Police investigation movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant police investigation movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, suspenseful, serious, tense, atmospheric and suspense films and TV shows about / with police investigation, murder, crimes, law enforcement, crime, police detective, deadly, investigation, mystery and police plots mostly in Crime, Mystery and Drama genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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police investigation movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as police investigation: Bones (2005), True Detective (2014), Castle (2009), Rizzoli & Isles (2010), Gone Girl (2014), The Mentalist (2008), The Frozen Ground (2013), Luther (2010), The Killing (2011), Deja Vu (2006).

List of police investigation movies

 7.9
 129K
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, semi serious, realistic
Plot: fbi, police investigation, forensics, partners against crime, riddles and clues, teamwork, victim, crimes, search, policewoman, killings, expert ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: washington d.c., usa
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 9.0
 431K
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, realistic, tense ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, crime, serial killer, crimes, partners, investigation, murder, partners against crime, who done it, uncover truth, troubled ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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 8.2
 132K
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, suspenseful, realistic, semi serious
Plot: police investigation, investigation, police detective, who done it, murder, murder investigation, partners, writer's life, resourceful, female detective, riddles and clues, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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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, realistic, serious, captivating, suspenseful
Audience: girls' night
Plot: police investigation, partners against crime, crimes, forensics, police detective, policewoman, family relations, female detective, partners, best friends, crime, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts
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 8.1
 749K
Gone Girl (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
Style: psychological, tense, surprise ending, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, chick flick, date night
Plot: missing person, police investigation, mystery, disappearance, manipulation, missing wife, investigation, mind game, infidelity, protagonist as suspect, femme fatale, murder suspect ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa, missouri, manhattan new york city, st. louis missouri
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 8.1
 151K
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: exciting, intellectual, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: partners against crime, fighting crime, crimes, police investigation, investigation, serial killer, partners, danger, murder, psychic, talented, coworker ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: california, usa
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The Frozen Ground (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, intense, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, crime, kidnapping, hunting, psychopath, pimp, drug overdose, strip club, winter, prostitute, confession ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1983
Place: alaska, usa, boston
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 8.5
 103K
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: serious, rough, atmospheric, tense, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, murder, uncover truth, psychopath, multiple suspects, crimes, talented, law enforcement, unlikely relationship, cruelty, partners, forensics ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe
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 8.2
 88K
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, serious, gloomy, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, crime, who done it, multiple suspects, murder, riddles and clues, female detective, female protagonist, haunted by the past, loss of child, evidence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
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 7.1
 274K
Deja Vu (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Called in to recover evidence in the aftermath of a horrific explosion on a New Orleans ferry, Federal agent Doug Carlin gets pulled away from the scene and taken to a top-secret government lab that uses a time-shifting surveillance device to help ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, exciting, suspense, tricky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, investigation, changing the past or future, terrorism, police investigation, special agents, danger, foreknowledge, shooting, destiny, fbi, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, future
Place: usa, new orleans, louisiana
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 8.1
 517K
Prisoners (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Style: suspenseful, bleak, psychological, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: kidnapping, missing child, police investigation, investigation, disappearance, crime, torture, brutality, revenge, vigilantism, maze, vigilante ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, boston, usa
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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, police investigation, multiple suspects, law enforcement, human nature, murder investigation, crime, murder, crimes, who done it, village, police chief ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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The Bone Collector (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Rookie cop, Amelia Donaghy reluctantly teams with Lincoln Rhyme – formerly the department's top homicide detective but now paralyzed as a result of a spinal injury – to catch a grisly serial killer dubbed 'The Bone Collector'. The ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, rough, suspense ...
Plot: forensics, psychopath, police investigation, serial killer, mind game, riddles and clues, policewoman, crime, master criminal, investigation, death, confinement indoors ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city
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 7.9
 6K
Vera (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A sharp detective with a messy life, DCI Vera Stanhope patrols her “patch” of northeast England, pursuing the truth in cases of murder, kidnapping, and blackmail. Vera is obsessive about her work and faces the world with caustic wit, guile and ...
