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Best Detective Fiction Movies

List Criteria: Vote for your personal favorite Detective fiction films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

A list of all detective fiction movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. This detective fiction movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. This list of detective fiction films also contains detective fiction movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This detective fiction films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best detective fiction movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This detective fiction movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Rock the vote by upvoting your favorite items. If they get enough votes they rise to the top.

List of detective fiction films includes detective fiction movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. You can share this on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and more to see what your social network would vote to the top.

These are the top films in the detective fiction genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the detective fiction genre in it. Be it the motifs of the detective fiction genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

If you're not a fan of Some Girls Do or Shadow Lake, then vote those down so that the list takes your preferences into account. If we missed any detective fiction movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous detective fiction movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about detective fiction movie lists.
You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the detective fiction movies. List includes photos and detective fiction movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

Lonely Street and Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

Whether you're at home and want to watch these detective fiction movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good detective fiction movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest detective fiction movies, here is the full detective fiction movies list, ordered from best to worst.


Plenty of well-known directors have been associated with Detective fiction films, including John Huston and John Ford.

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    Gene Hackman, André Ernotte, Burt Richards

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    Michael Gambon, Christopher Walken, Christina Ricci

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    Walter Huston, Mary Astor, Humphrey Bogart

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    Frances McDormand, Michael Rooker, Brad Dourif

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    James Coco, Eileen Brennan, Peter Falk

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    William Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, J. T. Walsh

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    Janet Leigh, Lauren Bacall, Harold Gould

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    Allen Hoskins, Heinie Conklin, Harry Tyler

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    Vincent Price, Wayne Allwine, Basil Rathbone

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    Stellan Skarsgård, Annu Kapoor, Ratna Pathak

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    Per Oscarsson, Ralph Carlsson, Paolo Roberto

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    Jeff Bridges, Alexandra Paul, Rosanna Arquette

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    Bud Tingwell, Stringer Davis, Margaret Rutherford

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    Dorothy Lamour, Reginald Denny, Lon Chaney

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    Matt Damon, Lou Diamond Phillips, Michael Moriarty

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    Rock Hudson, Angela Lansbury, Edward Fox

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    Alexander Knox, William Hurt, Ian McDiarmid

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    Sid Caesar, Ann-Margret, Louise Fletcher

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