Female detective movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant female detective movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, captivating, suspenseful, realistic, tense and clever films and TV shows about / with female detective, crimes, crime, police detective, murder investigation, law enforcement, police investigation, murder, investigation and strong female presence plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Mystery genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as female detective: Rizzoli & Isles (2010), Unforgettable (2011), The Mysteries of Laura (2014), Marcella (2016), Lucifer (2016), Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012), The Fall (2013), Castle (2009), The Closer (2005), Cold Case (2003).

List of female detective movies

Rizzoli & Isles (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Perhaps their strikingly different personalities make the relationship between detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles so effective. Jane, the only female cop in Boston's homicide division, is tough, relentless and rarely lets ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, captivating, suspenseful
Audience: girls' night
Plot: female detective, police investigation, partners against crime, female protagonist, forensics, policewoman, best friends, homicide detective, crimes, coworker, crime, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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 6.7
 16K
Unforgettable (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Former Syracuse, New York, police detective Carrie Wells has hyperthymesia, a rare medical condition that gives her the ability to visually remember everything. She reluctantly joins the New York City Police Department's Queens homicide unit ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, exciting, realistic
Plot: female detective, police detective, policewoman, photographic memory, police investigation, fighting crime, prodigy, partners, crimes, law enforcement, haunted by the past, partners against crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, united states
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The Mysteries of Laura (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Laura Diamond, a brilliant NYPD homicide detective balances her “Columbo” day job with a crazy family life that includes two unruly twin boys and a soon-to-be ex-husband — also a cop — who just can't seem to sign the divorce papers. ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, suspenseful, humorous, captivating
Plot: female detective, homicide detective, police investigation, mischievous children, police station, crimes, single parent, ex husband, partners, family relations, parents and children, disorder ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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 7.4
 22K
Marcella (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Marcella is shocked to the core of her being when her husband Jason leaves her unexpectedly, confessing he no longer loves her. Heartbroken, Marcella returns to the Met’s Murder Squad. Ten years ago Marcella gave up her fast-tracked police career ...
Style: enigmatic, captivating, tense, suspense, psychological
Plot: female detective, murder, female protagonist, serial killer, murder investigation, police, british police, ex husband ex wife relationship, police investigation, husband wife conflict, neo noir, homicide detective ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: london
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 8.2
 209K
Lucifer (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar abandoned his throne and retired to Los Angeles, where he has teamed up with LAPD detective Chloe Decker to take down criminals. But the longer he's away from the underworld, the ...
Style: captivating, entertaining, colourful, humorous, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: devil, supernatural, immortality, lucifer, fallen angel, hell, demon, female detective, murder investigation, lapd, supernatural power, psychologist ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century
Place: los angeles, 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: realistic, serious, captivating, clever, suspenseful
Plot: female detective, private detective, investigation, riddles and clues, crime, murder, crimes, aristocracy, private investigator, heroine, murderer, evidence ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: australia
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 8.2
 76K
The Fall (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: When the Police Service of Northern Ireland are unable to close a case after 28 days, Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson of the Metropolitan Police Service is called in to review the case. Under her new leadership, the local detectives must ...
Style: psychological, psychological thriller, tense, serious, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, female detective, police detective, police investigation, policewoman, crimes, forensics, law enforcement, coworker, victim, crime, evidence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, belfast
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 8.1
 138K
Castle (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle receives permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes.
Style: witty, realistic, suspenseful, humorous, semi serious
Plot: police investigation, police detective, romancing partners, investigation, partners, female detective, writers, murder, law enforcement, unlikely partners, who done it, riddles and clues ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, united states
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 7.6
 22K
The Closer (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
Story: Deputy Police Chief Brenda Jean Johnson transfers from Atlanta to LA to head up a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Johnson's quirky personality and hard-nosed approach often rubs her colleagues the ...
Style: twists and turns, captivating, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: police investigation, female detective, crimes, policewoman, police detective, fighting crime, murder, investigation, interrogation, couples, workplace romance, female protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa
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 7.5
 24K
Cold Case (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: The Philadelphia homicide squad's lone female detective finds her calling when she is assigned cases that have never been solved. Detective Lilly Rush combines her natural instincts with the updated technology available today to bring about ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: female detective, police detective, police investigation, crime, victim, uncover truth, murder investigation, rage, evidence, police, cold case, policewoman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1930s, 1990s, 2000s ...
