Best Movie Genres List of All Detective Movies

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A list of all the best detective movies ever made. This detective movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director, and more. This list of detective films also contains detective movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. 

Some of the greatest movies of all time have been detective movies. With the mix of action, suspense, and drama, there are few genres that are more popular with movie buffs. From gritty action movies to old noirs, there's nothing more gripping and entertaining than a good detective movie. of Besides, who wouldn't want to see David Fincher's Seven with Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, and Gwyneth Paltrow? The same goes for the Roman Polanski classic film noir Chinatown with Jack Nicholson.

This list is for movies that center on or feature detectives solving mysteries, police tracking down criminals, or murder investigation. If you're looking for general drama movies, head on over to The Best Dramas on Amazon Prime and The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant

All sorts of directors have taken on Detective movies. Examples include Clint Eastwood, Peter Sellers, and Alfred Hitchcock.

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Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of All Detective Movies
James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor

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Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Cary Grant

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Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

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Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Dan Marino

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of All Detective Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan

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Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, Judith Anderson

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Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall

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Meg Ryan, Matt Damon, Denzel Washington

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Meagan Good, Emilie de Ravin

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Denzel Washington, Poppy Montgomery, Don Cheadle

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Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson, Charles S. Dutton

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Backdraft is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of All Detective Movies
Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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Jim Carrey, Sophie Okonedo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

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Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman

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Brian Cox, Garcelle Beauvais, Joan Allen

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Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, Samuel L. Jackson

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Steve Martin, Jeremy Irons

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Cloris Leachman, Nat King Cole, Jack Elam

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Charlize Theron, Woody Allen, Helen Hunt

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Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury

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Frank Sinatra, Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum

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Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris

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Sophie Ward, Michael Hordern, Brian Oulton

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Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Janet Leigh

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Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Blythe Danner

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Donald Sutherland, Christopher Plummer, John Gielgud

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Bruce Willis, Emma Roberts, Rachael Leigh Cook

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Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer, Herbert Lom

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Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness

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William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy

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Gene Hackman, James Woods, Melanie Griffith

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Reese Witherspoon, Susan Sarandon, Paul Newman

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Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Frank Welker

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Clint Eastwood, Lucy Liu, James Woods

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Val Kilmer, David Crosby, Sam Shepard

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Rosie O'Donnell, Dan Aykroyd, Dana Delany

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John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Roselyn Sánchez

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Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, William Frawley

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Scarlett Johansson, Sean Connery, Ed Harris

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Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman, Frances McDormand

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Clint Eastwood, Anjelica Huston, Jeff Daniels

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Christian Slater, Tony Hawk, Ed Lauter

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Ann-Margret, James Cromwell, Madeline Kahn

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Carrie Fisher, Lauren Bacall, John Gielgud

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Sylvester Stallone, Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling

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Sylvester Stallone, Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland

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Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Madeline Kahn

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John Hurt, Elijah Wood, Anna Massey

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Edward G. Robinson, George Sanders, Paul Lukas