Best Mystery Movies of 1980

1.

The Long Good Friday

5.3
7.6/10 IMDB

In the late 1970s, Cockney crime boss Harold Shand, a gangster trying to become a legitimate property mogul, has big plans to get the American Mafia to bankroll his transformation of a derelict area of London into the possible venue for a future Olympic Games. However, a series of bombings targets his empire on the very weekend the Americans are in town. Shand is convinced there is a traitor in his organization, and sets out to eliminate the rat in typically ruthless fashion.

Starring: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Paul Freeman, Dave King, Bryan Marshall, Derek Thompson, Eddie Constantine, P.H. Moriarty, Alan Ford, Paul Barber ..
Directed by: John Mackenzie
Release date: 1980-11-01
2.

Bad Timing

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Alex Linden is a psychiatrist living in Vienna who meets Milena Flaherty though a mutual friend. Though Alex is quite a bit older than Milena, he's attracted to her young, carefree spirit. Despite the fact that Milena is already married, their friendship quickly turns into a deeply passionate love affair that threatens to overtake them both. When Milena ends up in the hospital from an overdose, Alex is taken into custody by Inspector Netusil.

Starring: Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell, Harvey Keitel, Denholm Elliott, Daniel Massey, Dana Gillespie, William Hootkins, Eugene Lipinski, George Roubicek, Stefan Gryff ..
Directed by: Nicolas Roeg
Release date: 1980-03-02
3.

The Private Eyes

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

The lord and lady of a capacious manor are killed, and the lord's ghost seems to have returned to knock off the staff one by one, causing Inspector Winship and Dr. Tart to investigate the wacky house and its inhabitants.

Starring: Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Trisha Noble, Bernard Fox, Grace Zabriskie, John Fujioka, Irwin Keyes, Fred Stuthman, Robert V. Barron ..
Directed by: Lang Elliott
Release date: 1980-04-17
4.

Harlequin

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

In this modern-day version of the Rasputin story, David Hemmings plays an up-and-coming senator, Nick Rast, whose young son is terminally ill with leukaemia. A mysterious faith healer, Gregory Wolfe, appears and seems to cure the boy. Rast's wife Sandy falls in love with Wolfe, but the powerful interests behind Rast's career, represented by geriatric monster Doc Wheelan are less happy with events.

Starring: Robert Powell, David Hemmings, Carmen Duncan, Broderick Crawford, Gus Mercurio, Alan Cassell, Mark Spain, Alyson Best, David Hemmings, Carmen Duncan ..
Directed by: Simon Wincer
Release date: 1980-03-28
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5.

Death of a Princess

3.1
7.6/10 IMDB

A journalist investigates a newspaper story of the execution of an Arab princess.

Starring: Sawsan Badr, Paul Freeman, Judy Parfitt, Samir Sabri, Ismet Raafat, Geoffrey Collins, Paul Copley, Mohammed Tawfik ..
Directed by: Antony Thomas
Release date: 1980-04-09
6.

The First Deadly Sin

3.0
5.9/10 IMDB

A serial killer is stalking New York. Inspector Edward X. Delaney is an NYPD detective, nearing retirement, who is trying to put together the pieces of the case. Are the victims somehow linked? What does the brutal method of death signify?

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Faye Dunaway, David Dukes, George Coe, Brenda Vaccaro, Martin Gabel, Anthony Zerbe, James Whitmore, Bruce Willis, Joe Spinell ..
Directed by: Brian G. Hutton
Release date: 1980-10-03
7.

The Nude Bomb

3.0
5.2/10 IMDB

When KAOS develops a bomb that can dissolve all clothing, Maxwell Smart is brought in to foil the evil plot.

Starring: Don Adams, Sylvia Kristel, Rhonda Fleming, Dana Elcar, Andrea Howard, Pamela Hensley, Norman Lloyd, Bill Dana, Vittorio Gassman, Joey Forman ..
Directed by: Clive Donner
Release date: 1980-05-09
8.

Fade to Black

3.0
5.9/10 IMDB

Eric Binford watches a lot of movies. He is the truest definition of a film geek. One day, his sanity takes a turn for the worse and he begins acting out his favorite scenes from the movies. In doing so, he manages to involve his enemies and the scenes usually result in death.

Starring: Dennis Christopher, Tim Thomerson, Gwynne Gilford, Norman Burton, Linda Kerridge, Morgan Paull, James Luisi, Eve Brent, John Steadman, Marcie Barkin ..
Directed by: Vernon Zimmerman
Release date: 1980-10-14
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9.

Oh Heavenly Dog

2.9
5.4/10 IMDB

Browning is a PI with a bad cold, who's sent to investigate a case by a mysterious client. He stumbles across the body of a young woman and is stabbed to death, and when he wakes up in heaven, they tell him he's "marginal material," and they can only decide on his final destination through one last assignment: to go back and solve his own murder. As a dog. A cute fluffy little dog (Benji). Undaunted, Browning begins to investigate the case as best he can around his canine disabilities (dialing the phone presents a special challenge) to solve the murders, save the girl, and see justice done.

Starring: Chevy Chase, Jane Seymour, Omar Sharif, Robert Morley, Lorenzo Music, Benjean, Stuart Germain, Alan Sues, John Stride, Donnelly Rhodes ..
Directed by: Joe Camp
Release date: 1980-07-11
10.

The Island

2.8
5.3/10 IMDB

David Warner leads a band of modern day pirates who raid yachts and sail boats of people on vacation out in the Caribbean. Michael Caine is a reporter who goes out there with his son to investigate the mystery of the disappearing boats. He runs across Warner and his band of raiders and they decide to induct them into their tribe.

Starring: Michael Caine, David Warner, Angela Punch McGregor, Frank Middlemass, Don Henderson, Dudley Sutton, Colin Jeavons, Zakes Mokae, Jeffrey Frank, John O'Leary ..
Directed by: Michael Ritchie
Release date: 1980-06-13

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