20 British detective films with a twisted plot

If a month came out of the fog and the detective took out a pipe from his pocket, most likely, on the screen is a detective movie filmed in the homeland of Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle. It can be a classic of the genre – one lifeless body and a group of suspects in a secluded place, a puzzle with heirs, or the pursuit of a serial maniac. But there is something that unites the best English detectives – a special atmosphere, British humor and intrigue that can delay any viewer until the end credits of the film.

Enola Holmes (2020)

While the brothers Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes unraveled ingenious crimes and prevented world conspiracies, their younger sister Enola lived with her mother in a country house. The extravagant parent taught her daughter jiu-jitsu and archery instead of housekeeping, and by the girl’s 16th birthday she disappeared, leaving her encrypted clues. The older brothers tried to enroll Enola in a boarding school for noble maidens, but the wayward sister ran away from their guardianship and went on an adventure in the company of the young viscount .

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Enola Holmes

Actors:
Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, Helena Bonham Carter …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.6

Age Limits :
12+


Rebecca (2020)

This new film is far from being the first adaptation of one of the best British detectives by writer Daphne Du Maurier about the English Cinderella, the companion of a rich lady. Arriving with her patroness at an elite resort, the girl meets a young widower, Maxim de Winter. A wealthy aristocrat unexpectedly shows attention to a simple girl, and their romance ends in a wedding . But what usually becomes a happy ending, served as the beginning of the heroine’s struggle for her happiness in the family estate, where everything reminded her of her first wife, the magnificent Rebecca.

Original title:
Rebecca

Actors:
Lily James, Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas…

Country:
Great Britain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Agatha and the Truth About Murder (2018)

The plot of the feature film is based on a real event – the mysterious disappearance of Agatha Christie in 1926. The writer herself explained this case by memory loss due to an accident, but according to the authors of the picture, she personally investigated the crime under a false name. When a certain woman asks Agatha to find the killer of the goddaughter of British nurse Florence Nightingale, she agrees, seeing this as a way out of a creative crisis. Under a false name, the famous writer gathers all the suspects in the house of the murdered woman.

Original title:
Agatha and the Truth of Murder

Actors:
Dean Andrews, Ruth Bradley, Bebe Cave …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.3


Crooked House (2017)

An interesting film adaptation of the not-so-famous novel by the Queen of the English detective Agatha Christie deservedly made it to the list of the best films of recent years in this genre. Charles Hayward and Sophia de Haviland were once in love, but the relationship did not continue. Sophia turns to Charles because of the murder of her grandfather, Aristides Leonides. A loving granddaughter asks the son of a policeman  to find the culprit behind the death of a billionaire, and Charles takes up the investigation, finding out that each of the household members could be interested in the death of the patriarch.

Original title:
Crooked House

Actors:
Max Irons, Stephanie Martini, Glenn Close …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Maigret: Night at the Crossroads (2017)

In the British film adaptation of Georges Simenon’s novel, the role of Commissioner Maigret was played by Rowan Atkinson, a comedian from the TV series Mr. Bean. This time, the famous Parisian detective is investigating the case of a male corpse found in the trunk of the car of the mysterious Dane Karl Andersen. The interrogation of the suspect did not give a result – Andersen insists on his innocence. Maigret understands that the Dane’s only weak point is his beautiful sister Elsa, and decides to act through the girl.

Original title:
Maigret: Night at the Crossroads

Actors:
Rowan Atkinson, Ben Kaplan, Katherine Kanter …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
12+


My Cousin Rachel (2017)

Atmospheric adaptation of the detective story of one of the best masters of British crime prose Daphne Du Maurier. Young Philip Ashley was brought up by his aristocratic cousin Ambrose, who suddenly married the beautiful Rachel. A happy family life lasted only a year before the sudden death of Ambrose. Philip decides to bring the young widow to clean water, believing that she married for convenience and killed her husband. Communicating with Rachel, the hero himself falls under the spell of a deceptively ingenuous beauty.

