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1. Columbo (1971–2003)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and disingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes.

Creators: Richard Levinson, William Link | Stars: Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan, Bruce Kirby

2. Pushing Daisies (2007–2009)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

8.5
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A pie-maker, with the power to bring dead people back to life, solves murder mysteries with his alive-again childhood sweetheart, a cynical private investigator, and a lovesick waitress.

Creator: Bryan Fuller | Stars: Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride, Jim Dale

3. Magnum Force (1973)

R | 124 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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Dirty Harry is on the trail of vigilante cops who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables.

Writers: Harry Julian Fink, Rita M. Fink, John Milius, Michael Cimino | Director: Ted Post | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Mitchell Ryan, David Soul

4. 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

5. The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

6.6
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A con man who stages phony "lucky legs" beauty contests and leaves town with the money is found with a surgical knife in his heart by Mason.

Writers: Brown Holmes, Ben Markson, Jerome Chodorov | Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Warren William, Genevieve Tobin, Patricia Ellis, Lyle Talbot

6. The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1937)

Approved | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.0
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An improbable stuttering bishop from Australia asks for Perry's help in proving the identity of the legitimate heir to a millionaire.

Writers: Kenneth Gamet, Don Ryan, Erle Stanley Gardner | Director: William Clemens | Stars: Donald Woods, Ann Dvorak, Anne Nagel, Linda Perry

7. The Case of the Black Cat (1936)

Approved | 66 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

6.3
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An bedridden eccentric millionaire, anticipating his own murder, hires Mason to help him rewrite his will, and the lawyer ends up defending the caretaker's cat.

Writers: Erle Stanley Gardner, F. Hugh Herbert | Directors: William C. McGann, Alan Crosland | Stars: Ricardo Cortez, June Travis, Jane Bryan, Craig Reynolds

8. The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936)

Approved | 63 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.1
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Perry marries Della but a beautiful woman interrupts their honeymoon night and demands Perry take her case at gunpoint.

Writers: Tom Reed, Erle Stanley Gardner | Director: William Clemens | Stars: Warren William, Claire Dodd, Wini Shaw, Bill Elliott

9. Inspector Clouseau (1968)

G | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

4.9
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A string of robberies has occurred in Britain and it's up to Inspector Clouseau to catch them.

Writers: Blake Edwards, Maurice Richlin, Tom Waldman, Frank Waldman | Director: Bud Yorkin | Stars: Alan Arkin, Frank Finlay, Delia Boccardo, Barry Foster

10. Partners in Crime (2015– )

Mystery | Pre-production

Agatha Christie's crime-fighting duo, Tommy and Tuppence, solve mysteries in 1950s Britain.

Stars: Jessica Raine, Matthew Steer, David Walliams, Paul Brennen

11. Hawaiian Eye (1959–1963)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.0
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Set against the beautiful tropical landscape of Honolulu, Hawaii, this series centered around the cases of Hawaiian Eye Private Investigations and the two handsome, slick, tough-guy ... See full summary »

Stars: Poncie Ponce, Connie Stevens, Douglas Mossman, Robert Conrad

12. Billion Dollar Brain (1967)

111 min | Comedy, Thriller

6.1
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A former British spy stumbles into in a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom?

Writers: Len Deighton, John McGrath | Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Michael Caine, Karl Malden, Ed Begley, Oskar Homolka

13. Prime Suspect 3 (1993 TV Mini-Series)

207 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Assigned to a Vice squad, Detective Jane Tennison investigates a child murder and discovers a sinister link to the police.

Stars: Helen Mirren, Tom Bell, Karen Tomlin, David Thewlis

14. Prescription: Murder (1968 TV Movie)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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A psychiatrist uses a patient he is having an affair with to help him kill his wife, but his perfect alibi may come apart at the hands of a seemingly befuddled LAPD lieutenant.

