Whenever I want a cozy movie with murder, mystery and mayhem delivered in a gentle fashion, with still with plots that test my brain, I know I can turn to the numerous Agatha Christie adaptations. The UK’s prolific crime writer produced her stories at a time when we didn’t want to see guns blazing and pools of blood spreading over the screen. Although they lack any hint of sensationalism, Agatha Christie adaptations are simply, entertainment.
1. Death on the Nile
A good number of the Agatha Christie adaptations are based on the stories that feature Hercule Poirot, the mustachioed Belgian detective with the high functioning little gray cells. I like the performance by the late great Sir Peter Ustinov gives in this movie. With a cast that includes legends like Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury and David Niven, this is a sumptuous telling of a tale of murder, jealousy, embezzlement and deception on a Nile cruise ship.