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, witty, cynical, suspenseful, captivating, serious, realistic, detective series
Plot: police detective, murder investigation, mind game, crime investigation, murder, homicide detective, riddles and clues, uncover truth, crime solving, unconventional method, crimes, police investigation, crime, law enforcement, multiple suspects, outsmarting, power relations, basset hound, forensics, rivalry, murderer, police, investigation, murder suspect, trenchcoat ...
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, suspenseful, serious and clever films and TV series with plots about crimes, murder, law enforcement, crime, police detective, police investigation and deadly mostly in Crime, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like Columbo: Murdoch Mysteries (2008), Murder, She Wrote (1984), Midsomer Murders (1997), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001), Prescription: Murder (1968). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: stylized, atmospheric, clever, twists and turns, mind bending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, crime, riddles and clues, police investigation, uncover truth, mind game, forensics, partners against crime, workplace, unconventional method, crimes, boss and employee ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, 1890s, edwardian era ...
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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100%
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, suspenseful, realistic, witty, serious
Plot: who done it, female detective, murder, riddles and clues, crime, elderly, amateur detective, investigation, mystery, crimes, mystery writer, trap ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: maine, usa
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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, murder investigation, multiple suspects, who done it, law enforcement, whodunit, murder, police chief, crime, village, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, contemporary
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: suspenseful, clever, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: law and order, murder investigation, mind game, partners, murder, workplace situations, power relations, deadly, crime, crimes, judiciary, prosecutor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ 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, suspenseful, realistic, serious, talky ...
Plot: murder, infidelity, police investigation, alibi, psychiatrist, swimming pool, investigation, police detective, mistress, uncover truth, couples, law enforcement ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, serious ...
Plot: private detective, crime, investigation, riddles and clues, whodunit, murder mystery, uncover truth, murder, multiple suspects, who done it, crimes, murder investigation ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Death in Paradise (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, USA
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, touching, captivating
Plot: island, police detective, police investigation, multiple suspects, crimes, lifestyle change, british humour, coworker, law enforcement, new job, unhappy, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: caribbean
⇓ 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: realistic, sincere, clever, suspenseful, contemplative ...
Plot: police detective, murder, police investigation, crime investigation, crime, rapist, partners, crimes, law enforcement, shrewd, who done it, multiple suspects ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: england, europe, italy, australia
⇓ 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, suspenseful, clever, realistic, serious ...
Plot: police detective, police, who done it, danger, fighting crime, police investigation, crimes, rivalry, law enforcement, honest law enforcer, investigation, greek ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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100%
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: twists and turns, clever, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: riddles and clues, who done it, amateur detective, murder mystery, female detective, murder investigation, uncover truth, whodunit, murder, crimes, law enforcement, female protagonist ...
Time: 1950s, 50s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Diagnosis Murder (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
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, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: murder, hospital, doctor, father son relationship, who done it, partners against crime, police investigation, police detective, crime, homicide detective, friendship, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Bosch (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
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, crimes, riddles and clues, police investigation, danger, determination, suspicion, murder, superior officer, evidence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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: gloomy, psychological, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, crime, who done it, multiple suspects, female detective, murder, crimes, riddles and clues, female protagonist, loss of child, evidence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c., seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 9.1
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Sherlock (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.
Style: clever, captivating, witty, psychological, serious ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, crime, mind game, prodigy, mastermind, sherlock holmes, riddles and clues, british, partners, friendship, murder mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england, london, europe, scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, realistic, suspenseful, humorous, semi serious
Plot: police investigation, police detective, romancing partners, investigation, partners, female detective, writers, murder, law enforcement, unlikely partners, who done it, riddles and clues ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, united states
⇓ 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: serious, realistic, clever, witty, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, mystery, police, partner, widower, urban setting, riddles and clues, workplace, law enforcement, crimes, fighting crime, deadly ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s, 1990s
Place: england, europe, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: serious, realistic, clever, suspenseful
Plot: police investigation, sergeant, crime investigation, police detective, multiple suspects, murder, crimes, suspicion, investigator, law enforcement, murder investigation, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 5K
Quincy M.E. (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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, serious, suspenseful, sincere
Plot: murder, coroner, crimes, law enforcement, legal, crime, police detective, legal investigation, partners against crime, deadly, mystery, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, 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: suspenseful, serious, clever, realistic
Plot: police investigation, crimes, who done it, police detective, chief of police, law enforcement, deadly, partners against crime, murder, police chief, partners, murder investigation ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Monk (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
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, offbeat, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Plot: private detective, crimes, odd, unconventional method, investigation, crime, intelligence, murder, ex law enforcer, police investigation, talented, mastermind ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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The Closer (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
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: twists and turns, captivating, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: police investigation, female detective, crimes, policewoman, police detective, fighting crime, murder, investigation, interrogation, couples, workplace romance, female protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
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Lie to Me (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
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: riddles and clues, uncover truth, deception, human nature, investigation, talented, crime investigation, crimes, team, psychology, dishonesty, workplace situations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.4
 12K
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, clever, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: police detective, world war two, espionage, war crime, police investigation, undercover, spy, mystery, crimes, crime, investigation, nazism ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, new mexico, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Bones (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 40 min.
Story: Dr. Temperance Brennan and her colleagues at the Jeffersonian's Medico-Legal Lab assist Special Agent Seeley Booth with murder investigations when the remains are so badly decomposed, burned or destroyed that the standard identification ...
Style: witty, intellectual, suspenseful, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: forensics, riddles and clues, partners against crime, fbi, police investigation, special agents, search, crime investigation, teamwork, expert, killings, partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: washington d.c., usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Scene of the Crime (1970)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
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: suspenseful, witty, exciting, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime investigation, police, fighting crime, police station, riddles and clues, police investigation, law enforcement, danger, police detective, deadly, murder, police protagonist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany, austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 2K
Rebus (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Rebus is the title of the detective drama TV series based on the Inspector Rebus novels by the Scottish author Ian Rankin set in and around Edinburgh. The series was produced by STV Productions for the ITV network. Four seasons have been aired; ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, uncover truth, law enforcement, deadly, multiple suspects, who done it, murder, crimes, crime, failed attempt, self destruction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: scotland, england, edinburgh scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 9.0
 484K
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: realistic, bleak, atmospheric, clever, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, police detective, crime, neo noir, investigation, crimes, partners, partners against crime, murder, uncover truth, troubled ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.6
 629K
Dexter (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
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: clever, captivating, serious, dark humor, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, vigilantism, double life, hidden identity, corpse, crimes, forensics, right and wrong, crime, loner, gory, police station ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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100%
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, tense, clever, suspenseful ...
Plot: forensics, riddles and clues, investigation, murder, uncover truth, who done it, police detective, fighting crime, crimes, crime, mystery, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
12%
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Moses Jones (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Police investigate a mutilated body found in the Thames which appears to be the product of a witchcraft killing.
Style: bleak, rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: uncover truth, police investigation, law enforcement, deadly, murder, police detective, crimes, partners, mutilated body, urban, crime, partners against crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%