Writers: Richard Levinson, William Link | Director: Richard Irving | Stars: Peter Falk, Gene Barry, Katherine Justice, William Windom

15. Sweating Bullets (1991–1993)

60 min | Action, Drama

8.1
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Nick Slaughter, an ex-RCMP and DEA agent, who had dropped out of society after being fired from his job, relocates to the Florida town of Key Mariah to start a detective service. In the ... See full summary »

Creator: Sam Egan | Stars: Rob Stewart, Carolyn Dunn, Ian Tracey, Ari Sorko-Ram

16. Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act (2006 TV Mini-Series)

182 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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Approaching retirement, Jane Tennison investigates the murder of a missing girl. But the cracks soon begin to show as Jane struggles with an alcohol problem and the death of her father.

Stars: Helen Mirren, Stephen Tompkinson, Laura Greenwood, Eve Best

17. Thirteen at Dinner (1985 TV Movie)

87 min | Crime, Mystery

6.3
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An American movie actress, best known for playing dumb blondes, is Scotland Yard's prime suspect when her husband, Lord Edgware, is murdered. The great detective, Hercule Poirot, digs deeper into the case.

Writers: Agatha Christie, Rod Browning | Director: Lou Antonio | Stars: Peter Ustinov, Faye Dunaway, David Suchet, Jonathan Cecil

18. The Detectives (1993–1997)

50 min | Comedy, Crime

7.8
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In the never ending, high tech war against crime, Detective Constables Bob Louis and David Briggs are the Scud missiles of the police arsenal of intuition, hunches and inspired guesses... ... See full summary »

Stars: Jasper Carrott, Robert Powell, George Sewell, Frank Windsor

19. The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.7
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Perry interrupts his vacation plans when an ex-girlfriend, now newly married, asks him to help her with murder and bigamy charges.

Writers: Tom Reed, Erle Stanley Gardner, Brown Holmes | Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Warren William, Margaret Lindsay, Donald Woods, Claire Dodd

20. Dead Man's Folly (1986 TV Movie)

90 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

6.3
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During a murder hunt game at a country house, to which Hercule Poirot is invited as an "expert", a real murder occurs.

Writers: Agatha Christie, Rod Browning | Director: Clive Donner | Stars: Peter Ustinov, Jean Stapleton, Constance Cummings, Tim Pigott-Smith

21. Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938)

Approved | 67 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

7.3
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While Charlie is distracted with the birth of his first grandchild, son Jimmy impersonates his father in order to investigate a murder aboard a freighter in the harbor.

Writers: Charles Belden, Earl Derr Biggers | Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Sidney Toler, Phyllis Brooks, Victor Sen Yung, Eddie Collins

22. The Case of the Howling Dog (1934)

Approved | 74 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

6.9
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An agitated and desperate man spares no expense in insisting that Mason represent him against a neighbor's howling dog and act as executor of his will.

Writers: Ben Markson, Erle Stanley Gardner | Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Warren William, Mary Astor, Allen Jenkins, Grant Mitchell

23. Murder in Three Acts (1986 TV Movie)

94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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Hercule Poirot attends a dinner party in which one of the guests clutches his throat and suddenly dies. The cause seems to be natural until another party with most of the same guests produces another corpse.

Writers: Agatha Christie, Scott Swanton | Director: Gary Nelson | Stars: Peter Ustinov, Tony Curtis, Emma Samms, Jonathan Cecil

24. Cracker (2006 TV Movie)

109 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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Fitz returns to Manchester after living 10 years in Australia with his wife and youngest son. He is soon drawn into the investigation of a British soldier who may have been traumatized by his years serving in Northern Ireland.

Writer: Jimmy McGovern | Director: Antonia Bird | Stars: Robbie Coltrane, Anthony Flanagan, Stefanie Wilmore, Andrea Lowe

25. The Kennel Murder Case (1933)

73 min | Mystery

6.9
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Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue.

Writers: S.S. Van Dine, Robert N. Lee, Peter Milne, Robert Presnell Sr. | Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: William Powell, Mary Astor, Eugene Pallette, Ralph Morgan

26. Boston Blackie (1951–1953)

30 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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Blackie and gal pal Mary, and their dog Whitey, solve lots of Los Angeles crimes before the cops can do it.

Stars: Kent Taylor, Lois Collier, Frank Orth, Bill Catching

27. Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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Moto thwarts a ruthless band of international agents who try to foment an international incident by mining the entrance to the Suez Canal and blaming the British.

