Movies and TV shows like In the Heat of the Night 1988

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In the Heat of the Night (1988)
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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 Virgil Tibbs. It was broadcast on NBC from 1988 until 1992, and then on CBS until 1995. Its executive producers were Fred Silverman, Juanita Bartlett and Carroll O'Connor. TGG Direct released the first season of the series to DVD on August 28, 2012.
Style: serious, captivating, tense, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: police detective, police, small town, crime, partners against crime, racism, police chief, reluctant partners, fighting crime, police investigation, interracial relations, crimes, law enforcement, partners, society, odd couple, small town life, social relations, initially antagonists, murder, sergeant, black cop
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa

Most similar movies to In the Heat of the Night

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and rough films and TV series with plots about crime, crimes, police detective, law enforcement, police investigation, police and fighting crime mostly in Drama, Crime and Mystery genres. Some movies like In the Heat of the Night: Chiefs (1983), Cagney & Lacey (1981), Silk Stalkings (1991), NYPD Blue (1993), True Detective (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Chiefs (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 229 min.
Story: Three generations of police chiefs for a southern town go about their jobs while a serial murderer operates.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: small town, murder investigation, police chief, murder, racism, investigation, crime, uncover truth, interracial relations, mystery, police corruption, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
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Cagney & Lacey (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Mary Beth Lacey and Chris Cagney are teamed up as NYPD police detectives. Their opposing personalities (one is tough and the other sensitive) mesh to make this one of the great crime-fighting duos of all time.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: police detective, female detective, partners against crime, crime, reluctant partners, mystery, tough law enforcer, drug dealing, fighting crime, legal action, police investigation, price of justice ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
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89%
Silk Stalkings (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Silk Stalkings is a crime drama television series. The series premiered on CBS on November 7, 1991 as part of the network's late-night Crimetime After Primetime programming package. It originally aired on CBS for two seasons until June 1993 ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, crime, partners against crime, tough law enforcer, murder investigation, police detective, beach, fighting crime, psychologist, police investigation, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, usa
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76%
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NYPD Blue (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: NYPD Blue is an American television police drama set in New York City, exploring the internal and external struggles of the fictional 15th precinct of Manhattan. Each episode typically intertwined several plots involving an ensemble cast. The show ...
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Plot: police, police station, murder, robbery, police detective, crime, realism, partners against crime, tough law enforcer, drugs/alcohol, fighting crime, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
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68%
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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, crime, police detective, serial killer, crimes, murder, partners, investigation, partners against crime, who done it, law enforcement, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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68%
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Taggart (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Story: Taggart is a Scottish detective television programme, created by Glenn Chandler, who has written many of the episodes, and made by STV Productions for the ITV network. The series revolves around a group of detectives initially in the Maryhill CID of ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating, twists and turns ...
Plot: police detective, police, murder, strangulation, crime, police investigation, police station, who done it, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, riddles and clues ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 80s, 90s
Place: scotland, europe
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67%
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, rough, talky ...
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
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64%
Killer Instinct (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Killer Instinct is an American crime drama television series filmed in Vancouver that originally aired on the Fox Network. The pilot episode aired on September 23, 2005, and the final episode aired on December 2, 2005. Fox ordered 13 episodes, only ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: police detective, crime, fighting crime, crime investigation, buddy cop, mystery, police investigation, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, partners, police ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, california, usa
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63%
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Nash Bridges (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Nash Bridges is an American television police drama created by Carlton Cuse. The show starred Don Johnson and Cheech Marin as two Inspectors with the San Francisco Police Department's Special Investigations Unit. The show ran for six seasons on ...
Style: exciting, stylized, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, fighting crime, law enforcement, crimes, partners, photographic memory, parents and children, police investigation, single parent, rivalry, family problems, workplace ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, san francisco, california
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58%
The Streets of San Francisco (1972)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The Streets of San Francisco is a 1970s television police drama filmed on location in San Francisco, California, and produced by Quinn Martin Productions, with the first season produced in association with Warner Bros. Television. It starred Karl ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police, police detective, older man younger man relationship, crime, partners against crime, verbal byplay, fighting crime, police lieutenant, homicide detective, police inspector, urban, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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 ⇓
54%
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Dragnet 1967 (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: The classic police drama is updated for the 1960s. No-nonsense Sgt. Joe Friday and his partner, Officer Bill Gannon, tackle traditional police cases and face new challenges such as LSD, race riots, and public service TV shows.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: police detective, crime, partners against crime, fighting crime, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, criminal heroes, rebelliousness, drug abuse, police corruption, police protagonist ...
Time: 60s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Hawaii Five-O (1968)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and Leonard Freeman. Set in Hawaii, the show originally aired for 12 seasons from 1968 to 1980, and continues in reruns. Jack Lord portrayed Detective Lieutenant ...
Style: captivating, stylized, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: partners against crime, crimes, law enforcement, fighting crime, police investigation, police detective, multiple suspects, workplace, investigation, irish, police protagonist, suspect ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: hawaii, usa
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54%
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Baretta (1975)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Baretta is an American detective television series which ran on ABC from 1975 to 1978. The show was a milder version of a successful 1973–74 ABC series, Toma, starring Tony Musante as chameleon-like, real-life New Jersey police officer David Toma. ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: police detective, undercover, partners against crime, crime, reluctant partners, police station, tough law enforcer, drug dealing, fighting crime, police investigation, working undercover, crimes ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa
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53%
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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: 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
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52%
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Hunter (1984)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 48 min.
Story: Hunter is an American police drama television series created by Frank Lupo, and starring Fred Dryer as Sgt. Rick Hunter and Stepfanie Kramer as Sgt. Dee Dee McCall, which ran on NBC from 1984 to 1991. However, Kramer left after the sixth season to ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, exciting
Plot: police detective, criminal heroes, crime, partners against crime, lapd, homicide detective, fighting crime, murder, working undercover, crimes, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Hap and Leonard (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A darkly comic swamp noir story of two best friends set in the late 1980s. Based on the novels by Joe R. Lansdale, the series follows Hap Collins, an East Texas white boy with a weakness for Southern women, and Leonard Pine, a gay, black Vietnam vet ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, semi serious, bad taste humour ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, partners against crime, bounty hunter, crime, interracial relations, racism, fighting crime, society, against the rules, chase, escapades, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: texas, usa
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50%
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Unforgettable (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Former Syracuse, New York, police detective Carrie Wells has hyperthymesia, a rare medical condition that gives her the ability to visually remember everything. She reluctantly joins the New York City Police Department's Queens homicide unit ...
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Plot: policewoman, police detective, police investigation, prodigy, partners, fighting crime, crimes, haunted by the past, female detective, partners against crime, photographic memory, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Cold Squad (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Canada
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Cold Squad is a Canadian police procedural television series first broadcast in 1998 that followed the investigations of a part of the Vancouver Police Department Homicide Division tasked with solving cold cases, the titular Cold Squad, as led by ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, tense
Plot: police detective, murder investigation, crime, police investigation, mystery, cold case, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, fighting crime, riddles and clues, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: canada, vancouver, vancouver british columbia canada
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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 ...
Style: clever, suspenseful, cynical, captivating, serious ...
Plot: police detective, murder, mind game, murder investigation, homicide detective, riddles and clues, crimes, unconventional method, uncover truth, crime solving, crime investigation, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
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48%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: doctor, hospital, murder, crime, amateur detective, partners against crime, mystery, homicide detective, parent child relationship, police, doctors and patients, who done it ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
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48%
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Ironside (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Story: Ironside is an upcoming American drama television series that is scheduled to premiere in the 2013–14 television season on NBC. It will air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central, after Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. It is a ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police investigation, crime, tough law enforcer, fighting crime, mystery, urban, crimes, law enforcement, disability, power relations, man in a wheelchair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Law & Order: LA (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Law & Order: LA, originally titled Law & Order: Los Angeles, is an American police procedural and legal drama television series set in Los Angeles, where it was produced. Created and produced by Dick Wolf and developed by Blake Masters, it ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: crime, fighting crime, murder investigation, law and order, lapd, lawyer, courtroom, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, partners, partners against crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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47%
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Brooklyn South (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Brooklyn South is an American ensemble police drama series that aired on CBS for only one season during the 1997–98 television season. The series was co-created by Steven Bochco, Bill Clark, David Milch and William M. Finkelstein. Bochco is the ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: police, crime, criminal heroes, fighting crime, police officer, police station, tough heroes, law enforcement, partners, partners against crime, tough law enforcer, police investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Burke's Law (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: police detective, police, crime, crimes, lapd, parent child relationship, law enforcement, police investigation, multiple suspects, mystery, murder, father son relationship
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Motive (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A cat-and-mouse series with a twist on the everyday whodunit, "Motive" centers on Angie Flynn, a detective on a backwards chase for clues to a killer that has already been revealed to viewers. The series, filmed in Vancouver, is an ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: police detective, fighting crime, crime, police investigation, police, female protagonist, female detective, murder investigation, murder, riddles and clues, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, vancouver
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Ironside (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Ironside is a Universal television series that ran on NBC from September 14, 1967 to January 16, 1975. The show starred Raymond Burr as a paraplegic Chief of Detectives, Robert T. Ironside. The character debuted on March 28, 1967 in a TV movie. When ...
Style: serious, clever, talky, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police, police detective, private detective, crime, fighting crime, crimes, mystery, danger, law enforcement, investigation, disability, hippie ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Law & Order (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, created by Dick Wolf and part of the Law & Order franchise. It originally aired on NBC and, in syndication, on various cable networks. Law & Order premiered ...
Style: clever, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: lawyer, law and order, crime investigation, police, evidence, courtroom, homicide detective, murder, police investigation, law enforcement, deadly, legal ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary, 80s, 21st century, 90s ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town.
Style: thought provoking, tense, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: small town, racist, african american, police chief, crime, racism, culture clash, police station, suspect, racial tension, prejudice, mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1930s
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa, mississippi river, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Dalziel and Pascoe (1996)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A British crime drama based on the "Dalziel and Pascoe" series of books by Reginald Hill, set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Wetherton. The unlikely duo of politically incorrect elephant-in-a-china-shop-copper Detective Superintendent ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, witty, tense
Plot: murder, mystery, police detective, partners against crime, crime, unlikely partners, buddy cop, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, partners, riddles and clues ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: england, yorkshire, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%