Private detective movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant private detective movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, suspenseful, serious, clever, stylized and talky films and TV shows about / with private detective, investigation, murder, crimes, mystery, private investigator, police investigation, murder mystery, deadly and police plots mostly in Mystery, Crime and Drama genres shot in USA, UK, Australia and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as private detective: Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989), Sherlock (2010), Knives Out (2019), Elementary (2012), Shaft (1971), Sherlock Holmes (2009), A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001), Night Moves (1975), A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014), The Nice Guys (2016).

List of private detective movies

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, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: whodunit, private detective, investigation, murder mystery, murder, who done it, murder investigation, riddles and clues, uncover truth, multiple suspects, private investigator, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: england, london, united kingdom
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 9.1
 906K
Sherlock (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
TV show
Story: A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.
Style: clever, witty, captivating, exciting, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sherlock holmes, investigation, murder mystery, mastermind, private detective, friendship, partners, riddles and clues, mind game, intelligence, british, prodigy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: london, england, scotland yard, europe
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 7.9
 603K
Knives Out (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, exciting, witty, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: whodunit, murder mystery, investigation, murder investigation, mansion, murder, eccentric family, mystery killer, large family, private detective, crimes, death ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s
Place: massachusetts, new england, usa
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 7.9
 110K
Elementary (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, talky, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: investigation, sherlock holmes, talented, riddles and clues, prodigy, intelligence, partners, unconventional method, private detective, mastermind, law enforcement, female partner ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
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 6.6
 19K
Shaft (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.
Style: harsh, tense, twists and turns, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, gangsters, lone hero, crimes, mafia, sexualized violence, kidnapping, gang, organized crime, violence, hitman, gunfight ...
Time: 70s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, california, new jersey, harlem ...
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 7.6
 627K
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Australia
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Eccentric consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson battle to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy England.
Style: clever, captivating, entertaining, intellectual, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sherlock holmes, steampunk, intelligence, riddles and clues, private detective, adventure, investigation, partners, crimes, talented, prodigy, master criminal ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1890s
Place: england, london, europe, tower bridge london, big ben london ...
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A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: Genius detective Nero Wolfe and his right-hand man, Archie Goodwin, solve seemingly impossible crimes.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, clever
Plot: private detective, investigation, who done it, police detective, mysterious character, partners against crime, riddles and clues, murder, whodunit, mystery, partners, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
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 7.1
 15K
Night Moves (1975)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Private detective and former football player Harry Moseby gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case, as a former Hollywood actress whose only major roles came thanks to being married to a studio mogul wants Moseby to find and return ...
Style: neo noir, cynical, tense, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: private detective, missing person, investigation, murder, infidelity, mystery, crimes, manipulation, loneliness, crime gone awry, complex characters, espionage ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, florida, california, los angeles
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A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, psychological, tense, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, private detective, serial killer, kidnapping, drug dealer, investigation, murder of wife, crimes, violence, revenge, redemption, secrets ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 90s, 21st century, year 1999 ...
Place: brooklyn new york city, usa, new york
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 7.3
 318K
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, buddy comedy, entertaining, suspense, humorous ...
Plot: conspiracy, private detective, investigation, father daughter relationship, private investigator, murder, corruption, teenage girl, party, alcoholic, single father, female nudity ...
Time: 70s, year 1977, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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The Long Goodbye (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife.
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, sexy, cynical, witty ...
Plot: private detective, murder, cat, gangsters, betrayal, whodunit, beach, alcoholic, disfigurement, bribery, private investigator, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: malibu california, los angeles, california, usa, mexico ...
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 8.2
 323K
Chinatown (1974)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double ...
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, suspense, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: private detective, femme fatale, investigation, corruption, rape, domestic violence, police, incest, murder, surveillance, crimes, conspiracy ...
Time: 1930s, year 1937, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, pacific ocean, america ...
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 7.1
 26K
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, private investigator, investigation, murder, mystery, crimes, pimp, prostitution ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, pennsylvania, california, usa, manhattan new york city
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984–1985), The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986–1988), The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1991–1993) and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994), collectively known as Sherlock Holmes, are a series of ...
Style: stylized, serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: sherlock holmes, private detective, investigation, riddles and clues, mastermind, partners against crime, victorian england, who done it, murder, adventure, ego clash, talented ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
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Murder by Death (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Lionel Twain invites the world's five greatest detectives to a 'dinner and murder'. Included are a blind butler, a deaf-mute maid, screams, spinning rooms, secret passages, false identities and more plot turns and twists than are ...
Style: parody, surprise ending, funny, humorous, feel good ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: private detective, old mansion, murder, whodunit, butler, dark and stormy night, mystery, riddles and clues, who done it, mansion, guest, suspect ...
Time: 1930s, 70s, 20th century
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 8.0
 74K
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, humorous, realistic, semi serious, odd ...
Plot: investigation, mental illness, private detective, mastermind, talented, police investigation, prodigy, unconventional method, murder, riddles and clues, intelligence, investigator ...
Time: 2000s, future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, california, usa
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 7.6
 271K
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that ...
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, twists and turns, neo noir, suspenseful ...
Plot: kidnapping, investigation, private detective, missing child, pedophile, kidnapped child, conspiracy, police investigation, disappearance, crimes, moral dilemma, child abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa
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Evil Under the Sun (1982)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.
