Thriller & Mystery

Agatha Christie put Britain on the map as the premiere destination for mystery solving thrillers. Here we see her work next to other marvellous interpretations of the genre, some dark and brooding, and others bordering the experimental. One thing is for sure, plenty of deception, and in some cases death, lies ahead. From the pulse-racing to the hair raising, these British thrillers will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Share
  • Evil under the Sun

    Peter Ustinov stars as Agatha Christie's immortal detective, Hercule Poirot, in this star-studded murder-mystery. Poirot is tying up some loose ends on a shimmeringly beautiful Adriatic island when he's dragged into the case of an actress' strangling. In typical Christie style, everyone on the be...

  • The Man Between

    Carol Reed, fresh off the success of Odd Man Out (1947) and The Third Man (1949), directs this crime thriller with James Mason and Claire Bloom in the lead roles. In post-war Berlin, Ivo Kern (Mason) is a man with a criminal past who participates in the accidental kidnapping of British citizen Su...

  • Pascali's Island

    In 1908 on the Greek Island of Simi, Pascali, a spy for the Sultan of the Ottoman empire, watches as an Englishman (Charles Dance) arrives on the island. The newcomer claims to be an archaeologist, however, Pascali is sure there's more to the Englishman than meets the eye. And when the settler se...

  • The Sense of an Ending

    An elderly divorcé receives a sum of money in the will of his university girlfriend's mother. Confused, he tries to discover the reason for her gift. The Sense of an Ending is Ritesh Batra's (The Lunchbox) charming and intelligent adaptation of Julian Barnes' Booker Prize-winning novel of the sam...

  • The Man Who Haunted Himself

    Conservative executive Harold Pelham (a harrowing and atypical performance by Roger Moore) is involved in a car accident and declared momentarily dead. When he's eventually released from the hospital, Pelham discovers that an exact double of him has recently been seen in places that he's never be...

  • The Disappearance of Alice Creed

    Danny (Martin Compston) and Vic (Eddie Marsan) have planned the disappearance of Alice Creed (Gemma Arterton) to perfection. After constructing what is a de facto prison inside an apartment, the pair kidnap Alice and hold her father ransom in an attempt to get rich quick. However, all does not go...

  • The Mirror Crack'd

    When a Hollywood movie company arrives, stars in tow, to make a picture, the village of St Mary Mead is delighted. However, when a local woman is murdered, and the poison seems to have been intended for a visiting movie star, local detective Inspector Craddock (Edward Fox) turns to his Auntie, Mi...

  • An Inspector Calls

    It is 1912, and the shadow of war looms over a wealthy family. As they celebrate their eldest daughter's engagement in their lavish Yorkshire manor, they're interrupted by an ominous police detective who is investigating a young woman's suicide, and what role each of them played in her death.

  • Out of the Darkness

    Shot on location around Derbyshire, this atmospheric and entertaining ghost story - which sees the dispossessed spirit of a young plague victim making contact with modern kids - is one of the highlights of the latter days of the Children's Film Foundation. Past intrudes on present with increasing...

  • It Always Rains on Sunday

    The British New Wave came a decade earlier than advertised with Robert Hamer's downbeat postwar thriller. In a dank East End of ration-book misery, dosshouses and black marketeering, a world-weary housewife is shaken by the sudden reappearance of an old lover, now an escaped convict on the run. R...

  • The Third Man

    One of the greatest British films, Carol Reed's classic very consciously emphasises its time and place - post-war Vienna - yet its resonant themes around loss of innocence and a fall from grace render it timeless. Joseph Cotten plays the writer searching the Austrian capital for his missing frien...

  • Brighton Rock

    Richard Attenborough is unforgettable as ‘Pinkie’, the brutal gangster who seduces and grooms a simple waitress, Rose (Carol Marsh) in the belief that she could incriminate him in a murder.

  • Blackmail

    A grocer's daughter kills a man who tries to sexually assault her. Her boyfriend, a policeman, attempts to cover up the murder. However, a small-time crook witnessed the act and threatens to blackmail the couple. Only Hitchcock's second crime film, Blackmail would sow the seeds for many of his ma...

  • Gentlemen Don't Eat Poets

    It's 1949, and Sir Hugo Coal (Alan Bates) is too wrapped up in reconstructing the bones of a dinosaur to notice that his wife, Lady Harriet Coal (Theresa Russell), has taken a particular liking to their butler, Fledge (Sting). Yet, Sir Hugo does put his foot down when his daughter Cleo (Lena Head...

  • Murder!

    Here, in one of Hitchcock’s few whodunits, even the actress accused of murder is unsure whether she’s guilty, having blacked out before being discovered with the weapon and a colleague’s corpse. Just one juror (Herbert Marshall) – a thesp himself – believes her innocent, and investigates. A fasci...

  • Silent Scream

    1963: When Larry Winters violently murders a Soho barman in cold blood he is sentenced to life imprisonment. Within ten years he is addicted to prescription drugs and feared as Scotland's most violent inmate. After being transferred to the experimental Barlinnie Special Unit, Winters finds new an...

  • Sweeney!

    Hard-bitten Flying Squad officer Jack Regan gets embroiled in a deadly political plot when an old friend asks him to investigate the death of his girlfriend. Framed on a drunk-drive charge and suspended from the force, with his partner and best mate George Carter unable to help, Jack must rely on...

  • The Nightcomers

    Set in Victorian England, The Nightcomers follows two orphans - Flora and Miles - as they are left by their tutor in a mansion, under the care of the elderly housekeeper Mrs Grose, the governess Miss Jessel, and the groundskeeper Peter Quint. When Grose attempts to have the master of the house fi...

  • Flight to Berlin

    ‘They asked me the wrong question’ says murder suspect Susannah after being interrogated by the police. She was found in the apartment of a known criminal but this turns out to be the least of her problems as her past begins to catch up with her. Brooding acting and stunning location shooting mak...

  • Melancholia

    The sole directorial credit by the German-born founder of distributor Artificial Eye, Andi Engel, is a cerebral thriller about an art critic drawn into an assassination plot. Jeroen Krabbe plays the German ex-pat who reconnects with his radical past when he's asked to assist with the hit of a Chi...

  • The Criminal

    The first unquestionably outstanding movie of American director Joseph Losey's exile in the UK brings together a remarkable team for an incisive Marxist portrait of the criminal justice system, prison life and the London underworld, starring Stanley Baker as a doomed gangster.

  • Dust

    While attempting a robbery, Edge (Adrian Lester), a burglar, is held at gunpoint by an elderly woman and forced to hear a story. The story involves two brothers at the turn of the 20th Century, as they feud over a young woman. Ingeniously switching between two entwining stories from the past and ...

  • The Manxman

    Set on the Isle of Man (but very evocatively shot in Cornwall), this Hitchcock melodrama charts the crisis that arises when a lawyer, best friend of a fisherman believed dead, acts on his love for the latter's girlfriend, unaware that reports of his demise were erroneous. In a sly study of secrec...

  • The Yellow Balloon

    Frankie is devastated when his friend Ronnie falls to his death while playing in a blitzed building, but is even more distraught when the only witness – a hidden fugitive - blackmails him on the basis that he's implicated in the tragedy.