Best Mystery Movies of 1979


Star Trek: The Motion Picture

6.4/10 IMDB

When a destructive space entity is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine, and hopefully stop it.

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Stephen Collins, Persis Khambatta, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Majel Barrett ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1979-12-07

...And Justice for All

7.4/10 IMDB

An ethical Baltimore defense lawyer disgusted with rampant legal corruption is forced to defend a judge he despises in a rape trial under the threat of being disbarred.

Starring: Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe, Christine Lahti, Lee Strasberg, Jeffrey Tambor, Sam Levene, Robert Christian, Thomas G. Waites, Larry Bryggman ..
Directed by: Norman Jewison
Release date: 1979-10-19

Salem's Lot

6.7/10 IMDB

Vampires are invading a small New England town. It's up to a novelist and a young horror fan to save it.

Release date: 1979-11-17

When a Stranger Calls

6.4/10 IMDB

A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.

Starring: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Colleen Dewhurst, Tony Beckley, Rutanya Alda, Carmen Argenziano, Kirsten Larkin, Ron O'Neal, Heetu, Rachel Roberts ..
Directed by: Fred Walton
Release date: 1979-10-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1979 : Salem's Lot

Salem's Lot

6.7/10 IMDB

A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.

Starring: David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres, Ed Flanders, Fred Willard, Julie Cobb, Kenneth McMillan, Geoffrey Lewis ..
Release date: 1979-11-17

Tourist Trap

6.1/10 IMDB

After their car breaks down, a group of young travelers find themselves stranded at a roadside museum run by the mysterious Mr. Slausen and populated by his collection of supernatural mannequins.

Starring: Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness, Robin Sherwood, Tanya Roberts, Dawn Jeffory, Keith McDermott, Shailar Coby, Arlecchino, Victoria Richart ..
Directed by: David Schmoeller
Release date: 1979-03-16

Long Weekend

6.6/10 IMDB

When a suburban couple goes 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, Colin Eggleston ..
Directed by: Colin Eggleston
Release date: 1979-03-29

The In-Laws

7.3/10 IMDB

In preparation for his daughter's wedding, dentist Sheldon Kornpett meets Vince Ricardo, the groom's father. Vince, a manic fellow who claims to be a government agent, then proceeds to drag Sheldon into a series of chases and misadventures from New York to Central America.

Starring: Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, Richard Libertini, Nancy Dussault, Penny Peyser, Arlene Golonka, Michael Lembeck, Paul L. Smith, Ed Begley Jr., James Hong ..
Directed by: Arthur Hiller
Release date: 1979-06-15

Murder by Decree

6.8/10 IMDB

Sherlock Holmes is drawn into the case of Jack the Ripper who is killing prostitutes in London's East End. Assisted by Dr. Watson, and using information provided by a renowned psychic, Robert Lees, Holmes finds that the murders may have its roots in a Royal indiscretion and that a cover-up is being managed by politicians at the highest level, all of whom happen to be Masons.

Starring: Christopher Plummer, James Mason, David Hemmings, John Gielgud, Donald Sutherland, Geneviève Bujold, Susan Clark, Anthony Quayle, Frank Finlay, Chris Wiggins ..
Directed by: Bob Clark
Release date: 1979-02-01


6.2/10 IMDB

England, 1926. An American journalist looks for mystery writer Agatha Christie when she suddenly disappears without explanation, leaving no trace.

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Dalton, Helen Morse, Celia Gregory, Paul Brooke, Carolyn Pickles, Timothy West, Tony Britton, Alan Badel ..
Directed by: Michael Apted
Release date: 1979-02-09
Best Mystery Movies of 1979 : More Than Sisters

More Than Sisters

5.7/10 IMDB

Alice Randel, a devoted wife, has an unusual problem which adversely effects her entire family. She experiences severe sexual trauma during her sleep and occasionally this condition causes her to request unusual sexual acts from her loving husband. Together they seek help from Dr. Allan Bannister, a psychiatrist, who in turn contacts John Bollinger, a detective, to track down Mrs. Randel's background. Bollinger, aided by his sexy assistant Susy Benton, discover the Alice Randel was born a siamese twin, seperated at birth, and that the sister is criminally insane, causing the unusual dreams through telepathy.

Starring: Lynn Stevenson, Jamie Gillis, Heather Young, Eric Edwards, Shaun Costello, Robert Kerman, Marlene Willoughby, Roger Caine, Erica Havens, Lisa Heyman ..
Directed by: Shaun Costello
Release date: 1979-07-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1979 : Murder by Natural Causes

Murder by Natural Causes

7.6/10 IMDB

An elaborate mystery involving a famous mentalist, his unfaithful wife who is trying to literally scare him to death, the best friend of the family, and the wife's ham-actor lover -- not only an intriguing who- (or whether) dunit, but also a literate, adult dramatic puzzle with an endless series of twists.

