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1. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Ransom for a Dead Man (1971)

TV-PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A brilliant tort attorney gets rid of her boring husband by faking his kidnapping and keeping the ransom. The FBI may be fooled, but not Columbo.

Director: Richard Irving | Stars: Peter Falk, Lee Grant, John Fink, Harold Gould

Votes: 1,843

2. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Murder by the Book (1971)

TV-PG | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When one member of a mystery writing team wants to break from his less talented partner, he becomes the victim in a real-life murder mystery.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Peter Falk, Jack Cassidy, Rosemary Forsyth, Martin Milner

Votes: 2,882

3. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Death Lends a Hand (1971)

TV-PG | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Columbo matches is skills against Brimmer, a former cop turned private investigator with a quick temper who tries to blackmail a client's wife, when she refuses he accidentally kills her and it's up to Columbo to nail him.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Peter Falk, Robert Culp, Pat Crowley, Ray Milland

Votes: 1,986

4. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Dead Weight (1971)

TV-PG | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A war hero shoots and kills his business partner; an easily manipulated young divorcée is the only witness.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Peter Falk, Eddie Albert, Kate Reid, Suzanne Pleshette

Votes: 1,749

5. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Suitable for Framing (1971)

PG | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A wealthy art collector is murdered, and all signs point to a robbery gone wrong. But the nephew's alibi is a little too convenient, and Columbo pulls a fast one to ferret out the killer.

Director: Hy Averback | Stars: Peter Falk, Ross Martin, Don Ameche, Kim Hunter

Votes: 1,879

6. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Lady in Waiting (1971)

TV-PG | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A mousy heiress murders her brother, pretending she thought he was a burglar. Lt. Columbo unravels her alibi.

Director: Norman Lloyd | Stars: Peter Falk, Susan Clark, Jessie Royce Landis, Richard Anderson

Votes: 1,699

7. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Short Fuse (1972)

TV-PG | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Pressured to give up his birthright, a chemical company heir enacts a clever plan to get rid of his blackmailing uncle and take over the family business. But Lt. Columbo suspects the man's death was not just a tragic accident.

Director: Edward M. Abroms | Stars: Peter Falk, Roddy McDowall, Anne Francis, James Gregory

Votes: 1,682

8. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Blueprint for Murder (1972)

TV-PG | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Elliot Markham, a brilliant architect and con-man, murders a Texas millionaire and hides his body in order to keep his visionary construction project financed.

Director: Peter Falk | Stars: Peter Falk, Patrick O'Neal, Janis Paige, Pamela Austin

Votes: 1,641

9. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Étude in Black (1972)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A ruthless conductor murders the gifted pianist with whom he is having an affair. Lt. Columbo is on the case.

Directors: Nicholas Colasanto, John Cassavetes, Peter Falk | Stars: Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, James Olson, Blythe Danner

Votes: 1,870

10. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: The Greenhouse Jungle (1972)

Not Rated | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Columbo arrives at a kidnapping case, which at some point turns to worse. Everything seems to be related to a trust fund managed by a man with a great love for orchids.

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Peter Falk, Ray Milland, Bob Dishy, Sandra Smith

Votes: 1,514

11. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: The Most Crucial Game (1972)

Not Rated | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The manager of a football team murders its callow owner, making it look as if the young man had had an accident in his swimming pool. Lt. Columbo is on the case.

Director: Jeremy Kagan | Stars: Peter Falk, Robert Culp, Dean Jagger, James Gregory

Votes: 1,486

12. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Dagger of the Mind (1972)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In London, a respected Shakespearean acting duo cover up the unintended killing of their producer.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Peter Falk, Richard Basehart, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Bernard Fox

Votes: 1,555

13. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Requiem for a Falling Star (1973)

Not Rated | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A faded movie actress commits murder. Lt. Columbo, one of her biggest fans, is on the case.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Peter Falk, Anne Baxter, Frank Converse, Pippa Scott

Votes: 1,452

14. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: A Stitch in Crime (1973)

Not Rated | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A surgeon has an ingenious plan for murdering his partner in a research project, but a nurse catches onto the scheme.

Director: Hy Averback | Stars: Peter Falk, Leonard Nimoy, Anne Francis, Nita Talbot

Votes: 1,723

15. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: The Most Dangerous Match (1973)

Not Rated | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A chess player murders his opponent before a big match. Lt. Columbo must out-maneuver this crafty, but craven, killer.

Director: Edward M. Abroms | Stars: Peter Falk, Laurence Harvey, Lloyd Bochner, Jack Kruschen

Votes: 1,500

16. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Double Shock (1973)

Not Rated | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A smarmy TV chef and his identical twin brother, a rigidly proper banker, are suspects in the electrocution of their rich uncle.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Peter Falk, Martin Landau, Jeanette Nolan, Tim O'Connor

Votes: 1,479

17. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Lovely But Lethal (1973)

TV-PG | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The formula for a miracle wrinkle cream leads the founder of a cosmetics company to murder and Columbo is on this case.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Peter Falk, Vera Miles, Martin Sheen, Sian Barbara Allen

Votes: 1,479

18. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Any Old Port in a Storm (1973)

TV-PG | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A wine connisseur kills his half- brother to prevent him selling the family winery to a merchant company so he can pay off his gambling debts.

