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1. Midsomer Murders (1997– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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A veteran Detective Chief Inspector and his young Sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer County.

Stars: John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Jason Hughes

Votes: 20,372

2. Vera (2011– )

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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With her caustic wit and singular charm, DCI Vera Stanhope and her team face a series of captivating murder mysteries set against the breathtaking Northumberland landscape.

Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison, Riley Jones, Kenny Doughty

Votes: 7,107

3. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

PG-13 | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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52 Metascore

When a murder occurs on the train on which he's travelling, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench

Votes: 183,184 | Gross: $102.83M

4. Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)

TV-PG | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway solve the tough cases that the learned inhabitants of Oxford throw at them.

Stars: Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman, Rebecca Front

Votes: 9,334

5. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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Inspector Morse has an ear for music, a taste for beer, and a nose for crime. He sets out with Sergeant Lewis to solve each intriguing case.

Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe

Votes: 8,870

6. Foyle's War (2002–2015)

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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As WWII rages, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front; investigating crime on the south coast of England. Later series, see the retired detective working as an MI5 agent in the aftermath of the war.

Stars: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell, Ellie Haddington

Votes: 11,584

7. Filth (I) (2013)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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56 Metascore

A corrupt, junkie cop with bipolar disorder attempts to manipulate his way through a promotion in order to win back his wife and daughter while also fighting his own inner demons.

Director: Jon S. Baird | Stars: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots

Votes: 94,757 | Gross: $0.03M

8. Inspector George Gently (2007–2017)

89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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With the help of DS John Bacchus, Inspector George Gently spends his days bringing to justice members of the criminal underworld who are unfortunate enough to have the intrepid investigator assigned to their cases.

Stars: Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby, Simon Hubbard, Lisa McGrillis

Votes: 5,169

9. Waking the Dead (2000–2011)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd is the leader of a police team which investigates unsolved murders using modern technology.

Stars: Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston, Wil Johnson, Tara Fitzgerald

Votes: 4,576

10. Taggart (1983–2010)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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The Maryhill CID investigates gruesome murders against the bleak backdrop of the city of Glasgow.

Stars: Blythe Duff, Colin McCredie, John Michie, Alex Norton

Votes: 1,183

11. Manhunt (2019– )

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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London Metropolitan police detective Colin Sutton tracks down a serial killer.

Stars: Martin Clunes, Katie Lyons, Claudie Blakley, Stephen Wight

Votes: 2,407

12. Prime Suspect (1991)

207 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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A female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades.

Stars: Helen Mirren, John Benfield, Tom Bell, Jack Ellis

Votes: 5,994

13. Cracker (1993–1996)

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

8.4
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Dr Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald is a criminal psychologist. He is rather anti-social and obnoxious but he has a gift for solving crimes. Thus he is employed as a consultant by the Manchester Police.

Stars: Robbie Coltrane, Geraldine Somerville, Kieran O'Brien, Barbara Flynn

Votes: 5,086

14. Above Suspicion (2009–2012)

46 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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The murder of a young actress starts an investigation that uncovers on-screen tensions, a complex private life, controversial memoirs, and suspected abuse.

Stars: Kelly Reilly, Ciarán Hinds, Shaun Dingwall, Amanda Lawrence

Votes: 1,886

15. Prime Suspect 3 (1993)

207 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Assigned to a Vice squad, Detective Jane Tennison investigates a child murder and discovers a sinister link to the police.

Stars: Helen Mirren, Tom Bell, Karen Tomlin, David Thewlis

Votes: 2,750

16. From Darkness (2015)

TV-MA | 233 min | Crime, Drama

5.6
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Former Greater Manchester Police officer Claire Church's peaceful existence in the Western Isles is shattered when four bodies linked to her previous investigations are unearthed.

Stars: Anne-Marie Duff, Richard Rankin, Johnny Harris, Caroline Lee-Johnson

Votes: 1,107

17. Eliminators (2016)

R | 94 min | Action

5.5
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A former US Federal Agent must abandon the witness protection program and come out of hiding when his London home is invaded in error due to a wrong address. When the event ends with ... See full summary »

Director: James Nunn | Stars: Scott Adkins, Stu Bennett, Daniel Caltagirone, James Cosmo

Votes: 3,253

18. Prime Suspect 2 (1992)

203 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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DCI Jane Tennison's investigation of a murder is complicated with the unexpected participation of her secret lover in her detective unit.

Stars: Helen Mirren, Colin Salmon, John Benfield, Jack Ellis

Votes: 2,881

19. Prime Suspect 5: Errors of Judgement (1996)

200 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

7.9
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Detective Tennison investigates a seemingly straightforward drug murder that she believes is linked to a smugly smooth crime boss.

Stars: Helen Mirren, Ray Emmet Brown, John Brobbey, Julia Lane

Votes: 2,088

20. See No Evil: The Moors Murders (2006)

180 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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A vivid drama that documents the notorious "Moors murderers", Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

Stars: Joanne Froggatt, Maxine Peake, Sean Harris, Matthew McNulty

Votes: 1,002

21. Prime Suspect: Inner Circles (1995 TV Movie)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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A seemingly straightforward sex murder investigation by Superintendent Jane Tennison leads to a hidden political scandal.

