Best Mystery Movies of 1977

1.

3 Women

5.4
7.7/10 IMDB

Two co-workers, one a vain woman and the other an awkward teenager, share an increasingly bizarre relationship after becoming roommates.

Starring: Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Janice Rule, Robert Fortier, Ruth Nelson, John Cromwell, Sierra Pecheur, Craig Richard Nelson, Maysie Hoy, Belita Moreno ..
Directed by: Robert Altman
Release date: 1977-04-10
2.

The Sentinel

4.5
6.3/10 IMDB

A New York City model with a troubled past relocates to an apartment in a brownstone building where the only other tenant is a withdrawn blind priest. After experiencing strange occurrences, she begins to realize her building houses a sinister evil.

Starring: Cristina Raines, Chris Sarandon, Burgess Meredith, Eli Wallach, Arthur Kennedy, Deborah Raffin, John Carradine, Ava Gardner, Sylvia Miles, Beverly D'Angelo ..
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1977-01-07
3.

The Deep

4.5
6.2/10 IMDB

A pair of young vacationers are involved in a dangerous conflict with treasure hunters when they discover a way into a deadly wreck in Bermuda waters.

Starring: Robert Shaw, Nick Nolte, Jacqueline Bisset, Louis Gossett Jr., Eli Wallach, Robert Tessier, Dick Anthony Williams, Bob Minor, Earl Maynard, Lee McClain ..
Directed by: Peter Yates
Release date: 1977-06-17
4.

The Car

4.5
6.1/10 IMDB

The film is set in the fictional Utah community of Santa Ynez, which is being terrorized by a mysterious black coupe that appears out of nowhere and begins running people down. After the car kills off the town's Sheriff, it becomes the job of Captain Wade Parent to stop the murderous driver.

Starring: James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley, R. G. Armstrong, John Rubinstein, Elizabeth Thompson, Roy Jenson, Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Kate Murtagh ..
Directed by: Elliot Silverstein
Release date: 1977-05-12
5.

The Last Wave

4.4
7.0/10 IMDB

Australian lawyer David Burton agrees with reluctance to defend a group of Aboriginal people charged with murdering one of their own. He suspects the victim was targeted for violating a tribal taboo, but the defendants deny any tribal association. Burton, plagued by apocalyptic visions of water, slowly realizes danger may come from his own involvement with the Aboriginal people and their prophecies.

Starring: Richard Chamberlain, Olivia Hamnett, David Gulpilil, Frederick Parslow, Vivean Gray, Nandjiwarra Amagula, Walter Amagula, Athol Compton, Michael Duffield, Peter Carroll ..
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 1977-01-01
6.

Equus

4.4
7.1/10 IMDB

A psychiatrist, Martin Dysart, investigates the savage blinding of six horses with a metal spike in a stable in Hampshire, England. The atrocity was committed by an unassuming seventeen-year-old stable boy named Alan Strang, the only son of an opinionated but inwardly-timid father and a genteel, religious mother. As Dysart exposes the truths behind the boy's demons, he finds himself face-to-face with his own.

Starring: Richard Burton, Peter Firth, Joan Plowright, Harry Andrews, Colin Blakely, Eileen Atkins, Jenny Agutter, Kate Reid, John Wyman, Elva Mai Hoover ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1977-10-16
7.

The Serpent's Egg

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

Berlin, 1923. Following the suicide of his brother, American circus acrobat Abel Rosenberg attempts to survive while facing unemployment, depression, alcoholism and the social decay of Germany during the Weimar Republic.

Starring: David Carradine, Liv Ullmann, Heinz Bennent, Gert Fröbe, Isolde Barth, Toni Berger, Christian Berkel, Richard Bohne, Paula Braend, Erna Brünell ..
Directed by: Ingmar Bergman
Release date: 1977-10-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1977 : The Late Show
8.

The Late Show

3.4
6.9/10 IMDB

Over-the-hill gumshoe in Los Angeles seeks to avenge the killing of an old pal, another detective who had gotten himself involved in a case concerning a murdered broad, stolen stamps, a nickel-plated handgun, a cheating dolly, and a kidnapped pussycat.

Starring: Art Carney, Lily Tomlin, Bill Macy, Eugene Roche, Joanna Cassidy, John Considine, Ruth Nelson, John Davey, Howard Duff, Ethel Reschke ..
Directed by: Robert Benton
Release date: 1977-02-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1977 : Dead of Night
9.

Dead of Night

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

This anthology tells three stories: a man buys a car that takes him back and forth through time; a tale of vampires; and a distraught mother asks for her drowned son to come back to life and gets more than she bargained for.

