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1. 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.

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

Votes: 584,411 | Gross: $17.44M

2. The Drowning Pool (1975)

PG | 108 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

6.5
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A big-city private detective travels to the Deep South to help out an old girlfriend who is worried that her husband will find out that she is cheating on him.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Murray Hamilton

Votes: 3,707

3. Veronica Mars (2004–2007)

TV-14 | 44 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.

Stars: Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring, Francis Capra

Votes: 57,405

4. Inherent Vice (2014)

R | 148 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.7
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81 Metascore

In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston

Votes: 70,822 | Gross: $8.09M

5. Vertigo (1958)

PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

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

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore

Votes: 273,555 | Gross: $3.20M

6. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.6
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72 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 186,417 | Gross: $4.24M

7. 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.

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

Votes: 198,754 | Gross: $16.25M

8. Moonlighting (1985–1989)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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The quirky cases of a former model and a smart aleck detective who manage a private detective agency.

Stars: Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley, Curtis Armstrong

Votes: 14,293

9. Angel Heart (1987)

R | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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Harry Angel is a private investigator. He is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer called Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 66,772 | Gross: $17.19M

10. 8MM (1999)

R | 123 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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19 Metascore

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

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare

Votes: 108,612 | Gross: $36.28M

11. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Approved | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

8.1
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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.

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

Votes: 122,555

12. The Big Sleep (1946)

Approved | 114 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

8.0
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Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers

Votes: 67,637

13. Bored to Death (2009–2011)

TV-MA | 28 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 using the methods he read about in old detective novels.

Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson, Heather Burns

Votes: 28,759

14. Klute (1971)

R | 114 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi, Roy Scheider

Votes: 16,897

15. The Singing Detective (2003)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

5.6
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45 Metascore

From his hospital bed, a writer suffering from a skin disease hallucinates musical numbers and paranoid plots.

Director: Keith Gordon | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Robin Wright, Mel Gibson, Jeremy Northam

Votes: 7,356 | Gross: $0.34M

16. Meitantei Conan (1996– )

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime

8.4
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The cases of a detective whose physical age was chemically reversed to that of a prepubescent boy but must hide his true mental development.

Stars: Minami Takayama, Wakana Yamazaki, Akira Kamiya, Wataru Takagi

Votes: 7,914

17. Dead Again (1991)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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66 Metascore

An amnesiac and a private eye find they might have a past life connection.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Andy Garcia, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 22,610 | Gross: $38.02M

18. Shaft (1971)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.

Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John

Votes: 12,906

19. Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

PG-13 | 109 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

6.8
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When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes decides to investigate.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox, Sophie Ward, Anthony Higgins

Votes: 15,780 | Gross: $4.25M

20. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)

60 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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Mystery/suspense series based on Robert Parker's "Spenser" novels. Spenser, a private investigator living in Boston, gets involved in a new murder mystery each episode.

Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Ron McLarty, Richard Jaeckel

Votes: 1,458

21. Cannon (1971–1976)

60 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

6.7
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Frank Cannon is an overweight, balding ex-cop with a deep voice and expensive tastes in culinary pleasures; he becomes a high-priced private investigator.

Stars: William Conrad, Patrick Culliton, Tom Pittman, Charles Bateman

Votes: 1,848

22. The Two Jakes (1990)

R | 137 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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56 Metascore

The sequel to Chinatown (1974) finds Jake Gittes investigating adultery and murder... and the money that comes from oil.

Director: Jack Nicholson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Meg Tilly, Madeleine Stowe

Votes: 9,016 | Gross: $10.01M

23. A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.8
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75 Metascore

A look at what goes on backstage during the last broadcast of America's most celebrated radio show, where singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty, a country music siren, and a host of others hold court.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Lily Tomlin, Meryl Streep, Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly

Votes: 20,127 | Gross: $20.34M

24. Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2010)

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

5.1
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31 Metascore

The adventures of supernatural private investigator, Dylan Dog, who seeks out the monsters of the Louisiana bayou in his signature red shirt, black jacket, and blue jeans.

