We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 mystery movies released from 1980-1990. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Clue (1985) 62% at Rotten Tomatoes
Six guests, a host, butler, and maid are involved in a series of murders and must figure out who the culprit is in this movie based on the popular board game.
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Starring: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn
9. Blade Runner (1982) 90% at Rotten Tomatoes
A blade runner in the dystopian future of 2019 is on a mission to assassinate four replicants (androids who look like humans).
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young
8. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) 97% at Rotten Tomatoes
Roger Rabbit has been framed, and a toon-hating detective is his only hope of redemption.
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy
7. The Great Mouse Detective (1986) 81% at Rotten Tomatoes
Basil is investigating a kidnapping by his arch-enemy Professor Ratigan in this animated Sherlock Holmes.
Director: Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson
Starring: Vincent Price, Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin
6. The Great Muppet Caper (1981) 75% at Rotten Tomatoes
The Muppets are sent to London to investigate a diamond theft that Miss Piggy has been framed for.
Director: Jim Henson
Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz
5. Presumed Innocent (1990) 86% at Rotten Tomatoes
A lawyer is investigating a murder, and he’s a likely suspect since he was having an affair with the victim.
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Starring: Harrison Ford, Raul Julia, Greta Scacchi
4. Blue Velvet (1986) 94% at Rotten Tomatoes
A severed human ear is found in a field by a high school student, leading to an investigation of a lounge singer by both the police and the curious student.
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper
3. Dressed to Kill (1980) 84% at Rotten Tomatoes
A psychiatrist’s patient is murdered by a mysterious blonde woman, and now she’s targeting the call girl who’s the only witness to the crime.
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen
2. The Big Easy (1986) 89% at Rotten Tomatoes
A homicide lieutenant is investigating a series of gang killings while dating an attorney in the district attorney’s police corruption task force.
Director: Jim McBride
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty
1. Sea of Love (1989) 77% at Rotten Tomatoes
Frank Keller is investigating a series of murders where the victims are found through the newspaper’s classifieds section. However, he may be in love with the serial killer.
Director: Harold Becker
Starring: Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman