Agatha Christie - The Best

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And Then There Were None (1939) = 2 titles The Witness for the Prosecution (1948, short story) = 1 titles 4.50 from Paddington (1957) = 3 titles After the Funeral (1953) = 1/2 titles Mrs McGinty's Dead (1952) = 1/2 titles Murder on the Orient Express (1934) = 2 titles Death on the Nile (1937) = 2/3 titles The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side (1962) = 3 titles Evil Under the Sun (1941) = 2 titles A Murder Is Announced (1950) = 2 titles Sleeping Murder (1976) = 2 titles Nemesis (1971) = 1 title Peril at End House (1932) = 1 title Poirot Investigates (1924, short story collection) = 1 title The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920) = 1 title The ABC Murders (1936) = 1 title Poirot's Early Cases (1974, short story collection) = 1 title Hercule Poirot's Christmas (1938) = 1 title The Murder on the Links (1925) = 1 title Lord Edgware Dies (1933) = 1 title Five Little Pigs (1942) = 1 title Sad Cypress (1940) = 1 title Curtain (1975) = 1 title The Body in the Library (1942) = 1 title The Murder at the Vicarage (1930) = 1 title Crooked House (1949) = 1 title

HERCULE POIROT actors: Albert Finney (1 film), Peter Ustinov (2 films), David Suchet (1 tv series), Kenneth Branagh (? films) MISS MARPLE actresses: Margaret Rutherford (4 films), Angela Lansbury (1 film), Joan Hickson (5 titles), Geraldine McEwan (5 episodes), Julia McKenzie (1 episode)

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1. And Then There Were None (1945)

Approved | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Seven guests, a newly hired personal secretary and two staff are gathered on an isolated island by an absent host and someone begins killing them off one by one. They work together to determine who is the killer?

Director: René Clair | Stars: Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward, Roland Young

Votes: 11,300

2. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Not Rated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 91,343 | Gross: $8.18M

3. Murder She Said (1961)

Unrated | 87 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

When Miss Marple reports witnessing a murder through the window of a passing train, the police dismiss her as a dotty spinster when no trace of the crime can be found.

Director: George Pollock | Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Arthur Kennedy, Muriel Pavlow, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 5,560

4.50 from Paddington

4. Murder at the Gallop (1963)

Approved | 81 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

When a wealthy old man appears to have been "frightened to death" by a cat, Miss Marple suspects one of his four relatives, all heirs to his estate, of his murder.

Director: George Pollock | Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Stringer Davis, Robert Morley, Flora Robson

Votes: 4,537

After the Funeral (POIROT novel)

5. Murder Most Foul (1964)

Unrated | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

When Miss Marple joins a theatrical company after a blackmailer is murdered, several members of the troupe are also dispatched by this mysterious killer.

Director: George Pollock | Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Andrew Cruickshank

Votes: 4,153

Mrs McGinty's Dead (POIROT novel)

6. Murder Ahoy (1964)

Unrated | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

After Miss Marple is made a trustee of a merchant marine training vessel, a fellow trustee is poisoned, and ship's officers are later murdered after she comes on board.

Director: George Pollock | Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Lionel Jeffries, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, William Mervyn

Votes: 3,954

Original screenplay

7. Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

PG | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

63 Metascore

In December 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery

Votes: 49,611

8. Murder by Death (1976)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

Five famous literary detective characters and their sidekicks are invited to a bizarre mansion to solve an even stranger mystery.

Director: Robert Moore | Stars: Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Eileen Brennan

Votes: 29,958

Parody of the traditional mystery stories and detectives Novels that have inspired this film are "Cards on the Table" (1936) and "And Then There Were None" (1939)

9. Death on the Nile (1978)

PG | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

As Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) enjoys a luxurious cruise down the Nile, a newlywed heiress is found murdered on board. Can Poirot identify the killer before the ship reaches the end of its journey?

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Peter Ustinov, Mia Farrow, Simon MacCorkindale, Jane Birkin

Votes: 24,776

10. The Mirror Crack'd (1980)

PG | 105 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Miss Marple comes to solve the mystery when a local woman is poisoned and a visiting movie star seems to have been the intended victim.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson, Geraldine Chaplin

Votes: 6,064

11. Evil Under the Sun (1982)

PG | 117 min | Drama, Mystery

61 Metascore

Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Peter Ustinov, James Mason, Maggie Smith, Colin Blakely

Votes: 11,987 | Gross: $6.11M

12. Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced (1985)

153 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An unusual announcement in the newspaper leads the curious villagers to Miss Blacklock's home, where they become witnesses to a murder.

Stars: Joan Hickson, Ursula Howells, Samantha Bond, Simon Shepherd

Votes: 1,574

13. Miss Marple: Sleeping Murder (1987 TV Movie)

102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a young bride moves into a country manor, long repressed childhood memories of witnessing a murder come to the surface.

Director: John Davies | Stars: Joan Hickson, Geraldine Alexander, John Moulder-Brown, Frederick Treves

Votes: 1,395

14. Miss Marple: Nemesis (1987 TV Movie)

102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Miss Marple receives a cryptic letter requesting her to right an unknown injustice, but receives no hint other than a ticket for guided tour of historic homes.

Director: David Tucker | Stars: Joan Hickson, Peter Tilbury, Frank Gatliff, Barbara Franceschi

Votes: 1,680

15. Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: 4:50 from Paddington (1987 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A friend of Miss Marple's sees a woman being strangled in a passing train. When police cannot find a body and doubt the story, Miss Marple enlists professional housekeeper, Lucy Eyelesbarrow, to go undercover.

Director: Martyn Friend | Stars: Joan Hickson, Juliette Mole, David Beames, Mona Bruce

Votes: 1,522

16. Miss Marple: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (1992 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

At a reception for a fading film star making a screen comeback, a gushing, pushy fan is poisoned by a drink apparently meant for the actress.

Director: Norman Stone | Stars: Joan Hickson, Claire Bloom, Barry Newman, Norman Rodway

Votes: 1,256

17. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Peril at End House (1990)

TV-14 | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

While Poirot is staying at an exclusive Cornish resort, he meets a beautiful heiress whose life is in danger.

Director: Renny Rye | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Polly Walker

Votes: 1,277

Feature Lenght

18. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim (1990)

TV-14 | 52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot wagers Chief Inspector Japp that he can solve the mystery of a missing banker without leaving his flat.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 846

POIROT INVESTIGATES

19. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1990)

TV-14 | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Hastings renews his friendship with Poirot and involves him in the mysterious poisoning of the mistress of a manor house married to a man twenty years her junior.

Director: Ross Devenish | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Beatie Edney

Votes: 1,332

Feature Lenght

20. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The ABC Murders (1992)

Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot receives taunting letters from a serial killer who appears to choose his victims and crime scenes alphabetically.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Donald Sumpter

Votes: 1,515

Feature Lenght

21. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Chocolate Box (1993)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

While in Belgium, Poirot relates to Chief Inspector Japp a case from his early days in the Belgian police force that nearly eluded the brilliance of his 'little grey cells.'

Director: Ken Grieve | Stars: David Suchet, Philip Jackson, Rosalie Crutchley, Anna Chancellor

Votes: 854

POIROT'S EARLY CASES

22. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Hercule Poirot's Christmas (1994)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The tyrannical patriarch of a dysfunctional but wealthy family summons his adult children for a Christmas reunion, but prior to the holiday his throat is slashed apparently by one of them.

Director: Edward Bennett | Stars: David Suchet, Philip Jackson, Vernon Dobtcheff, Simon Roberts

Votes: 1,472

Feature Lenght

23. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Murder on the Links (1996)

TV-14 | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

While Poirot and Hastings are holidaying in France, a businessman tells Poirot that his life is in danger. The next day he is found stabbed to death on a nearby golf course.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Diane Fletcher, Damien Thomas

Votes: 1,158

Feature Lenght

24. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Lord Edgware Dies (2000)

TV-14 | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A beautiful actress becomes the prime suspect in the murder of her tyrannical husband - except that she has a cast-iron alibi for the night of the crime.

Director: Brian Farnham | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 1,304

Feature Lenght

25. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Evil Under the Sun (2001)

TV-14 | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot's rehabilitative health retreat on an island resort becomes an even more stimulating mental exercise when a flirtatious film star is found strangled on a nearby beach.

Director: Brian Farnham | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 1,575

Feature Lenght

26. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Five Little Pigs (2003)

TV-14 | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Lucy Crale enlists Poirot to investigate the 14-year-old murder in which her mother was hanged for poisoning her artist father.

Director: Paul Unwin | Stars: David Suchet, Rachael Stirling, Aidan Gillen, Toby Stephens

Votes: 2,514

Feature Lenght

27. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Sad Cypress (2003)

TV-14 | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Elinor Carlisle seems to be the obvious murderer of her ailing aunt and the beautiful romantic rival who broke up her engagement, but Poirot uncovers darker motives.

