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1. 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

2. The Big Lebowski (1998)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime

8.2
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69 Metascore

"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

3. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

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

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

4. 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

5. 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

6. Murder, My Sweet (1944)

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

7.7
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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.

Writers: John Paxton, Raymond Chandler | Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Otto Kruger

7. Angel Heart (1987)

X | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.4
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Harry Angel has a new case, to find a man called Johnny Favourite. Except things aren't quite that simple, and Johnny doesn't want to be found. Let's just say that, amongst the period ... See full summary »

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

8. 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

9. The Big Sleep (1946)

Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

8.1
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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.

Writers: William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, Jules Furthman, Raymond Chandler | Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers

10. 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

11. 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

12. The Nice Guys

Comedy, Mystery, Thriller | Pre-production

A private eye investigates the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles and uncovers a conspiracy.

Writers: Anthony Bagarozzi, Shane Black | Director: Shane Black | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe

13. Dead Again (1991)

R | 107 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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66 Metascore

Mike Church is a Los Angeles private detective who specializes in finding missing persons. He takes on the case of a mystery woman who he calls Grace. She is suffering from amnesia and has ... See full summary »

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

14. Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2010)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

5.1
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31 Metascore

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

Writers: Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, Tiziano Sclavi | Director: Kevin Munroe | Stars: Brandon Routh, Anita Briem, Sam Huntington, Taye Diggs

15. 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.

Writers: Marvin H. Albert, Richard L. Breen | Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Jill St. John, Richard Conte, Gena Rowlands

16. Cannon (1971–1976)

60 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

7.0
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The cases of a fat private detective.

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

17. The End of the Affair (1999)

R | 102 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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65 Metascore

On a rainy London night in 1946, novelist Maurice Bendrix has a chance meeting with Henry Miles, husband of his ex-mistress Sarah, who abruptly ended their affair two years before. ... See full summary »

Writers: Graham Greene, Neil Jordan | Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore, Stephen Rea, Heather-Jay Jones

18. Klute (1971)

R | 114 min | 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.

Writers: Andy Lewis, David E. Lewis | Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi, Roy Scheider

19. 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.

Writers: Garrison Keillor, Ken LaZebnik | Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Lily Tomlin, Meryl Streep, Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly

20. 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 »

Writers: Graham Greene, Lenore J. Coffee | Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Van Johnson, John Mills, Peter Cushing

21. The Singing Detective (2003)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

5.7
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45 Metascore

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

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

22. The Thin Man (1934)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

8.2
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Nick and Nora Charles, a former detective and his rich, playful wife, investigate a murder case mostly for the fun of it.

Writers: Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Dashiell Hammett | Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton

23. Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Family

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.

Writers: Arthur Conan Doyle, Chris Columbus | Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox, Sophie Ward, Anthony Higgins

24. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)

60 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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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

25. 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.

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

26. Detective Conan (1996– )

30 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.

Creator: Gôshô Aoyama | Stars: Minami Takayama, Wakana Yamazaki, Akira Kamiya, Wataru Takagi

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.

Writers: Blake Edwards, Joseph Stinson | Director: Richard Benjamin | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Jane Alexander, Madeline Kahn

28. Farewell, My Lovely (1975)

R | 95 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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This, the second adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel, is much closer to the source text than the original - Murder, My Sweet (1944), which tended to avoid some of the sleazier parts of ... See full summary »

Writers: David Zelag Goodman, Raymond Chandler | Director: Dick Richards | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland, Sylvia Miles

29. Cannon (1971 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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A private detective investigates the murder of his ex-girlfriend's husband and gets entangled in small-town corruption.

Writer: Edward Hume | Director: George McCowan | Stars: William Conrad, J.D. Cannon, Lynda Day George, Murray Hamilton

30. Little Boy Blue (1997)

R | 99 min | Drama

6.5
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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 »

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

31. The Big Sleep (1978)

R | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

5.7
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Set in England, rather than California, the story follows Raymond Chandler's book fairly closely otherwise. Philip Marlowe is asked by the elderly (and near death) General Sternwood to ... See full summary »

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

32. Stolen Kisses (1968)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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Antoine Doinel joined the army but has just been discharged. The film tells his reunion with Christine Darbon, the girl he was in love with before the beginning of the film, and his ... See full summary »

Writers: François Truffaut, Claude de Givray, Bernard Revon | Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claude Jade, Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale

33. 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 being blackmailed.

