Most Popular "Detective Series" Titles
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1. Columbo (1971–2003)
100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and disingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes.
2. Pushing Daisies (2007–2009)
TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
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.
3. Magnum Force (1973)
R | 124 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
Dirty Harry is on the trail of vigilante cops who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables.
4. Fast and Furious (1939)
Passed | 73 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
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.
5. The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935)
Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
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.
6. The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1937)
Approved | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An improbable stuttering bishop from Australia asks for Perry's help in proving the identity of the legitimate heir to a millionaire.
7. The Case of the Black Cat (1936)
Approved | 66 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama
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.
8. The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936)
Approved | 63 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Perry marries Della but a beautiful woman interrupts their honeymoon night and demands Perry take her case at gunpoint.
9. Inspector Clouseau (1968)
G | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
A string of robberies has occurred in Britain and it's up to Inspector Clouseau to catch them.
11. Hawaiian Eye (1959–1963)
60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
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 »
12. Billion Dollar Brain (1967)
111 min | Comedy, Thriller
A former British spy stumbles into in a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom?
14. Prescription: Murder (1968 TV Movie)
100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
15. Sweating Bullets (1991–1993)
60 min | Action, Drama
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 »
16. Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act (2006 TV Mini-Series)
182 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
17. Thirteen at Dinner (1985 TV Movie)
87 min | Crime, Mystery
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.
18. The Detectives (1993–1997)
50 min | Comedy, Crime
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 »
19. The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)
Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Perry interrupts his vacation plans when an ex-girlfriend, now newly married, asks him to help her with murder and bigamy charges.
20. Dead Man's Folly (1986 TV Movie)
90 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama
During a murder hunt game at a country house, to which Hercule Poirot is invited as an "expert", a real murder occurs.
21. Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938)
Approved | 67 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror
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.
22. The Case of the Howling Dog (1934)
Approved | 74 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama
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.
23. Murder in Three Acts (1986 TV Movie)
94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
24. Cracker (2006 TV Movie)
109 min | Crime, Drama
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.
25. The Kennel Murder Case (1933)
73 min | Mystery
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.
27. Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939)
Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
28. MacGruder and Loud (1985– )
60 min | Drama, Crime
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 »
29. Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938)
Approved | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
30. Charlie Chan in Rio (1941)
60 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
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.
31. The Crucifer of Blood (1991 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
32. Charlie Chan in Reno (1939)
Approved | 71 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
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.
33. Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)
Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror
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.
34. The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (1957– )
30 min | Mystery
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.
35. Murder Over New York (1940)
Approved | 65 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
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.
36. Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940)
Approved | 63 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
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.
37. The Secret Adversary (1983 TV Movie)
PG | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
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.
38. The Trap (1946)
Approved | 68 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
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.
39. Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939)
Passed | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
the U.S. government asks Mr. Moto to go to Puerto Rico to investigate diamond smuggling after an earlier investigator is murdered.
40. Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940)
Passed | 76 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Charlie tries to discover the identity of a strangler who strikes multiple times on a cruise ship bound from Honolulu to California.
42. The Falcon Takes Over (1942)
Approved | 65 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
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.
43. Dead Men Tell (1941)
Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
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.
44. Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)
Approved | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
45. The Chinese Ring (1947)
Approved | 68 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
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.
46. Fast Company (1938)
Approved | 75 min | Romance, Comedy, Mystery
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.
49. Shadows Over Chinatown (1946)
64 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Charlie investigates murders connected with insurance fraud. This one is set in San Francisco's Chinatown.
50. Dick Francis: Twice Shy (1989 TV Movie)
Crime, Drama, Mystery
A fool-proof formula for picking winning horses on a computer disc is the Maguffin sought by Cleveland and others.