Most Popular "Private Eye" Titles
- Movies or TV
- IMDb Rating
- In Theaters
- Release Year
1. The Big Lebowski (1998)
12 | 117 min | Comedy, Crime
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.
Votes: 647,801 | Gross: $17.50M
2. Inherent Vice (2014)
16 | 148 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
Votes: 81,021 | Gross: $8.11M
3. Veronica Mars (2004–2007)
12 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
After her best friend is murdered, and her father is removed as county Sheriff, Veronica Mars dedicates her life to cracking the toughest mysteries in the affluent town of Neptune.
4. Vertigo (1958)
12 | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller
A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman.
Votes: 312,097 | Gross: $3.20M
5. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
16 | 103 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.
Votes: 199,838 | Gross: $4.24M
8. Angel Heart (1987)
16 | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.
Votes: 71,729 | Gross: $17.19M
10. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
AL | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
11. The Big Sleep (1946)
AL | 114 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.
13. Dead Again (1991)
R | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A woman who has lost her memory is taken in by a Los Angeles orphanage, and a private eye is enlisted to track down her identity, but he soon finds that he might have a past life connection to her that endangers their lives.
Votes: 24,029 | Gross: $38.02M
14. The Two Jakes (1990)
137 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The sequel to Chinatown (1974) finds J.J. "Jake" Gittes investigating adultery and murder, and the money that comes from oil.
Votes: 9,837 | Gross: $10.01M
15. Bored to Death (2009–2011)
9 | 28 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A well-meaning but struggling writer decides to lead a sort of double life by pretending to be a private detective using the methods he read about in old detective novels.
17. Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
AL | 109 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery
When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes decides to investigate.
Votes: 17,023 | Gross: $19.74M
18. The Big Sleep (1978)
16 | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Grizzled American private detective in England investigates a complicated case of blackmail turned murder involving a rich but honest elderly general, his two loose socialite daughters, a pornographer and a gangster.
20. Tony Rome (1967)
18 | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Tony Rome, a tough Miami PI living on a boat, is hired by a local millionaire to find jewelry stolen from his daughter, and in the process has several encounters with local hoods as well as the Miami Beach PD.
21. The Singing Detective (2003)
12 | 109 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical
From his hospital bed, a writer suffering from a skin disease hallucinates musical numbers and paranoid plots.
Votes: 7,749 | Gross: $0.34M
22. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
60 min | Crime, Drama
Mystery and suspense series based on Robert Parker's "Spenser" novels. Spenser, a private investigator living in Boston, gets involved in a new murder mystery each episode.
23. A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
AL | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A look at what goes on backstage during the last broadcast of America's most celebrated radio show, where singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty, a country music siren, and a host of others hold court.
Votes: 20,890 | Gross: $20.34M
24. Vaarwel mijn Geliefde (1975)
12 | 95 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by paroled convict Moose Malloy to find his girlfriend Velma, former seedy nightclub dancer.
Votes: 5,401 | Gross: $4.36M
27. The Drowning Pool (1975)
12 | 108 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
A big-city private detective travels to the Deep South to help out an old girlfriend who is worried that her husband will find out that she is cheating on him.
28. I, the Jury (1982)
111 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An old friend of a private detective is murdered. The detective, Mike Hammer, will make every effort to find out the killer. At each step he does, there is someone taking advantage of his ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,258 | Gross: $1.52M
29. Hawaiian Eye (1959–1963)
60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
Set against the beautiful tropical landscape of Honolulu, Hawaii, this series centered around the cases of Hawaiian Eye Private Investigations and the two handsome, slick, tough-guy ... See full summary »
30. 4 mosche di velluto grigio (1971)
18 | 104 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A musician is stalked by an unknown killer who's blackmailing him for an accidential killing of another stalker. But is everything what it appears to be?
31. Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2010)
12 | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
The adventures of supernatural private investigator, Dylan Dog, who seeks out the monsters of the Louisiana bayou in his signature red shirt, black jacket, and blue jeans.
Votes: 14,009 | Gross: $1.18M
32. Zero Effect (1998)
16 | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
The world's greatest detective Daryl Zero aided by his associate Steve Arlo investigates a complex and mysterious case of blackmail and missing keys for shady tycoon Gregory Stark who is less than forthcoming about what is really happening!
Votes: 13,230 | Gross: $1.98M
35. Out Cold (1989)
92 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Sunny is married to the butcher Ernie; their marriage is about to end as both of them have affairs. Thus Sunny hires Lester Atlas as private investigator in order to collect proofs for the ... See full summary »
Votes: 626 | Gross: $0.29M
36. Mike Hammer, Private Eye (1997–1998)
60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Stacy Keach's original portrayal of the title character is revived with a new Velda and a different cop as his friend. Mike's cases are arranged to reflect the times of the late '90's.
37. Little Boy Blue (1997)
R | 105 min | Drama
Living in the rural Texas panhandle is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, who have an ... See full summary »
38. Midnight Eye: Gokû (1989– )
60 min | Animation, Action, Drama
Cyberpunk anime OVA about an ex-cop turned private eye who uses his bionic eye that can hack into any computer system in the world and his mechanical quarterstaff that also serves as a laser weapon to take on crime.
39. Classe tous risques (1960)
110 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Abel Davis is a criminal, hunted in Italy. The police are closing in, so he and his pal Raymond arrange to flee back to France with Abel's wife, Thérèse, and their two young sons. Abel and ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,675 | Gross: $0.09M
41. Romance on the High Seas (1948)
99 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Romantic misunderstandings abound when spouses suspect each other of being unfaithful, and a nightclub singer takes a cruise under a false identity.
42. Varg Veum - Bitre blomster (2007)
16 | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A successful female politician hires private-detective Varg Veum. She wants him to find her disappeared daughter without attracting too much attention. During his investigation Veum becomes... See full summary »
43. Travis McGee (1983 TV Movie)
100 min | Drama
Travis McGee is a world-weary private investigator trying to help boat skipper friend Van Harder salvage his reputation that sank when his boat ran aground, resulting in a death that might have been faked.
44. The End of the Affair (1955)
105 min | Drama, Romance
In war-torn London, Maurice Bendrix (Van Johnson) falls in love with neighbor Sarah Miles Deborah Kerr). They begin an illicit romance behind Sarah's husband's back. While war does not last... See full summary »
47. The Hound of the Baskervilles (2000 TV Movie)
90 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
The mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville is blamed on a longstanding curse that has followed the Baskerville family for two hundred years. Enigmatic sleuth Sherlock Holmes is on the ... See full summary »
49. Everybody Wins (1990)
97 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A seeming good Samaritan (Debra Winger) hires a private detective (Nolte) to prove a teen sitting in prison on a murder charge is innocent. His investigation discovers deep corruption in a ... See full summary »
Votes: 949 | Gross: $1.37M
50. Todas las mujeres son iguales (2017)
86 min | Comedy
After Yoli ends up alone again, she joins three other women in a fun weekend to get a break from their relationships with men. The husband and fiance of two of them join a private investigator to follow them in secret.