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1. Lucifer (2016– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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Lucifer Morningstar has decided he's had enough of being the dutiful servant in Hell and decides to spend some time on Earth to better understand humanity. He settles in Los Angeles - the City of Angels.

Stars: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, Lesley-Ann Brandt

Votes: 200,984

2. Knives Out (2019)

PG-13 | 130 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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82 Metascore

A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis

Votes: 358,870 | Gross: $165.36M

3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Crime

8.4
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"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" follows the exploits of hilarious Det. Jake Peralta and his diverse, lovable colleagues as they police the NYPD's 99th Precinct.

Stars: Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero

Votes: 201,782

4. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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This series follows the Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the N.Y.P.D., who investigate sexually related crimes.

Stars: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T, Dann Florek

Votes: 76,754

5. NCIS (2003– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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The cases of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service's Washington, D.C. Major Case Response Team, led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

Stars: Mark Harmon, David McCallum, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette

Votes: 115,118

6. Motherless Brooklyn (2019)

R | 144 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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60 Metascore

In 1950s New York, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend.

Director: Edward Norton | Stars: Edward Norton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 33,101

7. Sherlock (2010–2017)

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

9.1
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A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 772,977

8. Bones (2005–2017)

TV-14 | 40 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan and cocky F.B.I. Special Agent Seeley Booth build a team to investigate murders. Quite often, there isn't more to examine than rotten flesh or mere bones.

Stars: Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne

Votes: 135,366

9. The Invisible Man (I) (2020)

R | 124 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.1
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72 Metascore

When Cecilia's abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

Director: Leigh Whannell | Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer, Aldis Hodge

Votes: 123,456 | Gross: $64.91M

10. Midsomer Murders (1997– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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A veteran Detective Chief Inspector and his young Sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer County.

Stars: John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Jason Hughes

Votes: 22,093

11. Psych (2006–2014)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

8.3
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A novice sleuth is hired by the Police after he cons them into thinking he has psychic powers which help solve crimes. With the assistance of his reluctant best friend, the duo take on a series of complicated cases.

Stars: James Roday Rodriguez, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson, Corbin Bernsen

Votes: 82,465

12. The Dark Knight (2008)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama

9.0
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84 Metascore

When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, Batman must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine

Votes: 2,232,486 | Gross: $534.86M

13. Scoob! (2020)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

5.7
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43 Metascore

Scooby and the gang face their most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this dogpocalypse, the gang discovers that Scooby has an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.

Director: Tony Cervone | Stars: Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez

Votes: 12,834

14. Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey (2020)

R | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.1
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60 Metascore

After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

Director: Cathy Yan | Stars: Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett

Votes: 128,772 | Gross: $84.16M

15. Chicago P.D. (2014– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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Follows District 21 of the Chicago Police Department, which is made up of two distinctly different groups: the uniformed cops and the Intelligence Unit.

Stars: Jason Beghe, Jesse Lee Soffer, Patrick John Flueger, Marina Squerciati

Votes: 26,203

16. The Mentalist (2008–2015)

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

8.1
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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

Votes: 160,849

17. Bad Boys for Life (2020)

R | 124 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.7
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59 Metascore

Miami detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett must face off against a mother-and-son pair of drug lords who wreak vengeful havoc on their city.

Directors: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah | Stars: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig

Votes: 106,820 | Gross: $204.42M

18. Gotham (2014–2019)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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The story behind Detective James Gordon's rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman's arrival.

Stars: Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova

Votes: 206,920

19. Death in Paradise (2011– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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A UK police DI is transferred to St-Marie's police dept. He hates the sun, sea and sand. Series follows his murder investigations on the island. Later series see another UK DI head the team, followed by an Irish DI and then another UK DI.

Stars: Danny John-Jules, Elizabeth Bourgine, Don Warrington, Tobi Bakare

Votes: 13,237

20. Law & Order (1990–2010)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Follows a crime (usually a murder), usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court.

Stars: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 30,820

21. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

R | 164 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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81 Metascore

Young Blade Runner K's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former Blade Runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista

Votes: 437,697 | Gross: $92.05M

22. Hawaii Five-0 (2010–2020)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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Steve McGarrett returns home to Oahu in order to find his father's killer; The Governor offers him the chance to run his own task force - Five-0.

Stars: Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Taylor Wily, Daniel Dae Kim

Votes: 65,293

23. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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85 Metascore

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,228,651 | Gross: $130.74M

24. Person of Interest (2011–2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.4
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An ex-CIA agent and a wealthy programmer save lives via a surveillance AI that sends them the identities of civilians involved in impending crimes. However, the details of the crimes--including the civilians' roles--are left a mystery.

