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, law enforcement, crimes, police investigation, police, murder, murder mystery, murder investigation, police officer and police procedural 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: Se7en (1995), The Killing (2011), Endeavour (2012), The Bridge (2011), The Wire (2002), The Glades (2010), True Detective (2014), Midsomer Murders (1997), Life (2007), The Unusuals (2009).

List of police detective movies

 8.6
 1.6M
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: disturbing, suspenseful, surprise ending, tense, neo noir ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, twists and turns, police, psychology, police investigation, psychopath, insanity, crimes, killings, murder, powerful ending ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, new york
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 8.3
 112K
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: psychological, serious, gloomy, tense, neo noir ...
Plot: female detective, murder investigation, police detective, murder, multiple suspects, police investigation, crimes, murder mystery, crime investigation, policewoman, strong female character, street kid ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c.
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 8.6
 27K
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: serious, intellectual, realistic, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: police detective, police, talented, crimes, investigator, murderer, coworker, police investigation, intelligence, uncover truth, murder, british ...
Time: 60s, future, 20th century
Place: england
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 8.6
 70K
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: captivating, tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, gloomy ...
Plot: serial killer, multiple suspects, police investigation, murder, police detective, twists and turns, mind game, crimes, murder investigation, partners against crime, riddles and clues, videotaping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, denmark, scandinavia, copenhagen, europe ...
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 9.3
 338K
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, clever, tense, rough, captivating ...
Plot: organized crime, police detective, corruption, urban ghetto life, police, life is a bitch, crimes, drug dealing, working undercover, fighting crime, police investigation, drug lord ...
Time: 2000s, future, 21st century, contemporary, 20th century ...
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa
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 7.4
 14K
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, multiple suspects, crimes, murder, ex law enforcer, suspicion, coworker, dishonesty, team, ex husband ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary
Place: florida, usa, everglades, miami
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 8.9
 568K
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, atmospheric, gloomy, realistic, clever ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, investigation, police detective, murder, murder investigation, murderer, crimes, drinking problem, partners, partners against crime, murder mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, california, usa
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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, realistic, serious, suspenseful, clever ...
Plot: murder, whodunit, murder investigation, police detective, who done it, multiple suspects, investigation, human nature, crimes, detective inspector, law enforcement, village ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 90s, 2010s ...
Place: england, europe
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 8.3
 34K
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, captivating, tense, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, ex convict, police detective, uncover truth, homicide detective, frame up, police investigation, murder, partners against crime, suspicion, police, lapd ...
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, policewoman, workplace, partners, friendship, fighting crime, crimes, workplace situations, police, police officer, dark humor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: police detective, detective inspector, murder, murder investigation, law enforcement, police investigation, fighting crime, mystery, homicide detective, partners, social differences, partners against crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe
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 7.6
 19K
The Bridge (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
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, suspenseful, serious, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, police detective, twists and turns, partners, policewoman, murder, drug cartel, police investigation, interrogation, u.s. mexico border, corruption, riddles and clues ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, usa
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 8.4
 137K
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: atmospheric, tense, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: uncover truth, murder, crimes, talented, police investigation, partners, police detective, law enforcement, cruelty, forensics, psychopath, police ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, united kingdom, europe
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 7.2
 9K
Battle Creek (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
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: police detective, partners against crime, law enforcement, police investigation, fighting crime, police station, murder investigation, crimes, narcissist, police partner, female boss, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, michigan
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 7.6
 28K
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, realistic, tense, suspense ...
Plot: female detective, police detective, policewoman, police officer, who done it, murder investigation, uncover truth, mentor, police, victim, homicide detective, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 50s, 80s, 90s ...
Place: philadelphia, usa
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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, serious, mind bending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, partners against crime, uncover truth, riddles and clues, police investigation, workplace, forensics, murder investigation, twists and turns, unconventional method, mind game, who done it ...
Time: edwardian era, victorian era, 19th century, future, 1890s
Place: toronto ontario canada, canada
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 8.5
 27K
Southland (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Since premiering in 2009, Southland has redefined the police drama with its raw, authentic look at the lives and work of Los Angeles detectives and beat cops. The show centers on four main characters: Officer John Cooper (Cudlitz), a seasoned cop ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lapd, police detective, policewoman, police protagonist, police officer, fighting crime, crimes, peril, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, workplace, responsibility ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, southern california, los angeles, usa
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 7.6
 8K
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, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: police detective, serial killer, murder mystery, murder investigation, law enforcement, policewoman, police investigation, mystery, female partner, crimes, murder, coma ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, yorkshire
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 8.1
 106K
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, captivating, tense, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, crimes, female detective, coworker, police detective, policewoman, police investigation, law enforcement, victim, forensics, violence against women, misogyny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, united kingdom, belfast
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 8.1
 13K
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: clever, realistic, serious, suspenseful, atmospheric
Plot: police detective, crime investigation, murder investigation, sergeant, murder, investigator, multiple suspects, police investigation, detective inspector, crimes, suspicion, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: england, europe
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 8.5
 72K
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, serious, exciting, tense, neo noir ...
Plot: law enforcement, coworker, police detective, determination, crimes, homicide detective, murder investigation, police, suspicion, murder, father daughter relationship, riddles and clues ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century, 2020s, 2010s
Place: usa, los angeles
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 6.8
 20K
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, exciting, tense, realistic
Plot: photographic memory, police detective, female detective, police, policewoman, prodigy, partners against crime, partners, murder investigation, police investigation, law enforcement, fighting crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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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: policewoman, police detective, female detective, partners against crime, police investigation, female partner, friends, relationship vs career, police, law enforcement, best friends, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: england, united kingdom, manchester, europe
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 8.7
 81K
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 corruption, police detective, law enforcement, police brutality, corrupt cop, murder, crimes, partners, dishonesty, cruelty, drugs, racism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.7
 14K
NYPD Blue (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: NYPD Blue is an American television police drama set in New York City, exploring the internal and external struggles of the fictional 15th precinct of Manhattan. Each episode typically intertwined several plots involving an ensemble cast. The show ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, captivating, rough, serious ...
Plot: police, police detective, murder, partners against crime, police station, robbery, police protagonist, partners, swat team, human nature, friends, against the rules ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
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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, suspense, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: police detective, crime investigation, murder, detective inspector, murderer, murder mystery, criminal, shrewd, crimes, law enforcement, partners, multiple suspects ...
Time: 80s, future, 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, australia, italy
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 5.6
 431
Kojak (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A bald police detective with a righteous attitude battles crime on his hometurf.
Style: serious, rough, stylized, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: police detective, serial killer, police investigation, hotshot hero, fighting crime, crimes, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, cop witness relations, nypd, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, gang ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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 8.1
 163K
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, suspenseful, semi serious, humorous
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: writers, investigation, female detective, crime investigation, romancing partners, partners, homicide detective, police investigation, police detective, riddles and clues, resourceful, who done it ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
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 6.8
 1K
King (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
TV show
Story: King is a Canadian police drama which premiered April 17, 2011 on Showcase. The series stars Amy Price-Francis as Jessica King, a veteran police officer who gets promoted to head of the Major Crimes Task Force in Toronto after her predecessor has a ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: police detective, female detective, policewoman, law enforcement, crimes, female police detective, who done it, honest law enforcer, police investigation, task force, fighting crime, leadership ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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Thorne: Sleepyhead (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, Canada, USA
Duration: 44 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, serious, suspenseful, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: police detective, serial killer, police investigation, crimes, murder, hunt down, society, murder mystery, murder investigation, law enforcement, british, male protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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