Top 10 Movie Mysteries Released from 1980-1990

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

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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.

Rating: PG
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Starring: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn

9. Blade Runner (1982) 90% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A blade runner in the dystopian future of 2019 is on a mission to assassinate four replicants (androids who look like humans).

Rating: R
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young

8. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) 97% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Roger Rabbit has been framed, and a toon-hating detective is his only hope of redemption.

Rating: PG
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy

7. The Great Mouse Detective (1986) 81% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Basil is investigating a kidnapping by his arch-enemy Professor Ratigan in this animated Sherlock Holmes.

Rating: G
Director: Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson
Starring: Vincent Price, Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin

6. The Great Muppet Caper (1981) 75% at Rotten Tomatoes

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The Muppets are sent to London to investigate a diamond theft that Miss Piggy has been framed for.

Rating: G
Director: Jim Henson
Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz

5. Presumed Innocent (1990) 86% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A lawyer is investigating a murder, and he’s a likely suspect since he was having an affair with the victim.

Rating: R
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Starring: Harrison Ford, Raul Julia, Greta Scacchi

4. Blue Velvet (1986) 94% at Rotten Tomatoes

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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.

Rating: R
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper

3. Dressed to Kill (1980) 84% at Rotten Tomatoes

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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.

Rating: R
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen

2. The Big Easy (1986) 89% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A homicide lieutenant is investigating a series of gang killings while dating an attorney in the district attorney’s police corruption task force.

Rating: R
Director: Jim McBride
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty

1. Sea of Love (1989) 77% at Rotten Tomatoes

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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.

Rating: R
Director: Harold Becker
Starring: Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman



Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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