The Top 100 Detective Films of All Time

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1

Chinatown

1974    Roman Polanski    Rated R

Detective Film    Femme Fatale    Mystery

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The Maltese Falcon

1941    John Huston    Not Rated

Crime    Detective Film    Femme Fatale

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The Big Sleep

1946    Howard Hawks    Not Rated

Detective Film    Femme Fatale    Film Noir

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The Thin Man

1934    W.S. Van Dyke    Not Rated

Comedy    Comedy Thriller    Crime

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Laura

1944    Otto Preminger    Not Rated

Crime    Crime Thriller    Detective Film

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The Long Goodbye

1973    Robert Altman    Rated R

Crime    Crime Thriller    Detective Film

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit

1988    Robert Zemeckis    Rated PG

Animation    Comedy    Detective Film

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Kiss Me Deadly

1955    Robert Aldrich    Not Rated

Detective Film    Femme Fatale    Film Noir

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Brick

2005    Rian Johnson    Rated R

Detective Film    Femme Fatale    Mystery

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10

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

2005    Shane Black    Rated R

Comedy    Crime    Crime Comedy

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11

Manhunter

1986    Michael Mann    Rated R

Crime    Crime Thriller    Detective Film

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12

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

2011    David Fincher    Rated R

Crime    Crime Drama    Detective Film

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The Killers

1946    Robert Siodmak    Not Rated

Crime    Detective Film    Drama

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14

Mississippi Burning

1988    Alan Parker    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Crime    Detective Film

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15

Murder on the Orient Express

1974    Sidney Lumet    Rated PG

Detective Film    Ensemble Film    Mystery

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16

Gone Baby Gone

2007    Ben Affleck    Rated R

Detective Film    Mystery    Thriller

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17

Frenzy

1972    Alfred Hitchcock    Rated R

Crime    Crime Thriller    Detective Film

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18

The Name of the Rose

1986    Jean-Jacques Annaud    Rated R

Detective Film    Gothic Film    Mystery

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19

Alphaville

1965    Jean-Luc Godard    Not Rated

Cyberpunk / Tech Noir    Detective Film    Dystopian Film

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20

Sherlock Holmes

2009    Guy Ritchie    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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21

Angel Heart

1987    Alan Parker    Rated R

Detective Film    Horror    Mystery

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Winter's Bone

2010    Debra Granik    Rated R

Detective Film    Drama    Family Drama

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24

Murder by Death

1976    Robert Moore    Rated PG

Mystery    Comedy    Parody/Spoof

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25

The Maltese Falcon

1931    Roy Del Ruth    Not Rated

Detective Film    Mystery    Pre-Code Hollywood

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26

The Stranger

1946    Orson Welles    Not Rated

Detective Film    Drama    Film Noir

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27

After the Thin Man

1936    W.S. Van Dyke    Not Rated

Comedy    Comedy Thriller    Crime

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28

Murder, My Sweet

1944    Edward Dmytryk    Not Rated

Detective Film    Femme Fatale    Film Noir

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31

Night Moves

1975    Arthur Penn    Rated R

Crime    Crime Thriller    Detective Film

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32

Klute

1971    Alan J. Pakula    Rated R

Detective Film    Mystery    Post-Noir

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33

Young Sherlock Holmes

1985    Barry Levinson    Rated PG13

Adventure    Adventure Drama    Detective Film

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34

The Great Mouse Detective

1986    Ron Clements    Not Rated

Animation    Family-Oriented Fantasy    Family

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35

Shaft

1971    Gordon Parks    Rated R

Action    Blaxploitation    Detective Film

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36

The Return of the Pink Panther

1975    Blake Edwards    Rated G

Comedy    Farce    Slapstick

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37

Sherlock: A Study in Pink

2010    Paul McGuigan    Not Rated

Detective Film    Made-for-Television    Mystery

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38

Backdraft

1991    Ron Howard    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Detective Film

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39

Joint Security Area

2000    Chan-wook Park    Not Rated

Anti-War Film    Detective Film    Drama

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Sea of Love

1989    Harold Becker    Rated R

Detective Film    Erotic Thriller    Psychological Thriller

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41

Death on the Nile

1978    John Guillermin    Rated PG

Detective Film    Ensemble Film    Mystery

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42

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

2011    Guy Ritchie    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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43

Another Thin Man

1939    W.S. Van Dyke    Not Rated

Comedy    Comedy Thriller    Crime

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44

Fallen

1998    Gregory Hoblit    Rated R

Thriller    Supernatural Thriller    Detective Film

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Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

