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, witty and stylized films and TV shows about / with private detective, crimes, investigation, murder, mystery, crime, deadly, police investigation, private investigator and storytelling 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), Elementary (2012), Moonlighting (1985), Psych (2006), Remington Steele (1982), Monk (2002), A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001), Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012).

List of private detective movies

 9.2
 689K
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: witty, clever, captivating, serious, psychological ...
Plot: investigation, private detective, prodigy, mind game, mastermind, partners, sherlock holmes, crime, friendship, british, riddles and clues, 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, stylized ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, riddles and clues, murder, uncover truth, crime, multiple suspects, crimes, murder mystery, danger, private investigator, suicide ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: england, london
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 7.6
 543K
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, entertaining, humorous, intellectual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, investigation, riddles and clues, prodigy, partners, sherlock holmes, hotshot hero, murder, intelligence, adventure, mystery, scheme ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1890s
Place: london, england, europe, big ben london, tower bridge london ...
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 7.9
 92K
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, riddles and clues, crimes, intelligence, private detective, prodigy, partners, law enforcement, mind game, sherlock holmes, friendship, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
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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: realistic, feel good, witty, semi serious, talky ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: private detective, workplace romance, unlikely couple, opposites attract, screwball, detective agency, partners, crimes, mystery, model, workplace situations, verbal byplay ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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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: investigation, private detective, riddles and clues, sherlock holmes, mastermind, who done it, partners against crime, murder, ego clash, adventure, law enforcement, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, victorian england, victorian era
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 8.4
 77K
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: intellectual, humorous, not serious, witty, talky ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: private detective, intelligence, buddies, partners, who done it, resourceful, investigation, crime, unconventional method, best friends, friendship, police ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: 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: realistic, humorous, witty, semi serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, private investigator, workplace situations, unlikely partners, cons and scams, mystery, verbal byplay, sexual tension, workplace, partners, female partner ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
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 8.0
 58K
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: humorous, offbeat, witty, semi serious, realistic
Plot: private detective, odd, investigation, ex law enforcer, intelligence, mastermind, prodigy, crime, crimes, unconventional method, murder, investigator ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, clever
Plot: private detective, investigation, mysterious character, partners against crime, riddles and clues, partners, police detective, murder, who done it, mystery, criminal, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
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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, suspenseful
Plot: private detective, investigation, riddles and clues, female detective, crime, murder, maid, crimes, aristocracy, jazz, heroine, assistant ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: australia
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 8.2
 263K
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, cynical, bleak, tense ...
Plot: private detective, rape, incest, investigation, murder, corruption, surveillance, dishonesty, secret, threat, haunted by the past, tragic event ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, mexico
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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, witty, sexy, stylized, twists and turns ...
Audience: pre-teens, teens, family outing, date night, kids
Plot: private detective, femme fatale, actor, frame up, investigation, neo noir, singer, rabbit, innocence, falsely accused, artists and showbiz, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1947, 1940s
Place: usa, los angeles
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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, psychological, realistic, atmospheric, bleak ...
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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A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, 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, kidnapping, private detective, investigation, crime, mafia, haunted by the past, serial killer, revenge, drug dealer, hostage, murder of wife ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, contemporary, 21st century, 90s ...
Place: usa, new york
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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, realistic, feel good, disturbing, not serious ...
Plot: private detective, parody, murder, butler, reward, dark and stormy night, mansion, guest, sidekick, one night, riddles and clues, mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
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 6.8
 46K
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, family relations, parents and children, lawyers and clients, old love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: california, usa
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 8.4
 60K
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: clever, talky, touching, witty, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: amateur detective, student, private detective, investigation, teenage life, danger, high school, sheriff, ex couple relations, teacher, private investigator, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: california, usa, southern california
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 6.2
 71K
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, realistic, twists and turns ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, mayor, betrayal, politics, election, political corruption, crime, revenge, uncover truth, dishonesty, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
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, realistic, clever, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: private detective, murder, investigation, ship, mystery, murder mystery, law enforcement, crimes, crime, who done it, uncover truth, dishonesty ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, year 1937
Place: israel, middle east, holy land, new jersey
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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, femme fatale, seduction, supernatural ability, love triangle, imaginary, werewolf, temptation, victim, lgbt, private detective, crime ...
Time: 21st century
Place: canada
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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, mind bending, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: private detective, investigation, mind game, mastermind, law enforcement, partners, prodigy, murder, mystery, crime, uncover truth, crimes ...
Time: victorian, 19th century, 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, entertaining, intellectual, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, riddles and clues, mind game, hotshot hero, mystery, master villain, verbal byplay, escapades, partners against crime, intelligence, detective inspector, steampunk ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1890s, victorian era
Place: london, england, europe, paris france, germany ...
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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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, rescue, police, gangsters, crimes, urban, vigilante, violence, kidnapping, organized crime, gunfight, hitman ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
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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, sentimental, offbeat ...
Plot: private detective, parody, murder, neo noir, femme fatale, investigation, deadly, faked death, recruit, power relations, warden, uncover truth ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1940s, 1930s
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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, stylized, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: private detective, female protagonist, superhero, imaginary, investigation, danger, violence, lawyer, good versus evil, master villain, mind control, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, 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: cynical, stylized, atmospheric, witty, realistic ...
Plot: private detective, murder, betrayal, neo noir, friendship, bribery, disfigurement, investigation, crime, mystery, gangsters, neo-noir ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, mexico, california, usa, latin america ...
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 7.1
 10K
Night Moves (1975)
Genre: Crime, 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: tense, psychological, cynical, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, murder, missing person, espionage, femme fatale, mystery, infidelity, uncover truth, crimes, family problems, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, florida, california
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 5.0
 18K
So Undercover (2012)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When the FBI hires her to go undercover at a college sorority, Molly Morris (Miley Cyrus) must transform herself from a tough, streetwise private investigator to a refined, sophisticated university girl to help protect the daughter of a one-time ...
Style: witty, humorous, feel good, semi serious, realistic
Audience: teens, teen comedy
Plot: undercover, college, hidden identity, secret agents, student life, private detective, working undercover, disorder, youth, social relations, lifestyle, fbi ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: campus, usa
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 8.1
 151K
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: intellectual, exciting, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: partners against crime, fighting crime, crimes, police investigation, investigation, serial killer, partners, danger, murder, psychic, talented, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: california, usa
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