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Layfhaker collected the best detectives of different eras: from the classics of the genre to the paintings in the style of neonoir. All of them have a high rating on IMDb. Many were awarded prestigious awards and nominations.

1. Chinatown

  • Thriller, drama, detective.
  • United States, 1974.
  • Duration: 130 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.2.

Roman Polanski’s film tells about a private detective Jake Gitts. A rich lady appeals to him, suspecting her husband of treason. The detective begins an investigation, not knowing how it will turn out for him.

The film was nominated for 11 “Oscars” and received one statuette for the best script. But the jury of the Golden Globe and the British Film Academy did not stint on awards for Jack Nicholson (best male role) and Roman Polanski (best director).

2. In the case of murder, dial “M”

  • Thriller, detective.
  • United States, 1954.
  • Duration: 105 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.2.

Tennis star Tony Wendis suspects that his wife has fallen in love with the famous author of detective stories Mark Holliday. For fear of losing all the money, he plans to kill his wife. Tony comes up with a detailed plan, but does not take into account Holliday’s excellent analytical skills.

3. Window to the yard

  • Thriller, detective.
  • United States, 1954.
  • Duration: 112 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.5.

The photographer breaks his leg and finds himself in a wheelchair. Out of boredom, he observes his neighbors and comes to the conclusion that a murder occurred in their home.

4. Ten Little Indians

  • Detective thriller.
  • USSR, 1987
  • Duration: 130 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.0.

10 strangers come to the estate. The owners of the house are not there, but the butler kindly helps the guests to stay. Later he includes a recording on which an unknown voice accuses each guest of the murder.

5. Prosecution witness

  • Thriller, drama, detective.
  • United States, 1957
  • Duration: 116 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.4.

Gravely ill lawyer Wilfrid Robarts is forced to stop working in court. But here his attention is attracted by a very complicated criminal case. Leonard Voul is accused of killing a close and very wealthy girlfriend. All the evidence points to the fact that the criminal is Leonard. Despite the bans of doctors, a lawyer takes on this losing case.

6. Angel Heart

  • Horror, thriller, detective.
  • Great Britain, Canada, USA, 1987.
  • Duration: 113 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.3.

Mr. Cypher addresses to private detective Harry Angel. He asks to find the man who disappeared after the war. The detective begins an investigation. And the further his search is advanced, the more complicated the matter becomes.

7. Not caught – not a thief

  • Thriller, drama, detective.
  • United States, 2006.
  • Duration: 129 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.6.

The perfect bank robbery takes place in downtown New York. No clues. But this doesn’t stop Detective Fraser. He begins an investigation and soon finds out that the criminals were interested in something more than money.

8. Maltese Falcon

  • Noir, detective.
  • United States, 1941.
  • Duration: 100 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.1.

A painting in the noir genre tells the story of the private investigator Sam Spade, who takes part in the deadly race for the Maltese Falcon statute that has disappeared without a trace.

The film was a great success with critics and viewers. The film was nominated for three Oscars, and in 1989 it was included in the national film register of the United States.

9. Citizen Kane

  • Drama, detective.
  • United States, 1941.
  • Duration: 119 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.4.

Newspaper tycoon Charles Kane dies in his mansion, uttering the word “rosebad” before his death. To find out the significance of the mysterious message, journalists begin an investigation and find out who Citizen Kane really was.

The legendary picture of Orson Welles won nine Oscar nominations, but received only one award for the best original script. Nevertheless, the contribution of this tape to the cinema is priceless. The American Film Institute in 1998 compiled a list of AFI’s 100 GREATEST AMERICAN MOVIES OF ALL TIME best American films, in which Citizen Kane was in first place.

10. Conversation

  • Thriller, drama, detective.
  • United States, 1974.
  • Duration: 113 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.9.

A successful businessman hired Harry Cole, the best specialist in tapping, to follow the young couple. Usually Cole does not understand the essence of other people’s conversations, but simply does the work and transfers the data to the customer. However, this time he gave up his own rule to prevent murder.

  • Thriller, detective.
  • USA, 1985
  • Duration: 94 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.3.

In the mansion there is a mysterious murder of Mr. Boddy. Guests deny their involvement, although each of them had a serious motive. To remove the blame from themselves, the suspects need to find the real killer who is hiding in the house.

12. Thin man

  • Comedy, detective.
  • United States, 1934.
  • Duration: 91 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.1.

On Christmas Eve, the secretary of the famous inventor Vananta is found dead. The first suspect becomes Vanant himself, who disappears without a trace.

13. Farewell, baby, farewell

  • Thriller, drama, detective.
  • United States, 2007.
  • Duration: 114 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.7.

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In Boston, lost a little girl. Her aunt turns to two private investigators, because the police are leading the investigation too slowly. Detectives are reluctant to take up a cause that will change their lives forever.

14. Third person

  • Thriller, detective.
  • Great Britain, 1949.
  • Duration: 104 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.2.

The author of the novels, Holly Martins, comes to Vienna to meet with his old friend, and finds out that he died in an accident. Police believe the victim is a criminal and a scoundrel. Then Martins decides to conduct his own investigation in order to restore the good name of his friend and prove that it was a murder.

