Movies and TV shows like Columbo

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Columbo (1971)
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Columbo (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Columbo is a friendly, verbose, disheveled-looking police detective who is consistently underestimated by his suspects. Despite his unprepossessing appearance and apparent absentmindedness, he shrewdly solves all of his cases and secures all evidence needed for indictment. His formidable eye for detail and meticulously dedicated approach often become clear to the killer only late in the storyline.
Style: clever, cynical, suspenseful, captivating, serious, realistic, witty, detective series
Plot: police detective, murder, mind game, murder investigation, riddles and clues, homicide detective, unconventional method, crimes, uncover truth, crime investigation, crime solving, police investigation, crime, law enforcement, multiple suspects, outsmarting, power relations, forensics, rivalry, investigation, murder suspect, cigar smoking, police, italian american, police protagonist ...
Time: 90s, 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa

Most similar movies to Columbo

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and clever films and TV series with plots about crimes, murder, crime, law enforcement, police detective, police investigation and deadly mostly in Crime, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like Columbo: Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989), Murdoch Mysteries (2008), Midsomer Murders (1997), Kojak (1973), Prescription: Murder (1968). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: From England to Egypt, accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks, the intelligent yet eccentrically-refined Belgian detective Hercule Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first class deceptions.
Style: clever, captivating, suspenseful, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, riddles and clues, murder, uncover truth, crime, multiple suspects, crimes, murder mystery, danger, private investigator, suicide ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: england, london
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100%
Murdoch Mysteries (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 48 min.
Story: A Victorian-era Toronto detective uses then-cutting edge forensic techniques to solve crimes, with the assistance of a female coroner who is also struggling for recognition in the face of tradition, based on the books by Maureen Jennings.
Style: clever, atmospheric, serious, stylized, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police investigation, riddles and clues, crime, uncover truth, workplace, mind game, forensics, partners against crime, unconventional method, boss and employee, who done it ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, edwardian era, 1890s ...
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Midsomer Murders (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The peacefulness of the Midsomer community is shattered by violent crimes, suspects are placed under suspicion, and it is up to a veteran DCI and his young sergeant to calmly and diligently eliminate the innocent and ruthlessly pursue the guilty.
Style: atmospheric, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, multiple suspects, law enforcement, human nature, murder investigation, crime, murder, crimes, who done it, village, riddles and clues ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Kojak (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Kojak is an American television series starring Telly Savalas as the title character, bald New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. It aired from October 24, 1973, to March 18, 1978, on CBS. It took the time slot of the ...
Style: rough, clever, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: police detective, police, who done it, crimes, danger, police investigation, fighting crime, law enforcement, rivalry, honest law enforcer, investigation, greek ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Prescription: Murder (1968)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A psychiatrist uses a patient he is having an affair with to help him kill his wife, but his perfect alibi may come apart at the hands of a seemingly befuddled LAPD lieutenant.
Style: clever, serious, suspenseful, talky, realistic ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, infidelity, swimming pool, alibi, investigation, psychiatrist, police detective, mistress, crimes, crime, uncover truth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Killing (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 45 min.
Story: The Killing is an American crime drama television series based upon the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. Set in Seattle, Washington, the series follows the various murder investigations by homicide detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder.
Style: psychological, serious, gloomy, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, crime, who done it, multiple suspects, murder, riddles and clues, female detective, female protagonist, parents and children, coworker, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
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100%
Inspector Lewis (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway solve the tough cases that the learned inhabitants of Oxford throw at them.
Style: suspenseful, clever, serious, realistic
Plot: sergeant, police detective, murder, police investigation, crime, wisdom of life, mystery, honest law enforcer, crimes, suspicion, multiple suspects, investigator ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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Foyle's War (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, War
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: As WW2 rages around the world, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front as he investigates crimes on the south coast of England. Foyle's War opens in southern England in the year 1940. Later series sees the retired detective working as an ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, clever, realistic, captivating
Plot: police detective, espionage, undercover, spy, investigation, crime, mystery, crimes, crimes of passion, war crime, police investigation, nazism ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Inspector Morse (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Inspector Morse is a detective drama based on Colin Dexter's series of Chief Inspector Morse novels. The series starred John Thaw as Chief Inspector Morse and Kevin Whately as Sergeant Lewis, as well as a large cast of notable actors and ...
