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1. 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: 496,998 | Gross: $209.02M

2. Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)

93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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Professional writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher uses her intellect, charm, and persistence to get to the bottom of every crime she encounters.

Stars: Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak, Louis Herthum

Votes: 13,598

3. Scooby-Doo (2002)

PG | 86 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

4.9
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35 Metascore

After an acrimonious break up, the Mystery Inc. gang are individually brought to an island resort to investigate strange goings on.

Director: Raja Gosnell | Stars: Matthew Lillard, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardellini

Votes: 74,747 | Gross: $153.29M

4. Blue Velvet (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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76 Metascore

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

Votes: 139,688 | Gross: $8.55M

5. Winter's Bone (2010)

R | 100 min | Drama

7.2
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90 Metascore

An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.

Director: Debra Granik | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt, Isaiah Stone

Votes: 115,568 | Gross: $6.53M

6. Rear Window (1954)

Approved | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 335,054 | Gross: $24.50M

7. Veronica Mars (2004–2007)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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After her best friend is murdered and her father is removed as county sheriff, Veronica Mars dedicates her life to cracking the toughest mysteries in the affluent town of Neptune.

Stars: Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring, Francis Capra

Votes: 56,823

8. Father Brown (2013– )

TV-PG | 52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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Series inspired by the stories of GK Chesterton; a Catholic priest has a knack for solving mysteries in his English village.

Stars: Mark Williams, Sorcha Cusack, Nancy Carroll, Alex Price

Votes: 2,721

9. Grantchester (2014– )

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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A Cambridgeshire clergyman finds himself investigating a series of mysterious wrongdoings in his small village of Grantchester.

Stars: James Norton, Robson Green, Tessa Peake-Jones, Morven Christie

Votes: 4,815

10. Agatha Christie's Marple (2004– )

TV-14 | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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An elderly spinster living in the village of St Mary Mead helps her friends and relatives solve mysterious murders.

Stars: Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, Stephen Churchett, Greg Bennett

Votes: 3,139

11. The Ninth Gate (1999)

R | 133 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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44 Metascore

A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner

Votes: 141,665 | Gross: $18.65M

12. Broken Flowers (2005)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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79 Metascore

As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Bill Murray, Jessica Lange, Sharon Stone, Julie Delpy

Votes: 84,291 | Gross: $13.74M

13. The Bletchley Circle (2012–2014)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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In 1952, four women who worked at the wartime code-breaking center, Bletchley Park, reunite to track down a serial killer.

Stars: Rachael Stirling, Julie Graham, Sophie Rundle, Anna Maxwell Martin

Votes: 6,666

14. Framed for Murder: A Fixer Upper Mystery (2017 TV Movie)

Mystery

6.5
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In the small resort town of Lighthouse Cove, everyone knows that the best man for the job is a woman. And that woman is Shannon Hughes, owner of Hughes Restoration and an expert in ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Jean | Stars: Jewel Kilcher, Colin Ferguson, Erin Karpluk, Ron Lea

Votes: 231

15. Nancy Drew (2007)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

5.9
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53 Metascore

Teen detective Nancy Drew accompanies her father on a business trip to Los Angeles, where she happens upon clues to a murder mystery involving a movie star.

Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Emma Roberts, Tate Donovan, Max Thieriot, Craig Gellis

Votes: 16,477 | Gross: $25.58M

16. Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969–1970)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.9
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A group of teenage friends and their Great Dane (Scooby-Doo) travel in a bright green van solving strange and hilarious mysteries, while returning from or going to a regular teenage function.

Stars: Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe, Vic Perrin

Votes: 21,969

17. Father Dowling Mysteries (1989–1991)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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An amiable, inquisitive Chicago priest moonlights as a detective and is assisted by a rather worldly, lock-picking nun.

Stars: Tom Bosley, Tracy Nelson, Mary Wickes, James Stephens

Votes: 1,161

18. Hart to Hart (1979–1984)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.7
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The globe-trotting adventures of amateur detectives Jonathan and Jennifer Hart.

