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1. True Detective (2014–2019)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Seasonal anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law.

Stars: Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch

Votes: 528,845

2. Marshland (2014)

TV-MA | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Two cops lost in the deep south of Spain. One serial killer to catch. A lot of secrets and lies to disclose.

Director: Alberto Rodríguez | Stars: Javier Gutiérrez, Raúl Arévalo, María Varod, Perico Cervantes

Votes: 32,775

3. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

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

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: 186,976

4. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

82 Metascore

In a small Korean province in 1986, two detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Kim Sang-kyung, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song

Votes: 163,112 | Gross: $0.01M

5. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)

Not Rated | 157 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes.

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan

Votes: 44,902 | Gross: $0.14M

6. Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1974 (2009 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A rookie Yorkshire journalist sets out to solve the case of a child murderer.

Director: Julian Jarrold | Stars: Andrew Garfield, David Morrissey, John Henshaw, Anthony Flanagan

Votes: 12,332

7. Citizen X (1995 TV Movie)

R | 105 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

During the 1980s, Soviet authorities hunt for a serial killer who picks his victims in railway stations and commuter trains and lures them into the woods.

Director: Chris Gerolmo | Stars: Stephen Rea, Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow, Jeffrey DeMunn

Votes: 19,126

8. Mindhunter (2017–2019)

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

Set in the late 1970s, two FBI agents are tasked with interviewing serial killers to solve open cases.

Stars: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv, Hannah Gross

Votes: 250,359

9. The Pledge (I) (2001)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

71 Metascore

A retiring police detective pledges to catch the killer of a young child.

Director: Sean Penn | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Clarkson, Beau Daniels

Votes: 56,463 | Gross: $19.72M

10. The Devil All the Time (2020)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

55 Metascore

Sinister characters converge around a young man devoted to protecting those he loves in a postwar backwoods town teeming with corruption and brutality.

Director: Antonio Campos | Stars: Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgård, Riley Keough, Jason Clarke

Votes: 116,347

11. Lone Star (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama, Mystery

78 Metascore

When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Peña, Stephen Mendillo, Stephen J. Lang

Votes: 29,219 | Gross: $13.27M

12. Top of the Lake (2013–2017)

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

Obsessed with the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave detective will find herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay.

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham, Peter Mullan, Thomas M. Wright

Votes: 34,182

13. Too Old to Die Young (2019)

TV-MA | 758 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Detective Martin Jones, who leads a double life as a killer for hire in Los Angeles' deadly underground, suffers an existential crisis which leads him deeper into a blood splattered world of violence.

Stars: Miles Teller, Augusto Aguilera, Nell Tiger Free, Cristina Rodlo

Votes: 8,211

14. Zodiac (2007)

R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

78 Metascore

Between 1968 and 1983, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards

Votes: 504,979 | Gross: $33.08M

15. Nocturnal Animals (2016)

R | 116 min | Drama, Thriller

67 Metascore

A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.

Director: Tom Ford | Stars: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Votes: 258,625 | Gross: $10.64M

16. Homicide (1991)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

84 Metascore

A Jewish homicide detective investigates a seemingly minor murder and falls in with a Zionist group as a result.

Director: David Mamet | Stars: Joe Mantegna, William H. Macy, Vincent Guastaferro, J.J. Johnston

Votes: 7,051 | Gross: $2.97M

17. Gone Baby Gone (2007)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

72 Metascore

Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

Votes: 264,501 | Gross: $20.30M

18. Winter's Bone (2010)

R | 100 min | Drama, Mystery

90 Metascore

An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.

Director: Debra Granik | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt, Isaiah Stone

Votes: 140,049 | Gross: $6.53M

19. Wind River (2017)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

73 Metascore

A veteran hunter helps an FBI agent investigate the murder of a young woman on a Wyoming Native American reservation.

Director: Taylor Sheridan | Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Graham Greene, Kelsey Asbille

Votes: 229,021 | Gross: $33.80M

20. Broadchurch (2013–2017)

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

The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.

Stars: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan

Votes: 104,829

21. To Catch a Killer (1992)

Unrated | 182 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

"To Catch a Killer" tells the true gruesome story of John Wayne Gacy - a good friend and helpful neighbour, a great child entertainer, a respectful businessman, and a violent serial killer ... See full summary »

Stars: Brian Dennehy, Michael Riley, Margot Kidder, Meg Foster

Votes: 2,561

22. Se7en (1995)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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: 1,535,717 | Gross: $100.13M

23. The Killer Inside Me (2010)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

53 Metascore

A West Texas Deputy Sheriff is slowly unmasked as a psychotic killer.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Ned Beatty

Votes: 33,843 | Gross: $0.21M

24. Mississippi Burning (1988)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History

65 Metascore

Two F.B.I. Agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif

Votes: 95,794 | Gross: $34.60M

25. Cold in July (2014)

R | 109 min | Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

When a protective father meets a murderous ex-con, both need to deviate from the path they are on as they soon find themselves entangled in a downwards spiral of lies and violence while having to confront their own inner psyche.