Style: realistic, stylized, serious, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: police investigation, murder, female detective, criminal, crime investigation, mystery, police detective, murder mystery, british police, right hand man, law enforcement, who done it ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, northern england
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 6.8
 15K
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, partners, prodigy, fighting crime, crimes, law enforcement, haunted by the past, partners against crime, female detective, female partner ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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 9.0
 265K
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, captivating, atmospheric, cynical, clever ...
Plot: small town, police investigation, crimes, crime, killings, psychopath, small town life, law enforcement, crime gone awry, americana, sheriff, shooting ...
Time: 21st century, year 1979, contemporary, year 2006, 2010s ...
Place: minnesota, north dakota, usa
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The Girl on the Train (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rachel Watson, devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, psychological, twist ending, tricky ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: police investigation, depression, memory loss, train, investigation, obsession, psychiatrist, mental illness, psychology, false accusation, extramarital affair, infidelity ...
Place: new york, london
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 7.6
 22K
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, female detective, victim, uncover truth, crime, evidence, rage, police, cold case, policewoman, interrogation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1910s, 1950s, 1990s ...
Place: philadelphia, usa
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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 60 min.
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, psychological, serious, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forensics, police investigation, crime, scientist, murder, danger, teamwork, expert, mystery, police detective, evidence, investigator ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada
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 8.6
 1.3M
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, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, master criminal, crime, police investigation, investigation, killings, torture, insanity, crimes, police detective ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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 5.4
 6K
Evidence (2013)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Detectives use clues from various recording devices to piece together events surrounding a massacre involving bus passengers at an abandoned gas station.
Style: suspenseful, captivating, tense, serious, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: police investigation, investigation, riddles and clues, survival, police detective, serial killer, track down, danger, crimes, isolation, law enforcement, fire ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2012
Place: 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, captivating, touching
Plot: police detective, island, police investigation, crimes, multiple suspects, coworker, law enforcement, lifestyle change, new job, british humour, misfit, unhappy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: caribbean
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The Crimson Rivers (2000)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two French policemen, one investigating a grisly murder at a remote mountain college, the other working on the desecration of a young girl's grave by skinheads, are brought together by the clues from their respective cases. Soon after they ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, suspense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, murder, investigation, secret, police detective, crime, faked death, convent, corpse, ritual, mountain ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, medical school, alps
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 7.9
 92K
Elementary (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD's most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with ...
Style: witty, serious, suspenseful, talky, realistic
Plot: investigation, riddles and clues, intelligence, private detective, prodigy, crimes, partners, law enforcement, mind game, friendship, police investigation, mastermind ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
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 7.3
 26K
Marshland (2014)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The Spanish deep South, 1980. A series of brutal murders of adolescent girls in a remote and forgotten town bring together two disparate characters - both detectives in the homicide division - to investigate the cases. With deep divisions in their ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, crime, partners, kidnapping, woman in danger, deadly, crimes, partners against crime, disappearance, buddy cop, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: spain
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 8.3
 72K
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: tense, serious, emotional, twists and turns, bleak ...
Plot: police investigation, courtroom drama, crime, multiple suspects, uncover truth, small town, loss of son, parents and children, police detective, social relations, under the surface, partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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 8.6
 14K
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, realistic, serious, suspenseful, gloomy
Plot: police investigation, police detective, intelligence, talented, crime, crimes, uncover truth, police, boss, law enforcement, suspicion, victim ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: england
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 6.4
 49K
CSI: Miami (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: CSI: Miami follows Crime Scene Investigators working for the Miami-Dade Police Department as they use physical evidence, similar to their Las Vegas counterparts, to solve grisly murders. The series mixes deduction, gritty subject matter, and ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, murder, policewoman, danger, crime, investigation, forensics, mystery, riddles and clues, deadly, medical examiner, forensic evidence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: miami, usa, florida
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 6.2
 18K
Nightwatch (1997)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A law student, who takes a job as a night watchman at a morgue, begins to discover clues that implicate him as the suspect of a series of murders.
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, scary, suspense, rough ...
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, mind game, murder, crimes, protagonist as suspect, danger, dishonesty, deadly, frame up, police detective, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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 8.5
 114K
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: bleak, psycho film, idiotic
Plot: police investigation, psychopath, serial killer, psychology, killings, fbi, fbi agent, criminal psychologist, rapist, island, trap, exam ...
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