Director: Sarah Pia Anderson | Stars: Helen Mirren, Thomas Russell, James Laurenson, Helene Kvale

Votes: 1,891

22. Hold the Press (1933)

Passed | 65 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

7.1
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When newspaper reporter Tim Collins, of the "Post", is slugged while investigating the shooting of a big-time gambler, he sets out to get his man with such determination that he ends up in ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Tim McCoy, Shirley Grey, Wheeler Oakman, Henry Wadsworth

Votes: 8

23. The Sweeney (1974–1978)
Episode: Abduction (1975)

51 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.5
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After Regan gets a tip about an upcoming robbery from a trusted informant, the gang kidnaps his daughter to blackmail him into inaction.

Director: Tom Clegg | Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, Janet Key

Votes: 68

24. Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996–1998)
Episode: All Stitched Up (1997)

TV-14 | 49 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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DCI Adams recruits Hetty to pose as the Irish sister of a local woman who is being preyed upon by a teenage thief and vandal.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Patricia Routledge, Derek Benfield, Dominic Monaghan, John Graham-Davies

Votes: 38

25. Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
Episode: Allegory of Love (2009)

TV-PG | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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The fabulously successful Oxford-based fantasy novelist seems to Lewis to be the key to solving the bizarre murder of a beautiful woman with a mirror.

Director: Bill Anderson | Stars: Katia Winter, Tom Mison, Louise Dylan, Olly Alexander

Votes: 420

26. Criminals: Caught on Camera (2013–2015)
Episode: Beware: The Cops Are Watching (2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Documentary, Crime

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A huge increase in crimes from motorcycles, mopeds and bikes lead to a special police operation to stop increasingly violent and well-organized gangs.

Stars: Nick Wallis, Spencer Barnett, Viv Brownley, Raffaele D'Orsi

27. The Sweeney (1974–1978)
Episode: Big Spender (1975)

49 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.7
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The Smith Brothers, a vicious group of mobsters, abandon their usual strong-arm tactics to run a parking ticket scam at a car park.

Director: Viktors Ritelis | Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, Warren Mitchell

Votes: 69

28. Foyle's War (2002–2015)
Episode: Bleak Midwinter (2007)

TV-14 | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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The death of a woman in a munitions factory becomes linked with the murder of Milner's estranged wife as he falls under suspicion and Foyle strives to clear his name.

Director: Gavin Millar | Stars: Kate Ambler, Gavin Brocker, Ann Beach, Sian Brooke

Votes: 386

29. Waking the Dead (2000–2011)
Episode: Breaking Glass: Part 1 (2003)

TV-14 | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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The CCS is alerted to sexual abuse of young boys in care homes. The team race to identify the murderer before his vengeful victims reach him.

Director: David Thacker | Stars: Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston, Holly Aird, Claire Goose

Votes: 92

30. Foyle's War (2002–2015)
Episode: Casualties of War (2007)

TV-14 | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Foyle has his hands full dealing with illegal gambling, sabotage, and his needy goddaughter who shows up on his doorstep with her traumatized son.

Director: Tristram Powell | Stars: Gerard Kearns, Harry Eden, Stanley Townsend, Kate Fleetwood

Votes: 379

31. The Sweeney (1974–1978)
Episode: Contact Breaker (1975)

49 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.2
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After Danny Keever, a convict on weekend release and due for parole, is framed in a bank robbery, Regan works to clear him.

Director: William Brayne | Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, Warren Clarke

Votes: 71

32. The Sweeney (1974–1978)
Episode: Cover Story (1975)

50 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.3
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It's unclear whether a beautiful crime reporter is involved with a criminal gang or just a catspaw.

Director: Douglas Camfield | Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, Prunella Gee

Votes: 72

33. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
Episode: Dead on Time (1992)

TV-14 | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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A respected, dying Oxford don, husband of Morse's former fiancée, apparently shoots himself, but his doctor asserts that he was not capable of firing a gun.

Director: John Madden | Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, Brendan O'Hea, David Haig

Votes: 505

34. Above Suspicion (2009–2012)
Episode: Deadly Intent Part 1 (2011)

46 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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In Mexico someone is having plastic surgery. On a London estate disgraced ex-cop Frank Brandon is found shot dead in a crack den and Anna,now an inspector,joins the hunt for the killer. ... See full summary »

Director: Gillies MacKinnon | Stars: Kelly Reilly, Ciarán Hinds, Shaun Dingwall, Celyn Jones

Votes: 46

35. Above Suspicion (2009–2012)
Episode: Deadly Intent Part 3 (2011)

47 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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Julia's husband Anthony Collingwood is an alternate identity for international drug dealer Alexander Fitzpatrick, who only seems to care about his son.