Original title:
My Cousin Rachel

Actors:
Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Holliday Granger…

Country:
Great Britain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Golem (2016)

The horrific murders that shocked the inhabitants of Victorian London at the end of the 19th century, it seems, cannot be committed by an ordinary person. Terrified Londoners blame the Golem for the crimes – a clay giant supposedly revived by a magical rite. Scotland Yard Inspector Kielder is called upon to dispel this misconception. The clues are in a library book, and the circle of suspects narrows down to four people, including even Karl Marx. Kielder hopes to find the culprit and exonerate the young actress accused of poisoning her husband.

Original title:
The Limehouse Golem

Actors:
Douglas Booth, Olivia Cooke, Sam Reed …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Mr. Holmes (2015)

The events of the detective take the viewer to provincial post-war England, where the famous Sherlock Holmes meets the sunset of life. The legend of private investigation is 93 years old, he has long retired, is engaged in beekeeping and writes memoirs. Remembering the days of past glory, Sherlock mentally returns to the unsolved crime of half a century ago, which haunts the genius of peace. An unpredictable turn of events leads the detective to distant Japan, which has not yet recovered from the atomic bombings. But it is here that he can get answers to questions that have weighed on him for so many years.

original title :
Mr. Holmes

Actors:
Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker …

Country:
Great Britain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Inspector’s Visit (2015)

The action of the film in the detective genre based on the classic play by the English playwright John Priestley takes place at the beginning of the 20th century. In the house of industrialist Arthur Berling, a dinner party in honor of the engagement of his daughter to the son of a wealthy businessman . In the midst of the celebration, Police Inspector Goole appears, reporting the death of a young lady named Eva Smith. Those present do not understand what they have to do with the suicide of an unknown girl, but it soon turns out that each of them is involved in the tragedy.

Original title:
An Inspector Calls

Actors:
Sophie Rundle, Lucy Chappelle, Miranda Richardson…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Agatha Raisin: The Poison Pie Case (2014)

Fed up with metropolitan life, lively London PR person Agatha Razin decided to settle in an English village to lead a measured pastoral life. However, the locals do not meet the spectacular lady very friendly and even begin to weave intrigues against her. But this does not bother the hardened British business woman, and her natural curiosity and observation make her a real detective, shaking out skeletons from the closets of provincials.

Original title:
Agatha Raisin: The Quiche of Death

Actors:
Ashley Jensen, Oliver Lansley, Matthew Horne…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Beyond the Murder (2013)

The story of the fruitful cooperation of the London pathologist Lennox Collins and his assistant Molly Cooper in the detective field at the height of historical events. After one of the Nazi bombings of London, the police discover the corpse of a prostitute with a swastika carved into her tongue. It turned out that this is only the first of such victims, and the police at a dead end ask for the help of Collins, who shows extraordinary talent as a detective and uses the most innovative methods of investigation.

Original title:
Murder on the Home Front

Actors:
Patrick Kennedy, Tamzin Merchant, Emerald Fennel …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Endeavor (2012)

The prequel to the modern English detective Inspector Morse tells the story of a young Constable Endeavor Morse, who returned to Oxford in 1965, where he had once studied. This time, the detective-intellectual was brought to the university by official necessity – participation in the investigation of the murder, led by an experienced inspector Tuesday. Morse, who is starting his career, is waiting for an unwanted meeting with the past, removal from business, a relentless struggle for the triumph of truth and an unpredictable outcome of events.

Original title:
Endeavor

Actors:
Sean Evans, John Light, Flora Montgomery …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Lady Disappears (2012)

The British film is a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s popular 1938 thriller. A young Englishwoman, Iris Carr, in a compartment of a train to London, meets a pleasant elderly lady. After a short doze, the girl discovers that her fellow traveler has mysteriously disappeared. Searches in other cars were unsuccessful, and the conductors and passengers unanimously assert that there was no Miss Froy. Intrigued, Iris, with the help of the only young man who believed her, investigates a mysterious case that turns out to be part of a spy plot .

