Best Mystery Movies of 1982

1.

The Thing

6.6
8.1/10 IMDB

Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people it kills.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Keith David, Wilford Brimley, Donald Moffat, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, T. K. Carter, David Clennon, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur ..
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 1982-06-25
2.

Missing

5.5
7.7/10 IMDB

Based on the real-life experiences of Ed Horman. A conservative American businessman travels to a South American country to investigate the sudden disappearance of his son after a right-wing military takeover. Accompanied by his son's wife he uncovers a trail of cover-ups that implicate the US State department which supports the right-wing dictatorship.

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, John Shea, Melanie Mayron, Charles Cioffi, David Clennon, Richard Venture, Jerry Hardin, Richard Bradford, Joe Regalbuto ..
Directed by: Costa-Gavras
Release date: 1982-02-12
3.

Evil Under the Sun

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.

Starring: Peter Ustinov, Jane Birkin, Nicholas Clay, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, Denis Quilley, Roddy McDowall, James Mason, Sylvia Miles, Colin Blakely ..
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1982-03-05
4.

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

Juliet Forrest is convinced that the reported death of her father in a mountain car crash was no accident. Her father was a prominent cheese scientist working on a secret recipe. To prove it was murder, she enlists the services of private eye, Rigby Reardon. He finds a slip of paper containing a list of people who are 'The Friends and Enemies of Carlotta'.

Starring: Steve Martin, Rachel Ward, Alan Ladd, Carl Reiner, Barbara Stanwyck, Ray Milland, Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant ..
Directed by: Carl Reiner
Release date: 1982-05-21
5.

The Entity

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Barbara Hershey stars as Carla Moran, a hard-working single mother until the night she is raped in her bedroom by someone - or something - that she cannot see. Despite skeptical psychiatrists, she is repeatedly attacked in her car, in the bath, and in front of her children. Could this be a case of hysteria, a manifestation of childhood sexual trauma, or something even more horrific?

Starring: Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, David Labiosa, George Coe, Margaret Blye, Jacqueline Brookes, Richard Brestoff, Michael Alldredge, Raymond Singer, Natasha Ryan ..
Directed by: Sidney J. Furie
Release date: 1982-09-30
6.

Deathtrap

4.3
7.0/10 IMDB

A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's script.

Starring: Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, Dyan Cannon, Irene Worth, Henry Jones, Joe Silver, Tony DiBenedetto, Al LeBreton, Francis B. Creamer Jr. ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1982-03-19
7.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch

3.7
4.9/10 IMDB

Dr. Daniel Challis and Ellie Grimbridge stumble onto a gruesome murder scheme when Ellie's novelty-salesman father, Harry, is killed while in possession of a halloween mask made by the Silver Shamrock mask company. The company's owner, Conal Cochran, wants to return Halloween to its darker roots using his masks -- and his unspeakable scheme would unleash death and destruction across the country.

Starring: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O'Herlihy, Michael Currie, Ralph Strait, Jadeen Barbor, Brad Schacter, Garn Stephens, Nancy Kyes, Jonathan Terry ..
Directed by: Tommy Lee Wallace
Release date: 1982-10-22
Best Mystery Movies of 1982 : Hotline
8.

Hotline

3.4
6.0/10 IMDB

A crisis helpline assistant attracts the attention of a serial killer who delights in feeding her cryptic, nursery-rhyme style riddles when planning his next murder!

Starring: Lynda Carter, Steve Forrest, Granville Van Dusen, Monte Markham, Joy Garrett, James Reynolds, Harry Waters, Jr., James Booth, Arthur Malet, Frank Stallone ..
Directed by: Jerry Jameson
Release date: 1982-03-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1982 : Hammett
9.

Hammett

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

"This is an entirely imaginary story about the writer Dashiell Hammett, who... in the words of one of his most gifted contemporaries... helped get murder out of the vicar's rose garden and back to the people who are really good at it. The detective story has not been the same since." So begins Hammett, the atmospheric and exciting tale of a young mystery writer who really lives the hard-boiled life he writes about -- and learns to dig beneath the surface of his characters to reveal their deeper, darker motivations.

Starring: Frederic Forrest, Peter Boyle, Marilu Henner, Roy Kinnear, Elisha Cook Jr., Lydia Lei, Richard Bradford, Michael Chow, David Patrick Kelly, Sylvia Sidney ..
Directed by: Wim Wenders
Release date: 1982-09-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1982 : Don't Go to Sleep
10.

Don't Go to Sleep

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

The restless spirit of a young girl possesses her sister and takes vengeance on her family one-by-one for allowing her to die in a car accident.

Starring: Dennis Weaver, Valerie Harper, Robin Ignico, Kristin Cumming, Oliver Robins, Claudette Nevins, Ruth Gordon, Robert Webber, Marilyn Coleman, Tim Haldeman ..
Directed by: Richard Lang
Release date: 1982-12-10

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