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AFI  AFI's 10 Top 10 - Mystery

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The Usual Suspects
The Usual Suspects [DVD videorecording]

Police investigating an exploded boat on a San Pedro pier discover 27 bodies and $91 million worth of drug money. The only survivors are a severely burned Hungarian terrorist and Roger Kint, a crippled con-man. Reluctantly, Kint is pressured into explaining what happened on the boat. His story begins six weeks earlier with five criminals being dragged in by New York police desperate for suspects in a truck highjacking, and ends with the possible identification of a criminal mastermind.

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9
Dial M for Murder
"Dial M for Murder" [DVD videorecording]

A man devises a plan to murder his wife, not only because he wants her money, but because she is in love with another man.

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8
Blue Velvet
Blue Velvet [DVD videorecording]

A college student stumbles across a bizarre mystery and wants to know more. The strange world he's found lurking beneath his hometown picture-postcard veneer is about to become much stranger.

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7
North by Northwest
North by Northwest [DVD videorecording]

An ad executive is mistaken for a spy by foreign agents.

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6
The Maltese Falcon
The Maltese Falcon [DVD videorecording]

After the death of his partner, San Francisco private eye Sam Spade is dragged into a quest for a priceless statuette.

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5
The Third Man
The Third Man [DVD videorecording]

Set in post-war Vienna, an American western-adventure writer searches for a friend who turns out to be the king-pin of the Austrian black market.

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4
Laura
Laura [(DVD)videorecording]

A detective is hired to find out who killed their daughter. Soon, he falls in love with her picture.

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3
Rear Window
Rear Window [DVD videorecording]

As a photographer with a broken leg, Stewart takes up the fine art of spying on his Greenwich Village neighbors during a summer heat wave. Things really begin to get hot when he suspects a salesman may have murdered his nagging wife and buried the body in a flower garden. He actively enlists the help of his girlfriend to investigate the highly suspicious chain of events. Events that ultimately lead to one of the most memorable and gripping endings in film history.

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2
Chinatown
Chinatown (DVD) [videorecording].

A private detective finds himself in over his head as he takes on a case involving the most rich and powerful people in Chinatown. Bonus features include interviews, featurettes, and more.

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Vertigo 
Vertigo [DVD videorecording]

Scottie Ferguson, a San Francisco police detective is forced to retire when a freak accident gives him a severe case of acrophobia. Ferguson is hired by a rich shipbuilder to follow his wife who is behaving suspiciously and might be planning suicide. He falls in love with her, she is later murdered and Ferguson becomes demonic in his desire to re-create her in another woman.

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