Place: philadelphia, usa
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Beauty and the Beast (2012)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Detective Catherine Chandler is a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective. When she was a teenager, she witnessed the murder of her mother at the hands of two gunmen and herself was saved by someone – or something. Years have passed and while ...
Style: touching, captivating, suspenseful, serious, fairy tale ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: beast, opposites attract, female detective, love and romance, superhuman powers, unlikely couple, heroes, couples, fall in love, impossible love, experiment, monster ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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 8.3
 52K
Forever (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Doctor Henry Morgan, New York City’s star medical examiner, has a secret. He doesn't just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, serious, tense, suspenseful
Plot: immortality, investigation, law enforcement, supernatural, female detective, supernatural ability, crimes, laboratory, crime, murder investigation, friendship, morgue ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 18th century
Place: new york, usa
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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, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: countryside, investigation, who done it, riddles and clues, female detective, murder, private detective, murder investigation, partners against crime, amateur detective, gardener, mystery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe
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Agatha Christie's Marple (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The show follows the adventures of Miss Jane Marple, an elderly spinster living in the quiet little village of St Mary Mead. During her many visits to friends and relatives in other villages, Miss Marple often stumbles upon mysterious murders which ...
Style: twists and turns, clever, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: riddles and clues, who done it, amateur detective, murder mystery, female detective, murder investigation, uncover truth, whodunit, murder, crimes, law enforcement, female protagonist ...
Time: 1950s, 50s
Place: england, europe
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 7.9
 9K
Vera (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A sharp detective with a messy life, DCI Vera Stanhope patrols her “patch” of northeast England, pursuing the truth in cases of murder, kidnapping, and blackmail. Vera is obsessive about her work and faces the world with caustic wit, guile and ...
Style: realistic, serious, stylized, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: police investigation, female detective, murder, police detective, crime investigation, criminal, murder mystery, mystery, british police, who done it, right hand man, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, northern england
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Murder, She Wrote (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
Story: An unassuming mystery writer turned sleuth uses her professional insight to help solve real-life homicide cases.
Style: clever, suspenseful, realistic, witty, serious
Plot: who done it, female detective, murder, riddles and clues, crime, elderly, amateur detective, investigation, mystery, crimes, mystery writer, trap ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: maine, usa
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 7.3
 655
Candice Renoir (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
Story: Candice Renoir had put her career on standby for 10 years. When she returns from Singapore to resume service in a port town in the south of France, she feels a bit “rusty”. Despite the obvious defiance of her unit and a cynical superior who ...
Style: realistic, captivating, suspenseful, feel good, witty ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: female detective, crime, policewoman, police investigation, police detective, workplace situations, family relations, crimes, law enforcement, workplace, single parent, police ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, french riviera
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Frankie Drake Mysteries (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Canada
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Toronto’s only female private detective in the 1920s takes on the cases the police don’t want or can’t handle. From airplanes and booze running to American G-men, Communists and union busters, Frankie’s fearless sense of adventure gets her ...
Style: exciting, captivating, twists and turns, tense, light
Plot: female detective, private detective, crime solving, investigation, female protagonist, mother daughter relationship, adventure, uncover truth, pursuit, female partner
Time: 1920s
Place: canada
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Minority Report (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Minority Report follows the unlikely partnership between a man haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes of the year 2065 before they happen. Set in Washington, D.C., it is 10 years after the demise ...
Style: captivating, exciting, tense, psychological, suspense
Plot: female detective, police detective, psychic power, changing the past or future, police investigation, murder investigation, brother sister relationship, friendship, danger, psychic, rivalry, crimes ...
Time: future
Place: washington d.c., usa
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 7K
Rosewood (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr. is a brilliant private pathologist who uses wildly sophisticated technology and his drive to live life to the fullest to help a tough-as-nails detective and the Miami PD uncover clues no one else can see.
