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1. Dexter (2006–2013)

TV-MA | 53 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.7
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By day, mild-mannered Dexter is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers.

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, James Remar

Votes: 604,998

2. 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: 130,846

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

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

7.6
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An elite team of police forensic evidence investigation experts work their cases in Las Vegas.

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

Votes: 73,736

4. Quantum of Solace (2008)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.6
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58 Metascore

James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country's most valuable resource.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench

Votes: 380,232 | Gross: $168.37M

5. Taggart (1983–2010)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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The Maryhill CID investigates gruesome murders against the bleak backdrop of the city of Glasgow.

Stars: Blythe Duff, Colin McCredie, John Michie, Alex Norton

Votes: 1,176

6. Forensic Files (1996–2011)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Crime

8.8
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A series featuring detailed accounts on how notable crimes and diseases were solved through forensic science.

Stars: Peter Thomas, Tom Bevel, Skip Palenik, Lowell Levine

Votes: 3,589

7. Bandidas (2006)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.7
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In turn-of-the-century Mexico, two very different women become a bank-robbing duo in an effort to combat a ruthless enforcer terrorizing their town.

Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg | Stars: Penélope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Steve Zahn, Dwight Yoakam

Votes: 32,531

8. Cold Squad (1998–2005)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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The cases of a police unit specializing in revisiting old criminal files whose investigations have been inconclusive.

Stars: Julie Stewart, Garry Chalk, Tamara Marie Watson, Gregory Calpakis

Votes: 419

9. He Walked by Night (1948)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.2
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This film-noir piece, told in semi-documentary style, follows police on the hunt for a resourceful criminal who shoots and kills a cop.

Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Anthony Mann | Stars: Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Roy Roberts, Whit Bissell

Votes: 4,342

10. Like Minds (2006)

PG-13 | 110 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

6.3
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A forensic psychologist (Collette) is tasked with determining whether or not a minor should face murder charges for killing his schoolmate.

Director: Gregory Read | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Sturridge, Toni Collette, Richard Roxburgh

Votes: 4,375

11. No Way Back (1995)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.1
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When an op goes wrong and FBI agent Zack's partner dies, his search for the one responsible takes him to a yakuza in Japan. A mob boss wants revenge for his son's death and Zack's his target.

Director: Frank A. Cappello | Stars: Russell Crowe, Helen Slater, Etsushi Toyokawa, Michael Lerner

Votes: 2,220

12. Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery (1989 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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While on vacation at a resort hotel in the West Indies, Miss Marple correctly suspects that the apparently natural death of a retired British major is actually the work of a murderer planning yet another killing.

Director: Christopher Petit | Stars: Joan Hickson, Donald Pleasence, Adrian Lukis, Sophie Ward

Votes: 1,530

13. So Close (2002)

R | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.7
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66 Metascore

A conflict of interest between two high-kicking assassin sisters is complicated as they're pursued by the criminals who hired them and an equally high-kicking female cop.

Director: Corey Yuen | Stars: Qi Shu, Wei Zhao, Karen Mok, Seung-heon Song

Votes: 7,010 | Gross: $0.08M

14. Murder on the Home Front (2013 TV Movie)

91 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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Set during the London Blitz of 1940, this is a world where people live life in the moment. It is also a world where criminals can use the blackout and devastation to hide their darkest activities.

Director: Geoffrey Sax | Stars: Patrick Kennedy, Tamzin Merchant, Emerald Fennell, James Fleet

Votes: 1,304

15. Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control (2008 Video)

PG-13 | 72 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

4.9
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A spin-off of the Get Smart movie, centered on Bruce, a techie at CONTROL, and his nerdy analyst cohort, Lloyd.

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Masi Oka, Nate Torrence, Jayma Mays, Marika Dominczyk

Votes: 4,457

16. The FBI Story (1959)

Approved | 149 min | Crime, Drama, History

6.6
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A dedicated FBI agent recalls the agency's battles against the Klan, organized crime and Communist spies.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: James Stewart, Vera Miles, Murray Hamilton, Larry Pennell

Votes: 2,728

17. The Coroner: I Speak for the Dead (2016– )

TV-14 | Crime, Mystery, Reality-TV

7.2
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For the last 25 years, Graham Hetrick has been the Coroner of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. He handles close to 700 suspicious deaths each year. The Coroner: I Speak for the Dead chronicles... See full summary »

Stars: Michelle Haro, Jason Vande Brake, Jonathan Thomson, Steven T. Bartlett

Votes: 150

18. Pitfall (1962)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

7.7
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A man wanders into a seemingly deserted town with his young son in search of work. But after a bit of bad luck, he joins the town's population of lost souls.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara | Stars: Hisashi Igawa, Sumie Sasaki, Sen Yano, Hideo Kanze

Votes: 3,105

19. The Tattooed Stranger (1950)

Passed | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.0
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Early one morning in a New York City park, a passerby walking his dog discovers who ends up being a Jane Doe shot dead in the front passenger seat of a parked car. Homicide Chief Captain ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Montagne | Stars: John Miles, Patricia Barry, Walter Kinsella, Frank Tweddell

Votes: 788

20. Tension (1949)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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A meek pharmacist creates an alternate identity under which he plans to murder the bullying liquor salesman who has become his wife's lover.

