The Film Detective searches the world for classic movies and returns them to their original crisp, clear image - vintage films have never looked so good! In just a short time, The Film Detective has established itself as one of the leaders in film restoration and distribution. With over 3,000 hours of entertainment from silent films to cult films, The Film Detective is the ultimate classic movie streaming platform.

All of our titles are transferred from original film elements and many are restored in HD. When you compare our product to some of the others on the market, you will see the difference. Our films are brighter, the image is sharper, and the sound is clearer. Even one of our simple black and white films becomes more vibrant, with the picture more sharply defined. This is because of the painstaking work done by a team dedicated to restoring classic films. But by the time we present these classics, they’re not just restored - they’re reborn!

At the Film Detective, we aren’t limited to the classics and the Oscar winners. We also have plenty of B-movies and monster flicks. Some of them haven’t looked this good since they first played at the drive-in 50 years ago. We have everything from dramas and love stories, to hair-raising suspense. We have war movies, science-fiction, and the Three Stooges. We have cartoons, and propaganda films. We have films dating back to the silent era, all the way through to the 1970s. We have hours of Film Noir. We have singing cowboys, and musical comedies. We have Laurel and Hardy, Carole Lombard, and Vincent Price. Do you like John Wayne? We have John Wayne. Humphrey Bogart, too. We’re also creating some original content, including trailers and documentaries, all adding to the Film Detective experience.

What’s New

Version 2.1.1

UI Fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

NowDispleased ,

Not Ready for Primetime

Signup was easy enough (although the fact that the Apple TV app cannot share the subscription from the main website or the iOS app is a big miss [they claim it is coming which is reasonable but the app hasn't been updated since April so hard to expect improvement in the near future]).

As for the actual experience, the catalog is interesting but most of the material that I have seen is neither restored or HD which takes away most of the justification for subscribing to the service.

Additionally the iPad app is quite unreliable...thus far it claims my device is unable to play videos roughly 50% of the time necessitating quitting the app and restarting.

Lastly customer support is friendly but slow (and apparently only available during weekday regular working hours).

Ultimately I would suggest waiting until they fix the app and improve the catalog - there are many more polished and reliable alternatives.

a mom 333 ,

Not for kids - Mature content

Although the App Store shows a rating of 4+, this app includes films that feature nudity and adult themes (specifically “The Beast of Yucca Flats” as well as others.) So a warning to parents - this is NOT a nice innocent little app for your kids to watch old movies. SHAME on all involved for rating this as appropriate for children!

O K?a ,

Not working

My reading at the moment is probably incorrect and I'm hoping it will change to five stars shortly. I've tried to sign up for the paid version for about 2 hours and it won't recognize my password no matter how many times I change it and they except it! I have contacted the developer and they even return my phone call and I are working on the problem. I'm really hoping it works out and I will keep you updated.


The Film Detective, LLC
37.4 MB

Requires iOS 11.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple TV.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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In-App Purchases
  1. The Film Detective Monthly $3.99
  2. The Film Detective Yearly $34.99


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