Writers: Tracy Keenan Wynn, Lorenzo Semple Jr., Walter Hill, Ross Macdonald | Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Murray Hamilton

34. Hawaiian Eye (1959–1963)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.6
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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: Connie Stevens, Poncie Ponce, Robert Conrad, Anthony Eisley

35. The Singing Detective (1986– )

415 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

8.7
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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

36. The Cutter (2005)

R | 92 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

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

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

37. Lady in Cement (1968)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

5.9
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Tony Rome is a Miami based detective who while diving in the ocean finds the body of a young woman. He is hired by Gronsky to find her killer. Tony has to sift through a stack of suspects, ... See full summary »

Writers: Marvin H. Albert, Jack Guss | Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Raquel Welch, Richard Conte, Martin Gabel

38. 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 »

Writers: Joe Wiesenfeld, Arthur Conan Doyle | Director: Rodney Gibbons | Stars: Matt Frewer, Kenneth Welsh, Jason London, Emma Campbell

39. The Unfaithful Wife (1969)

M | 98 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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Charles Desvallées has good reasons to believe that his wife is cheating on him and hires a P.D. in order to prove himself right. Once he knows the lover is writer Victor Pégala, he drives ... See full summary »

Writer: Claude Chabrol | Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Stéphane Audran, Michel Bouquet, Maurice Ronet, Michel Duchaussoy

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

60 min | Crime, Drama

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

41. Cry Uncle (1971)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Crime

5.6
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Private detective takes on a case and gets mixed up in murder, sex and blackmail.

Writers: David Odell, Michael Brett, Allen Garfield, John G. Avildsen | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Jackson Beck, Pamela Gruen, Allen Garfield, Devin Goldenberg

42. Varg Veum - Bitre blomster (2007)

90 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 »

Writers: Thomas Moldestad, Gunnar Staalesen | Director: Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen | Stars: Trond Espen Seim, Bjørn Floberg, Kathrine Fagerland, Endre Hellestveit

43. The Gore Gore Girls (1972)

X | 81 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

5.4
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A ditsy reporter enlists the help of a sleazy private eye to solve a series of gory killings of female strippers at a Chicago nightclub.

Writer: Alan J. Dachman | Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis | Stars: Frank Kress, Amy Farrell, Hedda Lubin, Henny Youngman

44. 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.

Writers: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, I.A.L. Diamond, Sixto Pondal Ríos, Carlos A. Olivari | Directors: Michael Curtiz, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Doris Day, Don DeFore

45. Hadh Kar Di Aapne (2000)

Comedy, Romance

5.1
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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 »

Writers: Satish Jain, Rajeev Kaul, Anwar Khan, Praful Parekh | Director: Manoj Agrawal | Stars: Govinda, Rani Mukerji, Johnny Lever, Paresh Rawal

46. The Kiss of Evil (2011)

94 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.0
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Writers: Anders Engström, Mika Karttunen, Reijo Mäki, Katariina Souri | Director: Anders Engström | Stars: Antti Reini, Matti Onnismaa, Eppu Salminen, Jasper Pääkkönen

47. Out Cold (1989)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

5.4
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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 »

Writers: Leonard Glasser, George Malko | Director: Malcolm Mowbray | Stars: John Lithgow, Teri Garr, Laura Alcalde, Madison Arnold

48. Lady in the Lake (1947)

Approved | 105 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

6.7
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The lady editor of a crime magazine hires Philip Marlowe to find the wife of her boss. The private detective soon finds himself involved in murder.

Writers: Steve Fisher, Raymond Chandler | Director: Robert Montgomery | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Audrey Totter, Lloyd Nolan, Tom Tully

49. Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)

PG | 104 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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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?

Writers: Dario Argento, Luigi Cozzi, Mario Foglietti | Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Michael Brandon, Mimsy Farmer, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Bud Spencer

50. Tick Tock (2000)

R | 93 min | Thriller, Crime, Drama

6.3
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A wealthy man becomes suspicious of his younger wife and hires a private detective in time to thwart her plans to have him killed.

Writer: Kevin Tenney | Director: Kevin Tenney | Stars: Megan Ward, Kristin Minter, Linden Ashby, John Ratzenberger