Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Edgar Award Winners and Nominees – Complete Lists

Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Edgar Award Winners and Nominees Complete List of All Since Start in 1946

The Edgar Awards, which first were awarded in 1946, are given in a number of different categories. All Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Edgar Award Winners and Nominees since the award began in 1946 are listed below.

1999 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

Out Of Sight, screen play by Scott Frank (Universal) based on a novel by Elmore Leonard

Nominated

  • The Spanish Prisoner, screenplay by David Mamet (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • A Simple Plan, screenplay by Scott B. Smith (Paramount)

1998 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

L.A. Confidential, screenplay by Curtis Hanson and Brian Helgeland (Warner Bros.)

Nominated

  • Donnie Brasco, screenplay by Paul Attanasio (Columbia Pictures)
  • Conspiracy Theory, screenplay by Brian Helgeland (Warner Brothers)

1997 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

Sling Blade by Billy Bob Thornton (Miramax)

1996 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

The Usual Suspects screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie (Gramercy Pictures, PolyGram Bad Hat Harry, Blue Parrot)

Nominated

  • Get Shorty screenplay by Scott Frank (Jersey Films/MGM)
  • Devil in a Blue Dress screenplay by Carl Franklin (Clinica Estetico, Muddy Lane Entertainment/Tristar)
  • Dolores Claiborne screenplay by Tony Gilroy (Columbia/Castle Rock)
  • To Die For screenplay by Buck Henry (Columbia)

1995 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino (Miramax)

Nominated

  • The Last Seduction by Steve Barancik (ITC Entertainment)
  • Blink by Dana Stevens (New Line Cinema)
  • Speed by Graham Yost (20th Century-Fox)

1994 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

FALLING DOWN by Ebbe Rose Smith (Warner Bros.)

Nominated

  • IN THE LINE OF FIRE by Jeff Maguire (Castle Rock)
  • THE FUGITIVE by Jeb Stuart and David Twohy (Warner Bros.)

1993 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

THE PLAYER by Michael Tolkin (Fineline Features)

Nominated

  • THE CRYING GAME by Neil Jordan (Miramax)
  • UNFORGIVEN by David Webb Peoples (Warner Bros.)
  • A FEW GOOD MEN by Aaron Sorkin (Columbia)
  • SNEAKERS by Phil Alden Robinson and Lawrence Lasker & Walter F. Parkes (Universal)

1992 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

SILENCE OF THE LAMBS by Ted Tally (Orion)

Nominated

  • J.F.K. by Oliver Stone and Zachary Sklar (Warner Bros.)
  • DEAD AGAIN by Scott Frank (Paramount)

1991 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

THE GRIFTERS by Donald E. Westlake (Miramx)

Nominated

  • PRESUMED INNOCENT by Frank Pierson and Alan J. Pakula (Warner/Mirage)
  • GOODFELLAS by Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese (Warner Bros.)

1990 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

HEATHERS by Daniel Waters (New World)

Nominated

  • CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS by Woody Allen (Orion)
  • LICENCE TO KILL by Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson (United Artists)
  • SEA OF LOVE by Richard Price (Universal)
  • TRUE BELIEVER by Wesley Strick (Columbia)

1989 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

THE THIN BLUE LINE by Errol Morris (Miramax)

Nominated

  • A FISH CALLED WANDA by John Cleese (MGM)
  • DIE HARD by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza (20th Century Fox)
  • MASQUERADE by Dick Wolfe (MGM)
  • THINGS CHANGE by David Mamet and Shel Silverstein (Columbia)

1988 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

STAKEOUT by Jim Kouf (Buena Vista Pictures)

  • BEST SELLER by Larry Cohen (Orion)
  • ROBOCOP by Edward Neumeir and Michael Miner (John Davison Prod.)
  • THE BIG EASY by Daniel Petrie, Jr. (Columbia Pictures)
  • THE STEPFATHER by Donald E. Westlake (ITC Productions)

