Movies and TV shows like Columbo

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Columbo (1971)
 8.3
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Columbo (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
TV show
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, captivating, cynical, suspenseful, witty, serious, realistic, detective series
Audience: kids
Plot: police detective, homicide detective, mind game, murder investigation, crime investigation, murder, crime solving, riddles and clues, police protagonist, basset hound, crimes, uncover truth, police, unconventional method, law enforcement, investigation, police investigation, supernatural, murder mystery, forensics, murder suspect, intelligence agency, police officer, corruption, police procedural ...
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, investigation, law enforcement, police detective, police investigation and police mostly in Crime, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like Columbo: Prescription: Murder (1968), Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989), Murder, She Wrote (1984), Murdoch Mysteries (2008), Sherlock (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: slasher, talky, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, murder, psychiatrist, investigation, alibi, whodunit, infidelity, police investigation, couples, uncover truth, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: future, 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, los angeles, acapulco mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
TV show
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, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: whodunit, private detective, investigation, murder mystery, murder, who done it, murder investigation, riddles and clues, uncover truth, multiple suspects, private investigator, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: england, london, united kingdom
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Murder, She Wrote (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: An unassuming mystery writer turned sleuth uses her professional insight to help solve real-life homicide cases.
Style: clever, suspenseful, witty, realistic, serious
Plot: who done it, female detective, investigation, murder, writers, mystery, riddles and clues, elderly, amateur detective, crimes, trap, writer's life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: usa, maine, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
Murdoch Mysteries (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 48 min.
TV show
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: atmospheric, clever, stylized, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, riddles and clues, police investigation, uncover truth, forensics, partners against crime, workplace, unconventional method, murder investigation, mind game, morgue, police station ...
Time: edwardian era, victorian era, 19th century, future, 1890s
Place: toronto ontario canada, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Movie in collections
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 906K
Sherlock (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
TV show
Story: A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.
Style: clever, witty, captivating, exciting, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sherlock holmes, investigation, murder mystery, mastermind, private detective, friendship, partners, riddles and clues, mind game, intelligence, british, prodigy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: london, england, scotland yard, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
Inspector Morse (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
TV show
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: realistic, sincere, atmospheric, serious, talky ...
Plot: police detective, crime investigation, murder, detective inspector, murderer, police investigation, criminal, shrewd, crimes, law enforcement, partners, multiple suspects ...
Time: 80s, future, 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, australia, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, realistic, suspenseful, clever
Plot: law and order, lawyer, prosecutor, murder investigation, power relations, workplace situations, murder, partners, mind game, crimes, judiciary, judge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Midsomer Murders (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
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: murder, police detective, murder investigation, who done it, multiple suspects, whodunit, police investigation, village, law enforcement, human nature, crimes, detective inspector ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, future
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Foyle's War (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, War
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
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: captivating, clever, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, police detective, war crime, police investigation, spy, investigation, crimes, crimes of passion, undercover, murder mystery, murder investigation, murder ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.0
 119K
Lie to Me (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: The world's leading deception researcher, Dr. Cal Lightman, studies facial expression, body language and tone of voice to determine when a person is lying and why, which helps law enforcement and government agencies uncover the truth. But his ...
Style: clever, psychological, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: investigation, talented, psychology, expert, deception, crime investigation, riddles and clues, crimes, human nature, outsmarting, uncover truth, team ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Agatha Christie's Marple (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
TV show
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: twists and turns, clever, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder mystery, who done it, riddles and clues, female detective, uncover truth, murder investigation, whodunit, murder, amateur detective, female protagonist, sleuth, crimes ...
Time: post world war two, 50s
Place: england, united kingdom, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 8.0
 74K
Monk (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Adrian Monk was once a rising star with the San Francisco Police Department, legendary for using unconventional means to solve the department's most baffling cases. But after the tragic (and still unsolved) murder of his wife Trudy, he ...
Style: witty, humorous, realistic, semi serious, odd ...
Plot: investigation, mental illness, private detective, mastermind, talented, police investigation, prodigy, unconventional method, murder, riddles and clues, intelligence, investigator ...
Time: 2000s, future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 7.2
 6K
Quincy M.E. (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: serious, realistic, suspenseful, sincere, medical drama
Plot: crimes, legal, medical, coroner, murder, law enforcement, police detective, medical examiner, amateur detective, forensic evidence, courtroom, murder mystery ...
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.
TV show
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: serious, realistic, sincere, witty, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, whodunit, riddles and clues, mystery, murder mystery, police, intelligence agency, bbc, widower, partner, urban setting, maverick ...
Time: 2000s, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, 2010s
Place: england, northern england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Diagnosis Murder (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Dr. Mark Sloan is a good-natured, offbeat physician who is called upon to solve murders.
Style: captivating, exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: murder, doctor, hospital, police detective, police investigation, partners against crime, who done it, homicide detective, friendship, father son relationship, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.1
 8K
Kojak (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, serious, realistic, suspenseful, clever ...
