Best TV and Movie Adaptations of Agatha Christie Streaming Now
2021 marks 101 years since the publication of Agatha Christie’s first novel, The mysterious affair of styles. As in, yes, the same book that introduced Hercule Poirot to the world.
Of course, the famous author has written 65 other detective novels, 14 short stories, six romances and the world’s oldest play, The mousetrap. And it’s still just as relevant, with Kenneth Branagh’s star-studded adaptation of Death on the Nile is slated to hit theaters on February 11, 2022 (according to Covid).
And so, to celebrate # 101YearsOfChristie, we’ve compiled a list of all of the brilliant adaptations of Christie that are currently airing on BritBox, Apple TV, Amazon Prime, and YouTube (unfortunately Netflix is missing in the Christie department at the moment).
All that’s left to do is pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate, close the curtains and settle in to gorge yourself on some of the crime queen’s most timeless stories.
Wobbly house (2017)
Wobbly house – one of Christie’s personal favorites – takes us back to late 1940s glamor, and is just as twisted and captivating as one would expect from a detective novelist.
Sophia de Haviland (Stefanie Martini) is an intelligent and successful woman who spent the war working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. While there, she got engaged to the delightful Charles Hayward (Max Irons) – and, now that WWII is over, they plan to finally get married.
Too bad, then, that her grandfather was murdered – in one of the strangest and most inventive ways Christie could imagine. And, with a lot of people (Glenn Close, Christina Hendricks and Gillian Anderson and among those who make up the star list of suspects) remaining in the house at the time of the murder, the thriller doesn’t look like it ‘will be solved easily.
Fortunately Priscilla: queen of the desertTerence Stamp is on hand to do most of the detective work as Chief Inspector Taverner.
But will he be able to sniff out the murderer before he strikes again?
Wobbly house is currently airing on Apple TV.
Marple by Agatha Christie (2004)
Miss Jane Marple, whether played by Geraldine McEwan or Julia McKenzie, is one of Christie’s most famous characters. Apparently, she is a benevolent octogenarian who leads a very conventional life in a small country village. And yet… well, and yet she spends all of her time solving mysterious and dangerous crimes and murders, proving an absolute boon to the local police.
If you haven’t been introduced to Marple yet, why not dive in via ITV’s series? It’s incredibly comfortable and addicting, all at the same time.
Marple by Agatha Christie is available to stream on BritBox.
Prosecution witness (1958)
With a 100% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this is an absolute must-have for Christie fans around the world.
In this twisted story, the affable Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) is on trial for the murder of a wealthy woman, and legendary lawyer Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Charles Laughton) has chosen to portray him.
Sadly, Leonard’s alibi hinges on the testimony of his callous wife, Christine (Marlene Dietrich), who, after discovering a legal loophole, makes the shocking decision to appear in court against him.
As seasoned Christie fans will no doubt have guessed, this is just the first in a series of puzzling reveals and reversals.
Prosecution witness is available for purchase or rental through YouTube.
Murder, she said (1960)
Of course, if you’re looking for the first movie adaptation starring Christie’s famous Miss Marple, check out this movie about the amateur consulting detective.
An adaptation of 4.50 from Paddington, the much-loved comedy sees Margaret Rutherford’s Marple deal with a strangled woman case, much to the chagrin of local authorities.
It’s worth noting that this movie lacks a lot of Christie’s underlying suspense and obscurity, favoring comedy and fantasy instead, but trust us when we say it’s still a fun movie to check out.
Murder she said is available for rent on Amazon Prime Video.
And then there was none (2015)
Sarah Phelps’ miniseries is considered by many to be one of the best Christie adaptations of all time, and for good reason. Eight foreigners are invited to a small island off the coast of Devon. They settle in, unpack their toothbrushes and end up sitting down to dinner, their hosts mysteriously absent.
It is then, and only then, that the true nature of the party is revealed. Dark secrets are revealed, lives are cut short, and a race against time begins as terrified guests work together to eliminate the killer among them.