Stars: Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander, Lee Wilkof

Votes: 3,851

19. Perfect Stranger (2007)

R | 109 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

5.7
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31 Metascore

A journalist goes undercover to ferret out businessman Harrison Hill as her childhood friend's killer. Posing as one of his temps, she enters into a game of online cat-and-mouse.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Halle Berry, Bruce Willis, Giovanni Ribisi, Richard Portnow

Votes: 38,787 | Gross: $23.71M

20. Hardcore (1979)

R | 109 min | Drama, Thriller

7.0
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A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in California's porno pits.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: George C. Scott, Peter Boyle, Season Hubley, Dick Sargent

Votes: 5,755

21. Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Mystery

7.4
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A middle-aged couple suspects foul play when their neighbor's wife suddenly drops dead.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Jerry Adler, Lynn Cohen

Votes: 29,867 | Gross: $11.29M

22. Murder by Death (1976)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

7.4
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Five famous literary detective characters and their sidekicks are invited to a bizarre mansion to solve an even stranger mystery.

Director: Robert Moore | Stars: Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Eileen Brennan

Votes: 26,002

23. Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Crime

7.3
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The cases of a coroner who investigates suspicious deaths that usually suggest murder.

Stars: Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito, Joseph Roman

Votes: 3,670

24. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Approved | 108 min | Thriller

8.0
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A young woman discovers her visiting uncle may not be the man he seems to be.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers

Votes: 47,346

25. Madeline (1998)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Family

5.9
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The adventurous, young Madeline is very good at getting into trouble, but she's also fantastic in solving problems as well, and her school-mistress Miss Clavel is not too approving of her. ... See full summary »

Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer | Stars: Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne, Hatty Jones, Ben Daniels

Votes: 5,403 | Gross: $29.77M

26. Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)

PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Comedy

5.5
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27 Metascore

A man tries to rescue a woman with a little help from his half brother.

Director: Dennis Dugan | Stars: Chris Farley, Nicollette Sheridan, Robin Shou, Nathaniel Parker

Votes: 31,843 | Gross: $31.24M

27. Cat Run (2011)

R | 106 min | Action, Comedy

5.6
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33 Metascore

When a sexy, high-end escort holds the key evidence to a scandalous government cover-up, two bumbling young detectives become her unlikely protectors from a ruthless assassin hired to silence her.

Director: John Stockwell | Stars: Paz Vega, Janet McTeer, Christopher McDonald, Alphonso McAuley

Votes: 4,648

28. Domestic Disturbance (2001)

PG-13 | 89 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

5.5
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29 Metascore

A divorced father discovers that his 12-year-old son's new stepfather is not what he made himself out to be.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: John Travolta, Nick Loren, James Lashly, Rebecca Tilney

Votes: 21,792 | Gross: $45.21M

29. Coma (1978)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.9
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When a young female doctor notices an unnatural amount of comas occurring in her hospital she uncovers a horrible conspiracy.

Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Michael Douglas, Rip Torn, Geneviève Bujold, Elizabeth Ashley

Votes: 13,913

30. The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977–1979)

60 min | Family, Mystery

7.6
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The cases of a pair of teen detective brothers and a teen girl amateur sleuth.

Stars: Shaun Cassidy, Parker Stevenson, Pamela Sue Martin, Ed Gilbert

Votes: 959

31. Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

PG-13 | 109 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

6.8
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When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes decides to investigate.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox, Sophie Ward, Anthony Higgins

Votes: 15,493 | Gross: $4.25M

32. Sisters (1972)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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A journalist witnesses a brutal murder in a neighboring apartment, but the police do not believe that the crime took place. With the help of a private detective, she seeks out the truth.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt, Charles Durning, William Finley

Votes: 11,350

33. Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996–1998)

TV-PG | 75 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.6
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Hetty wakes on her 60th birthday and decides to become a private investigator. With assistance from a teenager called Geoffrey and her husband Robert, combined with her own common sense, Hetty is confident she can solve any case.

Stars: Patricia Routledge, Dominic Monaghan, Derek Benfield, John Graham-Davies

Votes: 839

34. Hardcastle and McCormick (1983–1986)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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A retired judge and his last defendant follow up on cases that were dismissed due to technicalities.

Stars: Brian Keith, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Joe Santos, John Hancock

Votes: 1,532

35. Masterpiece Mystery (1980– )

Mystery

9.0
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An anthology series featuring various predominately British mystery stories.

Stars: Vincent Price, Alan Cumming, Gene Shalit, Joan Hickson

Votes: 570

36. The Reckoning (II) (2002)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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49 Metascore

A priest on the lam takes up with a traveling band of actors, who then discover a murder has occurred and try to solve it by recreating the crime in a play.

