films The Best Detective Fiction Movies  

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A list of all the best 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 movies. If they get enough votes they rise to the top.

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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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Sherlock Holmes Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

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The Maltese Falcon Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor

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The French Connection Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detective Fiction Movies
Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Noomi Rapace, Marika Lagercrantz, Lena Endre

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Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror Basil Rathbone, Reginald Denny, Edgar Barrier

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Basil Rathbone, Ida Lupino, George Zucco

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Sherlock Holmes Faces Death Basil Rathbone, Milburn Stone, Hillary Brooke

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Devil in a Blue Dress Denzel Washington, Poppy Montgomery, Don Cheadle

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Mississippi Burning Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman, Frances McDormand

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Murder by Death Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness

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After the Thin Man James Stewart, Myrna Loy, William Powell

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Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon Basil Rathbone, Lionel Atwill, Nigel Bruce

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Sleepy Hollow Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

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Backdraft is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detective Fiction Movies
Backdraft Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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Gorky Park William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy

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Sherlock Holmes in Washington Basil Rathbone, Marjorie Lord, George Zucco

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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Cary Grant

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The Name of the Rose Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman

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Terror by Night Basil Rathbone, Billy Bevan, Nigel Bruce

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The Maltese Falcon Thelma Todd, William Dieterle, Bebe Daniels

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Gone Baby Gone Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris

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The Return of the Pink Panther Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer, Herbert Lom

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Brick Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Meagan Good, Emilie de Ravin

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Blood Work Clint Eastwood, Anjelica Huston, Jeff Daniels

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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes Christopher Lee, Frank Thornton, Miklós Rózsa

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Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, William Frawley

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The Great Mouse Detective Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Frank Welker

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Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff Boris Karloff, Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

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The Mirror Crack'd Elizabeth Taylor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Novak

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Harper Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Janet Leigh

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The Pearl of Death Basil Rathbone, Rondo Hatton, Evelyn Ankers

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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detective Fiction Movies
The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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Carry On Screaming! Jon Pertwee, Kenneth Williams, Harry H. Corbett

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Murder, My Sweet Claire Trevor, Dick Powell, Mike Mazurki

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8 Million Ways to Die Jeff Bridges, Andy Garcia, Rosanna Arquette

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The Girl Who Played with Fire Noomi Rapace, Per Oscarsson, Lena Endre

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Murder at the Gallop Robert Morley, Margaret Rutherford, Flora Robson

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Night Moves Gene Hackman, James Woods, Melanie Griffith

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Shadow of the Thin Man Ava Gardner, Myrna Loy, Donna Reed

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Another Thin Man Myrna Loy, William Powell, Ruth Hussey

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The Perfect Murder Stellan Skarsgård, Naseeruddin Shah, Dalip Tahil

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Who's Harry Crumb? John Candy, Jeffrey Jones, Shawnee Smith

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The Cheap Detective Ann-Margret, James Cromwell, Madeline Kahn

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Courage Under Fire Meg Ryan, Matt Damon, Denzel Washington

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My Favorite Brunette Peter Lorre, Dorothy Lamour, Lon Chaney

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Thunderheart Val Kilmer, David Crosby, Sam Shepard

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Farewell, My Lovely Sylvester Stallone, Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling

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Appointment with Death Carrie Fisher, Lauren Bacall, John Gielgud

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Family Plot Alfred Hitchcock, Bruce Dern, Karen Black