Starring: Hal Holbrook, Katharine Ross, Richard Anderson, Barry Bostwick, Bill Fiore, Phil Leeds, Eve McVeagh, Jeff Donnell, Victoria Carroll, Judith Marie-Bergan ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1979-02-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1979 : Nero Wolfe

Nero Wolfe

6.9/10 IMDB

Gourmet Nero Wolfe interrupts his orchid-tending to take on the case of a lady tycoon who wants to know why she's under investigation by the FBI, only to find himself enmeshed in a puzzling murder-mystery. TV movie based on Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series.

Starring: Thayer David, Anne Baxter, Tom Mason, Brooke Adams, Biff McGuire, John Randolph, John Hoyt, Ivor Francis, Sarah Cunningham, John O'Leary ..
Directed by: Frank D. Gilroy
Release date: 1979-12-19

The Lady Vanishes

6.0/10 IMDB

On the eve of World War II, zany heiress Amanda Kelly travels by train to Switzerland. While passing through Germany, she meets a sweet elderly lady, who suddenly vanishes. Distraught, she questions her fellow passengers who claim that the woman was never there. Unsure if it's all in her mind or if there's a more sinister plot afoot, Amanda teams up with photographer Robert Condon to discover the truth.

Starring: Cybill Shepherd, Elliott Gould, Angela Lansbury, Herbert Lom, Arthur Lowe, Ian Carmichael, Gerald Harper, Jenny Runacre, Jean Anderson, Madlena Nedeva ..
Directed by: Anthony Page
Release date: 1979-04-30

Winter Kills

6.1/10 IMDB

19 years after President Timothy Keegan was assassinated, his brother Nick discovers a dying man claiming to have been the gunman. While trying to avoid his wealthy and domineering father's attempts to control his actions, Nick follows the clues that have been handed to him. As he progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult to discern the real trails from the dead ends, and increasingly dangerous as unknown parties try to stop Nick from uncovering the truth.

Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Anthony Perkins, Eli Wallach, Sterling Hayden, Dorothy Malone, Tomas Milian, Belinda Bauer, Ralph Meeker, Toshir? Mifune ..
Directed by: William Richert
Release date: 1979-05-11

A Walk Through H: The Reincarnation of an Ornithologist

7.1/10 IMDB

An anonymous narrator outlines a bizarre journey taken through "H", aided by a series of extraordinary maps, and his previous dealings with the mysterious Tulse Luper and the keeper of the bird house at the Amsterdam Zoo.

Starring: Colin Cantlie ..
Directed by: Peter Greenaway
Release date: 1979-04-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1979 : The Golden Gate Murders

The Golden Gate Murders

6.5/10 IMDB

An elderly, venerable priest goes over the side of the Golden Gate Bridge and everyone except his nurse, Sister Benecia, believes that it was suicide. Sister Benecia finally manages to convince the police department to assign a detective, the cynical, irascible Paul Silver, to investigate. The "Mad Nun" and the "Mad Cop" become a formidable investigative team -- and much, much more.

Starring: David Janssen, Susannah York, Paul Coufos, Tim O'Connor, Lloyd Bochner, Kim Hunter, Alan Fudge, Kenneth Tigar, Regis Cordic, Sandy Ward ..
Directed by: Walter Grauman
Release date: 1979-10-03

Last Embrace

6.1/10 IMDB

Secret agent Harry Hannan suffers a mental breakdown when a botched mission in Mexico results in the death of his wife. He is sent to a mental asylum, after which he eventually returns to work. But, once again, he begins to doubt his sanity when he receives a bizarre death threat written in Hebrew. Not knowing which of his colleagues wants to kill him, Hannan teams up with pretty young college student Ellie Fabian to attempt to unravel the mystery.

