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1. 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, D.B. Woodside

Votes: 158,983

2. Criminal Minds (2005– )

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

8.1
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The cases of the F.B.I. Behavioral Analysis Unit (B.A.U.), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation's most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.

Stars: Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness, A.J. Cook, Joe Mantegna

Votes: 139,311

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: 108,364

4. 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: 19,967

5. Gotham (2014–2019)

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

7.9
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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: 196,712

6. 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 emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham. The Dark Knight 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: 2,079,418 | Gross: $534.86M

7. 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: 34,203

8. Hawaii Five-0 (2010– )

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

7.4
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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: 61,740

9. JAG (1995–2005)

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

6.6
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The cases of Harmon Rabb, former Navy fighter pilot, and his fellow lawyers of the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General's office.

Stars: David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux, John M. Jackson

Votes: 15,238

10. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000–2015)

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

7.7
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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: 73,493

11. Starsky & Hutch (2004)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Crime

6.1
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55 Metascore

Two streetwise cops bust criminals in their red and white Ford Gran Torino, with the help of a police snitch called "Huggy Bear".

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Snoop Dogg, Vince Vaughn

Votes: 132,085 | Gross: $88.24M

12. Hot Fuzz (2007)

R | 121 min | Action, Comedy, Mystery

7.9
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81 Metascore

A skilled London police officer is transferred to a small town with a dark secret.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy

Votes: 427,562 | Gross: $23.64M

13. Bright (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 117 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

6.4
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29 Metascore

A detective must work with an Orc to find a powerful wand before evil creatures do.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramírez

Votes: 149,258

14. 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: 564,725 | Gross: $24.61M

15. The Other Guys (2010)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.7
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64 Metascore

Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city's top cops, whom they idolize, only things don't quite go as planned.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Derek Jeter, Eva Mendes

Votes: 222,688 | Gross: $119.22M

16. I, Robot (2004)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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59 Metascore

In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Greenwood, Alan Tudyk

Votes: 466,507 | Gross: $144.80M

17. L.A. Confidential (1997)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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90 Metascore

As corruption grows in 1950s Los Angeles, three policemen -- one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy -- investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger

Votes: 496,356 | Gross: $64.62M

18. Rizzoli & Isles (2010–2016)

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

7.6
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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: 27,668

19. Bullitt (1968)

M/PG | 114 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.5
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83 Metascore

An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn, Don Gordon

Votes: 55,572 | Gross: $42.30M

20. Starsky and Hutch (1975–1979)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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Two streetwise cops bust criminals in their red-and-white Ford Torino, with the help of police snitch, Huggy Bear.

Stars: David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas, Bernie Hamilton

Votes: 6,542

21. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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82 Metascore

In a small Korean province in 1986, three detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song

Votes: 102,228 | Gross: $0.01M

22. Walker, Texas Ranger (1993–2001)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.5
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Walker and his partner Trivette are Texas Rangers. They make it their business to battle crime in Dallas and all around the Great State of Texas.

Stars: Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Sheree J. Wilson, Noble Willingham

Votes: 13,925

23. Lethal Weapon (1987)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.6
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68 Metascore

Two newly paired cops who are complete opposites must put aside their differences in order to catch a gang of drug smugglers.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan

Votes: 220,371 | Gross: $65.21M

24. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.3
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64 Metascore

A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher

Votes: 149,673 | Gross: $234.76M

25. Insomnia (2002)

R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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78 Metascore

Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Martin Donovan

Votes: 254,625 | Gross: $67.36M

26. River (2015)

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

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John River is a brilliant police inspector whose genius lies side-by-side with the fragility of his mind. He is a man haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest.

Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Nicola Walker, Lesley Manville, Eddie Marsan

Votes: 16,727

27. Dragnet (1987)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Crime

5.9
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62 Metascore

The equally-straight-laced and "by the book" nephew of Joe Friday must work with his more laid-back partner to solve a mystery.

Director: Tom Mankiewicz | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks, Christopher Plummer, Harry Morgan

Votes: 29,607 | Gross: $57.39M

28. M (1931)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

8.3
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When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke

Votes: 129,444 | Gross: $0.03M

29. The French Connection (1971)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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94 Metascore

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco

Votes: 99,957

30. Beck (1997– )

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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Commissioner Martin Beck and his eccentric partner Gunvald Larsson investigate murders in Stockholm, Sweden.

