Murder Most Foul
2216 8.5 8.61. Rear Window (1954)
I dearly love this movie.
Plot: A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
Location: New York City
Fav Quote: "That's a secret private world your looking into out there. People do a lot of things in private they couldn't possibly explain in public."
165 7 7.22. Death on the Nile (1978)
Hercule Poirot is definitely my favorite fictional sleuth. What a great cast too: David Niven, Angela Lansbury, Betty Davis and Mia Farrow to name a few.
Plot: A murder is committed on a Nile steamer, but Hercule Poirot is on board...
Location: Nile River, Egypt
"You perfectly foul French upstart!"
"Belgian upstart, please, madame."
"You damn froggy eavesdropper."
"Belgian! Belgian eavesdropper!"
24 5.6 6.93. The Moon-Spinners (1964)
This is actually a Disney movie based on a book by one of my favorite authors: Mary Stewart. She writes great 'gothic' style mystery 'romance' from the 50s and 60s. The movie version is more like attempted murder... but it still makes my list.
Plot: Young English girl Nikky and her aunt arrive at the Moon-Spinners, a hotel on Crete, to a less than enthusiastic welcome...
Location: Agios Georgios, Crete
Fav Quote: "Everybody lies when it serves their purpose, even the stars."
The "Modern" Movies
715 6.3 6.54. The Pelican Brief (1993)
I re-watch this movie all the time. I don't really like some of John Grisham's stories, but this one is a win. The setting - New Orleans - is close to my hometown in Mississippi, so it reminds me of home.
Plot: A law student uncovers a conspiracy, putting herself and others in danger.
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Fav Quote: "Everyone I've told about the brief is dead."
576 6.4 6.75. The Client (1994)
Another excellent Grisham adaptation. Mark is such a spunky little punk. I always liked his character.
Plot: A young boy who witnessed the suicide of a mafia lawyer hires an attorney to protect him when the district attorney tries to use him to take down a mob family.
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Fav Quote: "Dead men don't sweat now do they?"
542 6.7 6.66. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
Everyone should watch this movie. Some say it's slow, but I've never noticed. Great haunting music and interesting story.
Plot: A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends.
Location: Savannah, Georgia
"It's like my mom always said: 'Two tears in a bucket, motherf*ck it'."
"This place is fantastic. It's like Gone With the Wind on Mescalin. I know you're my agent. Listen to me, they walk imaginary pets here, Garland. On a f*cking leash. Alright? And they're all heavily armed and drunk. New York is boring!"
1114 6.1 6.67. What Lies Beneath (2000)
What a great plot. Two of my favorite actors Michelle and Harrison ♥. This movie gives me that tingling feeling like I'm about to pee my pants because it's so suspenseful.
Plot: The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost -- or that she's losing her mind.
"I think she's startin' to suspect something."
811 6 6.78. The Gift (2000)
Great movie, great cast and who knew that Keanu could be such a convincing redneck d*ck? That came outta nowhere for me. My favorite character is Buddy.
Plot: A woman with extrasensory perception is asked to help find a young woman who has disappeared.
Location: Brixton, Georgia
Fav Quote: "Sometimes I don't know the difference between my head and my soul."
1028 7.2 7.59. Brick (2005)
This movie really surprised the sh*t out of me. I only saw it last year, and I couldn't believe it missed my radar for so long. I had to watch it with subs to catch the full dialogue since it's heavy on the 40's detective slang, but soooooo worth it.
Plot: A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.
"Throw one at me if you want, hash head. I've got all five senses and I slept last night, that puts me six up on the lot of you."
"Maybe I'll just sit here and bleed at you."
1600 6.5 6.910. Disturbia (2007)
Basically Rear Window for the new millenium. I liked the humor and the extra teen factors they threw into the mix. Oh yeah and Aaron Yoo.
Plot: A teen living under house arrest becomes convinced his neighbor is a serial killer.
Fav Quote: "Operation Stupid is officially over!"
835 6.9 7.311. Gosford Park (2001)
Plot: Set in the 1930's the story takes place in an old fashioned English country house where a family has invited many of their friends up for a weekend shooting party.
Location: Gosford Park country house, England
"I'm the perfect servant; I have no life."
"Nobody can stab a corpse and not know it."
"Really? When was the last time you stabbed a corpse?"