Writers: John P. Marquand, Philip MacDonald, Norman Foster | Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Peter Lorre, Ricardo Cortez, Virginia Field, John Carradine

28. MacGruder and Loud (1985– )

60 min | Drama, Crime

7.0
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Malcolm MacGruder and Jenny Loud are two cops, who are partners. Now they fall in love and get married. It seems that regulations state that if two cops are married, they cannot be partners... See full summary »

Stars: John Getz, Kathryn Harrold, Robert Desiderio, Willard E. Pugh

29. Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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When the #1 heavyweight contender is mysteriously poisoned during a bout, Moto knows that identifying the gambler who placed large bets against him is the key to solving the murder.

Writers: Charles Belden, Jerome Cady, John P. Marquand | Director: James Tinling | Stars: Peter Lorre, Keye Luke, Dick Baldwin, Lynn Bari

30. Charlie Chan in Rio (1941)

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.6
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On the trail of a singer who killed the man she loved in Honolulu, Charlie finds her stabbed to death when he ultimately catches up to her in Rio.

Writers: Samuel G. Engel, Lester Ziffren, Earl Derr Biggers | Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Sidney Toler, Mary Beth Hughes, Cobina Wright, Ted North

31. The Crucifer of Blood (1991 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.6
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A beautiful young woman asks Holmes to help her father, a former army captain and hopeless opium addict break free of the curse surrounding a stolen treasure.

Writers: Arthur Conan Doyle, Paul Giovanni, Fraser Clarke Heston | Director: Fraser Clarke Heston | Stars: Charlton Heston, Richard Johnson, Susannah Harker, Edward Fox

32. Charlie Chan in Reno (1939)

Approved | 71 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.7
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Mary Whitman, an old friend of Charlie's in Reno for a divorce, finds herself accused of murdering the woman her husband planned to marry after the decree became final.

Writers: Frances Hyland, Albert Ray, Robert E. Kent, Philip Wylie, Earl Derr Biggers | Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Sidney Toler, Ricardo Cortez, Phyllis Brooks, Slim Summerville

33. Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)

Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

7.8
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Charlie's investigation of a phony psychic during the 1939 World Exposition on San Francisco's Treasure Island leads him to expose a suicide as murder.

Writers: John Larkin, Earl Derr Biggers | Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Sidney Toler, Cesar Romero, Pauline Moore, Victor Sen Yung

34. The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (1957– )

30 min | Mystery

8.6
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Chinese-American detective Charlie Chan is called in to help solve baffling cases, aided by his #1 son. The first five episodes were filmed in the US, then production switched to the UK for the rest of the series.

Stars: J. Carrol Naish, James Hong, Rupert Davies, Arthur Gomez

35. Murder Over New York (1940)

Approved | 65 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.6
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When Charlie's old friend from Scotland Yard is murdered when they attend a police convention in New York, Chan picks up the case he was working on.

Writers: Lester Ziffren, Earl Derr Biggers | Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Sidney Toler, Marjorie Weaver, Robert Lowery, Ricardo Cortez

36. Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940)

Approved | 63 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.7
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An escaped convicted murderer hides out at a New York wax museum where he hopes to get plastic surgery, which will help him revenge himself on Charlie Chan.

Writers: John Larkin, Earl Derr Biggers | Director: Lynn Shores | Stars: Sidney Toler, Victor Sen Yung, C. Henry Gordon, Marc Lawrence

37. The Secret Adversary (1983 TV Movie)

PG | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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After two old friends accidentally meet and resolve to become investigators for hire, they quickly become embroiled in a missing treaty and a Bolshevik conspiracy.

Writers: Agatha Christie, Pat Sandys | Director: Tony Wharmby | Stars: James Warwick, Francesca Annis, George Baker, Gavan O'Herlihy

38. The Trap (1946)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.1
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When a troupe of showgirls with their impresario and press agent vacation at a Malibu Beach resort, two of them are garroted. Charlie takes on the case assisted by Number Two Son Jimmy and faithful chauffeur Birmingham Brown.

