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1. The Big Lebowski (1998)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Sport

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: 749,322 | Gross: $17.50M

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: 498,218 | Gross: $165.36M

3. Veronica Mars (2004–2019)

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

8.3
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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, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III

Votes: 68,177

4. Tusk (I) (2014)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

5.3
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55 Metascore

A brash and arrogant podcaster gets more than he bargained for when he travels to Canada to interview a mysterious recluse... who has a rather disturbing fondness for walruses.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez

Votes: 47,925 | Gross: $1.82M

5. Angel Heart (1987)

X | 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: 82,400 | Gross: $17.19M

6. The Kid Detective (2020)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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74 Metascore

A once-celebrated kid detective, now 32, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity. Until a naive client brings him his first 'adult' case, to find out who brutally murdered her boyfriend.

Director: Evan Morgan | Stars: Kaitlyn Chalmers-Rizzato, Adam Brody, Kaleb Horn, Wendy Crewson

Votes: 10,436

7. 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: 372,742 | Gross: $3.20M

8. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy

6.9
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37 Metascore

A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of the missing mascot of the Miami Dolphins.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young, Tone Loc

Votes: 282,566 | Gross: $72.22M

9. 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: 97,005 | Gross: $8.11M

10. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.5
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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: 218,071 | Gross: $4.24M

11. The Body (2012)

112 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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A detective searches for the body of a femme fatale which has gone missing from a morgue.

Director: Oriol Paulo | Stars: Jose Coronado, Hugo Silva, Belén Rueda, Aura Garrido

Votes: 60,151

12. 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: 18,637

13. Klute (1971)

R | 114 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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81 Metascore

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: 23,331 | Gross: $17.44M

14. 21 Grams (2003)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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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: 227,154 | Gross: $16.29M

15. 8MM (1999)

R | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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: 126,134 | Gross: $36.66M

16. Detective Conan (1996– )

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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, Hoang Khuyet, Akira Kamiya

Votes: 11,426

17. Shaft (1971)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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66 Metascore

Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.

Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John

Votes: 17,315 | Gross: $16.69M

18. The Big Sleep (1946)

Passed | 114 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

7.9
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Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a wealthy 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: 79,870 | Gross: $6.54M

19. Cannon (1971–1976)

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

6.7
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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: 2,758

20. The Two Jakes (1990)

R | 137 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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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: 11,720 | Gross: $10.01M

21. Dead Again (1991)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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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: 26,502 | Gross: $38.02M

22. Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

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

6.8
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65 Metascore

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: 19,909 | Gross: $19.74M

23. 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: 31,867

24. Out of the Past (1947)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming

Votes: 33,691

25. Tony Rome (1967)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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Tough Miami P.I., Tony Rome's hired by a millionaire to find jewelry stolen from his daughter. In the search, he has several encounters with local hoods as well as the Miami's police.

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

Votes: 2,536

26. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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: 2,442

27. Hawaiian Eye (1959–1963)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.9
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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: 420

28. Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

7.6
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A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit".

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Juano Hernandez

Votes: 19,045

29. A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

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

6.7
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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: 22,117 | Gross: $20.34M

30. Murder, My Sweet (1944)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.6
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After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Philip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Otto Kruger

Votes: 12,400

31. The Big Sleep (1978)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.8
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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: 4,284

32. Too Late (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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54 Metascore

Explores the tangled relationship between a troubled private investigator and the missing woman he's hired to help find.

Director: Dennis Hauck | Stars: Joanna Cassidy, Dichen Lachman, Natalie Zea, Crystal Reed

Votes: 3,325 | Gross: $0.06M

33. Harper (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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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: 8,436

34. The Singing Detective (2003)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

5.5
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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: 8,233 | Gross: $0.34M

35. The Drowning Pool (1975)

PG | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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48 Metascore

Harper's a big-city PI, who travels to Louisiana to help an old girlfriend who's worried her husband will find out she's been cheating on him.

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

Votes: 4,935

36. Mystery House (1938)

Approved | 56 min | Adventure, Crime, Mystery

5.5
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When a prominent banker is murdered while on a hunting trip, the dead man's daughter, Gwen Kingery (Anne Nagel), calls in private eye Lance O'Leary (Dick Purcell) to investigate.

Director: Noel M. Smith | Stars: Dick Purcell, Ann Sheridan, Anne Nagel, William Hopper

Votes: 448

37. Zero Effect (1998)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.9
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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: 13,952 | Gross: $1.98M

38. The Singing Detective (1986)

415 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

8.6
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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: 4,171

39. Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)

PG | 104 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.6
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A musician is stalked by an unknown homicidal maniac, who blackmails him for the accidental killing of another stalker.

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

Votes: 7,545

40. Billion Dollar Brain (1967)

Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Thriller

6.0
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A former British spy stumbles onto a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom?

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Michael Caine, Karl Malden, Ed Begley, Oskar Homolka

Votes: 4,932

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

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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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: 512

42. 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: 14,763 | Gross: $1.18M

43. Mirage (1965)

Approved | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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An accountant suddenly suffers from amnesia. This appears related to the suicide of his boss. Now some violent thugs are out to get him. They work for a shadowy figure known simply as The Major.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Gregory Peck, Diane Baker, Walter Matthau, Kevin McCarthy

Votes: 4,668 | Gross: $3.27M

44. Tick Tock (2000)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.8
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A wealthy man becomes suspicious of his younger wife and hires a private detective in time to thwart her plans to have him killed.

Director: Kevin Tenney | Stars: Megan Ward, Kristin Minter, Linden Ashby, John Ratzenberger

Votes: 672

45. Cry Uncle (1971)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

5.0
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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: 516 | Gross: $1.08M

46. Shaft's Big Score! (1972)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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Shaft is back to find the murderer of an old friend on the cold hard city streets with a little help from his new friends.

Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Drew Bundini Brown, Joseph Mascolo

Votes: 2,735 | Gross: $10.00M

47. Stacey (1973)

R | 81 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.2
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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, Marjorie Bennett

Votes: 169

48. Romance on the High Seas (1948)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.0
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58 Metascore

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: 2,073

49. Goku Midnight Eye (1989– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Animation, Action, Drama

6.9
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An ex-cop turned private eye uses his bionic eye that can hack into any computer system in the world and his mechanical quarterstaff to fight organized crime.

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

Votes: 863

50. I, the Jury (1982)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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A PI investigates the murder of his one-armed friend, a PI working on a case. Clues lead to a sex clinic. Bodies pile up.

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

Votes: 1,462 | Gross: $1.52M



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