Starring: Ed Begley Jr., E.J. André, Ann Doran, Christina Hart, Orin Cannon, Jean Le Bouvier, Dick McGarvin, Karen Hurley, Patrick Macnee, Anjanette Comer ..
Directed by: Dan Curtis
Release date: 1977-03-29
10.

Blue Sunshine

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

At a party, someone goes insane and murders three women. Falsely accused of the brutal killings, Jerry is on the run. More bizarre killings continue with alarming frequency all over town. Trying to clear his name, Jerry discovers the shocking truth...people are losing their hair and turning into violent psychopaths and the connection may be some LSD all the murderers took a decade before.

Starring: Zalman King, Deborah Winters, Mark Goddard, Robert Walden, Charles Siebert, Ann Cooper, Ray Young, Alice Ghostley, Stefan Gierasch, Richard Crystal ..
Directed by: Jeff Lieberman
Release date: 1977-11-01
11.

Professional Foul

3.1
8.5/10 IMDB

Three philosophy professors travel to Prague for a conference. One of them, Anderson, is forced to rethink his ideas on ethics when a former student is arrested by the Czech authorities for writing about individualist approaches to morality.

Starring: Peter Barkworth, John Shrapnel, Stephen Rea, Richard O'Callaghan, Shane Rimmer, David de Keyser, Bernard Hill, Billy Hamon, Sam Kelly, Victor Langley ..
Directed by: Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Release date: 1977-09-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1977 : The Girl in the Empty Grave
12.

The Girl in the Empty Grave

3.0
6.4/10 IMDB

The police chief of a small town begins an investigation after a young woman, who was supposed to have died several months previously, starts appearing around town just before her parents are found mysteriously dead.

Starring: Andy Griffith, Jonathan Banks, James Cromwell, Mitzi Hoag, Claude Earl Jones, George Gaynes, Byron Morrow, Mary-Robin Redd, Deborah White, Robert F. Simon ..
Directed by: Lou Antonio
Release date: 1977-09-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1977 : The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It
13.

The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

John Cleese is hilarious as the descendant of Sherlock Holmes in this modern detective drama of international power politics and intrigue. Unlike his illustrious grandfather however, he only succeeds in bungling every job he organizes. Also stars Arthur Lowe as the "bionic" grandson of Dr. Watson, Stratford Johns as the Commissioner of Police, and Connie Booth as Mrs. Hudson.

Starring: John Cleese, Arthur Lowe, Holly Palance, Joss Ackland, Val Pringle, Christopher Malcolm, Dudley Jones, Luie Caballero, Kenneth Benda, Ron Moody ..
Directed by: Joseph McGrath
Release date: 1977-09-18
14.

Summerfield

2.7
6.8/10 IMDB

When teacher Simon arrives in a small, secluded village to take over the local school, he is surprised to discover that his predecessor has disappeared without a trace - and that nobody seems too concerned about it. As Simon probes deeper into the disappearance, the inhabitants of a forbidding estate called "Summerfield" take on more and more significance - until events reach a tragic, shattering and unforeseen climax.

Starring: Nick Tate, John Waters, Elizabeth Alexander, Charles Tingwell, Michelle Jarman, Max Cullen, Geraldine Turner, Barry Donnelly, Sheila Florance, Isabel Harley ..
Directed by: Ken Hannam
Release date: 1977-09-30
Best Mystery Movies of 1977 : The Deadly Triangle
15.

The Deadly Triangle

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

Starring: Dale Robinette, Taylor Lacher, Geoffrey Lewis, Robert Lansing, Diana Muldaur, Linda Scruggs, Maggie Wellman, James Coleman, Tom McFadden ..
Directed by: Charles S. Dubin
Release date: 1977-05-19
16.

Nine Guests for a Crime

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Nine people sail a yacht to a deserted rocky island for a holiday in old Uberto's villa. The host is accompanied by a group of family members. The men's only thought seems to be having sex with anyone else's wife. One by one, the guests are killed by an unidentified assailant; Elisabetta, half-mad, claims it's the ghost of Charlie, her lover, who had been killed twenty years before by Uberto and his two sons. The survivors cannot leave the island ( the yacht has disappeared) and are easy prey for the murderer. Vincenzo, now the only one left, discovers the truth...

Starring: Arthur Kennedy, John Richardson, Sofia Dionisio, Massimo Foschi, Dana Ghia, Caroline Laurence, Loretta Persichetti, Rita Silva, Venantino Venantini, Sofia Dionisio ..
Directed by: Ferdinando Baldi
Release date: 1977-01-12
17.

