Best Mystery Movies of 1978


Invasion of the Body Snatchers

7.4/10 IMDB

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.

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

Death on the Nile

7.2/10 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: 1978-09-29

The Boys from Brazil

7.0/10 IMDB

Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, James Mason, Lilli Palmer, Uta Hagen, Steve Guttenberg, Denholm Elliott, Rosemary Harris, John Dehner, John Rubinstein ..
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1978-10-05


6.9/10 IMDB

A young female 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

Revenge of the Pink Panther

6.6/10 IMDB

Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau is dead. At least that is what the world—and Charles Dreyfus—believe when a dead body is discovered in Clouseau's car after being shot off the road. Naturally, Clouseau knows differently and, taking advantage of not being alive, sets out to discover why an attempt was made on his life.

Starring: Peter Sellers, Andrew Sachs, Herbert Lom, Burt Kwouk, Dyan Cannon, Robert Webber, Tony Beckley, Robert Loggia, Paul Stewart, André Maranne ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1978-01-08

Foul Play

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

Damien: Omen II

6.2/10 IMDB

Since the sudden and highly suspicious death of his parents, 12-year-old Damien has been in the charge of his wealthy aunt and uncle. Widely feared to be the Antichrist, Damien relentlessly plots to seize control of his uncle's business empire—and the world. Anyone attempting to unravel the secrets of Damien's sinister past or fiendish future meets with a swift and cruel demise.

Starring: William Holden, Lee Grant, Jonathan Scott-Taylor, Robert Foxworth, Lance Henriksen, Elizabeth Shepherd, Nicholas Pryor, Lew Ayres, Sylvia Sidney, Lucas Donat ..
Directed by: Don Taylor, Mike Hodges
Release date: 1978-06-09

Eyes of Laura Mars

6.1/10 IMDB

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

The Medusa Touch

6.9/10 IMDB

A French detective in London reconstructs the life of a man lying in hospital with severe injuries with the help of journals and a psychiatrist. He realises that the man had powerful telekinetic abilities.

Starring: Richard Burton, Lino Ventura, Lee Remick, Harry Andrews, Alan Badel, Marie-Christine Barrault, Jeremy Brett, Michael Hordern, Gordon Jackson, Michael Byrne ..
Directed by: Jack Gold
Release date: 1978-04-13

Someone's Watching Me!

6.6/10 IMDB

A young woman moves to a high-rise apartment building and soon begins to be tormented by an unknown stalker who seems to know her every move.

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
Best Mystery Movies of 1978 : Columbo: Murder Under Glass

Columbo: Murder Under Glass

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


6.8/10 IMDB

An ambitious Hollywood hustler becomes involved with a reclusive female star whom he tries to lure out of retirement.

Starring: William Holden, Marthe Keller, Hildegard Knef, José Ferrer, Frances Sternhagen, Mario Adorf, Stephen Collins, Henry Fonda, Michael York, Hans Járay ..
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1978-06-29

The Thirty Nine Steps

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


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.

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

The Cheap Detective

6.4/10 IMDB

A spoof of the entire 1940s detective genre. San Francisco private detective, Lou Pekinpaugh is accused of murdering his partner at the instigation of his mistress—his partner's wife.

Starring: Peter Falk, Ann-Margret, Eileen Brennan, Sid Caesar, Stockard Channing, James Coco, Dom DeLuise, Louise Fletcher, John Houseman, Madeline Kahn ..
Directed by: Robert Moore
Release date: 1978-06-23

Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?

6.4/10 IMDB

Mystery abounds when it is discovered that, one by one, the greatest Chefs in Europe are being killed. The intriguing part of the murders is that each chef is killed in the same manner that their own special dish is prepared in. Food critics and the (many) self-proclaimed greatest Chefs in Europe demand the mystery be solved.

Starring: George Segal, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Morley, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort, Gigi Proietti, Stefano Satta Flores, Madge Ryan, Frank Windsor ..
Directed by: Ted Kotcheff
Release date: 1978-09-13

Full Circle

6.2/10 IMDB

After the death of her daughter, wealthy housewife Julia Lofting abruptly leaves her husband and moves into an old Victorian home in London to re-start her life. All seems well until she is haunted by the sadness of losing her own child and the ghosts of other children.