150 5.3 5.312. Diabolique (1996)
Everyone hates this movie except me I think. I know it's a remake, but I still like it. The casting couldn't be more perfect.
Plot: The wife and mistress of a cruel school master collaborate in a carefully planned and executed attempt to murder him.
Location: West Virginia boarding school
"Lost your faith, ah? I've never really had any to begin with, I guess. Never believed in any of it. God, the Virgin Mary, that life begins at 40... and that people are all just basically good inside."
"Killing him is a good thing. Like planting a tree."
"If you give him the school, he'll just sell it, and then where would all the future Lee Harvey Oswalds come from?"
37 6.6 613. Jack's Back (1988)
I really like this movie despite it being an 80's movie. James Spader in black leather playing the bad boy twin is so great. And the plot is entertaining. I have this movie on VHS, not sure when it will be released on DVD.
Plot: A serial killer in Los Angeles celebrates Jack the Ripper's 100th birthday by committing similar murders.
Location: Los Angeles, California
Fav Quote: "It's not his fault, though, it's all that Anglo-Saxon sh*t. I mean two hundred years of tweed sport coats and bow ties, f*cks with your mind."
889 6.8 6.914. Four Brothers (2005)
Good movie, gratuitous violence, revenge and an interesting plot make this a win. I really like the feeling I get when I watch it. It's what family should be about.
Plot: Four brothers look to avenge their mother's death.
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Fav Quote: "Jack doesn't like ass crack and ballsack! Jack likes boobs! Jack's got fans. Jack's got lots of fans."
1773 7.1 7.815. The Fugitive (1993)
Plot: Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of killing his wife, must find the real one-armed killer while avoiding Marshal Sam Gerard.
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Fav Quote: "So he showed up not dead yet. Let that be a lesson to you, boys and girls. Don't ever argue with the big dog, because the big dog is always right."
506 6.1 6.316. Double Jeopardy (1999)
Plot: A woman framed for her husband's murder suspects he is still alive; as she has already been tried for the crime, she can't be re-prosecuted if she finds and kills him.
Location: Whidbey Island, Washington and New Orleans, Louisiana
Fav Quotes: "I could shoot you in the middle of Mardi Gras, and they can't touch me."
4262 6.9 7.717. Minority Report (2002)
Plot: In the future, criminals are caught before the crimes they commit, but one of the officers in the special unit is accused of one such crime and sets out to prove his innocence.
Location: The Future, Washington, D.C.
"Sometimes, in order to see the light, you have to risk the dark."
"The dead don't die. They look on and help."
601 7.1 7.418. Clue (1985)
249 7.3 7.519. Murder by Death (1976)
I love David Niven. There's something about him that brings me a feeling of comfort or nostalgia for something I can't put my finger on. And how could I not like this movie staring all my favorite fictional detectives.
Plot: Five famous literary detective characters and their sidekicks are invited to a bizarre mansion to solve an even stranger mystery.
Fav Quote: "You've tricked and fooled your readers for years. You've tortured us all with surprise endings that made no sense. You've introduced characters in the last five pages that were never in the book before. You've withheld clues and information that made it impossible for us to guess who did it. But now, the tables are turned. Millions of angry mystery readers are now getting their revenge. When the world learns I've outsmarted you, they'll be selling your $1.95 books for twelve cents."
557 6.3 6.820. The Burbs (1989)
What a fantastic movie. I L-O-V-E it, and it never gets old. The movie quotes alone can have me cackling to myself all day. I remember when I saw it as a kid and it scared the poop out of me.
Plot: An overstressed suburbanite and his paramilitaric neighbor struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family in town is a front for a cannibalistic cult.
"I've never seen that. I've never seen anybody drive their garbage down to the street and bang the hell out of it with a stick. I-I've never seen that."
"Nobody knocks off an old man in my neighborhood and gets away with it."
2494 7.5 7.921. Hot Fuzz (2007)
Plot: Jealous colleagues conspire to get a top London cop transferred to a small town and paired with a witless new partner. On the beat, the pair stumble upon a series of suspicious accidents and events.
Location: Sandford, England
"Is it true that there's a point on a man's head where if you shoot it, it will blow up?"
"Have you ever fired two guns whilst jumping through the air?"
"Have you ever fired one gun whilst jumping through the air?"
"Ever been in a high-speed pursuit?"
"Yes, I have."
"Have you ever fired a gun whilst in a high speed pursuit?"
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