Best new Police & Detective movies in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best detective movies of 2018 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Bill Condon, David Fincher & Denis Villeneuve our new detective genre directors? The main focus is on international art house & American and British indie cinema.

After several recent Sherlock Holmes reboots, it is clear that the classic detective film has regained its popularity. These are the good old-fashioned police work on the big screen stories that we liked the best. From classic whodunnits to creepier serial killer hunting movies. Perhaps the genre is better suited for the small screen, but that does not mean no good new genre films are made. Here a list of the greatest.

New detective movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018


Best detective movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 detective movies

  • Murder on the Orient Express

    DIRECTOR: Kenneth Branagh
    CAST: Johnny Depp Michelle Pfeiffer Judi Dench

    Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, one of the world's most beloved detectives is returning to the big screen in 2017! The ensemble cast looks pretty promising, with names like Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench and Penelope Cruz... Read more

    RATING: 90/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 22nd, 2017

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  • Wind River

    DIRECTOR: Taylor Sheridan
    CAST: Jeremy Renner Elizabeth Olsen Jon Bernthal

    An FBI agent teams with the town's veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation. Read more

    RATING: 84/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 22nd, 2017

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Best detective movies on Netflix or DVD in 2018

2010's best rated detective movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • Gone Girl

    DIRECTOR: David Fincher
    CAST: Ben Affleck Rosamund Pike Neil Patrick Harris

    Disappearance of a woman draws huge media attention and a lot of it is turned to her husband when the rumors of his being involved in the case start circling the lobbies. Read more

    RATING: 81/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 3rd, 2014

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  • Prisoners

    DIRECTOR: Denis Villeneuve
    CAST: Hugh Jackman Jake Gyllenhaal Viola Davis

    A man, upon the disappearance of his daughter and her friend decides to take matters in his own hands by pursuing the suspect whereas the police also keeps on... Read more

    RATING: 81/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 20th, 2013

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  • In The Shadow

    DIRECTOR: David Ondrícek
    CAST: Ivan Trojan Sebastian Koch Sona Norisová

    Based in the Czechoslovakia of 1950s, the story depicts a simple robbery case that is investigated by a police captain but just when the captain realizes that there is... Read more

    RATING: 72/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 13th, 2012

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  • Inherent Vice

    DIRECTOR: Paul Thomas Anderson
    CAST: Joaquin Phoenix Josh Brolin Owen Wilson

    The film is set in Los Angeles 1970, where a cop who is deep down into the addiction of drugs, investigates the disappearance of a woman who was his ex-girlfriend. Read more

    RATING: 67/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 9th, 2015

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  • A Walk Among the Tombstones

    DIRECTOR: Scott Frank
    CAST: Liam Neeson Dan Stevens David Harbour

    A rich drug kingpin is shaken by the abduction and subsequent murder of his wife, so he hires a private investigator to look into the matter and find the culprit. Read more

    RATING: 65/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 19th, 2014

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  • The Face of an Angel

    DIRECTOR: Michael Winterbottom
    CAST: Daniel Brühl Kate Beckinsale Valerio Mastandrea

    A murder draws the attention of a journalist and a documentary film maker so they both set out to follow the story of that murder as well as the murderer. Read more

    RATING: 47/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 19th, 2015

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