Classic Mystery & Suspense Films


Above Suspicion
Joan Crawford and Fred MacMurray are asked to do a spy mission during their honeymoon in Europe on the eve of World War II. Also with Basil Rathbone, Conrad Veidt, and Reginald Owen.

Across the Pacific
Humphrey Bogart follows spies in Panama while toying with Sydney Greenstreet and flirting with Mary Astor. John Huston directed.

Agatha
About writer Agatha Christie. Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Vanessa Redgrave.

All Through the Night
Humphrey Bogart and his gang hunt Nazi spies in New York. Starring Bogart, Peter Lorre, Judith Anderson, Jackie Gleason, and Phil Silvers.

Anastasia
Is Ingrid Bergman really the daughter of Czar Nicholas? With Yul Brynner and Helen Hayes.

Background to Danger
Exciting story of George Raft in the thick of Nazi intrigue in Turkey. With Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet.

Bad Day at Black Rock
Spencer Tracy stars as a man who comes to the town of Black Rock and causes the townsfolk to be consumed with fear, suspicion, and murder. Nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay was Millard Kaufman.

Bad Influence
Rob Lowe and James Spader are wonderful in this thriller.

The Big Easy
Directed by Jim McBride (Great Balls of Fire!) and released in 1987, this New Orleans mystery-romance features Dennis Quaid and costar Ellen Barkin as sexy adversaries on opposite sides of a police scandal.

Blood on the Sun
A rebellious American newspaper reporter in Tokyo, James Cagney, uncovers the plot to blow up Pearl Harbor.

Blow Out
Brian De Palma's 1981 thriller is something of a homage to Michelangelo Antonioni's masterful Blowup, though there are hints of Francis Ford Coppola's paranoia-inducing Conversation sprinkled throughout. John Travolta plays a sound-effects man who witnesses what appears to be a tragic car accident killing a presidential candidate. The audio tape he happened to be recording at that moment (adding to his collection of natural sounds), however, suggests but doesn't prove that a murderous conspiracy is afoot. Trying to tease a shred of evidence from murky doubt, Travolta's character turns to a hooker (Nancy Allen) for help and stumbles into a web of evil spun by a right-wing kook (John Lithgow).

Casablanca
One of the greatest films ever made and was based on the play Everybody Comes to Rick's, by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison. The cast includes Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Sydney Greenstreet, Paul Henreid, and Dooley Wilson. The winners for the Screenplay Oscar were Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch.

The Counterfeit Traitor
William Holden is a double agent in Europe on dangerous missions. His love interest is Lilli Palmer. Based on a true story, this is a well-crafted film.

Edge of Darkness
Errol Flynn stars in this thrilling tale of the underground movement in Norway during the Nazi occupation in WW II. Dazzling camera work and great acting make this one of the best films about the war. With Ann Sheridan, Walter Huston, Judith Anderson, and Ruth Gordon.

The Eagle Has Landed
Action-packed adventure from the Jack Higgins' book about a Nazi plot to kidnap Winston Churchill. There's never a dull moment in this twist-laden story. With Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, and Robert Duvall.

The Enemy Below
This suspenseful World War II movie, one of the best naval war films made, follows an American submarine in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Starring Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens.

Eye of the Needle
A cold-hearted German spy becomes interested in a love-starved woman on a deserted British island. From Ken Follett’s novel. Starring Donald Sutherland.

Foreign Correspondent
A Hitchcock spy thriller. Charles Bennett and Joan Harrison were Original Screenplay nominees.

Gaslight
Ingrid Bergman plays a young bride who is driven to the brink of madness by her new husband (Charles Boyer). Angela Lansbury debuts. Adapted from a play by Patrick Hamilton. John L. Balderston, Walter Reisch, and John Van Druten were Oscar nominees for their screenplay.

Golden Earrings
Marlene Dietrich, a gypsy, and Ray Milland team up for spy work in WW II Europe. Very enjoyable and fun-to-watch flick.

The House on 92nd Street
Nazi agents in New York attempt to steal part of the atom bomb formula. Starring William Eythe, Lloyd Nolan, Leo G. Carroll, and Gene Lockhart. Charles G. Booth won an Oscar for his original story.

Jacob's Ladder
A veteran learns that he was a victim of military experiments while in Vietnam and that he might actually be dead. Writer: Bruce Joel Rubin. Stars: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Pena, and Danny Aiello.

The Killers
Two killers investigate their victim's life to find out who hired them and why. From Ernest Hemingway.

Kim
A rebellious English boy learns the dangers of espionage. From Rudyard Kipling.

L'Argent
A forged 500-franc note is cynically passed from person to person and shop to shop, until it falls into the hands of a genuine innocent who doesn't see it for what it is, which will have devastating consequences on his life, causing him to turn to crime and murder. From Leo Tolstoy.

Laura
Gene Tierney is the dead woman who ends up as the heroine. Dana Andrews plays the detective in love with her. With Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, Judith Anderson. Directed by Otto Preminger.

The Letter
A murderer claims she acted in self-defense. By Somerset Maugham.

Night Train to Munich
Rex Harrison, British intelligence agent, tries to rescue a Czech scientist in a thrilling suspense. Gordon Wellesley was nominated for an Oscar for his original story.

The Paradine Case
This 1948 film by Alfred Hitchcock beats a familiar Hitchcockian drum: an attorney (Gregory Peck), in love with the client (Alida Valli) he is defending on a murder charge, implicates himself in her guilt by trying to put the blame on another man.

The Scarlet and the Black
Gregory Peck plays a Vatican official who harbors allied P.O.W. escapees in German-occupied Rome. Adapted by David Butler from J. P. Gallagher's book The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican.

The Sea Chase
German naval officer Karl Ehrlich (John Wayne) loves his country but hates Hitler so much he's been demoted to the command of a lowly freighter docked in Australia. When World War II begins, he must choose either internment by the British or an escape to Germany.

Secret Agent
British spies are sent to Switzerland to hunt enemy agents. By Somerset Maugham.

Shining Through
An enticing mix of romance, adventure, and heroism set in WW II Germany. Melanie Griffith and Michael Douglas star as spies sent behind enemy lines.

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
A young Kirk Douglas debuts and Barbara Stanwyck stars in this story of mystery and murder. Oscar nominee for Original Story was John Patrick.

The Turn of the Screw
A governess fights the forces of darkness for the souls of two children. By Henry James.

Where Eagles Dare
Superior thriller about soldiers sent to free an American prisoner in a German mountain castle. Starring Richard Burton. Novel and script by Alistar MacLean. One of the best WW II movies.

Witness for the Prosecution
Billy Wilder cowrote and directed this brilliant 1957 mystery based on Agatha Christie's celebrated play about an aging London barrister (Charles Laughton) who's preparing to retire when he takes the defense in the most vexing murder case of his distinguished career. Cast: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester.


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