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The Best Movies Based on Agatha Christie Stories

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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    Peter Ustinov, Bette Davis
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    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Guillermin

    On a luxurious cruise on the Nile River, a wealthy heiress, Linnet Ridgeway (Lois Chiles), is murdered. Fortunately, among the passengers are famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Peter Ustinov)  ...more
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    Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall
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    Released1974

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    Having concluded a case, detective Hercule Poirot (Albert Finney) settles into what he expects will be a relaxing journey home aboard the Orient Express. But when an unpopular billionaire is murdered  ...more
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    The famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, puts his skills to work as he travels the world solving difficult crimes, relying on his trusty sidekicks and a limited amount of clues to get the job  ...more
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    Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston
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    Released1945

    Directed byRené Clair

    In this suspenseful drama, based on Agatha Christie's mystery tale, 10 strangers are summoned to a remote island. While they are waiting for the mysterious host to appear, a recording levels serious  ...more
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    Russell Tovey, David Suchet
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    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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    In the quiet village of St. Mary Mead, Miss Jane Marple uses her reputation and keen observation skills to aid police in solving crimes.  ...more
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    Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton
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    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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    Elizabeth Taylor, Pierce Brosnan
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    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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    Richard Attenborough, Oliver Reed
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    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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    Max Irons, Glenn Close
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    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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    Carrie Fisher, Lauren Bacall
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    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
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    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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    Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz
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    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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    Margaret Rutherford, Arthur Kennedy
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    Released1961

    Directed byGeorge Pollock

    When aging sleuth Miss Marple (Margaret Rutherford) witnesses a murder through the window of her passing train car, she alerts the authorities. Unfortunately, the police are hesitant to take the word  ...more
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    Faye Dunaway, Bill Nighy
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    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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    Stephen Dorff, Gabrielle Anwar
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    Released1995

    Directed byPatrick Dewolf

    British detective Alan Cross (Adrian Dunbar) has an ulterior motive when he attends a friend's funeral: to find out why he really died. In a cloistered rich community on the French coast, Cross meets  ...more
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    Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody
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    Released1964

    Directed byGeorge Pollock

    The sole dissenting member of a jury that aims to convict a man of murdering an actress, beloved Agatha Christie character Miss Jane Marple (Margaret Rutherford) joins a theatrical company to  ...more
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    Jane Seymour, Richard Armitage
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    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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    Margaret Rutherford, Robert Morley
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    Released1963

    Directed byGeorge Pollock

    While out collecting for charity, Miss Jane Marple (Margaret Rutherford) visits an antisocial villager (Robert Morley), and he suddenly drops dead in her presence. Suspicious of the circumstances,  ...more
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    Sparkling Cyanide

    Dominic Cooper, Rachel Shelley
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    Released2003

    Directed byTristram Powell

    Sparkling Cyanide is a 2003 TV film directed by Tristram Powell.
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    Britt Ekland, George Sanders
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    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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    Anita Ekberg, Tony Randall
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    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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    Alibi

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    Sylvia Sidney, John Hodiak
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    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
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    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