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, tense, captivating, serious and suspense films and TV shows about / with private investigator, crimes, investigation, private detective, murder, mystery, uncover truth, danger, police investigation and murder investigation plots mostly in Crime, Mystery and Drama 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), Inherent Vice (2014), Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012), The Nice Guys (2016), 8MM (1999), Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017), Private Eyes (2016), Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989), The Big Bang (2010).

List of private investigator movies

 6.0
 14K
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: captivating, exciting, tense, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: private investigator, sleuth, partners against crime, war veteran, crime investigation, investigation, teamwork, best friends, vengeance, fighting crime, partners, confronting the past ...
Time: 21st century
Place: hawaii
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Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, 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, witty, ironic, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: private investigator, investigation, partners, eccentricity, female detective, adventure, mystery, female police detective, unconventional method, murder mystery, crime investigation, murder investigation ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: britain
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 8.4
 74K
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, neo noir, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: private investigator, investigation, amateur detective, female detective, student, youth, teenage life, friendship, female protagonist, private detective, parents and children, spy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2000s
Place: california, usa, southern california
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 6.6
 105K
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: neo noir, surreal, atmospheric, sexy, meditative ...
Plot: private investigator, drugs, investigation, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, drug trade, private detective, obsession, twists and turns, nudity (full frontal - brief), paranoia, police investigation, hippie ...
Time: 70s, 60s, year 1970, year 1967, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, southern california, usa, beverly hills
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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, 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, captivating, serious, clever, suspenseful
Plot: investigation, private investigator, female detective, private detective, murder, riddles and clues, heroine, murderer, evidence, crimes, aristocracy, australian ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: australia, melbourne australia
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 7.3
 329K
The Nice Guys (2016)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, 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: neo noir, entertaining, buddy comedy, suspense, funny ...
Plot: conspiracy, private detective, investigation, private investigator, corruption, murder, father daughter relationship, teenage girl, party, single father, female nudity, gangsters ...
Time: 70s, year 1977, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 6.5
 134K
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: psychological, disturbing, suspense, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: private investigator, private detective, investigation, crimes, obsession, serial killer, mystery, revenge, murder, sexual abuse, nudity (full frontal - brief), twists and turns ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, new york, usa, pennsylvania ...
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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, graffiti, gang, thief, crimes, escapades, chase, justice, investigation, twists and turns, fight scenes, female nudity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: venice beach california, usa, los angeles
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 7.3
 5K
Private Eyes (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Canada
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Ex-pro hockey player Matt Shade irrevocably changes his life when he teams up with fierce P.I. Angie Everett to form an unlikely investigative powerhouse.
Style: captivating, semi serious, tense, suspense
Plot: investigation, private detective, male female relationship, partners, private investigator, murder mystery, crime investigation, partners against crime, twists and turns, fighting crime, murder investigation, crime solving ...
Time: 2020s, 2010s
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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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, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: kids
Plot: whodunit, private detective, investigation, murder mystery, murder, who done it, murder investigation, riddles and clues, private investigator, multiple suspects, uncover truth, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: england, united kingdom, london
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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: serious, tense, suspenseful, rough, neo noir ...
Plot: private investigator, missing person, private detective, strip club, woman on top, female nudity, striptease, bad cop, police corruption, mystery, crimes, coitus ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new mexico, usa, los angeles
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Varg Veum - Yours 'till 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, tense, realistic, neo noir, serious
Plot: private investigator, robbery, murder, private detective, dishonesty, investigation, uncover truth, woman in danger, new love, crimes, law enforcement, twists and turns ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway
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Trouble Is My Business (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Private eye Roland Drake cracks cases and romances femme fatales in 1940's Los Angeles while corrupt cop Det Barry Tate rules the city. A tale told in the classic style of film noir. Drake has fallen on hard times in a harsh world. He has been ...
Style: neo noir, noir
Plot: private investigator, woman with a gun, femme fatale
Time: 1940s
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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: tense, stylized, witty, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: crimes, lawyer, workplace situations, hotshot lawyer, family relations, legal, dark humor, dishonesty, moral dilemma, criminal lawyer, private investigator, desert ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2002
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico
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 7.9
 15K
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, tense, suspenseful, ironic, talky ...
Plot: investigation, private detective, multiple suspects, partners, female partner, mind game, private investigator, antisocial behavior, police investigation, riddles and clues, misfit, alienation ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: oxford university, britain, london, united kingdom, england
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 7.1
 27K
Klute (1971)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: This acclaimed thriller stars Jane Fonda as Bree Daniel, a New York City call girl who becomes enmeshed in an investigation into the disappearance of a business executive. Detective John Klute is hired to follow Daniel, and eventually begins a ...