Starring: Roy Scheider, Janet Margolin, John Glover, Sam Levene, Charles Napier, Christopher Walken, Jacqueline Brookes, David Margulies, Andrew Duncan, Marcia Rodd ..
Directed by: Jonathan Demme
Release date: 1979-05-04

Bear Island

5.8/10 IMDB

A group of people converge on a barren Arctic island. They have their reasons for being there but when a series of mysterious accidents and murders take place, a whole lot of darker motives become apparent. Could the fortune in buried Nazi gold be the key to the mystery? Donald Sutherland and Vanessa Redgrave investigate

Starring: Donald Sutherland, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee, Barbara Parkins, Lloyd Bridges, Lawrence Dane, Patricia Collins, Michael J. Reynolds, Nicholas Cortland ..
Directed by: Don Sharp
Release date: 1979-12-05


5.4/10 IMDB

The wife of a greedy man comes back to haunt him after he scares her to death.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, Jean Simmons, Jenny Agutter, Simon Ward, Ron Moody, Flora Robson, David Tomlinson, Judy Geeson, Michael Jayston ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1979-01-01

Stranger in Our House

5.4/10 IMDB

A well-to-do family of five takes in cousin Julia, whose parents recently perished in a car crash. While the rest of the family and those around them are completely charmed by Julia, teenaged daughter Rachel comes to suspect that her cousin has an ulterior agenda – one that possibly includes witchcraft.

Starring: Linda Blair, Lee Purcell, Jeremy Slate, Fran Drescher, Jeff McCracken, Jeff East, Carol Lawrence, Macdonald Carey, James Jarnigan, Kerry Arquette ..
Directed by: Wes Craven
Release date: 1979-08-16

Radio On

6.5/10 IMDB

Set in 1970s Britain, a man drives from London to Bristol to investigate his brother's death. The purpose of his trip is offset by his encounters with a series of odd people.

Starring: David Beames, Lisa Kreuzer, Sandy Ratcliff, Andrew Byatt, Sue Jones-Davies, Sting, Sabina Michael, Katja Kersten, Paul Hollywood, Sally Watkins ..
Directed by: Chris Petit
Release date: 1979-11-30


5.0/10 IMDB

During a future ice age, dying humanity occupies its remaining time by playing a board game called Quintet. For one small group, this obsession is not enough. They play the game with living pieces, and only the winner survives.

Starring: Paul Newman, Vittorio Gassman, Fernando Rey, Bibi Andersson, Brigitte Fossey, Nina van Pallandt, Craig Richard Nelson, David Langton, Thomas Hill, Monique Mercure ..
Directed by: Robert Altman
Release date: 1979-02-09
Best Mystery Movies of 1979 : Casting the Runes

Casting the Runes

6.4/10 IMDB

Like NIGHT OF THE DEMON, this adaptation is based only very loosely on the original ghost story by M.R. James. However, it does feature eerie scenic views and is directed by Lawrence 'Ghost Story for Christmas' Gordon Clark.

Starring: Iain Cuthbertson, Jan Francis, Bernard Gallagher, Joanna Dunham, Edward Petherbridge, Christopher Good, Patricia Shakesby, David Calder, Jane Lowe, Alan Downer ..
Directed by: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Release date: 1979-04-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1979 : Tales of the Unexpected: Edward the Conqueror

Tales of the Unexpected: Edward the Conqueror

6.1/10 IMDB

Elderly marrieds Edward and Louisa discover a stray cat in their garden. It reacts so positively to Louisa's classical piano playing that she is convinced the cat is the reincarnation of Franz Liszt. Edward grows tired of her obsession and decides to get rid of the cat.

Starring: Roald Dahl, Wendy Hiller, Joseph Cotten, Phil Brown ..
Directed by: Rodney Bennett
Release date: 1979-05-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1979 : Satan’s Triangle

Satan’s Triangle

6.0/10 IMDB

The female survivor of a shipwreck and two Coast Guard helicopter pilots sent to rescue her find themselves trapped in a mysterious part of the ocean known as Satan's Triangle.

Starring: Kim Novak, Doug McClure, Alejandro Rey, Ed Lauter, Jim Davis, Michael Conrad, Titos Vandis, Zitto Kazann, Peter Bourne, Hank Stohl ..
Directed by: Sutton Roley
Release date: 1979-02-05

The Double McGuffin

6.5/10 IMDB

Some school kids stumble across a briefcase full of money, when they go back for it, they find a body instead. When they bring the police, neither is there, and the police refuses to believe them. Later they discover both were part of an assassination plot. Now they have to figure out how to stop the plot and put the bad guys in jail.

Starring: Ernest Borgnine, George Kennedy, Elke Sommer, Lisa Whelchel, Michael Gerard, Greg Hodges, Orson Welles ..
Directed by: Joe Camp
Release date: 1979-06-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1979 : Sanctuary of Fear

Sanctuary of Fear

5.6/10 IMDB

A Manhattan priest with a penchant for solving crimes goes to the aid of a young actress. She is becoming enmeshed in a series of bizarre incidents she can't explain, and her complaints to the police have gone ignored.