Director: Paul McGuigan | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Paul Bettany, Marian Aguilera, Trevor Steedman

Votes: 5,087 | Gross: $0.26M

37. Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015)

139 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is set in the 2nd World War torn Calcutta during the 1940s. Enter a magical world of nostalgia and 'Expect the Unexpected'.

Director: Dibakar Banerjee | Stars: Sushant Singh Rajput, Anand Tiwari, Neeraj Kabi, Divya Menon

Votes: 11,325 | Gross: $0.58M

38. Mystery!: Cadfael (1994–1996)

75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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A Crusader-turned-Monk uses his botanical knowledge to solve mysteries in the old Norman England town of Shrewsbury.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, Michael Culver, Julian Firth, Terrence Hardiman

Votes: 1,759

39. The Blue Dahlia (1946)

Passed | 96 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

7.2
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An ex-bomber pilot is suspected of murdering his unfaithful wife.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Howard Da Silva

Votes: 5,856

40. Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)

Unrated | 102 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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A reporter and a promiscuous young woman try to solve a series of child killings in a remote southern Italian town that's rife with superstition and distrust of outsiders.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Florinda Bolkan, Barbara Bouchet, Tomas Milian, Irene Papas

Votes: 5,341

41. The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972–1973)

TV-G | 43 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.7
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The Mystery Inc. gang investigate more supernatural sightings with various guest stars and characters.

Stars: Casey Kasem, Heather North, Don Messick, Frank Welker

Votes: 2,645

42. Agnes of God (1985)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Mystery

6.6
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When a naive novice nun is discovered with a dead newborn in her convent quarters, a court-appointed psychiatrist investigates her case.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft, Meg Tilly, Anne Pitoniak

Votes: 5,681

43. Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced (1985– )

153 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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An unusual announcement in the newspaper leads the curious villagers to Miss Blacklock's home, where they become witnesses to a murder.

Stars: Joan Hickson, Ursula Howells, Samantha Bond, Simon Shepherd

Votes: 1,256

44. Miss Marple: The Body in the Library (1984– )

156 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Amateur detective Miss Jane Marple investigates the murder of a young woman whose body is found in the library at Gossington Hall, home of Colonel and Mrs. Arthur Bantry.

Stars: Joan Hickson, Debbie Arnold, John Bardon, Arthur Bostrom

Votes: 1,242

45. Sherlock Jr. (1924)

Unrated | 45 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

8.3
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A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch.

Director: Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton, Erwin Connelly

Votes: 23,150

46. After the Thin Man (1936)

Passed | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.7
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Nick investigates the case of a missing man and later a murder that is connected to Nora's family.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, James Stewart, Elissa Landi

Votes: 7,512

47. That Darn Cat (1997)

PG | 89 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

4.6
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A maid is kidnapped and scratches a message onto D.C. the cat's collar and when his owner Patti discovers this, she plays amateur detective with the help of D.C. to try to find the culprits.

Director: Bob Spiers | Stars: Christina Ricci, Doug E. Doug, Dean Jones, George Dzundza

Votes: 3,425 | Gross: $18.24M

48. The Big Clock (1948)

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

7.7
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When powerful publishing tycoon Earl Janoth commits an act of murder at the height of passion, he cleverly begins to cover his tracks and frame an innocent man whose identity he doesn't ... See full summary »

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Ray Milland, Maureen O'Sullivan, Charles Laughton, George Macready

Votes: 5,924

49. Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery (1989 TV Movie)

104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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While on vacation at a resort hotel in the West Indies, Miss Marple correctly suspects that the apparently natural death of a retired British major is actually the work of a murderer planning yet another killing.

Director: Christopher Petit | Stars: Joan Hickson, Donald Pleasence, Adrian Lukis, Sophie Ward

Votes: 1,215

50. The Hound of the Baskervilles (2000 TV Movie)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.1
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The mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville is blamed on a longstanding curse that has followed the Baskerville family for two hundred years. Enigmatic sleuth Sherlock Holmes is on the ... See full summary »

Director: Rodney Gibbons | Stars: Matt Frewer, Kenneth Welsh, Jason London, Emma Campbell

Votes: 852