Private investigator movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant private investigator movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, suspenseful, serious, captivating, tense and semi serious films and TV shows about / with private investigator, crimes, private detective, investigation, murder, crime, mystery, danger, gun and police investigation 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 private investigator: Magnum P.I. (2018), Veronica Mars (2004), Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989), Better Call Saul (2015), Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012), Inherent Vice (2014), Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017), Yours Until Death (2008), Too Late (2015), Secret Pleasures (2002).

List of private investigator movies

Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Frank Hathaway, a hardboiled private investigator, and his rookie sidekick Lu Shakespeare form the unlikeliest of partnerships as they investigate the secrets of rural Warwickshire's residents.
Style: feel good, captivating, ironic, witty, semi serious
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: private investigator, investigation, partners, female detective, mystery, eccentricity, adventure, unconventional method, murder mystery, british police
Time: 21st century
Place: britain
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 5.8
 9K
Magnum P.I. (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator in Hawaii taking jobs no one else will with the help of fellow vets T.C. Calvin and Rick Wright, ...
Style: reboot, exciting, suspense, captivating, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: private investigator, vengeance, ferrari, partners against crime, death of friend, best friends, chase, war veteran, human, car
Time: 21st century
Place: hawaii
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 8.3
 67K
Veronica Mars (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: The series is set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, and stars Kristen Bell as the title character, a student who progresses from high school to college while moonlighting as a private investigator under the tutelage of her detective ...
Style: touching, witty, clever, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: amateur detective, private investigator, private detective, investigation, student, youth, danger, teenage life, parents and children, friendship, spy, teacher ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: california, usa, southern california
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Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
TV show
Story: From England to Egypt, accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks, the intelligent yet eccentrically-refined Belgian detective Hercule Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first class deceptions.
Style: clever, captivating, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: private detective, crime, murder mystery, investigation, whodunit, riddles and clues, murder, murder investigation, multiple suspects, uncover truth, who done it, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, london
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Better Call Saul (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: Six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. We meet him when the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, ...
Style: dark humor, realistic, captivating, stylized, witty ...
Plot: lawyer, hotshot lawyer, dishonesty, moral dilemma, workplace situations, family relations, private investigator, crimes, legal, brother brother relationship, cons and scams, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002, 2000s
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico
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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Our lady sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of late 1920’s Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl handled pistol and her dagger sharp wit. Leaving a trail of admirers in her wake, our thoroughly modern heroine makes sure ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, clever, suspenseful
Plot: female detective, private detective, investigation, crime, riddles and clues, murder, crimes, private investigator, heroine, aristocracy, murderer, evidence ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: australia, melbourne australia
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 6.7
 94K
Inherent Vice (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: In Los Angeles at the turn of the 1970s, drug-fueled detective Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend.
Style: atmospheric, twists and turns, realistic, suspenseful, surreal ...
Plot: private investigator, neo noir, investigation, conspiracy, missing person, crimes, uncover truth, woman in danger, dishonesty, private detective, paranoia, obsession ...
Time: 70s, 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1970 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills, southern california
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Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Steve Ford is a private detective in Venice Beach, Calif., who's good with the ladies, bad with the punches and wild about his dog Buddy. When local thugs steal Buddy, Ford turns to Spyder, their devious leader, and forges an unlikely alliance. ...
Style: captivating, exciting, tense, suspense, semi serious ...
Plot: private investigator, thief, gang, person in a car trunk, dog, danger, investigation, chase, escapades, crimes, justice, lone hero ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, venice beach california, usa
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Yours Until Death (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Norway, Denmark
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Private eye Varg Veum is on a routine mission searching for his client Jonas Andresen's stolen car. The car is found having been used in a brutal robbery and not long after that the client himself turns up dead.
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, realistic, tense, serious
Plot: private investigator, murder, robbery, dishonesty, private detective, investigation, woman in danger, uncover truth, danger, law enforcement, crimes, running out of air ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway
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 6.7
 3K
Too Late (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Explores the tangled relationship between a troubled private investigator and the missing woman he's hired to help find.
