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 suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, clever and captivating films and TV shows about / with private investigator, investigation, private detective, crimes, murder, mystery, crime, betrayal, danger and flashback plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, Canada, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as private investigator: Magnum P.I. (2018), Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017), Veronica Mars (2004), Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989), The Catch (2016), Inherent Vice (2014), The Happytime Murders (2018), One for the Money (2012), Better Call Saul (2015), Secret Window (2004).

List of private investigator movies

 5.4
 5K
Magnum P.I. (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
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: exciting, captivating, intense, suspense, semi serious
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: private investigator, reboot, ferrari, partners against crime, vengeance, death of friend, best friends, chase
Time: 21st century
Place: hawaii
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Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
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, semi serious, suspense
Plot: private investigator, dog, thief, gang, person in a car trunk, lone hero, danger, investigation, justice, chase, crimes, escapades ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, venice beach california
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 8.4
 60K
Veronica Mars (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
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: talky, witty, clever, touching, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: amateur detective, student, private detective, investigation, teenage life, danger, high school, sheriff, private investigator, ex couple relations, teacher, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 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.
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, investigation, riddles and clues, crime, uncover truth, murder, multiple suspects, murder mystery, crimes, private investigator, danger, who done it ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: england, london
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Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
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: captivating, witty, semi serious, feel good, ironic
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: private investigator, mystery, female detective, investigation, partners, eccentricity, unconventional method, adventure
Time: 21st century
Place: britain
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 7.2
 9K
The Catch (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
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, exciting, tense, twists and turns, light
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: private investigator, love, family relations, friends, crimes, twists & turns, relationship problems, investigation, dysfunctional relationship, danger, dialogue, betrayal ...
Place: los angeles
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 6.7
 82K
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, stylized, semi serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: private investigator, investigation, neo noir, pot smoking, missing person, private detective, kidnapping, drug abuse, crime, drugs/alcohol, uncover truth, lesbian cunnilingus ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 70s, year 1967, year 1970
Place: los angeles, california, usa, southern california
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The Happytime Murders (2018)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, China
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.
Plot: puppet, puppetry, adult humor, murder mystery, private investigator, murder investigation, discrimination, death, violence, whodunit, fbi agent, female detective ...
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One for the Money (2012)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance, 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: humorous, exciting, entertaining, romantic, funny ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: bounty hunter, escapades, romance, disorder, verbal byplay, crimes, chases and races, romancing a suspect, private investigator, strong female character, strong female lead, wanted ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
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Better Call Saul (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
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, stylized, witty, captivating ...
Plot: workplace situations, dishonesty, lawyer, family relations, moral dilemma, hotshot lawyer, drugs/alcohol, brother brother relationship, cons and scams, legal, lawyer client relationship, private investigator ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico
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 6.6
 168K
Secret Window (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Mort Rainey, a writer just emerging from a painful divorce with his ex-wife, is stalked at his remote lake house by a psychotic stranger and would-be scribe who claims Rainey swiped his best story idea. But as Rainey endeavors to prove his ...
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, scary, tense ...
Plot: split personality, insanity, mentally unstable, losing-it hero, murder, nervous breakdown, isolation, arson, psychology, divorce, serial killer, ex husband ex wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mississippi, usa, new york state, tennessee
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 6.0
 50K
Original Sin (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, Mexico, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A young man is plunged into a life of subterfuge, deceit and mistaken identity in pursuit of a femme fatale whose heart is never quite within his grasp
Style: atmospheric, sexy, erotic, suspense, romantic ...
Plot: love and romance, femme fatale, dangerous attraction, obsession, couple relations, passion, passionate sex, desire, cons and scams, sexuality, sex, seduction ...
Time: 19th century, 1900s
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba, morocco, delaware ...
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 7.4
 235K
The Nice Guys (2016)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A private eye investigates the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles and uncovers a conspiracy.
Style: entertaining, buddy comedy, suspense, humorous, surprise ending ...
Plot: conspiracy, private detective, father daughter relationship, pornography, party, alcoholic, corruption, single father, murder, investigation, revenge, teenage girl ...
Time: year 1977, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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 5.5
 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: rough, serious, suspenseful, captivating, tense
Plot: private investigator, strip club, boxing match, handcuffed, missing person, mystery, private detective, investigation, sex, track down, crime, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new mexico, usa
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 4.3
 292
Human Desires (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alicia Royale is a fashion mogul who decides to have a large pajama themed party as a promotion for her new line of clothing...
Plot: private investigator, drug snorting, fashion, death, party, fondling, female nudity, voyeurism, erotica, dysfunctional marriage, sex scene, swimming pool ...