Director: Leo Penn | Stars: Peter Falk, Donald Pleasence, Joyce Jillson, Gary Conway

Votes: 1,929

19. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Candidate for Crime (1973)

TV-PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Senatorial candidate Nelson Hayward murders his domineering campaign manager, staging it to appear that Hayward himself was the intended victim of a mob hit gone wrong.

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Peter Falk, Jackie Cooper, Joanne Linville, Tisha Sterling

Votes: 1,447

20. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Double Exposure (1973)

TV-PG | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A self-styled "motivation research specialist" uses subliminal cues to commit a murder. Lt. Columbo is on the case.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Peter Falk, Robert Culp, Robert Middleton, Chuck McCann

Votes: 1,451

21. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Publish or Perish (1974)

TV-PG | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A publisher hires a bomb enthusiast to murder a bestselling author of sex novels. Lt. Columbo is on the case.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Peter Falk, Jack Cassidy, Mickey Spillane, Mariette Hartley

Votes: 1,356

22. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Mind Over Mayhem (1974)

TV-PG | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The director of a government institute that employs various scientific geniuses commits a clever murder. But another kind of genius is on the case: Lt. Columbo.

Director: Alf Kjellin | Stars: Peter Falk, José Ferrer, Lew Ayres, Robert Walker Jr.

Votes: 1,306

23. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Swan Song (1974)

TV-PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A gospel singer wants to be rid of his zealous wife. But a murder made to look like an airplane accident does not fool the wily Lt. Columbo.

Director: Nicholas Colasanto | Stars: Peter Falk, Johnny Cash, Ida Lupino, John Dehner

Votes: 1,764

24. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: A Friend in Deed (1974)

TV-PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A police commissioner provides a false alibi for a wife killer, but then expects an alibi in return.

Director: Ben Gazzara | Stars: Peter Falk, Richard Kiley, Rosemary Murphy, Michael McGuire

Votes: 1,507

25. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: An Exercise in Fatality (1974)

TV-PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A health club owner murders one of his franchisees. Lt. Columbo is on the case.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Peter Falk, Robert Conrad, Gretchen Corbett, Pat Harrington Jr.

Votes: 1,458

26. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Negative Reaction (1974)

Unrated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A photographer murders his wife and blames her death on a bungled kidnapping. But Lt. Columbo has an even sharper eye than the Pulitzer Prize winner.

Director: Alf Kjellin | Stars: Peter Falk, Dick Van Dyke, Don Gordon, Larry Storch

Votes: 1,505

27. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: By Dawn's Early Light (1974)

TV-PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The commandant of a military academy murders the chairman of the board, who wants to oust him. Lt. Columbo takes up residence in the barracks to expose the killer.

Director: Harvey Hart | Stars: Peter Falk, Patrick McGoohan, Burr DeBenning, Madeleine Sherwood

Votes: 1,590

28. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Troubled Waters (1975)

TV-PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Lt. Columbo takes a trip to Acapulco, but finds himself on a new case when a used car dealer commits murder on the cruise ship.

Director: Ben Gazzara | Stars: Peter Falk, Robert Vaughn, Jane Greer, Dean Stockwell

Votes: 1,464

29. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Playback (1975)

TV-PG | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A gadget-happy inventor murders his mother-in-law; Lt. Columbo is on the case.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Peter Falk, Oskar Werner, Gena Rowlands, Robert Brown

Votes: 1,385

30. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: A Deadly State of Mind (1975)

TV-PG | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A psychiatrist, who specializes in hypnosis, murders the husband of his mistress and convinces her to lie to the police; it's up to Lt. Columbo to discover the truth.

Director: Harvey Hart | Stars: Peter Falk, George Hamilton, Lesley Ann Warren, Stephen Elliott

Votes: 1,223

31. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Forgotten Lady (1975)

TV-PG | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A faded dance star of film and stage murders her husband and makes it look like a suicide; Lt. Columbo doubts her seemingly perfect alibi.

Director: Harvey Hart | Stars: Peter Falk, Janet Leigh, Maurice Evans, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 1,524

32. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: A Case of Immunity (1975)

TV-PG | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The first secretary to the Suarian king may have immunity from the consequences of committing murder, but Lt. Columbo is wilier than any foreign diplomat.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Peter Falk, Hector Elizondo, Sal Mineo, Kenneth Tobey

Votes: 1,242

33. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Identity Crisis (1975)

TV-PG | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A top CIA operative commits murder the way only a brilliant spy can, never guessing he'll have to contend with a man like Lt. Columbo.

