Best Mystery Movies of 1983

1.

Videodrome

5.9
7.2/10 IMDB

As the president of a trashy TV channel, Max Renn is desperate for new programming to attract viewers. When he happens upon "Videodrome," a TV show dedicated to gratuitous torture and punishment, Max sees a potential hit and broadcasts the show on his channel. However, after his girlfriend auditions for the show and never returns, Max investigates the truth behind Videodrome and discovers that the graphic violence may not be as fake as he thought.

Starring: James Woods, Sonja Smits, Debbie Harry, Peter Dvorsky, Jack Creley, Lynne Gorman, Julie Khaner, Reiner Schwarz, David Bolt, Lally Cadeau ..
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Release date: 1983-02-04
2.

Psycho II

4.7
6.5/10 IMDB

After years of treatment at a mental institution for the criminally insane, serial killer Norman Bates is finally released. Deciding to move back into his long-dead mother's infamous old house, he soon finds himself tormented by 'her' demands and begins to question his own sanity.

Starring: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia, Dennis Franz, Hugh Gillin, Claudia Bryar, Robert Alan Browne, Ben Hartigan, Lee Garlington ..
Directed by: Richard Franklin
Release date: 1983-06-03
3.

The Draughtsman's Contract

4.6
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: 1983-06-22
4.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

3.7
6.8/10 IMDB

In a small American town, a diabolical circus arrives, granting wishes for the townsfolk, but twisted as only the esteemed Mr. Dark can make them. Can two young boys overcome the worst the devil himself can deal out?

Starring: Jason Robards, Jonathan Pryce, Diane Ladd, Royal Dano, Vidal Peterson, Shawn Carson, Mary Grace Canfield, Richard Davalos, Jake Dengel, Jack Dodson ..
Directed by: Jack Clayton
Release date: 1983-04-29
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : The Hound of the Baskervilles
5.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

3.6
6.6/10 IMDB

Sherlock Holmes comes to the aid of his friend Henry Baskerville, who is under a family curse and menaced by a demonic dog that prowls the bogs near his estate and murders people.

Starring: Ian Richardson, Donald Churchill, Denholm Elliott, Glynis Barber, Brian Blessed, Eleanor Bron, Edward Judd, Ronald Lacey, Martin Shaw, Connie Booth ..
Directed by: Douglas Hickox
Release date: 1983-11-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : Il cavaliere, la morte e il diavolo
6.

Il cavaliere, la morte e il diavolo

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

A family of the three fall into a dark and disturbing nightmare after meeting the mysterious Orlok and the seductive punk girl Patty.

Starring: Paolo Bonacelli, Mirella D'Angelo, Piero Vida, Jeanne Mas, Lola Ledda ..
Directed by: Beppe Cino
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : Without a Trace
7.

Without a Trace

3.4
7.1/10 IMDB

Based on the case of young New Yorker Etan Patz, who disappeared in the early 1980s, this film casts Kate Nelligan as the distraught mother who lashes out at the police (in the person of a relentless detective played by Judd Hirsch), who make her and her husband suspects, even as she hounds them to find her child and drives away her husband (David Dukes) and friends (including Stockard Channing) with her intensity and single-mindedness. Squandered on a Hollywood ending that doesn't square with the real case: Etan Patz was never found.

Starring: Kate Nelligan, Judd Hirsch, David Dukes, Stockard Channing, Jacqueline Brookes, Danny Corkill, William Duell, Caroline Aaron, Terry O'Quinn ..
Directed by: Stanley R. Jaffe
Release date: 1983-02-04
8.

House of the Long Shadows

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

An American writer goes to a remote Welsh manor on a $20,000 bet that he can write a classic novel like 'Wuthering Heights' in 24 hours. However, upon his arrival he discovers that the apparently empty manor has several rather odd inhabitants.

Starring: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Desi Arnaz Jr., John Carradine, Sheila Keith, Julie Peasgood, Richard Todd, Louise English, Norman Rossington ..
Directed by: Pete Walker
Release date: 1983-06-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : Murder Me, Murder You
9.

Murder Me, Murder You

3.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Mickey Spillane's private eye Mike Hammer (Stacy Keach) probes his long-lost love's death while seeking their daughter.

Starring: Stacy Keach, Tanya Roberts, Don Stroud, Delta Burke, Tom Atkins, Jonathan Banks, Lisa Blount, Michelle Phillips, Bert Rosario, Randi Brooks ..
Directed by: Gary Nelson
Release date: 1983-04-09
10.

Strange Invaders

3.0
5.5/10 IMDB

Charlie's ex-wife disappears, and he goes to where she grew up--a rural town in the midwest--to look for her. But, surprisingly, nobody knows about her or any of her many relatives, the Newmans. He meets aliens; but when he contacts the FBI, they don't believe him. He tells his story to a tabloid; and suddenly, he is chased by the aliens.

Starring: Paul Le Mat, Nancy Allen, Diana Scarwid, Michael Lerner, Louise Fletcher, Wallace Shawn, Fiona Lewis, Kenneth Tobey, June Lockhart, Charles Lane ..
Directed by: Michael Laughlin
Release date: 1983-09-16

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