Movies and TV shows like The Rockford Files

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The Rockford Files (1974)
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The Rockford Files (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
Story: The Rockford Files is an American television drama series starring James Garner that aired on the NBC network between September 13, 1974 and January 10, 1980, and has remained in syndication to the present day. Garner portrays Los Angeles-based private investigator Jim Rockford with Noah Beery, Jr. in the supporting role of his father, a retired truck driver nicknamed "Rocky." The show was created by Roy Huggins and Stephen J. Cannell. Huggins created the television show Maverick, which starred Garner, and he wanted to recapture that magic in a "modern day" detective setting. He teamed with Cannell, who had written for Jack Webb productions such as Adam-12 and Chase, to create The Rockford Files. The show was credited as "A Public Arts/Roy Huggins Production" along with Universal Studios and in association with Cherokee Productions. Cherokee was owned by Garner, with partners Meta Rosenberg and Juanita Bartlett, who doubled as story editor during most of The Rockford Files' run. The series theme by composers Mike Post and Pete Carpenter was released as a single and went to #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining on the chart for 16 weeks. and won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for 1975.
Style: sincere, serious, captivating, realistic, witty
Plot: private detective, ex convict, crimes, investigation, crime, mystery, dishonesty, private investigator, beach, father son relationship, trailer home, customer, police detective, socialite, answering machine, hollywood sign
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, malibu california

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Most similar movies to The Rockford Files

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, private detective, crime, investigation, mystery, murder and private investigator mostly in Drama, Crime and Mystery genres. Some movies like The Rockford Files: Banacek (1972), Mike Hammer, Private Eye (1997), Mannix (1967), Vega$ (1978), Quincy M.E. (1976). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Banacek (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Banacek is an American detective TV series starring George Peppard that aired on the NBC network from 1972 to 1974. The series was part of the rotating NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie anthology. It alternated in its time slot with several other shows ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious
Plot: private detective, investigation, theft, crime, polish, insurance, crimes, urban, polish american, insurance investigator, chauffeur, insurance fraud ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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Mike Hammer, Private Eye (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Mike Hammer, Private Eye is an American syndicated television program based on the adventures of the fictitious private detective Mike Hammer, created by novelist Mickey Spillane. The show starred Stacy Keach and was seen as an attempt to revive the ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
Plot: private detective, mystery, partners, law enforcement, crime, crimes, partners against crime, neo noir, riddles and clues, hard boiled, pulp fiction, private investigator
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Mannix (1967)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Mannix is an American television detective series that ran from 1967 through 1975 on CBS. Created by Richard Levinson and William Link and developed by executive producer Bruce Geller, the title character, Joe Mannix, is a private investigator. He ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting
Plot: private detective, who done it, crime, crimes, mystery, deadly, law enforcement, kidnapping, uncover truth, detective agency, private investigator, crime boss ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Vega$ (1978)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Vega$ is an American detective television drama series that aired on ABC between 1978 and 1981. It was produced by Aaron Spelling. The series was filmed in its entirety in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is believed to be the first television series produced ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: private detective, investigation, crime, crimes, sleazy, urban, convertible, classic car, private investigator
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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 ⇓
37%
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Harry O (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Harry O, sometimes spelled Harry-O, is an American crime drama series that aired for two seasons on ABC from 1974 to 1976. The series starred David Janssen and was executive produced by Jerry Thorpe. Harry O followed the broadcast of two pilot ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: private detective, crime, law enforcement, crimes, investigation, misfit, urban, disability, police department, police, beach
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: police detective, police, multiple suspects, crime, law enforcement, police investigation, crimes, mystery, lapd, parent child relationship, murder, father son relationship
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Remington Steele (1982)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Remington Steele is an American television series co-created by Robert Butler and Michael Gleason. The series, starring Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan, was produced by MTM Enterprises and first broadcast on the NBC network from 1982 to 1987. ...
Style: humorous, suspenseful, stylized, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, private investigator, adventure, mystery, partners, crimes, cons and scams, verbal byplay, unlikely partners, reluctant partners, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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, 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 ⇓
34%
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Terriers (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Ex-cop and recovering alcoholic Hank Dolworth partners with his best friend, former criminal Britt Pollack, in an unlicensed private investigation business. The series is set in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, although it is portrayed as a ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, atmospheric, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: partners, investigation, private detective, private investigator, crimes, team, suspicion, teamwork, investigator, buddies, murder, lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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The Inside (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: The Inside is an American crime drama television series created by Tim Minear and Howard Gordon and produced by Imagine Television. The Inside follows the work of the FBI's Los Angeles Violent Crimes Unit, a division dedicated to investigating ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, mind bending
Plot: fbi, investigation, fighting crime, law enforcement, crimes, haunted by the past, special agents, mystery, rookie, deadly, dark past, female agent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Serangoon Road (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Singapore, Australia
Story: 1964-65. Singapore is a city at a crossroads. Political and racial tensions are at fever pitch as the British pull out, and a new nation is about to be born. The lights of Bugis Street have never burned so bright: bootleg copies of Motown songs boom ...
Style: tense, twists and turns, captivating, atmospheric, suspense ...
Plot: private detective, murder, crimes, workplace, partners, track down, political unrest, mystery, investigation, noir, crime, dishonesty ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1964
Place: singapore
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Sherlock Holmes and his intrepid companion, Dr. Watson solve the mysteries of the disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax, Thor Bridge, Shoscombe Old Place, the Boscombe Valley, an illustrious client, and a creeping man.
Style: mind bending, realistic, stylized, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: private detective, sherlock holmes, mystery, investigation, conspiracy, disappearance, multiple suspects, rivalry, partners against crime, riddles and clues, who done it, missing person ...
Time: victorian, 19th century, victorian era
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Barnaby Jones (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Barnaby Jones is a television detective series starring Buddy Ebsen and Lee Meriwether as father- and daughter-in-law who run a private detective firm in Los Angeles. The show ran on CBS from January 28, 1973 to April 3, 1980, beginning as a ...
Plot: private detective, daughter in law, widow, elderly
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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: realistic, suspenseful, serious, witty
Plot: police investigation, frame up, uncover truth, police detective, ex convict, investigation, murder, hotshot, partners against crime, workplace, law enforcement, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The fourth of eight "Rockford Files" reunion TV movies.
Plot: godfather, handyman, private investigator, birthday, deathbed, mafia, buddhist temple, gun shot, hitman, street musician, murder, book ...
Place: los angeles, malibu california, santa monica california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Lady Against the Odds (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A private detective becomes involved in a new cast when her partner's guardian is murdered.
Style: suspenseful, rough, mind bending, realistic, serious
Plot: murder, mystery, private detective, crime, custody, deadly, investigation, crimes, law enforcement, private investigator, female detective, industrialist ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Buddy Faro (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Buddy Faro was the best private detective in the business, until he disappeared in 1978 after a case went bad. Twenty years later, he's brought back to Los Angeles by private detective Bob Jones and they reopen Buddy Faro Investigations.
Style: stylized, humorous, clever, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: partners, private detective, investigation, fish out of water, buddies, crimes, friends, mystery, crime, disorder, misfit, detective agency ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Dr. Watson, finds a mystery in an empty house, while Holmes and he later solve the mysteries of an abbey grange, the Musgrave ritual, a second stain, a man with a twisted lip, the priory school, and a half-dozen plaster busts of Bonaparte.
Style: mind bending, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: private detective, investigation, sherlock holmes, mastermind, mind game, partners, prodigy, crimes, law enforcement, murder, riddles and clues, uncover truth ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
Story: Genius detective Nero Wolfe and his right-hand man, Archie Goodwin, solve seemingly impossible crimes.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, clever
Plot: private detective, investigation, who done it, mysterious character, partners against crime, police detective, riddles and clues, murder, mystery, whodunit, crimes, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Detective Jim Rockford works to uncover facts of the death of a wealthy socialite whose two grown children are accused of murdering her. Complicating matters are Rockford's omnipresent "friend" Angel, and Rockford's ex-wife Kit, ...
Plot: athlete, basement, lawyer, attorney, convertible, baseball player, bandit, ex wife, rolls royce, police, beach, estate ...
Place: los angeles, malibu california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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, witty, suspenseful, cynical, captivating ...
Plot: police detective, murder investigation, mind game, crime investigation, murder, homicide detective, riddles and clues, uncover truth, crime solving, unconventional method, crimes, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Rockford Files: Shoot-Out at the Golden Pagoda (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After a quiet fishing trip, Rockford is tricked into taking over a fellow PI's case involving alleged Police misconduct, which lands him in the hospital, hounded by a beautiful reporter, and out of favor with the entire Police Deapartment. ...
Plot: private detective, gun shot, parking lot, sweater, hospital, goatee, newspaper, strip club, dirty cop, trailer, ocean, fistfight ...
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Long Goodbye (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife.
Style: cynical, stylized, atmospheric, witty, twists and turns ...
Plot: private detective, neo noir, murder, betrayal, profanity, friendship, bribery, disfigurement, investigation, crime, crimes, mystery ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, mexico, california, latin america, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Laid-back private eye Jim Rockford and his brown Pontiac Firebird become embroiled in another case when he runs across an old flame, blind book editor Megan. Her no-good playboy cousin Patrick is involved with the Russian Mob, which puts ...
Plot: private detective, father daughter relationship, russian, trailer, blindness, lapd, bandit, truck, car accident, beach, cousin cousin relationship, ex lover ...
Place: malibu california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Simon & Simon (1981)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Simon & Simon is an American detective television series that originally ran from November 24, 1981 to January 21, 1989. The series was broadcast on CBS and starred Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker as two brothers who run a private detective ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: private detective, family relations, mystery, rivalry, partners, partners against crime, workplace, sibling relationship, riddles and clues, ex military, crime, reluctant partners ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 3K
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: talky, tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: handicapped, police, police detective, law enforcement, fighting crime, investigation, private detective, mystery, crimes, crime, danger, hippie ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.3
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Veronica Mars (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: The series is set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, and stars Kristen Bell as the title character, a student who progresses from high school to college while moonlighting as a private investigator under the tutelage of her detective ...
Style: touching, witty, clever, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: amateur detective, private detective, investigation, private investigator, student, youth, danger, teenage life, parents and children, sheriff, friendship, spy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: california, usa, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Twilight (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A retired ex-cop and private detective gets mixed up in murder when he is asked to deliver blackmail money and walks into a 20 year old case involving the mysterious disappearance of an actress' former husband.
Style: clever, serious, realistic, suspense, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: private detective, murder, missing person, terminal illness, femme fatale, mystery, uncover truth, who done it, crimes, crime, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, tense, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: law and order, legal action, murder, legal, police investigation, police detective, partners against crime, courtroom drama, fighting crime, courtroom, power relations, district attorney ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%