10 Best British Mysteries

Tuesday, March 29 by Andrea Miller

Do you want to check out the 10 best British mysteries? These acclaimed films range from murder mysteries to horror movies and political dramas. Read on for the list of ten best British mysteries.

  1. "The Third Man" (1949). In this British mystery, a novelist travels to Vienna to visit an old friend, only to learn the friend has recently died in a traffic accident under strange circumstances. When the novelist realizes that the facts don't add up, he sets out on a quest to figure out what really happened to his deceased friend. This acclaimed film noir won an Oscar for Best Cinematography.
  2. "Gosford Park" (2001). Set in the 1930s, this mystery centers around a party thrown by the wealthy William McCordle and his family. As the weekend goes on, it becomes clear that certain party guests will do whatever it takes to get their hands on McCordle's fortune. But who is honest, and who isn't what they seem to be? This comedic drama won an Oscar for Best Screenplay.
  3. "Triangle" (2009). A group of friends partying on a yacht in the Atlantic Ocean are forced to board another ship when mysterious weather conditions arise. But the strange new ship appears abandoned, and the group senses that it is being preyed on by an unseen force. Could the Bermuda Triangle be to blame? Melissa George stars in this scary British mystery.
  4. "Black Death" (2010). This British period mystery is set during the time of the bubonic plague. A young monk is troubled when he hears strange reports of plague victims who are coming back to life. As he tries to solve the mystery, he becomes aware that some of the townspeople have made a dangerous pact with evil forces.
  5. "Atonement" (2007). In this dramatic British mystery, a young girl accuses a family friend, the son of a servant, of rape after misunderstanding something she saw between the boy and her sister. This accusation sets off a series of events in which no one is sure what the true story is. The movie focuses on authorities' attempts to find the true rapist. The film, which stars Keira Knightly, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture.
  6. "Exam" (2009). Eight candidates are in the final stages of testing to join a secretive, high-powered organization. In a windowless room, they are given eighty minutes to answer one question, but when they receive the test paper it is completely blank. The mystery focuses on the candidates efforts to figure out what they need to do to pass the strange test.
  7. "The Constant Gardener" (2005). When a female activist in Kenya is murdered, possibly by her lover, her husband will stop at nothing to expose the truth behind her slaying. The widower travels across three continents in an attempt to expose the mysterious political secrets that may have led to his wife's demise. Rachel Weisz won a Best Actress Oscar for her starring role.
  8. "Swimming Pool" (2003). For a famous mystery author, life begins to imitate her art when she vacations in the South of France at her publisher's home. When her publisher's sexy daughter arrives, the girl's indiscretions set off a change of events, culminating in murder, which the author must attempt to unravel.
  9. "The Interpreter" (2005). Nicole Kidman stars in this British film about a UN interpreter who thinks that she overhears an assassination plot against an African head of state. She is placed in federal protection, but as the agent assigned to her investigates the case, he begins to think that the interpreter herself may be involved in the conspiracy.
  10. "The Wicker Man" (1973). In this horror classic, a police officer travels to a remote island to investigate the disappearance of a young girl. He struggles to get to the bottom of the case after finding the locals very unhelpful. After several days on the island, he begins to fear for his own life.
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