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1. A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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57 Metascore

Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.

Writers: Scott Frank, Lawrence Block | Director: Scott Frank | Stars: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour, Boyd Holbrook

2. Sherlock (2010– )

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

9.3
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A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Creators: Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Louise Brealey

3. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

R | 102 min | Crime, Thriller

6.6
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46 Metascore

Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.

Writer: Frank Miller | Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

4. The Big Lebowski (1998)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime

8.2
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69 Metascore

"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi

5. Wedding Crashers (2005)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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64 Metascore

John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Cleary.

Writers: Steve Faber, Bob Fisher | Director: David Dobkin | Stars: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Christopher Walken

6. American Psycho (2000)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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64 Metascore

A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.

Writers: Bret Easton Ellis, Mary Harron, Guinevere Turner | Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage

7. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

8.6
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A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Writers: Joseph Stefano, Robert Bloch | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

8. Veronica Mars (2004–2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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After her best friend is murdered and her father is removed as county sheriff, Veronica Mars dedicates her life to cracking the toughest mysteries in the affluent town of Neptune.

Creator: Rob Thomas | Stars: Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring, Francis Capra

9. Pain & Gain (2013)

R | 129 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.5
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45 Metascore

A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.

Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Pete Collins | Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub

10. Midnight in Paris (2011)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

7.7
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81 Metascore

While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight.

Writer: Woody Allen | Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Kurt Fuller

11. Sherlock Holmes (2009)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.6
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57 Metascore

Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

Writers: Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham, Simon Kinberg, Lionel Wigram, Arthur Conan Doyle | Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong

12. There's Something About Mary (1998)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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69 Metascore

A man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from highschool, even though his date with her back then was a complete disaster.

Writers: Ed Decter, John J. Strauss, Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly | Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly | Stars: Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Lee Evans

13. Agatha Christie: Poirot (1989– )

100 min | Drama, Mystery, Crime

8.6
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The cases of an eccentrically refined Belgian detective.

Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

14. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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75 Metascore

An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when their father announces he is terminally ill.

Writers: Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson | Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller

15. The Two Faces of January (2014)

PG-13 | 96 min | Thriller

6.2
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66 Metascore

A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who flee Athens after one of them is caught up in the death of a private detective.

Writers: Hossein Amini, Patricia Highsmith | Director: Hossein Amini | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac, David Warshofsky

16. Veronica Mars (2014)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.9
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62 Metascore

Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown - just in time for her high school reunion - in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who's embroiled in a murder mystery.

Writers: Rob Thomas, Diane Ruggiero | Director: Rob Thomas | Stars: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Chris Lowell

17. Gone Baby Gone (2007)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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72 Metascore

Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally. Based on the Dennis Lehane novel.

Writers: Ben Affleck, Aaron Stockard, Dennis Lehane | Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

18. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama, Music, Thriller

7.3
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76 Metascore

In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy, named Dickie Greenleaf. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.

Writers: Patricia Highsmith, Anthony Minghella | Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett

19. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.5
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48 Metascore

Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

Writers: Michele Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney, Arthur Conan Doyle | Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris, Rachel McAdams

20. 21 Grams (2003)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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70 Metascore

A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con.

Writer: Guillermo Arriaga | Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu | Stars: Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts, Danny Huston

21. Vertigo (1958)

Approved | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

8.4
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A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

Writers: Alec Coppel, Samuel A. Taylor, Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore

22. Chinatown (1974)

R | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.3
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86 Metascore

A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder.

Writer: Robert Towne | Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez

23. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy

6.9
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37 Metascore

A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of a missing dolphin mascot of a football team.

Writers: Jack Bernstein, Tom Shadyac, Jim Carrey | Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young, Tone Loc

24. Unfaithful (2002)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.7
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63 Metascore

A New York suburban couple's marriage goes dangerously awry when the wife indulges in an adulterous fling.

Writers: Claude Chabrol, Alvin Sargent, William Broyles Jr. | Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez, Erik Per Sullivan

25. Broken City (2013)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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49 Metascore

In a city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure: Mayor Nicholas Hostetler.

Writer: Brian Tucker | Director: Allen Hughes | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright

26. The Equalizer (1985–1989)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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A retired intelligence agent turned private detective helps various threatened clients to equalize the odds.

Creators: Richard Lindheim, Michael Sloan | Stars: Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka, Robert Lansing, Mark Margolis

27. Disconnect (I) (2012)

R | 115 min | Drama, Thriller

7.6
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64 Metascore

A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today's wired world.

