Movies and TV shows like True Detective

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True Detective (2014)
 9.0
 431K
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, tense, suspenseful, gloomy, captivating, realistic, atmospheric, intellectual ...
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, police detective, crime, crimes, partners, partners against crime, investigation, murder, uncover truth, who done it, troubled, haunted by the past, drinking problem, law enforcement, track down, anthology, insomnia, neo noir, deadly, cruelty, evidence, shooting, bodies, antisocial behavior ...
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, serious, suspenseful and tense films and TV series with plots about crimes, law enforcement, crime, police investigation, deadly, murder and police detective mostly in Crime, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like True Detective: The Killing (2011), Zodiac (2007), Luther (2010), The Bridge (2011), Top of the Lake (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.2
 88K
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, serious, gloomy, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, crime, who done it, multiple suspects, murder, riddles and clues, female detective, female protagonist, parents and children, coworker, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 7.7
 384K
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, suspenseful, atmospheric, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crime, uncover truth, victim, journalist, paranoia, investigation, mystery, code, crimes, mind game ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 70s, 60s, year 1979 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.5
 103K
Luther (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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: serious, rough, atmospheric, tense, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, murder, uncover truth, psychopath, multiple suspects, talented, crimes, law enforcement, unlikely relationship, cruelty, partners, forensics ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.7
 48K
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, twists and turns, captivating ...
Plot: police detective, crime, mind game, serial killer, murder, partners against crime, riddles and clues, buried truth, multiple suspects, forensics, police investigation, videotaping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, denmark, europe, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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Top of the Lake (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A woman haunted by her past, Detective Robin Griffin, investigates complex and unsettling cases.
Style: clever, captivating, tense, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: police detective, missing child, police investigation, disappearance, crime, bodies, sexual abuse, female detective, policewoman, heroine, surprising revelation, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 9.0
 265K
Fargo (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
Story: A close-knit anthology series dealing with stories involving malice, violence and murder based in and around Minnesota.
Style: dark humor, captivating, atmospheric, witty, clever ...
Plot: small town, police investigation, crimes, crime, killings, psychopath, small town life, law enforcement, americana, crime gone awry, sheriff, shooting ...
Time: 21st century, year 1979, contemporary, year 2006, 2000s ...
Place: minnesota, north dakota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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: captivating, suspenseful, disturbing, serious, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, rape, sexual abuse, danger, missing person, crime, uncover truth, journalist, strong sexual content, partners, search, abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1960s, year 1966
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.7
 590K
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: captivating, clever, serious, dark humor, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, double life, hidden identity, crimes, vigilantism, crime, forensics, corpse, right and wrong, police station, police detective, loner ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: miami, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 8.8
 151K
Twin Peaks (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
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, mind bending ...
Plot: small town, investigation, small town life, murder, rape, supernatural, who done it, double life, mysterious place, special agents, crime, under the surface ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s, 90s, year 1989
Place: washington state, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.6
 1.3M
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: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, master criminal, crime, police investigation, investigation, killings, crimes, torture, insanity, police detective ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.3
 31K
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, realistic, serious, witty
Plot: police investigation, police detective, uncover truth, investigation, frame up, murder, ex convict, law enforcement, crimes, partners against crime, workplace, teamwork ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 17K
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: atmospheric, serious, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, serial killer, policewoman, drug cartel, corruption, police investigation, characters in danger, social problems, riddles and clues, mystery, victim, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.6
 14K
Endeavour (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The early days of a young Endeavour Morse, whose experiences as a detective constable with the Oxford City Police will ultimately shape his future.
