Sherlock Holmes - a whole gallery of adaptations throughout the decades.by alexanderdavies-99382 | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public
This particular detective needs no introduction. My favourite rendition of Holmes, is still Basil Rathbone after all the years I've been watching the Baker Street sleuth. In addition, there have been other portrayals which are noteworthy: Douglas Wilmer, Jeremy Brett, Ian Richardson, Peter Cushing and Christopher Plummer.
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1. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
Approved | 80 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate the legend of a supernatural hound, a beast that may be stalking a young heir on the fog-shrouded moorland that makes up his estate.
Quite faithful to the novel, Basil Rathbone making the Holmes role his own.
3. Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942)
Approved | 65 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
When a Nazi saboteur jeeringly predicts to the nation new depredations, via their radio 'Voice of Terror', the Intellegence Inner Council summons Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) to help in... See full summary »
4. Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942)
Approved | 68 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson must protect a Swiss inventor of an advanced bomb sight from falling into German hands.
Lionel Atwill is a great Moriarty.
5. Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943)
Passed | 68 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services. He summons Holmes for help and the master detective proceeds to solve the crime from ... See full summary »
One of the best of the modernized series.
6. Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943)
Approved | 71 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson travel to Washington D.C. in order to prevent a secret document from falling into enemy hands.
7. The Spider Woman (1943)
Approved | 63 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of so-called "pajama suicides". He knows the female villain behind them is as cunning as Moriarty and as venomous as a spider.
8. The Pearl of Death (1944)
Approved | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
When a valuable pearl with a sinister reputation is stolen, Sherlock Holmes must investigate its link to a series of brutal murders.
9. The Scarlet Claw (1944)
Approved | 74 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
When a gentlewoman is found dead with her throat torn out, the villagers blame a supernatural monster. But Sherlock Holmes, who gets drawn into the case from nearby Quebec, suspects a human murderer.
10. The Woman in Green (1945)
Approved | 68 min | Drama, Mystery
Sherlock Holmes investigates when young women around London turn up murdered, each with a finger severed. Scotland Yard suspects a madman, but Holmes believes the killings to be part of a diabolical plot.
11. The House of Fear (1945)
Approved | 69 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of deaths at a castle with each foretold by the delivery of orange pips to the victims.
12. Pursuit to Algiers (1945)
Approved | 65 min | Adventure, Crime, Mystery
Holmes is recruited to escort the heir to a European throne safely back to his homeland after his father's assassination.
13. Terror by Night (1946)
Approved | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
When the fabled Star of Rhodesia diamond is stolen on a London to Edinburgh train and the son of its owner is murdered, Sherlock Holmes must discover which of his suspicious fellow passengers is responsible.
14. Dressed to Kill (1946)
Approved | 76 min | Crime, Mystery
Sherlock Holmes sets out to discover why a trio of murderous villains, including a dangerously attractive female, are desperate to obtain three unassuming and inexpensive little music boxes.
Basil Rathbone's last.
15. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
Not Rated | 87 min | Horror, Mystery
When a nobleman is threatened by a family curse on his newly inherited estate, detective Sherlock Holmes is hired to investigate.
Peter Cushing had more opportunity to create an interpretation of Holmes in this film, than later on.
16. Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962)
84 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Sherlock Holmes and Watson do battle with their nemesis, Professor Moriarity, over an ancient necklace attributed to Cleopatra.
Horrendous film. No one could be bothered to ensure that the two leads be allowed to add their own voices onto the soundtrack.
17. The Speckled Band (1931)
Unrated | 66 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
After her sister dies under mysterious circumstances, a young heiress seeks Holmes' help when she feels threatened by her brutish stepfather.
18. A Study in Terror (1965)
95 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson join the hunt for the notorious serial killer, Jack The Ripper.
A good idea to pit Holmes against Jack the Ripper.
20. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
PG-13 | 125 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
When a bored Holmes eagerly takes the case of Gabrielle Valladon after an attempt on her life, the search for her missing husband leads to Loch Ness and the legendary monster.
Votes: 9,535 | Gross: $3.30M
Loosely assembled, weakened by a poor ending. The two leads are excellent however and there are some great scenes along the way.
