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, clever, serious, witty and talky films and TV shows about / with private detective, crimes, investigation, murder, crime, mystery, deadly, private investigator, police investigation and riddles and clues plots mostly in Mystery, Crime and Drama genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as private detective: Sherlock (2010), Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989), Elementary (2012), Sherlock Holmes (2009), A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001), Monk (2002), Remington Steele (1982), Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012), Murder by Death (1976), Motherless Brooklyn (2019).

List of private detective movies

 9.1
 763K
Sherlock (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.
Style: clever, captivating, witty, psychological, serious ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, crime, sherlock holmes, mind game, mastermind, riddles and clues, partners, prodigy, british, friendship, genius ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england, london, europe, scotland yard
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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, crime, investigation, murder, riddles and clues, murder mystery, whodunit, uncover truth, multiple suspects, crimes, who done it, murder investigation ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, london
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 7.9
 99K
Elementary (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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, suspenseful, serious, talky, realistic
Plot: investigation, private detective, riddles and clues, sherlock holmes, partners, crimes, intelligence, prodigy, police investigation, law enforcement, friendship, mind game ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
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 7.6
 569K
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, UK
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: captivating, exciting, humorous, intellectual, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: riddles and clues, sherlock holmes, private detective, investigation, adventure, prodigy, partners, steampunk, intelligence, hotshot hero, murder, master criminal ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1890s, victorian era
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.
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, mysterious character, partners against crime, police detective, who done it, riddles and clues, murder, mystery, whodunit, crimes, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
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 7.9
 62K
Monk (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
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: private detective, crimes, odd, unconventional method, investigation, intelligence, crime, prodigy, ex law enforcer, murder, mastermind, police investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: san francisco, california, 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, realistic, suspenseful, witty, stylized ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, private investigator, secretary, grudge, workplace, sexual tension, female partner, crimes, hidden identity, verbal byplay, initially antagonists ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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
Plot: private detective, sherlock holmes, investigation, riddles and clues, mastermind, who done it, murder, ego clash, adventure, partners against crime, misfit partners, danger ...
Time: 19th century, victorian england, victorian era
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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
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, aristocracy, heroine, murderer, evidence ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: australia
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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: disturbing, humorous, feel good, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Plot: private detective, old mansion, parody, murder, butler, dark and stormy night, riddles and clues, guest, reward, mystery, one night, who done it ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
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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: enigmatic, suspense, captivating, melancholic
Plot: private detective, murder investigation, brooklyn new york city, tourette's syndrome, conspiracy, murder, politics, corruption, organized crime, abuse of power, social injustice, investigation ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: harlem, harlem manhattan new york city, new york
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 7.6
 17K
Moonlighting (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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, witty, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: private detective, workplace romance, opposites attract, unlikely couple, screwball, detective agency, partners, crimes, snobbism, verbal byplay, workplace situations, romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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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: humorous, feel good, entertaining, surreal, witty ...
Audience: pre-teens, date night, teens, family outing, kids
Plot: private detective, rabbit, falsely accused, femme fatale, cartoon rabbit, neo noir, investigation, frame up, goofy hero, odd couple, partners, parallel world ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1947, 80s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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 8.3
 81K
Psych (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
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, not serious, talky, humorous ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: partners, buddies, intelligence, private detective, investigation, crimes, best friends, friendship, talented, who done it, photographic memory, police station ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: california, 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, tense, clever, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: private detective, murder, investigation, island, murder mystery, crime, mystery, crimes, intrigue, multiple suspects, amateur detective, gem ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: greece, south of france, albania, england, london
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 8.2
 282K
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: twists and turns, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: private detective, neo noir, investigation, rape, surveillance, corruption, deception, femme fatale, suspicion, domestic violence, secret, tragic event ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1937
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
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Rosemary & Thyme (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 48 min.
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, clever, captivating, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: countryside, investigation, riddles and clues, who done it, private detective, female detective, murder, amateur detective, gardener, murder investigation, partners against crime, fighting crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe
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 7.9
 305K
Knives Out (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 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: captivating, witty, atmospheric, exciting, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: murder mystery, mansion, investigation, eccentric family, private detective, murder investigation, inheritance, murder, whodunit, house, crime, mystery killer ...
