The Best PG Detective Movies 

Updated October 9, 2019 227 votes 50 voters 3.6k views 26 items

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List of PG detective movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best PG detective moviess and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest PG detective movies of all time is. This list of popular PG detective moviess includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top PG detective movies isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great PG Detective films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific PG Detective film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

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What kind of directors have worked on Detective PG movies in the past? Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Lumet both have, as have other great directors.

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Bruce Willis, Emma Roberts, Rachael Leigh Cook

Released: 2007

Directed by: Andrew Fleming

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Roy Scheider, Ken Kercheval, Joe Spinell

Released: 1973

Directed by: Philip D'Antoni

The Seven-Ups is a 1973 American dramatic thriller film produced and directed by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Roy Scheider as a crusading policeman who is the leader of The Seven-Ups, a squad of ...more

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Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury

Released: 1978

Directed by: John Guillermin

This film is a 1978 British film based on the Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same name, directed by John Guillermin and adapted by Anthony Shaffer. The film features the Belgian detective ...more

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Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall

Released: 1974

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

This film is a 1974 British Technicolor mystery film directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, and based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie.

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Charles Bronson, Doug Atkins, Archie Moore

Released: 1975

Directed by: Tom Gries

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Ralph Waite, Aubrey Peeples, Jeff Chase

Released: 2009

Directed by: Steve Oedekerk, David M. Evans

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Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Madeline Kahn

Released: 1984

Directed by: Blake Edwards, Richard Benjamin

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Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Cary Grant

Released: 1982

Directed by: Carl Reiner

This film is a 1982 comedy-mystery film directed by Carl Reiner. Starring Steve Martin and Rachel Ward, the film is both a parody of, and an homage to, film noir and the pulp detective movies of ...more
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Steve Martin, Jeremy Irons

Released: 2009

Directed by: Harald Zwart

The Pink Panther 2 is a 2009 American detective comedy film directed by Harald Zwart. It is the eleventh installment in the The Pink Panther film series and the sequel to the 2006 film The Pink ...more

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Elizabeth Taylor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Novak

Released: 1980

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

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Alfred Hitchcock, Bruce Dern, Karen Black

Released: 1976

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

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Teri Garr, E.G. Daily, Harry Anderson

Released: 1982

Directed by: Caleb Deschanel

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Frank Sinatra, Raquel Welch, Dan Blocker

Released: 1968

Directed by: Gordon Douglas

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Susannah York, Saeed Jaffrey, Roy Kinnear

Released: 1990

Directed by: Stephen Bayly

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Derrick Shore, Irene Santiago, Marcia Dangerfield

Released: 1999

Directed by: Eric Hendershot

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Clubhouse Detectives Suzanne Barnes, Michael Galeota, Thomas Hobson

Released: 1996

Directed by: Eric Hendershot

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Lily Tomlin, Art Carney, Joanna Cassidy

Released: 1977

Directed by: Robert Benton

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Meryl Streep, Roy Scheider, Jessica Tandy

Released: 1982

Directed by: Robert Benton

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Peter Mayhew, Megan Henning, Chase Masterson

Released: 2008

Directed by: James Kerwin

Yesterday Was a Lie is a 2008 neo-noir film written and directed by James Kerwin and starring Kipleigh Brown, Chase Masterson, John Newton, and Mik Scriba. In publicity materials, the film has ...more
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Ann-Margret, James Cromwell, Madeline Kahn

Released: 1978

Directed by: Robert Moore

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Will Geer, Barbara Harris, Nicholas Colasanto

Released: 1975

Directed by: Dean Hargrove

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Yvonne De Carlo, Michelle Phillips, Sybil Danning

Released: 1980

Directed by: Robert Day

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Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness

Released: 1976

Directed by: Robert Moore

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Released: 1979

Directed by: Bob Clark

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Orson Welles, Jeff Chandler, James Gleason

Released: 1957

Directed by: Jack Arnold

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