There are cops, secret agents, and government agents and then there are private eyes in the movies that we have come to rely on always getting the job done. Not confined by the bounds of ethical or legislated behavior, private eyes in the movies can take liberties with the “system” to get their man or solve the mystery of the moment. Down the years there have been some great private eyes in the movies, so let’s get more closely acquainted with a few.
1. Sherlock Holmes
We’ve all fallen in love with Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes on the small screen, but many years previously, the wonderful creation of British writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was one of the first private eyes in the movies. Ably assisted by Dr. Watson, Holmes uses deductive reasoning and beguilement to unravel a series of clues to solve a great mystery. The enigmatic, violin playing sleuth has been played by names such as Sir Basil Rathbone and Larry Hagman, but Robert Downey Jnr has enjoyed great success as the character in recent years.