Film The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies  

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If you're craving some cheesy twists and turns, you may be on the hunt for some guilty pleasure detective movies. Detective films usually follow the same basic formula: a clever sleuth solves a mystery that has baffled the masses, often assisted by a plucky sidekick. Even when poorly executed, the inherently egnigmatic nature of detective films means it's hard to avoid getting sucked in. While corny and occasionally downright dumb, the films below are great for easy entertainment. 

The cheesiest detective movies are great when you simply want to disengage. From humorous takes on the genre to sincere films that simply failed to deliver, the flicks below do not require too much from the viewer. You can simply kick back, relax, and revel in the bad special effects, ridiculous plot lines, and terrible performances. Scroll down to find the best guilty pleasure detective movies for you! 

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Cop Out is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies
Cop Out Bruce Willis, Michelle Trachtenberg, Rashida Jones Cop Out is a 2010 American buddy cop comedy film directed and edited by Kevin Smith, and also written by Cullen brothers Mark and Robb Cullen, and starring Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Kevin ...more

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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Dan Marino Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is a 1994 American comedy detective film directed by Tom Shadyac, and co-written by and starring Jim Carrey. It was developed by the film's original writer, Jack ...more

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Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot Sylvester Stallone, Ving Rhames, Estelle Getty Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot is a 1992 American buddy cop comedy film directed by Roger Spottiswoode. The film stars Sylvester Stallone and Estelle Getty. The film was released in the United ...more

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Mystery Team is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies
Mystery Team Aubrey Plaza, Donald Glover, Ellie Kemper Mystery Team is a 2009 film created by the comedy group Derrick Comedy. The story was written by Donald Glover, DC Pierson, Dominic Dierkes, Dan Eckman, and Meggie McFadden. It stars Donald ...more

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Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies
Scooby-Doo Pamela Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Isla Fisher Scooby-Doo is a 2002 American comedy horror film. Based on the long-running Hanna-Barbera animated television series Scooby-Doo, the film was directed by Raja Gosnell, written by James Gunn and ...more

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The Long Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies
The Long Goodbye Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elliott Gould, Henry Gibson The Long Goodbye is a 1973 neo-noir film directed by Robert Altman and based on Raymond Chandler's 1953 novel of the same name. The screenplay was written by Leigh Brackett, who cowrote the ...more

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Sherlock Gnomes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies
Sherlock Gnomes James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Chiwetel Ejiofor Sherlock Gnomes is a 2018 British-American 3D computer-animated fantasy romantic comedy mystery film directed by John Stevenson. Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) recruit detective ...more

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The Spy Next Door is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies
The Spy Next Door Jackie Chan, Billy Ray Cyrus, Amber Valletta The Spy Next Door is a 2010 American spy comedy family film directed by Brian Levant, and starring Jackie Chan, Amber Valletta, Madeline Carroll, Will Shadley, Alina Foley, Magnús ...more

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Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies
Get Smart Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Bill Murray Get Smart is a 2008 American action comedy film which was produced by Leonard B. Stern, who is also the original series' producer. The film is based on Mel Brooks and Buck Henry's 1960s spy ...more

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Nancy Drew is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies
Nancy Drew Bruce Willis, Emma Roberts, Rachael Leigh Cook Nancy Drew is a 2007 American film loosely based on the popular series of mystery novels about the titular teen detective. It stars Emma Roberts as Nancy Drew, Max Thieriot as Ned, Kay Panabaker ...more

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Spy Hard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies
Spy Hard Hulk Hogan, Ray Charles, Nicollette Sheridan Spy Hard is a 1996 American spy comedy film parody starring Leslie Nielsen and Nicollette Sheridan, parodying James Bond films and other action films. The introduction to the movie is sung by ...more

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Agent Cody Banks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies
Agent Cody Banks Hilary Duff, Angie Harmon, Frankie Muniz Agent Cody Banks is a 2003 American action comedy film directed by Harald Zwart. Its story follows the adventures of the 15-year-old title character, played by Frankie Muniz, who has to finish ...more

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Knight and Day is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies
Knight and Day Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Maggie Grace Knight and Day, is a 2010 action comedy film starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. The film, directed by James Mangold, is Cruise and Diaz's second on-screen collaboration following the 2001 ...more

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Inspector Gadget is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies
Inspector Gadget Michelle Trachtenberg, Matthew Broderick, Andy Dick Inspector Gadget is a 1999 live-action action-comedy film loosely based on the 1983 animated cartoon series of the same name. It starred Matthew Broderick as the title character, along with ...more

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Undercover Brother is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies
Undercover Brother Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Dave Chappelle Undercover Brother is a 2002 American action comedy film starring Eddie Griffin and directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The screenplay is by Michael McCullers and co-executive producer John Ridley, who ...more

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The Falcon Strikes Back is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies
The Falcon Strikes Back Tom Conway, Cliff Edwards, Velma Wayne Dawson The Falcon Strikes Back is a 1943 American crime film directed by Edward Dmytryk. It is the sixth film in the Falcon series and features Cliff Edwards filling in for Allen Jenkins as Goldie

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Johnny English is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies
Johnny English John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia, Rowan Atkinson Johnny English is a 2003 British comedy film parodying the James Bond secret agent genre. The film stars Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller and John Malkovich. Atkinson had previously appeared in the ...more

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The Black Dahlia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies
The Black Dahlia Scarlett Johansson, Rose McGowan, Hilary Swank The Black Dahlia is a 2006 American neo noir crime thriller film directed by Brian De Palma. It is drawn from a novel of the same name by James Ellroy, writer of L.A. Confidential and stars Josh ...more

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That Darn Cat is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies
That Darn Cat Christina Ricci, Dyan Cannon, Michael McKean That Darn Cat is a 1997 mystery comedy film starring Christina Ricci and Doug E. Doug. It is a remake of the 1965 film That Darn Cat!, which in turn was based on the book Undercover Cat by ...more

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The Master of Disguise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies
The Master of Disguise Jessica Simpson, Naya Rivera, Paula Abdul The Master of Disguise is a 2002 comedy film starring Dana Carvey, Jennifer Esposito, Harold Gould, James Brolin, and Brent Spiner. Adam Sandler produced The Master of Disguise through his Happy ...more

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Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies
Bad Company Kerry Washington, Chris Rock, Anthony Hopkins Bad Company is a 2002 American action-comedy film directed by Joel Schumacher, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock. The film became somewhat famous for its ...more

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If Looks Could Kill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Detective Movies
If Looks Could Kill If Looks Could Kill is a film directed by Sheldon Larry released on February 6, 1996.