Starring: Mia Farrow, Keir Dullea, Tom Conti, Jill Bennett, Robin Gammell, Cathleen Nesbitt, Anna Wing, Edward Hardwicke, Pauline Jameson, Peter Sallis ..
Directed by: Richard Loncraine
Release date: 1978-01-06

The Big Fix

6.4/10 IMDB

Private detective Moses Wine is hired by his former college girlfriend to investigate a political smear campaign and he sets out to find out who is responsible, with deadly results.

Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Anspach, Bonnie Bedelia, John Lithgow, F. Murray Abraham, Ron Rifkin, Ofelia Medina, Nicolas Coster, Fritz Weaver, Larry Bishop ..
Directed by: Jeremy Kagan
Release date: 1978-10-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1978 : Are You in the House Alone?

Are You in the House Alone?

5.6/10 IMDB

A beautiful high school student becomes the target of a terror campaign that eventually leads to devastating consequences.

Starring: Kathleen Beller, Blythe Danner, Tony Bill, Dennis Quaid, Alan Fudge, Robin Mattson, Scott Colomby, Tricia O'Neil, Ellen Travolta, David Keith ..
Directed by: Walter Grauman
Release date: 1978-09-20

The Big Sleep

5.7/10 IMDB

Private eye Philip Marlowe investigates a case of blackmail involving the two wild daughters of a rich general, a pornographer and a gangster.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Candy Clark, Richard Boone, Joan Collins, John Mills, Oliver Reed, James Stewart, Edward Fox, Harry Andrews ..
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1978-03-13

The Comeback

5.8/10 IMDB

A singer holes up at a sinister estate to write new songs for his act. The ghost of his murdered wife begins to haunt him, then the person who actually killed her shows up at the mansion.

Starring: Jack Jones, Pamela Stephenson, David Doyle, Richard Johnson, Holly Palance, Sheila Keith, Bill Owen, Peter Turner, June Chadwick, Penny Irving ..
Directed by: Pete Walker
Release date: 1978-06-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1978 : Closed Circuit

Closed Circuit

7.0/10 IMDB

During a spaghetti western screening a man is shot dead, the doors are locked and the police is called in to investigate.

Starring: Tony Kendall, Giuliano Gemma, Aurore Clément, Ettore Manni, Luciano Catenacci, Flavio Bucci, Brizio Montinaro, Loris Bazzocchi, William Berger, Alfredo Pea ..
Directed by: Giuliano Montaldo
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1978 : Fiona on Fire

Fiona on Fire

6.6/10 IMDB

Fiona, a rich, beautiful and successful model in New York City, is found shot to death, and her boyfriend becomes the prime suspect. The tough detective assigned to the case discovers that Fiona has kept a small book with information about all her friends and lovers.

Starring: Amber Hunt, Gloria Leonard, Marlene Willoughby, Jamie Gillis, Robert Kerman, Sam Dean, Crystal Sync, Victor Colicchio, Reggie De Morton, Simon Lupowitz ..
Directed by: Kenneth Schwartz, Shaun Costello
Release date: 1978-11-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1978 : Red Shift

Red Shift

6.6/10 IMDB

Three men at three different times in history come to Mow Top hill in search of sanctuary from their troubles. A Roman soldier, a medieval rebel and a 1970s young man. Somehow they seem linked through an energy within the hill and an axe. Is history doomed to repeat itself or can loving another person free them?

Starring: Stephen Petcher, Lesley Dunlop, Bernard Gallagher, Stella Tanner, Ken Hutchison, James Hazeldine, Michael Elphick, Daragh O'Malley, Freddie Fletcher, Robert Brown ..
Directed by: John Mackenzie
Release date: 1978-01-17

The Cat and the Canary

5.6/10 IMDB

A group of potential heirs gather in a forbidding old house to learn which of them will inherit a fortune. Later, they learn that a flesh-rending maniac is loose.

Starring: Honor Blackman, Edward Fox, Michael Callan, Wendy Hiller, Olivia Hussey, Carol Lynley, Beatrix Lehmann, Daniel Massey, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Peter McEnery ..
Directed by: Radley Metzger
Release date: 1978-11-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1978 : The Night Nurse

The Night Nurse

5.5/10 IMDB

A private nurse uncovers strange goings-on in the home where she is working.

Starring: Kay Taylor, Davina Whitehouse, Gary Day, Gary Day, Kate Fitzpatrick, Reg Gillam, Edward Howell, Max Meldrum ..
Directed by: Igor Auzins
Release date: 1978-11-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1978 : Secrets of the Bermuda Triangle

Secrets of the Bermuda Triangle

5.1/10 IMDB

Part documentary/part dramatization, this film details several of the highest-profile unsolved cases of disappearances, mysterious changes in personality and other strange occurrences related to the Bermuda Triangle.

