Best Mystery Movies of 1981

1.

Blow Out

5.4
7.4/10 IMDB

Jack Terry is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media become involved, and he begins to unravel the pieces of a nefarious conspiracy. As he struggles to survive against his shadowy enemies and expose the truth, he does not know whom he can trust.

Starring: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz, Peter Boyden, Curt May, John Aquino, John McMartin, Deborah Everton, J. Patrick McNamara ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1981-07-24
2.

Body Heat

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

Starring: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson, J.A. Preston, Mickey Rourke, Kim Zimmer, Thom Sharp, Larry Marko, Carola McGuinness ..
Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan
Release date: 1981-08-28
3.

The Great Muppet Caper

5.0
7.2/10 IMDB

Kermit and Fozzie are newspaper reporters sent to London to interview Lady Holiday, a wealthy fashion designer whose priceless diamond necklace is stolen. Kermit meets and falls in love with her secretary, Miss Piggy. The jewel thieves strike again, and this time frame Miss Piggy. It's up to Kermit and Muppets to bring the real culprits to justice.

Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Charles Grodin, Diana Rigg, John Cleese, Robert Morley, Peter Ustinov ..
Directed by: Jim Henson
Release date: 1981-06-26
4.

Outland

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

An honest marshal in a corrupt mining colony on Io, Jupiter's sunless third moon, is determined to confront a violent drug ring even though it may cost him his life. After his wife angrily deserts him, he waits alone for the arrival of killers hired by the company to eliminate him.

Starring: Sean Connery, Frances Sternhagen, Peter Boyle, James Sikking, Clarke Peters, Marc Boyle, Kika Markham, Nicholas Barnes, Steven Berkoff, Norman Chancer ..
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Release date: 1981-05-22
5.

My Bloody Valentine

4.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Twenty years ago in the sleepy mining town of Valentine Bluffs, a fatal mining disaster occurred on Valentine's Day while some of the crew was decorating for a party. The sole survivor of the accident killed the remaining crewmembers and warned the town not to celebrate Valentine's Day again. When a group of teenagers decides to defy that order, a murderous maniac in mining gear begins dispatching townsfolk in bloody and creative ways.

Starring: Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck, Keith Knight, Cynthia Dale, Alf Humphreys, Helene Udy, Rob Stein, Thomas Kovacs, Terry Waterland ..
Directed by: George Mihalka
Release date: 1981-02-11
6.

Dead & Buried

4.1
6.6/10 IMDB

After a series of gory murders commited by mobs of townspeople against visiting tourists, the corpses appear to be coming back to life and living normally as locals in the small town.

Starring: James Farentino, Melody Anderson, Jack Albertson, Dennis Redfield, Nancy Locke, Lisa Blount, Robert Englund, Bill Quinn, Michael Currie, Christopher Allport ..
Directed by: Gary Sherman
Release date: 1981-05-29
7.

Wolfen

4.0
6.3/10 IMDB

A city cop is assigned to solve a bizarre set of violent murders where it appears that the victims were killed by animals. In his pursuit he learns of an Indian legend about wolf spirits.

Starring: Albert Finney, Diane Venora, Edward James Olmos, Gregory Hines, Tom Noonan, Dick O'Neill, Dehl Berti, Peter Michael Goetz, Sam Gray, Reginald VelJohnson ..
Directed by: Michael Wadleigh
Release date: 1981-07-24
8.

Roadgames

3.6
6.6/10 IMDB

A truck driver plays a cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious serial killer who uses a young female hitchhiker as bait to lure victims on a desolate Australian highway.

Starring: Stacy Keach, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marion Edward, Grant Page, Thaddeus Smith, Steve Millichamp, John Murphy, Bill Stacey, Robert Thompson, Angelica La Bozzetta ..
Directed by: Richard Franklin
Release date: 1981-06-26
9.

Cutter's Way

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Richard spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter.

Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Heard, Lisa Eichhorn, Ann Dusenberry, Stephen Elliott, Arthur Rosenberg, Nina van Pallandt, Patricia Donahue, Geraldine Baron, Katherine Pass ..
Directed by: Ivan Passer
Release date: 1981-03-19
Best Mystery Movies of 1981 : Killjoy
10.

Killjoy

3.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Story of a young woman's murder and the people who become involved with it.

Starring: Kim Basinger, Robert Culp, John Rubinstein, Stephen Macht ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Release date: 1981-08-24

Also check Best mystery movies of 1982.

Check out our top containing the Best Mystery Movies of 1981 - PickTheMovie.com. This top was obtained with our unique algorithm ordered by our unique ranking system.

tmdb