Highest-Rated Movies about 'Detective', Sort by Popularity


The Lodger (1927), Betrayed (2018), Hard-Boiled (1992), Number 37 (2018), The Absent One (2014), Cure (1997), Terror at the Opera (1987), Prince of the City (1981) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best Detective movies.


The Lodger (1927)

When a landlady (Marie Ault) and her husband (Arthur Chesney) take in a new lodger (Ivor Novello), they're overjoyed: He's quiet, humble and pays a month's rent in advance. But his mysterious and suspicious behavior soon has them wondering if he's the killer terrorizing local blond girls. Their daughter, Daisy (June), a cocky model, is far less concerned, her attraction obvious. Her police-detective boyfriend (Malcolm Keen), in a pique of jealousy, seeks to uncover the lodger's true identity.

lodger, landlady, husband, daughter, detective, witness, dark

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Betrayed (2018)

Russian gangsters kidnap a corrupt politician's daughter when they learn he's been cooperating with a rival cartel.

mayor, russian mobster, daughter, detective, brutal, confident, creative

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Hard-Boiled (1992)

A police officer and an undercover colleague embark on a blood-splattered quest to crush a gun smuggling ring.

detective, undercover cop, mobster, smuggler, crew member, hit man, suspenseful

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Number 37 (2018)

A recent paraplegic is given binoculars by his girlfriend. When he witnesses a mob killing, he tries to blackmail the killer.

paraplegic, loan shark, blackmailer, girlfriend, detective, chilling, confident

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The Absent One (2014)

Detectives race to find a possible witness to a 20-year-old double homicide before the killers get to her.

detective, assistant, sociopath, thrilling, copenhagen, cold case, conspiracy

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Cure (1997)

A Tokyo detective (Koji Yakusho) investigates a series of murders committed in exactly the same way by people who seem to have no connection.

detective, killer, police officer, victim, creepy, chilling, frightening

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Terror at the Opera (1987)

A hooded figure forces a young diva (Cristina Marsillach) to watch as he murders performers in a production of Verdi's opera "Macbeth."

actress, opera singer, opera director, murderer, macbeth, detective, bleak

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Prince of the City (1981)

A New York police detective (Treat Williams) wears a "wire" for federal agents to nail his friends on the take.

detective, cop, junkie, drug dealer, wife, investigator, suspenseful

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The Grim Reaper (1962)

Suspects explain their whereabouts to Rome police investigating a prostitute's death in a park near the Tiber River.

prostitute, pickpocket, detective, witness, soldier, teen boy, suspenseful

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Se7en (1995)

Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.

police officer, detective, serial killer, wife, police chief, dark, suspenseful

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Hidden Agenda (1990)

In Ireland, American lawyer Ingrid Jessner (Frances McDormand) and her activist partner, Paul Sullivan (Brad Dourif), struggle to uncover atrocities committed by the British government against the Northern Irish during the "Troubles." But when Sullivan is assassinated in the streets, Jessner teams up with Peter Kerrigan (Brian Cox), a British investigator acting against the will of his own government, and struggles to uncover a conspiracy that may even implicate one of Kerrigan's colleagues.

activist, detective, terrorist, lawyer, government official, partner, suspenseful

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The Most Terrible Time in My Life (1994)

Intrepid Japanese detective Maiku Hama is on the case in this adventure. Hama is suave, macho, and cold but he is a total klutz. His attempts at machismo always fall flat. When he's out on a case he spends more time getting beaten up than he does solving the case.

detective, waiter, criminal, brother, client, campy, frenetic

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Vertigo (1958)

A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman.

detective, wife, friend, dead person, police officer, suspenseful, gripping

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Scarface (1983)

In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

drug lord, friend, kingpin, detective, girlfriend, dark, brutal

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The Kennel Murder Case (1933)

Detective Philo Vance sifts through clues and comes up with seven possible suspects in the murder of a sportsman.

detective, niece, brother, rival, competitor, murder suspect, suspenseful

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Jackie Chan's Police Story 2 (1988)

Villains kidnap a Hong Kong policeman's (Jackie Chan) girlfriend (Maggie Cheung) as he investigates a bombing/extortion scheme.

crime boss, detective, cop, girlfriend, police officer, thrilling, heartwarming

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Kaante (2002)

Gathered in a warehouse after a bank robbery, six criminals (Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty) start to turn against one another.

detective, wife, army major, criminal, drug dealer, undercover cop, thrilling

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L.A. Confidential (1997)

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.

police officer, detective, journalist, mobster, prostitute, actor, dark

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Seven (1995)

A meticulous detective (Morgan Freeman) and the young officer (Brad Pitt) about to replace the veteran probe serial murders based on the seven deadly sins.

police officer, detective, serial killer, wife, police chief, dark, suspenseful

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Chinatown (1974)

A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.

detective, widow, father, sister, private investigator, wife, disturbing

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Dial M for Murder (1954)

A tennis player frames his neglected wife for murder after she inadvertently foils his plan to have her murdered.

tennis player, wife, writer, criminal, detective, intellectual, frightening

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Another Thin Man (1939)

Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell, Myrna Loy) visit a Long Island estate, where Nick drinks Scotch and solves murders.

detective, socialite, son, dog, wife, suspenseful, witty

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The Big Scary "S" Word (2020)

After documenting the taboo word that it shows Socialism has historically been in the US, the film argues it is way past time to replace the failed capitalist economic system.

detective, murder suspect, creepy, uneasy, thrilling, forest, camp

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Prisoners (2013)

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.

father, daughter, young girl, best friend, detective, suspect, dark

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Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation, which turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.

bank robber, detective, wife, lover, fbi agent, tense, emotional

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The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

Rodent supersleuth Basil and his bumbling partner must thwart evil Ratigan's plot to depose the Mouse Queen.

mouse, rat, detective, sherlock holmes, professor, inventor, amusing

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Death Note 2: The Last Name (2007)

College student Yagami (Tatsuya Fujiwara) possesses a Death Note, a magical notebook that kills anyone whose name is written on its pages. Though he tries to use the notebook only to wipe out criminals, he's tempted to use it for less noble purposes. Yagami's life is complicated by a police investigation, led by the determined teen detective L (Ken'ichi Matsuyama), into the identity of a vigilante killer. TV star Miss Amane (Erika Toda), who also holds a Death Note, proves equally troublesome.

father, television star, detective, vigilante, police officer, college student, gripping

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In the Heat of the Night (1967)

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

detective, police officer, wealthy man, widow, cool, tense, small town

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The Exorcist (1973)

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

priest, actress, psychiatrist, doctor, detective, daughter, creepy

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Diabolique (1955)

The wife and mistress of a loathed school principal hatch a plan to murder him while having the perfect alibi. They carry out the plan...but then his body disappears.

teacher, headmaster, detective, wife, mistress, suspenseful, tense

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