1987 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

SOMETHING WILD by E. Max Frye (Orion)

Nominated

  • DEFENSE OF THE REALM by Martin Stellman (Hemdale Releasing)
  • F/X by Robert T. Megginson and Gregory Fleeman (Orion)
  • THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE by Ron Clements, Pete Young, Vance Gerry, Steve Hulett, John Musker, Bruce M. Morris, Matthew O’Callaghan, Burny Mattison, Dave Michener, and Melvin Shaw (Disney)
  • MANHUNTER by Michael Mann (De Laurentiis Ent.)
  • THE NAME OF THE ROSE by Andrew Birkin, Gerard Brach, Howard Franklin and Alain Godard (20th Century Fox)

1986 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

WITNESS by Earl W. Wallace and William Kelley (Paramount Films)

Nominated

  • BLOOD SIMPLE by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (Circle Films)
  • FLETCH by Andrew Bergman (Universal)
  • THE HIT by Peter Prince (Island Pictures)
  • JAGGED EDGE by Joe Eszterhas (Columbia)

1985 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

A SOLDIER’S STORY by Charles Fuller (Columbia Pictures)

Nominated

  • BEVERLY HILLS COP by Daniel Petrie, Jr. (Paramount)
  • THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL by Loring Mandel (Warner Bros.)

1984 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

GORKY PARK by Dennis Potter (Orion)

Nominated

  • HAMMETT by Ross Thomas and Dennis O’Flaherty (Warner Bros.)
  • PSYCHO II by Tom Holland (Universal Pictures)

1983 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY by Barrie Keeffe (Handmade Films)

Nominated

  • EVIL UNDER THE SUN by Anthony Shaffer (Universal Pictures)
  • 48 HOURS by Roger Spottiswoode, Walter Hill, Larry Gross and Steven E. de Souza (Paramount Pictures)
  • STILL OF THE NIGHT by Robert Benton (MGM/United Artists)

1982 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

CUTTER’S WAY by Jeffrey Alan Fiskin (United Artists)

Nominated

  • BODY HEAT by Lawrence Kasdan (Warner Bros.)
  • THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE by Stanley Mann (United Artists)
  • PRINCE OF THE CITY by Jay Presson Allen and Sidney Lumet (Warner Bros.)

1981 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

THE BLACK MARBLE by Joseph Wambaugh (AVCO-Embassy)

Nominated

  • THE FIRST DEADLY SIN by Mann Rubin (Filmways Productions)
  • HOPSCOTCH by Brian Garfield and Bryan Forbes (AVCO-Embassy)
  • THE MAN WITH BOGART’S FACE by Andrew Fenady (20th Century Fox)

1980 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY by Michael Crichton (United Artists)

Nominated

  • TIME AFTER TIME by Nicholas Meyer (Orion)
  • MURDER BY DECREE by John Hopkins (AVCO-Embassy)

1979 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

MAGIC by William Goldman (20th Century Fox)

Nominated

  • FOUL PLAY by Collin Higgins (Paramount)
  • SOMEBODY KILLED HER HUSBAND by Reginald Rose (Columbia)
  • DEATH ON THE NILE by Anthony Shaffer (Paramount)
  • THE BIG FIX by Roger Simon (Universal)

1978 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

THE LATE SHOW by Robert Benton (Warner Bros.)

Nominated

  • BLACK SUNDAY by Ernest Lehman, Kenneth Ross and Ivan Moffat (Paramount)
  • TELEFON by Peter Hyams and Stirling Silliphant (MGM)

1977 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

FAMILY PLOT by Ernest Lehman (Universal)

Nominated

  • CARRIE by Lawrence D. Cohen (United Artists)
  • MARATHON MAN by William Goldman (Paramount)
  • THE OMEN by David Seltzer (20th Century Fox)

1976 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR by Lorenzo Semple, Jr. and David Rayfiel (Paramount)

