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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 ingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes.

Stars: Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan, Bruce Kirby

Votes: 21,392

2. Pushing Daisies (2007–2009)

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

8.4
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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.

Stars: Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride, Jim Dale

Votes: 48,568

3. Partners in Crime (2015)

55 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

6.4
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Agatha Christie's crime-fighting duo, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, solve mysteries and search for enemy spies in 1950s Britain.

Stars: Jessica Raine, David Walliams, James Fleet, Matthew Steer

Votes: 1,365

4. Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act (2006– )

182 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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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

Votes: 2,146

5. The Falcon and the Co-eds (1943)

Approved | 67 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

6.5
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Posing as an insurance investigator, Tom Lawrence investigates a murder of a teacher disguised as a suicide at a women's college.

Director: William Clemens | Stars: Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, Rita Corday, Amelita Ward

Votes: 469

6. The Falcon in Danger (1943)

Approved | 69 min | Crime, Mystery, War

6.3
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Whem a passenger plane crash lands at a local airport, bystanders and first responders are shocked to find there is no one aboard.

Director: William Clemens | Stars: Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, Elaine Shepard, Amelita Ward

Votes: 401

7. 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.

Director: Irving Reis | Stars: George Sanders, Lynn Bari, James Gleason, Allen Jenkins

Votes: 639

8. The Gay Falcon (1941)

Passed | 67 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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The Falcon investigates jewel thieves who are working with hard up socialites to defraud insurance companies. First of the Falcon series.

Director: Irving Reis | Stars: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, Allen Jenkins, Nina Vale

Votes: 757

9. The Detectives (1993–1997)

50 min | Comedy, Crime

7.4
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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

Votes: 926

10. Hawaiian Eye (1959–1963)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.1
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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

Votes: 322

11. Prime Suspect 3 (1993)

207 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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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

Votes: 2,275

12. The Falcon's Brother (1942)

Approved | 63 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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Tom Lawrence, Gay's brother, takes over for his injured sibling in a case which involves Nazi espionage and political assassination.

Director: Stanley Logan | Stars: George Sanders, Tom Conway, Jane Randolph, Don Barclay

Votes: 560

13. Sweating Bullets (1991–1993)

60 min | Action, Drama

8.0
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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 »

Stars: Rob Stewart, Carolyn Dunn, Ian Tracey, Ari Sorko-Ram

Votes: 1,287

14. Murder in Three Acts (1986 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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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.

Director: Gary Nelson | Stars: Peter Ustinov, Tony Curtis, Emma Samms, Jonathan Cecil

Votes: 1,195

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

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

6.4
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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.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: Peter Ustinov, Jean Stapleton, Constance Cummings, Tim Pigott-Smith

Votes: 1,270

16. Prescription: Murder (1968 TV Movie)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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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.

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

Votes: 2,201

17. A Date with the Falcon (1942)

Approved | 63 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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In the second film of the series (and not a second part of anything), Gay Lawrence, aka The Falcon, is about to depart the city to marry his fiancée, Helen Reed, when a mystery girl, Rita ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Reis | Stars: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, James Gleason, Allen Jenkins

Votes: 607

18. The Famous Five (1978–1979)

25 min | Adventure, Crime, Family

7.5
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Modern adaptation of Enid Blyton's adventure stories about Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog.

Stars: Marcus Harris, Gary Russell, Jennifer Thanisch, Michele Galagher

Votes: 322

19. The Secret Adversary (1983 TV Movie)

PG | 115 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.3
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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.

Director: Tony Wharmby | Stars: James Warwick, Francesca Annis, Gavan O'Herlihy, Alec McCowen

Votes: 264

20. Fast and Furious (1939)

Passed | 73 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

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.

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

Votes: 535

21. Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)

Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

7.6
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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.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Sidney Toler, Cesar Romero, Pauline Moore, Victor Sen Yung

Votes: 1,285

22. Cracker (2006 TV Movie)

109 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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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.

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

Votes: 1,214

23. Charlie Chan in Reno (1939)

Approved | 71 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.6
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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.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Sidney Toler, Ricardo Cortez, Phyllis Brooks, Slim Summerville

Votes: 1,052

24. The Falcon's Adventure (1946)

Approved | 61 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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The Falcon rescues Louisa Braganza from kidnappers who want her father's secret formula for making diamonds. Her father's murder is pinned on the Falcon and, when he and she flee to Florida... See full summary »

Director: William Berke | Stars: Tom Conway, Madge Meredith, Edward Brophy, Robert Warwick

Votes: 239

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

30 min | Mystery

8.3
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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

Votes: 71

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

Votes: 91

27. 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.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Roland Winters, Warren Douglas, Mantan Moreland, Louise Currie

Votes: 309

28. Fast Company (1938)

Approved | 75 min | Romance, Comedy, Mystery

6.7
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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.

