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1. Columbo (1971–2003)

TV-PG | 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: 21,670

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: 48,899

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: 1,397

4. 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: 2,302

5. 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: 945

6. 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: 326

7. 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: 2,234

8. 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: 94

9. 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: 2,170

10. 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: 1,298

11. 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: 325

12. 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: 1,223

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

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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: 1,294

14. 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: 724

15. 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: 542

16. 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: 1,298

17. The Plot Thickens (1936)

Approved | 69 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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A priceless Cellini silver cup is stolen from a local museum with both Hildegarde and Oscar on the case.

Director: Ben Holmes | Stars: James Gleason, Zasu Pitts, Owen Davis Jr., Louise Latimer

Votes: 174

18. 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: 1,228

19. 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: 1,287

20. 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: 267

21. 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: 762

22. 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: 1,037

23. 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: 1,220

24. MacGruder and Loud (1985– )

60 min | Drama, Crime

7.3
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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: 68

25. 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: 1,062

26. 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: 962

27. 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: 921

28. Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940)

Passed | 76 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.6
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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: 994

29. 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: 1,044

30. 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: 72

31. 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: 647

32. 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: 485

33. 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

34. 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: 316

35. 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: 412

36. 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: 408

37. 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: 493

38. 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: 544

39. 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: 570

40. The Saint in London (1939)

Passed | 72 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.4
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The Saint returns to London and with the help of an American pickpocket and a beautiful adventuress breaks a counterfeiting ring.

Director: John Paddy Carstairs | Stars: George Sanders, Sally Gray, David Burns, Gordon McLeod

Votes: 635

41. 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: 716

42. 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: 270

43. Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939)

Passed | 59 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

6.1
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Detective Nick Carter is brought in to foil spies at the Radex Airplane Factory, where a new fighter plane is under manufacture.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Rita Johnson, Henry Hull, Stanley Ridges

Votes: 304

44. 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: 466

45. 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: 555

46. 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, Gay Lawrence, aka The Falcon, is about to depart the city to marry his fiancée, Helen Reed, when a mystery girl, Rita Mara, asks for his aid in disposing ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 612

47. 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.

Director: William Clemens | Stars: Warren William, Claire Dodd, Wini Shaw, Bill Elliott

Votes: 294

48. 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: 530

49. 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: 315

50. The Saint's Vacation (1941)

Approved | 61 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.7
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While on vacation, the Saint discovers a much-sought-after music box.

Director: Leslie Fenton | Stars: Hugh Sinclair, Sally Gray, Arthur Macrae, Cecil Parker

Votes: 348