stars Bernard Cribbins as Pyramid, a dastardly master-of-disguise who plans to smuggle an ancient Egyptian mummy out of the country. When young Jeff discovers the plan, a dangerous chase via London's Victoria and Clapham stations ensues.

Starring: Graham Fletcher-Cook, Engin Ashref, Jayne Tottman, Bernard Cribbins, Aubrey Morris, Carolle Rousseau, Lloyd Anderson ..
Directed by: David Eady
Release date: 1976-07-22
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : Sisters of Death

Sisters of Death

4.3/10 IMDB

During an all-girl secret society initiation, one of the new members is killed playing Russian Roulette. Many years later the survivors are invited for a reunion to a lavish estate, which turns out to be owned by the crazed father of the girl who died.

Starring: Arthur Franz, Claudia Jennings, Sherry Boucher, Paul Carr, Joe E. Tata, Cheri Howell, Sherry Alberoni, Elizabeth Bergen ..
Directed by: Joseph Mazzuca
Release date: 1976-04-18

Death at Love House

4.9/10 IMDB

Donna and Joel Gregory are staying at the estate of Lorna Love while researching a book about the long dead Hollywood goddess. Joel, whose father had a passionate affair with Lorna, becomes obsessed with her. His wife attempts to break the spell which threatens their marriage and their very lives.

Starring: Robert Wagner, Kate Jackson, Sylvia Sidney, Marianna Hill, Joan Blondell, John Carradine, Dorothy Lamour, Bill Macy ..
Directed by: E.W. Swackhamer
Release date: 1976-09-02
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : The Keeper

The Keeper

4.4/10 IMDB

The Keeper of Underwood Asylum has the mental patients of the wealthiest families in British Columbia. The rest of the family members have been dying under mysterious circumstances, so Biggs hires private investigator Richard Driver, who puts his assistant, Maybelline, in the asylum pretending she is his cousin and that they came from a family where the parents were all first cousins to each other and they decided to keep their love platonic for genetic reasons. Then he tries to get Inspector Clarke to check him in as a narcoleptic who didn't wake up with his body. They all know what the keeper has been doing, but it is a matter of proving it, and avoiding the hypnotized Biggs twins and Danny, who he is able to keep catatonic with his machine. Inspector Clarke gives driver a lot of trouble, and the kid giving shoe shines looks down on everybody, knowing more.

Starring: Christopher Lee, Tell Schreiber, Sally Drake, Ross Vezarian, Ian Tracey, Bing Jensen ..
Directed by: T.Y. Drake
Release date: 1976-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : Red Heat

Red Heat

4.5/10 IMDB

Cindy Lou Sutters casts a striking redhead she dubs Red Heat to star in her latest movie. After Red Heat catches her boyfriend with another woman, she goes crazy and stabs him to death. Red Heat proceeds to embark on a murderous spree throughout Las Vegas. Sutters recasts the lead for her feature and gets down to the basics of making the movie. Meanwhile, a thief on a motorcycle robs everyone he encounters.

Starring: Eddie Bach, Rita Cummings, Anna Leeds, Frank Margello, Liz Swanson, Lenore Swink, Joan Woodman, Carolyn Brandt, Devon Mayer, Lovey Goldmine ..
Directed by: Ray Dennis Steckler, Richard Kornbacher
Release date: 1976-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : Satan's Black Wedding

Satan's Black Wedding

4.5/10 IMDB

A man travels to another city for his sister's funeral to try to find out why she killed herself. He discovers that she is actually a vampire and returns from the dead to take revenge on her family.

Starring: Greg Braddock, Ray Myles, Lisa Milano, Barrett Cooper, Zarrah Whiting ..
Directed by: Nick Millard
Release date: 1976-02-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : Drive-In Massacre

Drive-In Massacre

3.6/10 IMDB

Two police detectives try to catch a serial killer who is stalking a rural California drive-in theater, randomly killing people with a sword.

Starring: John F. Goff, Steve Vincent, Douglas Gudbye, Verkina Flower, Robert E. Pearson, Catherine Barkley, Norman Sheridan, John Alderman, Jacqueline Giroux, Bruce Kimball ..
Directed by: Stu Segall
Release date: 1976-12-20

Sasquatch, the Legend of Bigfoot

5.0/10 IMDB

Scientists mount an expedition to find a Bigfoot-type creature.