Original title:
The Lady Vanishes

Actors:
Tuppence Middleton, Tom Hughes, Selina Cadell …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Mr. Witcher’s Suspicions (film series, 2011 – 2014)

A good English detective story in retro style, which is worth a look for fans of the Victorian era and chilling stories. Scotland Yard inspector Jonathan Witcher is sent to a rich estate, from where a three-year-old kid was mysteriously kidnapped and then brutally murdered. The inhabitants of the neighboring village are shocked, as they understand that one of the locals has committed a monstrous crime. The task of Whicher is not only to find the kidnapper and the killer, but also to prevent panic and information leakage.

Original title:
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

Actors:
Helen Bradbury, Alex Robertson, Paddy Considine …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.6

Age Limits :
12+


Sherlock Holmes (2009)

An extraordinary reading of the works of Arthur Conan Doyle by the cult British director Guy Ritchie brought the action movie he shot to the top of the best detective stories with a high rating. Sherlock Holmes in the new version is traditionally brilliant and eccentric, but he prefers street boxing to play the violin . Dr. Watson is going to get married, which irritates the great English detective, who is afraid of losing his only friend. By the way, another maniac begins to threaten the tranquility of London and the doctor’s wedding is postponed, and the inseparable couple is back in business.

Original title:
Sherlock Holmes

Actors:
Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong…

Country:
USA, Germany, Great Britain, Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Like tough cops (2007)

A detective film with English humor, awarded with rave reviews from the audience, tells the story of a tough police officer Nicholas Angel, who overdid it in official zeal. For this, the hero was exiled to a quiet provincial town, where he received a partner Danny Butterman, who, of all the police skills, mastered only eating donuts. Frustrated by the exile, Angel is sure that there will be no work in the sleepy province, but he soon realizes that he was greatly mistaken and the ideal city is fraught with many secrets.

Original title:
Hot Fuzz

Actors:
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent…

Country:
Great Britain, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
16+


The Oxford Murders (2007)

The film takes place in Britain in 1993, when the old Oxford University became the site of a series of crimes. The idol of the talented American student Martin is the professor of logic Arthur Seldom, whose scientific leadership the guy dreams of. But they are united not by a dissertation, but by a criminal investigation, where Seldom applies logical laws in the hope of finding the killer of his old girlfriend and young Martin’s landlady.

Original title:
The Oxford Murders

Actors:
Elijah Wood, John Hurt, Leonor Watling…

Country:
Spain, Great Britain, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (2004)

The hero of the British detective film again becomes the legendary character of the works of Arthur Conan Doyle. At the beginning of the 20th century, London was shocked by a series of brutal murders of young women strangled with their own stockings. The first victim was found on the banks of the Thames and at first they were mistaken for a person of easy virtue. But when the great detective got down to business, it became clear that the murdered girl was an aristocrat, kidnapped from her own bedroom, and she was not the only one in this tragic series.

Original title:
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking

Actors:
Rupert Everett, Nick Palliser, Neil Dudgeon…

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:
12+


The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002)

Film adaptation of the most famous work of Arthur Conan Doyle, filmed in a classic style. Country doctor James Mortimer turns to Sherlock Holmes for help in an unusual and even mystical matter. Recently, under mysterious circumstances, his longtime patient from the Baskerville family died. The estate has passed to a young heir, but Mortimer is afraid that he will not live here for long, because all the Baskervilles are haunted by a family curse in the form of a terrible fantastic dog from the Grimpen marshes.

Original title:
The Hound of the Baskervilles

Actors:
Richard Roxburgh, Ian Hart, Richard E. Grant …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Gosford Park (2001)

The owner of the magnificent British estate of Gosford Park, Sir William McChord, throws a grand hunting party in the early 1930s . Relatives, friends and acquaintances are invited to it – representatives of the high society, looking forward to delicious food, fun entertainment and gambling hunting. But the holiday ends when the owner is found murdered, and the continuation of the party becomes an investigation and police interrogations – after all, everyone falls under suspicion.

Original title:
Gosford Park

Actors:
Kelly Macdonald, Emily Watson, Kristin Scott Thomas…

Country:
USA, UK, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Rating
( No ratings yet )
Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

Leave a Reply

My Release Date - schedule of all popular series
Support Ukraine