Style: psychological, captivating, tense, enigmatic, suspense
Plot: murder, private investigator, neo noir, neo-noir, missing woman, stripper, strip club, danger, uncover truth, dissection, violence, couples ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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Secret Pleasures (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An attractive woman detective, expert in cases of conjugal infidelity is hired by a mysterious millionaire, unaware that she will get involved in a feverish love triangle to gather all the evidence she needs to finish the case.
Style: sexploitation film, erotic, serious, sexy
Plot: lesbian lover, cheating wife, private investigator, love triangle, femme fatale, sexploitation, cheating, husband wife relationship, surveillance, misunderstanding, lust, sex scene ...
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 7.9
 10K
Strike (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A war veteran turned private detective operates out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street. Although wounded both physically and psychologically, his unique insight and background as a military police investigator prove crucial in solving ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, talky, ironic
Plot: private detective, investigation, multiple suspects, partners, female partner, mind game, private investigator, riddles and clues, danger, antisocial behavior, expert, police investigation ...
Time: 2010s
Place: england, britain, london
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 8.0
 65K
Monk (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Adrian Monk was once a rising star with the San Francisco Police Department, legendary for using unconventional means to solve the department's most baffling cases. But after the tragic (and still unsolved) murder of his wife Trudy, he ...
Style: witty, offbeat, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Plot: odd, private detective, investigation, unconventional method, intelligence, police investigation, crimes, talented, murder, riddles and clues, mastermind, mental illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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Shock to the System (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A gay detective tries to solve the murder of a college student.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense, sexy ...
Plot: murder, private investigator, uncover truth, gay, mystery, investigation, mysterious character, crimes, coming out, track down, gay couple, gay relationship ...
Time: contemporary
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 6.5
 124K
8MM (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, he relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate ...
Style: disturbing, captivating, suspense, rough, twists and turns ...
Plot: pornography, investigation, obsession, s&m, private detective, crimes, violence, neo noir, danger, perversion, private investigator, mystery ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, pennsylvania, usa, miami ...
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Varg Veum - Sleeping Beauty (2008)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Norway, Denmark
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After extricating 17-year-old Lisa Halle from a life of prostitution in Copenhagen, private investigator Varg Veum becomes ensnared in a tangle of parental neglect and bad love when he is hired to locate Lisa's boyfriend, Peter Werner.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, twists and turns
Plot: private investigator, life is a bitch, woman in danger, gangsters, law enforcement, prostitute, deadly, crimes, private detective, danger, investigation, who done it ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark
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 6.4
 586
Ice Blues (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: This new installment in the popular and critically-acclaimed Donald Strachey Mystery series finds America’s favorite gay private investigator, Donald Strachey (Chad Allen), taking on the most complicated case of his career. After his long-time ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, queer cinema
Plot: private investigator, law firm, law enforcement, private detective, investigation, partners, danger, uncover truth, partners against crime, dishonesty, gender, race against time ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 6K
Blood Ties (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Blood Ties is a Canadian television series based on the Blood Books by Tanya Huff; the show was created by Peter Mohan. It is set in Toronto, Canada and has a similar premise to an earlier series also set in Toronto, Forever Knight, in which a ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, serious, rough
Plot: vampire, vampire human love, love and romance, love triangle, danger, private detective, investigation, crimes, romancing partners, immortality, supernatural, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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Charlie's Angels (1976)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Charlie's Angels is an American crime drama television series that aired on ABC from September 1976 to June 1981, producing five seasons and 110 episodes. The series was created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts and was produced by Aaron ...
Style: realistic, exciting, sexy, stylized, semi serious
Plot: undercover, investigation, private detective, private investigator, working undercover, partners, adventure, career change, fighting crime, crimes, female friendship, friendship between women ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa
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 5.4
 7K
The Big Bang (2010)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A private detective is hired to find a missing stripper but the job turns complicated when everyone he questions ends up dead. From the mean streets of Los Angeles to the desolate desert of New Mexico, Cruz must contend with a brutal Russian Boxer, ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, tense, captivating
Plot: missing person, private investigator, crimes, private detective, mystery, crime, danger, murder, track down, strip club, bad cop, police corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new mexico, los angeles, usa
Is relevant ?
