Amateur sleuth movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant amateur sleuth movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspenseful, captivating, humorous, realistic, serious and light films and TV shows about / with amateur sleuth, investigation, crimes, murder, amateur detective, mystery, danger, murder investigation, murder mystery and police investigation plots mostly in Mystery, Crime and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as amateur sleuth: The Ruby in the Smoke (2006), The Shadow in the North (2007), The Famous Five 4 (2015), Finding Kelly (2000), By the Pricking of My Thumbs (2005), The Kings of Appletown (2008), The Riddle (2007), Sacrifice (2016), Garage Sale Mystery (2013), Agatha Raisin (2014).

List of amateur sleuth movies

The Ruby in the Smoke (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In Victorian England, Sally Lockhart receives an anonymous note sending her on a mysterious quest. Her father has recently died and feeling suffocated living with her elderly aunt moves in with newfound friends, a photographer and his sister. She is ...
Plot: amateur sleuth, murder investigation, haunted by the past, mysterious death, death, father, victorian england, loss of parent, death of father, orphan, death of parent, understanding
Time: victorian era, 19th century
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The Shadow in the North (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When an elderly client loses a fortune on an investment, fearless Sally Lockhart will stop at nothing to rectify the situation — even if it means risking everything important to her in the process. As Sally sorts out the threads of the mystery — ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: victorian england, murder, amateur sleuth, uncover truth, investigation, partners against crime, mind game, mystery, amateur detective, partners, danger, private detective ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1870s
Place: england, london, europe
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Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery (2015)
Genre: Mystery
Country: Canada
Duration: 83 min.
TV show
Story: Based on the New York Times bestselling book, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke, the film will take viewers on a mouthwatering mystery that centers on Hannah Swensen, shop owner of the Cookie Jar where much of the town's gossip ...
Style: semi serious, entertaining, romantic, light, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: female detective, amateur sleuth, murder investigation, crime investigation, cookery, love and romance, investigation, fighting crime, murder mystery, amateur detective, candy store, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada
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Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: The Disappearing Game (2018)
Genre: Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
TV show
Story: Crime-solving librarian Aurora Teagarden leaps headfirst into Lawrenceton’s latest murder investigation when her nephew Phillip and his college roommate go missing after the roommate’s girlfriend is found dead. Enlisting the help of her Real ...
Style: serious, disturbing, suspenseful, enigmatic, captivating
Plot: murder mystery, crime investigation, police investigation, amateur sleuth, fight, family relations, corpse, new neighbor, accountant, kidnapping, librarian, kidnap
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Garage Sale Mystery: The Novel Murders (2016)
Genre: Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
TV show
Story: Jennifer Shannon is a garage sale shopping expert whose sharp observation skills allow her to uncover valuable antiques, as well as help her local police department solve mysteries. Jennifer is asked to make a home delivery for a customer, but she ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, enigmatic, captivating
Plot: amateur sleuth, serial killer, murder investigation, murder, police detective, husband wife relationship, police investigation, murder mystery, crime scene, novelist, ends with freeze frame, discovering a dead body ...
Time: year 2016, 2010s
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The Famous Five 4 (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Family, Thriller
Country: Germany, Tunisia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The famous five George, Julian, Dick, Anne and Timmy the dog are spending holidays together. But when they are invited by Berhard, father of Julian, Dick and Anne, to visit an egyptian exhibition they see a burglar. They have a look at the mummy the ...
Plot: pickpocket, false accusations, secret society, friendship, amateur sleuth, tough girl, strong female lead, disguise, false accusation, held captive, abduction, mummy ...
Place: cairo egypt
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Aurora Teagarden Mystery: A Bone to Pick (2015)
Genre: Crime, Mystery
Country: Canada
Duration: 84 min.
TV show
Story: A librarian with a sharp mind for murder, Aurora Teagarden is known around her small town as a master sleuth. When her friend Jane unexpectedly dies and leaves Aurora everything in her will, she also leaves a troubling murder mystery haunting her ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating, disturbing
Plot: murder, amateur detective, uncover truth, mystery, crimes, danger, deadly, small town, riddles and clues, murder investigation, amateur sleuth, murder mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 4.2
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Finding Kelly (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The surprisingly intricate, nimble plot is about a couple of kids who play amateur detectives one summer in the hopes of collecting a $5,000 reward offered to anyone able to find a missing 17 year old girl. The girl and boy are best friends who have ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, captivating, feel good, tense ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: amateur detective, uncover truth, young heroes, buddies, youth, mystery, heroes, missing child, investigation, danger, crimes, child's point of view ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, england
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By the Pricking of My Thumbs (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The Beresfords investigate mysterious deaths at an old people's home.
