Best Mystery Movies of 1983



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

Psycho II

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

Something Wicked This Way Comes

6.7/10 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 Witches and the Grinnygog

The Witches and the Grinnygog

8.0/10 IMDB

An ancient church is being dismantled and moved to a new location, stone by stone. One of the gargoyles from the stones falls into the possession of a mother who takes the stone man back to her family. Soon after, four strangers show up in the village and the Sogood & Firkettle children seem to be the only ones who question the mysterious things that begin to happen. This film was originally broadcast across six 25 minute episodes with a total runtime of 150 minutes. A few years later, the US cable network Nickelodeon edited the miniseries into a 2 hour (including commercials) movie block. This 2 hour edited version was shown throughout the 1980s on US television.

Starring: Giles Harper, Heidi Mayo, Adam Woodyatt, Zoe Loftin, Paul Curtis, Anna Wing, Sheila Grant, Patricia Hayes, Olu Jacobs, John Barrard ..
Directed by: Diarmuid Lawrence
Release date: 1983-11-14
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : Il cavaliere, la morte e il diavolo

Il cavaliere, la morte e il diavolo

6.3/10 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 : The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles

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

Without a Trace

7.0/10 IMDB

Divorced professor Susan Selky lives alone in a Brooklyn apartment with her young son, Alex. When Alex fails to return home from school one afternoon, a frantic Selky contacts the police. Detective Al Menetti, a father himself, takes an interest in the case that quickly turns into an obsession. As a devastated Selky struggles to come to terms with Alex's disappearance, Menetti steps out from behind the badge to continue investigating.

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

House of the Long Shadows

6.2/10 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

Murder Me, Murder You

6.6/10 IMDB

Private eye Mike Hammer 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
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : A Pattern of Roses

A Pattern of Roses

6.9/10 IMDB

While his parents are renovating a cottage in an English village, teenager Tim and his friend Rebecca uncover information about the mysterious death of a 15-year-old boy who lived in the house decades prior, and as they dig deeper, Tim begins to find events from the past being mirrored in his own life.

Starring: Stuart MacKenzie, Suzanna Hamilton, Vivian Pickles, Norman Rodway, Philip Jackson, Bill Wallis, Caroline John, David Gant, Roger Milner, Peter Schofield ..
Directed by: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Release date: 1983-12-29

Strange Invaders

5.4/10 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

Curse of the Pink Panther

4.3/10 IMDB

Inspector Clouseau disappears, and the Surete wants the world's second best detective to look for him. However, Clouseau's enemy, Dreyfus, rigs the Surete's computer to select, instead, the world's WORST detective, NYPD Sgt. Clifton Sleigh. Sleigh obtusely bungles his way past assassins and corrupt officials as though he were Clouseau's American cousin.

Starring: David Niven, Robert Wagner, Herbert Lom, Joanna Lumley, Capucine, Roger Moore, Burt Kwouk, Robert Loggia, Harvey Korman, Ted Wass ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1983-08-12
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : The Secret Adversary

The Secret Adversary

7.1/10 IMDB

After a chance meeting and an indiscreet conversation, childhood friends Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley become involved in a convoluted intrigue led by a mysterious man known simply as Mr. Brown.

Starring: James Warwick, Francesca Annis, Honor Blackman, George Baker, Alec McCowen, Gavan O'Herlihy, Peter Barkworth, Toria Fuller, John Fraser, George Baker ..
Directed by: Tony Wharmby
Release date: 1983-10-09
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : The Sign of Four

The Sign of Four

6.4/10 IMDB

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson try to track down the Great Mogul, the second-largest diamond in the world.

Starring: Ian Richardson, David Healy, Thorley Walters, Michael O'Hagan, Cherie Lunghi, Joe Melia, Terence Rigby, Clive Merrison, Richard Heffer, John Benfield ..
Directed by: Desmond Davis
Release date: 1983-12-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : Sherlock Holmes and the Baskerville Curse

Sherlock Holmes and the Baskerville Curse

6.3/10 IMDB

Holmes & Watson investigate a cursed family.

Starring: Peter O'Toole ..
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : A Rose for Emily

A Rose for Emily

6.4/10 IMDB

Townsfolk discover a warped secret while clearing out the house of a recently deceased, aristocratic spinster.

Starring: Anjelica Huston, John Carradine, John Randolph, Jared Martin, Perry Lang, Frances Bay, Patrick Reynolds, Sally Kirkland, David Downing, James Murtaugh ..
Directed by: Lyndon Chubbuck
Release date: 1983-10-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : A Caribbean Mystery

A Caribbean Mystery

6.3/10 IMDB

Aging Major Palgrave, an idiosyncratic but charming mystery writer, reveals to Miss Marple that one of the guests at a luxurious Caribbean resort they're staying at is a Bluebeard-type wife murderer. Unfortunately, the Major succumbs to an apparently accidental overdose of alcohol and blood pressure medication before revealing the killer's identity. When it's discovered that the medicine belonged to another guest and the revealing photograph the Major was carrying is missing, Miss Marple realizes that the serial killer has struck again and more murders will follow.