Director: David Moore | Stars: David Suchet, Elisabeth Dermot Walsh, Rupert Penry-Jones, Kelly Reilly

Votes: 1,530

Feature Lenght

28. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Death on the Nile (2004)

TV-14 | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A wealthy British heiress honeymooning on a Nile cruise ship is stalked by a former friend, whose boyfriend she had stolen before making him her new husband.

Director: Andy Wilson | Stars: David Suchet, James Fox, Emma Griffiths Malin, JJ Feild

Votes: 2,403

Feature Lenght

29. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Murder on the Orient Express (2010)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot investigates the murder of a shady American businessman stabbed in his compartment on the Orient Express when it is blocked by a blizzard in Croatia.

Director: Philip Martin | Stars: David Suchet, Tristan Shepherd, Sam Crane, Toby Jones

Votes: 3,249

Feature Lenght

30. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Curtain: Poirot's Last Case (2013)

TV-14 | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An ailing Poirot returns to Styles with Hastings nearly three decades after solving their first mystery there in order to prevent a serial killer from claiming more victims.

Director: Hettie Macdonald | Stars: David Suchet, Helen Baxendale, Hugh Fraser, Anne Reid

Votes: 1,532

31. Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
Episode: Agatha Christie's Marple (2004)

TV-14 | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Dolly Bantry calls upon her old friend Miss Marple when the strangled corpse of an unknown blonde girl is found in the library of her home, Gossington Hall.

Director: Andy Wilson | Stars: Geraldine McEwan, Ian Richardson, Tara Fitzgerald, Jamie Theakston

Votes: 1,541

The Body in the Library

32. Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
Episode: Agatha Christie's Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage (2004)

TV-PG | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

No one seems surprised when Colonel Protheroe is found murdered in the local vicarage. Red herrings abound, especially when his widow and her lover both confess to the murder.

Director: Charlie Palmer | Stars: Geraldine McEwan, John Owens, Jana Carpenter, Tim McInnerny

Votes: 1,338

33. Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
Episode: Marple: What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw (2004)

TV-PG | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Miss Marple investigates the wealthy Crackenthorpe clan, believing a body to be hidden on their estate after a visiting friend witnesses a brutal strangling murder occurring on a passing train.

Director: Andy Wilson | Stars: Geraldine McEwan, Griff Rhys Jones, David Warner, Niamh Cusack

Votes: 1,262

4.50 from Paddington

34. Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
Episode: A Murder Is Announced (2005)

TV-PG | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are summoned by a newspaper notice to the house of Letitia Blacklock, anticipating a murder game. But things become too real when someone is shot dead.

Director: John Strickland | Stars: Geraldine McEwan, Christian Coulson, Cherie Lunghi, Robert Pugh

Votes: 1,291

35. Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
Episode: Sleeping Murder (2006)

TV-PG | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Gwenda Halliday, a wealthy young Englishwoman recently emigrated from India, intuitively buys a seaside manor house, where she re-experiences a murder.

Director: Edward Hall | Stars: Geraldine McEwan, Julian Wadham, Emilio Doorgasingh, Sophia Myles

Votes: 1,107

36. Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
Episode: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (2010)

TV-PG | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A troubled Hollywood star and her husband move to St. Mary Mead, but their arrival becomes clouded in tragedy when a fan is fatally poisoned during a garden fête.

Director: Tom Shankland | Stars: Julia McKenzie, Lindsay Duncan, Gene Goodman, Isabella Parriss

Votes: 681

37. And Then There Were None (2015)

TV-14 | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Ten strangers are invited to an island by a mysterious host, and start to get killed one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

Stars: Maeve Dermody, Charles Dance, Toby Stephens, Burn Gorman

Votes: 25,158

38. Crooked House (2017)

PG-13 | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

59 Metascore

In Agatha Christie's most twisted tale, a spy-turned-private-detective is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather's murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets.

Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner | Stars: Max Irons, Stefanie Martini, Glenn Close, Honor Kneafsey

Votes: 13,156

39. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

PG-13 | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

52 Metascore

When a murder occurs on the train on which he's travelling, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench

Votes: 177,394 | Gross: $102.83M

40. Death on the Nile (2020)

Crime, Drama, Mystery | Pre-production

While on vacation on the Nile, Hercule Poirot must investigate the murder of a young heiress.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Letitia Wright, Kenneth Branagh



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