Starring: Gregory Bayless, Joe Bernardoni, Fred Buch, Lou Colombo, Ray Crawford, John Dodson, Robert Garrison, James R. Geeting, Eric Henshaw, Peter Tompkins ..
Directed by: Donald Brittain, Laurin Render
Release date: 1978-07-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1978 : Somebody Killed Her Husband

Somebody Killed Her Husband

4.9/10 IMDB

A woman's husband is murdered and she and her lover must find the killer or stand accused of doing it themselves.

Starring: Farrah Fawcett, Jeff Bridges, John Wood, Tammy Grimes, John Glover, Patricia Elliott, Mary McCarty, Laurence Guittard, Vincent Robert Santa Lucia, Beeson Carroll ..
Directed by: Lamont Johnson
Release date: 1978-09-29

The Ghost of Flight 401

5.7/10 IMDB

An aircraft crashes in the Florida Everglades, killing 103 passengers. After the wreckage is removed, salvageable parts from the plane are used to repair other aircraft. Soon passengers and crew on those aircraft report seeing what they believe to be the ghost of the wrecked airplane's flight engineer.

Starring: Ernest Borgnine, Kim Basinger, Gary Lockwood, Tina Chen, Tom Clancy, Howard Hesseman, Russell Johnson, Robert F. Lyons, Allan Miller, Alan Oppenheimer ..
Directed by: Steven Hilliard Stern
Release date: 1978-02-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1978 : The President's Mistress

The President's Mistress

4.6/10 IMDB

A government courier is caught in a deadly cover-up after discovering that his murdered sister was not only the mistress of a U.S. president, but also a Soviet spy.

Starring: Beau Bridges, Susan Blanchard, Joel Fabiani, Larry Hagman, Don Porter, Thalmus Rasulala, Gail Strickland, Titos Vandis, Karen Grassle, Michael Bell ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Release date: 1978-02-10

The Hound of the Baskervilles

4.5/10 IMDB

Director Paul Morrissey applies a hefty dose of humor to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective story in this interpretation of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Comedian Peter Cook takes on the role of brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes, who's not so gifted here as he relegates much of the investigation of demonic dogs to his bumbling sidekick, Watson (Dudley Moore), while he spends time with his mother and searches for an assistant.

Starring: Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Denholm Elliott, Joan Greenwood, Hugh Griffith, Irene Handl, Terry-Thomas, Max Wall, Kenneth Williams, Roy Kinnear ..
Directed by: Paul Morrissey
Release date: 1978-10-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1978 : Deathmoon


4.0/10 IMDB

An overworked executive vacationing in Hawaii finds that his romance with an attractive businesswoman he meets there is threatened by the supernatural powers of a strange native curse on his bloodline.

Starring: Robert Foxworth, Debralee Scott, Joe Penny, Barbara Trentham, Dolph Sweet, Charles Haid, France Nuyen, Carole Kai, Branscombe Richmond, Joan Freeman ..
Directed by: Bruce Kessler
Release date: 1978-05-31


5.2/10 IMDB

In the winter of 1891 a stranger arrives in a small coastal town on the Isle of Man. His presence soon disturbs the lives of the local inhabitants, especially the beautiful daughter of the parson.

Starring: Rutger Hauer, Sylvia Kristel, David Rappaport, Rita Tushingham, Andréa Ferréol, Fons Rademakers, Marina de Graaf, Adrian Brine, Siem Vroom, Vivien Heilbron ..
Directed by: Paul de Lussanet
Release date: 1978-09-07

I Miss You, Hugs and Kisses

3.8/10 IMDB

Successful businessman Charles Kruschen (Donald Pilon) is accused of bludgeoning to death his beautiful but manipulative model wife Magdalene (Elke Sommer). As the trial draws to a close, Charles reflects on the events leading up to the terrible incident...

Starring: Elke Sommer, Donald Pilon, Chuck Shamata, George Touliatos, Cindy Girling, George Chuvalo, Cec Linder, Richard M. Davidson, Miguel Fernandes, Michelle Fansett ..
Directed by: Murray Markowitz
Release date: 1978-09-08
Best Mystery Movies of 1978 : A Child's Voice

A Child's Voice

6.7/10 IMDB

A popular radio personality writes and broadcasts ghost stories over the air. He receives a strange call warning him not to finish his latest story, which is about a child who dies assisting in a magician's show.

