These include Hercule Poirot, Miss Peregrine’s purse, and many others. This list includes the best film adaptations of her works!
In the literary world, Agatha Christie is a household name. Between 1924 and her death in 1976, she published over 125 literary works, including 74 novels. More over two billion copies of her works have been sold, making her the second best-selling fiction author of all time, behind only William Shakespeare.
The first cinematic version of Christie’s stories was made in 1928, followed by the first non-English language adaptation a year later. Christie’s work has been particularly popular with foreign film makers. Non-English adaptations make up 14 of the more than 30 films. This is a look at some of the best and most varied adaptations of Agatha Christie’s works.
Kristen Palamara updated this page on February 16th, 2021.
Numerous adaptations for television and film have been made of Agatha Christie’s many mystery novels, whether they are standalones or part of the plots involving her famed detectives Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. Each movie adaptation lends new vitality to the characters and plot lines in the mystery stories with their depictions of the actors who are able to bring their interpretations of the characters to life.
1. Ten Little Indians (1965) – 6.7
Agatha Christie’s novel And Then There Were None is the inspiration for the film Ten Little Indians, but it is set in a home in the snowyAlps where ten guests are invited by a mysterious host to a lonely area. There is no host, but a message claims that each person is guilty for another’s death and will be slain during their stay at the mansion.
It comes to fruition as guests keep dying in the mansion and the remaining survivors must determine out who the mysterious killer is before they too succumb to their own death.
2. Seven Dials Mystery (1981) – 6.8
After a murder occurs in Seven Dials Mystery, Christie’s novel of the same name, but this novel appears to be in a different style than most of her previous works. When Lady Eileen “Bundle” Brent investigates the murder ofGerry Wade she knew, the story deepens.
An even wider plot is revealed when she discovers that a secret society has been implicated in both killings.
3. Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? (1980) -7.1
How Come They Didn’t Ask Evans? :
Agatha Christie’s novel is based on the 1980 film adaptation of the same name. The film follows Bobby Jones as he investigates the murder of a guy whose final words were “why didn’t they ask Evans?” while he was out playing golf.
To find out what happened to the man on the golf course that day, Jones begins a thorough investigation into his personal life.
4. Evil Under the Sun (1982) – 7.1
Peter Ustinov and Maggie Smith star as Hercule Poirot and Mrs. Castle, respectively, in the adaptation of the Christie novel Evil Under the Sun as a Hercule Poirot thriller. As Poirot investigates the unexplained death of an unpopular actor, the film follows.
To unravel the mystery, Poirot interviews everyone at the resort and tries to get to the bottom of what happened.
5. Murder Most Foul (1964) – 7.2
This black and white film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel Miss Marple features Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple. Because she feels a man is innocent, Miss Marple investigates the case herself in an effort to clear him and identify the real perpetrator.
In the course of Miss Marple’s investigation, she joins a play troupe where another performer is found dead. As she delves more into the background of the individuals, she puts herself in greater danger as she gets closer to the assassin.
6. Murder At The Gallop (1963) – 7.3
Adapted from Christie’s 1952 novel, After the Funeral, Murder at the Gallop.
Dame Margaret Rutherford’s amateur sleuth Miss Marple stars in Gallopi, a light comedy in contrast to Funeral, a suspense book featuring Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Also, Gallop is a follow-up to Rutherford’s debut as Marple in Murder She Said. A wealthy recluse dies at the beginning of the story.
Before she was found dead, his sister claims that he had been murdered. While at a riding school run by the surviving heirs, Marple investigates. As it turns out, the killer may not have needed to kill the recluse in order to fulfill his or her goal.
7. Death on the Nile (1978) – 7.3
Peter Ustinov’s debut appearance as Hercule Poirot is Death on the Nile. Paddle steamers travel down the Nile in the majority of the movie’s scenes. At least a few iconic Egyptian sites will be missed on the boat’s route, which is physically impossible to complete. To set the tone for the rest of the film, a murder occurs aboard a boat while a couple is on their honeymoon.
