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, serious, suspenseful, tense, twists and turns and clever films and TV shows about / with police investigation, crimes, murder, law enforcement, police detective, crime, police, mystery, investigation and deadly 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 investigation: True Detective (2014), Gone Girl (2014), Castle (2009), Bones (2005), Luther (2010), Broadchurch (2013), The Bone Collector (1999), The Frozen Ground (2013), Rizzoli & Isles (2010), The Killing (2011).

List of police investigation movies

 9.0
 487K
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: realistic, bleak, clever, captivating, tense ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, serial killer, crime, neo noir, investigation, crimes, partners, partners against crime, murder, uncover truth, murderer ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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 8.1
 841K
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, surprise ending, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: mystery, police investigation, missing person, murder mystery, investigation, disappearance, twists & turns, missing wife, manipulation, femme fatale, adultery, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s, year 2012
Place: missouri, usa, new york, st. louis missouri, manhattan new york city
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 8.1
 139K
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, humorous, semi serious
Plot: police investigation, police detective, female detective, romancing partners, investigation, partners, homicide detective, murder, writers, law enforcement, who done it, unlikely partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, united states
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 7.8
 137K
Bones (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 40 min.
TV show
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: forensics, riddles and clues, partners against crime, fbi, police investigation, special agents, search, crime investigation, expert, teamwork, killings, partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: washington d.c., usa, united states
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 8.5
 118K
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: police investigation, uncover truth, police detective, murder, psychopath, talented, crimes, unlikely relationship, graphic violence, law enforcement, multiple suspects, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
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 8.4
 90K
Broadchurch (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 48 min.
TV show
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, loss of son, murder, partners, loss of child, courtroom drama, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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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, suspense, psychological thriller, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, psychopath, forensics, mind game, master criminal, crime, paraplegic, policewoman, crimes, riddles and clues, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, united states, manhattan new york city
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The Frozen Ground (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, 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, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, crime, winter, psychopath, crimes, kidnapping, pimp, escape, hunting, prostitute, confession ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983, 70s
Place: alaska, usa, united states, boston
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Rizzoli & Isles (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: female detective, police investigation, partners against crime, female protagonist, forensics, policewoman, best friends, homicide detective, crimes, coworker, police detective, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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 8.2
 96K
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, crime, police investigation, who done it, multiple suspects, female detective, murder, crimes, riddles and clues, female protagonist, loss of child, evidence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c., seattle washington
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 8.1
 162K
The Mentalist (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
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, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: crimes, police investigation, partners against crime, serial killer, investigation, partners, murder, danger, fighting crime, crime, outsmarting, psychic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: california, usa
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 5.4
 7K
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, tense, scary, captivating, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, riddles and clues, survival, investigation, danger, track down, partners against crime, crimes, murder, police detective, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2012
Place: usa, las vegas, los angeles
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The Girl on the Train (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, India
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: twist ending, suspenseful, suspense, psychological, tricky ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: police investigation, memory loss, psychology, obsession, psychiatry, psychiatrist, mental illness, depression, violence against women, ex husband ex wife relationship, train, cheating wife ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, london
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 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: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, investigation, crime, master criminal, psychopath, police investigation, police detective, neo noir, police, crimes, torture ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: united states, usa, new york
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 7.6
 22K
The Closer (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: Deputy Police Chief Brenda Jean Johnson transfers from Atlanta to LA to head up a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Johnson's quirky personality and hard-nosed approach often rubs her colleagues the ...
Style: twists and turns, captivating, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: police investigation, female detective, police detective, crimes, policewoman, fighting crime, murder, investigation, interrogation, couples, workplace romance, female protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa
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 8.1
 587K
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: twist ending, bleak, suspenseful, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: kidnapping, investigation, police investigation, missing child, crime, brutality, child abduction, disappearance, neo noir, vigilantism, torture, vigilante ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, boston
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 7.9
 9K
Vera (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
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, serious, stylized, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: police investigation, female detective, crime investigation, murder, police detective, criminal, murder mystery, mystery, british police, right hand man, who done it, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, northern england
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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, police investigation, murder investigation, multiple suspects, who done it, law enforcement, village, whodunit, murder, police chief, crime, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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 8.2
 80K
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, psychological thriller, tense, serious, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, female detective, police investigation, policewoman, crimes, forensics, law enforcement, coworker, victim, crime, evidence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, belfast
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 7.2
 272K
Insomnia (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, dark, tense, psychological ...
Plot: neo noir, police investigation, insomnia, investigator, murder, guilt, fbi, police corruption, small town, police detective, snow, blackmail ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: alaska, usa, los angeles, united states
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 7.3
 30K
Marshland (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, 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, twists and turns, suspense, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, investigation, crime, partners, kidnapping, crimes, disappearance, partners against crime, woman in danger, murder, deadly ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: spain
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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, suspense, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forensics, police investigation, police detective, crime, danger, crimes, mystery, scientist, murder, investigator, teamwork, coworker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, united states
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 8.6
 203K
Mindhunter (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, bleak, idiotic
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, psychology, police investigation, criminal psychologist, fbi agent, fbi, killings, murderer, rapist, serial murder, prison ...
Time: 70s
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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, crime, riddles and clues, uncover truth, mind game, forensics, partners against crime, workplace, unconventional method, crimes, boss and employee ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, 1890s, victorian era ...
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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The Black Dahlia (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Israel, Bulgaria
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Lee Blanchard and Bucky Bleichert are former boxers-turned-cops in 1940s Los Angeles and, when an aspiring young actress turns up dead, Blanchard and Bleichert must grapple with corruption, narcissism, stag films and family madness as they pursue ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, realistic, serious, clever ...
Plot: police investigation, pornography, dangerous attraction, femme fatale, neo noir, obsession, murder, hollywood, love triangle, danger, mystery, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1947, year 1946
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.0
 290K
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: twists and turns, exciting, suspenseful, suspense, tricky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, terrorism, investigation, deja vu, changing the past or future, police investigation, danger, special agents, foreknowledge, twists & turns, shooting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, future
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana
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 6.5
 3K
The Bill (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: The Bill is a police procedural television series that was broadcast on the ITV network from 16 October 1984 until 31 August 2010. The programme originated from a one-off drama, entitled Woodentop, which was broadcast in August 1983. In its final ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, sincere
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: police investigation, police station, police detective, fighting crime, crime, workplace situations, society, partners, crimes, law enforcement, inspector, police ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, contemporary, 21st century ...
Place: england, london, europe, east end london
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Inspector 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, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: police investigation, police detective, sergeant, crime investigation, multiple suspects, murder, crimes, suspicion, investigator, law enforcement, murder investigation, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: england, europe
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 6.1
 5K
Stolen (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A detective becomes obsessed with solving a child's 50-year-old murder, uncovering striking similarities between the case and his son's disappearance.
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: police investigation, missing child, loss of child, uncover truth, haunted by the past, couple relations, law enforcement, life is a bitch, interrogation, police detective, mystery, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 50s, 2000s, 1950s
Place: usa
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 7.3
 142K
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego.
Style: psychological, macabre, tense, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, split personality, police investigation, crimes, secret, police detective, businessman, murder, double life, crime, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
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