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1. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

R | 180 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

8.3
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75 Metascore

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

Writers: Terence Winter, Jordan Belfort | Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey

2. A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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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

3. The Mentalist (2008– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Active

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A famous "psychic" outs himself as a fake and starts working as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation so he can find "Red John," the madman who killed his wife and daughter.

Stars: Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang, Owain Yeoman

4. Into the Wild (2007)

R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.2
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73 Metascore

After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

Writers: Sean Penn, Jon Krakauer | Director: Sean Penn | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden

5. Jack Reacher (2012)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.0
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50 Metascore

A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.

Writers: Christopher McQuarrie, Lee Child | Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog

6. 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

7. Fracture (2007)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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68 Metascore

An attorney, intent on climbing the career ladder toward success, finds an unlikely opponent in a manipulative criminal he is trying to prosecute.

Writers: Daniel Pyne, Glenn Gers | Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn, Rosamund Pike

8. Better Call Saul (2015– )

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama | Filming

The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Creators: Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould | Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Gene N. Chavez

9. The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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63 Metascore

A defense attorney has a crisis of conscience when he represents a wealthy client who has a foolproof plan to beat the system.

Writers: John Romano, Michael Connelly | Director: Brad Furman | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy

10. Devil's Knot (2013)

Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

5.9
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42 Metascore

The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.

Writers: Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson, Mara Leveritt | Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Alessandro Nivola, James Hamrick

11. Magnum, P.I. (1980–1988)

Not Rated | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.5
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The adventures of a Hawaii based private investigator.

Creator: Glen A. Larson | Stars: Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley, Larry Manetti

12. 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

13. Unknown (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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56 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is.

Writers: Oliver Butcher, Stephen Cornwell, Didier Van Cauwelaert | Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn

14. Cape Fear (1991)

R | 128 min | Crime, Thriller

7.3
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73 Metascore

A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.

Writers: John D. MacDonald, James R. Webb, Wesley Strick | Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis

15. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (2012)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.0
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15 Metascore

When her father disappears, Heather Mason is drawn into a strange and terrifying alternate reality that holds answers to the horrific nightmares that have plagued her since childhood.

Writers: Michael J. Bassett, Laurent Hadida | Director: Michael J. Bassett | Stars: Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss

16. Pushing Daisies (2007–2009)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

8.5
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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.

Creator: Bryan Fuller | Stars: Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride, Jim Dale

17. The Big Sleep (1946)

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

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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

18. Original Sin (2001)

R | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.0
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33 Metascore

A young man is plunged into a life of subterfuge, deceit and mistaken identity in pursuit of a femme fatale whose heart is never quite within his grasp. Remake of François Truffaut's 1969 film 'Mississippi Mermaid'

Writers: Cornell Woolrich, Michael Cristofer | Director: Michael Cristofer | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Angelina Jolie, Thomas Jane, Jack Thompson

19. 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

20. The Imposter (2012)

R | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Thriller

7.5
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77 Metascore

A documentary centered on a young Frenchman who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

Director: Bart Layton | Stars: Adam O'Brian, Anna Ruben, Cathy Dresbach, Alan Teichman

21. The Great Gatsby (1974)

PG | 144 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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43 Metascore

A Midwesterner becomes fascinated with his nouveau riche neighbor, who obsesses over his lost love.

Writers: Francis Ford Coppola, F. Scott Fitzgerald | Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Karen Black

22. Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

R | 127 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

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37 Metascore

With personal crises and age weighing in on them, LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh must contend with a deadly Chinese crimelord trying to get his brother out of prison.

Writers: Shane Black, Jonathan Lemkin, Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Channing Gibson | Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

23. One for the Money (2012)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

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22 Metascore

Unemployed and newly-divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin's bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past.

