Best Mystery Movies of 1985



7.3/10 IMDB

Clue finds six colorful dinner guests gathered at the mansion of their host, Mr. Boddy -- who turns up dead after his secret is exposed: He was blackmailing all of them. With the killer among them, the guests and Boddy's chatty butler must suss out the culprit before the body count rises.

Starring: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren, Colleen Camp, Lee Ving, Bill Henderson ..
Directed by: Jonathan Lynn
Release date: 1985-12-13


6.9/10 IMDB

A veritable chameleon, investigative reporter Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher might drive his editor up the wall, but he always produces great pieces for the newspaper. When his next story is about the drug trade taking place on the beach, Fletch goes undercover as a homeless man. Unaware of Fletch's true identity, businessman Alan Stanwyk offers Fletch $50,000 to kill him. Intrigued, Fletch decides to unearth the full story behind the offer.

Starring: Chevy Chase, Joe Don Baker, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Richard Libertini, Tim Matheson, M. Emmet Walsh, Geena Davis, George Wendt, Kenneth Mars, Bill Henderson ..
Directed by: Michael Ritchie
Release date: 1985-05-31

Jagged Edge

6.5/10 IMDB

San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack is devastated by the crime but soon finds himself accused of her murder. He hires lawyer Teddy Barnes to defend him, despite the fact she hasn't handled a criminal case for many years. There's a certain chemistry between them and Teddy soon finds herself defending the man she loves.

Starring: Glenn Close, Jeff Bridges, Peter Coyote, Lance Henriksen, Robert Loggia, Michael Dorn, Maria Mayenzet, Dave Austin, William Allen Young, Ben Hammer ..
Directed by: Richard Marquand
Release date: 1985-10-04
Best Mystery Movies of 1985 : Miss Marple: The Moving Finger

Miss Marple: The Moving Finger

7.6/10 IMDB

The residents of a quiet English village begin to receive nasty, threatening letters. The wife of the local vicar calls in her friend Miss Marple to investigate.

Release date: 1985-02-21

The Mean Season

6.1/10 IMDB

A routine investigation of a shocking murder takes a bizarre twist when the killer contacts the reporter and appoints him his personal spokesman. As the killer's calls and clues increase, the reporter is lured into a deadly trap.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Mariel Hemingway, Richard Jordan, Andy García, Robert Small, Tamara Jones, Richard Masur, Richard Bradford, Joe Pantoliano, Rose Portillo ..
Directed by: Phillip Borsos
Release date: 1985-02-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1985 : Lamentations: A Monument for the Dead World

Lamentations: A Monument for the Dead World

7.2/10 IMDB

Lamentations: A Monument to the Dead World belongs to a 35-hour film cycle, The Book of All the Dead, which comprises the bulk of Toronto-based Bruce Elder’s filmmaking from 1975 to 1994. In ancient Egyptian culture, the Book of the Dead consisted of religious texts intended to help preserve the spirit of the departed in the afterlife — but in Elder’s reading, that comforting idea of continuity takes on a rather darker cast. Lamentations is comprised of a complex audio and visual patchwork: a philosophical meditation superimposed as text throughout the film; vignettes featuring a comical but disturbing Franz Liszt, a debate between Isaac Newton and George Berkeley, an angry, deranged man in an alley, and an arrogant psychiatrist; and a final search for salvation in the forests of British Columbia, the American Southwest, and Mexico’s Yucatan.

Starring: Robert Fothergill, Kristina Jones, David King, James D. Smith, Tony Wolfson, Murray Pomerance, Bart Testa ..
Directed by: R. Bruce Elder
Release date: 1985-10-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1985 : Khamosh


7.5/10 IMDB

Khamosh is 1985 Indian thriller directed and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The film starred Bollywood actors such as Naseerudin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Amol Palekar, Soni Razdan and Pankaj Kapoor. It, however, did not do well at the box office. The film became notable for actors Amol Palekar, Soni Razdan and Shabana Azmi portraying fictional versions of themselves. It is a suspense movie, wherein the murderer is among the group of people living together in a hotel, and the actual murderer is well hidden in the plot until the very end.

Starring: Amol Palekar, Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Soni Razdan, Sushma Seth, Pankaj Kapur ..
Directed by: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1985 : Perry Mason Returns

Perry Mason Returns

7.2/10 IMDB

When his former secretary (Barbara Hale) is accused of a murder, Perry Mason (Raymond Burr) gives up a judgeship to defend her.

Starring: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Katt, Holland Taylor, Cassie Yates, Kerrie Keane, Al Freeman, Jr., Richard Anderson, David McIlwraith, Roberta Weiss ..
Directed by: Ron Satlof
Release date: 1985-12-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1985 : Thirteen at Dinner

Thirteen at Dinner

6.3/10 IMDB

Actress Jane Wilkinson wants a divorce, but her husband, Lord Edgware, refuses. She convinces Hercule Poirot to use his famed tact and logic to make her case. Lord Edgware turns up murdered, a well-placed knife wound at the base of his neck. It will take the precise Poirot to sort out the lies from the alibis - and find the criminal before another victim dies.

Starring: Peter Ustinov, Faye Dunaway, Jonathan Cecil, Bill Nighy, Diane Keen, John Stride, Benedict Taylor, Lee Horsley, Allan Cuthbertson, Glyn Baker ..
Directed by: Lou Antonio
Release date: 1985-09-19
Best Mystery Movies of 1985 : Deceptions


7.2/10 IMDB

Twin sisters trade places with unexpected results.

Starring: Stefanie Powers, Barry Bostwick, Sam Wanamaker, Fairuza Balk, Gina Lollobrigida, Tracey Childs, Alison Doody ..
Release date: 1985-05-26

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