Time: 2010s
Place: massachusetts
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 6.5
 8K
Shattered (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Dan Merrick comes out from a shattering car accident with amnesia. He finds that he is married to Judith who is trying to help him start his life again. He keeps getting flashbacks about events and places that he can't remember. He meets pet ...
Style: disturbing, erotic, psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: private detective, memory loss, investigation, infidelity, murder, suspicion, plastic surgery, mind game, haunted by the past, couple relations, neo noir, car accident ...
Time: 90s, 70s, 80s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oregon
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The Poison Rose (2019)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A down-on-his-luck PI is hired by his old flame to investigate a murder. But while the case at first appears routine, it slowly reveals itself to be a complex interwoven web of crimes, suspects and dead bodies.
Style: bleak, suspense, captivating, suspenseful, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, gambler, investigation, alcoholic, missing woman, father daughter relationship, friendship, life is a bitch, hopes, parents and children, dishonesty, society ...
Place: texas
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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: tense, suspenseful, bleak, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, private detective, kidnapping, serial killer, investigation, crimes, crime, mafia, neo noir, haunted by the past, drug dealer, murder of wife ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, contemporary, 21st century ...
Place: new york, usa
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 8.3
 66K
Veronica Mars (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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: touching, witty, clever, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: amateur detective, private detective, investigation, student, youth, danger, teenage life, parents and children, private investigator, sheriff, friendship, spy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: california, usa, southern california
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 7.4
 263K
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: buddy comedy, entertaining, suspense, humorous, buddy movie ...
Plot: conspiracy, private detective, pornography, father daughter relationship, party, alcoholic, single father, corruption, murder, investigation, neo noir, teenage girl ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1977
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Mike Hammer, Private Eye (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Mike Hammer, Private Eye is an American syndicated television program based on the adventures of the fictitious private detective Mike Hammer, created by novelist Mickey Spillane. The show starred Stacy Keach and was seen as an attempt to revive the ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: private detective, neo noir, crime, mystery, crimes, partners against crime, riddles and clues, partners, law enforcement, hard boiled, private investigator, pulp fiction
Time: 80s
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Appointment with Death (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Emily Boynton, stepmother to the three Boynton children -- Lennox, Raymond and Carol -- and mother to Ginevra, blackmails the family lawyer, Jefferson Cope, into destroying a second will of her late husband that would have freed the children from ...
Style: talky, realistic, clever, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: private detective, murder, investigation, ship, blackmail, mystery, murder mystery, crime, crimes, uncover truth, who done it, law enforcement ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1937, 80s
Place: israel, middle east, holy land, new jersey, london
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 6.6
 16K
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, crimes, gangsters, rescue, police, lone hero, vigilante, violence, kidnapping, organized crime, gunfight, hitman ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa, new york, harlem, greenwich village manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
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 7.7
 28K
Lost Girl (2010)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Lost Girl focuses on the gorgeous and charismatic Bo, a supernatural being called a succubus who feeds on the energy of humans, sometimes with fatal results. Refusing to embrace her supernatural clan and its rigid hierarchy, Bo is a renegade who ...
Style: sexy, serious, exciting, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: supernatural, werewolf, lgbt, seduction, succubus, supernatural ability, victim, private detective, love triangle, imaginary, crime, femme fatale ...
Time: 21st century
Place: canada
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V.I. Warshawski, Detective in High Heels (1991)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Victoria "V.I" Warshawski is a Chicago based private detective who agrees to babysit for her new boyfriend; then he is murdered. Being the detective type, she makes the murder her next case. In doing so she befriends the victim's ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, suspenseful, entertaining, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: private detective, murder, investigation, crime, crimes, law enforcement, who done it, uncover truth, mystery, femme fatale, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, los angeles
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 8.0
 187K
Jessica Jones (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 56 min.
Story: After a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, Jessica Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, stylized, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: female protagonist, private detective, strong female character, imaginary, superhero, super powers, investigation, danger, violence, lawyer, good versus evil, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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Dead Man's Folly (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: During a murder hunt game at a country house, to which Hercule Poirot is invited as an "expert", a real murder occurs.
Style: serious, realistic, talky, suspenseful, mind bending ...
Plot: private detective, riddles and clues, murder, murder mystery, investigation, crimes, crime, mystery, dishonesty, deadly, multiple suspects, estate ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe, belgium
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