Writers: Stacy Sherman, Karen Ray, Liz Brixius, Janet Evanovich | Director: Julie Anne Robinson | Stars: Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara, Daniel Sunjata, John Leguizamo

24. Bored to Death (2009–2011)

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

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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

25. The Ultimate Gift (2006)

PG | Drama, Family, Romance

7.4
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49 Metascore

A deceased billionaire leaves his spoiled adult grandson a series of odd tasks to perform in order to receive "the ultimate gift," with the resentful grandson having no idea what that might be.

Writers: Cheryl McKay, Jim Stovall | Director: Michael O. Sajbel | Stars: Drew Fuller, James Garner, Abigail Breslin, Bill Cobbs

26. Matlock (1986–1995)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Ben Matlock is a very expensive criminal defense attorney who charges $100,000 to take a case. Fortunately, he's worth every penny as he and his associates defend his clients by finding the real killer.

Stars: Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holliday, Nancy Stafford

27. Remington Steele (1982–1987)

Adventure, Comedy, Crime

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The cases of a female private detective partnered with a former thief who assumes the role of a fictitious detective in the business.

Creators: Robert Butler, Michael Gleason | Stars: Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts, James Read

28. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

NC-17 | 98 min | Documentary

7.5
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75 Metascore

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Writers: Kirby Dick, Eddie Schmidt, Matt Patterson | Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky, Atom Egoyan

29. The Preacher's Mistress (2013 TV Movie)

91 min | Thriller

5.7
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Gwen doesn't have an easy life... She has to provide alone for her son, pay for her studies, and work in a low pay job... She also hasn't been lucky in finding Mr Right... Until now... She ... See full summary »

Writers: Kevin Dean, Michelle Mower | Director: Michelle Mower | Stars: Sarah Lancaster, Drew Waters, Natalia Cigliuti, Eleese Lester

30. 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

31. The Dresden Files (2007– )

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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A Chicago-based wizard works as a private investigator.

Stars: Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz, Terrence Mann, Raoul Bhaneja

32. Terriers (2010– )

Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Ex-cop and recovering alcoholic Hank Dolworth partners with his best friend, former criminal Britt Pollack, in an unlicensed private investigation business.

Creator: Ted Griffin | Stars: Donal Logue, Michael Raymond-James, Laura Allen, Kimberly Quinn

33. Last Days (2005)

R | 97 min | Biography, Drama, Music

5.7
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67 Metascore

A Seattle-set rock & roll drama about a musician whose life and career is reminiscent of Kurt Cobain's.

Writer: Gus Van Sant | Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Michael Pitt, Lukas Haas, Asia Argento, Scott Patrick Green

34. Lord of Illusions (1995)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.0
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During a routine case in L.A., NY private investigator Harry D'Amour stumbles over members of a fanatic cult, who are waiting for the resurrection of their leader Nix. 13 years ago, Nix was... See full summary »

Writer: Clive Barker | Director: Clive Barker | Stars: Scott Bakula, Kevin J. O'Connor, Joseph Latimore, Sheila Tousey

35. Say It Isn't So (2001)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

4.9
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21 Metascore

Young orphan Gilly (Klein) finds out his lover Jo (Graham) may actually be his biological sister. After they break up he discovers he's not related and travels across the country to stop ... See full summary »

Writers: Peter Gaulke, Gerry Swallow | Director: J.B. Rogers | Stars: Chris Klein, Heather Graham, Orlando Jones, Sally Field

36. The Big Bang (2011)

R | 101 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

5.5
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25 Metascore

A private detective is hired to find a missing stripper. A simple job turns complicated when everyone he questions ends up dead.

Writer: Erik Jendresen | Director: Tony Krantz | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Thomas Kretschmann, William Fichtner, Sienna Guillory

37. Vega$ (1978–1981)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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Dan Tanna is a private investigator in the gambling town of Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas can be seedy or glamorous, depending upon the point of view. This show is also notable for perhaps ... See full summary »

Creator: Michael Mann | Stars: Robert Urich, Bart Braverman, Phyllis Davis, Greg Morris

38. No Clue (2013)

96 min | Comedy, Crime

5.4
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In a case of mistaken identity, a salesman is hired as a private detective by a woman to find her missing brother, and complications ensue.