Starring: T.P. McKenna, R.D. Smith, Stephen Brennan, June Tobin, Valentine Dyall ..
Directed by: Kieran Hickey
Release date: 1978-10-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1978 : High Roller

High Roller

6.7/10 IMDB

Las Vegas private eye Dan Tanna probes the murder of Marilyn Ochs, a teenage prostitute who ran away from home because she didn't get along well with her mother Loretta's new husband Merle.

Starring: Robert Urich, Will Sampson, Chick Vennera, Michael Lerner, Elissa Leeds, Red Buttons, June Allyson, Edd Byrnes, Scatman Crothers, Greg Morris ..
Directed by: Richard Lang
Release date: 1978-04-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1978 : The Kirlian Witness

The Kirlian Witness

5.7/10 IMDB

A woman communicates with a houseplant that was the only witness to a recent murder.

Starring: Nancy Snyder, Nancy Boykin, Joel Colodner, Ted Le Plat, Lawrence Tierney, Maia Danziger, Tony De Carlo, Joel Eagon, Maia Danziger, Lawrence Tierney ..
Directed by: Jonathan Sarno
Release date: 1978-11-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1978 : Amazing World of Ghosts

Amazing World of Ghosts

5.8/10 IMDB

Do ghosts come from outer space? Are they amongst us? The Amazing World of Ghosts seeks to unveil the mysteries that defy mankind's understanding and define the modern age… and then runs out of stock footage before getting anywhere.

Starring: Sidney Paul ..
Directed by: Wheeler Dixon
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1978 : The Scalp Merchant

The Scalp Merchant

5.1/10 IMDB

Why is everyone out to sabotage him? Cliff Rowan has been hired to recover a stolen payroll hidden in the rugged Australian hills and mountains near his boyhood town. But instead of a warm welcome and helping hand, his former sweatheart, his old school friends, and in fact, practically the whole town...want him out! When his friend, Riley, is needlessly killed, Cliff realizes the buried strongbox holds more than cold cash. The mystery unfolds.

Starring: John Waters, Elizabeth Alexander, Cameron Mitchell, Margaret Nelson ..
Directed by: Howard Rubie
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1978 : Blue Voodoo

Blue Voodoo

5.0/10 IMDB

A woman uses voodoo to exact vengeance on the man she loved.

Starring: Heather Young, Jean Dalton, Vanessa del Rio, Samantha Fox, Jamie Gillis, Robert Kerman, Lisa Marks, Sharon Mitchell, David Morris, Wade Nichols ..
Directed by: Armand Weston, Romeo Davis
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1978 : Miss Laid Lovers

Miss Laid Lovers

4.4/10 IMDB

Much of the action is on a large yacht, where skullduggery is afoot, presumably some sort of drug smuggling involving the overworked porn star Ric Lutze and a mysterious boss/gangster character. On dry land there's plenty of humping (including the inevitable orgy) and searching for information, but no imparting of the latter to the audience.

Starring: Bill Amerson, Rick Cassidy, Jan Claude, Angel Ducharme, Amika Giortano, Hans Gretlia, Ric Lutze, Pat Manning, Cindi Rellar, R.J. Reynolds ..
Directed by: Joseph Blanski, Bob Vosse
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1978 : Secrets of Three Hungry Wives

Secrets of Three Hungry Wives

5.1/10 IMDB

When a millionaire playboy is murdered, suspicion falls on three married women, best friends, whom he had tried to play against each other in a game of divide and conquer.

Starring: Jessica Walter, Gretchen Corbett, Eve Plumb, Heather MacRae, James Franciscus, Craig Stevens, Raymond St. Jacques, John Reilly, Erica Yohn, Richard Roat ..
Directed by: Gordon Hessler
Release date: 1978-10-09

Nate the Great Goes Undercover

0.0/10 IMDB

Based on the story of the same title by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, about Nate the Great, a 10-year-old, who tries to solve the mystery of the garbage snatcher

Starring: Sparky Marcus, jimmy gatherum, kimberly vaughn ..
Directed by: Sam Weiss
Release date: 1978-03-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1978 : Peach Melba

Peach Melba

0.0/10 IMDB

Two unusual people make contact in German at a London coffee house.

Starring: Nikolaj Ilieff, Juliana Grigorova, Nina Hagen, Denise Carisle, Stafford Creary, John Scanlon, Bill Connell, Carole Grose, Melani Grose ..
Directed by: Anders Gullberg
Release date: 1978-10-13

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