The Top 100 Detective Films of All Time

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The Thin Man 1934, 91 min.

W.S. Van Dyke     Starring: William PowellNat PendletonMinna Gombell

Comedy    Comedy Thriller    Crime

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Laura 1944, 88 min.

Otto Preminger     Starring: Gene TierneyDana AndrewsClifton Webb

Crime Thriller    Crime    Detective Film

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Brick 2005, 110 min.

Rian Johnson     Starring: Joseph Gordon-LevittNora ZehetnerLukas Haas

Detective Film    Femme Fatale    Mystery

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Manhunter 1986, 124 min.

Michael Mann     Starring: William PetersenKim GreistBrian Cox

Crime    Crime Thriller    Detective Film

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The Killers 1946, 103 min.

Robert Siodmak     Starring: Ava GardnerAlbert DekkerJeff Corey

Crime    Detective Film    Drama

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Frenzy 1972, 116 min.

Alfred Hitchcock     Starring: Jon FinchBarry FosterAnna Massey

Crime    Crime Thriller    Detective Film

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Sherlock Holmes 2009, 128 min.

Guy Ritchie     Starring: Robert Downey Jr.Jude LawRachel McAdams

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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Angel Heart 1987, 113 min.

Alan Parker     Starring: Mickey RourkeRobert De NiroLisa Bonet

Detective Film    Horror    Mystery

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Night Moves 1975, 100 min.

Arthur Penn     Starring: Gene HackmanJennifer WarrenSusan Clark

Crime Thriller    Crime    Detective Film

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Murder by Death 1976, 94 min.

Robert Moore     Starring: Eileen BrennanTruman CapoteAlec Guinness

Mystery    Comedy    Parody/Spoof

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After the Thin Man 1936, 112 min.

W.S. Van Dyke     Starring: William PowellMyrna LoyJames Stewart

Comedy    Comedy Thriller    Crime

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Klute 1971, 114 min.

Alan J. Pakula     Starring: Donald SutherlandJane FondaCharles Cioffi

Detective Film    Mystery    New Hollywood

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Shaft 1971, 100 min.

Gordon Parks     Starring: Richard RoundtreeMoses GunnCharles Cioffi

Action    Blaxploitation    Detective Film

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Another Thin Man 1939, 103 min.

W.S. Van Dyke     Starring: William PowellMyrna LoyVirginia Grey

Comedy    Comedy Thriller    Crime

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The Nice Guys 2016, 116 min.

Shane Black     Starring: Ryan GoslingRussell CroweKim Basinger

Black Comedy    Buddy Film    Crime Comedy

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Backdraft 1991, 132 min.

Ron Howard     Starring: Kurt RussellWilliam BaldwinRobert De Niro

Action    Action Thriller    Detective Film

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The Glass Key 1942, 85 min.

Stuart Heisler     Starring: Brian DonlevyAlan LaddRichard Denning

Crime    Detective Film    Film Noir

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Without a Clue 1988, 107 min.

Thom Eberhardt     Starring: Michael CaineBen KingsleyJeffrey Jones

Comedy    Comedy Thriller    Crime

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Harper 1966, 121 min.

Jack Smight     Starring: Paul NewmanLauren BacallJulie Harris

Crime Drama    Detective Film    Mystery

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The Hard Way 1991, 111 min.

John Badham     Starring: Michael J. FoxJames WoodsAnnabella Sciorra

Comedy    Action    Action Comedy

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Rising Sun 1993, 125 min.

Philip Kaufman     Starring: Sean ConneryWesley SnipesHarvey Keitel

Buddy Film    Crime    Detective Film

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The Ninth Gate 1999, 133 min.

Roman Polanski     Starring: Johnny DeppFrank LangellaLena Olin

Detective Film    Horror    Mystery

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Blown Away 1994, 121 min.

Stephen Hopkins     Starring: Jeff BridgesTommy Lee JonesSuzy Amis

Action Thriller    Action    Chase Movie

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Mystery Team 2009, 105 min.

Dan Eckman     Starring: Aubrey PlazaDonald GloverD.C. Pierson

Comedy    Detective Film    Mystery

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Hollywoodland 2006, 126 min.

Allen Coulter     Starring: Bob HoskinsAdrien BrodyRobin Tunney

Detective Film    Mystery    Period Film

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Gorky Park 1983, 128 min.

Michael Apted     Starring: William HurtLee MarvinBrian Dennehy

Crime    Detective Film    Drama

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