Welcome to Blood City

2.5
5.1/10 IMDB

Five strangers awake, finding themselves with no memory in a world resembling the wild west. Their task is to become exempt from being killed - what the townspeople refer to as being "immortal" - by killing twenty of the other inhabitants of the town under the scrutiny of the sheriff (Jack Palance), otherwise they will spend their lives in slavery.

Starring: Jack Palance, Keir Dullea, Samantha Eggar, Barry Morse, Hollis McLaren, Chris Wiggins, Henry Ramer, John Evans, Ken James, Larry Reynolds ..
Directed by: Peter Sasdy
Release date: 1977-08-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1977 : The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver
18.

The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

A houswife, tired of her everyday routine, makes changes in her hair, her wardrobe and her makeup, and begins to take on the personality of a woman who had died five years earlier.

Starring: Karen Black, George Hamilton, Robert F. Lyons, Lucille Benson, Jean Allison, Gloria LeRoy, Burke Byrnes, Asher Brauner, Charles Cooper, Danna Hansen ..
Directed by: Gordon Hessler
Release date: 1977-02-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1977 : The Secret of the Count of Kaunitz
19.

The Secret of the Count of Kaunitz

2.2
5.2/10 IMDB

Five camping youths see at night a ghostly woman, which leads them to the castle of Count Kaunitz, in what will reveal itself to be a gruesome trap. Schlingensief was 15 years old when making this film.

Directed by: Christoph Schlingensief
Release date: 1977-09-10
20.

Hitch Hike to Hell

2.1
4.9/10 IMDB

Howard is mild-mannered and slightly simple-minded, with a habit of picking up teenage hitchhikers while driving his delivery routes. Sometimes the girls admit to being runaways, and if they claim to hate their mothers it drives Howard into a violent frenzy; his sister ran away from home years ago and was never heard from again, causing his desperate, addled mother to tighten her hold on him. Howard never remembers raping his victims or strangling them with wire coat hangers, though his boss does notice missed deliveries and late arrivals.

Starring: Robert Gribbin, Russell Johnson, Randy Echols, Dorothy Bennett, Mary Ellen Christie, John Harmon, Kippi Bell, Sheryl Lynn, John Grant, Jacqueline Poseley ..
Directed by: Irvin Berwick
Release date: 1977-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1977 : The World of Darkness
21.

The World of Darkness

2.1
7.5/10 IMDB

A newspaper sportswriter has a special connection to the supernatural.

Starring: Granville Van Dusen, Beatrice Straight, Tovah Feldshuh, Gary Merrill, Al Bernardo, Jayne Eastwood, Sean McCann ..
Directed by: Jerry London
Release date: 1977-04-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1977 : The Fire in Francesca
22.

The Fire in Francesca

1.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A private detective is hired by a Hollywood agent to find out who killed a beautiful young movie star.

Starring: Ursula Austin, Patty Boyd, Roger Caine, Shaun Costello, Jean Dalton, Vanessa del Rio, Ron Dorfman, Ashley Moore ..
Directed by: Shaun Costello
Release date: 1977-12-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1977 : Dirty Susan
23.

Dirty Susan

1.5
6.4/10 IMDB

A private detective is hired to find a mysterious girl named Susan. He soon realizes that "Susan" is the girl he spent the previous night with, and with whom he had the best sex of his life. His investigation leads him into a variety of sexual situations.

Starring: Roger Caine, Shaun Costello, Erica Havens, Micki Manos, Ashley Moore, Kasey Rodgers, Georgette Sanders, Marcia Minor ..
Directed by: Shaun Costello
Release date: 1977-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1977 : Stigma
24.

Stigma

0.0
6.4/10 IMDB

A young couple move into a remote country house in the middle of a stone circle. They employ workmen who disturb an ancient menhir, unleashing a supernatural force.

Starring: Peter Bowles, Kate Binchy, Maxine Gordon, Jon Laurimore, Christopher Blake, John Judd ..
Directed by: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Release date: 1977-12-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1977 : The Experiencer
25.

The Experiencer

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

After taking a wrong turn, a young man somehow falls into a mysterious cave and becomes hopelessly lost. As he searches for a way out, the journey he experiences forces him to confront the deepest parts of himself.

Starring: Brian Helweg-Larsen, Chris Rachlin, Sean Dennien, Noel Witheford, Toby, Mike Connolly, Penni Allen, Kitson Smith, Tim Mitchell, Brian Thorne ..
Directed by: Brian Helweg-Larsen, Michael Kohler
Release date: 1977-01-01

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