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1. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

9.5
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A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt

Votes: 1,357,803

2. The Blacklist (2013– )

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

8.0
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A new FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen, has her entire life uprooted when a mysterious criminal, Raymond Reddington, who has eluded capture for decades, turns himself in and insists on speaking only to her.

Stars: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Ryan Eggold

Votes: 181,509

3. Billions (2016– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

8.4
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U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades goes after hedge fund king Bobby "Axe" Axelrod in a battle between two powerful New York figures.

Stars: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff, David Costabile

Votes: 63,421

4. 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: 114,476

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

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

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

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

Votes: 76,083

6. Dexter (2006–2013)

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

8.6
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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: 623,663

7. 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: 134,435

8. The Sinner (2017– )

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

8.0
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Anthology series that examines how and why ordinary people commit brutal crimes.

Stars: Bill Pullman, Dohn Norwood, Adam LeFevre, Jessica Biel

Votes: 73,817

9. NCIS: Los Angeles (2009– )

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

6.7
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The Naval Criminal Investigation Service's Office of Special Projects takes on the undercover work and the hard to crack cases in LA. Key agents are G. Callen and Sam Hanna, streets kids risen through the ranks.

Stars: Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa, Linda Hunt

Votes: 47,099

10. 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: 1,381,940 | Gross: $100.13M

11. Castle (2009–2016)

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

8.1
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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: 136,978

12. Law & Order (1990–2010)

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

7.7
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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: 30,585

13. Heat (1995)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.2
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76 Metascore

A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight

Votes: 554,713 | Gross: $67.44M

14. Spenser Confidential (2020)

R | 111 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.2
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49 Metascore

When two Boston police officers are murdered, ex-cop Spenser teams up with his no-nonsense roommate, Hawk, to take down criminals.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Winston Duke, Alan Arkin, Iliza Shlesinger

Votes: 54,450

15. Hannibal (2013–2015)

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

8.5
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Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, 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: 215,040

16. 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: 75,343

17. NCIS: New Orleans (2014– )

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

6.8
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A spin-off of NCIS (2003) about the local field office of NCIS that investigates criminal cases involving military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. This colorful city that harbors a dark side is a magnet for service personnel on leave, and when overindulgence is followed by trouble, Special Agent Dwayne Pride's team is at its best.

Stars: Scott Bakula, Rob Kerkovich, CCH Pounder, Daryl Mitchell

Votes: 14,096

18. 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: 9,592

19. Zodiac (2007)

R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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78 Metascore

In the late 1960s/early 1970s, 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: 432,210 | Gross: $33.08M

20. Bad Boys (1995)

R | 119 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.9
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41 Metascore

Two hip detectives protect a witness to a murder while investigating a case of stolen heroin from the evidence storage room from their police precinct.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Lisa Boyle, Michael Taliferro

Votes: 231,754 | Gross: $65.81M

21. The Shield (2002–2008)

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

8.7
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Follows the lives and cases of a dirty Los Angeles Police Department cop and the unit under his command.

Stars: Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins, Michael Jace

Votes: 69,237

22. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)

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

8.1
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Chief Inspector Morse has an ear for music, a taste for beer and a nose for crime. He sets out with Detective Sergeant Lewis to solve each intriguing case.

Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe

Votes: 9,457

23. Mystic River (2003)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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84 Metascore

The lives of three men who were childhood friends are shattered when one of them has a family tragedy.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Emmy Rossum

Votes: 407,186 | Gross: $90.14M

24. CSI: Miami (2002–2012)

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

6.4
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The cases of the Miami-Dade, Florida police department's Crime Scene Investigations unit.

Stars: David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez, Rex Linn

Votes: 51,737

25. Inside Man (2006)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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76 Metascore

A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 326,567 | Gross: $88.51M

26. L.A. Confidential (1997)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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90 Metascore

As corruption grows in 1950s Los Angeles, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger

Votes: 516,097 | Gross: $64.62M

27. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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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, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song

Votes: 123,179 | Gross: $0.01M

28. Cold Case (2003–2010)

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

7.5
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The Philadelphia homicide squad's lone female detective finds her calling when she's assigned "cold cases", older crimes that have never been solved.