Writer: Brent Butt | Director: Carl Bessai | Stars: Brent Butt, Amy Smart, David Koechner, David Cubitt

39. Blood Ties (2006– )

60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.4
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This gritty supernatural drama centers on Vicki Nelson a former homicide cop turned private investigator and Henry Fitzroy a 470 year old vampire. Together they form a unique team solving cases and dealing with the supernatural world.

Creator: Peter Mohan | Stars: Christina Cox, Dylan Neal, Kyle Schmid, Gina Holden

40. Secret Pleasures (2002)

R | 90 min | Drama

4.4
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An attractive woman detective, expert in cases of conjugal infidelity is hired by a mysterious millionaire, unaware that she will get involved in a feverish love triangle to gather all the ... See full summary »

Writer: Michael Paul Girard | Director: Michael Paul Girard | Stars: Kim Yates, Rick Majeske, Nikki Fritz, Everett Rodd

41. Consenting Adults (1992)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Richard and Priscilla Parker's lives take a turn for the better when Eddy and Kay move into the house next door. Eddy's a risk taker and shows his new neighbours how to enjoy life at the ... See full summary »

Writer: Matthew Chapman | Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Kevin Kline, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Kevin Spacey, Rebecca Miller

42. Who's Harry Crumb? (1989)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

5.7
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Harry Crumb is a bumbling and inept private investigator who is hired to solve the kidnapping of a young heiress which he's not expected to solve because his employer is the mastermind behind the kidnapping.

Writers: Robert Conte, Peter Wortmann | Director: Paul Flaherty | Stars: John Candy, Jeffrey Jones, Annie Potts, Tim Thomerson

43. Speaking of Sex (2001)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

5.8
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A female marriage counselor and a male depression expert try to solve the marital problems of a troubled couple.

Writer: Gary Tieche | Director: John McNaughton | Stars: James Spader, Melora Walters, Jay Mohr, Nathaniel Arcand

44. Mr. Wrong (1996)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy

3.7
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A single and lonely woman finds the seemingly perfect man to date, but soon regrets it when his deranged and possessive other personality emerges and worst still, she cannot convince anyone else of his Jekyll/Hyde true nature.

Writers: Chris Matheson, Kerry Ehrin, Craig Munson | Director: Nick Castle | Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Pullman, Joan Cusack, Dean Stockwell

45. 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

46. Fallen Angels (2008)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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A Varg Veum mystery based on a best-selling Norwegian crime novel by Gunnar Staalesen.

Writers: Thomas Moldestad, Gunnar Staalesen | Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Trond Espen Seim, Per Kjerstad, Bjørn Floberg, Pia Tjelta

47. The Monkey's Mask (2000)

R | 93 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

5.1
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49 Metascore

A lesbian private detective dives head first into murder, manipulation and the consuming power of sex.

Writers: Anne Kennedy, Dorothy Porter | Director: Samantha Lang | Stars: Susie Porter, Kelly McGillis, Abbie Cornish, Brendan Cowell

48. He Knew He Was Right (2004 TV Mini-Series)

240 min | Drama

7.0
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Louis Trevelyan's refusal to trust his wife, Emily, destroys their marriage.

Stars: Oliver Dimsdale, Christina Cole, Laura Fraser, Nathan Heath

49. Zero Effect (1998)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.0
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The world's greatest detective Daryl Zero aided by his associate Steve Arlo investigates a complex and mysterious case of blackmail and missing keys for shady tycoon Gregory Stark who is less than forthcoming about what is really happening!

Writer: Jake Kasdan | Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: Bill Pullman, Ben Stiller, Ryan O'Neal, Kim Dickens

50. Give 'em Hell Malone (2009)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.0
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A tough as nails private investigator (Malone) squares off with gangsters and their thugs to protect a valuable secret. Malone goes through hell to protect the information but he dishes some hell as well...

Writer: Mark Hosack | Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Thomas Jane, Ving Rhames, Elsa Pataky, French Stewart