Nominated

  • BLACK CHRISTMAS by Roy Moore (Warner Bros.)
  • THE DROWNING POOL by Tracy Keenan Wynn, Lorenzo Semple, Jr. and Walter Hill (Warner Bros.)
  • FAREWELL, MY LOVELY by David Zelag Goodman (AVCO-Embassy)

1975 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

CHINATOWN by Robert Towne (Paramount)

Nominated

  • THE CONVERSATION by Francis Ford Coppola (Paramount)
  • MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS by Paul Dehn (Paramount)
  • THE PARALLAX VIEW by David Giler and Lorenzo Semple, Jr. (Paramount)

1974 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

THE LAST OF SHEILA by Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins (Warner Bros.)

Nominated

  • DON’T LOOK NOW by Alan Scott and Cris Bryant (Paramount)
  • SERPICO by Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler (Paramount)
  • THE STING by David S. Ward (Universal)

1973 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

SLEUTH by Anthony Shaffer (20th Century Fox)

Nominated

  • THE CAREY TREATMENT by James P. Bonner (Belasco Productions)
  • FRENZY by Anthony Shaffer (Universal)
  • THE HOT ROCK by William Goldman (20th Century Fox)
  • TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT by Jay Presson Allen and Hugh Wheeler (MGM)

1972 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

THE FRENCH CONNECTION by Ernest Tidyman (20th Century Fox)

Nominated

  • KLUTE by Andy and Dave Lewis (Warner Bros.)
  • DIRTY HARRY by Harry Julian Fink, Rita N. Fink and Dean Riesner (Warner Bros.)
  • SEE NO EVIL by Brian Clemens (Columbia)
  • WILLARD by Gilbert A. Ralston (Cinerama)

1971 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION by Elio Petri and Ugo Pirro (Columbia)

Nominated

  • THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE by Dario Argento (UMC Pictures) BORSALINO by Jean Cau, Claude Sautet, Jacques Deray and Jean-Claude Cairiere (Paramount)
  • THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by I.A.L. Diamond (United Artists)
  • RIDER ON THE RAIN by Sebastien Japrisot (Circo-Embassy)

1970 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

Z by Jorge Semprun and Costa Gavras (Cinema V)

Nominated

  • HARD CONTRACT by S. Lee Pogostin (20th Century Fox)
  • STILETTO by A.J. Russell (AVCO-Embassy)
  • PENDULUM by Stanley Niss (Columbia)

1969 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

BULLITT by Alan R. Trustman and Harry Kleiner, screenwriters and Robert L. Fish, author (Warner Bros.)

Nominated

  • THE BRIDE WORE BLACK by Jean-Louis Richard and Francois Truffaut (United Artists)
  • ROSEMARY’S BABY by Roman Polanski (Paramount)
  • THE BOSTON STRANGLER by Edward Anhalt (20th Century Fox)

1968 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT by Stirling Silliphant (United Artists)

Nominated

  • BONNIE AND CLYDE by David Newman (Warner Bros.)
  • IN COLD BLOOD by Richard Brooks (Columbia)

1967 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

HARPER by William Goldman (Warner Bros.)

Nominated

  • THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM by Harold Pinter (20th Century Fox)
  • SLEEPING CAR MURDER by Costa Gavras (Seven Arts)

1966 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD by Paul Dehn and Guy Trosper (Paramount)

Nominated

  • BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING by John and Penelope Mortimer (Columbia)
  • THAT DARN CAT by The Gordons and Bill Walsh (Buena Vista)

1965 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

HUSH, HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE by Henry Farrell and Lukas Heller (20th Century Fox)

Nominated

  • IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD by William and Tania Rose (United Artists)
  • FATE IS THE HUNTER by Harold Medford (20th Century Fox)

1964 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

CHARADE by Peter Stone (Universal)

Nominated

  • THE BIRDS by Evan Hunter (Universal)
  • THE LIST OF ADRIAN MESSENGER by Anthony Veiller (Universal)

