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1. C.B. Strike (2017– )

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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War veteran turned private detective Cormoran Strike solves brutal murders with the help of his trusted assistant Robin Ellacott.

Stars: Tom Burke, Holliday Grainger, Kerr Logan, Killian Scott

Votes: 6,883

2. Republic of Doyle (2010–2014)

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.2
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Jake Doyle and his father Malachy run a private investigations agency in St. John's, Newfoundland. Their cases involve them in all sorts of dealings - not all of them on the right side of the law.

Stars: Allan Hawco, Krystin Pellerin, Mark O'Brien, Marthe Bernard

Votes: 2,829

3. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

8.0
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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: 142,022 | Gross: $2.11M

4. Imitation of Life (1959)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

7.9
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An aspiring actress befriends a black widow, but trouble arises when the latter is rejected by her daughter, who tries to pass for white.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner

Votes: 13,573 | Gross: $13.99M

5. Partners in Crime (2015)

55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.4
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Agatha Christie's crime-fighting duo, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, solve mysteries and search for enemy spies in 1950s Britain.

Stars: Jessica Raine, David Walliams, James Fleet, Matthew Steer

Votes: 1,652

6. Baywatch Nights (1995–1997)

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

3.8
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Baywatch veteran Mitch Buchannon moonlights as a P.I. with his two friends Garner and Ryan. In season 2, Diamont replaces Garner, and Mitch's cases suddenly take a hard turn towards supernatural horror.

Stars: David Hasselhoff, Angie Harmon, Eddie Cibrian, Donna D'Errico

Votes: 1,195

7. Stolen Kisses (1968)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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After being discharged from the army, Antoine Doinel centers a screwball comedy where he applies for different jobs and tries to make sense of his relationships with women.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claude Jade, Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale

Votes: 10,524

8. Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (1990 TV Movie)

96 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.6
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There's a crisis in Rhymeland! All the Rhymies (the characters from Nursery Rhymes) are disappearing! Gordon Goose, son of Mother Goose, and Little Bo Peep set off to find them.

Director: Jeff Stein | Stars: Harry Anderson, Cyndi Lauper, Brian Bonsall, Elayne Boosler

Votes: 699

9. Tropical Heat (1991–1993)

60 min | Action, Drama

7.9
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Nick Slaughter, an ex-RCMP and DEA agent, who had dropped out of society after being fired from his job, relocates to the Florida town of Key Mariah to start a detective service. In the ... See full summary »

Stars: Rob Stewart, Carolyn Dunn, Ian Tracey, Ari Sorko-Ram

Votes: 1,450

10. Peppermint Candy (1999)

129 min | Drama

7.7
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Consists of five phases of a man's life about why he committed suicide in the end.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Yeo-jin Kim, Jung Suh, So-Ri Moon

Votes: 6,778

11. They All Laughed (1981)

PG | 115 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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A mad cap private-eye caper about a team of detectives who are following, and are being followed by, a group of beautiful women.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara, Patti Hansen, John Ritter

Votes: 2,040

12. 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: 367

13. My Favorite Brunette (1947)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

6.8
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Shortly before his execution on the death row in San Quentin, amateur sleuth and baby photographer Ronnie Jackson, tells reporters how he got there.

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney Jr.

Votes: 2,724

14. Partners in Crime (1983– )

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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Agatha Christie's husband-and-wife sleuthing team take on a series of short whodunit mysteries.

Stars: Francesca Annis, James Warwick, Reece Dinsdale, Arthur Cox

Votes: 519

15. Pitfall (1948)

Not Rated | 86 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.2
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Married insurance adjuster John Forbes falls for femme fatale Mona Stevens while her boyfriend is in jail and all suffer serious consequences as a result.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Dick Powell, Lizabeth Scott, Jane Wyatt, Raymond Burr

Votes: 2,590

16. Hounds (2018)

Comedy

6.4
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Max is a Jack Russell dog genetically modified for criminal purposes so he is able to talk. Running away from the criminals whom he is working he is wounded and saved by detective ... See full summary »

Stars: Salva Reina, María Esteve, Thaïs Blume, Isabel Madolell

Votes: 33

17. Carmen Sandiego

Action, Adventure, Family | Announced

A live-action feature film based on Carmen Sandiego.

Star: Gina Rodriguez

18. Serangoon Road (2013)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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Serangoon Road is a detective noir series set against the tumultuous backdrop of 1960s Singapore.

Stars: Don Hany, Joan Chen, Maeve Dermody, Alaric

Votes: 574

19. Checkmate (1960–1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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Don Corey and Jed Sills operate Checkmate, Inc., a very high priced detective agency in San Francisco. Helping them protect the lives of their clients is British criminologist (once an Oxford professor) Carl Hyatt.

Stars: Anthony George, Doug McClure, Sebastian Cabot, Ken Lynch

Votes: 215

20. Harmonium (2016)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

6.9
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84 Metascore

Toshio hires Yasaka in his workshop. This old acquaintance, who has just been released from prison, begins to meddle in Toshio's family life.

