Movies and TV shows like True Detective

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True Detective (2014)
 9.0
 487K
True Detective (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
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, clever, captivating, tense, atmospheric, gloomy, serious, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, serial killer, crime, neo noir, investigation, crimes, partners, partners against crime, murder, uncover truth, murderer, haunted by the past, graphic violence, drinking problem, troubled, track down, who done it, insomnia, law enforcement, violence, murder investigation, antisocial behavior, police corruption, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california

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Most similar movies to True Detective

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, suspenseful, serious and tense films and TV series with plots about police investigation, crimes, crime, law enforcement, murder, deadly and murder investigation mostly in Crime, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like True Detective: Zodiac (2007), Se7en (1995), Fargo (2014), The Killing (2011), Luther (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 452K
Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, stylized, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, mystery, crime, maniac, paranoia, investigation, uncover truth, journalist, crimes, code, victim ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1983 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
96%
 8.6
 1.4M
Se7en (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, investigation, crime, master criminal, psychopath, police investigation, police detective, neo noir, police, crimes, torture ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: united states, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
 8.9
 313K
Fargo (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: A close-knit anthology series dealing with stories involving malice, violence and murder based in and around Minnesota.
Style: dark humor, atmospheric, captivating, clever, cynical ...
Plot: crimes, neo noir, small town, police investigation, psychopath, crime, policewoman, killings, snow, law enforcement, small town life, female police officer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1979, year 2006, 2000s ...
Place: minnesota, north dakota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 8.2
 96K
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: gloomy, psychological, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, crime, police investigation, 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 ⇓
71%
Movie in collections
 8.5
 118K
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, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, uncover truth, police detective, murder, psychopath, talented, crimes, unlikely relationship, graphic violence, law enforcement, multiple suspects, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 8.8
 171K
Twin Peaks (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
TV show
Story: The body of Laura Palmer is washed up on a beach near the small Washington state town of Twin Peaks. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate her strange demise only to uncover a web of mystery that ultimately leads him deep into ...
Style: atmospheric, gloomy, psychological, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: small town, small town life, investigation, who done it, murder, rape, death, crime, double life, special agents, secret, supernatural ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: washington state, washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 8.6
 57K
The Bridge (2011)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, twists and turns, tense, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: crime, police detective, serial killer, mind game, multiple suspects, police investigation, murder, partners against crime, riddles and clues, videotaping, forensics, killings ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, denmark, copenhagen, scandinavia, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.6
 203K
Mindhunter (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: An agent in the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit develops profiling techniques as he pursues notorious serial killers and rapists.
Style: psycho film, bleak, idiotic
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, psychology, police investigation, criminal psychologist, fbi agent, fbi, killings, murderer, rapist, serial murder, prison ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 8.4
 44K
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, crimes, riddles and clues, police investigation, danger, determination, murder, suspicion, superior officer, evidence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 8.4
 90K
Broadchurch (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 48 min.
TV show
Story: The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.
Style: twists and turns, emotional, tense, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: police investigation, crime, murder investigation, small town, uncover truth, multiple suspects, loss of son, murder, partners, loss of child, courtroom drama, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.6
 11K
Hinterland (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: Tom Mathias comes to Aberystwyth having abandoned his life in London. He's a brilliant but troubled man. Despite his faults he is an excellent detective, who knows that the key to solving the crime lies not in where you look for truth, but how ...
Style: serious, tense, atmospheric, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: police investigation, forensics, partners against crime, buried truth, partners, crimes, law enforcement, police, small town, bodies, female partner, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: wales, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
City Homicide (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: City Homicide was an Australian television drama series that aired on the Seven Network between 27 August 2007 and 30 March 2011. The series was set on the Homicide floor of a metropolitan police headquarters in Melbourne. The main characters were ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, fighting crime, dishonesty, who done it, uncover truth, police corruption, partners against crime, danger, partners, mystery, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Thorne: Sleepyhead (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, Canada, USA
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: Thorne Sleepyhead: follows DI Tom Thornes investigation into a mysterious serial killer. His first three victims ended up dead. His fourth was not so fortunate. Alison Willetts is unlucky to be alive. She has survived a stroke, deliberately induced ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, police investigation, crimes, murder, hunt down, danger, society, law enforcement, crime, deadly, murder investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 632K
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: clever, captivating, serious, dark humor, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, vigilantism, double life, hidden identity, corpse, crimes, forensics, right and wrong, loner, crime, crime investigation, police detective ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: miami, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 8.2
 80K
The Fall (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: When the Police Service of Northern Ireland are unable to close a case after 28 days, Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson of the Metropolitan Police Service is called in to review the case. Under her new leadership, the local detectives must ...
Style: psychological, psychological thriller, tense, serious, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, female detective, police investigation, policewoman, crimes, forensics, law enforcement, coworker, victim, crime, evidence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, belfast
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 272K