 8.4
 10K
Terriers (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Ex-cop and recovering alcoholic Hank Dolworth partners with his best friend, former criminal Britt Pollack, in an unlicensed private investigation business. The series is set in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, although it is portrayed as a ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, tense, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: partners, investigation, private detective, private investigator, crimes, team, suspicion, investigator, teamwork, buddies, murder, lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles, san diego california
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Among the Shadows (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A private investigator must unravel the murder of her uncle while keeping the secret that she is a descendant from a line of werewolves.
Style: erotic, tense, exciting, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: werewolf, private investigator, dishonesty, death of uncle, vengeance, murder, death, revenge, escapades, danger, mystery, hopes ...
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 10K
The Catch (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Strong and successful Alice Martin is a fraud investigator who's about to be the victim of fraud by her fiancé. Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career.
Style: captivating, tense, exciting, light, twists and turns
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: cheating, private investigator, con artists, family relations, twists & turns, relationship problems, crimes, friends, investigation, dysfunctional relationship, love, danger ...
Place: los angeles
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Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) is a British Comedy Drama series, produced by Working Title Films for BBC One. It is a remake of the 1960s television series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and stars Vic Reeves as Hopkirk and Bob Mortimer as Randall, ...
Style: humorous, captivating, enigmatic, suspense
Plot: ghost, supernatural power, private investigator, partner, heaven, private detective, british humour, white suit, homosexual subtext
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The Girls of April (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Finland
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Tough Finnish detective Jussi Vares gets hired by a friend at a newspaper to investigate a 15 year old mystery regarding the disappearance of 3 girls.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, bleak, rough
Plot: private detective, investigation, private investigator, law enforcement, deadly, crimes, journalism, missing person, cold case, murder, crime, thrown from a boat ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: finland
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 7.5
 22K
Magnum, P.I. (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 48 min.
TV show
Story: Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living on Oahu, Hawaii. The series ran from 1980 to 1988 in first-run broadcast on the American CBS television network. According to the ...
Style: exciting, captivating, entertaining, light, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: adventure, escapades, crime, investigation, crimes, private detective, partners, buddies, lifestyle, helicopter, estate, ferrari ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hawaii, usa
Is relevant ?
 4.1
 890
Mystery Girls (2014)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Mystery Girls follows two former detective TV show starlets brought back together by a real-life mystery. Charlie Contour is a suburban housewife and mother, while Holly Hamilton longs for her glory days in the 90's when she was on television. ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, light, feel good ...
Plot: partners against crime, reluctant partners, crimes, friends, investigation, amateur detective, partners, disorder, private investigator, actress, reunion, private detective
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 68K
Burn Notice (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: A formerly blacklisted spy uses his unique skills and training to help people in desperate situations.
Style: semi serious, exciting, stylized, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, adventure, starting over, uncover truth, gadget, lifestyle change, new job, peril, ex law enforcer, danger, crimes, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: miami, florida, usa
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The Happytime Murders (2018)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, China, Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When the puppet cast of a '90s children's TV show begins to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.
Style: dark humor
Plot: puppet, puppetry, whodunit, adult humor, private investigator, murder mystery, female detective, death, violence, fbi agent, murder investigation, discrimination ...
Place: los angeles
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One for the Money (2012)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An unemployed lingerie buyer convinces her bail bondsman cousin to give her a shot as a bounty hunter. Her first assignment is to track down a former cop on the run for murder – the same man who broke her heart years before. With the help of some ...
Style: exciting, semi serious, humorous, romantic, entertaining ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: strong female character, bounty hunter, strong female lead, battle of the sexes, escapades, investigation, crimes, romancing a suspect, disorder, bail bondsman, romance, frame up ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
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