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1. Insomnia (2002)

R | 118 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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78 Metascore

Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.

Writers: Hillary Seitz, Nikolaj Frobenius, Erik Skjoldbjærg | Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Martin Donovan

2. Murder, She Wrote (1984– )

93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.8
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Mystery writer finds herself investigating murders that occur around her.

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

3. Secret Window (2004)

PG-13 | 96 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.6
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46 Metascore

A writer is accused for plagiarism by a strange man, who then starts haunting him for "justice."

Writers: Stephen King, David Koepp | Director: David Koepp | Stars: Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro, Timothy Hutton

4. Swimming Pool (2003)

R | 102 min | Thriller

6.8
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70 Metascore

A British mystery author visits her publisher's home in the South of France, where her interaction with his unusual daughter sets off some touchy dynamics.

Writers: François Ozon, Emmanuèle Bernheim, Sionann O'Neill | Director: François Ozon | Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Charles Dance, Ludivine Sagnier, Jean-Marie Lamour

5. Sleuth (2007)

R | 86 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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49 Metascore

On his sprawling country estate, an aging writer matches wits with the struggling actor who has stolen his wife's heart.

Writers: Harold Pinter, Anthony Shaffer | Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Michael Caine, Jude Law, Harold Pinter, Kenneth Branagh

6. Sleuth (1972)

PG | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results.

Writer: Anthony Shaffer | Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Alec Cawthorne, John Matthews

7. The Black Cat (1934)

65 min | Horror, Crime, Adventure

7.2
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American honeymooners in Hungary are trapped in the home of a Satan- worshiping priest when the bride is taken there for medical help following a road accident.

Writers: Edgar Allan Poe, Peter Ruric, Edgar G. Ulmer | Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Julie Bishop

8. A Night to Remember (1942)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

6.7
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A mystery writer and his newlywed wife move into a Greenwich Village apartment and find themselves with a corpse and a half dozen red herrings.

Writers: Kelley Roos, Richard Flournoy, Jack Henley | Director: Richard Wallace | Stars: Loretta Young, Brian Aherne, Jeff Donnell, William Wright

9. 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

10. Agatha (1979)

PG | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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A fictional account of the real life, eleven day, never explained 1926 disappearance of famed murder mystery writer Agatha Christie is presented. On a cold winter day, her damaged car with ... See full summary »

Writers: Kathleen Tynan, Arthur Hopcraft | Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Dalton, Helen Morse

11. The Bat (1959)

Approved | 80 min | Horror, Thriller, Mystery

6.0
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A crazed killer known as "The Bat" is on the loose in a mansion full of people.

Writers: Crane Wilbur, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Avery Hopwood | Director: Crane Wilbur | Stars: Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Gavin Gordon, John Sutton

12. The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.2
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Mystery writer Cornelius Leyden becomes intrigued when the murdered body of a vicious career criminal washes up in the Bosphorus.

Writers: Frank Gruber, Eric Ambler | Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Zachary Scott, Faye Emerson

13. Murder on Flight 502 (1975 TV Movie)

97 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

5.3
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Left in the lounge for first-class passengers, a letter warns of murders on Flight 502 -- and the warning is received a day early.

Writer: David P. Harmon | Director: George McCowan | Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Polly Bergen, Theodore Bikel, Sonny Bono

14. Duet (1987–1989)

30 min | Comedy, Romance

7.6
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Ben Coleman, a mystery writer, meets Laura Kelly, a caterer, and it's love at first sight. The ups and downs of their romance form the basis of this series.

Creators: Ruth Bennett, Susan Seeger | Stars: Matthew Laurance, Mary Page Keller, Chris Lemmon, Alison La Placa

15. Mr. Murder (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 132 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.1
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A group of scientists are trying to produce the perfect soldier by cloning. The day the clone is born, Marty Stillwater, a mystery novel writer, feels that something strange is going on ... See full summary »

Writers: Dean R. Koontz, Stephen Tolkin | Director: Dick Lowry | Stars: Stephen Baldwin, Julie Warner, Bill Smitrovich, Thomas Haden Church

16. The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

7.0
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Screwball comedy has wealthy mystery writer Paula Bradford using her doctor ex-husband's non-payment of alimony to coerce him into a reconciliation.

