Private Eye Films

Expanding on my Phillip Marlowe list, this is a list of films with a private detective as the central character. See the notes to see details on P.I. names and book authors from which the movies are derived. Suggestions are always welcome.

Not in the database:

a 1977 NBC Movie of the Week called Stonestreet: Who Killed the Centerfold Model? starring Barbara Eden.

Also "Fly Paper" The Continental Op by Dashiell Hammett. Stars Christopher Lloyd. This is episode five of season two of "Fallen Angels." It was directed by Tim Hunter from a teleplay by Donald E. Westlake. youtu.be/w8G5cuTNlD0

Also Gumshoe! (2018) director Michael Webb on Amazon Prime looks to be a goofy spoof.

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  • The Maltese Falcon
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Satan Met a Lady
  • The Dain Curse
  • Murder, My Sweet
  • The Big Sleep
  • Lady in the Lake
  • Farewell, My Lovely
  • Marlowe
  • The Long Goodbye
  • Poodle Springs
  • Out of the Past
  • The Big Fix
  • Night Moves
  • Chinatown
  • The Two Jakes
  • The Late Show
  • Harper
  • The Drowning Pool
  • The Underground Man
  • I, the Jury
  • Kiss Me Deadly
  • My Gun Is Quick
  • The Girl Hunters
  • The Long Wait
  • I, the Jury
  • More Than Murder
  • Gone Baby Gone
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Michael Shayne: Private Detective
  • Dressed to Kill
  • Tony Rome
  • Lady in Cement
  • Gumshoe
  • Shaft
  • Shaft's Big Score!
  • Shaft in Africa
  • Shaft
  • Trouble Man
  • Sheba, Baby
  • Hickey & Boggs
  • Chandler
  • Shamus
  • The Long Kiss Goodnight
  • Twilight
  • The Black Bird
  • My Favorite Brunette
  • The Cheap Detective
  • Murder by Death
  • Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
  • Black Eye
  • Zero Effect
  • P.J.
  • Venetian Bird
  • The Dark Corner
  • V.I. Warshawski
  • Devil in a Blue Dress
  • The Mystery of the 13th Guest
  • Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!
  • Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers
  • The Monster
  • Dead Pigeon On Beethoven Street
  • Private Detective 62
  • Private Detective
  • South Beach
  • Too Late
  • Riff-Raff
  • The Strange Case of Doctor Rx
  • Mater Private Eye
  • The Private Eyes
  • A Walk Among the Tombstones
  • Deadly Illusion
  • The Singing Detective
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
  • The Most Terrible Time in My Life
  • The Stairway to the Distant Past
  • The Trap
  • The Nice Guys
  • Broken City
  • Trouble Is My Business
  • Where's Marlowe?
  • The Missing Person
  • Gunn
  • Bermuda Mystery
  • Find the Blackmailer
  • Crime by Night
  • Accomplice
  • Darker Than Amber
  • Veronica Mars
  • They All Laughed
  • Gotham
  • Phantom Detective
  • Angel Heart
  • Cast a Deadly Spell
  • City Heat
  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man
  • Nero Wolfe
  • Meet Nero Wolfe
  • The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery
  • Nero Wolfe - Salsicce