Despite Poirot’s protests and warnings, the ex-lover is present. When both Poirot and the murderer begin to die, other passengers have their own motivations for murdering the victim.
8. Murder On The Orient Express (1974) – 7.3
Only Albert Finney’s portrayal of Hercule Poirot in 1974’s Murder on the Orient Express earned him an Academy Award consideration. Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, Lauren Bacall, and Vanessa Redgrave all feature in the film as an all-star cast.
In total, the picture received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Actor for Finney and Best Supporting Actress for Bergman. Greta Ohlsson’s character, Greta Bergman, won her a supporting actress award. However, Christie said the film had one flaw: Finney’s little mustache.
9. Black Coffee (1931) – 7.4
Twickenham Studios’ second Christie adaption, Black Coffee, is out now. Austin Trevor portrays Hercule Poirot in the film adaptation of the theatrical play of the same name, which premiered in 1929. When Christie created her play, she was inspired by the film versions that had already been made at the time. Poirot and a friend, Arthur Hastings, visit a physicist only to find his body.
All past murderers were motivated by the scientist’s work on an obscure formula and the reasons they gave for doing so. Just don’t expect to see it in the near future. There are no known copies of this film.
10. Murder, She Said (1961) – 7.4
This is Dame Margaret Rutherford’s debut outing as Miss Marple in Murder, She Said. On a train, Marple finds a woman who has been strangled. After being turned down by the police for an inquiry due to a lack of evidence, she begins her own.
In order to do her investigation, she must obtain employment at the estate where the deceased woman’s body was discovered, and she must interview all of the possible suspects who may be hiding there. She discovers the woman’s corpse in a horse stable before the authorities had a chance to respond to her call.
11. Alibi (1931) – 7.5
Like Austin Trevor’s Hercule Poirot in Black Coffee, Alibi, the first Christie adaptation from Twickenham Studios, is considered a lost film. In spite of being a long-lost picture, Hercule Poirot’s debut appearance in a Christie adaptation is nonetheless significant because of this.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was adapted from Agatha Christie’s 1926 novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd for the stage in 1928.
Christie’s other major detective character, Miss Marple, is based on Caryll Sheppard, a protagonist in Alibi.
12. And Then There Were None (1945) – 7.5
The first of several films based on Agatha Christie’s best-selling novel, this one was released in 1945. The tale revolves around ten people who have been suspected of murder while staying at a hotel in the Iranian desert. None of the ten’s alleged crimes qualify as murder, hence they cannot be held legally responsible.
There is a 10-person sculpture in the dining area, as well as a framed copy of “Ten Little Indians” in every one of the children’s rooms. When one of them dies and a figurine vanishes, things get out of hand. As of right now, the movie can be seen by everyone.
13. Shubho Mahurat (2003) – 7.6
The Bengali version of Agatha Christie’s 1962 novel The Mirror Cracked from Side to Side, titled Shubho Mahurat.
Film producer Mahurat is a newcomer to India in the story “Mahurat.”
In the event that an actress she has cast passes away, suspicion immediately falls on her husband, who has been accused of having an extramarital affair. The film’s aunt, Miss Marple (who isn’t the main character), becomes intimately involved in the making of the film.
14. Desyat Negrityat (1987) – 7.9
Among the many adaptations of And Then There Were None, this one from the Soviet Union stands out for its dedication to the source material. In contrast to many other English-language adaptations, Negrityat makes few alterations to the script before it is shown on screen.
This includes switching to the novel’s conclusion rather than the play’s. Most stage plays and film adaptations have at least one character who is innocent of the charges against them.
15. Witness For The Prosecution (1957) – 8.4
This film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s short tale of the same name was directed by Billy Wilder. Tyrone Power played Leonard Vole, a man convicted of murdering a widow who had left him her whole estate. Lawyer Charles Laughton portrays Vole’s defense attorney, who is certain of Vole’s innocence despite circumstantial evidence.
Power’s wife, played by Marlene Dietrich, is also featured in the film.
Best Picture, Director, Actor (Charles Laughton), supporting actress (Elsa Lanchester), film editing and sound recording were all nominated for Witness.