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Movies, crime dramas, mini-series, thrillers, and shows set throughout the 20th Century

If you’re looking for a safe bet on great TV, check out what movies and series have stood out to New York Times TV critics. There’s been quite a few of them over the years. See the full list here.


MOVIES

A Dark, Dark Man

CRIME DRAMA | KAZAKHSTAN | KAZAKH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

In this acclaimed film noir, a series of murders exposes deep corruption in a tight-knit Kazakh community. In three parts the film centers around police officer Bekzat and his determination to find the true killer of a boy found murdered in a remote village.

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Luther and I

DRAMA | GERMANY | GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

During the time of the Protestant Reformation, this film focuses on Martin Luther’s wife, Katharina von Bora

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GREAT CRIME DRAMAS

Nero Wolfe

MYSTERY | ITALY | ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

A curmudgeon who would rather tend to his orchiads, Nero Wolfe is one of Rome’s finest investigators. Based on the novels by Rex Stout.

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Professor T

MYSTERY | GERMANY | GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

A strange yet brilliant criminologist helps the police crack their most puzzling cases.

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Corp + Anam

CRIME DRAMA | IRELAND | IRISH GAELIC WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

A gritty portrayal of a tenacious TV crime reporter who is obsessed with pursuing the story behind the story.

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The Octopus

CRIME DRAMA | ITALY | ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

This 10-season series is sure to keep you entertained as it portrays law enforcement vs. a global criminal network.

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Magellan

MYSTERY | FRANCE | FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Inspector Simon Magellan is a fan-favorite as he solves crimes in the fictional French town of Saignac.

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Spiral

CRIME DRAMA | FRANCE | FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Highly acclaimed police procedural set on the gritty streets of Paris and listed as one of the best shows of 2021 by the NY Times.

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SET IN ANOTHER TIME

1940s: A French Village

DRAMA | FRANCE | FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

A critically acclaimed drama about what happens to a small French village during WWII.

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1960s: Arde Madrid: Burn Madrid Burn & Speakerine

Spanish comedy-Drama Arde Madrid starring Debi Mazar and French drama Speakerine were each selected as an honorable mention for best international shows of 2020.

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INTENSE THRILLERS

Banking District

MYSTERY | SWITZERLAND | FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

A 300-year-old family run Swiss bank has some serious secrets and power struggles.

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Missing

MYSTERY | SWEDEN | SWEDISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Police inspector Maja Silver returns to her hometown in the Swedish Bible Belt as a terrible discovery paralyzes the small community.

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SINGLE SEASON DRAMAS

Rivals forever

DRAMA | GERMANY | GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

The true story of the sibling rivals turned founders of Adidas and Puma.

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Reformation

DRAMA | GERMAN | GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Pairing with Luther and I, this two-part mini-series follows the dramatic start of the Protestant Reformation.

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Wara

DRAMA | SENEGAL | FRENCH WITH ENLISH SUBTITLES

A political thriller set in the fictional town of Tanasanga.

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Replacements

DRAMA | FINLAND | FINNISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

A slickly produced medical drama set that pushes at the edges of cloning technology.

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TWIN

DRAMA – CRIME | NORWAY | NORWEGIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | TV-14

Kristofer Hivju (Game of Thrones, Beck) stars in this dual-identity thriller. After the accidental death of his upstanding twin, a ne’er-do-well surfer bum assumes his brother’s identity.

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