With a star-studded cast (think Miranda Richardson, Charles Dance, and Aidan Turner, to name just three), this “unsolvable mystery” is endlessly watchable. Trust us.
And then there was none is available for rent on Amazon Prime Video.
Another adaptation of And then there was none, this Bollywood thriller sees a luxury vacation turn to death when a group of young adults find themselves stranded on a desert island and seek refuge in a mansion with a sinister butler.
Gumnaam is available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video.
Identity thief (2003)
And how about another adaptation of And then there was none, just for good measure?
In this cowardly reinvention of history, a violent storm erupts in the Nevada desert, prompting 10 people to take refuge in a remote motel. Too bad, then, that a serial killer (Pruitt Taylor Vince) under the care of the psychiatrist Doctor Mallick (Alfred Molina) has also registered …
Identity is available for rent on Amazon Prime Video.
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
With a star-studded cast led by Kenneth Branagh and a mustache to end all mustaches, this adaptation of Christie’s classic Poirot tale is incredibly fun and lavish.
You probably already know the story: a murder takes place on a train trip, a detective decides to investigate and find the culprit among the passengers on board. Your standard Poirot fare, quite frankly.
In the process, however, Poirot uncovers a number of secrets and, in the process, also learns the true identity of the victim herself.
Murder on the Orient Express is available for rent on Amazon Prime Video.
The cracked mirror (1980)
Another adaptation of Marple, this one sees Angela Lansbury step into the legendary sleuths heels.
Boasting the gathered acting skills of Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Geraldine Chaplin, Tony Curtis, Kim Novak, and more, this film deals with the rivalry between two famous movie stars, Marina Rudd and Lola Brewster, a shocking case of poisoning, a stream of anonymous death hearts, and the kind of twisty murder case that is guaranteed to put even the most dedicated armchair sleuths guessing.
The cracked mirror is available to rent now on Amazon Prime Video.
Poirot by Agatha Christie (1989)
For many, David Suchet’s Hercule Poirot is the alone Hercule Poirot. And for good reason.
In this beloved series, the famous Belgian detective, who has an irreproachable talent for getting involved in a mystery, solves crimes with Captain Hastings and Scotland Yard Chief Inspector James Japp. And, while his mustache isn’t as huge as Branagh’s, it’s worth noting that Christie’s grandson praised Suchet’s portrayal of Poirot.
“Personally, I very much regret that she never saw David Suchet,” said Mathew Prichard.
“I think he is visually the most convincing by far and perhaps he manages to convey to the viewer just enough of the annoyance that one always associates with the perfectionist, to be convincing!”
Poirot by Agatha Christie is available to stream on BritBox.
The ABC Murders (2018)
Another acclaimed adaptation of Phelps, The ABC Murders sees John Malkovich’s star as an older and wiser Hercule Poirot.
No longer revered, the detective is largely forgotten. However, when a series of murders begin to occur in connection with a batch of sinister anonymous letters, Poirot takes the matter into his own hands and deploys his detective skills to find the killer before he strikes again.
Confusing and brilliant, this twisted tale also claims the talents of Rupert Grint and Andrew Buchan.
The ABC Murders is available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video through Acorn TV.
The Pale Horse (2020)
Fifth adaptation of Christie de Phelps, The Pale Horse focuses on the character of Mark Easterbrook, a man whose name appears on a mysterious list found inside the shoe of a deceased woman.
Naturally disturbed, Easterbrook begins an investigation into how and why his name appeared on the list, and is drawn to The Pale Horse, the home of three supposed witches in a small village called Much Deeping.
People say witches can get rid of wealthy relatives using the dark arts, but as the death toll rises, Easterbrook becomes more and more determined to find a logical explanation … and to figure out who could possibly want her dead. .
This miniseries leaves you guessing throughout (is real magic or basic human greed to blame for the chain of corpses?)
Even better? It has an extraordinarily talented cast: think Rufus Sewell, Kaya Scodelario, Rita Tushingham, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Sheila Atim and Bertie Carvel, to name a few.
The Pale Horse is available to stream on Apple TV.
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