Writers: James Edward Grant, Anthony Veiller | Director: Stephen Roberts | Stars: William Powell, Jean Arthur, James Gleason, Eric Blore

17. Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat (1944)

Approved | 66 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.2
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Charlie Chan investigates the locked-room murder of a chess expert.

Writers: George Callahan, Earl Derr Biggers | Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Sidney Toler, Joan Woodbury, Mantan Moreland, Benson Fong

18. Footsteps in the Dark (1941)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy, Mystery, Crime

6.8
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A respected investment advisor has a double life as a mystery writer and becomes involved in the real murder of a shady client.

Writers: Ladislas Fodor, Bernard Merivale, Jeffrey Dell, Lester Cole, John Wexley | Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Ralph Bellamy, Alan Hale

19. The Black Widow (1947)

Approved | 180 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.0
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The Daily Clarion hires detective story writer Steve Colt to investigate the deaths of a group of scientists working on an atomic rocket development project. Behind the killings is fortune ... See full summary »

Writers: Franklin Adreon, Basil Dickey, Jesse Duffy, Sol Shor | Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Fred C. Brannon | Stars: Bruce Edwards, Virginia Lee, Carol Forman, Anthony Warde

20. A Talent for Murder (1984 TV Movie)

80 min | Drama, Mystery, Comedy

7.1
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Writers: Jerome Chodorov, Norman Panama | Director: Alvin Rakoff | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Laurence Olivier, Hildegard Neil, Charles Keating

21. Perry Mason: The Case of the Poisoned Pen (1990 TV Movie)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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The chief suspects in the murder of an author are the numerous colleagues whom he continuously plagiarized.

Writers: George Eckstein, Erle Stanley Gardner | Director: Christian I. Nyby II | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William R. Moses, Cindy Williams

22. Dangerous Blondes (1943)

Approved | 81 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.8
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Mystery writer Barry Craig (Allyn Joslyn) an his wife Jane (Evelyn Keyes, prefer solving crimes rather than writing about them, and they get a chance when killings plague the fashion ... See full summary »

Writers: Richard Flournoy, Jack Henley, Kelley Roos | Director: Leigh Jason | Stars: Allyn Joslyn, Evelyn Keyes, Edmund Lowe, John Hubbard

23. Ellery Queen: Don't Look Behind You (1971 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama, Mystery

5.8
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Detective Ellery Queen has to solve a series of murders where the victims were killed in numerically descending ages, the male victims were strangled with blue cords and the female victims with pink ones.

Writers: Frederic Dannay, Manfred Lee, Ted Leighton | Director: Barry Shear | Stars: Peter Lawford, Harry Morgan, E.G. Marshall, Skye Aubrey

24. Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (1941)

Approved | 69 min | Mystery

5.2
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Writers: Frederic Dannay, Manfred Lee, Eric Taylor | Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Margaret Lindsay, Charley Grapewin, Anna May Wong

25. Mad Holiday (1936)

Passed | 71 min | Comedy, Mystery

6.4
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Philip Trent is tired of playing film detective Shelby James. He thinks that the stories are tripe and plans a vacation to get away from Hollywood. But on the ship, he meets a mysterious ... See full summary »

Writers: Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allan Woolf, Joseph Santley | Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Edmund Lowe, Elissa Landi, Zasu Pitts, Ted Healy

26. Dangerous Women (1985)

122 min | Mystery

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Writers: Agatha Christie, Motomu Furuta, Juuichirô Takeuchi | Director: Yoshitarô Nomura | Stars: Mariko Fuji, Tomoe Hiiro, Kimiko Ikegami, Kôji Ishizaka

27. Lost in Panic Cruise (2011)

Mystery

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Detective novelist Liu Yunfei takes it upon himself to investigate a series of murders on a cruise ship. This is the sequel to the 2010 film "Lost in Panic Room."

