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1. Backdraft (1991)

R | 137 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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38 Metascore

Two Chicago firefighter brothers, who don't get along, have to work together while a dangerous arsonist is on the loose.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 67,366 | Gross: $77.87M

2. Backdraft II (2019 Video)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.8
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The sequel to the 1991 hit, follows an investigator with the Chicago F.D., who has to track down an arms dealer who use deadly fires as a distraction.

Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego | Stars: Donald Sutherland, William Baldwin, Joe Anderson, Alastair Mackenzie

Votes: 1,177

3. 15 Minutes (2001)

R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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34 Metascore

A homicide detective and a fire marshal must stop a pair of murderers who commit videotaped crimes to become media darlings.

Director: John Herzfeld | Stars: Robert De Niro, Edward Burns, Kelsey Grammer, Avery Brooks

Votes: 46,806 | Gross: $24.40M

4. Point of Origin (2002 TV Movie)

R | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.0
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Fact-based drama about an arson investigator (Ray Liotta) searching for the perpetrator of a string of deadly fires in 1980s California.

Director: Newton Thomas Sigel | Stars: Ray Liotta, John Leguizamo, Colm Feore, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 1,230

5. Going to Blazes! (1948)

Approved | 21 min | Documentary, Short

6.9
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This Theatre of Life series short, produced with the cooperation of the Los Angeles Fire Department, emphasizes fire safety and fire prevention. It gives a behind-the-scenes look at the ... See full summary »

Director: Gunther von Fritsch

Votes: 87

6. Arson for Hire (1959)

Approved | 67 min | Crime, Romance

4.3
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Johnny Broderick, arson squad investigator, and his assistant, Ben Howard,, investigate a warehouse fire and find evidence of arson. Lawyer William Yarbo is behind the series of incendiary ... See full summary »

Director: Thor L. Brooks | Stars: Steve Brodie, Lyn Thomas, Tom Hubbard, Jason Johnson

Votes: 6

7. Pyro (TV Movie)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Filming

Tyler Jacobs is a well respected man of the community, a great father and husband. Hes a small business owner and a loyal friend. What you dont know about him, is he is a pyromaniac. Tyler ... See full synopsis »

8. Psych (2006–2014)
Episode: Earth, Wind and... Wait for It (2009)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

8.3
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An arson inspector reluctantly teams up with Shawn and Gus to find the perpetrator of a string of fires.

Director: Tim Matheson | Stars: James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson

Votes: 598

9. Six Feet Under (2001–2005)
Episode: Familia (2001)

TV-MA | 52 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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When a gang member is shot, his family requests that he is buried, but the gang's leader wants it done a different way.

Director: Lisa Cholodenko | Stars: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose

Votes: 1,315

10. Forensic Files (1996–2011)
Episode: Fire Dot Com (2001)

TV-14 | 22 min | Documentary, Crime

7.3
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In 1996, seventeen month-old Josh Hinson died in a fire in his home. A federal agency ruled that it was arson and Josh's mother Terri Strickland was charged with murder. An independent fire... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Thomas, Jinny Buffkin, Kenneth Gibson, Terri Hinson Strickland

Votes: 44

11. The Streets of San Francisco (1972–1977)
Episode: Inferno (1974)

52 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.6
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Two firemen are killed in a warehouse fire, one of them Stone's friend, and he and Keller are drawn into an arson investigation.

Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: Karl Malden, Michael Douglas, Barry Sullivan, Glenn Corbett

Votes: 46

12. Battle Creek (2015)
Episode: Old Flames (2015)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.5
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When Guziewicz's house is burned down Russ and Milt investigate multiple suspects.

Director: Richard J. Lewis | Stars: Josh Duhamel, Dean Winters, Aubrey Dollar, Edward Fordham Jr.

Votes: 258

13. F2: Forensic Factor (2003– )
Episode: Pyromaniac (2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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Profiling arsonist John Leonard Orr.

Directors: Andreea Denes, Andrew Potter | Stars: John Robinson, Keith Berry, Peter Valdron, Anthony Andolina

Votes: 6

14. T.J. Hooker (1982–1986)
Episode: Requiem for a Cop (1983)

TV-PG | 49 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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A friend of Hooker's who was a cop turned P.I. was killed while he was investigating some arson fires. Hooker thinks he was killed by the arsonist because he was getting too close.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: William Shatner, Adrian Zmed, Heather Locklear, Richard Herd

Votes: 41

15. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Arrival (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.3
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Federal aviation investigator Grant Sheckly must deal with a mystery when a plane lands at an airport without pilots, passengers or luggage.

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Harold J. Stone, Fredd Wayne, Noah Keen, Robert Karnes

Votes: 1,415

16. Baretta (1975–1978)
Episode: The Fire Man (1975)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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The Fire Man.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Robert Blake, Tom Ewell, Edward Grover, Christine Avila

Votes: 12

17. Joan of Arcadia (2003–2005)
Episode: The Fire and the Wood (2003)

TV-PG | Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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Joan sees a newscaster on TV speak to her as God, but doesn't get to see what message He has when Will turns it off. The next day, God tells Joan that he wants her to take pride in her work... See full summary »

Director: James Hayman | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Mary Steenburgen, Amber Tamblyn, Jason Ritter

Votes: 70

18. The Mysteries of Laura (2014–2016)
Episode: The Mystery of the Fateful Fire (2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.5
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An act of arson has the detectives investigating the death of a teenage boy. The case sparks chemistry between Jake and Angela, a former firefighting flame, while Laura tries, ... See full summary »

Director: Randy Zisk | Stars: Debra Messing, Josh Lucas, Laz Alonso, Janina Gavankar

Votes: 122

19. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Under Fire (2014)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.8
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Castle and Beckett must find a serial arsonist as Ryan and Esposito struggle for their life in a building set on fire.

Director: Paul Holahan | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 1,013

20. NCIS: Los Angeles (2009– )
Episode: Where There's Smoke... (2016)

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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Sam and Callen go undercover as firefighters when top secret information about suspected terrorists is stolen from a secure Department of Defense container at the site of a fire.

Director: James Hanlon | Stars: Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Eric Christian Olsen, Barrett Foa

Votes: 195



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