Director: Kevin Munroe | Stars: Brandon Routh, Anita Briem, Sam Huntington, Taye Diggs

Votes: 13,492 | Gross: $1.18M

25. Farewell, My Lovely (1975)

R | 95 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by paroled convict Moose Malloy to find his girlfriend Velma, former seedy nightclub dancer.

Director: Dick Richards | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland, Sylvia Miles

Votes: 4,649

26. 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: 317

27. City Heat (1984)

PG | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.4
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A slick private eye and tough police lieutenant--once partners, now bitter enemies--reluctantly team up to investigate a murder.

Director: Richard Benjamin | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Jane Alexander, Madeline Kahn

Votes: 7,397 | Gross: $38.30M

28. The Singing Detective (1986)

415 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

8.8
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Tormented and bedridden by a debilitating disease, a mystery writer relives his detective stories through his imagination and hallucinations.

Stars: Michael Gambon, Patrick Malahide, Joanne Whalley, David Ryall

Votes: 3,641

29. Murder, My Sweet (1944)

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

7.6
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After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Philip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Otto Kruger

Votes: 9,444

30. The Big Sleep (1978)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.8
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Grizzled American private detective in England investigates a complicated case of blackmail turned murder involving a rich but honest elderly general, his two loose socialite daughters, a pornographer and a gangster.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Richard Boone, Candy Clark

Votes: 3,131

31. I, the Jury (1982)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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An old friend of a private detective is murdered. The detective, Mike Hammer, will make every effort to find out the killer. At each step he does, there is someone taking advantage of his ... See full summary »

Director: Richard T. Heffron | Stars: Armand Assante, Barbara Carrera, Laurene Landon, Alan King

Votes: 1,128

32. Stolen Kisses (1968)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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After being discharged from the army, Antoine Doinel centers a screwball comedy where he applies for different jobs and tries to make sense of his relationships with women.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claude Jade, Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale

Votes: 9,163

33. 4 mosche di velluto grigio (1971)

PG | 104 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

6.7
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A musician is stalked by an unknown killer who's blackmailing him for an accidential killing of another stalker. But is everything what it appears to be?

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Michael Brandon, Mimsy Farmer, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Bud Spencer

Votes: 5,231

34. Little Boy Blue (1997)

R | 99 min | Drama

6.4
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Living in the rural Texas panhandle is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, who have an ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Tibaldi | Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Nastassja Kinski, John Savage, Shirley Knight

Votes: 1,799

35. Dressed to Kill (1941)

Approved | 74 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

6.5
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Detective Michael Shayne and his girlfriend Joanne are on their way to be married when a scream from a nearby hotel room draws his attention to a pair of theatrical murders.

Director: Eugene Forde | Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Mary Beth Hughes, Sheila Ryan, William Demarest

Votes: 735

36. Lady in Cement (1968)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

5.9
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During an ocean dive, Miami gumshoe Tony Rome finds a woman's body with its feet encased in a concrete block and sets-out to solve the murder case.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Raquel Welch, Richard Conte, Martin Gabel

Votes: 1,515

37. The Cutter (2005)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.1
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A detective comes to the aid of an aged diamond cutter.

Director: William Tannen | Stars: Chuck Norris, Joanna Pacula, Daniel Bernhardt, Bernie Kopell

Votes: 1,739

38. Mike Hammer, Private Eye (1997–1998)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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Stacy Keach's original portrayal of the title character is revived with a new Velda and a different cop as his friend. Mike's cases are arranged to reflect the times of the late '90's.

