Detectives, Spies, Crime and Thrillers

by parallelrealitiesmusic | created - 17 Nov 2016 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

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1. Cuba (1979)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Romance, Thriller

A British mercenary arrives in pre-Revolution Cuba to help train the corrupt General Batista's army against Castro's guerrillas while he also romances a former lover now married to an unscrupulous plantation owner.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Sean Connery, Brooke Adams, Jack Weston, Hector Elizondo

Votes: 2,126 | Gross: $0.53M

2. The Saint (1962–1969)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Simon Templar, a wealthy adventurer known as The Saint, travels around the world in his white Volvo P1800S.

Stars: Roger Moore, Ivor Dean, Leslie Crawford, Justine Lord

Votes: 3,545

3. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

55 Metascore

James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads, with the help of a K.G.B. Agent, whose lover he killed.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jürgens, Richard Kiel

Votes: 86,225 | Gross: $46.80M

4. Poirot (1989–2013)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

From England to Egypt, accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks, the intelligent yet eccentrically-refined Belgian detective Hercule Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first class deceptions.

Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 30,835

5. The Hour (2011–2012)

60 min | Drama

A behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news programme.

Stars: Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw, Dominic West, Anna Chancellor

Votes: 8,706

6. Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)

TV-14 | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An elderly spinster living in the village of St. Mary Mead, helps her friends and relatives solve mysterious murders.

Stars: Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, Stephen Churchett, Isabella Parriss

Votes: 4,212

7. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

96 Metascore

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre

Votes: 135,566

8. Live and Let Die (1973)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

55 Metascore

007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, Clifton James

Votes: 84,562 | Gross: $35.38M

9. Widows' Peak (1994)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Edwina has just moved into the neighborhood known as "Widows' Peak," so called due to the prevalent marital status of the residents, who tend to be a rather exclusive bunch. The residents ... See full summary »

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Joan Plowright, Mia Farrow, Natasha Richardson, Adrian Dunbar

Votes: 1,440 | Gross: $6.24M

10. Lady Audley's Secret (2000 TV Movie)

108 min | Drama

Wealthy estate owner sir Michael Audley willingly marries a gold-digger, his only daughter Alicia's governess Lucy née Gray. Sir Michael's dashing, in-living orphaned nephew Robert 'Bob' ... See full summary »

Director: Betsan Morris Evans | Stars: Neve McIntosh, Juliette Caton, Melanie Clark Pullen, Kenneth Cranham

Votes: 185

11. Three Days of the Condor (1975)

R | 117 min | Mystery, Thriller

63 Metascore

A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow

Votes: 40,876 | Gross: $41.51M

12. Marathon Man (1976)

R | 125 min | Crime, Thriller

64 Metascore

A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, William Devane

Votes: 50,634 | Gross: $21.71M

13. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,368,134 | Gross: $134.97M

14. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

R | 202 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

Votes: 947,125 | Gross: $57.30M

15. Havana (I) (1990)

R | 144 min | Drama, Romance, War

In 1950s Cuba, a professional gambler falls for a woman heavily involved in the revolution movement.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Robert Redford, Lena Olin, Alan Arkin, Tomas Milian

Votes: 6,316 | Gross: $9.24M

16. Despite the Falling Snow (2016)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

33 Metascore

In Cold War Moscow, a female spy steals secrets from an idealistic politician - and falls in love with him.

Director: Shamim Sarif | Stars: Rebecca Ferguson, Antje Traue, Charles Dance, Anthony Head

Votes: 1,693

17. Pascali's Island (1988)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama

1908: Pascali, a spy for the Sultan, sends reports to Istanbul that nobody reads. His suspicions are roused when a British archeologist appears, who may not be quite what he seems.

Director: James Dearden | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Charles Dance, Kevork Malikyan, George Murcell

Votes: 838 | Gross: $1.45M

18. Another Life (2001)

Not Rated | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A woman is wrongly accused of murdering her husband in the early 1920s, in London.