Writer: Yu Xiao | Director: Fanfan Zhang | Stars: Alec Su, Junjie Mao, Hongjie Ni, Annie Wu

28. Paklíc (1944)

96 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

6.5
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Writers: Miroslav Cikán, Eduard Fiker, Jaroslav Mottl | Director: Miroslav Cikán | Stars: Oldrich Nový, Jirina Steimarová, Jaroslav Marvan, Vlasta Hrubá

29. Tajné sny (2004 TV Movie)

80 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

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Writers: Juraj Herz, Bernard Slade | Director: Juraj Herz | Stars: Anna Geislerová, Therese Herz, Emil Horváth, Vítezslav Jandák

30. Prísne tajné premiéry (1968)

86 min | Comedy, Crime

7.3
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Writers: Frantisek Daniel, Zdenek Dufek, Martin Fric, Vilém Hejl | Director: Martin Fric | Stars: Jirí Sovák, Jirina Bohdalová, Cestmír Randa, Lubomír Kostelka

31. The Hard Life of an Adventurer (1941)

89 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.2
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Writers: Josef Gruss, Karel Steklý | Director: Martin Fric | Stars: Otomar Korbelár, Ladislav Pesek, Adina Mandlová, Jaroslav Marvan

32. Copy-Cat Burglar (1999 Video)

60 min | Adventure

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When a woman uses her mystery writer roommate's cleverly plotted stories as a blueprint for burglary, the writer decides to bring the criminal to justice.

Director: Jon Woods | Stars: Johnnie Black, Jasae, Summer Knight, Amber Michaels

33. Co v detektivce nebylo (2013 TV Movie)

Comedy, Mystery

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Writers: Jaroslav Brabec, Arthur Watkin | Director: Jaroslav Brabec | Stars: Miroslav Donutil, Ivana Chýlková, Ondrej Brzobohatý, Marek Daniel

34. The Snoop Sisters (1972–1974)
Episode: A Black Day for Bluebeard (1974)

75 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.2
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A Black Day for Bluebeard is a murder yarn that originated from the Snoop Sisters TV series. Vincent Price guests as a washed-up horror movie star suspected of murdering his wealthy wife. ... See full summary »

Creator: Alan Shayne | Director: David Friedkin | Stars: Helen Hayes, Mildred Natwick, Lou Antonio, Bert Convy

35. Agatha Christie: Poirot (1989– )
Episode: Cards on the Table (2005)

TV-PG | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Crime

7.6
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The enigmatic, sinister Mr. Shaitana, one of London's richest men, invites 8 guests, 4 of them possible murderers and 4 'detectives' to his opulent apartment.

Writers: Agatha Christie, Nick Dear | Director: Sarah Harding | Stars: David Suchet, James Alper, Philip Bowen, Cordelia Bugeja

36. The Mrs Bradley Mysteries (1998– )
Episode: Death at the Opera (2000)

60 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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Mrs Bradley revisits her ala mater and during a school performance of the Mikado, one of the lead singers is murdered.

Writers: Simon Booker, Gladys Mitchell | Director: James Hawes | Stars: Annabelle Apsion, Roy Barraclough, Elaine Claxton, Peter Davison

37. A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery (1987– )
Episode: Gaudy Night: Episode One (1987)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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While Peter is on a governmental mission, Harriet attends a reunion at Oxford and is recruited to find the author of a rash of vicious poison pen letters there.

Writer: Philip Broadley | Director: Michael Simpson | Stars: Harriet Walter, Edward Petherbridge, Richard Morant, Sheila Burrell

38. Agatha Christie: Poirot (1989– )
Episode: Hallowe'en Party (2010)

89 min | Drama, Mystery, Crime

7.9
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During a village's Hallowe'en party, a young girl boasts of having witnessed a murder from years before. No one believes her tale until her body is found later on in the evening, drowned in the apple-bobbing bucket.