Starring: Barnard Hughes, Michael McGuire, George Hearn, Robert Schenkkan, David Rasche, Fred Gwynne, Elizabeth Wilson, Kay Lenz, Peter Maloney, Saul Rubinek ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Release date: 1979-04-23

Death Car on the Freeway

5.4/10 IMDB

A determined TV reporter is out to find a maniac who is methodically attacking lone women drivers on the Los Angeles Freeway by pushing them off the road with his powerful van.

Starring: Shelley Hack, Frank Gorshin, Peter Graves, Harriet Nelson, Barbara Rush, Dinah Shore, Abe Vigoda, Alfie Wise, George Hamilton, Robert F. Lyons ..
Directed by: Hal Needham
Release date: 1979-09-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1979 : She's Dressed to Kill

She's Dressed to Kill

5.3/10 IMDB

A fashion designer gives a private showing at her mansion over a weekend, but someone starts killing off the models.

Starring: John Rubinstein, Jessica Walter, Connie Sellecca, Jim McMullan, Clive Revill, Gretchen Corbett, Barbara Cason, Cathie Shirriff, Corinne Calvet, Eleanor Parker ..
Directed by: Gus Trikonis
Release date: 1979-12-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1979 : Screams of a Winter Night

Screams of a Winter Night

4.8/10 IMDB

Ten college friends take a winter weekend camping trip to Lake Durand. The group holes up in an old cabin where the original owners were once found dead, with local Native Americans suspecting they were the victims of a spirit called Shataba. As the group nestles in for the night, they start telling each other scary stories.

Starring: Matt Borel, Gil Glasgow, Patrick Byers, Mary Agen Cox, William Ragsdale, Robin Bradley, Ray Gaspard, Beverly Allen, Brandy Barrett, Charles Rucker ..
Directed by: James L. Wilson
Release date: 1979-01-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1979 : Summer's Children

Summer's Children

5.3/10 IMDB

SUMMER'S CHILDREN is the story of a young man who tries to escape his troubled home and sister to find a new life for himself. He takes on a new job and enters into new relationships, but his sister pursues him in a cat and mouse game, getting into trouble in the city's seedy underground. In a series of flashbacks, we discover the reasons for his initial departure, as he and his sister try to find a peaceful resolution to their feelings about each other.

Starring: Thomas Hauff, Paully Jardine, Don Francks, Kate Lynch, Ken James, Patricia Collins, Frank Aldous, Wayne Best, Stephen Bush, Lynne Cavanagh ..
Directed by: Julius Kohanyi
Release date: 1979-09-07

The Demon

3.6/10 IMDB

Random people are terrorized by a malevolent man who brings their worst fears to life.

Starring: Jennifer Holmes, Cameron Mitchell, Craig Gardner, Zoli Marki, Peter J. Elliott, Moira Winslow, Mark Tanous, Diane Burmeister, George Korelin, Vera Blacker ..
Directed by: Percival Rubens
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1979 : Mandrake


7.0/10 IMDB

Mandrake, a famous magician, and his assistant, Lothar, come to the aid of an amusement-park owner who is being blackmailed by a madman who is killing the park's customers until he gets his money.

Starring: Anthony Herrera, Robert Reed, Peter Haskell, Simone Griffeth, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Hank Brandt, Gretchen Corbett, Harry Blackstone Jr., James Hong, Sab Shimono ..
Directed by: Harry Falk
Release date: 1979-01-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1979 : El Wahm

El Wahm

7.2/10 IMDB

While the maximum falls to Alexandria trying to forget it. A husband meets a married couple, a married couple, a married couple, his wife, his wife, his wife, his wife, his wife, and his wife, and she discovers that she discovers her in her fortune. She tells Magdy about her story and tries to help her, but fate is closer to her. His penetration in the first part: Nader Jalal (Hassan Mahmoud Hassan (Clackett) (more) Water Industries: Ahmed Saleh (Scriptwriter) Alfred Hitchcock (Writer) Staff: Mahmoud Yassin Nelly Omar Hariri, Tawfiq al-Kurdi, Muhammad al-Ramli, Rashwan Mustafa

Starring: Mahmoud Yassine, Nelly, Omar El-Hariri, Omar El-Hariri, Mohamed El Ramly, Abdel Moneim El-Nimr, Rashwan Mustafa, Tawfiq Al Kurdy ..
Directed by: Nader Galal
Release date: 1979-09-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1979 : The Treasure Box

The Treasure Box

6.0/10 IMDB

A pornographic filmmaker dies, and his last will and testament is shown to his survivors in the form of a self-made film. In the film, he tells them that he is going to show them a porn "loop" (short film) that contains clues to the location of his fortune, and whoever solves the mystery and finds the hidden treasure will get his entire fortune. In this way, the lucky winner will avoid paying an inheritance tax.

