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."
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."
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!"
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."
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?"
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."
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."
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?"
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.