  • Thriller, drama, detective.
  • United States, 2007.
  • Duration: 158 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.7.

San Francisco residents are kept in fear by a serial killer named Zodiac. Employees of the local newspaper team up with police detectives to uncover the identity of a maniac and break the chain of murders.

16. The girl with the dragon tattoo

  • Thriller, detective.
  • USA, Sweden, Norway, 2011.
  • Duration: 153 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.8.

The screen version of the eponymous bestseller Stieg Larsson. The journalist and the hacker are investigating the disappearance of the niece of industrialist Henrik Wanger. The businessman believes that the girl was killed, and this was done by someone from his family members.

17. deep sleep

  • Thriller, detective.
  • United States, 1946.
  • Duration: 109 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.0.

The daughter of General Sternwood is being blackmailed. Detective Marlowe agrees to find extortionists. But it is not so easy to do this: the suspects die one by one.

18. Isle of the Damned

  • Thriller, detective.
  • USA, 2010.
  • Duration: 138 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.1.

Two marshals come to the island, where there is a psychiatric hospital for criminals. They will investigate the escape of the patient and reveal the secrets of this dangerous place.

  • Detective, drama.
  • United States, 2005.
  • Duration: 110 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.4.

Brutal teen story about a guy named Brendan Fry. One day, he meets his ex-girlfriend, Emily, who soon disappears without a trace. Brendan feels something amiss and goes in search of her.

20. Kiss through

  • Comedy, detective.
  • United States, 2005.
  • Duration: 103 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.6.

The unfortunate thief Harry Lockhart, fleeing from the police, gets to audition. The producer notices Harry and takes on the role of a detective. And in order to make the image convincing, the former thief is sent on probation to the real detective Perry van Shrike. Heroes go to investigate the murder and get into funny situations.

21. Prisoners

  • Thriller, drama, detective.
  • United States, 2013
  • Duration: 153 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.1.

At a neighbor’s party, two little girls disappear. The police are investigating, but from the clues she has only a van parked near the house of the victims. The father of one of the girls cannot sit back and begins to search for her daughter on her own.

22. Secrets of Los Angeles

  • Thriller, drama, detective.
  • United States, 1997.
  • Duration: 138 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.3.

A painting in the neonuar genre tells the story of three detectives investigating a cafe massacre. Clues lead police to gangsters who die in a shootout. The case is closed, but detectives begin to doubt that these were the very killers from the cafe.

23. Murder on the Orient Express

  • Drama, detective.
  • United Kingdom, 1974.
  • Duration: 128 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.3.

In one of the compartments of the trans-European express train, a murder occurred. The train was stuck in the snow, so before the police arrived, the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is investigating. The case is confusing, because every passenger on the train had a motive for the murder.

24. Mysterious river

  • Thriller, drama, detective.
  • United States, Australia, 2003.
  • Duration: 138 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.0.

Sean, Dave and Jimmy grew up together, but then went their separate ways. Again kills friends killing his daughter Jimmy.

Clint Eastwood’s film won two Oscars for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

25. Memories of murder

  • Detective, drama, thriller.
  • South Korea, 2003
  • Duration: 131 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.1.

In the Korean outback, two women are killed. The police are trying to find the killer by any means. When they come to a dead end, they are sent to the aid of the Seoul detective So Thee-young.

  • Drama, detective.
  • United States, 1944.
  • Duration: 88 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.1.

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Police lieutenant MacPherson is assigned to investigate the murder of the successful businesswoman Laura Hunt. Detective imbued with sympathy for the deceased and decides to look into her apartment, not knowing what awaits him there.

27. Midnight Heat

  • Drama, detective.
  • United States, 1967.
  • Duration: 109 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.0.

At a time when racial prejudice was still strong, a black and white policeman gets a chance to work together. Detectives differ not only in skin color, but also in looks and methods. To successfully solve a case, two police officers will have to learn how to work together. The film received five Oscars, including the best film and best actor.

28. Heaven and hell

  • Thriller, drama, detective.
  • Japan, 1963
  • Duration: 143 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.4.

Instead of the son of a successful businessman, Gondo, criminals kidnap the child of his personal driver. Gondo is faced with a choice: to pay the ransom and bankrupt his company or to suffer the end of his life with guilt.

29. Suspicious persons

  • Thriller, drama, detective.
  • USA, Germany, 1995.
  • Duration: 106 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.6.

Police are investigating the death of 27 people due to the explosion of the ship. In search of the truth, the survivor is a survivor of the crime named Boltun, who was going to turn a small business with his friends.

The British Academy awarded the picture with a statuette for the best film, and Kevin Spacey received an Oscar for the best male supporting actress.

30. Rashomon

  • Drama, detective.
  • Japan, 1950
  • Duration: 88 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.3.

The plot of the picture unfolds in Japan, XI century. The case of the samurai’s murder and the rape of his wife is being investigated. The investigation has four versions of what happened. But which one to choose, if every witness is sure that he is telling the truth?

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