Director: Patrick McGoohan | Stars: Peter Falk, Patrick McGoohan, Otis Young, Val Avery

Votes: 1,381

34. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: A Matter of Honor (1976)

TV-PG | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a famous bullfighter's trusted bookkeeper turns up dead in a bullring, Lt. Columbo suspects murder--with a bull as the murder weapon.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Peter Falk, Ricardo Montalban, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., A Martinez

Votes: 1,187

35. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Now You See Him (1976)

TV-PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A stage illusionist kills his employer and makes it look like a contract killing; it's up to Lt. Columbo to trick the master trickster.

Director: Harvey Hart | Stars: Peter Falk, Jack Cassidy, Bob Dishy, Nehemiah Persoff

Votes: 1,551

36. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Last Salute to the Commodore (1976)

TV-PG | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Charlie Clay runs the ship building business of his father-in-law, Commodore Swanson, who turns up murdered; Lt. Columbo is on the case.

Director: Patrick McGoohan | Stars: Peter Falk, Robert Vaughn, Wilfrid Hyde-White, John Dehner

Votes: 1,428

37. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Fade in to Murder (1976)

TV-PG | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An egotistical but successful star of a TV detective show murders his blackmailing producer and makes it look like a robbery.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Peter Falk, William Shatner, Bert Remsen, Alan Manson

Votes: 1,298

38. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Old Fashioned Murder (1976)

TV-PG | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The spinster head of a family-run museum murders her brother when he threatens to dissolve the financially strapped institution.

Director: Robert Douglas | Stars: Peter Falk, Joyce Van Patten, Jeannie Berlin, Tim O'Connor

Votes: 1,115

39. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case (1977)

TV-PG | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Sigma Society member Oliver Brandt murders his business partner when he threatens to expose him as an embezzler and constructs a seemingly foolproof alibi.

Director: Sam Wanamaker | Stars: Peter Falk, Theodore Bikel, Kenneth Mars, Sorrell Booke

Votes: 1,359

40. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Try and Catch Me (1977)

TV-PG | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A mystery writer suspects her niece's husband of murdering her, and she exacts revenge by asphyxiating him in her house safe.

Director: James Frawley | Stars: Peter Falk, Ruth Gordon, Mariette Hartley, G.D. Spradlin

Votes: 1,620

41. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Murder Under Glass (1978)

TV-PG | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Food critic Paul Gerard, who has been extorting money from restaurant owners in exchange for good reviews, murders one when threatened with exposure.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Peter Falk, Louis Jourdan, Shera Danese, Richard Dysart

Votes: 1,343

42. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Make Me a Perfect Murder (1978)

TV-PG | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An Emmy-winning TV executive kills her lover (who is also her boss); Lt. Columbo is on the case.

Director: James Frawley | Stars: Peter Falk, Trish Van Devere, Laurence Luckinbill, James McEachin

Votes: 1,261

43. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: How to Dial a Murder (1978)

TV-PG | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A behavioral psychologist whose wife died under suspicious circumstances trains his dogs to kill on command using a telephone.

Director: James Frawley | Stars: Peter Falk, Nicol Williamson, Kim Cattrall, Joel Fabiani

Votes: 1,390

44. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: The Conspirators (1978)

TV-PG | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An IRA terrorist executes an arms dealer he considers traitorous; Lt. Columbo is on the case.

Director: Leo Penn | Stars: Peter Falk, Clive Revill, Jeanette Nolan, Bernard Behrens

Votes: 1,194

45. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Columbo Goes to the Guillotine (1989)

Unrated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An egocentric psychic murders his old mentor, a magician charged to expose him as fraud, by beheading him while he's rehearsing his guillotine trick.

Director: Leo Penn | Stars: Peter Falk, Anthony Andrews, Karen Austin, James Greene

Votes: 1,276

46. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Murder, Smoke and Shadows (1989)

TV-PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An egocentric wunderkind director murders a childhood friend who threatens to expose his negligent complicity in the death of his sister years earlier.

Director: James Frawley | Stars: Peter Falk, Fisher Stevens, Molly Hagan, Nan Martin

Votes: 1,261

47. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Sex and the Married Detective (1989)

TV-PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a successful sex therapist with a best selling book and a hit TV show is crushed to learn her business partner/lover is cheating on her, she plots appropriate revenge.

Director: James Frawley | Stars: Peter Falk, Lindsay Crouse, Julia Montgomery, Peter Jurasik

Votes: 1,159

48. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Grand Deceptions (1989)

TV-PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After the head of a private paramilitary think tank who is embezzling funds murders a blackmailer, he has to match wits with the persistent Lieutenant Columbo.

Director: Sam Wanamaker | Stars: Peter Falk, Robert Foxworth, Andy Romano, Janet Eilber

Votes: 992

49. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Murder, a Self Portrait (1989)

TV-PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery