Top 10 Detective Movies

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1. Chinatown (1974)

R | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.2
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86 Metascore

A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez

Votes: 240,483 | Gross: $29.20M

2. The Stranger (1946)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Philip Merivale

Votes: 14,984

3. Sherlock Holmes (2009)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.6
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57 Metascore

Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong

Votes: 516,707 | Gross: $209.03M

4. Dirty Harry (1971)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.8
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When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni

Votes: 123,331

5. Harper (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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Lew Harper, a cool private investigator, is hired by a wealthy California matron to locate her kidnapped husband.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris, Arthur Hill

Votes: 6,544

6. Frenzy (1972)

R | 116 min | Thriller

7.5
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A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Anna Massey

Votes: 34,039

7. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

Approved | 87 min | Horror, Mystery

7.0
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When a nobleman is threatened by a family curse on his newly inherited estate, detective Sherlock Holmes is hired to investigate.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Christopher Lee, Marla Landi

Votes: 7,507

8. Shaft (1971)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.

Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John

Votes: 13,220

9. Hollywoodland (2006)

R | 126 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.5
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62 Metascore

A detective examines the mysterious death of George Reeves, the star of the television series Adventures of Superman (1952).

Director: Allen Coulter | Stars: Adrien Brody, Ben Affleck, Diane Lane, Bob Hoskins

Votes: 30,455 | Gross: $14.42M

10. Death on the Nile (1978)

PG | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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As Hercule Poirot enjoys a luxurious cruise down the Nile, a newlywed heiress is found murdered on board. Can Poirot identify the killer before the ship reaches the end of its journey?

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Peter Ustinov, Mia Farrow, Simon MacCorkindale, Jane Birkin

Votes: 22,130