Most Popular "Private Investigator" Titles
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1. The Nice Guys (2016)
R | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star.
Votes: 109,280 | Gross: $36.25M
2. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
R | 180 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime
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.
Votes: 801,468 | Gross: $116.87M
4. Jack Reacher (2012)
PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.
Votes: 231,155 | Gross: $80.03M
5. The Mentalist (2008–2015)
TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
6. Into the Wild (2007)
R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 434,310 | Gross: $18.35M
7. Inherent Vice (2014)
R | 148 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
Votes: 63,989 | Gross: $8.09M
8. Cape Fear (1991)
R | 128 min | Crime, Thriller
A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.
Votes: 129,384 | Gross: $79.10M
9. Fracture (2007)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An attorney, intent on climbing the career ladder toward success, finds an unlikely opponent in a manipulative criminal he is trying to prosecute.
Votes: 141,452 | Gross: $39.00M
11. Dark Places (2015)
R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Libby Day was only eight years old when her family was brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. Almost thirty years later, she reluctantly agrees to revisit the crime and uncovers the wrenching truths that led up to that tragic night.
13. Pain & Gain (2013)
R | 129 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.
Votes: 163,208 | Gross: $49.87M
14. Devil's Knot (2013)
Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
17. Original Sin (2001)
R | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A woman along with her lover, plan to con a rich man by marrying him and on earning his trust running away with all his money. Everything goes as planned until she actually begins to fall in love with him.
Votes: 45,410 | Gross: $16.25M
18. The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Mick Haller is a defense lawyer who works out of his Lincoln. When a wealthy Realtor is accused of assaulting a prostitute, Haller is asked to defend him. The man claims that the woman is ... See full summary »
Votes: 175,686 | Gross: $57.98M
20. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (2012)
R | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror
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.
Votes: 50,531 | Gross: $17.53M
21. Odd Thomas (2013)
97 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
In a California desert town, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark, threatening forces.
22. Pushing Daisies (2007–2009)
TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
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.
23. The Last Boy Scout (1991)
R | 105 min | Action, Thriller
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.
Votes: 76,623 | Gross: $59.51M
24. Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
R | 127 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
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.
Votes: 128,901 | Gross: $129.73M
25. Unknown (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 212,581 | Gross: $61.09M
26. The Golden Child (1986)
PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A private detective specializing in missing children is charged with the task of finding a special child who dark forces want to eliminate.
Votes: 40,447 | Gross: $79.82M
27. Matlock (1986–1995)
60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
29. Broken City (2013)
R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 64,260 | Gross: $19.69M
30. The Imposter (2012)
R | 99 min | Documentary, Biography
A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.
Votes: 35,302 | Gross: $0.89M
31. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Approved | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
34. One for the Money (2012)
PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
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.
Votes: 34,550 | Gross: $26.40M
35. Bored to Death (2009–2011)
TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
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.
37. The Big Sleep (1946)
Approved | 114 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
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.
39. Who's Harry Crumb? (1989)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
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.
Votes: 12,757 | Gross: $10.98M
42. The Ultimate Gift (2006)
PG | 114 min | Drama, Family, Romance
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.
Votes: 14,299 | Gross: $3.42M
46. Mr. Wrong (1996)
PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy
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.
Votes: 4,338 | Gross: $12.35M
47. Lord of Illusions (1995)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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 »
Votes: 11,274 | Gross: $13.29M
48. Shattered (1991)
R | 98 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Dan Merrick comes out from a shattering car accident with amnesia. He finds that he is married to Judith who is trying to help him start his life again. He keeps getting flashbacks about ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,375 | Gross: $11.51M
49. The Two Jakes (1990)
R | 137 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The sequel to Chinatown (1974) finds Jake Gittes investigating adultery and murder... and the money that comes from oil.
Votes: 8,571 | Gross: $10.01M