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1. True Detective (2014– )

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

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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: 445,677

2. 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: 69,323

3. NCIS (2003– )

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

7.8
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The cases of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service's Washington, D.C. Major Case Response Team, led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

Stars: Mark Harmon, David McCallum, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette

Votes: 108,082

4. Fargo (2014– )

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

9.0
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Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder in and around frozen Minnesota. Yet all of these tales mysteriously lead back one way or another to Fargo, North Dakota.

Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Votes: 275,470

5. Midsomer Murders (1997– )

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

7.8
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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: 19,843

6. Bones (2005–2017)

TV-14 | 40 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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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: 130,114

7. Mindhunter (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.5
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Set in the late 1970s, two FBI agents are tasked with interviewing serial killers to solve open cases.

Stars: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv, Hannah Gross

Votes: 122,232

8. Death in Paradise (2011– )

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

7.9
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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: 11,512

9. 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: 763,741 | Gross: $167.77M

10. Law & Order (1990–2010)

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

7.7
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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: 29,272

11. 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: 133,002

12. A Simple Favor (2018)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.9
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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: 84,430 | Gross: $53.54M

13. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

6.9
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44 Metascore

Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, Terry Camilleri

Votes: 100,341 | Gross: $40.49M

14. 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: 23,872

15. No Country for Old Men (2007)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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91 Metascore

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 769,160 | Gross: $74.28M

16. Batman (1989)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure

7.6
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69 Metascore

The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl

Votes: 313,550 | Gross: $251.19M

17. Longmire (2012–2017)

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

8.3
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Walt Longmire is the dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Widowed only a year, he is a man in psychic repair but buries his pain behind his brave face, unassuming grin and dry wit.

Stars: Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cassidy Freeman

Votes: 25,849

18. Nightcrawler (2014)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.9
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76 Metascore

When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

Director: Dan Gilroy | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed

Votes: 405,722 | Gross: $32.38M

19. Murdoch Mysteries (2008– )

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

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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, Jonny Harris, Helene Joy

Votes: 8,604

20. 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: 527,745 | Gross: $61.00M

21. Mystic River (2003)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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84 Metascore

The lives of three men who were childhood friends are shattered when one of them has a family tragedy.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Emmy Rossum

Votes: 389,255 | Gross: $90.14M

22. 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: 6,817

23. The Girl on the Train (2016)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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48 Metascore

A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux

Votes: 151,602 | Gross: $75.40M

24. Annabelle (I) (2014)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.4
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37 Metascore

A couple begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.

Director: John R. Leonetti | Stars: Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard, Tony Amendola

Votes: 122,703 | Gross: $84.27M

25. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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85 Metascore

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 563,009 | Gross: $24.61M

26. Bloodline (2015–2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Thriller

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A family finds themselves forced to face their past secrets and scars when the black sheep returns home.

Stars: Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Sissy Spacek

Votes: 39,006

27. American Hustle (2013)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama

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90 Metascore

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild F.B.I. Agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the Mafia.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence

Votes: 418,876 | Gross: $150.12M

28. The Closer (2005–2012)

TV-14 | 46 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson runs the Priority Homicide Division of the LAPD with an unorthodox style. Her innate ability to read people and obtain confessions helps her and her team solve the city's toughest, most sensitive cases.

Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett

Votes: 21,159

29. The Snowman (2017)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.1
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23 Metascore

Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jonas Karlsson

Votes: 48,235 | Gross: $6.67M

30. I, Tonya (2017)

R | 120 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.5
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77 Metascore

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson

Votes: 142,598 | Gross: $30.01M

31. American Gangster (2007)

R | 157 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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76 Metascore

An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin

Votes: 367,593 | Gross: $130.16M

32. Now You See Me (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 115 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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50 Metascore

An F.B.I. Agent and an Interpol Detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances, and reward their audiences with the money.

Director: Louis Leterrier | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Common, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 554,129 | Gross: $117.72M

33. Death Wish (2018)

R | 107 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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31 Metascore

Dr. Paul Kersey is an experienced trauma surgeon, a man who has spent his life saving lives. After an attack on his family, Paul embarks on his own mission for justice.

Director: Eli Roth | Stars: Bruce Willis, Vincent D'Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Camila Morrone

Votes: 50,697 | Gross: $34.02M

34. Taking Lives (2004)

R | 103 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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38 Metascore

An FBI profiler is called in by French Canadian police to catch a serial killer who takes on the identity of each new victim.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke, Kiefer Sutherland, Gena Rowlands

Votes: 74,719 | Gross: $32.68M

35. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)

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

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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: 8,693

36. Collateral (2004)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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71 Metascore

A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo

Votes: 335,697 | Gross: $101.01M

37. As Good as It Gets (1997)

PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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67 Metascore

A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Votes: 254,545 | Gross: $148.48M

38. Rizzoli & Isles (2010–2016)

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

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Detective Jane Rizzoli and Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Maura Isles team up to solve crimes in Boston.

Stars: Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

Votes: 27,592

39. Top of the Lake (2013– )

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

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Obsessed with the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave detective will find herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay.

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham, Peter Mullan, Thomas M. Wright

Votes: 29,609

40. Unfaithful (2002)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.7
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63 Metascore

A New York suburban couple's marriage goes dangerously awry when the wife indulges in an adulterous fling.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez, Erik Per Sullivan

Votes: 73,721 | Gross: $52.80M

41. Gosford Park (2001)

R | 131 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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90 Metascore

The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Maggie Smith, Ryan Phillippe, Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 73,828 | Gross: $41.31M

42. Instinct (2018– )

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

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A former CIA operative (Cumming), who has since built a "normal" life as a gifted professor and writer, is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer on the loose.

Stars: Alan Cumming, Bojana Novakovic, Daniel Ings, Michael B. Silver

Votes: 4,222

43. Thirteen (2016)

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

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26-year-old Ivy Moxam steps out of an ordinary house, on an ordinary street, on an ordinary day. Ivy hasn't been seen for thirteen years, she was kidnapped in 2003 at the age of thirteen.

Stars: Jodie Comer, Valene Kane, Richard Rankin, Natasha Little

Votes: 5,730

44. Red Dragon (2002)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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60 Metascore

A retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer. Aiding him is imprisoned forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel

Votes: 232,404 | Gross: $93.15M

45. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001–2011)

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

7.4
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This third Law and Order series involves the criminal justice system from the criminal's point of view.

Stars: Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan, Courtney B. Vance

Votes: 20,958

46. The Gift (VI) (2015)

R | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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77 Metascore

A young married couple's lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband's past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.

Director: Joel Edgerton | Stars: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Allison Tolman

Votes: 124,150 | Gross: $43.77M

47. Cardinal (2017– )

TV-MA | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Cardinal struggles to right past wrongs that could derail his investigation and end his career, as the case grows more violent and twisted, and the clock ticks down on the killer's next victim.

Stars: Billy Campbell, Karine Vanasse, James Downing, Kristen Thomson

Votes: 4,658

48. Marcella (2016– )

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

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Marcella Backland left the Metropolitan Police for the sake of her family, only to have her husband leave her. She returns to her job on the murder squad, investigating a case that seems disturbingly familiar to her.

Stars: Anna Friel, Ray Panthaki, Jack Doolan, Jamie Bamber

Votes: 15,630

49. Inside Man (2006)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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76 Metascore

A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 313,974 | Gross: $88.51M

50. Primal Fear (1996)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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47 Metascore

An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney

Votes: 164,534 | Gross: $56.12M



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