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1. Joker (I) (2019)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.9
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59 Metascore

In Gotham City, mentally-troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: "The Joker".

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy

Votes: 323,679 | Gross: $192.73M

2. The Politician (2019– )

TV-14 | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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Payton Hobart, a student from Santa Barbara, has known since age seven that he's going to be President of the United States. But first he'll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School.

Stars: Ben Platt, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Bob Balaban

Votes: 6,446

3. The Dark Knight (2008)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama

9.0
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84 Metascore

When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, Batman must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine

Votes: 2,117,153 | Gross: $534.86M

4. In the Shadow of the Moon (2019)

TV-MA | 115 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.2
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48 Metascore

A Philadelphia police officer struggles with a lifelong obsession to track down a mysterious serial killer whose crimes defy explanation.

Director: Jim Mickle | Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Cleopatra Coleman, Bokeem Woodbine, Michael C. Hall

Votes: 17,492

5. The Flash (2014– )

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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After being struck by lightning, Barry Allen wakes up from his coma to discover he's been given the power of super speed, becoming the Flash, fighting crime in Central City.

Stars: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes

Votes: 282,628

6. Carnival Row (2019– )

TV-MA | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

8.0
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A human detective and a fairy rekindle a dangerous affair in a Victorian fantasy world, where the city's uneasy peace collapses when a string of murders reveals an unimaginable monster.

Stars: Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, Simon McBurney, Tamzin Merchant

Votes: 22,626

7. Gotham (2014–2019)

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

7.8
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The story behind Detective James Gordon's rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman's arrival.

Stars: Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova

Votes: 199,439

8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Crime

8.4
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Jake Peralta, an immature, but talented N.Y.P.D. detective in Brooklyn's 99th Precinct, comes into immediate conflict with his new commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Ray Holt.

Stars: Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero

Votes: 165,903

9. Lucifer (2015– )

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

8.2
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Lucifer Morningstar has decided he's had enough of being the dutiful servant in Hell and decides to spend some time on Earth to better understand humanity. He settles in Los Angeles - the City of Angels.

Stars: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, Lesley-Ann Brandt

Votes: 169,032

10. 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 NYPD, investigate sexually related crimes.

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

Votes: 70,758

11. Emergence (2019– )

Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.4
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A police chief investigates a case involving a young child found near the site of a mysterious accident.

Stars: Allison Tolman, Alexa Swinton, Owain Yeoman, Ashley Aufderheide

Votes: 1,731

12. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller

8.4
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78 Metascore

Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

Votes: 1,414,494 | Gross: $448.14M

13. Hawaii Five-0 (2010– )

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

7.3
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Steve McGarrett returns home to Oahu, in order to find his father's killer. The Governor offers him the chance to run his own task force (Five-0).

Stars: Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Taylor Wily, Daniel Dae Kim

Votes: 62,391

14. Batman Begins (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure

8.2
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70 Metascore

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

Votes: 1,218,826 | Gross: $206.85M

15. True Detective (2014– )

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

9.0
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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: 455,911

16. Sherlock (2010– )

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

9.1
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A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 730,186

17. Dexter (2006–2013)

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

8.7
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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: 608,473

18. The Wire (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

9.3
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The Baltimore drug scene, as seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.

Stars: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce

Votes: 254,000

19. 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: 131,467

20. Charmed (1998–2006)

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

7.1
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Three sisters discover their destiny, to battle against the forces of evil, using their witchcraft. They are the Charmed Ones.

Stars: Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause, Rose McGowan

Votes: 70,521

21. Child's Play (2019)

R | 90 min | Horror

5.9
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48 Metascore

A mother gives her 13-year-old son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.

Director: Lars Klevberg | Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Hamill, Brian Tyree Henry, Tim Matheson

Votes: 24,994 | Gross: $29.21M

22. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

R | 164 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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81 Metascore

A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista

Votes: 395,650 | Gross: $92.05M

23. A Simple Favor (2018)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.8
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67 Metascore

Stephanie is a single mother with a parenting vlog who befriends Emily, a secretive upper-class woman who has a child at the same elementary school. When Emily goes missing, Stephanie takes it upon herself to investigate.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells

Votes: 98,353 | Gross: $53.55M

24. Elementary (2012–2019)

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

7.9
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A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with the detective now living in New York City.

Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn, Jon Michael Hill

Votes: 96,220

25. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.7
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89 Metascore

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

Votes: 928,167 | Gross: $46.84M

26. 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: 1,319,773 | Gross: $100.13M

27. Sin City (2005)

R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller

8.0
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74 Metascore

A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.

Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba

Votes: 720,532 | Gross: $74.10M

28. Law & Order (1990–2010)

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

7.6
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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: 29,748

29. Bosch (2014– )

TV-MA | 51 min | Crime, Drama

8.4
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An L.A.P.D. homicide detective works to solve the murder of a thirteen-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court for the murder of a serial killer.

Stars: Titus Welliver, Jamie Hector, Amy Aquino, Lance Reddick

Votes: 35,515

30. Terminator Genisys (2015)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.4
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38 Metascore

When John Connor, leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline.

Director: Alan Taylor | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney

Votes: 239,358 | Gross: $89.76M

31. Watchmen (2009)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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56 Metascore

In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman

Votes: 461,838 | Gross: $107.51M

32. Black Lightning (2018– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.2
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A crusading school principal gets back into action as the original African-American electrical superhero.

Stars: Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams

Votes: 17,704

33. Suspiria (I) (2018)

R | 152 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

6.8
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64 Metascore

A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Doris Hick, Malgorzata Bela

Votes: 45,001 | Gross: $2.47M

34. Gone Girl (2014)

R | 149 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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79 Metascore

With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

Votes: 780,112 | Gross: $167.77M

35. Grimm (2011–2017)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.8
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A homicide detective discovers he is a descendant of hunters who fight supernatural forces.

Stars: David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

Votes: 104,013

36. Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

R | 76 min | Animation, Action, Crime

6.4
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As Batman hunts for the escaped Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime attacks the Gordon family to prove a diabolical point mirroring his own fall into madness.

Director: Sam Liu | Stars: Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Tara Strong, Ray Wise

Votes: 44,463 | Gross: $3.78M

37. Broadchurch (2013–2017)

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

8.4
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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: 77,498

38. Prisoners (2013)

R | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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74 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: 540,222 | Gross: $61.00M

39. 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: 74,049

40. Death in Paradise (2011– )

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

7.8
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A British inspector is transferred to Saint-Marie's police department, but he hates the sun, sea and sand. The series follow his investigations into murders on the island. Later series see another British DI head the investigative team.

Stars: Danny John-Jules, Elizabeth Bourgine, Don Warrington, Joséphine Jobert

Votes: 11,932

41. 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: 134,254

42. Columbo (1971–2003)

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

8.2
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Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and ingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes.

Stars: Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan, Bruce Kirby

Votes: 24,387

43. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

8.0
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81 Metascore

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 340,206 | Gross: $232.91M

44. Temple (2019– )

Crime, Drama, Thriller

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UK version of the Norwegian show about a surgeon who is determined to save his dying wife to the point of agreeing to treat criminals and others for cash in his highly illegal secret underground clinic.

Stars: Mark Strong, Daniel Mays, Carice van Houten, Catherine McCormack

Votes: 843

45. Scream 2 (1997)

R | 120 min | Horror, Mystery

6.2
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63 Metascore

Two years after the first series of murders, as Sydney acclimates to college life, someone donning the Ghostface costume begins a new string of killings.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Jada Pinkett Smith

Votes: 146,955 | Gross: $101.36M

46. Upgrade (2018)

R | 100 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.5
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67 Metascore

Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem.

Director: Leigh Whannell | Stars: Logan Marshall-Green, Melanie Vallejo, Steve Danielsen, Abby Craden

Votes: 116,639 | Gross: $11.87M

47. Blade Runner (1982)

R | 117 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.1
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89 Metascore

A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 641,701 | Gross: $32.87M

48. BlacKkKlansman (2018)

R | 135 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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83 Metascore

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace

Votes: 165,816 | Gross: $48.69M

49. 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: 211,307 | Gross: $65.81M

50. 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, Thomas Craig, Helene Joy, Jonny Harris

Votes: 8,889



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