Writers: Earl Derr Biggers, Miriam Kissinger | Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Victor Sen Yung, Tanis Chandler

39. Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939)

Passed | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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the U.S. government asks Mr. Moto to go to Puerto Rico to investigate diamond smuggling after an earlier investigator is murdered.

Writers: Peter Milne, John Reinhardt, George Bricker, John W. Vandercook, John P. Marquand | Director: Herbert I. Leeds | Stars: Peter Lorre, Jean Hersholt, Amanda Duff, Warren Hymer

40. Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940)

Passed | 76 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.8
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Charlie tries to discover the identity of a strangler who strikes multiple times on a cruise ship bound from Honolulu to California.

Writers: Robertson White, Lester Ziffren, Earl Derr Biggers | Director: Eugene Forde | Stars: Sidney Toler, Marjorie Weaver, Lionel Atwill, Victor Sen Yung

41. Fast and Loose (1939)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Mystery, Crime

6.2
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Rare booksellers Joel and Grada Sloane are engaged to find who is stealing rare books from a private library.

Writer: Harry Kurnitz | Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Rosalind Russell, Reginald Owen, Ralph Morgan

42. The Falcon Takes Over (1942)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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The Falcon and reporter Ann Riordan try to solve a string of murders after an ex-wrestler, released from jail, goes looking for his girl friend.

Writers: Lynn Root, Frank Fenton, Michael Arlen, Raymond Chandler | Director: Irving Reis | Stars: George Sanders, Lynn Bari, James Gleason, Allen Jenkins

43. Dead Men Tell (1941)

Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.6
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A treasure map in four pieces, the ghost of a hanged pirate, a talking parrot, and a ship full of red herrings complicate Charlie's search for a murderer on board a docked ship.

Writers: John Larkin, Earl Derr Biggers | Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Sidney Toler, Sheila Ryan, Robert Weldon, Victor Sen Yung

44. Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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Disguised as a German archaeologist, Moto helps unearth the priceless crown of the legendary Queen of Sheba and sans disguise defends it from a variety of thugs and criminals.

Writers: Philip MacDonald, Norman Foster, John P. Marquand | Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Peter Lorre, Joseph Schildkraut, Lionel Atwill, Virginia Field

45. The Chinese Ring (1947)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.1
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Soon after a Chinese princess comes to the US to buy planes for her people, she is murdered by a poison dart fired by an air rifle.

Writers: Earl Derr Biggers, Scott Darling | Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Roland Winters, Warren Douglas, Mantan Moreland, Louise Currie

46. Fast Company (1938)

Approved | 75 min | Romance, Comedy, Mystery

6.6
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A husband and wife team who are in rare books and are skillful at recovering stolen volumes for insurance companies become involved in the murder of a fence.

Writers: Harry Kurnitz, Harold Tarshis | Director: Edward Buzzell | Stars: Melvyn Douglas, Florence Rice, Claire Dodd, Shepperd Strudwick

47. Castle in the Desert (1942)

62 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.7
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Charlie Chan investigates apparent poisonings at a mystery mansion in the Mojave Desert.

Writers: John Larkin, Earl Derr Biggers | Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Sidney Toler, Arleen Whelan, Richard Derr, Douglass Dumbrille

48. Charlie Chan in Panama (1940)

Approved | 67 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.8
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Inspector Chan investigates a group of travelers, one of whom is a saboteur.

Writers: John Larkin, Lester Ziffren, Earl Derr Biggers | Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Sidney Toler, Jean Rogers, Lionel Atwill, Mary Nash

49. Shadows Over Chinatown (1946)

64 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.5
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Charlie investigates murders connected with insurance fraud. This one is set in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Writers: Earl Derr Biggers, Raymond L. Schrock | Director: Terry O. Morse | Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Victor Sen Yung, Tanis Chandler

50. Dick Francis: Twice Shy (1989 TV Movie)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.5
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A fool-proof formula for picking winning horses on a computer disc is the Maguffin sought by Cleveland and others.

Writers: Dick Francis, Miles Henderson | Director: Deirdre Friel | Stars: Ian McShane, Kate McKenzie, Karl Hayden, Dearbhla Molloy