Best Mystery Movies of 1982

1.

The Thing

6.6
8.1/10 IMDB

Members of an American scientific research outpost in Antarctica find themselves battling a parasitic alien organism capable of perfectly imitating its victims. They soon discover that this task will be harder than they thought, as they don't know which members of the team have already been assimilated and their paranoia threatens to tear them apart.

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.

Deathtrap

4.9
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., Stewart Klein ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1982-03-19
6.

The Draughtsman's Contract

4.5
7.3/10 IMDB

A young artist is commissioned by the wife of a wealthy landowner to make a series of drawings of the estate while her husband is away.

Starring: Anthony Higgins, Janet Suzman, Dave Hill, Anne-Louise Lambert, Hugh Fraser, Neil Cunningham, David Meyer, Tony Meyer, Nicholas Amer, Suzan Crowley ..
Directed by: Peter Greenaway
Release date: 1982-10-02
7.

Pieces

3.9
6.2/10 IMDB

A frustrated Boston detective searches for the maniac responsible for mutilating a number of university coeds.

Starring: Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Frank Braña, Edmund Purdom, Ian Sera, Paul L. Smith, Jack Taylor, Gérard Tichy, May Heatherly, Leticia Marfil ..
Directed by: Juan Piquer Simón
Release date: 1982-08-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1982 : Spider's Web
8.

Spider's Web

3.9
8.5/10 IMDB

Clarissa, the wife of a Foreign Office diplomat, is given to daydreaming. 'Supposing I were to come down one morning and find a dead body in the library, what should I do?' she muses. Clarissa has her chance to find out when she discovers a body in the drawing-room of her house in Kent.

Starring: Penelope Keith, Robert Flemyng, Thorley Walters, Elizabeth Spriggs, David Yelland, John Barcroft, Holly Aird, Jonathan Newth, Brian Protheroe ..
Directed by: Basil Coleman
Release date: 1982-12-26
9.

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 : Hammett
10.

Hammett

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Chinatown, San Francisco, 1928. Former private detective Dashiell Hammett, a compulsive drinker with tuberculosis who writes pulp fiction for a living, receives an unexpected visit from an old friend asking for help…

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: 1982-06-09

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