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 7.8
 71
Private Eye (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Private Eye is an American crime drama that aired from September 13, 1987 until January 8, 1988.
Plot: private investigator, ex-cop, partner, murder, informant, fired, frame up, fired from the job, dead brother, police lieutenant, police corruption, investigation
Time: 1950s
Place: los angeles
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Beverly Hills Buntz (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Beverly Hills Buntz is a spinoff from Hill Street Blues. It aired on NBC during the 1987–88 season.
Plot: private investigator, private detective, tough cop, television flop, investigation, sitcom, ex cop
Place: beverly hills
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Sons of Thunder (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Sons of Thunder is a television show that ran from March to April 1999 on CBS. It was a spin-off of Walker, Texas Ranger.
Plot: private investigator, buddy, buddy cop, texas ranger, cowboy boots, pump action shotgun, martial artist, modern western, m 16, switchblade, raid, semiautomatic pistol ...
Place: texas
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Smile Jenny, You're Dead (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Harry Orwell has been retired from the force ever since he caught a bullet that lodged inoperably in his back. But that doesn’t mean the man called Harry O is out of the action. Moonlighting as a private sleuth, fighting off daily back pain and ...
Style: tv series pilot
Plot: private investigator, psychopath, morgue, police lieutenant, photo shoot, photo studio, beach house, ex cop, supermodel, private detective, cop killer, surveillance ...
Place: san diego california
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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
Plot: private investigator, love triangle, lesbian couple, lesbian kiss, white panties, lesbian sex, red panties, female full frontal nudity, pubic hair, black panties, fondling, scantily clad female ...
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 7.4
 6K
Blood Ties (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 60 min.
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: serious, suspenseful, rough, stylized
Plot: vampire, private detective, vampirism, private investigator, love triangle, supernatural, supernatural romance, danger, love and romance, immortality, romance, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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Shock to the System (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A gay detective tries to solve the murder of a college student.
Style: sexual, serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: private investigator, gay, gay couple, murder, mystery, amateur detective, crime, gays and lesbians, politician, mysterious character, private detective, investigation ...
Time: contemporary
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Third Degree Burn (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A down-and-out private eye (Treat Williams) gets too close to the wife (Virginia Madsen) of a rich man (Richard Masur) soon found dead.
Plot: private investigator, frame up, murder, escape, femme fatale, car trouble, ex cop, adultery, false accusation
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 7.5
 19K
Magnum, P.I. (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 48 min.
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, stylized, entertaining, captivating, light ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, adventure, investigation, crime, escapades, buddies, partners, mystery, rivalry, mysterious man, navy, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: hawaii, usa
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Wicked Stepmother (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A mother/daughter pair of witches descend on a yuppie family's home and cause havoc, one at a time since they share one body & the other must live in a cat the rest of the time. Now it's up to the family's mother, a private ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, offbeat, suspenseful
Plot: spell, fictional game show, hair, beach, tiger, dog, vegetarian, cat, dysfunctional family, private investigator, witch, chain smoking ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
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Remington Steele (1982)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Remington Steele is an American television series co-created by Robert Butler and Michael Gleason. The series, starring Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan, was produced by MTM Enterprises and first broadcast on the NBC network from 1982 to 1987. ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, stylized, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, private investigator, mystery, verbal byplay, adventure, sexism, detective agency, dishonesty, partners, workplace, hidden identity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
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The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A lawyer conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills.
Style: clever, captivating, tense, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: legal investigation, hotshot lawyer, legal, murder, lawyer, arrest, mind game, judge, courtroom, manipulations, victim, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: beverly hills, usa, california, los angeles
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 6.5
 115K
8MM (1999)
Genre: 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: rough, disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: pornography, private detective, investigation, obsession, neo noir, private investigator, crimes, fish out of water, danger, crime, bondage, sexual perversion ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: california, pennsylvania, usa, cleveland ohio
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Assignment to Kill (1968)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A private eye is hired by an insurance company to investigate a shipping magnate suspected of deliberately sinking his own ships for the insurance money. He finds himself involved in a web of deception, double-crossing and murder.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, exciting
Plot: murder, private investigator, crime, investigation, cons and scams, insurance fraud, ship, mystery, missing person, dishonesty, law enforcement, undercover ...
Time: 60s
Place: switzerland, europe, swiss alps, zurich switzerland
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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: serious, twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, realistic
Plot: private investigator, mystery, private detective, investigation, missing child, crime, crimes, danger, gangsters, prostitute, murder, who done it ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark
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