Style: talky, realistic, clever, serious, sincere ...
Plot: police detective, murder, police investigation, rapist, crime, bodies, cop witness relations, superior, mystery, who done it, crimes, multiple suspects ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, australia, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Murder, She Wrote (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
Story: An unassuming mystery writer turned sleuth uses her professional insight to help solve real-life homicide cases.
Style: clever, serious, suspenseful, realistic, witty
Plot: amateur detective, female detective, elderly, riddles and clues, murder, mystery writer, who done it, mystery, crime, writer's life, investigation, writing ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Crossing Jordan (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Crossing Jordan is an American television crime/drama series that stars Jill Hennessy as Jordan Cavanaugh, M.D., a crime-solving forensic pathologist employed in the Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Style: realistic, serious, clever, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: riddles and clues, investigation, forensics, murder, police detective, who done it, uncover truth, fighting crime, mind game, danger, deadly, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Quincy M.E. (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Quincy, M.E. is an American television series from Universal Studios that aired from October 3, 1976, to September 5, 1983, on NBC. It stars Jack Klugman in the title role, a Los Angeles County medical examiner. Inspired by the book Where Death ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, sincere, serious
Plot: murder, coroner, legal, police detective, law enforcement, crimes, crime, partners against crime, who done it, courtroom drama, deadly, uncover truth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
A Touch of Frost (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A Touch of Frost is a television detective series produced by Yorkshire Television for ITV from 1992 until 2010, initially based on the Frost novels by R.D. Wingfield. Writing credit for the three episodes in the first 1992 series went to Richard ...
Style: realistic, sincere, witty, clever, serious ...
Plot: police detective, riddles and clues, deadly, respect, police investigation, rivalry, who done it, mystery, overbearing, crime, crimes, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Diagnosis Murder (1993)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Dr. Mark Sloan is a good-natured, offbeat physician who is called upon to solve murders.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, hospital, doctor, mystery, doctors and patients, who done it, partners against crime, law enforcement, power relations, police investigation, police detective, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Death in Paradise (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Detective Inspector Richard Poole is transferred to Sainte Marie, an island in the Caribbean. Totally unsuited to the Caribbean way of life, Richard hates the sun, sea and sand and isn't used to the Sainte Marie style of policing. Working with ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, stylized, captivating, touching
Plot: police detective, island, police investigation, crimes, multiple suspects, coworker, law enforcement, lifestyle change, new job, british humour, deadly, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Rizzoli & Isles (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Perhaps their strikingly different personalities make the relationship between detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles so effective. Jane, the only female cop in Boston's homicide division, is tough, relentless and rarely lets ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, captivating, suspenseful
Audience: girls' night
Plot: police investigation, partners against crime, forensics, crimes, police detective, policewoman, family relations, female detective, partners, best friends, crime, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Matlock (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of criminal defense attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Productions, Viacom Productions and Paramount ...
Style: witty, suspenseful, clever, serious, realistic ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom, uncover truth, courtroom drama, legal, hotshot lawyer, mystery, legal action, elderly, who done it, power relations, false accusation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: georgia, usa, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 132K
Castle (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle receives permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes.
Style: witty, humorous, suspenseful, realistic, semi serious
Plot: police investigation, investigation, police detective, who done it, murder, murder investigation, partners, writer's life, resourceful, female detective, riddles and clues, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Inspector George Gently (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Crime drama set in the 1960s about an old-school detective trying to come to terms with a time when the lines between the police and criminals have become blurred.
Style: serious, clever, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: murder, police detective, police investigation, partners, generation gap, multiple suspects, deadly, sergeant, police chief, countryside, hippie, law enforcement ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The third installment of the “Law & Order” franchise takes viewers deep into the minds of its criminals while following the intense psychological approaches the Major Case Squad uses to solve its crimes.
