20 Best Law and Order SVU episodes

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1. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Persona (2008)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.7
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While trying to stop a case of domestic abuse, Benson crosses paths with a woman who has been a fugitive for over 30 years and claims that she was also a domestic abuse victim.

Director: Helen Shaver | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Ice-T

Votes: 322

2. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Crush (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Over the course of a complex "sexting" case involving an abused teenage girl, the team encounters a corrupt family court judge who hands down unusually harsh sentences for borderline sexual offenses.

Director: Peter Leto | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Ice-T

Votes: 295

3. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Alternate (2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.8
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A woman's child is missing, but her multiple personalities make finding out what happened to the child more difficult. And the case is further complicated by the appearance of the woman's sister and the murder of their parents.

Director: David Platt | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 431

4. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Authority (2008)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.8
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A man accused of impersonating a police officer over a telephone and telling a fast food manager to sexually assault an employee is found not guilty, and as a result becomes a vocal crusader telling other people to defy authority figures.

Director: David Platt | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 726

5. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Pretend (2007)

TV-14 | 41 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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The investigation into an extreme fighting death leads to the discovery of a 28-year-old woman posing as a 16-year-old high school student.

Director: David Platt | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 276

6. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Design (2005)

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

8.6
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A woman claims rape by a wealthy scientist, but upon further investigations she's not as much as a victim as it appears.

Director: David Platt | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 323

7. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Raw (2005)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.9
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An investigation of a horrific school sniper attack leads the team to a particularly obnoxious Neo-Nazi group.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 437

8. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Gone (2006)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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A female student from Montreal goes missing during a class trip to New York City after she spends a night partying with three cocky prep school boys.

Director: George Pattison | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 245

9. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Scavenger (2004)

TV-14 | 41 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.8
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The entire squad races against the clock to solve the puzzles and uncover the clues scattered throughout the city by a serial killer who is taunting them to find him and the next victims on his list.

Director: Daniel Sackheim | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 349

10. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Pure (2005)

TV-14 | 41 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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After an 18-year-old girl is kidnapped, psychic Sebastian Ballentine comes forward claiming to have information on the killings. Stabler refuses to believe that Ballentine is a real psychic... See full summary »

Director: Aaron Lipstadt | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 279

11. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Night (2005)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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After a young woman is found raped and murdered near a nightclub with five hundred dollars stuffed into her mouth, Benson and Stabler follow the fingerprint trail on the money to attorney ... See full summary »

Directors: Juan José Campanella, Arthur W. Forney | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 265

12. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Control (2003)

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

8.2
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The Detectives find themselves hunting for a person who cut off a man's genitals, and left him to die. But what starts out looking like a homeless-crazy man may have done the deed, further ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 251

13. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Sick (2004)

TV-14 | 41 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Two children claim that they were molested by a billionaire.

Director: David Platt | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 263

14. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Dolls (2002)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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When the decomposing body of a sexually molested five-year-old girl is discovered, Detectives Benson and Stabler's investigation leads them to the painful reality that they are searching ... See full summary »

Director: Darnell Martin | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Stephanie March

Votes: 229

15. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Pandora (2003)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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The brutal rape and subsequent death of a female motorist turns out to be an informant for the FBI acting as a cyber vigilante for catching on-line pedophiles to capture the predators. ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Zakrzewski | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Stephanie March

Votes: 268

16. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Futility (2003)

TV-14 | 41 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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After arresting a man accused of raping several neighborhood women, Detectives Benson and Stabler attempt to obtain an indictment for their suspect with the help of a key eyewitness--his ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Zakrzewski | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Stephanie March

Votes: 200

17. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Repression (2001)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Stabler and Benson investigate the allegations of an woman who claims to have been sexually abused as a child by her father. The victim's allegations come as a result of repressed memories ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Bronchtein | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Stephanie March

Votes: 252

18. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Wrath (2001)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Three people are found murdered, all unconnected to each other, except to that of cases that Detective Benson has investigated.

Director: Jean de Segonzac | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Stephanie March

Votes: 251

19. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Monogamy (2002)

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

8.3
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The case involves the beating of a seven-months-pregnant woman, whose unborn child has been torn from her body via a primitive cesarean section. Among the many witnesses questioned is the ... See full summary »

Director: Constantine Makris | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Stephanie March

Votes: 227

20. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Competence (2002)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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The SVU receives a complaint from an elderly woman that her daughter Katie, who has Downs Syndrome, has been raped and is now pregnant. She is reluctant to provide the identity of the ... See full summary »

Director: Jud Taylor | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Stephanie March

Votes: 254

21. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Closure: Part 2 (2000)

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

8.4
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Stabler and Benson investigate a sexual assault very similar to one they worked a year and a half ago, whose first-known victim now follows her alleged attacker and reports his activities anonymously to the police, and the rapist's wife.

Director: Jean de Segonzac | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Stephanie March

Votes: 255

22. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Stalked (1999)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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An ADA who had worked on sex crimes is raped and murdered. The detectives suspect it may have been someone whom she had prosecuted.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Dann Florek

Votes: 264

23. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Wildlife (2008)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Stabler is shot while working undercover investigating a violent animal smuggling ring believed to be connected to a young woman's murder.

Director: Peter Leto | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Ice-T

Votes: 247

24. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Pure (2005)

TV-14 | 41 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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After an 18-year-old girl is kidnapped, psychic Sebastian Ballentine comes forward claiming to have information on the killings. Stabler refuses to believe that Ballentine is a real psychic... See full summary »

Director: Aaron Lipstadt | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 279

25. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Zebras (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.8
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CSU Stuckey's careless error causes a deranged killer to go free on a technicality. Later, more signature killings emerge, and more people connected to the case may be targeted.

Director: Peter Leto | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Ice-T

Votes: 411

26. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: ...Or Just Look Like One (1999)

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

7.8
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Two underage models are attacked, raped and killed. The detectives identify the background details of the modeling business.

Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Dann Florek

Votes: 305

27. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Rooftop (2001)

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

8.1
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An HIV-positive man with a habit of carrying out sexual trysts with teenage girls on the roofs of buildings is caught by the detectives, who are determined to put him back prison. But when ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Shill | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Stephanie March

Votes: 209

28. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Inheritance (2001)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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The detectives search for a rapist targeting Asian women. The case becomes particularly significant for Benson when the rapist's defense is that he inherited the "violence gene" from his father, also a rapist.

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Stephanie March

Votes: 211