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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.

Writers: Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham, Simon Kinberg, Lionel Wigram, Arthur Conan Doyle | Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong

Votes: 417,684

2. Scooby-Doo (2002)

PG | 86 min | Adventure, Comedy, Mystery

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.

Writers: James Gunn, Craig Titley, William Hanna, Joseph Barbera | Director: Raja Gosnell | Stars: Matthew Lillard, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardellini

Votes: 63,587

3. Murder, She Wrote (1984– )

93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.8
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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.

Creators: Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson, William Link | Stars: Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak, Louis Herthum

Votes: 10,938

4. Veronica Mars (2004–2007)

TV-14 | 60 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.

Creator: Rob Thomas | Stars: Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring, Francis Capra

Votes: 51,384

5. Blue Velvet (1986)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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75 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.

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

Votes: 116,551

6. 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.

Writers: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini, Daniel Woodrell | Director: Debra Granik | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt, Isaiah Stone

Votes: 102,389

7. Rear Window (1954)

Approved | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.6
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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.

Writers: John Michael Hayes, Cornell Woolrich | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 273,112

8. Father Brown (2013– )

52 min | Drama, Mystery

7.3
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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: 1,166

9. 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.

Creator: Sidney Sheldon | Stars: Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander, Lee Wilkof

Votes: 2,633

10. Agatha Christie's Marple (2004– )

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: 1,484

11. 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.

Writers: Todd Komarnicki, Jon Bokenkamp | Director: James Foley | Stars: Halle Berry, Bruce Willis, Giovanni Ribisi, Richard Portnow

Votes: 35,276

12. The Ninth Gate (1999)

R | 133 min | 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.

Writers: Arturo Pérez-Reverte, John Brownjohn, Enrique Urbizu, Roman Polanski | Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner

Votes: 127,053

13. Grantchester (2014– )

60 min | Drama, Mystery | Active

8.1
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Adapted from book series by James Runcie; Cambridgeshire clergyman Sidney Chambers finds himself investigating a series of mysterious wrongdoings in his small village of Grantchester.

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

Votes: 1,681

14. 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.

Creators: Glen A. Larson, Lou Shaw | Stars: Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito, Joseph Roman

Votes: 2,751

15. 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.

Writers: Jim Jarmusch, Bill Raden, Sara Driver | Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Bill Murray, Jessica Lange, Sharon Stone, Julie Delpy

Votes: 75,571

16. The Bletchley Circle (2012– )

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: 4,177

17. Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969–1971)

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

7.9
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A group of friends and their dog (Scooby Doo) travel in a van solving strange and hilarious mysteries

Stars: Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe, Frank Welker

Votes: 17,205

18. Murder by Death (1976)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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Five famous literary detective characters and their sidekicks are invited to a bizarre mansion to solve an even stranger mystery.

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

Votes: 22,295

19. 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.

Writers: Andrew Fleming, Tiffany Paulsen, Mildred Wirt Benson | Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Emma Roberts, Tate Donovan, Max Thieriot, Craig Gellis

Votes: 14,594

20. Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)

PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Comedy

5.4
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27 Metascore

An unlikely man raised by ninjas, goes against a counterfeiter with the help of the criminal's girlfriend.

Writers: Mark Feldberg, Mitchell Klebanoff | Director: Dennis Dugan | Stars: Chris Farley, Nicollette Sheridan, Robin Shou, Nathaniel Parker

Votes: 27,778

21. 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.

Writers: Barry Unsworth, Mark Mills | Director: Paul McGuigan | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Paul Bettany, Marian Aguilera, Trevor Steedman

Votes: 4,687

22. Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015)

139 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.2
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The origin story of famous Bengali sleuth Byomkesh Bakshi created by Saradindu Bandopadhyay.

Writers: Urmi Juvekar, Dibakar Banerjee, Saradindu Bandopaddhyay | Director: Dibakar Banerjee | Stars: Sushant Singh Rajput, Anand Tiwari, Divya Menon, Swastika Mukherjee

Votes: 3,755

23. Madeline (1998)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

5.9
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Redheaded young girl 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 »

Writers: Ludwig Bemelmans, Malia Scotch Marmo, Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett | Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer | Stars: Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne, Hatty Jones, Ben Daniels

Votes: 4,579

24. 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.

Writers: Lewis Colick, William S. Comanor, Gary Drucker | Director: Harold Becker | Stars: John Travolta, Nick Loren, James Lashly, Rebecca Tilney

Votes: 20,127

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

60 min | Family, Mystery

7.4
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The cases of a pair of teen detective brothers and a teen girl amateur sleuth.

Creators: Glen A. Larson, Edward Stratemeyer | Stars: Shaun Cassidy, Parker Stevenson, Pamela Sue Martin, Ed Gilbert

Votes: 768

26. Cat Run (2011)

R | 102 min | Action, Comedy

5.5
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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.