Starring: George Lauris, Steve Boergadine, Jim Bradford, Ken Kenzle, William Emmons, Joel Morello, Lou Salerni, William Emmons ..
Directed by: Ed Ragozzino
Release date: 1976-02-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : The Astral Factor

The Astral Factor

3.6/10 IMDB

Demonstrating that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, a convicted strangler studies the paranormal and finds a way to render himself invisible. Once he escapes, he sets out to find and eliminate five women who remind him of the mother he murdered. A police lieutenant (Robert Foxworth) sets out to safeguard them and bring the invisible killer to justice.

Starring: Robert Foxworth, Stefanie Powers, Sue Lyon, Mark Slade, Leslie Parrish, Marianna Hill, Elke Sommer, Percy Rodriguez, Alex Dreier, Rayford Barnes ..
Directed by: John Florea
Release date: 1976-02-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : The Clown Murders

The Clown Murders

3.7/10 IMDB

A group of young professionals decides to play a practical joke on one of their ex-girlfriends who married a rich man who is about to close a major real estate deal. They plan to kidnap her and mess up the deal. Unfortunately, the joke becomes deadly serious.

Starring: Stephen Young, Susan Keller, Lawrence Dane, John Candy, Gary Reineke, John Bayliss, Al Waxman, Michael Magee, Cec Linder, William Osler ..
Directed by: Martyn Burke
Release date: 1976-09-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : Richie Brockelman: The Missing 24 Hours

Richie Brockelman: The Missing 24 Hours

6.8/10 IMDB

A young private detective takes on his first case, a young woman with amnesia who doesn't know why a gunman is trying to kill her but believes she might be involved in a murder.

Starring: Dennis Dugan, Lloyd Bochner, Barbara Bosson, Helen Page Camp, Tom Falk, Norman Fell, George Fisher, Ted Gehring, Sharon Gless, Robert Hogan ..
Directed by: Hy Averback
Release date: 1976-10-27

The Amazing World of Psychic Phenomena

6.7/10 IMDB

Documentary exploring such phenomena as astral projection, telekinesis, telepathy, voices from beyond the grave, ghosts/spirits, etc.

Starring: Raymond Burr, Jeane Dixon, Uri Geller, Linda Gray, Kathryn Grayson ..
Directed by: Robert Guenette
Release date: 1976-06-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : Beasts: What Big Eyes

Beasts: What Big Eyes

6.7/10 IMDB

An RSPCA officer is horrified when he discovers a pet shop owner has been conducting experiments on a wolf, searching for proof of lycanthropy. Created as an episode of Nigel Kneale’s “Beasts” horror anthology miniseries.

Starring: Patrick Magee, Madge Ryan, Michael Kitchen, Gerald James, Bill Dean, Janice Bean, Patricia Mason, David Elmon ..
Directed by: Donald McWhinnie
Release date: 1976-11-13

Velvet Smooth

3.3/10 IMDB

A crime lord hires Velvet Smooth, the head of a detective agency, to find out who is stealing his business.

Starring: Johnnie Hill, Owen Watson, Emerson Boozer, René Van Clief, Elsie Roman, Moses Lyllia, Frank Ruiz, James Durrah, Thomas Agero, Wilfredo Roldan ..
Directed by: Michael Fink
Release date: 1976-06-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : Beasts: The Dummy

Beasts: The Dummy

6.7/10 IMDB

A washed-up actor has a nervous breakdown and believes that he really is the movie monster that he has been hired to play. Created as an episode of Nigel Kneale’s “Beasts” horror anthology miniseries.

Starring: Bernard Horsfall, Clive Swift, Glyn Houston, Thorley Walters, Lillias Walker, Patricia Haines, Simon Oates, Ian Thompson, Ruby Head, Michael Sheard ..
Directed by: Don Leaver
Release date: 1976-11-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : The Return of the World's Greatest Detective

The Return of the World's Greatest Detective

6.5/10 IMDB

A Los Angeles cop falls off his motorcycle, strikes his head and wakes up believing himself to be Sherlock Holmes. Along with the social worker who is treating him, he sets out to solve the murder of an embezzler.

Starring: Larry Hagman, Jenny O'Hara, Nicholas Colasanto, Woodrow Parfrey, Helen Verbit, Ivor Francis, Charles Macaulay, Ron Silver, Sid Haig, Jefferson Kibbee ..
Directed by: Dean Hargrove
Release date: 1976-06-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : Lanigan's Rabbi

Lanigan's Rabbi

6.5/10 IMDB

In this pilot film, an Irish Catholic police chief and a Jewish rabbi join together to solve the murder of a housekeeper whose body was discovered by the front entrance of the rabbi's synagogue.

