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The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories

Updated October 13, 2018 1.1k votes 206 voters 5.4k views26 items

List RulesVote up the best adaptations of Agatha Christie's work.

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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    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 Hercule...  more
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    Death on the Nile

    Bette Davis, Maggie Smith

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Guillermin

    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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    Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

    Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman

    Released1974

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    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. ...  more
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    And Then There Were None (1945)

    Walter Huston, Judith Anderson

    Released1945

    Directed byRené Clair

    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 Little Niggers". The...  more
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    Evil under the Sun

    Russell Tovey, David Suchet

    Released2001

    Directed byBrian Farnham

    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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    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 from the...  more
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    Witness for the Prosecution

    Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton

    Released1957

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    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. The...  more
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    The Mirror Crack'd

    Elizabeth Taylor, Pierce Brosnan

    Released1980

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    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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    And Then There Were None (1974)

    Richard Attenborough, Oliver Reed

    Released1974

    Directed byPeter Collinson

    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 version...  more
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    Crooked House

    Max Irons, Glenn Close

    Directed byGilles Paquet-Brenner

    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 (Stefanie...  more
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    Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

    Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz

    Released2017

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

    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 against...  more
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    Appointment with Death

    Carrie Fisher, Lauren Bacall

    Released1988

    Directed byMichael Winner

    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 Death...  more
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    Murder in Three Acts

    Tony Curtis, Peter Ustinov

    Released1986

    Directed byGary Nelson

    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 Gary...  more
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    Murder, She Said

    Arthur Kennedy, Joan Hickson

    Released1961

    Directed byGeorge Pollock

    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 with...  more
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    Thirteen at Dinner

    Faye Dunaway, Bill Nighy

    Released1985

    Directed byLou Antonio

    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 directed...  more
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    Innocent Lies

    Keira Knightley, Gabrielle Anwar

    Released1995

    Directed byPatrick Dewolf

    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 Agatha...  more
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    Murder Most Foul

    Dennis Price, James Bolam

    Released1964

    Directed byGeorge Pollock

    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 Miss Jane...  more
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    Ordeal By Innocence

    Jane Seymour, Richard Armitage

    Released2007

    Directed byMoira Armstrong

    Ordeal by Innocence is a 2007 crime, drama and mistery film written by Agatha Christie and Stewart Harcourt and directed by Moira Armstrong....  more
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    Murder at the Gallop

    Robert Morley, Margaret Rutherford

    Released1963

    Directed byGeorge Pollock

    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 Jane...  more
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    Endless Night

    Britt Ekland, George Sanders

    Released1972

    Directed bySidney Gilliat

    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 Night...  more
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    The Alphabet Murders

    Anita Ekberg, Tony Randall

    Released1965

    Directed byFrank Tashlin

    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....  more
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    Sparkling Cyanide

    Dominic Cooper, Rachel Shelley

    Released2003

    Directed byTristram Powell

    Sparkling Cyanide is a 2003 TV film directed by Tristram Powell....
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    Alibi

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    Love from a Stranger

    Sylvia Sidney, John Hodiak

    Released1947

    Directed byRichard Whorf

    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....  more
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    The Passing of Mr. Quin

    Ursula Jeans, Clifford Heatherley

    Released1928

    Directed byLeslie S. Hiscott, Julius Hagen

    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 on...  more