Style: intellectual, realistic, serious, suspenseful, gloomy
Plot: police investigation, police detective, intelligence, talented, crime, uncover truth, crimes, police, boss, investigator, police chief, superior ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Without a Trace (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: missing person, murder, kidnapping, fbi, police investigation, crime, partners against crime, crimes, track down, race against time, police detective, murder investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 678
City Homicide (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
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: bleak, suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, heroes, dishonesty, fighting crime, partners, rivalry, deadly, mouse, police corruption, serial killer, police investigation, private detective ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 6K
The Tunnel (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The plot follows detectives Karl Roebuck and Elise Wasserman working together to find a serial killer who left the upper-half body of a French politician and the lower-half of a British prostitute in the Channel Tunnel, at the midpoint between ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, bilingual
Plot: partners against crime, hunt down, social problems, marital problem, forensics, murder, partners, deadly, female partner, crime, bodies, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england, france, english channel
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.4
 31K
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: tense, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Plot: police detective, loner, law enforcement, police investigation, coworker, crimes, riddles and clues, determination, danger, superior officer, suspicion, evidence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.0
 2K
Messiah (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: After two horribly mutilated bodies are discovered, DCI Red Metcalfe is assigned the case.
Style: captivating, tense, psychological, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, therapist, murder investigation, chases and races, crimes, megalomaniac, therapy, forensics, mystery, crime, race against time ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 8.3
 72K
Broadchurch (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 48 min.
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: crime, police investigation, courtroom drama, multiple suspects, uncover truth, parents and children, social relations, partners, small town, loss of son, murder, murder investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 151K
The Mentalist (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
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, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: partners against crime, fighting crime, crimes, police investigation, investigation, serial killer, partners, danger, murder, psychic, talented, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.6
 8K
Hinterland (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
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: tense, realistic, gloomy, serious, bleak ...
Plot: crime, small town, female partner, partners, police investigation, forensics, buried truth, crimes, law enforcement, bodies, partners against crime, police ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, wales
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 103K
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, serious, psychological, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: investigation, uncover truth, deception, riddles and clues, talented, research, human nature, dishonesty, crimes, team, interrogation, crime investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.6
 22K
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, female detective, victim, uncover truth, crime, evidence, rage, police, cold case, interrogation, policewoman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 1940s, 1930s ...
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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, murder, legal, police investigation, legal action, power relations, partners against crime, legal investigation, fighting crime, law enforcement, district attorney, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Thorne: Sleepyhead (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, Canada, USA
Duration: 180 min.
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, scary, gloomy, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, police investigation, murder, hunt down, crime, crimes, law enforcement, deadly, murder investigation, british
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Llewelyn Moss stumbles upon dead bodies, $2 million and a hoard of heroin in a Texas desert, but methodical killer Anton Chigurh comes looking for it, with local sheriff Ed Tom Bell hot on his trail. The roles of prey and predator blur as the ...
Style: tense, rough, bleak, serious, captivating ...
Plot: hitman, track down, crimes, human nature, psychopath, peril, shooting, neo noir, escape, money, death, stolen money ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: texas, usa, mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Shadow Line (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A noir thriller with diverse individuals whose worlds become interwoven after the murder of drug baron Harvey Wratten. From the cop with a bullet in his brain, whose amnesia leaves him doubtful of his own moral compass; to the drug-lord driven by a ...
Style: twists and turns, serious, suspenseful, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: drug lord, heroin, who to trust, mysterious character, the underworld, crimes, investigation, evidence, policewoman, police detective, hitman, surveillance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: tense, serious, clever, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: law and order, murder investigation, power relations, murder, mind game, crime, workplace situations, deadly, partners, judiciary, judge, lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.9
 954
Touching Evil (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Returning from a year-long psychological leave of absence after surviving an almost-fatal gunshot wound to the head, Detective David Creegan is assigned to the FBI's Organized and Serial Crime Unit – a rapid-response, elite crime ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: track down, lifesaver, partners against crime, police investigation, murder investigation, special agents, crimes, danger, law enforcement, chases and races, hunt down, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: captivating, tense, clever, serious, bleak ...
Plot: police detective, lawyer, police, police investigation, sexual abuse, crimes, law and order, law enforcement, fighting crime, district attorney, danger, victim ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 2000s, 2010s ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%