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The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories  

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Given The Guinness Book of Word Records lists her as the bestselling author of all time, it is no surprise Agatha Christie movies and television shows have been consistently popular for over 90 years. There have been a countless numbers of films and television series based on the quintessential crime author's novels, short stories, and plays. Why can Christie's work captivate audiences so consistently over time? Given the modern popularity of books like Gone Girl and Girl on a Train, it seems well-plotted, bizarre mysteries are always in demand. As Christie is the veritable master of this craft, her works continue to delight. 

The best Agatha Christie adaptations are often based on her most notable works, and it's not uncommon for there to be multiple iterations of the same book produced. And Then There Were None has not only been made into two films, the story is frequently parodied in pop culture. Murder on the Orient Express's 1974 adaptation featured screen legends like Ingrid Bergman and Sean Connery and the novel saw a second adaptation in 2017. It seems Agatha Christie mysteries will continue to inspire movies and television for the foreseeable future. Browse this list for suggestions if you're in need of some suspenseful film or television. 

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And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Walter Huston, Judith Anderson, Barry Fitzgerald
And Then There Were None is a 1945 film adaptation of Agatha Christie's best-selling mystery novel of the same name and is directed by René Clair. In the UK it had the title "Ten ...more
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Death on the Nile is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury
This film is a 1978 British film based on the Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same name, directed by John Guillermin and adapted by Anthony Shaffer. The film features the Belgian detective ...more
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Agatha Christie's Poirot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Agatha Christie's Poirot is a British television drama that aired on ITV from 8 January 1989 to 13 November 2013. David Suchet stars as the eponymous detective, Agatha Christie's fictional ...more
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Evil under the Sun is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Russell Tovey, David Suchet, Philip Jackson
After collapsing in front of his 'rival' Japp, being rushed into hospital and diagnosed with a weight problem that could cause a heart problem, private society detective Hercule Poirot, who must ...more
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Witness for the Prosecution is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power
Witness for the Prosecution is a 1957 American courtroom drama film set in the Old Bailey in London. The film, based on a short story by Agatha Christie, deals with the trial of a man accused. ...more
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Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall
This film is a 1974 British Technicolor mystery film directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, and based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie.
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Crooked House is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Max Irons, Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson
Crooked House is a 2017 British mystery film directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, based on Agatha Christie's novel. A spy-turned-private-detective (Max Irons) is lured by his former lover ...more
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Appointment with Death is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Carrie Fisher, Lauren Bacall, John Gielgud
Appointment with Death is a 1988 mystery film, made by Golan-Globus Productions and produced and directed by Michael Winner. It is an adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel Appointment with ...more
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Murder Most Foul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Dennis Price, James Bolam, Francesca Annis
Murder Most Foul is the third of four Miss Marple films made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Loosely based on the novel "Mrs McGinty's Dead" by Agatha Christie, it stars Margaret Rutherford as ...more
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The Mirror Crack'd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Elizabeth Taylor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Novak
The Mirror Crack'd is a 1980 British mystery film based on Agatha Christie's Miss Marple novel The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side and directed by Guy Hamilton. It starred Angela Lansbury, Kim ...more
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Agatha Christie's Marple is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Agatha Christie's Marple is a British ITV television series based on the books and short stories by British crime novelist Agatha Christie. The title character was played by Geraldine McEwan ...more
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And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Richard Attenborough, Oliver Reed, Elke Sommer
And Then There Were None is a 1974 film version of the Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same name. Two previous films were released in 1945 and 1965, and a videotaped made-for-television ...more
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Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe
Murder on the Orient Express is a 2017 American mystery drama film directed by Kenneth Branagh. When a murder happens onboard a train, Detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) must race ...more
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Murder, She Said is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Arthur Kennedy, Joan Hickson, Margaret Rutherford
Murder, She Said is a murder mystery film directed by George Pollock, based on the novel 4.50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie. The production starred Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple along ...more
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Thirteen at Dinner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Faye Dunaway, Bill Nighy, Peter Ustinov
Thirteen at Dinner is a 1985 American-British television film featuring the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Adapted by Rod Browning from the Agatha Christie novel Lord Edgware Dies, it was ...more
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Innocent Lies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Keira Knightley, Gabrielle Anwar, Joanna Lumley
Innocent Lies is a 1995 British-French thriller film directed by Patrick Dewolf and starring Stephen Dorff, Gabrielle Anwar, Adrian Dunbar and Joanna Lumley. It is a loose adaptation of the ...more
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Sparkling Cyanide is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Sparkling Cyanide Dominic Cooper, Rachel Shelley
Sparkling Cyanide is a 2003 TV film directed by Tristram Powell.
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Ordeal By Innocence is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Jane Seymour, Richard Armitage, Lisa Stansfield
Ordeal by Innocence is a 2007 crime, drama and mistery film written by Agatha Christie and Stewart Harcourt and directed by Moira Armstrong.
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The Alphabet Murders is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Anita Ekberg, Tony Randall, Julian Glover
The Alphabet Murders is a British detective film based on the novel The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie, starring Tony Randall as Hercule Poirot.
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Murder at the Gallop is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Robert Morley, Margaret Rutherford, Flora Robson
Murder at the Gallop is the second of four Miss Marple films made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was based on the novel After the Funeral by Agatha Christie, and starred Margaret Rutherford as Miss ...more
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Endless Night is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Britt Ekland, George Sanders, Hayley Mills
Endless Night is a 1972 British crime film directed by Sidney Gilliat and starring Hayley Mills, Britt Ekland, Per Oscarsson, Hywel Bennett and George Sanders. It is based on the novel Endless ...more
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Murder in Three Acts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Murder in Three Acts Tony Curtis, Peter Ustinov, Emma Samms
Murder in Three Acts is a 1986 British-American television film produced by Warner Bros. Television, featuring Peter Ustinov as Agatha Christie's Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Directed by ...more
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Alibi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Alibi
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The Passing of Mr. Quin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
The Passing of Mr. Quin Ursula Jeans, Clifford Heatherley, Mary Brough
The Passing of Mr. Quin is a 1928 British mystery film which was co-directed by Leslie S. Hiscott and Julius Hagen, starring Clifford Heatherley, Mary Brough and Ursula Jeans. The film was based ...more
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Love from a Stranger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories
Sylvia Sidney, John Hodiak, Billy Bevan
Love from a Stranger is a 1947 American film directed by Richard Whorf and starring John Hodiak and Sylvia Sidney. The film is also known as A Stranger Walked In in the United Kingdom.