Audience: kids
Plot: police, crimes, police detective, police investigation, fighting crime, who done it, honest law enforcer, rivalry, law enforcement, investigation, murder investigation, police officer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.3
 110K
The Killing (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
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, gloomy, serious, tense, neo noir ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, multiple suspects, murder mystery, murder investigation, female detective, murder, who done it, crime investigation, crimes, strong female character, policewoman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 8.1
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Lewis (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway solve the tough cases that the learned inhabitants of Oxford throw at them.
Style: clever, realistic, serious, suspenseful, atmospheric
Plot: police detective, crime investigation, murder investigation, police investigation, sergeant, murder, multiple suspects, investigator, crimes, suspicion, law enforcement, detective inspector ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Movie in collections
 8.3
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Life (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense, captivating ...
Plot: investigation, police detective, ex convict, frame up, police investigation, uncover truth, homicide detective, murder, partners against crime, suspicion, hotshot, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.5
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Bosch (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
TV show
Story: Based on Michael Connelly's best-selling novels, these are the stories of relentless LAPD homicide Detective Harry Bosch who pursues justice at all costs. But behind his tireless momentum is a man who is haunted by his past and struggles to ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, law enforcement, coworker, determination, crimes, homicide detective, lapd, murder investigation, police investigation, riddles and clues, suspicion, murder ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Dexter (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: Dexter is an American television drama series. The series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for 'Miami Metro Police Department' who also leads a secret life as a serial killer, hunting down criminals who have ...
Style: captivating, clever, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, crimes, hidden identity, double life, right and wrong, crime investigation, loner, corpse, forensics, police station, dark humor, killings ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: miami, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 160K
Castle (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
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, realistic, suspenseful, humorous, semi serious
Plot: writers, investigation, partners, romancing partners, female detective, police detective, police investigation, homicide detective, riddles and clues, murder, who done it, resourceful ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.9
 7K
New Tricks (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: New Tricks is a British comedy-drama that follows the work of the fictional Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad of the Metropolitan Police Service. Originally led by Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman, it is made up of retired police officers ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense, captivating
Plot: police detective, crime investigation, police investigation, police, murder mystery, elderly, unsolved crime, homicide detective, law enforcement, crimes, superior, unconventional method ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Movie in collections
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Ellery Queen (1975)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Family, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
TV show
Story: Ellery Queen is an American television detective mystery series based on the fictional character Ellery Queen. It aired on NBC during the 1975-76 television season and stars Jim Hutton as Ellery Queen, David Wayne as his father, Inspector Richard ...
Style: clever, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: crimes, murder investigation, police, murder, nypd, writers, multiple suspects, law enforcement, investigation, private detective, police investigation, partners against crime ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 26K
The Closer (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: Deputy Police Chief Brenda Jean Johnson transfers from Atlanta to LA to head up a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Johnson's quirky personality and hard-nosed approach often rubs her colleagues the ...
Style: captivating, twists and turns, sincere, realistic, tense ...
Plot: crime investigation, homicide detective, police investigation, female detective, policewoman, investigation, police detective, interrogation, crimes, workplace romance, murder, police station ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Death in Paradise (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: captivating, realistic, stylized, semi serious, light ...
Plot: police detective, murder, police investigation, island, crimes, whodunit, law enforcement, lifestyle change, coworker, multiple suspects, murder investigation, new job ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Scene of the Crime (1970)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
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, serious, witty, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime investigation, police, sidekick, police detective, fighting crime, police investigation, law enforcement, police station, riddles and clues, murder, police protagonist, suspicion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, germany, austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Waking the Dead (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
TV show
Story: Waking the Dead is a British television police procedural crime drama series produced by the BBC featuring a fictional Cold Case unit composed of CID police officers, a psychological profiler and a forensic scientist. A pilot episode aired in ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough, gloomy
Plot: police detective, psychologist, mystery, forensics, murder, cold case, murder investigation, riddles and clues, police investigation, forensic evidence, workplace, sergeant ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 1K
Don Matteo (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Don Matteo is an Italian television series that has been airing since 2000 on the premier channel of Italian national television, Rai 1. Protagonist of the series is Father Matteo, a Catholic priest in a parish of the town of Gubbio, who is also ...
Style: realistic, clever, witty, serious, captivating
Plot: investigation, murder, priest, carabinieri, murder investigation, redemption, kindness, crime solving, police detective, unconventional method, murder suspect, crime investigation ...
Time: 2000s
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.4
 135K
Luther (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A dark psychological crime drama starring Idris Elba as Luther, a man struggling with his own terrible demons, who might be as dangerous as the depraved murderers he hunts.
Style: atmospheric, tense, rough, serious, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, police detective, uncover truth, crimes, talented, partners, murder, law enforcement, cruelty, tough law enforcer, forensics, psychopath ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, united kingdom, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%