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, surreal, talky ...
Plot: investigation, mystery, retirement home, amateur detective, who done it, couple relations, crimes, odd couple, amateur sleuth, cemetery, poison, suicide ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
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The Kings of Appletown (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Will and Clayton witness a murder, but out of fear decide not to tell anyone. They and their friend Betsy, whose father has been wrongfully accused of the crime, go on a journey to find the real killer, and at the same time redeem themselves.
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, exciting
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: false accusation, murder, small town, amateur detective, investigation, adventurer, heroes, riddles and clues, dishonesty, escapades, best friends, adventure ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 5.1
 2K
The Riddle (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A journalist investigates a series of murders that follows the discovery of an unpublished novel by Charles Dickens in the cellar of an old Thames-side-pub.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, investigation, policewoman, serial murder, deadly, crimes, riddles and clues, journalism, supernatural ability, law enforcement, amateur detective, amateur sleuth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
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 5.3
 4K
Sacrifice (2016)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Ireland, Germany, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Sacrifice is the story of consultant surgeon, Tora Hamilton, who moves with her husband, Duncan, to the remote Shetland Islands, 100 miles off the north-east coast of Scotland. Deep in the peat soil around her new home, Tora discovers the body of a ...
Style: enigmatic, suspense, dark, scary
Plot: sacrifice, investigation, husband wife relationship, secret society, murder, pregnancy, miscarriage, island, police, legend, secret, amateur sleuth ...
Place: scotland
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Garage Sale Mystery (2013)
Genre: Crime, Mystery
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
TV show
Story: Jennifer Shannon can always find a diamond in the rough, when it comes to garage sales, that is. Whether it's a new antique to sell at her consignment shop, an Atari game for her son or a piece of furniture for her handy husband Jason to ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: murder, danger, crimes, amateur detective, woman in danger, who done it, rivalry, deadly, law enforcement, amateur sleuth, death of friend, store ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Agatha Raisin (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, murder mystery, crimes, crime, murder, suburbs, murder investigation, amateur sleuth, sleuth ...
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Above the Shadows (2019)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A young woman who has faded to the point of becoming invisible must find her way back with the help of the one man who can see her.
Style: unusual plot structure, captivating, touching, tense
Plot: invisibility, invisible, invisible man, wrestler, mixed martial arts, machismo, parents and children, family relations, supernatural ability, supernatural power, private detective, private investigation ...
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Detective Chinatown 2 (2018)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Mystery
Country: China
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Driven by the desire for the huge reward, Tang Ren (by Wang Baoqiang) tricked Qin Feng (by Liu Haoran) to New York, to attend the World Detective Contest,. Later on, behind the crazy competition, Qin and Tang discovered the real hidden facts of this ...
Style: light, humorous, captivating, entertaining
Plot: serial killer, sleuth, murder mystery, nypd, inheritance, investigation, homicide detective, murder investigation, crime solving, private detective, crime investigation, uncover truth ...
Place: new york
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 6.4
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Azazel (2002)
Genre: Crime, Mystery
Country: Russia
Duration: 208 min.
Story: Based on Boris Akunin's novel 'Azazel' (English title 'The Winter Queen') set in Moscow in 1876. The novel started a long series quite popular in Russia. In 'Azazel' a young police officer - Erast Fandorin - ...
Style: tense, humorous, surprise ending, suspense, captivating
Plot: secret society, whodunit, power struggle, police investigation, terrorist plot, amateur sleuth, betrayal by friend, investigation, love and romance, intern, russian, private detective
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: russia
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A Very Missing Person (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An ex-schoolteacher is asked by the police to help locate a missing heiress.
Plot: amateur detective, heiress, missing person, amateur sleuth, police, school teacher
Place: manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, new york
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 5.1
 104K
Scooby-Doo (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 86 min.
Story: The Mystery Inc. gang have gone their separate ways and have been apart for two years, until they each receive an invitation to Spooky Island. Not knowing that the others have also been invited, they show up and discover an amusement park that ...
Style: feel good, humorous, not serious, twist ending, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens, horror for children
Plot: amateur detective, friendship, adventure, resort, teenage life, heroes, monster, youth, gang, crimes, partners against crime, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
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The Famous Five (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Family
Country: Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The film recounts the adventures of Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog on their first holiday together at the seaside. In an old smugglers' cave, the children happen to overhear a radio message that refers to the abduction of ...
