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Murder Most Foul

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The Classics

People who added this item 2261  Average listal rating (1531 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating 8.6 
1. 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."

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People who added this item 163  Average listal rating (102 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.2 
2. 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

Fav Quotes:
"You perfectly foul French upstart!"
"Belgian upstart, please, madame."

"You damn froggy eavesdropper."
"Belgian! Belgian eavesdropper!"

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People who added this item 24  Average listal rating (14 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.9 
3. 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."

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The "Modern" Movies

People who added this item 720  Average listal rating (442 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.5 
4. 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."

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People who added this item 582  Average listal rating (373 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.7 
5. 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?"

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People who added this item 552  Average listal rating (292 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.6 
6. 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

Fav Quotes:
"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!"

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People who added this item 1131  Average listal rating (702 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.6 
7. 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.

Location: Vermont

Fav Quote:
"I think she's startin' to suspect something."
"Your wife."

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People who added this item 828  Average listal rating (488 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.7 
8. 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."

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People who added this item 1046  Average listal rating (604 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.5 
9. 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.

Location: California

Fav Quotes:
"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."

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People who added this item 1633  Average listal rating (1077 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.9 
10. 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.

Location: California

Fav Quote: "Operation Stupid is officially over!"

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People who added this item 850  Average listal rating (526 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.3 
11. 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

Fav Quotes:
"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?"

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People who added this item 153  Average listal rating (100 ratings) 5.3  IMDB Rating 5.3 
12. 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

Fav Quotes:
"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?"

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13. 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."

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People who added this item 909  Average listal rating (569 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 6.9 
14. 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."

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People who added this item 1797  Average listal rating (1236 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.8 
15. 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."

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People who added this item 515  Average listal rating (333 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.3 
16. 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."

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People who added this item 4318  Average listal rating (3003 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.7 
17. 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.

Fav Quotes:
"Sometimes, in order to see the light, you have to risk the dark."

"The dead don't die. They look on and help."

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The Comedies

People who added this item 624  Average listal rating (400 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.4 
18. Clue (1985)
I've always loved the game Clue. I always wanted to play Miss Scarlet, the femme fatale.

Plot: Six guests are invited to a strange house and must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery.

Fav Quote: "Frankly, Scarlett, I don't give a damn."

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People who added this item 251  Average listal rating (156 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.5 
19. 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."

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People who added this item 570  Average listal rating (387 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.8 
20. 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.

Fav Quotes:
"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."

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People who added this item 2550  Average listal rating (1722 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.9 
21. 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

Fav Quotes:
"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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The TV Shows

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22. Poirot (1989)
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People who added this item 369  Average listal rating (275 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.8 
23. Murder, She Wrote (1984)
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People who added this item 187  Average listal rating (148 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating
24. Matlock (1986)
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People who added this item 155  Average listal rating (116 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.4 
25. Columbo Murder by the Book (1971)
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People who added this item 1425  Average listal rating (900 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
26. Twin Peaks (1990)
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I love murder mystery movies and TV.
I adore Jessica Fletcher and Hercule Poirot.
I REALLY love a good 'whodonit' mystery with a cast of characters like Agatha Christie, so if you have a suggestion that's worth checking out, leave a comment.

I'm not such a big fan of serial killer type movies. I don't really want to include those movies on this list.

Also there is a huge gap in my classic movie knowledge. I've a few movies in my queue.

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Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at May 11 12:41
i have to watch some of these! i loved "rear window" :)
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at May 11 13:09
Awesome! I love spreading the goodness of my favorite movies to others!
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 24 2:38
Excellent choice in television shows. Some interesting movies on here I would like to see.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 24 12:52
Very nice choices here. Great list!
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 26 2:38
Oooo I need to watch The Mirror Crack'd. Sounds like something I'd like. As for Murder on the Orient Express. I know I watched it and I know at the time I didn't like it.... but I don't know why. I will rewatch.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 26 13:52
For the past week, I have watched several Charlie Chan movies that I borrowed from the library.

This link might help:

Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 26 14:57
I would love to watch some Charlie Chan. Buttttt I live in South Korea and it's hard to find old DVDs. I will search the internets!
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Nov 3 15:53
got some movies in my wanted list, great list :) I love this genre too
Posted: 4 months, 2 weeks ago at Apr 8 5:22
Nicely done list.

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