Ultimate Guide To Best Hercule Poirot Movies And Shows: 2021 Edition
Hercule Poirot is one of the most popular fictional characters among the fans and lovers of cozy mysteries. This Belgian detective was created by British writer Agatha Christie and is one of Christie’s most famous and long-running characters, appearing in 33 novels, 2 plays, and more than 50 short stories published between 1920 and 1975.
In this guide, we have put together an ultimate guide to Hercule Poirot movies and shows and we hope you can find some new and exciting movies and shows to watch from our list.
Movies Featuring Hercule Poirot
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
A lavish trip through Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a train. When an avalanche stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks, the world’s greatest detective — Hercule Poirot — arrives to interrogate all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike again.
Thirteen at Dinner (1985)
When actress Jane Wilkinson (Faye Dunaway) forcefully demands a divorce from her husband, she appears unstable. Consequently, she is the main suspect when her husband turns up murdered.
Master Detective Hercule Poirot (Peter Ustinov), who meets the actress through actor Bryan Martin (Lee Horsley), must determine, along with Inspector Japp (David Suchet), if Wilkinson’s claims of innocence are true, and whether Carlotta Adams (also Dunaway), a Wilkinson impersonator, is involved.
The Alphabet Murders (1965)
Agatha Christie’s enigmatic sleuth Hercule Poirot trails a killer whose murdering spree appears to be linked to the letters of the alphabet. Featuring a cameo from Margaret Rutherford as Christie’s other notable sleuth, Miss Marple.
Three Act Tragedy (2010)
Featuring legendary David Suchet: When a vicar chokes to death on a cocktail while attending a party held by actor Sir Charles Cartwright, Poirot initially dismisses the idea of murder but reconsiders when another guest dies in the same manner.
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
This is an older version of the story from 1970s: Having concluded a case, detective Hercule Poirot (Albert Finney) settles into what he expects will be a relaxing journey home aboard the Orient Express. But when an unpopular billionaire is murdered en route, Poirot takes up the case, and everyone on board the famous train is a suspect. Using an avalanche blocking the tracks to his advantage, Poirot gradually realizes that many of the passengers have revenge as a motive, and he begins to home in on the culprit.
The Mirror Crack’d (1980)
A local woman is poisoned and sleuth Jane Marple jumps on the case, but the investigation is compromised when she learns that the intended victim was, in fact, a visiting movie star.
Poirot: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (2000)
Poirot comes out of retirement when his industrialist friend is brutally murdered a short while after a local widow who was suspected of killing her husband commits suicide.
Agatha Christie’s Poirot Evil Under the Sun (2001)
Poirot’s rehabilitative health retreat on an island resort becomes an even more stimulating mental exercise when a flirtatious film star is found strangled on a nearby beach.
Dead Man’s Folly (1986)
Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot investigates when a murder-mystery weekend organised by his old friend and whodunnit writer, Ariadne Oliver, provides a real-life killing at her country estate.
The Plymouth Express (1991)
Vetting potential suitors of the daughter of an Australian shipping magnate turns into a serious matter for Poirot when the woman decides to take the Plymouth Express, and he finds himself investigating a jewel theft on the train.
The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly (1989)
When landowner Marcus Waverly discovers an anonymous threat to kidnap his son, Johnnie, he calls in Poirot to investigate.
The King of Clubs (1989)
A dark secret from an actress’s past threatens to jeopardize her relationship with a prince. Poirot is determined to help, but soon learns that the woman may not have been telling him the truth.
The Big Four (2013)
As the threat of world war looms large, Poirot seeks the help of friends both old and new when he is pitted against a dangerous group of dissidents responsible for a series of violent murders.
TV Shows Featuring Hercule Poirot
1989 The Adventure of the Clapham Cook
1989 Murder in the Mews
1989 The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly
1989 Four and Twenty Blackbirds
1989 The Third Floor Flat
1989 Triangle at Rhodes
1989 Problem at Sea
1989 The Incredible Theft
1989 The King of Clubs
1989 The Dream
1990 Peril at End House
1990 The Veiled Lady
1990 The Lost Mine
1990 The Cornish Mystery
1990 The Disappearance of Mr. Davenhiem
1990 Double Sin
1990 The Adventure of the Cheap Flat
1990 The Kidnapped Prime Minister
1990 The Adventure of the Western Star
1990 The Mysterious Affair at Styles
1991 How Does Your Garden Grow?
1991 The Million Dollar Bond Robbery
1991 The Plymouth Express
1991 Wasps’ Nest
1991 The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor
1991 The Double Clue
1991 The Mystery of the Spanish Chest
1991 The Theft of the Royal Ruby
1991 The Affair at the Victory Ball
1991 The Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge
1992 The ABC Murders
1992 Death in the Clouds
1992 One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
1993 The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb
1993 The Under dog
1993 The Yellow Iris 1993 The Case of the Missing Will
1993 The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman
1993 The Chocolate Box
1993 Dead Man’s Mirror
1993 The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan
1995 Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
1995 Hickory Dickory Dock
1996 Murder on the Links
1996 Dumb Witness
2000 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
2000 Lord Edgware Dies
2001 Evil Under the Sun
2002 Murder in Mesopotamia
2003 Five Little Pigs
2003 Sad Cypress
2004 Death on the Nile
2004 The Hollow
2006 The Mystery of the Blue Train
2006 Cards on the Table
2006 After the Funeral
2006 Taken at the Flood
2008 Mrs. McGinty’s Dead
2008 Cat Among the Pigeons
2008 Third Girl
2009 Appointment with Death
2010 Three Act Tragedy
2010 Hallowe’en Party
2010 Murder on the Orient Express
2011 The Clocks
2013 Elephants Can Remember
2013 The Big Four
2013 Dead Man’s Folly
2013 The Labours of Hercules
Additional Information on Hercule Poirot Character
Poirot’s name was derived from two other fictional detectives of the time: Marie Belloc Lowndes’ Hercule Popeau and Frank Howel Evans’ Monsieur Poiret, a retired Belgian police officer living in London.
A more obvious influence on the early Poirot stories is that of Arthur Conan Doyle. In An Autobiography, Christie states, “I was still writing in the Sherlock Holmes tradition – eccentric detective, stooge assistant, with a Lestrade-type Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Japp”.
For his part, Conan Doyle acknowledged basing his detective stories on the model of Edgar Allan Poe’s C. Auguste Dupin and his anonymous narrator, and basing his character Sherlock Holmes on Joseph Bell, who in his use of “ratiocination” prefigured Poirot’s reliance on his “little grey cells”.
Poirot also bears a striking resemblance to A. E. W. Mason’s fictional detective Inspector Hanaud of the French Sûreté, who first appeared in the 1910 novel At the Villa Rose and predates the first Poirot novel by 10 years.
Christie’s Poirot was clearly the result of her early development of the detective in her first book, written in 1916 and published in 1920. Belgium’s occupation by Germany during World War I provided a plausible explanation of why such a skilled detective would be available to solve mysteries at an English country house.
At the time of Christie’s writing, it was considered patriotic to express sympathy towards the Belgians, since the invasion of their country had constituted Britain’s casus belli for entering World War I, and British wartime propaganda emphasized the “Rape of Belgium”.
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