Director: John Berry | Stars: Richard Basehart, Audrey Totter, Cyd Charisse, Barry Sullivan

Votes: 2,281

21. Mystery Street (1950)

Passed | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.2
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A small town policeman is assisted by a Harvard professor when a human skeleton is found on a Massachusetts beach.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Ricardo Montalban, Sally Forrest, Bruce Bennett, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 2,483

22. The Bloodstained Butterfly (1971)

Not Rated | 99 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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When a girl is murdered in a park, a man is tried and convicted for the crime but afterwards the killings continue.

Director: Duccio Tessari | Stars: Helmut Berger, Giancarlo Sbragia, Evelyn Stewart, Silvano Tranquilli

Votes: 1,035

23. The New Detectives: Case Studies in Forensic Science (1996–2005)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

7.6
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True stories of crime investigations using forensic science.

Stars: Gene Galusha, Scott Rollins, Natalie Cassell, Jim Meisner Jr.

Votes: 418

24. Standard Operating Procedure (2008)

R | 116 min | Documentary, Crime, War

7.4
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70 Metascore

Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Megan Ambuhl Graner, Javal Davis, Ken Davis, Anthony Diaz

Votes: 3,700 | Gross: $0.23M

25. The Undying Monster (1942)

Not Rated | 63 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.2
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Surviving members of an aristocratic English family are threatened by a legendary monster when they venture out on chilly, foggy nights.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: James Ellison, Heather Angel, John Howard, Bramwell Fletcher

Votes: 1,011

26. Charlie Chan's Secret (1936)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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The heir to a huge fortune is presumed drowned, then shows up, is then murdered.

Director: Gordon Wiles | Stars: Warner Oland, Rosina Lawrence, Charles Quigley, Henrietta Crosman

Votes: 1,242

27. Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.1
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When a friend of Charlie's is found kicked to death by his own race horse on board a Honolulu-bound liner, the detective discovers foul play and uncovers an international gambling ring.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Warner Oland, Keye Luke, Helen Wood, Thomas Beck

Votes: 1,267

28. Emmett's Mark (2002)

R | 104 min | Drama, Crime, Thriller

6.0
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In order to avoid the debilitating effects of a terminal illness, a young detective orders a hit on himself.

Director: Keith Snyder | Stars: Scott Wolf, Tim Roth, Gabriel Byrne, Greg Wood

Votes: 1,738

29. F2: Forensic Factor (2003– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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Presenting the world's best CSI's, armed with the latest investigative tools in the hunt to catch elusive criminals. Each episode explores one baffling case, revealing the amazing science ... See full summary »

Stars: John Robinson, Sveta Kohli, Brad Siciliano, JoAnn Nordstrom

Votes: 71

30. Red Team (2000)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

4.6
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Two FBI agents join a special team of operatives called Red Team that hunts serial killers. One of the suspects is soon found dead. The follow up investigation reveals that someone may be executing suspected serial killers.

Director: Jeremy Haft | Stars: Patrick Muldoon, Cathy Moriarty, Tim Thomerson, Fred Ward

Votes: 450

31. Clever Girl (2015– )

22 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller

8.7
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The story of a desperate writer's participation in her lover's brutal pastime, and the ripple effect their dark secret has on the troubled lives of besieged detectives and voyeuristic neighbors.

Stars: Kip Bennett, Tifani Ahren Davis, Shannon Faith, Jason Greear

Votes: 70

32. Convicted (1950)

Passed | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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A D.A. becomes the prison warden where he tries to help an inmate he prosecuted, because he believes his sentence was excessive.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Glenn Ford, Broderick Crawford, Millard Mitchell, Dorothy Malone

Votes: 639

33. Without Warning! (1952)

Passed | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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Quiet, unobtrusive LA citizen Carl Martin picks up look-alikes for his estranged blonde wife and murders them with garden shears.

Director: Arnold Laven | Stars: Adam Williams, Meg Randall, Edward Binns, Harlan Warde

Votes: 366

34. Kid Glove Killer (1942)

Passed | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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Crime lab expert Gordon McKay uses the latest forensic techniques to solve murders in a city plagued by political corruption and mob rackets.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Van Heflin, Marsha Hunt, Lee Bowman, Samuel S. Hinds

Votes: 780

35. Dexter: The First Season - Witnessed in Blood: A True Murder Investigation (2007 Video)

Documentary, Short, Crime

8.9
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Jim Conley, the forensics supervisor of the Anaheim Police, tells the story of a murder investigation in which his knowledge of blood spatter was crucial.