Writer: Andrew Stern | Director: Henry Alex Rubin | Stars: Jason Bateman, Jonah Bobo, Haley Ramm, Hope Davis

28. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime

7.7
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83 Metascore

A toon hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

Writers: Gary K. Wolf, Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman | Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer

29. The Firm (1993)

R | 154 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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58 Metascore

A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side.

Writers: John Grisham, David Rabe, Robert Towne, David Rayfiel | Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook

30. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

R | 103 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.7
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72 Metascore

A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.

Writers: Brett Halliday, Shane Black | Director: Shane Black | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen

31. 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

32. Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

4.8
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48 Metascore

The Angels investigate a series of murders which occur after the theft of a witness protection profile database.

Writers: Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts, John August, Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley | Director: McG | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, Bernie Mac

33. Perry Mason (1957–1966)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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A master defense attorney handles difficult criminal cases for his accused clients.

Creator: Erle Stanley Gardner | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, Ray Collins

34. Behind the Candelabra (2013 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.0
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Based on the autobiographical novel, the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his (much younger) lover, Scott Thorson, is recounted.

Writers: Richard LaGravenese, Scott Thorson, Alex Thorleifson | Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Eric Zuckerman, Eddie Jemison

35. Shall We Dance (2004)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.1
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47 Metascore

A romantic comedy where a bored, overworked Estate Lawyer, upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, signs up for ballroom dancing lessons.

Writers: Masayuki Suo, Audrey Wells | Director: Peter Chelsom | Stars: Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci

36. Secondhand Lions (2003)

PG | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.6
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52 Metascore

A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.

Writer: Tim McCanlies | Director: Tim McCanlies | Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick

37. Moonlighting (1985–1989)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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The quirky cases of a former model and a smart aleck detective who manage a private detective agency.

Creator: Glenn Gordon Caron | Stars: Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley, Curtis Armstrong

38. Strange Days (1995)

R | 145 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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A former cop turned street-hustler accidentally uncovers a police conspiracy in 1999 Los Angeles.

Writers: James Cameron, Jay Cocks | Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore

39. I Heart Huckabees (2004)

R | 107 min | Comedy

6.8
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55 Metascore

A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.

Writers: David O. Russell, Jeff Baena | Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Mark Wahlberg

40. The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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44 Metascore

A woman suffering from amnesia begins to recover her memories after trouble from her past finds her again.

Writer: Shane Black | Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Yvonne Zima, Craig Bierko

41. Elektra Luxx (2010)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

5.1
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50 Metascore

Life for porn actress Elektra Luxx gets turned upside down when she finds out she's pregnant.

Writer: Sebastian Gutierrez | Director: Sebastian Gutierrez | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Carla Gugino, Ermahn Ospina, Jake Hames

42. Bored to Death (2009–2011)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.9
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A well-meaning but struggling writer decides to lead a sort of double life by pretending to be a private detective.

Creator: Jonathan Ames | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson, Heather Burns

43. 8MM (1999)

R | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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19 Metascore

A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not.

Writer: Andrew Kevin Walker | Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare

44. Wild at Heart (1990)

NC-17 | 125 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

7.3
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52 Metascore

Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor.

Writers: Barry Gifford, David Lynch | Director: David Lynch | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, J.E. Freeman

45. The Last Boy Scout (1991)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.9
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A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician.

Writers: Shane Black, Greg Hicks | Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Noble Willingham

46. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator.

Stars: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos, Luis Delgado

47. V/H/S/2 (2013)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

6.1
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49 Metascore

Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student's disappearance.

Writers: Simon Barrett, Jamie Nash, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Evans, Jason Eisener, John Davies, Brad Miska | Directors: Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sánchez, Timo Tjahjanto, Adam Wingard | Stars: Lawrence Michael Levine, Kelsy Abbott, Adam Wingard, Hannah Hughes

48. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.2
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A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Writers: John Huston, Dashiell Hammett | Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre

49. Republic of Doyle (2010– )

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.7
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Jake Doyle and his father Malachy run a private investigations agency in St. John's, Newfoundland. Their cases involve them in all sorts of dealings - not all of them on the right side of the law.

Creators: Perry Chafe, Allan Hawco, Malcolm MacRury | Stars: Allan Hawco, Krystin Pellerin, Mark O'Brien, Marthe Bernard

50. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)

PG-13 | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy

6.2
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45 Metascore

Pet detective Ace Ventura comes out of retirement to investigate the disappearance of a rare white bat, the symbol of an African tribe.

Writers: Jack Bernstein, Steve Oedekerk | Director: Steve Oedekerk | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ian McNeice, Simon Callow, Maynard Eziashi