Director: Edward Buzzell | Stars: Melvyn Douglas, Florence Rice, Claire Dodd, Shepperd Strudwick

Votes: 265

29. Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940)

Approved | 63 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.6
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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.

Director: Lynn Shores | Stars: Sidney Toler, Victor Sen Yung, C. Henry Gordon, Marc Lawrence

Votes: 1,208

30. 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.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Sidney Toler, Phyllis Brooks, Victor Sen Yung, Eddie Collins

Votes: 1,275

31. Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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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.

Director: James Tinling | Stars: Peter Lorre, Keye Luke, Dick Baldwin, Lynn Bari

Votes: 485

32. 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.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Warren William, Genevieve Tobin, Patricia Ellis, Lyle Talbot

Votes: 388

33. The Saint Strikes Back (1939)

Passed | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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Simon Templar, the Saint, travels to San Francisco to solve crime mysteries within the police department.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, Jonathan Hale, Jerome Cowan

Votes: 709

34. Dead Men Tell (1941)

Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.5
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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.

Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Sidney Toler, Sheila Ryan, Robert Weldon, Victor Sen Yung

Votes: 911

35. Murder Over New York (1940)

Approved | 65 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.5
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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.

Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Sidney Toler, Marjorie Weaver, Robert Lowery, Ricardo Cortez

Votes: 952

36. Charlie Chan in Panama (1940)

Approved | 67 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.7
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Inspector Chan investigates a group of travelers, one of whom is a saboteur.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Sidney Toler, Jean Rogers, Lionel Atwill, Mary Nash

Votes: 1,032

37. MacGruder and Loud (1985– )

60 min | Drama, Crime

7.2
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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

Votes: 67

38. Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940)

Passed | 76 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.7
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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.

Director: Eugene Forde | Stars: Sidney Toler, Marjorie Weaver, Lionel Atwill, Victor Sen Yung

Votes: 977

39. Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective (1981 TV Movie)

120 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

7.3
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When D. C. Dangerous Davies, not held in high regard by his superiors, is assigned to find a notorious criminal kingpin, he uncovers the details of 15 year old cold case.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Bernard Cribbins, Bill Maynard, Joss Ackland, Bernard Lee

Votes: 123

40. Charlie Chan in Rio (1941)

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.5
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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.

Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Sidney Toler, Mary Beth Hughes, Cobina Wright, Ted North

Votes: 1,027

41. The Crucifer of Blood (1991 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.7
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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.

Director: Fraser C. Heston | Stars: Charlton Heston, Richard Johnson, Susannah Harker, Edward Fox

Votes: 407

42. Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)

Approved | 65 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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Disguised as an Austrian 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.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Peter Lorre, Joseph Schildkraut, Lionel Atwill, Virginia Field

Votes: 460

43. The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1937)

Approved | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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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.

Director: William Clemens | Stars: Donald Woods, Ann Dvorak, Anne Nagel, Linda Perry

Votes: 234

44. 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.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Warren William, Margaret Lindsay, Donald Woods, Claire Dodd

Votes: 535

45. The Dragon Murder Case (1934)

Approved | 67 min | Mystery

6.3
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The Stann family gives a small party prior to daughter Bernice's marriage to socialite Monty, but all of the guests seem to be against the match.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Warren William, Margaret Lindsay, Lyle Talbot, Eugene Pallette

Votes: 311

46. Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939)

Passed | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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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.

Director: Herbert I. Leeds | Stars: Peter Lorre, Jean Hersholt, Amanda Duff, Warren Hymer

Votes: 521

47. The Saint in Palm Springs (1941)

Approved | 66 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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Inspector Fernack asks Simon to watch over an old friend who's carrying $200,000 worth of priceless stamps, but the friend is killed and the stamps stolen.

Director: Jack Hively | Stars: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, Paul Guilfoyle, Jonathan Hale

Votes: 474

48. The Penguin Pool Murder (1932)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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Shady stockbroker and abusive husband Gerald Parker is found dead in the penguin pool of a NYC aquarium after being knocked cold by his wife's boyfriend.

Director: George Archainbaud | Stars: Edna May Oliver, Robert Armstrong, James Gleason, Mae Clarke

Votes: 707

49. The Casino Murder Case (1935)

Passed | 82 min | Mystery

6.2
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After socialite Lynn Llewwllen receives an anonymous threat, he is poisoned at his uncle's casino, and although he recovers, his wife is murdered by the same killer.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Paul Lukas, Alison Skipworth, Donald Cook, Rosalind Russell

Votes: 304

50. Shadows Over Chinatown (1946)

64 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.4
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Charlie investigates murders connected with insurance fraud. This one is set in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Director: Terry O. Morse | Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Victor Sen Yung, Tanis Chandler

Votes: 546