Style: tense, serious, clever, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: law and order, murder investigation, power relations, murder, mind game, crime, workplace situations, deadly, partners, judiciary, judge, lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Scene of the Crime (1970)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: West Germany, Austria
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Tatort is a long-running German/Austrian/Swiss, crime television series set in various parts of these countries. The show is broadcast on the channels of ARD in Germany, ORF 2 in Austria and SF1 in Switzerland. The first episode was broadcast on ...
Style: exciting, witty, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime investigation, police, fighting crime, police station, riddles and clues, law enforcement, police investigation, danger, police detective, deadly, murder, police protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, germany, austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Cold Case (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: The Philadelphia homicide squad's lone female detective finds her calling when she is assigned cases that have never been solved. Detective Lilly Rush combines her natural instincts with the updated technology available today to bring about ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, female detective, victim, uncover truth, crime, evidence, rage, police, cold case, interrogation, policewoman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 1940s, 1930s ...
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.6
 264
Burke's Law (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Burke's Law, a revival of the 1960s cop television series of the same name, aired on CBS from 1994 to 1995. The series centers on Amos Burke, a senior Los Angeles police officer and millionaire, and his son, Peter, who is a detective under his ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: police detective, police, crime, crimes, mystery, police investigation, multiple suspects, law enforcement, parent child relationship, lapd, murder, father son relationship
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Homicide: Life on the Street (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Homicide: Life on the Street is an American police procedural television series chronicling the work of a fictional version of the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Unit. It ran for seven seasons on NBC from 1993 to 1999, and was succeeded ...
Style: realistic, tense, talky, serious, rough ...
Plot: murder, police detective, police, police station, police protagonist, fighting crime, crimes, police investigation, tough law enforcer, partners against crime, african american, fbi ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 8.3
 31K
Life (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Complex, offbeat Detective Charlie Crews returns to the force after serving time in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Crews’ new lease on life has provided him with a Zen-like outlook, peace of mind and no need for vengeance, an attitude ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, witty
Plot: police investigation, police detective, uncover truth, investigation, frame up, murder, ex convict, law enforcement, crimes, partners against crime, workplace, teamwork ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Without a Trace (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Without a Trace was an American police procedural television drama series that originally ran on CBS from September 26, 2002 to May 19, 2009. The series follows the ventures of a Missing Persons Unit of the FBI in New York City.
Style: suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: missing person, murder, kidnapping, fbi, police investigation, crime, partners against crime, crimes, track down, race against time, police detective, murder investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: In the criminal justice system, sexually-based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are ...
Style: captivating, tense, clever, serious, bleak ...
Plot: police detective, lawyer, police, police investigation, sexual abuse, crimes, law and order, law enforcement, fighting crime, district attorney, danger, victim ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 2000s, 2010s ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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True Detective (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: An American anthology police detective series utilizing multiple timelines in which investigations seem to unearth personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within or outside the law.
Style: clever, bleak, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, police detective, crime, crimes, partners, partners against crime, investigation, murder, uncover truth, who done it, troubled ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
15%
Agatha Christie's Marple (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The show follows the adventures of Miss Jane Marple, an elderly spinster living in the quiet little village of St Mary Mead. During her many visits to friends and relatives in other villages, Miss Marple often stumbles upon mysterious murders which ...
Style: clever, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: amateur detective, riddles and clues, murder, uncover truth, law enforcement, murder mystery, who done it, crimes, female detective, mystery, whodunit, murder investigation ...
Time: 1950s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
In the Heat of the Night (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: In the Heat of the Night is an American television series based on the motion picture and novel of the same name starring Carroll O'Connor as the white police chief William Gillespie, and Howard Rollins as the African-American police detective ...
Style: realistic, rough, captivating, tense, serious ...
Plot: police detective, small town, police, partners against crime, reluctant partners, social relations, police investigation, small town life, partners, fighting crime, interracial relations, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%