Director: Chris Angel | Stars: John McStravick, David Tayar, Mike Wood, James Kazakos

Votes: 78

36. Extreme Forensics (2008–2010)

60 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

7.7
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Compelling cases, bizarre crime scenes, and criminal minds so conniving they defy understanding. In Solved: Extreme Forensics new, never-before seen forensic techniques are employed to ... See full summary »

Stars: Victor Caroli, Gerard Adimando, William Augustoni, David Otto

Votes: 63

37. Homicide Bureau (1939)

Approved | 58 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.9
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After being criticized by the Citizens' League for his inability to cope with a crime wave, Police Captain Haines orders his men in the Homicide Bureau to clean up all their cases, but ... See full summary »

Director: Charles C. Coleman | Stars: Bruce Cabot, Rita Hayworth, Marc Lawrence, Richard Fiske

Votes: 138

38. Crime 360 (2008–2009)

Documentary, Crime, Mystery

7.1
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In CRIME 360, the hit investigative series from A&E, experience actual crime investigations as they unfold, from the moment detectives are called in to work on a case until it is ultimately solved.

Stars: Bill Lloyd, John Venuti, Deborah Kay, Jessica Kline

Votes: 137

39. Crime Scenes (2000)

100 min | Crime, Thriller

6.3
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Director: Frédéric Schoendoerffer | Stars: Charles Berling, André Dussollier, Ludovic Schoendoerffer, Pierre Mottet

Votes: 630

40. The Last Secrets of 9/11 (2014 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

6.8
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Through the miracle of DNA, new methods have been developed to identify 60% of the remains. For the families, the pain never ends and closure is such a hard word to swallow.

Director: Elliot McCaffrey | Star: Steven Mackintosh

Votes: 94

41. Crime Files the Homefront (2016– )

30 min | Crime

8.0
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Crime Files investigates the most sensational stories of family members committing crimes together and against each other.

Stars: Roger Leopardi, Tim Clemente, Tom Ohmer, James Glasgow

Votes: 23

42. How Sherlock Changed the World (2013 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

7.6
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Special reveals for the first time the astonishing impact that Holmes has had on the development of real criminal investigation and forensic techniques.

Director: Paul Bernays | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Lincoln, Edward Cartwright, Rick Kissack

Votes: 92

43. The Mysterious Miss X (1939)

Passed | 65 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

6.2
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Keith Neville and Dan Casey, two small-time stage actors, are traveling by bus back two New York City, and have an overnight stay in a small town. They take a room in a local hotel and a ... See full summary »

Director: Gus Meins | Stars: Michael Whalen, Lynne Roberts, Chick Chandler, Mabel Todd

Votes: 19

44. Fingerprints Don't Lie (1951)

Approved | 57 min | Crime, Drama

4.4
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The killing of Mayor Palmer is being placed on Paul Moody by fingerprint expert Jim Stover as Moody's prints were found on the murder weapon. When reporter Brad Evans places doubt in ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: Richard Travis, Sheila Ryan, Sid Melton, Tom Neal

Votes: 100

45. Death Scenes 3 (1993 Video)

88 min | Documentary

5.3
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Director: Nick Bougas | Stars: Elena Ceausescu, Nicolae Ceausescu, Maritza Martin Munoz, Benito Mussolini

Votes: 58

46. Sealed Lips (1942)

Passed | 62 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.1
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A detective begins to suspect that a man may be in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: William Gargan, June Clyde, John Litel, Anne Nagel

Votes: 45

47. One Is Guilty (1934)

Passed | 63 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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Police Inspector Steve Trent is called to the Radford Arms, a high-rise apartment building that has been taken over by a bank and its apartments now-unoccupied. There, the caretaker "Pop" ... See full summary »

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Shirley Grey, Warren Hymer, Rita La Roy

Votes: 11

48. A Gun in His Hand (1945)

Passed | 19 min | Drama, Crime, Short

6.4
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A man joins the police force to learn police procedures with the intention of getting away with crimes.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Tom Trout, Richard Gaines, Anthony Caruso, Hugh Beaumont

Votes: 201

49. Skeleton Stories (2005– )

11 min | Documentary, Crime

7.4
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Stars: Cornell Womack, Darryl Baldwin, Rose Fowler, Erin O'Halloran

Votes: 14

50. Age of Vengeance

Action, Crime, Mystery | Announced

A comic book writer takes on the guise of his fictional graphic novel character after the brutal murder of his wife and young son.

Director: Brandon Slagle



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