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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: 1,883

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: 2,920

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: 2,017

4. 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: 1,915

5. 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: 1,658

6. 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: 1,891

7. 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: 1,537

8. 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: 1,576

9. 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: 1,475

10. 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: 1,744

11. 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: 1,518

12. 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: 1,496

13. 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: 1,499

14. 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: 1,962

15. 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: 1,465

16. 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: 1,481

17. 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: 1,374

18. 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: 1,788

19. 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: 1,533

20. 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: 1,477

21. 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: 1,619

22. 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: 1,481

23. 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: 1,408

24. 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: 1,241

25. 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: 1,543

26. 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: 1,258

27. 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: 1,401

28. 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: 1,202

29. 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: 1,573

30. 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: 1,451

31. 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: 1,319

32. 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: 1,139

33. 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: 1,379

34. 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: 1,645

35. 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: 1,366

36. 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: 1,284

37. 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: 1,408

38. 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: 1,278

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

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

Columbo investigates the apparent drowning of a famous painter's first wife.

Director: James Frawley | Stars: Peter Falk, Patrick Bauchau, Fionnula Flanagan, Shera Danese

Votes: 1,126

40. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo (1990)

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

A woman who blames Columbo for the loss of her husband sets out to get back at him.

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: Peter Falk, Helen Shaver, Ian McShane, Edward Winter

Votes: 1,244

41. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Uneasy Lies the Crown (1990)

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

The unsuccessful junior partner in a dental group, a bad husband and degenerate gambler, faces divorce and ostracism from his father-in-law's firm.

Director: Alan J. Levi | Stars: Peter Falk, James Read, Jo Anderson, Nancy Walker

Votes: 1,011

42. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Columbo Goes to College (1990)

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

Two college students decide to murder their professor during a class that Columbo is teaching.

Director: E.W. Swackhamer | Stars: Peter Falk, Stephen Caffrey, Gary Hershberger, James Sutorius

Votes: 1,241

43. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health (1991)

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

Lt. Columbo investigates a self-proclaimed security expert turned crime show host for the murder of a rival with incriminating evidence of pornography.

Director: Daryl Duke | Stars: Peter Falk, George Hamilton, Peter Haskell, Penny Johnson Jerald

Votes: 996

44. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Butterfly in Shades of Grey (1994)

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

L.A. radio moderator Fielding Chase kills Gerry Winters, a member of his staff who tried to help Chase's daughter Victoria (also a staff member) to leave her father and become a novelist in... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Dugan | Stars: Peter Falk, William Shatner, Molly Hagan, Jack Laufer

Votes: 1,052

45. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Undercover (1994)

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

Lt Columbo investigates men and women who are being killed over pieces of a photo they have, that shows where 4 million dollars in stolen money is hidden.

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: Peter Falk, Ed Begley Jr., Burt Young, Harrison Page

Votes: 997

46. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Murder with Too Many Notes (2000)

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

A Hollywood film composer and conductor murdered a talented musician who has been ghostwriting most of his work in recent years.

Director: Patrick McGoohan | Stars: Peter Falk, Billy Connolly, Richard Riehle, Charles Cioffi

Votes: 1,155

47. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Columbo Likes the Nightlife (2003)

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

Columbo gets a taste of the Los Angeles rave scene as he investigates the apparent suicide of a tabloid reporter.

Director: Jeffrey Reiner | Stars: Peter Falk, Matthew Rhys, Jennifer Sky, Douglas Roberts

Votes: 1,148

48. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: A Bird in the Hand... (1992)

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

Harold likes to gamble, but as a rule he loses and he is heavily in debt. His uncle is the famous Big Fred who is the owner of a football team and he is a millionaire. But Harold can't get ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: Peter Falk, Tyne Daly, Greg Evigan, Frank McRae

Votes: 992

49. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: A Trace of Murder (1997)

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