Style: neo noir, suspense, tense, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: private detective, prostitute, conspiracy, missing person, obsession, murder, crimes, private investigator, investigation, mystery, pimp, prostitution ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, pennsylvania, california, usa, manhattan new york city
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 6.6
 4K
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: neo noir, captivating, psychological, suspense, tense ...
Plot: private investigator, murder, missing woman, private detective, stripper, uncover truth, violence, couples, strip club, woman with a gun, war, missing person ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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The Kid Detective (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A once-celebrated kid detective, now 31, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity. Until a naive client brings him his first 'adult' case, to find out who brutally murdered her boyfriend.
Style: neo noir, suspense, humorous, suspenseful, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: private detective, small town, private investigator, investigation, kidnapping, murder investigation, murder, evidence, who done it, murderer, escapades, chase ...
Time: 21st century
Place: canada
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 7.5
 26K
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: captivating, exciting, light, entertaining, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: adventure, crimes, beach, investigation, private detective, buddies, partners, helicopter, lifestyle, private investigator, anonymity, police ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: hawaii, usa
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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: enigmatic, humorous, captivating, suspense
Plot: ghost, supernatural power, private investigator, private detective, supernatural, crime investigation, detective agency, investigation, paranormal investigation, partners against crime, private investigation, crime solving ...
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 5.3
 56K
Sinister 2 (2015)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that's marked for death.
Style: scary, suspenseful, brutal, suspense, disturbing ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: ghost, supernatural, murder, haunted house, burned alive, evil child, nightmare, investigation, deputy, dysfunctional family, found footage, family in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, norway
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Simon & Simon (1981)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Simon & Simon is an American detective television series that originally ran from November 24, 1981 to January 21, 1989. The series was broadcast on CBS and starred Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker as two brothers who run a private detective ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: crimes, partners against crime, private detective, private investigator, sibling relationship, partners, mystery, workplace, rivalry, family relations, detective agency, reluctant partners ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, san diego california
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 5.7
 495
Smart Philip (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Inspired by the stories of the American writer Raymond Chandler, the classical hero is private detective Phil Marlowe, a romantic cowboy, who takes the law into his own hands in the rough prairie of a large city.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, captivating, neo noir ...
Plot: private investigator, investigation, secret, missing person, femme fatale, gang member, absurd humor, police station, movie star, visitor, missing brother, celebrity ...
Time: 1930s
Place: los angeles
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 6.2
 46K
Dark Places (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A woman who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child is forced to confront the events of that day.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, tense, intense, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, investigation, stripper, murder, crimes, mystery, murder of family, farm, private investigator, justice, police investigation, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1985, 80s, year 1968 ...
Place: kansas, oklahoma, missouri, germany, ireland ...
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 7.1
 12K
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, exciting, tense, light
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: private investigator, investigation, relationship problems, dysfunctional relationship, love, crimes, family relations, twists and turns, friends, betrayal, obsession, art theft ...
Place: los angeles
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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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense, sexy ...
Plot: gay, lgbt, group therapy, private investigator, murder, uncover truth, suicide, mystery, investigation, mysterious character, crimes, track down ...
Time: contemporary
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The Kiss of Evil (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Finland
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young college student is found stabbed to death,and private detective Vares life takes an interesting turn when the girls family asks him to investigate the case.
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful
Plot: private detective, private investigator, murder, investigation, crimes, dishonesty, murder investigation, university, mysticism, bait, mercenary, junkie ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: finland
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 6.1
 81K
Broken City (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In a broken city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure, the mayor. Billy's relentless pursuit of justice, matched only by his streetwise ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, neo noir, political, tense ...
Plot: private detective, conspiracy, investigation, twists and turns, infidelity, betrayal, politics, political corruption, crimes, mayor, lawyer, surveillance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa, new york, new orleans, new jersey, brooklyn new york city ...
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 5.1
 565
Lonely Street (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Bubba Mabry, a gullible private detective, becomes the prime suspect in a tabloid reporter's murder after being hired to snoop on him by a mysterious celebrity.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, suspenseful
Plot: private investigator, murder, private detective, who done it, uncover truth, investigation, goofy hero, celebrity culture, media, dishonesty, amateur detective, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 6.3
 2K
The Big Fix (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Moses Wine, Richard Dreyfuss, at home one night watching a football game that he bet on is contacted by an old flame back from his radical days in collage Lila, Susan Anspach. Lila wants Moses to work for a candidate for governor of California, ...
Style: witty, serious, realistic, suspenseful, clever ...
Plot: private detective, private investigator, investigation, politics, murder, mystery, law enforcement, crimes, state affairs, missing person, friendship, political activist ...
Time: 70s
Place: beverly hills, los angeles
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