1962 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

THE INNOCENTS by Truman Capote and William Archibald (20th Century Fox)

1961 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

PSYCHO by Joseph Stefano, screenwriter and a scroll to Robert Bloch as book author (Paramount)

1960 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

NORTH BY NORTHWEST by Ernest Lehman (MGM)

1959 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

THE DEFIANT ONES by Nathan E. Douglas and Harold Jacob Smith (United Artists)

1958 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

TWELVE ANGRY MEN by Reginald Rose (Orion/Nova)

Nominated

  • WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION by Billy Wilder and Harry Kurnitz (United Artists)

1956 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

THE DESPERATE HOURS by Joseph Hayes (Paramount)

1955 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

REAR WINDOW by John Michael Hayes (Paramount)

1954 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

THE BIG HEAT Sidney Boehm, screenwriter; William P. McGivern, author of the novel; and Columbia Pictures.

1953 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

FIVE FINGERS by Michael Wilson and Otto Lang, producer (20th Century Fox)

1952 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

DETECTIVE STORY, Michael Wilson, screenwriter; Philip Yordan and Robert Wyler, producer/director; and Sidney Kingsely for the stage play on which the screen version was based (Paramount)

Nominated

  • THE PEOPLE AGAINST O’HARA based on the novel by Eleazar Lipsky (MGM)
  • THE MAN WITH A CLOAK based on the novel by John Dickson Carr (MGM)

1951 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

THE ASPHALT JUNGLE by Ben Maddow (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

Nominated

  • Mr. 880, winner of a special award for the author of the novel St. Clair McKelway (20th Century Fox)
  • THE MAN ON THE EIFFEL TOWER by Harry Brown, based on the novel A Battle of Nerves by Georges Simenon (A&E)
  • STAGE FRIGHT by Whitfield Cook, based on the novel Man Running by Selwyn Jepson (Warner)

1950 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

THE WINDOW by Mel Dinelli and Cornell Woolrich, author of “Fire Escape” on which the movie was based (RKO)

Nominated

  • CRISS CROSS by Daniel Fuchs based on the novel by Don Tracy (U-I)
  • CHICAGO DEADLINE by Warren Duff and Tiffany Thayer (Paramount)
  • THE SCENE OF THE CRIME (MGM)
  • WHITE HEAT by Ivan Goff, Ben Rovbeerts based on the story by Virginia Kellog (Warner)

1949 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

CALL NORTHSIDE 777 by Quentin Reynolds, Leonard Hoffman, Jay Dratler, and Jerome Cady (posthumous_accepted by Mrs. Cady) screenwriters; Henry Hathaway, director; Otto Lang, producer; and 20th Century-Fox

Nominated

  • ROPE by Arthur Laurents, based on the play by Patrick Hamilton (Transatlantic)
  • SORRY, WRONG NUMBER by Lucille Fletcher, from her play (Paramount)
  • THE BIG CLOCK by Jonathan Latimer based on the novel by Kenneth Fearing (Paramount)

1948 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

CROSSFIRE John Paxton, screenwriter; Richard Brooks, author of “The Brick Fox-Hole” on which the movie was based; Dore Schary, producer; Adrian Scott, associate producer; and Edward Dmytryk, director (RKO)

1947 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

THE KILLERS by Anthony Veiller, writer; Mark Hellinger, producer; and Robert Siodmak, director. (Hellinger-Universal)

1946 Edgar Award Best Mystery Motion Picture Movie Screenplay Winner and Nominees

MURDER, MY SWEET John Paxton, screenplay; Raymond Chandler, author of FAREWELL MY LOVELY on which the movie was based; Dick Powell for his portrayal of a private detective; and RKO Pictures (special scroll).

Nominated

Honorary scroll to THE HOUSE ON 92nd St. by Barre Lyndon, Chales G. Booth, John Monks, Jr.(Twentieth Century Fox)

 

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