Top Ten Best Detective Movies


The Top Ten

1 Sherlock Holmes

What a good film this is! The plot is unpredictable. Everybody is strongly recommended to watch this great movie.

This movie has the best plot. You don't come to know the real mystery till the end. The acting by Robert Downey Jr. ^^ Jude Law is remarkable. A must watch mystery movie.

it's the best of all detective movies
awesome sherlock holmes it one of my best film ever seen before
just watch it you don't regret it

Robert Downey Jr’s preformance is just incredible - BabyBackBaby

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2 Chinatown

I would Chinatown as number 1

Chinatown is the greatest. Period

Should be # 1 or 3

A classic - Shourya51

3 Seven

Good atmosphere, story and twist at the end. All the actors deliver great performances. Must see for anybody, anywhere.

It's an incredible movie! It's got Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, how can you beat that

Damn great movie you must see it the great ending best acting from morgan freeman and brad pitt


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4 Minority Report

GOOd and Fast Movie

5 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

This movie is just 'overthrow' its previous sequel. The storyline is more complicated, more complex, but also very genius, very smart, and there's a lot comedy scene too. Holmes and Watson relationship is more 'intensified' here.
And this movie also convince me more that Robert Downey Jr. Is very suitable played as Sherlock Holmes. People say that he is not good just because Robert is American, not British just like the rest of the actors who have played Holmes. I love Robert Downey Jr because of his role as Sherlock Holmes, he doesn't look smart from his appearance but deep down in his head is the most genius mind that ever existed. That's why, to me, Robert Downey Jr. Is the most perfect Sherlock Holmes.

Basically I'm Sherlock Holmes fan. I have complete seasons of The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes, Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes.

Really enjoyed the acting, the story was great as well. I also thought that the slow motion camera work on some of the action was a great touch, especially when it showed what was about to happen, and how he planned everything. These movies are brilliant.

Such a commercial movie and waiting for Sherlock 3?

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6 L.A. Confidential


Love it! - Shourya51

7 Bad Boys II

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence make such comedy magic. Who needs Janet Scott and Rachael Baily when you can have Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett?

8 The Shawshank Redemption

No one could have predicted the climax of this movie while seeing it.. The best movie ever made.. Truly Inspirational as well.. May the entire team that made this movie rest in peace

I agree The Shawshank Redemption is one of the best films I have seen three times and would watch again. It is inspirational.

Great movie. I have seen three times. Must watch category

Best movie ever made

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9 The X-Files: I Want to Believe

Do I really need to say why? I mean, Mulder, Scully, does anybody need anything else? I don't think so! I need them back!

A great movie! It's not just a cheap detective, it's a deep, very tender and philosophical thing... The X Files the best!

It's a real classic of T.V. shows. It was balanced movie, with great characters and basic aim with humanity. I really need them back

Unexplainable movie

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10 Rear Window

Really good scenes and very classical... Sood 1

The Contenders

11 Vertigo
12 Rush Hour 3

I laughed my ass off the whole way through this film! It's amazing! - IronSabbathPriest

13 Bad Boys
14 The Heat


15 The Silence of the Lambs

Based on famous detective, horrible, mysterious novel that the movie has improved these character of murder and violence childhood. palpitating!

Just awesome! Love this movie!


Come on guys! Why can't it be among "the top tens" 😦

16 Basic Instinct
17 Clue
18 Mulholland Dr.
19 The Maltese Falcon

THE ONLY WAY, you can keep up with this movie is by rewind and review! You won't get it if you watch it all the way through without interruption. Well that's my opinion anyway! I'm in my late 60s now and just got around to viewing it about 10 years ago and it blew me away. I instantly became of fan of Bogart after multiple decades of wondering why his adoration seemed timeless. He was absolutely off the charts in this movie. I remember hearing only Jack Nicholson could do any Bogart remakes and that's a big negative! I doubt if they'll ever be a remake of this movie... you will never improve on it, never! I only wish the young murder mystery fans will check it out!

This list proves that it is mainly younger adults and kids that do most of the internet surfing. Most of the probably haven't even HEARD of The Maltese Falcon, let alone seen it. Falcon, Chinatown and The Big Sleep should be jockeying for positions 1-3 on this list. Bad Boys?!? Really? And Shawshank, while a great PRISON film is NOT a detective film, so how is it even a"contender" in this category?!?

This is a silly list. Dumb movies like Sherlock Holmes and Bad Boys II ranked above Chinatown and The Maltese Falcon. Go figure.

Whoever said that it's mainly younger adults that do internet surfing, why shouldn't they vote for what they want? I have no issiue on people voting for Bad Boys and Sherlock Holmes franchises. Will Smith and Robert Downey Jr have charisma, that's why people vote for them. It's old farts spamming the crap on this lists for ancient movies that won't be relevent for modern audiences.

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20 Rush Hour
21 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
22 Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

I love this movie!. the way Robert Downey Jr acts! Love it!

23 Dick Tracy
24 Rush Hour 2

Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker are super funny in this

25 Speed

I love this film so much, great performance from Dennis hopper, Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock including Jeff Daniels and Joe Morton - roblist

26 R.I.P.D
27 Untraceable

Like this film, super climax, Diane Lane got a very strong charecter, everything is perfect, recommend watching

Nice making, good & perfect

28 Dangerous Game
29 Copycat

One of the best thrillers I've seen. It's creepy but very addictive. Great film!

30 The Untouchables
31 Rookie
32 Inside Man

perfect planning
perfect plot
and a perfect thief
it is a great movie I must on the top 3
but unluckily very rare people have seen this awesome movie

Great work on this movie and the investigation start after robbery from one of great movie of robbery and investigation sure it be

Clive Owen is so good in this movie.

I think it sounds really intresting and exciting, funny, and good I would love to see this

33 Dirty Harry
34 Mystic River
35 Gone Baby Gone

Exponentially better than any movie on this list

Awesome plot that hammered my head at the end

Excellent movie..
One of the best I have seen

36 Zodiac
37 Manhattan Murder Mystery
38 Smilla's Sense of Snow
39 Saw IV

Very thrilling and was so full of puzzles and twists. It has some of the best detective actors you will ever see

I think this was a very underrated Saw, and it had a lot of loops and puzzles to solve - robertoantonioortuso

I like saw is the best film

It full of twists and turns and is undoubtably one of the most traumatising Saw's

40 Shonar Kella

You guys have no idea about this movie!

I love this movie.

A must watch Indian Film directed by one of the best directors of all time Satyajit Ray.

Not for this baba felunath is also a fantastic movie

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41 Blow Out

Mind blowing these movies are with John Travolta. I like this star

42 Sin City
43 Body Heat
44 Beyond the Law
45 Primal Fear

Come on, this should be above bad boys!

Should be in top 5. Great thriller with a twist. Geres best

46 Bad Day at Black Rock
47 Mr. Brooks
48 88 Minutes

Easily a top 10
Al pacino as a detective... Do the math

49 Shadows and Fog
50 The Firm
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1. Seven
2. The Silence of the Lambs
3. Mystic River
1. The Shawshank Redemption
2. Minority Report
3. Chinatown
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2. L.A. Confidential
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