Director: Philip Goodhew | Stars: Natasha Little, Nick Moran, Ioan Gruffudd, Imelda Staunton

Votes: 419

19. Innocent Lies (1995)

TV-MA | 88 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

In September 1938 a British detective comes to a small French coastal town in order to investigate the death of a colleague. Prime suspects are the members of English aristocratic family ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Dewolf | Stars: Adrian Dunbar, Florence Hoath, Sophie Aubry, Joanna Lumley

Votes: 728

20. Page Eight (2011 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is a long-serving MI5 officer. His boss and best friend Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon) dies suddenly, leaving behind him an inexplicable file, threatening the... See full summary »

Director: David Hare | Stars: Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Tom Hughes, Michael Gambon

Votes: 12,892

21. Sirocco (1951)

Approved | 98 min | Action, Drama, Film-Noir

A cynical American expatriate gets involved in smuggling and gun-running for the rebels during the 1925 Syrian insurgency against French occupation.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lee J. Cobb, Märta Torén, Everett Sloane

Votes: 1,634

22. The Witness for the Prosecution (2016)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The hunt is on to find the murderer of a wealthy glamorous heiress who is found dead in her London townhouse. Based on the short story by Agatha Christie.

Stars: Billy Howle, Kim Cattrall, Monica Dolan, Andrea Riseborough

Votes: 2,535

23. Montenegro (1981)

R | 96 min | Drama, Comedy

A bored wealthy housewife on the verge of insanity cuts loose with some lively Yugoslavian immigrants who delight in their bohemian lifestyle.

Director: Dusan Makavejev | Stars: Susan Anspach, Erland Josephson, Per Oscarsson, Marianne Jacobi

Votes: 1,711

24. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Death on the Nile (2004)

TV-14 | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A wealthy British heiress honeymooning on a Nile cruise ship is stalked by a former friend, whose boyfriend she had stolen before making him her new husband.

Director: Andy Wilson | Stars: David Suchet, James Fox, Emma Griffiths Malin, JJ Feild

Votes: 2,273

25. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Big Four (2013)

TV-14 | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

As the threat of world war looms large, Poirot seeks the help of friends both old and new when he is pitted against a dangerous group of dissidents responsible for a series of violent murders.

Director: Peter Lydon | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Pauline Moran, Philip Jackson

Votes: 1,084

26. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Three Act Tragedy (2010)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a vicar chokes to death on a cocktail while attending a party held by actor Sir Charles Cartwright, Poirot initially dismisses the idea of murder but reconsiders when another guest dies in the same manner.

Director: Ashley Pearce | Stars: David Suchet, Martin Shaw, Kimberley Nixon, Art Malik

Votes: 1,240

27. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Five Little Pigs (2003)

TV-14 | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Lucy Crale enlists Poirot to investigate the 14-year-old murder in which her mother was hanged for poisoning her artist father.

Director: Paul Unwin | Stars: David Suchet, Rachael Stirling, Aidan Gillen, Toby Stephens

Votes: 2,379

28. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Hollow (2004)

TV-14 | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot stumbles on the murder scene of philandering Dr Christow in a country house as his wife standing next to him with a revolver in her hand.

Director: Simon Langton | Stars: David Suchet, Jonathan Cake, Megan Dodds, Sarah Miles

Votes: 1,483

29. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Evil Under the Sun (2001)

TV-14 | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot's rehabilitative health retreat on an island resort becomes an even more stimulating mental exercise when a flirtatious film star is found strangled on a nearby beach.

Director: Brian Farnham | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 1,462

30. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Triangle at Rhodes (1989)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An enchanting beauty is fatally poisoned while Poirot holidays on the Greek island of Rhodes.

Director: Renny Rye | Stars: David Suchet, Frances Low, Jon Cartwright, Annie Lambert

Votes: 900

31. The Tourist (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

37 Metascore

Revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton

Votes: 199,717 | Gross: $67.63M

32. The Tailor of Panama (2001)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

66 Metascore

A tailor living in Panama reluctantly becomes a spy for a British Agent.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush, Jamie Lee Curtis, Leonor Varela

Votes: 25,836 | Gross: $13.73M

33. Across the Pacific (1942)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In December 1941, ex-army captain Rick Leland boards a Japanese ship heading to Asia via the Panama Canal where his Japanese hosts show interest in the American defense plans for the canal zone.

Directors: John Huston, Vincent Sherman | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Charles Halton

Votes: 3,767

34. The Big Sleep (1946)

Not Rated | 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.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers

Votes: 71,569



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