Director: Kôji Fukada | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Mariko Tsutsui, Taiga, Momone Shinokawa

Votes: 1,665 | Gross: $0.02M

21. Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (1980– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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A con-man and a accountant-wanna-be private eye team up to fight crime.

Stars: Ben Vereen, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Romanus, Larry Manetti

Votes: 346

22. It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)

Approved | 116 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

7.7
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A homeless New Yorker moves into a mansion and along the way he gathers friends to live in the house with him. Before he knows it, he is living with the actual home owners.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Don DeFore, Ann Harding, Charles Ruggles, Victor Moore

Votes: 2,915

23. Fighting Man of the Plains (1949)

Approved | 94 min | Adventure, Romance, Western

6.4
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Former bandit Jim Dancer becomes marshal of a Kansas town and cleans up the criminal element - with the help of his old pal, Jesse James.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Randolph Scott, Bill Williams, Victor Jory, Jane Nigh

Votes: 403

24. The Right Temptation (2000)

R | 95 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

5.4
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A detective falls for the man she's supposed to be investigating; dire complications follow.

Director: Lyndon Chubbuck | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Rebecca De Mornay, Dana Delany, Adam Baldwin

Votes: 1,022

25. Adele's Dinner (1978)

102 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

7.7
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When the famous detective Nick Carter visits Prague, he becomes involved in strange case of a missing dog and even stranger carnivorous plant. He becomes convinced that he is standing ... See full summary »

Director: Oldrich Lipský | Stars: Michal Docolomanský, Rudolf Hrusínský, Milos Kopecký, Václav Lohniský

Votes: 1,277

26. Love at Large (1990)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

5.7
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Vampish miss Dolan hires hardboiled P.I. Harry Dobbs to tail her shady boyfriend. Harry realizes that the man leads a double life but then his client disappears. Harry teams up with his own tail, P.I. Stella Wynkowski, to clear things up.

Director: Alan Rudolph | Stars: Tom Berenger, Elizabeth Perkins, Anne Archer, Kate Capshaw

Votes: 1,068 | Gross: $1.44M

27. Deadly Circuit (1983)

120 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

7.2
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Beauvoir, lonely, aging private detective, is put on the bloody track of beautiful Catherine Leiris who kills and robs her rich husband(s) on their wedding night. Although he never ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Miller | Stars: Michel Serrault, Isabelle Adjani, Guy Marchand, Stéphane Audran

Votes: 2,077

28. The Black Bird (1975)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

5.5
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The son of famous detective Sam Spade carries on the family tradition of getting involved with the Maltese Falcon - and with the people who will stop at nothing, including murder, to get it.

Director: David Giler | Stars: George Segal, Stéphane Audran, Lionel Stander, Lee Patrick

Votes: 405

29. Deception (2003 TV Movie)

R | 88 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

5.2
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Erin, a struggling actress, has little faith in men. She works for a detective agency, her job is to seduce married men and let their wives catch them in the act. But lately, Erin is been ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Roy | Stars: Dina Meyer, Steve Bacic, Gary Hudson, Anna Silk

Votes: 194

30. The Big Noise (1944)

Approved | 74 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.5
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During World War II Stan and Ollie find themselves as improbable bodyguards to an eccentric inventor and his strategically important new bomb.

Director: Malcolm St. Clair | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Doris Merrick, Arthur Space

Votes: 977

31. Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners - Overlooking View (2007)

49 min | Animation, Action, Crime

7.0
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September 1998: A recent spate of unusual suicide incidents where several high school girls fell to their death, but left no suicide note and had apparently no reason to commit suicide. In ... See full summary »

Director: Ei Aoki | Stars: Maaya Sakamoto, Ken'ichi Suzumura, Takako Honda, Ayumi Fujimura

Votes: 1,709

32. There's That Woman Again (1938)

Approved | 72 min | Comedy, Mystery

6.0
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Bill Reardon, a private detective, is working on a case involving stolen items from a local jewelry store. The case takes a different turn when Bill's prying wife wants to help catch the crook.

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Melvyn Douglas, Virginia Bruce, Margaret Lindsay, Stanley Ridges

Votes: 142

33. Phantom Raiders (1940)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.2
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An insurance company tasks Carter and Beeswax to Panama as cargo ships are mysteriously exploding and sending their valuable cargoes to the bottom with all hands.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Donald Meek, Joseph Schildkraut, Florence Rice

Votes: 327

34. Gunfight at Comanche Creek (1963)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Western

6.2
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In 1875 a murderous outlaw gang breaks criminals from jail, uses them to help in crimes, and then kills them for the reward, when it goes high enough.

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Audie Murphy, Ben Cooper, Colleen Miller, DeForest Kelley

Votes: 543

35. Private Eyes (1953)

Approved | 64 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.2
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After being punched in the nose, Sach finds out that he has the ability to read minds. Slip and the gang start up a detective agency try to cash in on Sach's new powers.

Director: Edward Bernds | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bernard Gorcey, Robert Osterloh

Votes: 260

36. Stroker and Hoop (2004–2005)

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

7.2
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John "Stroker" Strockmeyer and Hoop Schwartz are a duo of inept private investigators, living in contemporary Los Angeles. They dress in 1970s-fashion and face surreal mysteries.

