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 stylized films and TV shows about / with crimes, private detective, investigation, murder, mystery, crime, deadly, police investigation, riddles and clues and private investigator 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), Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Remington Steele (1982), Psych (2006), Monk (2002), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Chinatown (1974).

List of private detective movies

 9.1
 725K
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: captivating, clever, witty, psychological, serious ...
Plot: investigation, private detective, mastermind, crime, sherlock holmes, prodigy, mind game, riddles and clues, partners, british, friendship, intelligence ...
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, investigation, murder, crime, uncover truth, riddles and clues, murder mystery, whodunit, crimes, multiple suspects, danger, suicide ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, london
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 7.9
 96K
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, realistic, talky
Plot: investigation, riddles and clues, intelligence, private detective, prodigy, crimes, partners, mind game, law enforcement, sherlock holmes, friendship, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
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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: serious, realistic, clever, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: private detective, female detective, investigation, riddles and clues, crime, murder, crimes, aristocracy, heroine, private investigator, maid, evidence ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: australia
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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: serious, stylized, suspenseful, realistic, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, investigation, riddles and clues, sherlock holmes, mastermind, who done it, adventure, ego clash, murder, partners against crime, danger, misfit partners ...
Time: 19th century, victorian england, victorian era
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 7.6
 554K
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, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: riddles and clues, investigation, private detective, sherlock holmes, prodigy, partners, hotshot hero, murder, intelligence, master criminal, steampunk, clue ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1890s, victorian era
Place: england, london, europe, big ben london, tower bridge london ...
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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: realistic, stylized, suspenseful, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, private investigator, hidden identity, secretary, partners, dishonesty, cons and scams, sexual tension, grudge, initially antagonists, verbal byplay ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 8.3
 78K
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: humorous, exciting, not serious, talky, witty ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: buddies, private detective, intelligence, who done it, partners, investigation, best friends, police station, unconventional method, friendship, resourceful, talented ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: california, usa
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 7.9
 60K
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: humorous, witty, offbeat, semi serious, realistic
Plot: private detective, odd, investigation, ex law enforcer, prodigy, mastermind, intelligence, crime, crimes, unconventional method, murder, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: san francisco, usa, 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, family outing, teens, kids
Plot: private detective, femme fatale, investigation, frame up, falsely accused, cartoon rabbit, rabbit, parallel world, goofy hero, partners, odd couple, film within a film ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1947
Place: usa, los angeles
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 8.2
 270K
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: bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, suspense ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, rape, surveillance, corruption, deception, femme fatale, tragic event, cover up, threat, secret, domestic violence ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, year 1937, 1930s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
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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: semi serious, realistic, witty, feel good, talky ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: private detective, workplace romance, unlikely couple, opposites attract, screwball, detective agency, partners, crimes, mystery, model, verbal byplay, romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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Rosemary & Thyme (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 50 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, semi serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: countryside, investigation, private detective, riddles and clues, amateur detective, who done it, fighting crime, female detective, murder, gardener, murder investigation, partners against crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe
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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: realistic, suspenseful, serious, clever
Plot: private detective, investigation, mysterious character, who done it, partners against crime, riddles and clues, partners, police detective, murder, mystery, criminal, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
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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, suspense, clever, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, private detective, kidnapping, investigation, crime, mafia, haunted by the past, serial killer, drug dealer, murder of wife, ex cop, ransom ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, 21st century, contemporary, 90s ...
Place: usa, new york
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 8.3
 64K
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, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: amateur detective, student, private detective, investigation, danger, teenage life, parents and children, sheriff, friendship, spy, teacher, ex couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: california, usa, southern california
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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: erotic, suspenseful, psychological, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: private detective, memory loss, infidelity, investigation, murder, plastic surgery, suspicion, amnesia, hospital, identity, coma, betrayal ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oregon
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 8.0
 180K
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, superhero, investigation, danger, imaginary, strong female character, violence, lawyer, good versus evil, super powers, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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 7.7
 27K
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, exciting, captivating, serious, not serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: supernatural, werewolf, seduction, lgbt, love triangle, imaginary, supernatural ability, victim, femme fatale, private detective, crimes, temptation ...
Time: 21st century
Place: canada
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Murder by Death (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
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: humorous, realistic, suspenseful, feel good, disturbing ...
Plot: private detective, parody, murder, butler, old mansion, reward, one night, mansion, dark and stormy night, sidekick, guest, riddles and clues ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
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 6.8
 48K
Veronica Mars (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France, Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown - just in time for her high school reunion - in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who's embroiled in a murder mystery.
Style: suspenseful, witty, light, exciting, entertaining ...
Audience: teens
Plot: amateur detective, private detective, who done it, murder, investigation, danger, crimes, mystery, parents and children, family relations, lawyers and clients, old love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: california, usa
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Murder She Said (1961)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Miss Marple believes she’s seen a murder in a passing by train yet when the police find no evidence she decides to investigate it on her own. Her inquisitions lead her to a mountain top. The first of four films starring Margaret Rutherford as Miss ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, clever
Plot: amateur detective, private detective, train, investigation, murder, police investigation, strangulation, uncover truth, crime, dishonesty, law enforcement, mystery ...
Time: 1960s
Place: england
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 6.2
 72K
Broken City (2013)
Genre: 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: suspenseful, rough, serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, mayor, betrayal, politics, election, political corruption, crime, uncover truth, crimes, life turned upside down, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, new orleans, new jersey
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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, suspenseful, realistic, serious, clever ...
Plot: private detective, murder, investigation, ship, mystery, murder mystery, uncover truth, crime, who done it, crimes, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, year 1937
Place: israel, middle east, holy land, new jersey
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Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In a fantastical 1940s where magic is used by everyone, a hard-boiled detective investigates the theft of a mystical tome.
Style: atmospheric, semi serious, futuristic, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: private detective, zombie, good versus evil, investigation, curses spells and rituals, mystery, chases and races, gangsters, supernatural ability, danger, rivalry, crimes ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: los angeles, usa
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The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Dr. Watson, finds a mystery in an empty house, while Holmes and he later solve the mysteries of an abbey grange, the Musgrave ritual, a second stain, a man with a twisted lip, the priory school, and a half-dozen plaster busts of Bonaparte.
Style: mind bending, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: private detective, investigation, mastermind, mind game, murder, partners, law enforcement, prodigy, uncover truth, riddles and clues, partners against crime, mystery ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era
Place: england
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 129 min.
Story: There is a new criminal mastermind at large (Professor Moriarty) and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil and lack of conscience may give him an advantage over the detective.
Style: exciting, cynical, intellectual, witty, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: riddles and clues, private detective, mind game, twists & turns, hotshot hero, steampunk, mystery, verbal byplay, partners against crime, escapades, intelligence, sherlock holmes ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1890s, victorian era
Place: england, london, europe, paris france, germany ...
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 6.6
 15K
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, crimes, rescue, police, gangsters, urban, vigilante, violence, kidnapping, organized crime, gunfight, hitman ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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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, suspenseful, talky, clever ...
Plot: private detective, riddles and clues, murder, investigation, crime, mystery, murder mystery, multiple suspects, deadly, dishonesty, estate, secretly observing ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, belgium, europe
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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Juliet Forrest is convinced that the reported death of her father in a mountain car crash was no accident. Her father was a prominent cheese scientist working on a secret recipe. To prove it was murder, she enlists the services of private eye Rigby ...
Style: witty, humorous, stylized, not serious, realistic ...
Plot: parody, private detective, murder, neo noir, femme fatale, investigation, uncover truth, life is a bitch, crimes, faked death, deadly, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1940s, 1930s
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