Movies and TV shows like True Detective

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True Detective (2014)
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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: neo noir, captivating, bleak, clever, realistic, tense, atmospheric, gloomy, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, crime, police detective, investigation, partners, murderer, crimes, partners against crime, murder, uncover truth, haunted by the past, graphic violence, drinking problem, troubled, track down, who done it, murder investigation, insomnia, law enforcement, antisocial behavior, police corruption, deadly, evidence, police officer ...
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 crimes, police investigation, law enforcement, crime, murder, deadly and police detective mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like True Detective: Se7en (1995), Zodiac (2007), The Killing (2011), Mindhunter (2017), The Fall (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, twists and turns, tense, neo noir, atmospheric ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, investigation, police investigation, crime, master criminal, police detective, insanity, psychology, police, twists & turns ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, united states, new york
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94%
 7.7
 484K
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, neo noir, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, mystery, paranoia, maniac, crime, uncover truth, code, journalist, murder mystery, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1970 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, sacramento california, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 8.2
 101K
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, police investigation, crime, multiple suspects, who done it, female detective, riddles and clues, murder, crimes, street kid, dealing with death, policewoman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c., seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 8.6
 230K
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, disturbing, suspense
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, psychology, criminal psychologist, police investigation, fbi, murderer, fbi agent, serial murder, killings, police, murder ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 8.1
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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 thriller, psychological, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, female detective, police investigation, policewoman, forensics, crimes, coworker, law enforcement, victim, crime, violence against women ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, united kingdom, belfast
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100%
 8.4
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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, police investigation, crimes, riddles and clues, determination, danger, lapd, murder, suspicion, superior officer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
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79%
 8.8
 180K
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, psychological, suspenseful, neo noir, offbeat ...
Plot: small town, investigation, murder, who done it, small town life, crime, hallucination, death, paranormal investigation, rape, special agents, double life ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: washington state, washington d.c., usa
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74%
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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: police detective, crime, mind game, serial killer, multiple suspects, riddles and clues, police investigation, partners against crime, murder, forensics, videotaping, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, denmark, scandinavia, copenhagen, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 8.5
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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, cannibal, mind game, psychopath, cannibalism, death, mental patient, crime, psychiatrist, graphic violence, special agents, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.5
 125K
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: tense, serious, atmospheric, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, police detective, uncover truth, forensics, crimes, talented, murder, partners, law enforcement, cruelty, psychopath, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe, united kingdom
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.4
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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, clever, serious ...
Plot: police investigation, crime, murder investigation, multiple suspects, uncover truth, small town, murder, courtroom drama, partners, police detective, parents and children, loss of child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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67%
 8.1
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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: psychological, suspense, bleak, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder investigation, mother daughter relationship, hometown, self harm, journalist, small town, murder, mystery, haunted by the past, family relations, reporter, alcoholic ...
Place: missouri, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 281K
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: neo noir, atmospheric, bleak, dark, psychological ...
Plot: police investigation, insomnia, investigator, murder, small town, guilt, gunfight, fbi, investigation, police corruption, police detective, snow ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: alaska, usa, united states, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.9
 338K
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: atmospheric, captivating, neo noir, clever, cynical ...
Plot: dark humor, crimes, police investigation, small town, crime, policewoman, psychopath, killings, snow, small town life, law enforcement, female police officer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1979, year 2006, 2010s ...
Place: minnesota, usa, north dakota
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86%
Memories of Murder (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 132 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, clever, serious ...
Plot: rape, police investigation, murder, unsolved crime, serial killer, police, police detective, police officer, crimes, investigation, suspicion, torture ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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56%
 7.6
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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, stylized ...
Plot: buried truth, police investigation, hidden truth, forensics, partners against crime, law enforcement, partners, crimes, police, small town, bodies, female partner ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: wales, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 8.6
 659K
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: captivating, clever, serious, tense, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, double life, vigilantism, hidden identity, crime, corpse, crimes, loner, gory, forensics, anti hero, right and wrong ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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44%
 8.6
 20K
Endeavour (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
TV show
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, serious, realistic, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, british, talented, crime, crimes, investigator, intelligence, murderer, police, coworker, uncover truth ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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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, crime, missing child, police investigation, female detective, disappearance, policewoman, life is a bitch, self discovery, sexual abuse, buried truth, child abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
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33%
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100 Code (2015)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Germany
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: New York, USA. Stockholm, Sweden. Over the past twelve months young, blonde, blue-eyed women have been found dead in a meadow where Asphodel flowers grow. New York Detective Tommy Conley gets a special dispensation from the NYPD to go observe and ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, partners against crime, murder, crime, crimes, law enforcement, forensics, father daughter relationship, partners, psychopath, victim ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: stockholm sweden, sweden, eastern europe
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100%
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Harrow (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: When a dark secret from this past threatens to be exposed, unorthodox and brilliant medical examiner, Doctor Daniel Harrow, must use all his forensic skills to keep it buried forever.
Style: captivating, disturbing, witty, exciting, tense ...
Plot: medical examiner, doctor, forensics, murder, complex characters, expert, bodies, corpse, forensic, murderer, crimes, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
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100%
The Shadow Line (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: atmospheric, rough, suspenseful, stylized, serious ...
Plot: drug lord, who to trust, uncover truth, investigation, mysterious character, hitman, forensics, death, obsession, evidence, one last job, secret ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ 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, suspenseful, serious, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: police detective, serial killer, police investigation, crimes, murder, hunt down, danger, society, law enforcement, deadly, crime, murder investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, police detective, forensics, murder investigation, victim, manhunt, jack the ripper, law enforcement, team, crimes, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, victorian era
Place: england, london, europe, east end london
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100%
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: neo noir, tense, rough, bleak, serious ...
Plot: hitman, greed, death, sheriff, crimes, brutality, human nature, track down, peril, stolen money, psychopath, shooting ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: texas, mexico, usa, latin america, el paso texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 8.1
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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, twists and turns, exciting, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: crimes, police investigation, investigation, partners against crime, murder, partners, outsmarting, serial killer, danger, fighting crime, crime, psychic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.6
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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, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, drug cartel, serial killer, policewoman, police investigation, social problems, partners, corruption, riddles and clues, deadly, secret, mind game ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, rape, strong female character, sexual abuse, hacker, danger, crime, missing person, uncover truth, search, journalist, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1960s, year 1966, 60s
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden, europe, scandinavia, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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, dishonesty, fighting crime, who done it, uncover truth, police corruption, law enforcement, partners, partners against crime, protagonist as suspect, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 8.0
 2K
Messiah (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 152 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, deadly, race against time, therapy, crimes, chases and races, police investigation, crime, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%