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1. The Big Lebowski (1998)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime

8.1
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71 Metascore

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 661,243 | Gross: $17.50M

2. Veronica Mars (2004–2007)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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After her best friend is murdered, and her father is removed as county Sheriff, Veronica Mars dedicates her life to cracking the toughest mysteries in the affluent town of Neptune.

Stars: Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring, Francis Capra

Votes: 60,561

3. Angel Heart (1987)

R | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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61 Metascore

A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 72,842 | Gross: $17.19M

4. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

R | 103 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.6
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72 Metascore

A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.

Director: Shane Black | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen

Votes: 202,017 | Gross: $4.24M

5. Vertigo (1958)

PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

8.3
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100 Metascore

A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore

Votes: 319,034 | Gross: $3.20M

6. Inherent Vice (2014)

R | 148 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.7
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81 Metascore

In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston

Votes: 83,051 | Gross: $8.11M

7. The Big Sleep (1946)

Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

8.0
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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: 73,445 | Gross: $6.54M

8. Romance on the High Seas (1948)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.0
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Romantic misunderstandings abound when spouses suspect each other of being unfaithful, and a nightclub singer takes a cruise under a false identity.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Doris Day, Don DeFore

Votes: 1,602

9. 21 Grams (2003)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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70 Metascore

A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts, Danny Huston

Votes: 212,502 | Gross: $16.25M

10. Moonlighting (1985–1989)

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

7.6
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The quirky cases of a former model and a smart aleck detective who manage a private detective agency.

Stars: Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley, Curtis Armstrong

Votes: 16,342

11. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

8.1
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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: 140,126 | Gross: $2.11M

12. 8MM (1999)

R | 123 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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19 Metascore

A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare

Votes: 115,684 | Gross: $36.66M

13. Detective Conan (1996– )

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime

8.4
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The cases of a detective whose physical age was chemically reversed to that of a prepubescent boy but must hide his true mental development.

Stars: Minami Takayama, Wakana Yamazaki, Akira Kamiya, Wataru Takagi

Votes: 9,326

14. Bored to Death (2009–2011)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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A well-meaning but struggling writer decides to lead a sort of double life by pretending to be a private detective using the methods he read about in old detective novels.

Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson, Heather Burns

Votes: 30,076

15. Dead Again (1991)

R | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.0
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66 Metascore

A woman who has lost her memory is taken in by a Los Angeles orphanage, and a private eye is enlisted to track down her identity, but he soon finds that he might have a past life connection to her that endangers their lives.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Andy Garcia, Lois Hall

Votes: 24,341 | Gross: $38.02M

16. Cannon (1971–1976)

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

6.8
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Frank Cannon is an overweight, balding ex-cop with a deep voice and expensive tastes in culinary pleasures; he becomes a high-priced private investigator.

Stars: William Conrad, Patrick Culliton, Tom Pittman, Charles Bateman

Votes: 2,243

17. The Singing Detective (2003)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

5.6
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45 Metascore

From his hospital bed, a writer suffering from a skin disease hallucinates musical numbers and paranoid plots.

Director: Keith Gordon | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Robin Wright, Mel Gibson, Jeremy Northam

Votes: 7,809 | Gross: $0.34M

18. Klute (1971)

R | 114 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi, Roy Scheider

Votes: 19,051

19. The Two Jakes (1990)

R | 137 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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56 Metascore

The sequel to Chinatown (1974) finds J.J. "Jake" Gittes investigating adultery and murder, and the money that comes from oil.

Director: Jack Nicholson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Meg Tilly, Madeleine Stowe

Votes: 9,996 | Gross: $10.01M

20. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)

60 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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Mystery and suspense series based on Robert Parker's "Spenser" novels. Spenser, a private investigator living in Boston, gets involved in a new murder mystery each episode.

Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Ron McLarty, Richard Jaeckel

Votes: 1,761

21. Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

PG-13 | 109 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

6.8
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When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes decides to investigate.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox, Sophie Ward, Anthony Higgins

Votes: 17,279 | Gross: $19.74M

22. Harper (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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51 Metascore

Lew Harper, a cool private investigator, is hired by a wealthy California matron to locate her kidnapped husband.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris, Arthur Hill

Votes: 7,271

23. The Big Sleep (1978)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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Grizzled American private detective in England investigates a complicated case of blackmail turned murder involving a rich but honest elderly general, his two loose socialite daughters, a pornographer and a gangster.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Richard Boone, Candy Clark

Votes: 3,700

24. A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.8
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75 Metascore

A look at what goes on backstage during the last broadcast of America's most celebrated radio show, where singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty, a country music siren, and a host of others hold court.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Lily Tomlin, Meryl Streep, Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly

Votes: 21,029 | Gross: $20.34M

25. The Drowning Pool (1975)

PG | 108 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

6.5
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48 Metascore

A big-city private detective travels to the Deep South to help out an old girlfriend who is worried that her husband will find out that she is cheating on him.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Murray Hamilton

Votes: 4,250

26. Ace Crawford... Private Eye (1983)

30 min | Comedy, Mystery

7.0
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Ace Crawford is an incompetent gumshoe whose reputation as an ace detective is maintained by a progression of wild accidents and dumb luck. He is assisted by Toomey, a CPA who truly ... See full summary »

Stars: Tim Conway, Joe Regalbuto, Billy Barty, Bill Henderson

Votes: 20

27. The Fat Man (1951)

Passed | 78 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.5
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A dentist's murder is investigated by hefty sleuth Brad Runyan.

Director: William Castle | Stars: J. Scott Smart, Julie London, Rock Hudson, Clinton Sundberg

Votes: 273

28. Hawaiian Eye (1959–1963)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.1
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Set against the beautiful tropical landscape of Honolulu, Hawaii, this series centered around the cases of Hawaiian Eye Private Investigations and the two handsome, slick, tough-guy ... See full summary »

Stars: Poncie Ponce, Connie Stevens, Douglas Mossman, Robert Conrad

Votes: 359

29. Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2010)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.1
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31 Metascore

The adventures of supernatural private investigator, Dylan Dog, who seeks out the monsters of the Louisiana bayou in his signature red shirt, black jacket, and blue jeans.

Director: Kevin Munroe | Stars: Brandon Routh, Anita Briem, Sam Huntington, Taye Diggs

Votes: 14,109 | Gross: $1.18M

30. Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)

PG | 104 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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A musician is stalked by an unknown killer who's blackmailing him for an accidential killing of another stalker. But is everything what it appears to be?

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Michael Brandon, Mimsy Farmer, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Aldo Bufi Landi

Votes: 6,168

31. Zero Effect (1998)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.0
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The world's greatest detective Daryl Zero aided by his associate Steve Arlo investigates a complex and mysterious case of blackmail and missing keys for shady tycoon Gregory Stark who is less than forthcoming about what is really happening!

Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: Bill Pullman, Ben Stiller, Ryan O'Neal, Kim Dickens

Votes: 13,306 | Gross: $1.98M

32. Cry Uncle (1971)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

5.3
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Private detective takes on a case and gets mixed up in murder, sex and blackmail.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Jackson Beck, Pamela Gruen, Allen Garfield, Devin Goldenberg

Votes: 436

33. Tony Rome (1967)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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Tony Rome, a tough Miami PI living on a boat, is hired by a local millionaire to find jewelry stolen from his daughter, and in the process has several encounters with local hoods as well as the Miami Beach PD.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Jill St. John, Richard Conte, Gena Rowlands

Votes: 2,053

34. I, the Jury (1982)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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An old friend of a private detective is murdered. The detective, Mike Hammer, will make every effort to find out the killer. At each step he does, there is someone taking advantage of his ... See full summary »

Director: Richard T. Heffron | Stars: Armand Assante, Barbara Carrera, Laurene Landon, Alan King

Votes: 1,286 | Gross: $1.52M

35. The Singing Detective (1986)

415 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

8.7
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Tormented and bedridden by a debilitating disease, a mystery writer relives his detective stories through his imagination and hallucinations.

Stars: Michael Gambon, Patrick Malahide, Joanne Whalley, David Ryall

Votes: 3,891

36. Goku Midnight Eye (1989– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Animation, Action, Drama

6.9
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Cyberpunk anime OVA about an ex-cop turned private eye who uses his bionic eye that can hack into any computer system in the world and his mechanical quarterstaff that also serves as a laser weapon to take on crime.

Stars: Juji Matsuda, Norio Wakamoto, Daisuke Gôri, Ichirô Nagai

Votes: 549

37. Stacey (1973)

R | 81 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.5
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The sleazy and dangerous adventures of a gorgeous female private detective.

Director: Andy Sidaris | Stars: Anne Randall, Alan Landers, James Westmoreland, Anitra Ford

Votes: 137

38. Little Boy Blue (1997)

R | 105 min | Drama

6.4
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Living in the rural Texas panhandle is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, who have an ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Tibaldi | Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Nastassja Kinski, John Savage, Shirley Knight

Votes: 1,919

39. Mike Hammer, Private Eye (1997–1998)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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Stacy Keach's original portrayal of the title character is revived with a new Velda and a different cop as his friend. Mike's cases are arranged to reflect the times of the late '90's.

Stars: Stacy Keach, Shane Conrad, Shannon Whirry, Kent Williams

Votes: 394

40. The Cutter (2005)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.2
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A detective comes to the aid of an aged diamond cutter.

Director: William Tannen | Stars: Chuck Norris, Joanna Pacula, Daniel Bernhardt, Bernie Kopell

Votes: 1,897

41. The Big Fix (1978)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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An ex-'60s radical now working as a private eye is hired by an old flame to investigate a political smear campaign. The case becomes more dangerous as it unfolds.

Director: Jeremy Kagan | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Anspach, Bonnie Bedelia, John Lithgow

Votes: 1,230

42. Classe Tous Risques (1960)

Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.5
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84 Metascore

Abel Davos is a criminal, hunted in Italy. The police are closing in, so he and his pal Raymond arrange to flee back to France with Abel's wife, Thérèse, and their two young sons. Abel and ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Sautet | Stars: Lino Ventura, Sandra Milo, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marcel Dalio

Votes: 2,722 | Gross: $0.09M

43. Out Cold (1989)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

5.5
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Sunny is married to the butcher Ernie; their marriage is about to end as both of them have affairs. Thus Sunny hires Lester Atlas as private investigator in order to collect proofs for the ... See full summary »

Director: Malcolm Mowbray | Stars: John Lithgow, Teri Garr, Laura Alcalde, Madison Arnold

Votes: 646 | Gross: $0.29M

44. Varg Veum - Bitre blomster (2007)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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A successful female politician hires private-detective Varg Veum. She wants him to find her disappeared daughter without attracting too much attention. During his investigation Veum becomes... See full summary »

Director: Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen | Stars: Trond Espen Seim, Bjørn Floberg, Kathrine Fagerland, Endre Hellestveit

Votes: 1,948

45. Boys' Night Out (1962)

Unrated | 115 min | Comedy

6.7
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Fred, George, Doug and Howie are quickly reaching middle-age. Three of them are married, only Fred is still a bachelor. They want something different than their ordinary marriages, children... See full summary »

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Kim Novak, James Garner, Tony Randall, Howard Duff

Votes: 1,617

46. The End of the Affair (1955)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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In war-torn London, Maurice Bendrix (Van Johnson) falls in love with neighbor Sarah Miles Deborah Kerr). They begin an illicit romance behind Sarah's husband's back. While war does not last... See full summary »

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Van Johnson, John Mills, Peter Cushing

Votes: 938

47. The Wolf of the West Coast (2002)

132 min | Adult, Crime, Drama

5.8
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A detective thriller about a private eye, who was hired by one of the gangsters.

Director: Hugo Santiago | Stars: James Faulkner, Anna Mouglalis, Gérard Watkins, Valérie Dréville

Votes: 42

48. Travis McGee (1983 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

7.5
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Travis McGee is a world-weary private investigator trying to help boat skipper friend Van Harder salvage his reputation that sank when his boat ran aground, resulting in a death that might have been faked.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Sam Elliott, Gene Evans, Barry Corbin, Richard Farnsworth

Votes: 69

49. Everybody Wins (1990)

R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

5.1
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A seeming good Samaritan (Debra Winger) hires a private detective (Nolte) to prove a teen sitting in prison on a murder charge is innocent. His investigation discovers deep corruption in a ... See full summary »

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Debra Winger, Nick Nolte, Will Patton, Judith Ivey

Votes: 964 | Gross: $1.37M

50. The Hound of the Baskervilles (2000 TV Movie)

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

6.1
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The mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville is blamed on a longstanding curse that has followed the Baskerville family for two hundred years. Enigmatic sleuth Sherlock Holmes is on the ... See full summary »

Director: Rodney Gibbons | Stars: Matt Frewer, Kenneth Welsh, Jason London, Emma Campbell

Votes: 948



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