Police detective movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant police detective movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, suspenseful, serious, tense, captivating and stylized films and TV shows about / with police detective, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, crime, murder, police, deadly, murder investigation and victim plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Mystery genres shot in USA, UK, Sweden and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as police detective: Grimm (2011), Columbo (1971), The Killing (2011), Midsomer Murders (1997), True Detective (2014), Ripper Street (2012), Unforgettable (2011), Death in Paradise (2011), The Bridge (2011), The Glades (2010).

List of police detective movies

 7.8
 98K
Grimm (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: After Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt discovers he's descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as "Grimms," he increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, captivating, serious, fairy tale ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, police detective, creature, legends and myths, good versus evil, hunt down, life turned upside down, evil force, supernatural ability, monster, werewolf, partners against crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, usa, portland oregon
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 8.2
 23K
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, suspenseful, cynical, captivating, serious ...
Plot: police detective, murder, mind game, murder investigation, homicide detective, riddles and clues, crimes, unconventional method, uncover truth, crime solving, crime investigation, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
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 8.3
 85K
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, atmospheric ...
Plot: police detective, crime, police investigation, who done it, murder, riddles and clues, multiple suspects, female protagonist, female detective, parents and children, haunted by the past, loss of child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
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Midsomer Murders (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The peacefulness of the Midsomer community is shattered by violent crimes, suspects are placed under suspicion, and it is up to a veteran DCI and his young sergeant to calmly and diligently eliminate the innocent and ruthlessly pursue the guilty.
Style: atmospheric, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: police detective, multiple suspects, police investigation, law enforcement, human nature, crime, murder investigation, murder, who done it, crimes, village, riddles and clues ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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 9.0
 408K
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, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: police investigation, crime, police detective, serial killer, crimes, murder, partners, investigation, partners against crime, who done it, law enforcement, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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 8.1
 17K
Ripper Street (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 59 min.
Story: A drama set in the East End of London in 1889, during the aftermath of the "Ripper" murders. The action centres around the notorious H Division – the police precinct from hell – which is charged with keeping order in the chaotic ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, stylized, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: police detective, serial killer, killings, investigator, crimes, danger, urban, fist fighting, victim, multiple suspects, notoriety, responsibility ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, 1880s
Place: england, europe, london, east end london
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 6.8
 14K
Unforgettable (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Former Syracuse, New York, police detective Carrie Wells has hyperthymesia, a rare medical condition that gives her the ability to visually remember everything. She reluctantly joins the New York City Police Department's Queens homicide unit ...
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Plot: policewoman, police detective, police investigation, prodigy, partners, fighting crime, crimes, haunted by the past, female detective, partners against crime, photographic memory, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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Death in Paradise (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Detective Inspector Richard Poole is transferred to Sainte Marie, an island in the Caribbean. Totally unsuited to the Caribbean way of life, Richard hates the sun, sea and sand and isn't used to the Sainte Marie style of policing. Working with ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, stylized, touching, captivating
Plot: police detective, island, police investigation, crimes, multiple suspects, law enforcement, coworker, british humour, lifestyle change, new job, murder investigation, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: caribbean
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 8.7
 44K
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: serial killer, police detective, crime, mind game, murder, partners against crime, riddles and clues, buried truth, multiple suspects, police investigation, videotaping, forensics ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, denmark, europe, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark
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 7.5
 11K
The Glades (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: This Crime series follows Matt Passmore as Jim, a Chicago cop who gets kicked off the force after being shot and wrongfully accused by his ex-captain of having an affair with his wife. After receiving his payout, Jim decides to moves to a small ...
Style: exciting, stylized, semi serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, law enforcement, police investigation, crimes, hotshot hero, multiple suspects, murder investigation, starting over, ex law enforcer, murder, dishonesty, outsmarting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa, miami
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 8.2
 130K
Castle (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle receives permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes.
Style: witty, humorous, realistic, suspenseful, semi serious
Plot: police investigation, investigation, police detective, murder, who done it, writer's life, partners, murder investigation, crimes, resourceful, riddles and clues, female detective ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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Murdoch Mysteries (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 48 min.
Story: A Victorian-era Toronto detective uses then-cutting edge forensic techniques to solve crimes, with the assistance of a female coroner who is also struggling for recognition in the face of tradition, based on the books by Maureen Jennings.
Style: clever, atmospheric, serious, stylized, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police investigation, riddles and clues, crime, uncover truth, partners against crime, mind game, workplace, forensics, unconventional method, partners, boss and employee ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, edwardian era, victorian era ...
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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 8.0
 30K
Lethal Weapon (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: A slightly unhinged former Navy SEAL lands a job as a police officer in Los Angeles where he's partnered with a veteran detective trying to keep maintain a low stress level in his life.
Style: exciting, captivating, twists and turns, entertaining
Plot: police detective, friendship, police investigation, murder, family relations, buddy cop, lapd, police partner, chase, crimes, adventure, based on movie ...
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Rizzoli & Isles (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Perhaps their strikingly different personalities make the relationship between detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles so effective. Jane, the only female cop in Boston's homicide division, is tough, relentless and rarely lets ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating
Audience: girls' night
Plot: police investigation, partners against crime, crimes, forensics, workplace, suspicion, crime, partners, police detective, policewoman, best friends, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts
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 7.6
 21K
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, victim, crime, uncover truth, female detective, murder investigation, riddles and clues, policewoman, interrogation, murder, cold case ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1940s, 1950s, 1930s ...
