Best Mystery Movies of 1981

1.

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
2.

The Great Muppet Caper

5.1
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
3.

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
4.

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
5.

Dead & Buried

3.6
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
6.

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
7.

Dark Night of the Scarecrow

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Bubba, an intellectually disabled man, is falsely accused of attacking a young girl. Disguised as a scarecrow, he hides in a cornfield, only to be hunted down and shot by four vigilante men. After they are acquitted due to lack of evidence, the men find themselves being stalked by a mysterious scarecrow.

Starring: Larry Drake, Charles Durning, Robert F. Lyons, Claude Earl Jones, Lane Smith, Tonya Crowe, Jocelyn Brando, Tom Taylor, Richard McKenzie, Ivy Jones ..
Directed by: Frank De Felitta
Release date: 1981-10-24
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8.

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
9.

They All Laughed

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

A mad cap private-eye caper about a team of detectives who are following, and are being followed by, a group of beautiful women.

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara, Patti Hansen, John Ritter, Dorothy Stratten, Blaine Novak, Colleen Camp, Glenn Scarpelli, Vassili Lambrinos, George Morfogen ..
Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
Release date: 1981-11-20
10.

Happy Birthday to Me

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

Virginia is proud that she belongs to a clique. The best students at a private school. But before her 18th birthday, a grueling set of murders take place and her friends are the ones who are falling prey. Could it be her? She suffers from blackouts due to a freak accident one year earlier. We soon learn the truth behind her accident and what is going on...

Starring: Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford, Lawrence Dane, Sharon Acker, Frances Hyland, Tracey E. Bregman, Jack Blum, Matt Craven, Lenore Zann, David Eisner ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1981-05-15

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