Movies and TV shows like True Detective

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True Detective (2014)
 9.0
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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: realistic, captivating, bleak, clever, tense, serious, atmospheric, gloomy, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, crime, police detective, crimes, partners, investigation, partners against crime, murder, neo noir, uncover truth, murderer, troubled, haunted by the past, drinking problem, track down, who done it, graphic violence, 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 serious, suspenseful, realistic and tense films and TV series with plots about crimes, police investigation, murder, law enforcement, crime, deadly and murder investigation mostly in Crime, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like True Detective: Zodiac (2007), Se7en (1995), Luther (2010), The Killing (2011), Hinterland (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 431K
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, stylized, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, mystery, crime, paranoia, maniac, investigation, uncover truth, journalist, crimes, victim, reporter ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1970 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, oakland california
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100%
 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: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, twists and turns, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, crime, police investigation, master criminal, investigation, psychopath, police detective, torture, killings, crimes, police ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 8.5
 115K
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: atmospheric, tense, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, uncover truth, murder, crimes, talented, unlikely relationship, psychopath, law enforcement, multiple suspects, cruelty, partners, forensics ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 94K
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, gloomy, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, crime, multiple suspects, who done it, female detective, murder, crimes, riddles and clues, female protagonist, haunted by the past, coworker ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c., seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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 7.6
 10K
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: serious, atmospheric, tense, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: police investigation, partners against crime, forensics, buried truth, law enforcement, crimes, partners, police, small town, female partner, crime, bodies ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: wales, europe
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100%
 8.4
 85K
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: police investigation, crime, murder investigation, small town, uncover truth, multiple suspects, courtroom drama, loss of son, murder, partners, parents and children, loss of child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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100%
 8.4
 41K
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: realistic, tense, serious, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, law enforcement, crimes, riddles and clues, coworker, police investigation, danger, determination, suspicion, murder, superior officer, evidence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
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88%
 8.8
 166K
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, offbeat ...
Plot: small town life, small town, 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 ⇓
86%
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 8.6
 54K
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, twists and turns, tense, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: crime, serial killer, mind game, police detective, police investigation, multiple suspects, murder, partners against crime, riddles and clues, buried truth, forensics, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, denmark, europe, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.6
 623K
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: clever, captivating, serious, dark humor, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, double life, vigilantism, hidden identity, corpse, crimes, forensics, right and wrong, crime, loner, gory, police station ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: miami, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 8.6
 189K
Mindhunter (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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, idiotic, bleak
Plot: serial killer, psychology, psychopath, police investigation, criminal psychologist, fbi, fbi agent, killings, murderer, prison, rapist, serial murder ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 926
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: rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, uncover truth, who done it, fighting crime, dishonesty, law enforcement, partners, danger, police corruption, protagonist as suspect, partners against crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, melbourne australia
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100%
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, suspenseful, serious, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, police investigation, crimes, murder, hunt down, society, danger, law enforcement, deadly, crime, murder investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.5
 215K
Hannibal (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
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: tense, psychological, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, cannibal, cannibalism, psychiatrist, death, mental patient, crime, special agents, murder, deception ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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: captivating, clever, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, missing child, disappearance, crime, female detective, life is a bitch, self discovery, policewoman, sexual abuse, child abuse, buried truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.9
 302K
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, atmospheric, captivating, witty, cynical ...
Plot: crimes, small town, police investigation, crime, snow, killings, small town life, policewoman, neo noir, law enforcement, psychopath, female police officer ...
Time: 21st century, year 1979, contemporary, year 2006, 70s ...
Place: minnesota, usa, north dakota
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100%
 7.7
 31K
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: realistic, tense, suspenseful, clever, serious ...
Plot: law and order, crime investigation, legal, lawyer, evidence, police, murder, homicide detective, police investigation, courtroom, rivalry, coworker ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 80s ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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100%
 8.2
 10K
Unforgotten (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
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: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic, clever
Plot: murder, police investigation, cold case, who done it, uncover truth, haunted by the past, crimes, life turned upside down, murder mystery, missing person, father daughter relationship, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 70s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: missing person, murder, police detective, kidnapping, fbi, crime, police investigation, race against time, crimes, partners against crime, murder investigation, female agent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
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The Bridge (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
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: tense, atmospheric, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, police detective, social problems, serial killer, policewoman, police investigation, partners, corruption, deadly, characters in danger, victim, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, usa
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100%
 8.1
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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, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: police investigation, crimes, partners against crime, serial killer, partners, investigation, murder, danger, fighting crime, crime, psychic, talented ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 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: psychological, tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, therapist, murder investigation, deadly, race against time, crime, therapy, police investigation, chases and races, crimes, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, evidence, serial killer, suspicion, rape, search, brutality, partners, victim, stupidity, mishap ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: south korea, korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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, disturbing, serious, clever ...
Plot: investigation, rape, sexual abuse, missing person, danger, crime, strong female character, crimes, search, uncover truth, partners, journalist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1966, 1960s, 60s
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden, europe, london
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100%
 8.6
 17K
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, serious, realistic, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, talented, british, crime, crimes, investigator, intelligence, police, uncover truth, who done it, coworker ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 60K
Sharp Objects (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 421 min.
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, twists and turns ...
Plot: murder investigation, journalist, self harm, small town, mother daughter relationship, family relations, serial killer, death in the family, filicide, reporter, hometown, alcoholic ...
Place: missouri, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Those Who Kill (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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, police investigation, policewoman, police detective, crimes, crime, psychiatrist, forensics, deadly, law enforcement, missing person ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.2
 4K
Jordskott (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Finland, UK, Norway
Duration: 60 min.
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, tense, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: missing child, small town, uncover truth, police investigation, danger, family problems, crimes, murder, missing person, serial killer, haunted by the past, riddles and clues ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
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, bleak, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: neo noir, greed, death, hitman, crimes, peril, human nature, sheriff, psychopath, escape, shooting, track down ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: texas, mexico, usa, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.4
 8K
Criminal: UK (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, France, Germany, Spain
Duration: 59 min.
Story: Within the walls of an interrogation room and with time running out, London investigators go after three suspects, each accused of a grievous crime.
Style: contemplative, anthology, atmospheric, clever, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, police, interrogation, partners against crime, mystery, evidence, coworker, investigator, crimes, who done it, suspicion, police detective ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%