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.

Dressed to Kill

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

A mysterious, tall, blonde woman wearing sunglasses murders one of a psychiatrist's patients, and now she's after the prostitute who witnessed it.

Starring: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon, Dennis Franz, David Margulies, Ken Baker, Susanna Clemm, Brandon Maggart, Amalie Collier ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1980-07-25
3.

Cruising

4.7
6.5/10 IMDB

A serial killer brutally slays and dismembers several gay men in New York's S/M and leather districts. The young police officer Steve Burns is sent undercover onto the streets as decoy for the murderer. Working almost completely isolated from his department, he has to learn and practice the complex rules and signals of this little society.

Starring: Al Pacino, Karen Allen, Paul Sorvino, Richard Cox, Don Scardino, Joe Spinell, Jay Acovone, Randy Jurgensen, Barton Heyman, Kirsten Baker ..
Directed by: William Friedkin
Release date: 1980-02-15
4.

Prom Night

4.1
5.4/10 IMDB

This slasher movie follows a relentless killer who is out to avenge the death of a young girl who died after being bullied and teased by four of her classmates. Now high-school students, the guilt-ridden kids have kept their involvement a secret, but when they start being murdered, one by one, it's clear that someone knows the truth. Also coping with the past are members of the dead girl's family, most notably her prom-queen sister, Kim Hammond (Jamie Lee Curtis).

Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Stevens, Anne-Marie Martin, Antoinette Bower, Michael Tough, David Mucci, Robert A. Silverman, Pita Oliver, Jeff Wincott ..
Directed by: Paul Lynch
Release date: 1980-07-18
5.

The Mirror Crack'd

4.0
6.2/10 IMDB

Jane Marple solves the mystery when a local woman is poisoned and a visiting movie star seems to have been the intended victim.

Starring: Angela Lansbury, Geraldine Chaplin, Tony Curtis, Edward Fox, Rock Hudson, Kim Novak, Elizabeth Taylor, Wendy Morgan, Margaret Courtenay, Carolyn Pickles ..
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1980-09-19
6.

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
7.

The Ninth Configuration

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Col. Vincent Kane is a military psychiatrist who takes charge of an army mental hospital situated in a secluded castle. Among Kane's many eccentric patients is Capt. Billy Cutshaw, a troubled astronaut in the midst of an existential crisis. Although Kane's own grasp on sanity is questionable, he manages to engage Cutshaw in a series of thoughtful conversations about science and faith that deeply affect the lives of both men.

Starring: Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Ed Flanders, Neville Brand, George DiCenzo, Moses Gunn, Robert Loggia, Joe Spinell, Alejandro Rey, Tom Atkins ..
Directed by: William Peter Blatty
Release date: 1980-02-29
8.

The Private Eyes

3.6
6.7/10 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
9.

Scooby Goes Hollywood

3.4
6.1/10 IMDB

The gang goes to Hollywood as Scooby-Doo stars in his first film. When a creepy creature wants to put a stop to the film, Scooby-Doo must solve the mystery to ensure his star status remains intact.

Starring: Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Frank Welker, Heather North, Patricia Stevens, Marilyn Schreffler, Rip Taylor, Michael Bell, Joan Gerber, Stan Jones ..
Directed by: Ray Patterson
Release date: 1980-01-01
10.

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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