Starring: Chris Cassidy, John Leslie, Eric Edwards, Mike Ranger, Nancy Hoffman, Mimi Morgan, Heather Fields, Laurence Jarry, Ellen Earl, Cecil Johnson ..
Directed by: Jerome Bronson
Release date: 1979-04-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1979 : Express to Terror

Express to Terror

5.2/10 IMDB

A gambling addict, mobsters, movie producers and others are plagued with murder while aboard a high-speed rail train. This pilot episode for the short-lived "Supertrain" series (which lasted just 9 episodes) was released to home video as a independent feature.

Starring: Steve Lawrence, Stella Stevens, George Hamilton, Vicki Lawrence, Don Meredith, Fred Williamson, Char Fontane, Don Stroud, Keenan Wynn, Deborah Benson ..
Directed by: Dan Curtis
Release date: 1979-02-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1979 : Murder in Music City

Murder in Music City

4.7/10 IMDB

A brash songwriter who buys a detective agency as a tax shelter finds himself and his photographer's model bride involved in a puzzling murder, when a dead body turns up in their honeymoon suite, and on a trail that leads them to Nashville.

Starring: Sonny Bono, Lee Purcell, Lucille Benson, Claude Akins, Belinda Montgomery, Morgan Fairchild, Michael MacRae, Harry Bellaver, Charlie Daniels, Larry Gatlin ..
Directed by: Leo Penn
Release date: 1979-01-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1979 : Anjinhos


0.0/10 IMDB

Can you know someone your whole life and never really know them at all?

Starring: Ray Quinn Jr. ..
Directed by: Stanislas Cordova
Release date: 1979-09-14
Best Mystery Movies of 1979 : Tales of the Unexpected: Neck

Tales of the Unexpected: Neck

0.0/10 IMDB

Invited to a weekend house party by Sir Basil Turton and his younger wife Natalia, John Bannister is struck by the lady's infidelity. She tries to undo his pajamas and is plainly having an affair with another guest Major Haddock. Jelks, Sir Basil's loyal butler, has also noticed and when Natalia gets her head stuck in an abstract sculpture he knows precisely how to cut her down to size.

Starring: Joan Collins, Michael Aldridge, Peter Bowles, Paul Herzberg, Carmen Silvera, John Gielgud, Sandra Allen ..
Directed by: Christopher Miles
Release date: 1979-04-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1979 : Tales of the Unexpected: Dip in the Pool

Tales of the Unexpected: Dip in the Pool

0.0/10 IMDB

An American gambler on a trans-Atlantic liner goes into the pool that bets on how far ship sails each day. Expecting bad weather, he bets a low distance, but then the weather fines up. He must come up with a plan to slow the ship down.

Starring: Jack Weston, Gladys Spencer, Don Fellows, Davyd Harries, Jana Shelden, Michael Troughton, David Healy, Paula Tilbrook, Bill Reimbold, Elaine Ives-Cameron ..
Directed by: Michael Tuchner
Release date: 1979-05-12

Witch's Sister

0.0/10 IMDB

Lynn Morley, a girl with quite an imagination, believes that her older sister, Judith, is being trained as a witch by their neighbor, Mrs. Tuggle. No one else seems to notice Judith's strange new behaviors and habits, like reading tarot cards and spending time with a mysterious young man whom she raised from the lake near their house. Convinced that she alone must stop her sister from falling completely under Mrs. Tuggle's influence, she and her best friend Mouse attempt to gather evidence. Just as Lynn realizes her young brother may be in danger, their mother is called away unexpectedly and Lynn and her siblings are left in Mrs. Tuggle's care. Will Lynn be able to break the spell before her little brother becomes Judith's victim? This film was originally broadcast in chapters during several episodes of the television show BIG BLUE MARBLE. It was later shown on cable networks as a movie.

Starring: Daphne Youree, Dara Brown, Virginia Stevens, Jane Sanford, Whitney Wood, Jeff Gribler, Carmine Rizzo, Jim Fleming, Bruce Graham ..
Directed by: Robert Wiemer
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1979 : Tales of the Unexpected: The Landlady

Tales of the Unexpected: The Landlady

0.0/10 IMDB

Billy's new landlady is kind and friendly, but he can't help feeling uneasy about the place, particularly as the last two guests signed in over two years ago and no one has stayed there since.

Starring: Roald Dahl, Siobhán McKenna, Leonard Preston ..
Release date: 1979-04-21

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