Best Mystery Movies of 1978

1.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

The first remake of the paranoid infiltration classic moves the setting for the invasion, from a small town to the city of San Francisco and starts as Matthew Bennell notices that several of his friends are complaining that their close relatives are in some way different. When questioned later they themselves seem changed, as they deny everything or make lame excuses. As the invaders increase in number they become more open and Bennell, who has by now witnessed an attempted "replacement", realises that he and his friends must escape or suffer the same fate. But who can he trust to help him and who has already been snatched?

Starring: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum, Art Hindle, Lelia Goldoni, Kevin McCarthy, Don Siegel, Tom Luddy ..
Directed by: Philip Kaufman
Release date: 1978-12-19
2.

Death on the Nile

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

As Hercule Poirot enjoys a luxurious cruise down the Nile, a newlywed heiress is found murdered on board. Can Poirot identify the killer before the ship reaches the end of its journey?

Starring: Peter Ustinov, Mia Farrow, Simon MacCorkindale, Lois Chiles, Angela Lansbury, Bette Davis, Jane Birkin, David Niven, Jon Finch, Olivia Hussey ..
Directed by: John Guillermin
Release date: 1978-10-06
3.

Coma

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

A young woman doctor discovers something sinister going on in her hospital. Relatively healthy patients are having 'complications' during simple operations and ending up in comas. The patients are then shipped off to an institute that looks after them. The young doctor suspects there is more to this than meets the eye.

Starring: Geneviève Bujold, Michael Douglas, Elizabeth Ashley, Richard Widmark, Rip Torn, Lois Chiles, Hari Rhodes, Gary Barton, Frank Downing, Alan Haufrect ..
Directed by: Michael Crichton
Release date: 1978-01-06
4.

Foul Play

4.7
6.8/10 IMDB

A shy San Francisco librarian and a bumbling cop fall in love as they solve a crime involving albinos, dwarves, and the Catholic Church.

Starring: Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Burgess Meredith, Eugene Roche, Dudley Moore, Marilyn Sokol, Brian Dennehy, Marc Lawrence, Rachel Roberts, Frances Bay ..
Directed by: Colin Higgins
Release date: 1978-07-14
Best Mystery Movies of 1978 : Columbo: Murder Under Glass
5.

Columbo: Murder Under Glass

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

Columbo (Peter Falk) investigates a famous restaurant critic for murder.

Starring: Peter Falk, Louis Jordan, Shera Danese, Mako Iwamatsu, Michael V. Gazzo, Louis Jourdan, Richard Dysart, Larry D. Mann, France Nuyen ..
Directed by: Jonathan Demme
Release date: 1978-01-30
6.

Eyes of Laura Mars

3.9
6.2/10 IMDB

A famous fashion photographer develops a disturbing ability to see through the eyes of a killer.

Starring: Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif, René Auberjonois, Raúl Juliá, Darlanne Fluegel, Michael Tucker, Frank Adonis, Lisa Taylor, Rose Gregorio ..
Directed by: Irvin Kershner
Release date: 1978-08-02
7.

The Thirty Nine Steps

3.6
6.6/10 IMDB

The year is 1914 and Richard Hannay, Mining Engineer who is visiting Britain for a short time before returning to South Africa, is shocked when one of his neighbours, Colonel Scudder, bursts into his rooms one night and tells him a story that Prussian 'sleeper' agents are planning to pre-start World War I by murdering a visiting foreign minister. However, Scudder is murdered and Hannay is framed for the death by the 'sleepers'. Fleeing to Scotland Hannay attempts to clear his name and to stop the agents with the aid of Alex Mackenzie but not only is he is chased by Chief Supt Lomas for Scudder's death but by the agents who are headed by Appleton who has managed to hide himself in a high-placed position in the British Government...

Starring: Robert Powell, David Warner, John Mills, Karen Dotrice, Eric Porter, George Baker, Ronald Pickup, Donald Pickering, Timothy West, Miles Anderson ..
Directed by: Don Sharp
Release date: 1978-11-04
Best Mystery Movies of 1978 : Absolution
8.

Absolution

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

At a Catholic boys' school, domineering disciplinarian Father Goddard rules over his pupils with an iron hand. When one of his teenage charges confesses to murder, the dogmatic but deeply repressed Goddard finds his faith challenged and his life spiralling dangerously out of control. Also starring Billy Connolly (in his first feature-film role), Dominic Guard ,Kes star Dai Bradley, and the inimitable Brian Glover, and written by the great Anthony Shaffer, Absolution is one of British cinema’s most underrated chillers, not least for a towering central performance by Burton.

Starring: Richard Burton, Dominic Guard, Billy Connolly, Andrew Keir, Willoughby Gray, Preston Lockwood, James Ottaway, Brook Williams, Robin Soans, Trevor Martin ..
Directed by: Anthony Page
Release date: 1978-06-05
9.

Long Weekend

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

When a suburban couple go camping for the weekend at a remote beach, they discover that nature isn't in an accommodating mood.

Starring: John Hargreaves, Briony Behets, Mike McEwen, Roy Day, Michael Aitkens, Sue Kiss von Soly ..
Directed by: Colin Eggleston
Release date: 1978-10-14
10.

Someone's Watching Me!

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

A woman is being watched in her apartment by a stranger, who also calls and torments her. A cat-and-mouse game begins.

Starring: Lauren Hutton, David Birney, Adrienne Barbeau, Len Lesser, Charles Cyphers, John Mahon, Grainger Hines, James Murtaugh, J. Jay Saunders, Michael Laurence ..
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 1978-11-27

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