1995    Steve Oedekerk    Rated PG13

Comedy    Detective Film    Gross-Out Comedy

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46

Tango & Cash

1989    Andrey Konchalovskiy    Rated R

Action    Action Comedy    Buddy Film

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47

Family Plot

1976    Alfred Hitchcock    Rated PG

Comedy Thriller    Detective Film    Mystery

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48

The Hound of the Baskervilles

1939    Sidney Lanfield    Not Rated

Crime    Detective Film    Horror

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49

Devil in a Blue Dress

1995    Carl Franklin    Rated R

Detective Film    Mystery    Post-Noir

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50

The Hound of the Baskervilles

1959    Terence Fisher    Not Rated

Crime    Detective Film    Gothic Film

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51

The Thin Man Goes Home

1945    Richard Thorpe    Not Rated

Comedy    Comedy Thriller    Crime

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52

Sherlock: The Great Game

2010    Paul McGuigan    Not Rated

Detective Film    Made-for-Television    Mystery

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53

Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall

2012    Toby Haynes    Not Rated

Detective Film    Made-for-Television    Mystery

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54

Without a Clue

1988    Thom Eberhardt    Rated PG

Comedy    Comedy Thriller    Crime

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55

The X-Files

1998    Rob Bowman    Rated PG13

Action    Alien Invasion Films    Based-on-Television

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56

Courage Under Fire

1996    Edward Zwick    Rated R

War    War Drama    Political Drama

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57

The Glass Key

1942    Stuart Heisler    Not Rated

Crime    Detective Film    Film Noir

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59

Jack Reacher

2012    Christopher McQuarrie    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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60

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

1970    Billy Wilder    Rated PG13

Detective Film    Mystery    Romance

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The Hard Way

1991    John Badham    Rated R

Comedy    Action    Action Comedy

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62

Harper

1966    Jack Smight    Not Rated

Crime Drama    Detective Film    Mystery

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63

The Girl Who Played with Fire

2009    Daniel Alfredson    Rated R

Crime    Crime Drama    Crime Thriller

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64

Sherlock: The Blind Banker

2010    Euros Lyn    Not Rated

Detective Film    Made-for-Television    Mystery

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Rising Sun

1993    Philip Kaufman    Rated R

Buddy Film    Crime    Detective Film

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66

The Ninth Gate

1999    Roman Polanski    Rated R

Detective Film    Horror    Mystery

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Thunderheart

1992    Michael Apted    Rated R

Mystery    Detective Film    Psychological Drama

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Q: The Winged Serpent

1982    Larry Cohen    Rated R

Detective Film    Horror    Monster Film

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69

Evil Under the Sun

1982    Guy Hamilton    Rated PG

Detective Film    Ensemble Film    Mystery

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70

Blown Away

1994    Stephen Hopkins    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Chase Movie

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71

Mystery Team

2009    Dan Eckman    Rated R

Comedy    Detective Film    Mystery

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True Crime

1999    Clint Eastwood    Rated R

Crime    Crime Drama    Crime Thriller

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73

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane

1990    Renny Harlin    Not Rated

Detective Film    Mystery    Parody/Spoof

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74

Hollywoodland

2006    Allen Coulter    Rated R

Detective Film    Mystery    Period Film

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75

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

1976    Herbert Ross    Rated PG

Addiction Drama    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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76

Shadow of the Thin Man

1941    W.S. Van Dyke    Not Rated

Comedy    Comedy Thriller    Crime

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Murder by Decree

1979    Bob Clark    Rated PG

Crime    Crime Drama    Crime Thriller

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79

Just Cause

1995    Arne Glimcher    Rated R

Thriller    Mystery    Psychological Thriller

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Lady In The Lake

1947    Robert Montgomery    Not Rated

Detective Film    Femme Fatale    Film Noir

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81

Sherlock Holmes

2010    Rachel Goldenberg    Rated PG13

Action    Detective Film    Mystery

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The Night Stalker

1972    John Llewellyn Moxey    Not Rated

Detective Film    Horror    Made-for-Television

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Farewell, My Lovely

1975    Dick Richards    Rated R

Detective Film    Mystery    Post-Noir

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85

Veronica Mars

2014    Rob Thomas    Rated PG13

Based-on-Television    Detective Film    Drama

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86

House of Bamboo

1955    Samuel Fuller    Not Rated

Crime    Crime Drama    Detective Film

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87

Basic

2003    John McTiernan    Rated R

Thriller    Psychological Thriller    Detective Film

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88

Who's Harry Crumb?

1989    Paul Flaherty    Rated PG13

Comedy    Comedy Thriller    Detective Film

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89

Showdown in Little Tokyo

1991    Mark L. Lester    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Detective Film

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90

God Told Me To

1976    Larry Cohen    Rated R

Crime    Crime Thriller    Detective Film

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91

Sherlock Holmes Faces Death

1943    Roy William Neill    Not Rated

Mystery    Crime    Detective Film

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92

The Kennel Murder Case

1933    Michael Curtiz    Not Rated

Crime    Detective Film    Mystery

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93

The Great Piggy Bank Robbery

1946    Robert Clampett    Not Rated

Animation    Cartoon    Comedy

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94

Blood Work

2002    Clint Eastwood    Rated R

Crime    Crime Thriller    Detective Film

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95

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

2001    Woody Allen    Rated PG13

Comedy    Detective Film    Mystery

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96

Murder, She Said

1961    George Pollock    Not Rated

Detective Film    Mystery    Whodunit

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97

Terror by Night

1946    Roy William Neill    Not Rated

Adventure    Adventure Drama    Crime

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98

Gleaming the Cube

1989    Graeme Clifford    Rated PG13

Mystery    Drama    Detective Film

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The General's Daughter

1999    Simon West    Rated R

Thriller    Mystery    Detective Film

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