Director: Gillies MacKinnon | Stars: Kelly Reilly, Ciarán Hinds, Shaun Dingwall, Celyn Jones

Votes: 43

36. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
Episode: Deceived by Flight (1989)

TV-14 | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Lewis goes undercover as a worker at the University so he can go undercover on the cricket team and discover the murderer of Morse's old college roommate.

Director: Anthony Simmons | Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, Amanda Hillwood, Norman Rodway

Votes: 465

37. Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
Episode: Down Among the Fearful: Part 2 (2013)

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

7.7
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Reuben's killer also murders his co-researcher and suspicion falls on fellow psychic Frank Mclean and tarot reader Justine Skinner.

Director: Brian Kelly | Stars: Beatie Edney, Emily Joyce, Catherine Steadman, Adam Wadsworth

Votes: 256

38. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
Episode: Driven to Distraction (1990)

TV-14 | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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After two beautiful women are stabbed to death a month apart by the same killer, the only connection between the pair is their car dealership.

Director: Sandy Johnson | Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, Julia Lane, Tariq Yunus

Votes: 487

39. Prime Suspect 2 (1992)
Episode: Episode #1.2 (1992)

104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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In Series 2, Tennison has proven herself and won her colleagues' grudging respect. When she is assigned to head a murder inquiry in the African Caribbean community, it seems further ... See full summary »

Director: John Strickland | Stars: Helen Mirren, Colin Salmon, John Benfield, Jack Ellis

Votes: 126

40. EastEnders (1985– )
Episode: Episode dated 14 October 1996 (1996)

TV-PG | Crime, Drama, Romance

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Add a Plot

Director: Geoff Feld | Stars: Michael French, Pam St. Clement, Michelle Collins, Adam Woodyatt

41. Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
Episode: Falling Darkness (2010)

TV-PG | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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During a Halloween, one of Dr Hobson's college roommates is found dead with a stake through her heart and a garlic bulb in her mouth.

Director: Nicholas Renton | Stars: Kevin Whately, Clare Holman, Niamh Cusack, Lucy Griffiths

Votes: 364

42. Waking the Dead (2000–2011)
Episode: False Flag: Part 1 (2004)

TV-14 | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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After a garage is demolished, the mummified body of a long vanished young man with IRA sympathies is found along with a car bomb.

Director: Suri Krishnamma | Stars: Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston, Holly Aird, Claire Goose

Votes: 95

43. Waking the Dead (2000–2011)
Episode: False Flag: Part 2 (2004)

Not Rated | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Boyd and the team find that the murdered young man presumed to be Irish was really working for the English under a "false flag."

Director: Suri Krishnamma | Stars: Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston, Holly Aird, Claire Goose

Votes: 80

44. Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996–1998)
Episode: Family Values (1998)

TV-14 | 49 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.3
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After his invalid brother drowns in his remote garden pond, Tom Carter hires Hetty to investigate his housekeeper, whom he suspects of larceny.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Patricia Routledge, Derek Benfield, Dominic Monaghan, Suzanne Maddock

Votes: 34

45. Waking the Dead (2000–2011)
Episode: Final Cut: Part 1 (2003)

TV-14 | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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The discovery of a mummified body opens an investigation into a supposedly fictional film from the 1960s. It transpires that the gangster responsible for the bodies behind the walls in the Notting Hill house is still active today.

Director: Betsan Morris Evans | Stars: Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston, Holly Aird, Claire Goose

Votes: 101

46. Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996–1998)
Episode: For Love nor Money (1998)

TV-14 | 49 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Hetty's brother-in-law Frank asks Hetty to search for his lady friend's daughter, who has disappeared.

Director: Mike Vardy | Stars: Patricia Routledge, Derek Benfield, Dominic Monaghan, Suzanne Maddock

Votes: 36

47. Inspector George Gently (2007–2017)
Episode: Gently Go Man (2007)

89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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Following the murder of his wife by notorious gangster Webster, Inspector George Gently is pondering retirement. When he hears about Webster attending a funeral of a murder victim, he delays his retirement to take on this case.

Director: Euros Lyn | Stars: Martin Shaw, Maria Tecce, Mark Lambert, Phil Davis

Votes: 441

48. Inspector George Gently (2007–2017)
Episode: Goodbye China (2011)

88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.8
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Gently and Bacchus look into the suspicious death of Gently's old friend and ex-snout, China.

Director: Gillies MacKinnon | Stars: James Acton, Jay Miller, Niek Versteeg, Martin Shaw

Votes: 237

49. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
Episode: Happy Families (1992)

TV-14 | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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The head of a wealthy but dysfunctional family is found bludgeoned to death in the family estate as Morse is forced to deal with the resultant media frenzy.

Director: Adrian Shergold | Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, Sukie Smith, Gwen Taylor

Votes: 452

50. The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977–1979)
Episode: Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula, Part I (1977)

60 min | Family, Mystery

7.8
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While in Europe searching for their missing father, the Hardy Boys meet Nancy Drew and team up on a case that takes them to a rock festival in Transylvania held at Dracula's castle.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Shaun Cassidy, Parker Stevenson, Pamela Sue Martin, John Van Dreelen

Votes: 48



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