Starring: Art Carney, Stuart Margolin, Janis Paige, Janet Margolin, Lorraine Gary, Robert Reed, Andrew Robinson, Jim Antonio, David Sheiner, Barbara Carney ..
Directed by: Lou Antonio
Release date: 1976-06-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : Stones


6.6/10 IMDB

From BBC2 Playhouse's The Mind Beyond series. Professor Reeve wonders about strange events that seem to be connected to Stonehenge (Source: BBC).

Starring: Richard Pasco, Judy Parfitt, John Wells, T. P. McKenna, Gerald James, Willoughby Goddard, Michael Sheard, John Quarmby, George Belbin, Rebecca Saire ..
Directed by: Graham Evans
Release date: 1976-10-27
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : Beasts: Buddyboy

Beasts: Buddyboy

5.8/10 IMDB

When a nightclub owner buys a derelict dolphinarium, he and a young woman seem to be haunted by the ghost of Buddy Boy, the star attraction. Created as an episode of Nigel Kneale's "Beasts" horror anthology miniseries.

Starring: Martin Shaw, Pamela Moiseiwitsch, Wolfe Morris, Stuart McGugan, Denis Holmes, Peter Halliday, Marianne Morris ..
Directed by: Don Taylor
Release date: 1976-10-30
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : Twin Detectives

Twin Detectives

6.0/10 IMDB

Identical twin brothers who own a detective agency hatch a plan to expose a phony group of psychics, but soon find themselves involved in a murder.

Starring: Jim Hager, Jon Hager, Lillian Gish, Patrick O'Neal, Michael Constantine, Otis Young, Barbara Rhoades, David White, Fred Beir, Lynda Day George ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1976-05-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : Summer of Secrets

Summer of Secrets

5.4/10 IMDB

A scientist on a secluded island uses revolutionary brain surgery to revive his dead wife.

Starring: Nell Campbell, Rufus Collins, Arthur Dignam, Andrew Sharp, Kate Fitzpatrick ..
Directed by: Jim Sharman
Release date: 1976-12-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : Beasts: Baby

Beasts: Baby

0.0/10 IMDB

A young couple move to the countryside and discover a strange mummified animal in the wall of their cottage. The wife increasingly feels that she and her unborn child are in danger. Created as an episode of Nigel Kneale’s “Beasts” horror anthology miniseries.

Starring: Jane Wymark, Simon MacCorkindale, T.P. McKenna, Mark Dignam, Norman Jones, Shelagh Fraser ..
Directed by: John Nelson-Burton
Release date: 1976-11-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : Beasts: Special Offer

Beasts: Special Offer

0.0/10 IMDB

A misfit teenage checkout operator has an unrequited crush on her supermarket manager. At the same shop's cuddly cartoon mascot seems to have come alive and is causing havoc. Created as an episode of Nigel Kneale’s “Beasts” horror anthology miniseries.

Starring: Pauline Quirke, Geoffrey Bateman, Wensley Pithey, Ruth Goring, Shirley Cheriton, Herbert Norville, Madoline Thomas, Ysanne Churchman, Lynda La Plante, Jean Hardwicke ..
Directed by: Richard Bramall
Release date: 1976-10-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : Beasts: During Barty's Party

Beasts: During Barty's Party

0.0/10 IMDB

A suburban couple are held under siege by a pack of frighteningly intelligent rats.

Starring: Elizabeth Sellars, Anthony Bate, Colin Bell, Norman Mitchell, John Rhys-Davies, Denis Cleary, Pamela Moiseiwitsch, Manning Wilson, Gary Watson ..
Directed by: Don Taylor
Release date: 1976-10-23

Charlie's Angels

0.0/10 IMDB

When a wealthy winegrower disappears, the three private investigators go undercover at the vineyard to track down the whereabouts of the body. If the body doesn't turn up in a certain amount of time, the inheritance will be presented to the man's second wife instead of his long-lost daughter.

Starring: Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, David Doyle, David Ogden Stiers, Diana Muldaur, Bo Hopkins, Tommy Lee Jones, John Forsythe ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Release date: 1976-03-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1976 : Terror in the Night

Terror in the Night

0.0/10 IMDB

An law student and his wife get caught up in murder and blackmail when they visit an influential attorney's remote island home.

Starring: Meredith Baxter, Peter Coffield, Teresa Wright ..
Release date: 1976-03-09

Death Play

0.0/10 IMDB

Low-budget mystery centers on a murder committed during the premier of a Broadway show.

Starring: James Keach, Karen Leslie-Lyttle, James Noble ..
Directed by: Arthur Storch
Release date: 1976-09-01

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