Place: philadelphia, usa
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 8.6
 12K
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: serious, intellectual, gloomy, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: police investigation, police detective, intelligence, crime, talented, police, crimes, uncover truth, superior, mystery, british, oxford ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century
Place: england
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 9.3
 231K
The Wire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
Story: Told from the points of view of both the Baltimore homicide and narcotics detectives and their targets, the series captures a universe in which the national war on drugs has become a permanent, self-sustaining bureaucracy, and distinctions between ...
Style: tense, clever, suspenseful, serious, talky ...
Plot: drug dealing, police detective, police investigation, crime, drug lord, urban ghetto life, working undercover, life is a bitch, wiretap, lesbian, police, fighting crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: baltimore, maryland, seaport, usa
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 8.7
 64K
The Shield (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
Story: The story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren't above breaking the rules or working against their associates to both keep the streets safe and their self-interests intact.
Style: tense, bleak, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police corruption, tough law enforcer, crime, gang, crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement, partners, police brutality, mayor, profiler ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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 7.6
 16K
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: serious, tense, atmospheric, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, serial killer, policewoman, police investigation, mystery, mind game, drug cartel, murder, corruption, fbi, deadly, partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, usa
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 7.5
 20K
Miami Vice (1984)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 48 min.
Story: The story of the Miami Police Department's vice squad and its efforts to end drug trafficking and prostitution, centered on the unlikely partnership of Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs - who first meet when Tubbs is undercover in a drug cartel.
Style: serious, exciting, stylized, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, undercover, partners against crime, undercover agent, drugs/alcohol, crime, drug dealing, partners, law enforcement, rivalry, vengeance, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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 7.9
 126K
Bones (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 40 min.
Story: Dr. Temperance Brennan and her colleagues at the Jeffersonian's Medico-Legal Lab assist Special Agent Seeley Booth with murder investigations when the remains are so badly decomposed, burned or destroyed that the standard identification ...
Style: witty, intellectual, suspenseful, realistic, semi serious
Plot: police investigation, partners against crime, fbi, forensics, riddles and clues, crimes, teamwork, search, victim, policewoman, killings, special agents ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: washington d.c., usa
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 7.6
 303K
Inside Man (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Bank robber Dalton Russell enters a Manhattan bank, locks the doors and takes hostages, working methodically and without haste. Detective Frazier is assigned to negotiate, but his mind is occupied with the corruption charges he is facing. With an ...
Style: suspenseful, clever, tense, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: heist, master criminal, hostages, crime, bank, police detective, perfect crime, bank robbery, manipulations, robbery, deception, thief ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 5.1
 44K
The Snowman (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Sweden
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous looking snowman.
Style: serious, surprise ending, melancholic, suspense
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, murder, police detective, snowman, clue, winter, missing woman, based on a novel, missing person, snow, decapitation ...
Time: 2010s, 2000s, year 1989, year 2006, year 1945
Place: norway, oslo norway
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 7.3
 8K
Battle Creek (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: In this mismatched buddy cop dramedy, an amazingly handsome, happy-go-lucky FBI agent is paired with a local, hard scrabble Michigan homicide detective. As they solve crimes together, their polar opposite methods only slightly outweigh their disdain ...
Style: cynical, witty, realistic, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: partners against crime, police detective, law enforcement, fighting crime, murder investigation, crimes, police investigation, urban, fbi agent, police partner, female boss, police station ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: michigan, usa
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L.A. Confidential (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.
Style: tense, clever, talky, captivating, cynical ...
Plot: dangerous attraction, police detective, murder, district attorney, police corruption, corpse, prostitute, manipulations, fighting the system, corruption, domestic violence, gang ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1930s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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 8.2
 503K
Heat (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Obsessive master thief, Neil McCauley leads a top-notch crew on various daring heists throughout Los Angeles while determined detective, Vincent Hanna pursues him without rest. Each man recognizes and respects the ability and the dedication of the ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, bleak, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master criminal, crime, robbery, heist, group of criminals, thief, tough law enforcer, one last job, chase, police detective, obsession, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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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: clever, captivating, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: police detective, police, law and order, police investigation, crimes, fighting crime, lawyer, sexual abuse, law enforcement, sex crime, murder, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 2010s, 2000s ...
Place: new york, usa
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 8.2
 125K
Lucifer (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar abandoned his throne and retired to Los Angeles, where he has teamed up with LAPD detective Chloe Decker to take down criminals. But the longer he's away from the underworld, the ...
Style: captivating, humorous, entertaining, biblical
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, immortality, female detective, murder investigation, hell, devil, psychologist, demon, police detective, lapd, good versus evil, police ...
Place: los angeles
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Shades of Blue (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Sexy New York detective and single mother Harlee Santos fell in with a tight-knit group of dirty cops, taking bribes and protection money that she uses to provide the best life for her honest, talented daughter. But when she's trapped by the ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense, twists and turns
Plot: working undercover, police detective, police corruption, dirty cop, law enforcement, fbi, police investigation, crimes, undercover, moral dilemma, dishonesty, police ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 8.7
 576K
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, dark humor, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, hidden identity, double life, crimes, crime, vigilantism, right and wrong, corpse, police station, gory, forensics, killings ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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