Style: serious, suspenseful, clever, twists and turns, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: private detective, murder mystery, murder, investigation, island, mystery, crimes, whodunit, multiple suspects, hotel, intrigue, amateur detective ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 80s
Place: mediterranean sea, greece, south of france, england, albania ...
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 7.6
 20K
Moonlighting (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Moonlighting is an American television series that aired on ABC from March 3, 1985, to May 14, 1989. The network aired a total of 66 episodes. Starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd as private detectives, the show was a mixture of drama, comedy, ...
Style: talky, feel good, realistic, semi serious, witty ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: private detective, opposites attract, unlikely couple, workplace romance, romance, female detective, screwball, partners, crimes, unlikely partners, snobbism, verbal byplay ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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Motherless Brooklyn (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Lionel Essrog, a private detective living with Tourette syndrome, ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and best friend — a mystery that carries him from the gin-soaked jazz clubs of Harlem to the slums of Brooklyn to the gilded halls of New ...
Style: neo noir, enigmatic, suspense, captivating, melancholic
Plot: private detective, interracial romance, murder investigation, crime investigation, investigation, murder, social injustice, politics, organized crime, racial segregation, tourette's syndrome, detective agency ...
Time: 50s, future
Place: brooklyn new york city, harlem, usa, new york
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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: female detective, investigation, murder, private detective, private investigator, riddles and clues, heroine, aristocracy, crimes, murderer, evidence, maid ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: australia, melbourne australia
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 6.8
 9K
Harper (1966)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Harper is a cynical private eye in the best tradition of Bogart. He even has Bogie's Baby hiring him to find her missing husband, getting involved along the way with an assortment of unsavory characters and an illegal-alien smuggling ring.
Style: neo noir, cynical, psychological, enigmatic, twists and turns ...
Plot: private detective, murder, mystery, crimes, missing person, investigation, uncover truth, dishonesty, kidnapping, private investigator, ransom, cons and scams ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: california, las vegas, usa, los angeles
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Rosemary & Thyme (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 48 min.
TV show
Story: Rosemary & Thyme is a British television mystery series starring Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris as gardening detectives Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme. The show began on ITV in 2003. The third series ended in August 2007. The theme is murder ...
Style: feel good, realistic, captivating, clever, semi serious ...
Plot: countryside, who done it, female detective, riddles and clues, murder, investigation, private detective, gardener, friendship, murder investigation, partners against crime, amateur detective ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe
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Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 'Toon star Roger is worried that his wife Jessica is playing pattycake with someone else, so the studio hires detective Eddie Valiant to snoop on her. But the stakes are quickly raised when Marvin Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime ...
Style: surreal, sexy, neo noir, feel good, funny ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, teens, date night ...
Plot: private detective, rabbit, disney, falsely accused, femme fatale, sexy woman, cartoon rabbit, investigation, frame up, parallel world, false accusation, murder ...
Time: 1940s, year 1947, 80s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: los angeles, usa, california, america
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 96K
Blood Simple (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The owner of a seedy small-town Texas bar discovers that one of his employees is having an affair with his wife. A chaotic chain of misunderstandings, lies and mischief ensues after he devises a plot to have them murdered.
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, cynical, suspense, twists and turns ...
Plot: private detective, extramarital affair, crime gone awry, adultery, murder, infidelity, hitman, crimes, betrayal, murder mystery, gunfight, visceral ...
Time: year 1984, 20th century, 80s
Place: texas, austin texas, usa
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Under Suspicion (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the late 1950s, British police officer Tony Aaron resigns from the force after sleeping with Hazel, wife of the man whose house he was supposed to guard. In his new job as a fake private investigator, he helps couples get divorces by ...
Style: neo noir, serious, psychological, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: private detective, adultery, crimes, divorce, murder, investigation, police investigation, law enforcement, uncover truth, betrayal, vengeance, who done it ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: england, europe, brighton
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 7K
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, supernatural, love triangle, private detective, investigation, love and romance, crimes, immortality, mystery, murder, romancing partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: toronto ontario canada, canada
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Lord of Illusions (1995)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: During a routine case in L.A., NY private investigator Harry D'Amour stumbles over members of a fanatic cult who are preparing for the resurrection of their leader Nix, a powerful magician who was killed 13 years earlier.
Style: neo noir, scary, dark, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: private detective, supernatural, investigation, magic, occult, resurrection, faked death, violence, fanatic, illusionist, mystery, cult ...
Time: 90s, year 1982, 80s
Place: los angeles, mojave desert, new york, usa, california
Is relevant ?
 8.4
 96K
Psych (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Thanks to his police officer father's efforts, Shawn Spencer spent his childhood developing a keen eye for detail (and a lasting dislike of his dad). Years later, Shawn's frequent tips to the police lead to him being falsely accused of a ...
Style: exciting, witty, talky, not serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: partners, investigation, best friends, friends, private detective, intelligence, buddies, who done it, talented, prodigy, friendship, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2010s, 2000s
Place: california, usa
Is relevant ?
 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, private investigator, partners, female partner, multiple suspects, mind game, riddles and clues, expert, antisocial behavior, police investigation, handicapped ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: england, britain, london, united kingdom, oxford university
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