Starring: Helen Hayes, Jameson Parker, Season Hubley, Cassie Yates, Zakes Mokae, Stephen Macht, Beth Howland, Lynne Moody, George Innes, Brock Peters ..
Directed by: Robert Michael Lewis
Release date: 1983-10-22
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : China Rose

China Rose

5.3/10 IMDB

A man arrives in China to search for his son, whom he hasn't seen in many years. A female American Embassy employee, who knows the country and speaks the language, is assigned to assist him, but soon they run into more trouble than they expected.

Starring: George C. Scott, Ali MacGraw, Michael Biehn, Denis Lill, James Hong, Carolyn Ellis Levine, John Nisbet, Tang Lan Hua ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1983-10-08
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : Dixie Ray: Hollywood Star

Dixie Ray: Hollywood Star

5.8/10 IMDB

Dixie Ray, a beautiful but bad starlet, finds herself the target of a vicious blackmailer - and in desperate need of Nick's services in more ways than one. If Nick can stop the extortionist, he'll receive his usual fee, plus the carnal pleasures that only a Hollywood star can provide.

Starring: Lisa De Leeuw, John Leslie, Juliet Anderson, Veronica Hart, Kelly Nichols, Samantha Fox, Cameron Mitchell, John F. Goff, Steve Marlow, Sam Baldwin ..
Directed by: Anthony Spinelli
Release date: 1983-03-31
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : Sparkling Cyanide

Sparkling Cyanide

5.9/10 IMDB

One year ago on November 2, seven people sat down to dinner at the Luxembourg. One of them, Rosemary Barton, never got up. She was thought to have committed suicide due to post-flu depression.

Starring: Anthony Andrews, Deborah Raffin, Pamela Bellwood, Nancy Marchand, Josef Sommer, David Huffman, Christine Belford, June Chadwick, Barrie Ingham, Harry Morgan ..
Directed by: Robert Michael Lewis
Release date: 1983-11-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : Trenchcoat


5.3/10 IMDB

An aspiring mystery writer becomes accidently embroiled in an international plot during a two-week stay in Malta.

Starring: Margot Kidder, Robert Hays, David Suchet, Ronald Lacey, Gila von Weitershausen, P.G. Stephens, Pauline Delaney, Daniel Faraldo, Kevork Malikyan, Philip Alexander ..
Directed by: Michael Tuchner
Release date: 1983-03-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : Sherlock Holmes and a Study in Scarlet

Sherlock Holmes and a Study in Scarlet

6.2/10 IMDB

Holmes & Watson have one baffling clue to help them track down the crime of an American visitor in London.

Starring: Peter O'Toole, Earle Cross, Judy Nunn, Ron Haddrick, Shane Briant, Ken Wayne, Brian Adams, Henri Szeps ..
Release date: 1983-12-31
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : Sherlock Holmes and the Valley of Fear

Sherlock Holmes and the Valley of Fear

6.5/10 IMDB

Holmes & Watson receive a letter from an informant who known by the pseudonym Fred Porlock. Porlock is a man well connected with criminals. The letter is written in code, and Holmes determines that the code comes from the words in a book. They decipher the code by page and column and find that John Douglas of Birlstone House is in danger.

Starring: Peter O'Toole, Earle Cross ..
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : The Lost Tribe

The Lost Tribe

5.6/10 IMDB

Anthropologist Max Scarry mysteriously disappears while doing excavation/research of a lost New Zealand tribe on a remote island. His wife and his twin brother Edward are clueless as to what could have happened, a situation complicated by their city's police suspecting that one of the brothers murdered a local prostitute who was found with a strange tribal charm on her body matching one found in Max's abandoned hut. What most certainly isn't helping matters is the strange behavior of Max's daughter as she seems to have visions beyond possibility, warnings of a supernatural threat and her uncle's fate - and she's the film's narrator, to boot. Edward decides to go to the island to find out exactly what happened, but the deeper he goes into the mystery the more perilous and unknowable his world becomes, leading towards a shocking fate that raises more questions than it answers. (cont.

Starring: John Bach, Darien Takle, Don Selwyn, Martyn Sanderson, Emma Takle, Ian Watkin, Adele Chapman, Joanne Simpson, Barry Lynch, Terry Connolly ..
Directed by: John Laing
Release date: 1983-10-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : This Girl For Hire

This Girl For Hire

5.5/10 IMDB

In this pilot for a proposed TV series, B.T. Brady is a flippant, but somewhat klutzy female private detective in Hollywood who sets out to solve the murder of a obnoxious mystery writer. Along the way, Brady gets help from her flamboyant mother Zandra, a washed-up actress, as well as Brady's live-in boyfriend Wolfe who runs a memorabilia shop.