Stars: Peter Haber, Ingvar Hirdwall, Mikael Persbrandt, Rebecka Hemse

Votes: 3,553

31. In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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75 Metascore

An African-American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant

Votes: 60,671 | Gross: $24.38M

32. Dirty Harry (1971)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.8
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90 Metascore

When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni

Votes: 132,667

33. Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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The investigations of Hawaii Five-0, an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police answerable only to the governor and headed by stalwart Steve McGarrett.

Stars: Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong, Herman Wedemeyer

Votes: 5,117

34. Saw IV (2007)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.9
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36 Metascore

Despite Jigsaw's death, and in order to save the lives of two of his colleagues, Lieutenant Rigg is forced to take part in a new game, which promises to test him to the limit.

Director: Darren Lynn Bousman | Stars: Tobin Bell, Scott Patterson, Louis Ferreira, Costas Mandylor

Votes: 131,623 | Gross: $63.30M

35. Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.2
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70 Metascore

Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Patsy Kensit

Votes: 149,674 | Gross: $147.25M

36. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.5
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48 Metascore

Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to help Taggart and Rosewood investigate Chief Bogomil's near-fatal shooting and the series of "alphabet crimes" associated with it.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Jürgen Prochnow, Ronny Cox

Votes: 99,071 | Gross: $153.67M

37. Magnum Force (1973)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

7.2
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58 Metascore

Dirty Harry is on the trail of vigilante cops who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Mitchell Ryan, David Soul

Votes: 51,486

38. Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

R | 127 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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37 Metascore

With personal crises and age weighing in on them, LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh must contend with deadly Chinese triads that are trying to free their former leaders out of prison and onto American soil.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

Votes: 144,101 | Gross: $130.44M

39. The Guard (2011)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

7.3
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78 Metascore

An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is partnered with an up-tight F.B.I. agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.

Director: John Michael McDonagh | Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong, Ronan Collins

Votes: 75,429 | Gross: $5.36M

40. Touch of Evil (1958)

PG-13 | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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99 Metascore

A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 93,066 | Gross: $2.24M

41. Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Crime

6.5
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63 Metascore

Frank Drebin comes out of retirement to help Police Squad infiltrate a gang of terrorists planning to detonate a bomb at the Academy Awards.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson

Votes: 89,571 | Gross: $51.13M

42. Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.5
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16 Metascore

Axel Foley, while investigating a car theft ring, comes across something much bigger than that: the same men who shot his boss are running a counterfeit money ring out of a theme park in Los Angeles.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Jon Tenney, Joey Travolta, Eugene Collier

Votes: 70,934 | Gross: $42.61M

43. Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

R | 118 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.7
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40 Metascore

Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh pursue a former LAPD officer who uses his knowledge of police procedure and policies to steal and sell confiscated guns and ammunition to local street gangs.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

Votes: 146,619 | Gross: $144.73M

44. The Dead Pool (1988)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

6.3
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46 Metascore

Dirty Harry Callahan must stop a sick secret contest to murder local celebrities, which includes himself as a target.

Director: Buddy Van Horn | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Liam Neeson, Patricia Clarkson, Evan C. Kim

Votes: 37,138 | Gross: $37.90M

45. Prime Suspect (1991)

207 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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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: 5,917

46. Wallander (2005–2013)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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A Swedish cop in a small town by the Baltic coast.

Stars: Krister Henriksson, Fredrik Gunnarsson, Mats Bergman, Douglas Johansson

Votes: 4,661 | Gross: $0.01M

47. Rex: A Cop's Best Friend (1994–2008)

45 min | Crime, Action, Mystery

7.2
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A recently divorced cop adopts a police dog who lost his former companion, together they solve crimes in and around Vienna.

Stars: Gerhard Zemann, Heinz Weixelbraun, Wolf Bachofner, Martin Weinek

Votes: 4,549

48. Texas Killing Fields (2011)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, History

5.7
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49 Metascore

In the Texas bayous, a local homicide detective teams up with a cop from New York City to investigate a series of unsolved murders.

Director: Ami Canaan Mann | Stars: Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jessica Chastain

Votes: 17,482 | Gross: $0.05M

49. The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

6.9
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65 Metascore

Lieutenant Frank Drebin discovers that his ex-girlfriend's new beau is involved in a plot to kidnap a scientist who advocates solar energy.

Director: David Zucker | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson

Votes: 97,010 | Gross: $86.93M

50. Martial Law (1998–2000)

45 min | Comedy, Crime, Action

7.1
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A Shanghai cop who is a master of martial arts fights crime in the Los Angeles Police Dept.

Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Kelly Hu, Arsenio Hall, Tom Wright

Votes: 2,146



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