Style: mysterious, light, humorous, exciting
Audience: family outing
Plot: childhood, female criminal, friendship, gang of outlaws, explorer, kidnapping, danger, chase, adventure, parents and children, police, father daughter relationship ...
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Daphne & Velma (2018)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Before their eventual team-up with Scooby and the gang, bright and optimistic Daphne and whip-smart and analytical Velma are both mystery-solving teens who are best friends but have only met online - until now. Daphne has just transferred to ...
Style: humorous, twist ending, feel good, entertaining, light
Audience: teens, horror for children
Plot: amateur detective, high school, friendship, teenage girl, female protagonist, duo, adventure, investigation, mystery, teamwork, good versus evil, crime solving ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s
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The Mirror Crack'd (1980)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Jane Marple solves the mystery when a local woman is poisoned and a visiting movie star seems to have been the intended victim.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, clever, realistic ...
Plot: private detective, murder mystery, investigation, murder, amateur detective, serial killer, movie star, crime, unlikely criminals, crimes, haunted by the past, actor's life ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1953, 1950s, 1930s
Place: england, scotland, europe, scotland yard
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November Criminals (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Addison Schacht investigates the murder of his friend Kevin, with the help of Phoebe, and they discover the truth is darker than they ever imagined.
Style: touching, cynical, captivating, suspenseful, sincere
Audience: teen drama
Plot: high school, murder, death of mother, confrontation, friendship, investigation, father son relationship, girlfriend, pager, police, shot to death, drug dealer ...
Time: contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
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White Lie (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A black New York man returns to his southern hometown to investigate his father's lynching at the hands of a white mob.
Style: suspense, reflective
Plot: death, rape, investigation, doctor, rape victim, racial issues, lynching, cross cultural relations, racism, love, revenge, murder ...
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 7.6
 510
Subho Mahurat (2003)
Genre: Crime, Mystery
Country: India
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Shubho Mahurat (2003) is an award-winning Indian Bengali feature film directed by Rituparno Ghosh. An actress mysteriously dies after the "Shubho Mahurat," a celebration of the first shot of the film. A journalist and her perceptive aunt ...
Plot: film set, murder mystery, filmmaking, actress, whodunit, aunt niece relationship, movie star, journalist, film producer, amateur sleuth
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Mystery Woman: In the Shadows (2007)
Genre: Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
TV show
Story: While searching for a KGB double agent who was about to be exposed by another Russian spy-turned-successful author, mystery bookstore owner Samantha Kinsey and her good friend and store manager Philby are thrust into the murderous world of ...
Plot: intrigue, police station, woman in a wheelchair, convention, german shepherd, dog, hospital room, murder investigation, amateur sleuth
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 4.8
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Black Widow (2008)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Mel, a photo journalist, gets suspicious when her best friend Danny start dating Olivia a wealthy but mysterious woman. She enlists the help of her assistant in investigating Olivia's past and present occupation putting herself in danger.
Style: serious, suspenseful, suspense, psychological
Plot: woman kills a man, black widow, love interest, investigation, female killer, false identity, murder, villainess, wealth, cheating, beauty, crimes ...
Time: 2000s
Place: california, malibu california
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 7.9
 11K
Grantchester (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Drama series set in 1953, against the backdrop of the real hamlet of Grantchester. The drama focuses upon the life of Sidney Chambers, a charismatic, charming clergyman who turns investigative vicar when one of his parishioners dies in suspicious ...
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, clever, realistic
Plot: priest, investigation, murder, murder mystery, partners, police detective, who done it, partners against crime, haunted by the past, amateur detective, village life, murder investigation ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1953
Place: england, united kingdom, europe
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Who's Harry Crumb? (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Harry Crumb is a bumbling and inept private investigator who is hired to solve the kidnapping of a young heiress which he's not expected to solve because his employer is the mastermind behind the kidnapping.
Style: humorous, not serious, witty, realistic, absurd ...
Audience: teens
Plot: private detective, kidnapping, disappearance, investigation, cons and scams, family business, missing person, mistaken identity, crime, undercover, law enforcement, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california, santa monica california
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 5.9
 20K
Nancy Drew (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Intrepid teenage private eye Nancy Drew heads to Tinseltown with her father to investigate the unsolved murder of a movie star in this old-fashioned whodunit based on Carolyn Keene's popular series of books for young adults. But can the ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, light, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, teen comedy, teens, pre-teens, girls' night ...
Plot: amateur detective, riddles and clues, young heroes, chase, who done it, disorder, family relations, danger, private detective, single parent, hollywood, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1930s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, new jersey
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