Starring: Bess Armstrong, Celeste Holm, Cliff DeYoung, Ray Walston, Roddy McDowall, Hermione Baddeley, Scott Brady, Howard Duff, José Ferrer, Beverly Garland ..
Directed by: Jerry Jameson
Release date: 1983-01-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : The Returning

The Returning

3.8/10 IMDB

Two different men are possessed by spirits of Native Americans after they separately wander into a sacred burial ground. When John and Sybil come home with their son after a trip to the Mojave Desert, they bring an unusual stone back as a memento of the trip. The stone seems to cause strange noises and other horrible inexplicable phenomena.

Starring: Susan Strasberg, Gabriel Walsh, Victor Arnold, Ruth Warrick, H.E.D. Redford, Mostea Oshley, Rick Barker, Logan Field, Jay Bernard, Yvonne Robertson ..
Directed by: Joel Bender
Release date: 1983-01-01

City of Blood

3.0/10 IMDB

A medical examiner investigating a series of prostitute murders discovers that the culprit is an ancient tribal witch doctor come back to life.

Starring: Joe Stewardson, Ian Yule, Ken Gampu, Susan Coetzer, Gys de Villiers, Greg Latter, John Carson, Liz Dick, Dudu Mkhize, Megan Kruskal ..
Directed by: Darrell James Roodt
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : Missing Pieces

Missing Pieces

6.4/10 IMDB

A private detective has to deal with an unpleasant memory, a near-insoluble mystery, and a pursuing murderer inflicted with drugs and political corruption.

Starring: Elizabeth Montgomery, Ron Karabatsos, John Reilly, Louanne, Robin Gammell, Julius Harris, David Haskell, Daniel Pilon, Virginia Paris, Leslie Ackerman ..
Directed by: Mike Hodges
Release date: 1983-05-14
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : Nelly's Version

Nelly's Version

6.6/10 IMDB

People claim to know an amnesiac who finds herself in a hotel with a suitcase full of cash.

Starring: Eileen Atkins, Anthony Bate, Barbara Jefford, Nicholas Ball ..
Directed by: Maurice Hatton
Release date: 1983-06-09
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : Happy


5.9/10 IMDB

A former child show host misses the good old days. He and his sidekick from the show are doing a gig when the place gets robbed and the sidekick murdered. The host is the only one who saw the robber well so the robber goes after him.

Starring: Dom DeLuise, Dee Wallace, Henry Silva, Jack Gilford, Tony Burton, Bill Morey, Carol Locatell, David DeLuise, Lew Horn, Kimberly Alexander ..
Directed by: Lee Philips
Release date: 1983-10-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : Doctor Yes: The Hyannis Affair

Doctor Yes: The Hyannis Affair

5.4/10 IMDB

A man falls for his nubile stepdaughter. When his hot wife founds out about this, she is furious. Murder ensues. It's obvious who's the guilty party. Or is it?

Starring: Britt Ekland, Jack Messinger, Stephanie Grant, Patricia Moffatt, Suzanne Barker, Alfie Scopp, Robin Ward, Ron Hartmann, Larry Reynolds, Kent Deuters ..
Directed by: Jack Nixon-Browne
Release date: 1983-01-01

It's Called 'Murder', Baby

0.0/10 IMDB

In 1940s Los Angeles, private investigator Nick Popodopolis, is hired by actress Dixie Ray, to find her blackmailer.

Starring: John Leslie, Juliet Anderson, Veronica Hart, Cameron Mitchell, Samantha Fox, Kelly Nichols, Lisa De Leeuw, John F. Goff, Steve Marlow, Sam Baldwin ..
Directed by: Anthony Spinelli
Release date: 1983-06-15


0.0/10 IMDB

The story is set in a small English coastal town, around the turn of the century. A young woman, thought by many in the village to be a witch, dies suddenly one day. Not long after she's buried, the villagers begin to see her walking around the area and especially along the shoreline. The village minister begins to look into her life and her death, hoping to lay the spirit to rest.

Starring: Eileen Atkins, Alfred Burke, Ray Smith, Gareth Thomas, Alfred Lynch, Mary Healey, Martyn Hesford, Mary Jo Randle ..
Directed by: John Gorrie, Edmund Oboler
Release date: 1983-07-08
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : Afterward


0.0/10 IMDB

An American couple buy an English Manor House - complete with resident sypernatural forces...

Starring: Kate Harper, Penelope Lee, John Grillo, Merelina Kendall, William Abley, Michael Shannon ..
Directed by: Simon Langton
Release date: 1983-06-17

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