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, witty, clever and stylized films and TV shows about / with private detective, crimes, investigation, murder, mystery, crime, deadly, private investigator, danger and riddles and clues plots mostly in Crime, Mystery 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), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Moonlighting (1985), Monk (2002), Remington Steele (1982), Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012), Psych (2006), A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001), Elementary (2012).
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Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
USA, Germany
128 min.
 7.6
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984)
Crime, Drama, Mystery
UK
60 min.
 8.7
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Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer (2018)
Animation, Action, Adventure, Crime, Family, Mystery, Thriller
Japan
115 min.
 6.1
Sherlock Gnomes (2018)
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
UK, USA
86 min.
 5.1

List of private detective movies

 9.2
 658K
Sherlock (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
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, witty, captivating, serious, psychological ...
Plot: investigation, private detective, prodigy, crime, mind game, partners, mastermind, riddles and clues, friendship, intelligence, danger, mysterious character ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england, europe, london, 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, suspenseful, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, crime, riddles and clues, uncover truth, murder, multiple suspects, crimes, danger, suicide, private investigator, murder mystery ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, london
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 7.6
 532K
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
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, entertaining, intellectual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, investigation, riddles and clues, partners, prodigy, hotshot hero, murder, sherlock holmes, intelligence, mystery, adventure, steampunk ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1890s
Place: england, london, europe, scotland yard, tower bridge london ...
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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, mastermind, sherlock holmes, who done it, partners against crime, adventure, mysterious character, ego clash, murder, friendship ...
Time: 19th century, victorian england, victorian era
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 7.6
 16K
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, feel good, realistic, talky, witty ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: private detective, workplace romance, unlikely couple, opposites attract, screwball, detective agency, mystery, partners, verbal byplay, romance, unlikely partners, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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 8.0
 57K
Monk (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 47 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: offbeat, humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic
Plot: private detective, investigation, prodigy, mastermind, ex law enforcer, intelligence, odd, crime, obsession, riddles and clues, crimes, mental illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 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, humorous, realistic, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, private investigator, verbal byplay, mystery, adventure, sexism, detective agency, dishonesty, partners, workplace, hidden identity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: 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, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: private detective, crimes, investigation, riddles and clues, maid, aristocracy, assistant, jazz, crime, mystery, private investigator, female detective ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: australia
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 8.4
 75K
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, intellectual, not serious, talky, witty ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: private detective, buddies, intelligence, amateur detective, partners, best friends, resourceful, investigation, police, unconventional method, crime, police station ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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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: clever, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: private detective, investigation, mysterious character, partners against crime, murder, riddles and clues, who done it, partners, police detective, mystery, criminal, legal action ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
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 7.9
 89K
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, talky, serious, realistic
Plot: investigation, riddles and clues, crime, private detective, prodigy, intelligence, partners, crimes, law enforcement, unconventional method, mastermind, mind game ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
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 8.2
 255K
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: atmospheric, mind bending, bleak, cynical, clever ...
Plot: private detective, incest, investigation, murder, rape, neo noir, high society, corruption, surveillance, mystery, chinatown, haunted by the past ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, mexico
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 7.7
 26K
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, serious, captivating, not serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: supernatural, femme fatale, supernatural ability, private detective, seduction, love triangle, temptation, werewolf, imaginary, victim, crime, crimes ...
Time: 21st century
Place: canada
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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, not serious, twists and turns, witty ...
Audience: date night, family outing, pre-teens, teens, kids
Plot: private detective, femme fatale, falsely accused, neo noir, rabbit, innocence, frame up, investigation, actor, singer, hollywood, odd couple ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1947
Place: usa, los angeles
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 8.4
 59K
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: witty, talky, offbeat, humorous, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: amateur detective, private detective, student, investigation, high school, youth, teenage life, danger, sheriff, crime, crimes, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, southern california
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 6.6
 14K
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, police, gangsters, rescue, crimes, vigilante, urban, violence, organized crime, gunfight, hitman, anti-hero ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa, new york, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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Murder by Death (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 94 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, not serious, realistic, disturbing, feel good ...
Plot: private detective, murder, parody, butler, riddles and clues, mansion, one night, dark and stormy night, guest, sidekick, mystery, reward ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
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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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, mind bending
Plot: private detective, investigation, mind game, mastermind, mystery, crime, riddles and clues, who done it, crimes, partners, partners against crime, prodigy ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era
Place: england
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 8.1
 147K
The Mentalist (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Patrick Jane, a former celebrity psychic medium, uses his razor sharp skills of observation and expertise at "reading" people to solve serious crimes with the California Bureau of Investigation.
Style: exciting, intellectual, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: crimes, partners against crime, fighting crime, partners, investigation, police investigation, danger, murder, serial killer, crime, psychic, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: california, usa
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
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, entertaining, intellectual, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, riddles and clues, mind game, hotshot hero, mystery, verbal byplay, steampunk, master villain, partners against crime, escapades, detective inspector, fight scenes ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1890s, victorian era
Place: london, england, europe, paris france, germany ...
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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: humorous, stylized, witty, not serious, realistic ...
Plot: private detective, parody, murder, neo noir, femme fatale, investigation, neo-noir, crimes, deadly, power relations, life is a bitch, uncover truth ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1940s, 1930s
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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: atmospheric, cynical, stylized, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: private detective, neo noir, betrayal, murder, neo-noir, investigation, crime, mystery, bribery, disfigurement, friendship, mission of murder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, mexico, usa, latin america ...
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 6.2
 70K
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, twists and turns, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, mayor, politics, betrayal, neo noir, crime, revenge, political corruption, election, police chief, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new orleans, new jersey
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 6.5
 7K
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: suspenseful, suspense, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, infidelity, memory loss, amnesia, hospital, car accident, plastic surgery, murder, mystery, neo-noir, coma ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oregon
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 8.1
 165K
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: private detective, imaginary, superhero, female protagonist, lawyer, investigation, danger, drunk, violence, super powers, adventure, good versus evil ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1994)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man is an American animated sitcom that aired from 1994–1997, created by Everett Peck and developed by Peck. The sitcom is based on characters created by Peck in his Dark Horse comic. Klasky Csupo animated the series ...
Style: humorous, offbeat, semi serious, dark humor
Plot: private detective, family problems, single parent, down on your luck, law enforcement, disorder, alcohol abuse, dysfunctional family, sexism, antisocial behavior, cartoon violence, cleavage ...
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The Drowning Pool (1975)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Harper is brought to Louisiana to investigate an attempted blackmail scheme. He soon finds out that it involves an old flame of his and her daughter. He eventually finds himself caught in a power struggle between the matriarch of the family and a ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, stylized
Plot: private detective, neo noir, investigation, murder, police corruption, mystery, uncover truth, crime, cons and scams, who done it, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa
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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, serious, suspenseful, realistic, clever ...
Plot: private detective, murder, investigation, ship, mystery, murder mystery, crime, cruise, who done it, crimes, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, year 1937
Place: israel, middle east, holy land, new jersey
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 6.8
 45K
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: witty, suspenseful, semi serious, realistic, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: private detective, amateur detective, murder, who done it, mystery, neo noir, drugs/alcohol, verbal byplay, investigation, crime, high school reunion, homecoming ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: california, usa
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 6.6
 2K
Tony Rome (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Tony Rome, a tough Miami PI living on a houseboat, is hired by a local millionaire to find jewelry stolen from his daughter, and in the process has several encounters with local hoods as well as the Miami Beach PD.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, clever, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, murder, investigation, beach, sex, prostitute, mystery, neo noir, who done it, crimes, dishonesty, missing person ...
Time: 60s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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