Stars: Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman, Michael Emerson

Votes: 159,777

25. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.7
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90 Metascore

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

Votes: 986,934 | Gross: $46.84M

26. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

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69 Metascore

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,224,504 | Gross: $120.54M

27. Guns Akimbo (2019)

R | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

6.3
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42 Metascore

A guy relies on his newly-acquired gladiator skills to save his ex-girlfriend from kidnappers.

Director: Jason Lei Howden | Stars: Samara Weaving, Daniel Radcliffe, Rhys Darby, Ned Dennehy

Votes: 28,836

28. Watchmen (2009)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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56 Metascore

In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman

Votes: 489,224 | Gross: $107.51M

29. Defending Jacob (2020)

TV-MA | 402 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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The limited drama series is a gripping, character-driven thriller based on the 2012 New York Times best selling novel of the same name by William Landay. An assistant DA's world is shattered when his beloved son gets charged with murder.

Stars: Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell, Cherry Jones

Votes: 20,963

30. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Adventure

8.4
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78 Metascore

Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

Votes: 1,474,938 | Gross: $448.14M

31. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000–2015)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Series following an elite team of police forensic evidence investigation experts as they work their cases in Las Vegas.

Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads, Eric Szmanda

Votes: 75,716

32. Castle (2009–2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle receives permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 137,730

33. The Departed (2006)

R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.5
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85 Metascore

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 1,155,123 | Gross: $132.38M

34. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.8
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An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 168,191

35. The Firm (1993)

R | 154 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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58 Metascore

A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook

Votes: 115,489 | Gross: $158.35M

36. Gone Girl (2014)

R | 149 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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79 Metascore

With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

Votes: 829,076 | Gross: $167.77M

37. Columbo (1971–2003)

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

8.2
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Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and ingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes.

Stars: Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan, Bruce Kirby

Votes: 26,107

38. Se7en (1995)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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65 Metascore

Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Andrew Kevin Walker

Votes: 1,395,838 | Gross: $100.13M

39. Charmed (1998–2006)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.1
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Three sisters discover their destiny, to battle against the forces of evil, using their witchcraft. They are the Charmed Ones.

Stars: Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause, Rose McGowan

Votes: 73,369

40. Fringe (2008–2013)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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An F.B.I. agent is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist and his son in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena.

Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Jasika Nicole

Votes: 215,040

41. Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)

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

6.9
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Professional writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher uses her intellect, charm, and persistence to get to the bottom of every crime she encounters.

Stars: Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak, Louis Herthum

Votes: 17,442

42. Monk (2002–2009)

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

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The series follows Adrian Monk, a brilliant former San Francisco detective, who now consults the police as a private consultant who battles with an obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine, Traylor Howard

Votes: 63,179

43. Get Out (I) (2017)

R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.7
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85 Metascore

A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.

Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener

Votes: 468,883 | Gross: $176.04M

44. Luther (2010–2019)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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DCI John Luther is a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

Stars: Idris Elba, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, Warren Brown

Votes: 116,436

45. Poirot (1989–2013)

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

8.6
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The cases of eccentric, but sharp, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (David Suchet).

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

Votes: 36,446

46. A Simple Favor (2018)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.8
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67 Metascore

Stephanie is a single mother with a parenting vlog who befriends Emily, a secretive upper-class woman who has a child at the same elementary school. When Emily goes missing, Stephanie takes it upon herself to investigate.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells

Votes: 117,831 | Gross: $53.55M

47. Murdoch Mysteries (2008– )

TV-PG | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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In the 1890s, William Murdoch uses radical forensic techniques for the time, including fingerprinting and trace evidence, to solve some of the city's most gruesome murders.

Stars: Yannick Bisson, Helene Joy, Thomas Craig, Jonny Harris

Votes: 9,793

48. Prisoners (2013)

R | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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70 Metascore

When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo

Votes: 577,941 | Gross: $61.00M

49. Batman Begins (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure

8.2
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70 Metascore

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

Votes: 1,273,061 | Gross: $206.85M

50. Constantine (2005)

R | 121 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

7.0
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50 Metascore

Supernatural exorcist and demonologist John Constantine helps a policewoman prove her sister's death was not a suicide, but something more.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Djimon Hounsou, Shia LaBeouf

Votes: 297,994 | Gross: $75.98M



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