Style: captivating, tense, philosophical, serious, twists and turns
Audience: boys' night
Plot: pathologist, laboratory, female detective, murder investigation, police detective, analysis, crimes, heart condition, partners, family relations, friendship, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary
Place: miami, usa
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Women's Murder Club (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Women's Murder Club was an American police procedural and legal drama, which ran on ABC from October 12, 2007, to May 13, 2008. The series is set in San Francisco, California and is based on the 'Women's Murder Club' series of ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, witty, serious
Plot: female detective, policewoman, homicide detective, police investigation, forensics, riddles and clues, female friendship, crime, fighting crime, crimes, mystery, workplace situations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, california, usa
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Murder by Numbers (2002)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Tenacious homicide detective Cassie Mayweather and her still-green partner are working a murder case, attempting to profile two malevolently brilliant young men: cold, calculating killers whose dark secrets might explain their crimes.
Style: suspenseful, intellectual, psychological, suspense, intense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: mind game, murder, police investigation, female detective, perfect crime, psychopath, fbi, haunted by the past, high school, crimes, crime, strong female lead ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa
Is relevant ?
 8.2
 96K
The Killing (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 45 min.
Story: The Killing is an American crime drama television series based upon the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. Set in Seattle, Washington, the series follows the various murder investigations by homicide detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder.
Style: gloomy, psychological, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, crime, who done it, multiple suspects, female detective, murder, crimes, riddles and clues, female protagonist, loss of child, evidence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c., seattle washington
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Miss Scarlet and the Duke (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Story: When Eliza Scarlet’s father dies, he leaves her penniless, but she resolves to continue his detective agency. To operate in a male-dominated world, though, she needs a partner... step forward a detective known as the Duke. Eliza and The Duke ...
Style: entertaining, colourful, captivating, humorous, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, family outing
Plot: female detective, crime investigation, forensics, crimes, adventure, detective agency, female police detective, private detective, policewoman, investigation, british humour, romance ...
Time: victorian england, 19th century
Place: london
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Agatha Raisin (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Burnt out on office politics, Agatha Raisin retires early to a picturesque village in the Cotswolds and soon finds a second career as an amateur detective investigating mischief, mayhem, and murder in her deceptively quaint town.
Style: captivating, witty, feel good, emotional, ironic
Plot: female detective, british humour, amateur detective, mystery, crime, crimes, murder, suburbs, unfaithful husband, countryside, village, murder mystery
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Top of the Lake (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A woman haunted by her past, Detective Robin Griffin, investigates complex and unsettling cases.
Style: captivating, clever, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, crime, missing child, disappearance, female detective, life is a bitch, self discovery, policewoman, sexual abuse, buried truth, child abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 4K
Deception (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A detective goes undercover to investigate the murder of her best friend.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: female detective, undercover, police detective, murder investigation, uncover truth, high society, lifestyle, working undercover, heir heiress, estate, murder mystery, wealthy family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Taxi Brooklyn (2014)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Caitlin "Cat" Sullivan is an NYPD detective working in Brooklyn. After her driving privileges are suspended, she relies on Leo Romba, a highly skilled Brooklyn cab driver from France. Leo becomes Cat's driver and a consultant on her ...
Style: not serious, exciting, humorous, realistic
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: female detective, law enforcement, partners, partners against crime, fighting crime, chase, odd couple, car chase, crimes, murder investigation, friends, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Frank Hathaway, a hardboiled private investigator, and his rookie sidekick Lu Shakespeare form the unlikeliest of partnerships as they investigate the secrets of rural Warwickshire's residents.
Style: feel good, witty, captivating, ironic, semi serious
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: private investigator, female detective, partners, investigation, eccentricity, mystery, adventure, unconventional method, murder mystery, british police
Time: 21st century
Place: britain
Is relevant ?
 8.4
 63K
Unbelievable (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 48 min.
Story: The true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the two female detectives who followed a twisting path to arrive at the truth.
Style: serious, social, compassionate, based on true events, suspense
Plot: rape victim, rape, female detective, teenage rape, violence, investigation, female protagonist, police investigation, nobody believes, crimes, sexual abuse, husband wife relationship ...
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