Writers: Nick Ball, John Niven | Director: John Stockwell | Stars: Paz Vega, Janet McTeer, Christopher McDonald, Alphonso McAuley

Votes: 4,161

27. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Approved | 108 min | Thriller

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

Writers: Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson, Alma Reville, Gordon McDonell | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers

Votes: 41,299

28. 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.

Writers: Arthur Conan Doyle, Chris Columbus | Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox, Sophie Ward, Anthony Higgins

Votes: 13,557

29. Fast and Furious (1939)

Passed | 73 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

6.2
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Rare book dealers Joel and Garda take a summertime jaunt to the seashore where he becomes involved in a beauty pageant as investor and judge much to her chagrin.

Writer: Harry Kurnitz | Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Franchot Tone, Ann Sothern, Ruth Hussey, Lee Bowman

Votes: 431

30. Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced (1985 TV Movie)

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.

Writer: Alan Plater | Director: David Giles | Stars: Joan Hickson, Ursula Howells, Renée Asherson, Samantha Bond

Votes: 958

31. 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.

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

Votes: 25,596

32. The Thin Man (1934)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

8.2
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Nick and Nora Charles, a former detective and his rich, playful wife, investigate a murder case mostly for the fun of it.

Writers: Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Dashiell Hammett | Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 18,989

33. 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: 1,570

34. 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.

Writers: Gianfranco Clerici, Lucio Fulci, Roberto Gianviti | Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Florinda Bolkan, Barbara Bouchet, Tomas Milian, Irene Papas

Votes: 4,392

35. Murder She Said (1961)

Unrated | 87 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.4
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When Miss Marple reports witnessing a murder through the window of a passing train, the police dismiss her as a dotty spinster when no trace of the crime can be found.

Writers: Agatha Christie, David D. Osborn, David Pursall, Jack Seddon | Director: George Pollock | Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Arthur Kennedy, Muriel Pavlow, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 3,776

36. Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Body in the Library (1984 TV Mini-Series)

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: Mike Mungarvan, Joan Hickson, Gwen Watford, Moray Watson

Votes: 910

37. The Blue Dahlia (1946)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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

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

Votes: 4,871

38. Trixie (2000)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

5.0
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26 Metascore

An eccentric, unconventional woman whose naive aspirations to rise from her job as a security guard to full-fledged private eye lead her into a tangled PL: mess.

Writers: Alan Rudolph, John Binder | Director: Alan Rudolph | Stars: Emily Watson, Dermot Mulroney, Nick Nolte, Nathan Lane

Votes: 1,248

39. That Darn Cat (1997)

PG | 89 min | Action, Comedy, Family

4.5
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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.

Writers: Gordon Gordon, Mildred Gordon, Bill Walsh, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski | Director: Bob Spiers | Stars: Christina Ricci, Doug E. Doug, Dean Jones, George Dzundza

Votes: 3,107

40. Sisters (1973)

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.

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

Votes: 9,485

41. Murder at the Gallop (1963)

Approved | 81 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.3
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When a wealthy old man appears to have been "frightened to death" by a cat, Miss Marple suspects one of his four relatives, all heirs to his estate, of his murder.

Writers: James P. Cavanagh, Agatha Christie | Director: George Pollock | Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Stringer Davis, Robert Morley, Flora Robson

Votes: 3,240

42. Murder Most Foul (1964)

Unrated | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.2
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When Miss Marple joins a theatrical company after a blackmailer is murdered, several members of the troupe are also dispatched by this mysterious killer.

Writers: David Pursall, Jack Seddon, Agatha Christie | Director: George Pollock | Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Andrew Cruickshank

Votes: 2,869

43. Murder Ahoy (1964)

Unrated | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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After Miss Marple is made a trustee of a merchant marine training vessel, a fellow trustee is poisoned, and ship's officers are later murdered after she comes on board.

Writers: David Pursall, Jack Seddon | Director: George Pollock | Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Lionel Jeffries, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, William Mervyn

Votes: 2,800

44. Masterpiece Mystery (1980– )

Mystery

8.8
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An anthology series featuring various predominately British mystery stories.

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

Votes: 423

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

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

7.8
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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: 1,983

46. Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996–1998)

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

7.5
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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.

Creators: John Bowen, David Cook | Stars: Patricia Routledge, Dominic Monaghan, Derek Benfield, John Graham-Davies

Votes: 632

47. Agnes of God (1985)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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.

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

Votes: 5,089

48. Father Dowling Mysteries (1989–1991)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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An amiable, inquisitive Chicago priest moonlights as a detective and is assisted by a rather worldly, lock-picking nun.

Creators: Dean Hargrove, Joel Steiger | Stars: Tom Bosley, Tracy Nelson, Mary Wickes, James Stephens

Votes: 959

49. 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.

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

Votes: 4,727

50. True Crime (1995 Video)

R | 94 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

5.2
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Mary Giordano is a bright, intelligent student who goes to a catholic school. She also has a addiction to mystery novels and detective magazines (hence the title of the movie), which ... See full summary »

Writer: Pat Verducci | Director: Pat Verducci | Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Kevin Dillon, Bill Nunn, Michael Bowen

Votes: 1,565