Movie detective films are sometimes smart, sometimes funny, and sometimes incredibly serious. It's really only fitting that, in the movies, detectives almost always find what they're looking for, sometimes in the most unbelievable ways imaginable. The most innocuous clues always emerge at just the right time – but it's that suspension of belief that often makes detective movies memorable. I don't even care if they're unbelievable; whether they're fictitious or true to life, there's something thrilling and suspenseful about detective films and mysteries. From the dramatic to the comedic, take a look at some of the best detectives in movies, and don't forget to share your favorites as well!
1. Sherlock Holmes from Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes is probably the most well known movie detective in recent memory, although honestly, Watson definitely deserves its props as well. Sherlock's getting a lot of love on the small screen as well, but Robert Downey, Jr.'s turn as the brilliant detective really brought the public's attention back to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's slick, smart sleuth. With all that success, two films might not be enough – and I for one have no complaints. Plus, can I just say that the chemistry between Robert and Jude Law is amazing? It goes without saying that Sherlock falls into the “funny” column, but the man is brilliant as well, and that's just terribly sexy.