Writers: Agatha Christie, Mark Gatiss | Director: Charlie Palmer | Stars: David Suchet, Amelia Bullmore, Zoë Wanamaker, Deborah Findlay

39. A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery (1987– )
Episode: Have His Carcase: Episode One (1987)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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While on a walking tour of the West Country, Harriet stumbles on the body of a bearded man with his throat cut on a rocky outcropping near the sea.

Writer: Rosemary Anne Sisson | Director: Christopher Hodson | Stars: Harriet Walter, Edward Petherbridge, Richard Morant, Rowena Cooper

40. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)
Episode: Mr. Blanchard's Secret (1956)

26 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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A mystery writer's imagination gets her in trouble when she turns her overstimulated mind to her new next-door neighbors -- and wonders why she has never seen the wife.

Writers: Sarett Rudley, Emily Neff | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Horton, Meg Mundy, Mary Scott

41. Agatha Christie: Poirot (1989– )
Episode: Mrs McGinty's Dead (2008)

93 min | Drama, Mystery, Crime

8.0
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A pair of photographs are the only clues that Poirot has to solve the murder of a village charwoman, and to prove the innocence of the victim's lodger.

Writers: Agatha Christie, Nick Dear | Director: Ashley Pearce | Stars: David Suchet, Joe Absolom, Simon Molloy, Richard Hope

42. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Murder by the Book (1971)

76 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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When one member of a mystery writing team wants to break from his less talented partner, he becomes the victim in a real-life murder mystery.

Writers: Steven Bochco, Richard Levinson, William Link | Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Peter Falk, Jack Cassidy, Rosemary Forsyth, Martin Milner

43. Murder, She Wrote (1984– )
Episode: Murder of the Month Club (1994)

Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Stuart Murphy, 26, is strangled in a car and dumped in an alley in Buffalo. On his firm Telesales' infomercial-film-set, Tom Powell is not amused to hear the troublesome, expensive ... See full summary »

Writers: Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson, William Link, Donald Ross | Director: Walter Grauman | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Jeff Conaway, George DiCenzo, Patrick Fabian

44. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
Episode: Rumpole at Sea (1991)

51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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While on a Mediterranean cruise, Rumpole is confronted with his old nemesis, Judge Graves, and the unexplained disappearance of one of his fellow passengers.

Writer: John Mortimer | Director: Michael Simpson | Stars: Leo McKern, Marion Mathie, Robin Bailey, Benjamin Whitrow

45. A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery (1987– )
Episode: Strong Poison: Episode One (1987)

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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Lord Peter Wimsey investigates after the novelist Harriet Vane is accused of poisoning her former lover.

Writer: Philip Broadley | Director: Christopher Hodson | Stars: Harriet Walter, Edward Petherbridge, Richard Morant, Paul Hastings

46. Republic of Doyle (2010– )
Episode: The Special Detective (2011)

Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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Crime novelist Garrison Steele returns again to both hire and torment Jake to help him research a murder case. Jake and Leslie struggle to keep their mutual affection for each other in check. Allison receives much-needed help from Jake.

Creators: Allan Hawco, Perry Chafe, Malcolm MacRury | Director: Stefan Scaini | Stars: Allan Hawco, Sean McGinley, Lynda Boyd, Krystin Pellerin

47. Agatha Christie: Poirot (1989– )
Episode: Third Girl (2008)

93 min | Drama, Mystery, Crime

7.9
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After a seemingly neurotic young heiress tells Ariadne Oliver and Poirot that she thinks she may have killed someone, her ex-nanny is found with her wrists slashed.

Writers: Agatha Christie, Peter Flannery | Director: Dan Reed | Stars: David Suchet, David Yelland, Jemima Rooper, Zoë Wanamaker

48. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)
Episode: Whodunit (1956)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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Recently deceased mystery writer Alexander Penn Arlington gets permission from the recording angel to relive his last day on earth, so that he can find out who murdered him.

Writers: Francis M. Cockrell, Marian B. Cockrell, C.B. Gilford | Director: Francis M. Cockrell | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, John Williams, Amanda Blake, Jerry Paris