Insomnia (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, dark, tense, psychological ...
Plot: neo noir, police investigation, insomnia, investigator, murder, guilt, fbi, police corruption, small town, police detective, snow, blackmail ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: alaska, usa, los angeles, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Top of the Lake (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A woman haunted by her past, Detective Robin Griffin, investigates complex and unsettling cases.
Style: captivating, clever, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, crime, missing child, disappearance, female detective, life is a bitch, self discovery, policewoman, sexual abuse, buried truth, child abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Without a Trace (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Without a Trace was an American police procedural television drama series that originally ran on CBS from September 26, 2002 to May 19, 2009. The series follows the ventures of a Missing Persons Unit of the FBI in New York City.
Style: serious, suspenseful, atmospheric, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: missing person, murder, police detective, kidnapping, fbi, crime, police investigation, crimes, race against time, partners against crime, graphic violence, murder investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 8.5
 222K
Hannibal (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Both a gift and a curse, Graham has the extraordinary ability to think like his prey—he sees what they see, feels what they feel. But while Graham is pursuing an especially troubling, cannibalistic murderer, Special Agent Jack Crawford teams him ...
Style: psychological, tense, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, mind game, psychopath, cannibal, cannibalism, psychiatrist, death, crime, mental patient, special agents, graphic violence, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 8.1
 162K
The Mentalist (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Patrick Jane, a former celebrity psychic medium, uses his razor sharp skills of observation and expertise at "reading" people to solve serious crimes with the California Bureau of Investigation.
Style: intellectual, exciting, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: crimes, police investigation, partners against crime, serial killer, investigation, partners, murder, danger, fighting crime, crime, outsmarting, psychic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Memories of Murder (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 131 min.
Story: 1986 Gyunggi Province. The body of a young woman is found brutally raped and murdered. Two months later, a series of rapes and murders commences under similar circumstances. And in a country that had never known such crimes, the dark whispers about ...
Style: realistic, captivating, bleak, twists and turns, disturbing ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, rape, serial killer, evidence, suspicion, search, brutality, partners, victim, stupidity, mishap ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: south korea, korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 158 min.
Story: This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, as he investigates the disappearance of a weary patriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, serious, clever, disturbing ...
Plot: investigation, rape, sexual abuse, danger, missing person, strong female character, crime, crimes, search, uncover truth, partners, journalist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1960s, 60s, year 1966
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden, europe, scandinavia, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 66K
Sharp Objects (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 421 min.
TV show
Story: Reporter Camille Preaker confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to investigate the murders of two young girls.
Style: bleak, suspense, suspenseful, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: murder investigation, mother daughter relationship, hometown, journalist, small town, family relations, self harm, mystery, haunted by the past, investigative reporter, serial killer, murder ...
Place: missouri, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.9
 11K
Whitechapel (2009)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: Whitechapel is a British television drama series produced by Carnival Films, in which detectives in London's Whitechapel district deal with murders which replicate historical crimes. The first series was first broadcast in the UK on 2 February ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, tense, atmospheric, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, manhunt, victim, police detective, forensics, team, crimes, law enforcement, murder, police station, traditional versus modern ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, victorian era
Place: england, london, europe, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 17K
The Bridge (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
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: tense, atmospheric, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, police detective, serial killer, social problems, policewoman, police investigation, partners, corruption, murder, secret, mystery, marital problem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.2
 11K
Unforgotten (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: 'Unforgotten' follows modern police team DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunny Khan, who gradually unravel long-forgotten secrets which have a dramatic impact on their investigation and the four potential suspects. The slow revelation of the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, clever, realistic
Plot: murder, police investigation, cold case, who done it, uncover truth, haunted by the past, life turned upside down, crimes, murder mystery, father daughter relationship, missing person, police ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 70s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.0
 2K
Messiah (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 148 min.
TV show
Story: After two horribly mutilated bodies are discovered, DCI Red Metcalfe is assigned the case.
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder investigation, police detective, therapist, race against time, deadly, therapy, crimes, crime, chases and races, police investigation, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Those Who Kill (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Follows Catherine Jensen, a recently promoted homicide detective who enlists the help of Thomas Schaeffer, a forensic psychologist, to track down serial killers and relentlessly seeks the truth behind the disappearance of her brother.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: profiler, serial killer, criminal psychologist, police investigation, policewoman, police detective, law enforcement, forensics, crime, deadly, crimes, psychiatrist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Prime Suspect (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 207 min.
TV show
Story: A female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, atmospheric, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexism, serial killer, policewoman, murder, police investigation, police detective, police station, female detective, crimes, mystery, obsession, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 4K
Jordskott (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Finland, UK, Norway
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Detective Inspector Eva Thörnblad returns to Silver Height seven years after her daughter Josefine disappeared by a lake in the woods. The body was never found and the girl was believed to have drowned. Now a boy has vanished without a trace and ...
Style: bleak, twists and turns, atmospheric, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: missing child, small town, uncover truth, police investigation, family problems, murder, danger, crimes, missing person, serial killer, deadly, riddles and clues ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%