Stars: Stacy Keach, Shane Conrad, Shannon Whirry, Kent Williams

Votes: 318

39. Classe Tous Risques (1960)

Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.5
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84 Metascore

Abel Davis is a criminal, hunted in Italy. The police are closing in, so he and his pal Raymond arrange to flee back to France with Abel's wife, Thérèse, and their two young sons. Abel and ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Sautet | Stars: Lino Ventura, Sandra Milo, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marcel Dalio

Votes: 2,401 | Gross: $0.09M

40. Tony Rome (1967)

110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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Tony Rome, a tough Miami PI living on a houseboat, is hired by a local millionaire to find jewelry stolen from his daughter, and in the process has several encounters with local hoods as well as the Miami Beach PD.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Jill St. John, Richard Conte, Gena Rowlands

Votes: 1,731

41. Romance on the High Seas (1948)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.0
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Romantic misunderstandings abound when spouses suspect each other of being unfaithful, and a nightclub singer takes a cruise under a false identity.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Doris Day, Don DeFore

Votes: 1,335

42. Out Cold (1989)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

5.5
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Sunny is married to the butcher Ernie; their marriage is about to end as both of them have affairs. Thus Sunny hires Lester Atlas as private investigator in order to collect proofs for the ... See full summary »

Director: Malcolm Mowbray | Stars: John Lithgow, Teri Garr, Laura Alcalde, Madison Arnold

Votes: 579 | Gross: $0.29M

43. Hadh Kar Di Aapne (2000)

134 min | Comedy, Romance

5.3
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Anjali Khanna had always suspected her husband, Sanjay, of cheating on her, and flirting with other women. In order to keep an eye on him and his activities, she asks her friend, who is ... See full summary »

Director: Manoj Agrawal | Stars: Govinda, Rani Mukerji, Johnny Lever, Paresh Rawal

Votes: 1,216 | Gross: $0.08M

44. Varg Veum - Bitre blomster (2007)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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A successful female politician hires private-detective Varg Veum. She wants him to find her disappeared daughter without attracting too much attention. During his investigation Veum becomes... See full summary »

Director: Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen | Stars: Trond Espen Seim, Bjørn Floberg, Kathrine Fagerland, Endre Hellestveit

Votes: 1,769

45. Travis McGee (1983 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

7.5
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Travis McGee is a world-weary private eye trying to help boat skipper friend Van Harder salvage his reputation that sank when his boat ran aground, resulting in a death that might have been faked.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Sam Elliott, Gene Evans, Barry Corbin, Richard Farnsworth

Votes: 58

46. Ace Crawford... Private Eye (1983)

30 min | Comedy, Mystery

6.4
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This series was Sam Spade played for broad comedy. Ace Crawford was an incompetent gumshoe whose reputation as an ace detective was maintained by a progression of wild accidents and dumb ... See full summary »

Stars: Tim Conway, Joe Regalbuto, Billy Barty, Richard Christie

Votes: 14

47. Boys' Night Out (1962)

Unrated | 115 min | Comedy

6.7
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Fred, George, Doug and Howie are quickly reaching middle-age. Three of them are married, only Fred is still a bachelor. They want something different than their ordinary marriages, children... See full summary »

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Kim Novak, James Garner, Tony Randall, Howard Duff

Votes: 1,461

48. The Hound of the Baskervilles (2000 TV Movie)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.1
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The mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville is blamed on a longstanding curse that has followed the Baskerville family for two hundred years. Enigmatic sleuth Sherlock Holmes is on the ... See full summary »

Director: Rodney Gibbons | Stars: Matt Frewer, Kenneth Welsh, Jason London, Emma Campbell

Votes: 861

49. The End of the Affair (1955)

105 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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In wartorn London Maurice Bendrix falls in love with neighbor Sarah Miles. They begin an illicit romance behind Sarah's husband's back. While war does not last forever, neither does love in... See full summary »

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Van Johnson, John Mills, Peter Cushing

Votes: 859

50. Goku Midnight Eye (1989– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Animation, Action, Drama

6.8
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Cyberpunk anime OVA about an ex-cop turned private eye who uses his bionic eye that can hack into any computer system in the world and his mechanical quarterstaff that also serves as a laser weapon to take on crime.

Stars: Juji Matsuda, Norio Wakamoto, Daisuke Gôri, Ichirô Nagai

Votes: 395