Stars: Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn, Jeremy Ratchford

Votes: 23,542

29. Basic Instinct (1992)

R | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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41 Metascore

A violent police detective investigates a brutal murder that might involve a manipulative and seductive novelist.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Votes: 166,043 | Gross: $117.73M

30. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001–2011)

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

7.3
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This third Law and Order series involves the criminal justice system from the criminal's point of view.

Stars: Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan, Courtney B. Vance

Votes: 21,911

31. The Laundromat (I) (2019)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.3
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57 Metascore

A widow investigates an insurance fraud, chasing leads to a pair of Panama City law partners exploiting the world's financial system.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, AJ Meijer, Arsenio Castellanos

Votes: 38,346

32. Insomnia (2002)

R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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78 Metascore

Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Martin Donovan

Votes: 265,143 | Gross: $67.36M

33. American Gangster (2007)

R | 157 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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76 Metascore

An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin

Votes: 380,588 | Gross: $130.16M

34. In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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The cases and adventures of the police forces in and around Sparta, Mississippi.

Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Alan Autry, David Hart, Hugh O'Connor

Votes: 3,282

35. A Time to Kill (1996)

R | 149 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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54 Metascore

In Canton, Mississippi, a fearless young lawyer and his assistant defend a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his ten-year-old daughter, inciting violent retribution and revenge from the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey

Votes: 126,094 | Gross: $108.77M

36. The Boondock Saints (1999)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.8
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44 Metascore

Two Irish Catholic brothers become vigilantes and wipe out Boston's criminal underworld in the name of God.

Director: Troy Duffy | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, David Della Rocco

Votes: 223,213 | Gross: $0.03M

37. Flight (I) (2012)

R | 138 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
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76 Metascore

An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Denzel Washington, Nadine Velazquez, Don Cheadle, John Goodman

Votes: 316,453 | Gross: $93.77M

38. CSI: NY (2004–2013)

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

6.9
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CSI head Detective Mac Taylor and his team solve crimes in New York City.

Stars: Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper, Eddie Cahill

Votes: 42,742

39. Without a Trace (2002–2009)

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

6.9
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The cases of an FBI unit specializing in missing persons investigations.

Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Enrique Murciano, Eric Close

Votes: 17,617

40. Rush Hour 2 (2001)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.6
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48 Metascore

Carter and Lee head to Hong Kong for a vacation, but become embroiled in a counterfeit money scam.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, John Lone, Ziyi Zhang

Votes: 194,568 | Gross: $226.16M

41. Major Crimes (2012–2018)

Not Rated | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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The Closer (2005) spin-off series, which follows Captain Raydor of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Stars: Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan

Votes: 11,382

42. The French Connection (1971)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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94 Metascore

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco

Votes: 105,626 | Gross: $15.63M

43. The Bone Collector (1999)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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45 Metascore

A quadriplegic ex-homicide detective and his partner try to track down a serial killer who is terrorizing New York City.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Queen Latifah, Michael Rooker

Votes: 149,368 | Gross: $66.52M

44. The Frozen Ground (2013)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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37 Metascore

An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.

Director: Scott Walker | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens, John Cusack, Dean Norris

Votes: 54,962

45. Frequency (2000)

PG-13 | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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67 Metascore

An accidental cross-time radio link connects father and son across 30 years. The son tries to save his father's life, but then must fix the consequences.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Jim Caviezel, Shawn Doyle, Elizabeth Mitchell

Votes: 98,441 | Gross: $45.01M

46. In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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75 Metascore

An African-American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant

Votes: 64,608 | Gross: $24.38M

47. Mississippi Burning (1988)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.8
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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: 83,787 | Gross: $34.60M

48. Bugsy (1991)

R | 136 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.8
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80 Metascore

The story of how Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel started Las Vegas.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 25,179 | Gross: $49.11M

49. Beck (1997– )

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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Commissioner Martin Beck and his eccentric partner Gunvald Larsson investigate murders in Stockholm, Sweden.

Stars: Peter Haber, Ingvar Hirdwall, Rebecka Hemse, Mikael Persbrandt

Votes: 3,839

50. All the President's Men (1976)

PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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84 Metascore

"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam

Votes: 98,332 | Gross: $70.60M



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