Director: Jim Mickle | Stars: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw

Votes: 35,269 | Gross: $0.41M

26. Prisoners (2013)

R | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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: 649,910 | Gross: $61.00M

27. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

R | 159 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

A Manhattan doctor embarks on a bizarre, night-long odyssey after his wife's admission of unfulfilled longing.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Todd Field, Sydney Pollack

Votes: 321,633 | Gross: $55.69M

28. Hannibal (2013–2015)

TV-MA | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Explores the early relationship between renowned psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter and a young FBI criminal profiler who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.

Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 241,426

29. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Thriller

85 Metascore

Minnesota car salesman Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 648,785 | Gross: $24.61M

30. Manhunter (1986)

R | 120 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

75 Metascore

Former FBI profiler Will Graham returns to service to pursue a deranged serial killer dubbed "the Tooth Fairy" by the media.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Brian Cox

Votes: 70,790 | Gross: $8.62M

31. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 144 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik, Jeon Gook-hwan, Ho-jin Chun

Votes: 121,874 | Gross: $0.13M

32. Memoir of a Murderer (2017)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A former serial killer with Alzheimer's fights to protect his daughter from her psychotic boyfriend.

Director: Shin-yeon Won | Stars: Sol Kyung-gu, Nam-gil Kim, Seol-Hyun Kim, Dal-su Oh

Votes: 8,207 | Gross: $0.09M

33. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

R | 152 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

76 Metascore

A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling, Lena Endre

Votes: 213,468 | Gross: $10.10M

34. Sharp Objects (2018)

TV-MA | 421 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A reporter confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to cover a violent murder.

Stars: Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen

Votes: 87,061

35. The Chaser (2008)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

64 Metascore

A disgraced ex-policeman who runs a small ring of prostitutes finds himself in a race against time when one of his women goes missing.

Director: Na Hong-jin | Stars: Kim Yoon-seok, Ha Jung-woo, Yeong-hie Seo, Kim Yoo-jeong

Votes: 63,094

36. Blue Velvet (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

76 Metascore

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

Votes: 190,950 | Gross: $8.55M

37. Brick (2005)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Emilie de Ravin, Meagan Good

Votes: 104,240 | Gross: $2.06M

38. Insomnia (1997)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

In a Norwegian city with a 24-hour daylight cycle a Swedish murder investigator has been brought in on a special case. Sleep deprived, he makes a horrible mistake which is discovered by the killer he has been hunting.

Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Maria Mathiesen, Gisken Armand

Votes: 13,920 | Gross: $0.22M

39. Blood Simple (1984)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

83 Metascore

The owner of a seedy small-town Texas bar discovers that one of his employees is having an affair with his wife. A chaotic chain of misunderstandings, lies and mischief ensues after he devises a plot to have them murdered.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh

Votes: 92,960 | Gross: $2.15M

40. The Vanishing (1988)

Not Rated | 107 min | Mystery, Thriller

Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor.

Director: George Sluizer | Stars: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets, Johanna ter Steege, Gwen Eckhaus

Votes: 37,316

41. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama

69 Metascore

Terence McDonagh is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Russell M. Haeuser, Val Kilmer

Votes: 76,053 | Gross: $1.70M

42. Cure (1997)

Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

70 Metascore

A frustrated detective deals with the case of several gruesome murders committed by people who have no recollection of what they've done.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Masato Hagiwara, Kôji Yakusho, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Anna Nakagawa

Votes: 13,625 | Gross: $0.09M

43. The Guilty (2018)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

83 Metascore

A police officer assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman.

Director: Gustav Möller | Stars: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi, Johan Gotthardt Olsen

Votes: 54,613 | Gross: $0.21M

44. May God Save Us (2016)

TV-MA | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Inspectors Velarde and Alfaro must find what appears to be a serial killer. This hunt against the clock will make them realize something they'd never thought about: neither one of them is that different from the killer.

Director: Rodrigo Sorogoyen | Stars: Antonio de la Torre, Roberto Álamo, Javier Pereira, Luis Zahera

Votes: 10,332

45. Fargo (2014– )

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

Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder in and around frozen Minnesota. Yet all of these tales mysteriously lead back one way or another to Fargo, North Dakota.

Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Votes: 350,899

46. Angel Heart (1987)

X | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller