Movies and TV shows like Columbo

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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, suspenseful, cynical, captivating, serious, realistic, witty, detective series
Plot: police detective, murder, mind game, riddles and clues, murder investigation, homicide detective, crimes, unconventional method, uncover truth, crime solving, crime investigation, police investigation, crime, law enforcement, rivalry, power relations, multiple suspects, forensics, outsmarting, police protagonist, murder suspect, italian american, investigation, police, cigar smoking ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 90s
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, crime, murder, law enforcement, police detective, deadly and police investigation mostly in Crime, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like Columbo: Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989), Inspector Lewis (2006), Midsomer Murders (1997), Kojak (1973), Prescription: Murder (1968). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, suspenseful, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, crime, riddles and clues, uncover truth, murder, multiple suspects, crimes, danger, suicide, private investigator, murder mystery ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, london
⇓ 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: clever, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: police detective, murder, sergeant, crime, police investigation, mystery, crime solving, crime investigation, criminal, crimes, law enforcement, wisdom of life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: england, europe
⇓ 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, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: police detective, multiple suspects, police investigation, law enforcement, human nature, crime, crimes, murder investigation, murder, village, who done it, couple relations ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 5K
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: clever, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, police, greek, crime, fighting crime, urban, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, tough law enforcer, riddles and clues, who done it ...
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: serious, suspenseful, talky, realistic, clever ...
Plot: murder, police detective, swimming pool, psychiatrist, alibi, mistress, investigation, infidelity, police investigation, crime, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, clever, witty
Plot: amateur detective, riddles and clues, elderly, mystery writer, murder, investigation, mystery, crime, who done it, trap, writer's life, female detective ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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: serious, clever, talky, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, police detective, crime, police investigation, rapist, mystery, crime investigation, crime solving, criminal, crimes, law enforcement, who done it ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: england, europe, australia, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, riddles and clues, crime, police investigation, uncover truth, partners against crime, mind game, workplace, unconventional method, forensics, mystery, law enforcement ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, victorian era, edwardian era ...
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.3
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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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, sincere
Plot: crime, crimes, legal, law enforcement, police detective, coroner, murder, legal investigation, mystery, uncover truth, doctor, medical examination ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, crime, serial killer, crimes, investigation, partners against crime, partners, murder, who done it, law enforcement, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 20th century
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, clever, realistic, suspenseful, witty ...
Plot: police detective, riddles and clues, crime, police investigation, mystery, maverick, crimes, law enforcement, tough law enforcer, fighting crime, who done it, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, europe, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
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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, victim, crime, uncover truth, riddles and clues, murder, female detective, cold case, police, murder investigation, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1910s, 1940s, 1950s ...
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating
Audience: girls' night
Plot: police investigation, partners against crime, crimes, best friends, workplace, forensics, suspicion, crime, partners, policewoman, family relations, police detective ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.3
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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, gloomy, serious, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, who done it, crime, murder, riddles and clues, multiple suspects, female protagonist, female detective, street kid, law enforcement, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, clever, tense
Plot: law and order, murder investigation, crime, murder, workplace situations, mind game, deadly, partners, power relations, judiciary, lawyer, prosecutor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: doctor, hospital, murder, crime, amateur detective, partners against crime, mystery, parent child relationship, police, homicide detective, doctors and patients, who done it ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: clever, captivating, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: police detective, police, law and order, police investigation, crimes, fighting crime, lawyer, sexual abuse, law enforcement, sex crime, murder, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 2010s, 2000s ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, suspenseful, realistic, clever
Plot: crime, police investigation, murder, countryside, who done it, mystery, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, partners against crime, riddles and clues, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, clever, captivating ...
Plot: riddles and clues, crime, fighting crime, investigation, crime investigation, medical examination, murder investigation, who done it, mystery, crimes, danger, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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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: serious, clever, realistic, suspenseful, witty ...
Plot: elderly, lawyer, courtroom, crime, hotshot lawyer, uncover truth, mystery, crimes, legal, dedicated lawyer, legal action, legal investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: georgia, usa, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: gloomy, serious, realistic, talky, rough ...
Plot: murder, police detective, police protagonist, police, police station, partners against crime, realism, crime, tough law enforcer, homicide detective, police department, fighting crime ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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, serious, realistic, witty
Plot: police investigation, police detective, uncover truth, investigation, hotshot, frame up, murder, ex convict, crime, mystery, lapd, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 8.4
 28K
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: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: police detective, law enforcement, police investigation, crimes, loner, riddles and clues, murder trial, danger, murder, determination, coworker, superior officer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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The Bridge (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: A murdered body on a bridge between El Paso and Juarez bring together El Paso detective Sonya Cross and Chihuahua State Police detective Marco Ruiz.
Style: serious, tense, atmospheric, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, serial killer, policewoman, police investigation, mystery, mind game, drug cartel, murder, corruption, fbi, deadly, partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: serious, clever, suspenseful, mind bending, twists and turns ...
Plot: riddles and clues, amateur detective, murder, uncover truth, law enforcement, crimes, murder mystery, mystery, who done it, female protagonist, murder investigation, village ...
Time: 1950s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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The Bridge (2011)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany
Duration: 60 min.
Story: When a body is found on the bridge between Denmark and Sweden, right on the border, Danish inspector Martin Rohde and Swedish Saga Norén have to share jurisdiction and work together to find the killer.
Style: atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, captivating, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, mind game, police detective, partners against crime, murder, riddles and clues, forensics, buried truth, multiple suspects, police investigation, videotaping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, sweden, europe, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 9.3
 231K
The Wire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
Story: Told from the points of view of both the Baltimore homicide and narcotics detectives and their targets, the series captures a universe in which the national war on drugs has become a permanent, self-sustaining bureaucracy, and distinctions between ...
Style: tense, clever, suspenseful, serious, talky ...
Plot: drug dealing, police detective, police investigation, crime, drug lord, urban ghetto life, working undercover, life is a bitch, wiretap, lesbian, fighting crime, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: baltimore, maryland, seaport, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.0
 40K
CSI: NY (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 43 min.
Story: CSI: NY is an American police procedural television series that ran on CBS from September 22, 2004 to February 22, 2013 for a total of nine seasons and 197 original episodes. The show follows the investigations of a team of NYPD forensic scientists ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, psychological, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: danger, riddles and clues, workplace, partners against crime, investigation, forensics, crimes, murder, crime investigation, deadly, mystery, interrogation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.4
 48K
CSI: Miami (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: CSI: Miami follows Crime Scene Investigators working for the Miami-Dade Police Department as they use physical evidence, similar to their Las Vegas counterparts, to solve grisly murders. The series mixes deduction, gritty subject matter, and ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, crime, danger, policewoman, investigation, murder, forensics, deadly, mystery, riddles and clues, partners against crime, crime scene ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: miami, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: stylized, semi serious, realistic, captivating, touching
Plot: police detective, island, police investigation, crimes, multiple suspects, law enforcement, coworker, british humour, lifestyle change, new job, crime, murder investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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