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 atmospheric films and TV shows about / with police detective, crimes, law enforcement, police investigation, crime, murder, police, deadly, murder investigation and police officer plots mostly in Crime, Drama and Mystery genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as police detective: The Killing (2011), Midsomer Murders (1997), Murdoch Mysteries (2008), The Wire (2002), The Bridge (2011), Endeavour (2012), Lewis (2006), Castle (2009), Columbo (1971), Bosch (2014).

List of police detective movies

 8.2
 102K
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, who done it, multiple suspects, 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
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Midsomer Murders (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
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, murder investigation, who done it, police investigation, multiple suspects, murder, whodunit, village, crime, police chief, law enforcement, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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Murdoch Mysteries (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 48 min.
TV show
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: atmospheric, clever, stylized, twists and turns, mind bending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police investigation, riddles and clues, crime, uncover truth, forensics, mind game, partners against crime, workplace, unconventional method, murder investigation, crimes ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, victorian, 1890s, edwardian era
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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 9.3
 298K
The Wire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
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: cynical, tense, suspenseful, clever, rough ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, urban ghetto life, drug dealing, drug lord, fighting crime, working undercover, crimes, life is a bitch, crime, shooting, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa
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 8.6
 62K
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: twists and turns, atmospheric, tense, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, crime, mind game, serial killer, multiple suspects, riddles and clues, police investigation, partners against crime, forensics, murder, videotaping, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, denmark, scandinavia, copenhagen, europe ...
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 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, talented, british, crime, crimes, investigator, intelligence, murderer, police, coworker, uncover truth ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: england
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 8.0
 11K
Lewis (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway solve the tough cases that the learned inhabitants of Oxford throw at them.
Style: realistic, clever, serious, suspenseful
Plot: police detective, police investigation, crime investigation, sergeant, murder investigation, multiple suspects, murder, crimes, law enforcement, suspicion, investigator, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: england, europe
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 8.1
 144K
Castle (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
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, realistic, humorous, suspenseful, semi serious
Plot: police detective, female detective, riddles and clues, romancing partners, police investigation, investigation, homicide detective, writers, murder, partners, law enforcement, resourceful ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, united states
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 8.3
 30K
Columbo (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
TV show
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, captivating, suspenseful, cynical, witty ...
Plot: police detective, homicide detective, mind game, murder investigation, murder, crime solving, crime investigation, riddles and clues, unconventional method, uncover truth, basset hound, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
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 8.4
 56K
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, determination, riddles and clues, lapd, danger, suspicion, murder, superior officer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
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 8.1
 90K
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, female detective, police detective, police investigation, policewoman, forensics, crimes, coworker, law enforcement, victim, crime, violence against women ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: ireland, united kingdom, europe, northern ireland, belfast
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 8.7
 75K
The Shield (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
TV show
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, exciting, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police corruption, police brutality, law enforcement, tough law enforcer, partners, crimes, dishonesty, murder, mayor, gang, peril ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.6
 25K
Cold Case (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
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, contemplative, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, female detective, crime, murder investigation, police investigation, who done it, riddles and clues, victim, uncover truth, policewoman, homicide detective, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: philadelphia, usa
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 7.8
 112K
Grimm (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
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, scary, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, creature, legends and myths, werewolf, monster, police detective, supernatural ability, police investigation, life turned upside down, good versus evil, partners against crime, transformation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, portland oregon, usa
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 7.4
 12K
The Glades (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, hotshot hero, crimes, police investigation, multiple suspects, ex law enforcer, coworker, suspicion, outsmarting, dishonesty, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa, miami, everglades
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Scott & Bailey (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: D.C. Rachel Bailey and D.C. Janet Scott have a robust and engaging friendship which enables them to draw upon each other’s strengths and investigate murders for the Manchester Metropolitan Police.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: police detective, policewoman, female police officer, partners against crime, female detective, police investigation, female partner, best friends, crimes, friends, law enforcement, relationship vs career ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: united kingdom, england, manchester, europe
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 8.9
 515K
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 ...
Plot: police investigation, crime, serial killer, police detective, investigation, murderer, partners, partners against crime, crimes, murder, uncover truth, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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 7.6
 6K
DCI Banks (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: A thrilling drama based on the novels by Peter Robinson. Stephen Tompkinson and Andrea Lowe star as the tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks and the feisty and headstrong Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot.
Style: tense, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, policewoman, police investigation, mystery, serial killer, deadly, female partner, murder, crimes, law enforcement, crime, murder investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, yorkshire
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The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: Inspector Lynley TV Series
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, mind bending, sincere ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, fighting crime, mystery, murder, social differences, partners, deadly, law enforcement, crimes, crime, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, england, london
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 7.6
 18K
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, twists and turns, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, drug cartel, serial killer, policewoman, police investigation, social problems, partners, corruption, riddles and clues, deadly, characters in danger, secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, usa
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 8.4
 126K
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
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Inspector Morse (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
TV show
Story: Inspector Morse is a detective drama based on Colin Dexter's series of Chief Inspector Morse novels. The series starred John Thaw as Chief Inspector Morse and Kevin Whately as Sergeant Lewis, as well as a large cast of notable actors and ...
Style: realistic, sincere, clever, suspenseful, talky ...
Plot: police detective, crime investigation, murder, police investigation, crime, rapist, who done it, crimes, law enforcement, partners, shrewd, multiple suspects ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: england, europe, australia, italy
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 8.6
 1.5M
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, investigation, mind game, police investigation, crime, master criminal, police detective, psychology, insanity, police, twists & turns ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, united states, new york
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Death in Paradise (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: realistic, stylized, captivating, semi serious, light ...
Plot: island, police investigation, police detective, crimes, lifestyle change, whodunit, murder investigation, law enforcement, coworker, multiple suspects, suspicion, new job ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: caribbean
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 6.8
 18K
Unforgettable (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, suspenseful, tense, realistic, exciting
Plot: female detective, photographic memory, police detective, policewoman, police investigation, prodigy, partners, partners against crime, fighting crime, haunted by the past, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, united states
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 8.3
 33K
Life (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, captivating, tense ...
Plot: police detective, frame up, ex convict, police investigation, uncover truth, investigation, murder, suspicion, homicide detective, partners against crime, workplace, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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 7.9
 5K
The Unusuals (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The Unusuals is a comedy-drama television series that aired on ABC from April 8 to June 17, 2009 in the U.S. and Global in Canada. The pilot and first episode were written by Noah Hawley, a former writer and producer for Fox's Bones. An ABC ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, light, captivating, realistic
Plot: police detective, police station, workplace, policewoman, partners, fighting crime, friendship, workplace situations, crimes, rookie, police, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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 8.1
 264K
Lucifer (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
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: entertaining, captivating, colourful, romantic, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: devil, supernatural, lucifer, immortality, fallen angel, demon, hell, female detective, immortal, supernatural power, police detective, homicide detective ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa
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 7.9
 36K
Lethal Weapon (2016)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
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, suspense, atmospheric ...
Plot: police detective, police partner, buddy cop, police investigation, lapd, friendship, adventure, chase, murder, crimes, family relations, police ...
Place: los angeles
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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The series follows Las Vegas criminalists working for the Las Vegas Police Department as they use physical evidence to solve grisly murders in this unusually graphic drama, which has inspired a host of other cop-show "procedurals". The ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forensics, police investigation, police detective, teamwork, murder investigation, crime, investigator, crimes, expert, scientist, mystery, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, united states
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