Stars: Jon Glaser, Timothy 'Speed' Levitch, Paul Christie, Mary Birdsong

Votes: 1,158

37. Knee High P.I. (2003 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy

5.4
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Hank Dingo (Martin Kleeba) is the world's smallest private detective with the world's biggest ego. A rough, tough gumshoe full of attitude, he doesn't crack cases... he smashes them! Hank ... See full synopsis »

Director: J.B. Rogers | Stars: Martin Klebba, Walker Howard, Jim O'Heir, Ion Overman

Votes: 97

38. The Judge and Jake Wyler (1972 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

7.7
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A retired lady judge runs a private detective agency, helped by an ex-con and various parolees.

Director: David Lowell Rich | Stars: Bette Davis, Doug McClure, Eric Braeden, Joan Van Ark

Votes: 356

39. Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners, A Study in Murder: Part 1 (2007)

61 min | Animation, Action, Crime

7.2
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August 1995: Mikiya first meets Shiki in a white kimono during a snowing day. Later on, at the high school freshmen ceremony, Mikiya sees Shiki in the crowd and chases after her, ... See full summary »

Directors: Takuya Nomura, Takuya Nomura | Stars: Maaya Sakamoto, Ken'ichi Suzumura, Takako Honda, Hiroki Touchi

Votes: 1,261

40. Nightwalker: Midnight Detective (1998– )

Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

7.0
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Mankind is threatened by a race of creatures called the Nightbreed, people who have, either willingly or through deception, succumbed to supernatural beings. And hunting them down is a man ... See full summary »

Stars: Takumi Yamazaki, Maaya Sakamoto, Richard Cansino, Mari Devon

Votes: 144

41. Private Detective (1939)

Approved | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.0
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When they are forced to work together, rival detectives fall in love.

Director: Noel M. Smith | Stars: Jane Wyman, Dick Foran, Gloria Dickson, Maxie Rosenbloom

Votes: 190 | Gross: $0.04M

42. TimeSplitters 2 (2002 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.5
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In 2401, humanity is at war with relentless aliens, TimeSplitters. Space marines Cortez and Hart travel through time to stop the aliens in various spots, including Wild West, zombie-infested Gothic church and Blade Runner-esque future.

Directors: David Doak, Stephen Ellis | Stars: Tom Clarke Hill, Anna Burford, Kevin Clarke, Imme Dahlberg

Votes: 654

43. Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! (1963)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Crime

6.8
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Police detective Tajima, tasked with tracking down stolen firearms, turns an underworld grudge into a blood-bath. Suzuki transforms a colorful pot-boiler into an on-target send-up of cultural colonialism and post-war greed.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Jô Shishido, Tamio Kawaji, Reiko Sassamori, Nobuo Kaneko

Votes: 576

44. Sam Steele and the Junior Detective Agency (2009)

G | 87 min | Family

4.2
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13-year-old Sam Steele Jr. forms his own private detective agency to emulate his father, Des Moines detective Sam Steele, and helps track down a jewel thief.

Director: Tom Whitus | Stars: Luke Perry, M. Emmet Walsh, Jacob Hays, Darren Kennedy

Votes: 125

45. Secret Agent OO Soul (1990)

Action, Comedy

3.2
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James Brown III, also known as Secret Agent 00 Soul is a suave secret agent hired to catch an elusive criminal mastermind.

Director: Julius LeFlore | Stars: Billy Dee Williams, Amanda LeFlore, Jaime Cardriche, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister

Votes: 129

46. The Gumshoe Kid (1990)

R | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.4
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Clumsy but zealous Jeff Sherman has received his first case from his family's detective agency. The case turns out to be protecting an attractive lovely witness from the mob.

Director: Joseph Manduke | Stars: Jay Underwood, Tracy Scoggins, Vince Edwards, Arlene Golonka

Votes: 44

47. The People at Universal (1991)

110 min | Drama

7.6
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This is a dark comedy that takes place in an urban jungle, where each has to ensure its own survival. No one is bad, but all acting for his own benefit and without measure if their actions ... See full summary »

Director: Felipe Aljure | Stars: Álvaro Rodríguez, Jennifer Steffens, Robinson Díaz, Ani Aristizábal

Votes: 578

48. Criss Cross (2001)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Thriller

6.0
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When maverick private eye Nick Slaughter is hired by the seductive and mysterious Liora Burke to investigate a dubious life insurance claim, almost everyone involved tells him it's nothing ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: Rob Stewart, Carolyn Dunn, Ari Sorko-Ram, Cynthia Belliveau

Votes: 55

49. Bang Bang (1967)

95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

4.1
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Sheila's uncle has just died ;many of his relatives come,but ,much to their displeasure, it's his niece who inherits his private detective agency.But she must first go through a training in... See full summary »

Director: Serge Piollet | Stars: Sheila, Brett Halsey, Gaia Germani, Franco Fabrizi

Votes: 31

50. The Catcher (1972 TV Movie)

100 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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An ex-cop and a Harvard graduate team up to become bounty hunters.

Director: Allen H. Miner | Stars: Andrew Robinson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Anthony Franciosa, Catherine Burns

Votes: 13



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