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1. Criminal Minds (2005–2020)

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

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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: 147,235

2. Fargo (2014– )

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

8.9
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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: 295,405

3. 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 N.Y.P.D., investigate sexually related crimes.

Stars: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T, Dann Florek

Votes: 74,816

4. 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: 113,342

5. True Detective (2014– )

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

9.0
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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: 469,024

6. The Postcard Killings (2020)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.5
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29 Metascore

A New York detective investigates the death of his daughter who was murdered while on her honeymoon in London; he recruits the help of a Scandinavian journalist when other couples throughout Europe suffer a similar fate.

Director: Danis Tanovic | Stars: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Famke Janssen, Naomi Battrick, Ruairi O'Connor

Votes: 993

7. Mindhunter (2017– )

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

8.6
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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: 180,583

8. Midsomer Murders (1997– )

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

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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, Chris Wilson

Votes: 21,461

9. Liar (2017– )

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

7.1
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British psychological thriller in which schoolteacher Laura Nielson accuses renowned surgeon Andrew Earlham of rape.

Stars: Joanne Froggatt, Ioan Gruffudd, Zoë Tapper, Richie Campbell

Votes: 5,421

10. Bones (2005–2017)

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

7.8
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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: 133,370

11. Death in Paradise (2011– )

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

7.8
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An Irish detective inspector in the UK Police 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, Tobi Bakare

Votes: 12,648

12. 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: 804,205 | Gross: $167.77M

13. Prisoners (2013)

R | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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71 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: 558,843 | Gross: $61.00M

14. 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: 30,292

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: 804,362 | Gross: $74.28M

16. 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: 25,241

17. Castle (2009–2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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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: 135,943

18. FBI (2018– )

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

6.6
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Procedural drama about the inner workings of the New York office of the FBI, bringing to bear all the Bureau's skills, intellect and mind-blowing technology to keep New York and the country safe.

Stars: Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki, Ebonee Noel, Jeremy Sisto

Votes: 8,039

19. When They See Us (2019)

TV-MA | 296 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

Stars: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Marquis Rodriguez

Votes: 65,216

20. A Simple Favor (2018)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.8
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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: 108,748 | Gross: $53.55M

21. Batman (1989)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure

7.5
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69 Metascore

The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being Jack Napier, a criminal who becomes the clownishly homicidal Joker.

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

Votes: 325,422 | Gross: $251.19M

22. 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: 40,793

23. 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, Helene Joy, Thomas Craig, Jonny Harris

Votes: 9,347

24. Longmire (2012–2017)

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

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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: 27,142

25. Mystic River (2003)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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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: 401,890 | Gross: $90.14M

26. Code 8 (2019)

98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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A super-powered construction worker falls in with a group of criminals in order to raise the funds to help his ill mother.

Director: Jeff Chan | Stars: Kari Matchett, Robbie Amell, Penny Eizenga, Lawrence Bayne

Votes: 13,163

27. Vera (2011– )

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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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: 7,870

28. The Gift (VI) (2015)

R | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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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: 129,847 | Gross: $43.77M

29. Dare Me (2019– )

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

6.5
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A cheerleader in her senior year of high school plots revenge against the clique that expelled her.

Stars: Willa Fitzgerald, Herizen F. Guardiola, Marlo Kelly, Rob Heaps

Votes: 1,184

30. Captive State (2019)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.0
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54 Metascore

Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extraterrestrial force, 'Captive State' explores the lives on both sides of the conflict - the collaborators and dissidents.

Director: Rupert Wyatt | Stars: John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors, Vera Farmiga

Votes: 43,333 | Gross: $5.96M

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: 377,537 | Gross: $130.16M

32. 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: 585,631 | Gross: $24.61M

33. I, Tonya (2017)

R | 119 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: 162,421 | Gross: $30.01M

34. Marcella (2016– )

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

7.4
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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: 18,248

35. 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, two detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.

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

Votes: 117,299 | Gross: $0.01M

36. 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: 431,735 | Gross: $32.38M

37. 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: 323,446 | Gross: $88.51M

38. 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: 572,184 | Gross: $117.72M

39. Bancroft (2017– )

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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A dark thriller centering on Detective Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft, a female detective with an explosive secret.

Stars: Sarah Parish, Ryan McKen, Adam Long, Lee Boardman

Votes: 2,109

40. 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: 160,120 | Gross: $75.40M

41. Serpico (1973)

R | 130 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.7
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87 Metascore

An honest New York cop named Frank Serpico blows the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe, Biff McGuire

Votes: 102,343 | Gross: $29.80M

42. Escape Room (I) (2019)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

6.3
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48 Metascore

Six strangers find themselves in a maze of deadly mystery rooms and must use their wits to survive.

Director: Adam Robitel | Stars: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine

Votes: 70,054 | Gross: $57.01M

43. American Hustle (2013)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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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: 432,088 | Gross: $150.12M

44. Cold Pursuit (2019)

R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.2
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57 Metascore

A grieving snowplow driver seeks out revenge against the drug dealers who killed his son.

Director: Hans Petter Moland | Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Micheál Richardson, Michael Eklund

Votes: 49,047 | Gross: $32.14M

45. Stuber (2019)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.1
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42 Metascore

A detective recruits his Uber driver into an unexpected night of adventure.

Director: Michael Dowse | Stars: Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Mira Sorvino, Natalie Morales

Votes: 29,326 | Gross: $22.37M

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

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

7.3
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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: 21,701

47. 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: 263,610 | Gross: $148.48M

48. The Capture (2019– )

60 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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When a British soldier is charged with a crime, the tenacious young detective handling his case begins to uncover a multi-layered conspiracy.

Stars: Holliday Grainger, Callum Turner, Ben Miles, Laura Haddock

Votes: 5,844

49. Shetland (2013– )

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

8.1
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DI Jimmy Perez and his team investigate crimes within the close knit island community of Shetland.

Stars: Douglas Henshall, Alison O'Donnell, Steven Robertson, Erin Armstrong

Votes: 9,288

50. Cold Case (2003–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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The Philadelphia homicide squad's lone female detective finds her calling when she's assigned "cold cases", older crimes that have never been solved.

Stars: Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn, Jeremy Ratchford

Votes: 23,265



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