21. A Study in Scarlet (1933)
Passed | 72 min | Mystery, Thriller
In London, a secret society led by lawyer Thaddeus Merrydew collects the assets of any of its deceased members and divides them among the remaining members. Society members start dropping ... See full summary »
22. Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 99 min | Crime, Mystery
In this mystery, Sherlock Holmes pursues his archenemy Professor James Moriarty to New York City, in which the villainous scoundrel has carried out the ultimate bank robbery. Meanwhile, ... See full summary »
23. Without a Clue (1988)
PG | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
A drunken Sherlock Holmes is really just a cover for the real detective, Dr. Watson.
Votes: 8,709 | Gross: $8.54M
Bloody pitiful from beginning to end!! The film's title sums up Michael Caine's attempts at serious acting.
24. Sherlock Holmes (2009)
PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.
Votes: 549,697 | Gross: $209.03M
25. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
Detective Sherlock Holmes is on the trail of criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty, who is carrying out a string of random crimes across Europe.
Votes: 394,859 | Gross: $186.85M
26. Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
PG-13 | 109 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery
When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes decides to investigate.
Votes: 17,398 | Gross: $19.74M
28. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984–1985)
TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve the mysteries of copper beeches, a Greek interpreter, the Norwood builder, a resident patient, the red-headed league, and one final problem.
Jeremy Brett proved a bit too theatrical as Holmes but these early episodes are great.
29. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986–1988)
TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve the mysteries of the devil's foot, Silver Blaze, Wisteria Lodge and the Bruce-Partington Plans.
More high quality adaptations.
30. The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1991–1993)
60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the mysteries of the Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax, Thor Bridge, Shoscombe Old Place, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, The Illustrious Client and The Creeping Man.
31. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1988 TV Movie)
Unrated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
When the latest heir to the Baskerville estate seems to be threatened by a family curse, only the master detective, Sherlock Holmes, can find out the truth.
32. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994)
60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Holmes, his friend Watson (or his brother Mycroft) work to solve the mysteries of The Three Gables, The Dying Detective, The Golden Pince-Nez, The Red Circle, The Mazarin Stone, and The ... See full summary »
A distinct lack of momentum is evident throughout this final series. Jeremy Brett appears rather lacklustre.
33. The Sign of Four (1987 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 103 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama
The disappearance of a young woman's father and a mysterious note years later after the strange regular annual delivery of valuable pearls to her puts Sherlock Holmes on the case.
35. Mr. Holmes (2015)
PG | 104 min | Drama, Mystery
An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes deals with early dementia, as he tries to remember his final case, and a mysterious woman, whose memory haunts him. He also befriends a fan, the young son of his housekeeper, who wants him to work again.
Votes: 58,077 | Gross: $17.74M
Interesting and different. Ian McKellan is well cast.
Mystery | Announced
A young English army doctor shot in battle in 1880 returns to London to recover and finds a roommate: a brilliant 27-year-old detective named Sherlock Holmes. The first Sherlock Holmes story ever written.
PG | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Music
The younger brother of the consulting detective tries to steal Sherlock's glory by solving an important case assisted by an eccentric Scotland Yard detective and a lovely but suspicious actress.
154 min | Adventure, Crime, Mystery
When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead in his country house, Dr James Mortimer asks Sherlock Holmes for help to save Sir Henry Baskerville, the only known heir, from the curse that haunts Baskerville family.
43. Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour (1931)
84 min | Crime, Mystery
A card cheat is threatened with exposure into joining a criminal enterprise that Holmes believes is controlled by Professor Moriarty.
45. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983 TV Movie)
100 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
Sherlock Holmes comes to the aid of his friend Henry Baskerville, who is under a family curse and menaced by a demonic dog that prowls the bogs near his estate and murders people.
46. The Sign of Four (1983 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Mystery
Hired by a young lady, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the strange recent deaths of her missing father's friends from the army, as well as the whereabouts of the Great Mogul, the second-largest diamond in the world.
47. The Sign of Four (2001 TV Movie)
90 min | Mystery
Greed, betrayal and vengeance set the stage for this Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic. Mary Morstan, a young governess, has been receiving a rare and lustrous pearl annually from an anonymous... See full summary »
Unrated | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A young woman turns to Sherlock Holmes for protection when she's menaced by an escaped killer seeking missing treasure. However, when the woman is kidnapped, Holmes and Watson must penetrate the city's criminal underworld to find her.
51. Sherlock Holmes: Ba-ritsu, A Tutorial (2010 Video)
4 min | Short