Amateur detective movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant amateur detective movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, suspenseful, serious, clever, captivating and semi serious films and TV shows about / with amateur detective, investigation, mystery, crimes, murder, who done it, riddles and clues, danger, friendship and private detective plots mostly in Mystery, Crime and Drama genres shot in USA, UK, Australia and other countries.
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amateur detective movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as amateur detective: Veronica Mars (2004), Nancy Drew (2019), Father Brown (2013), Veronica Mars (2014), Nancy Drew (2007), Agatha Christie's Marple (2004), Scooby-Doo (2002), Enola Holmes (2020), Mystery Woman: Mystery Weekend (2005), Rosemary & Thyme (2003).

List of amateur detective movies

 8.4
 72K
Veronica Mars (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
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, touching, neo noir, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, private investigator, student, female detective, private detective, youth, teenage life, friendship, female protagonist, parents and children, high school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2000s
Place: california, usa, southern california
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 6.4
 8K
Nancy Drew (2019)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Young Nancy Drew makes plans to leave her hometown for college after high school graduation, but finds herself drawn into a supernatural murder mystery.
Style: captivating, enigmatic, bleak, tense, non-linear ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, teenager, friendship, mystery, paranormal, murder, supernatural, homicide detective, love and romance, secrets, unsolved crime ...
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 7.8
 12K
Father Brown (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: Father Brown is based on G. K. Chesterton's detective stories about a Catholic priest who doubles as an amateur detective in order to try and solve mysteries.
Style: captivating, serious, intellectual, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: who done it, murder, clergy, amateur detective, investigation, uncover truth, riddles and clues, priest, law enforcement, friendship, church, social relations ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: england, united kingdom
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 6.7
 53K
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, twists and turns, exciting, melancholic, light ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: amateur detective, private detective, who done it, investigation, crimes, mystery, secrets, murder, culture clash, runaway, surveillance, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: california, usa
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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA, Australia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When a handful of grain is found in the pocket of a murdered businessman, Miss Marple seeks a murderer with a penchant for nursery rhymes.
Style: suspenseful, clever, mind bending, serious, realistic
Plot: amateur detective, mysticism, murder, law enforcement, mystery, uncover truth, who done it, riddles and clues, poison, miss marple, agatha christie
Place: england, europe
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 5.9
 21K
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, light, entertaining, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: teens, family outing, girls' night, chick flick, kids ...
Plot: amateur detective, young heroes, who done it, investigation, private detective, disorder, family relations, single parent, riddles and clues, hollywood, teenager, chase ...
Time: 1930s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, new jersey, usa
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Agatha Christie's Marple (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
TV show
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: murder mystery, who done it, riddles and clues, female detective, uncover truth, murder investigation, whodunit, murder, amateur detective, female protagonist, sleuth, crimes ...
Time: post world war two, 50s
Place: england, united kingdom, europe
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 5.2
 112K
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, twist ending, entertaining, sexy ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, girls' night, pre-teens ...
Plot: amateur detective, adventure, dog, good versus evil, scooby doo, monster, friendship, teenage life, talking animals, ghost, chase, heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
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 6.6
 165K
Enola Holmes (2020)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: While searching for her missing mother, intrepid teen Enola Holmes uses her sleuthing skills to outsmart big brother Sherlock and help a runaway lord.
Style: feminist film, exciting, funny, romantic, mysterious
Audience: teens, family outing, teen drama
Plot: victorian england, female detective, sherlock holmes, amateur detective, feminism, runaway teen, breaking the fourth wall, private detective, runaway, female protagonist, child prodigy, teenage love ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, future
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Mystery Woman: Mystery Weekend (2005)
Genre: Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
TV show
Story: She's an avid mystery lover and bookseller, for whom crime has been comfortably confined to the pages of her favorite novels-until a real-life murder turns a weekend of fun and games into a chilling whodunit...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense, mind bending
Plot: amateur detective, mystery, uncover truth, law enforcement, writer's life, crimes, dishonesty, frame up, murder, false accusation, who done it, riddles and clues ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Rosemary & Thyme (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 48 min.
TV show
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, realistic, captivating, clever, semi serious ...
Plot: countryside, who done it, female detective, riddles and clues, murder, investigation, private detective, gardener, friendship, murder investigation, partners against crime, amateur detective ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe
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 6.6
 142K
Riverdale (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Set in the present, the series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surreality of small-town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, tense, biting, exciting ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: high school, investigation, murder, small town, youth, friendship, teenage life, school, friends, love and romance, family secret, love triangle ...
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The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977)
Genre: Family, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries is a television series which aired for three seasons on ABC. The series starred Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy as amateur sleuth brothers Frank and Joe Hardy, respectively, and Pamela Sue Martin as girl ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, feel good
Audience: kids
Plot: amateur detective, teenager, high school, righting the wronged, mysterious character, young heroes, crimes, mystery, investigation, angel, who done it, riddles and clues ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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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: serious, realistic, suspenseful, clever, slasher ...
Plot: private detective, amateur detective, strangulation, murder, police investigation, train, dishonesty, crimes, uncover truth, woman strangled to death, serial killer, mystery ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, london
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 5.0
 7K
Get a Clue (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A rich kid and her friends investigate the disappearance of one of her teachers.
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, romantic, realistic
Audience: teens, chick flick, date night
Plot: amateur detective, unlikely couple, high school, youth, missing person, disney, child as adult, investigation, teenage love, riddles and clues, best friends, journalism ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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House of Anubis (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 15 min.
TV show
Story: House of Anubis is a jointly Nickelodeon British, American, and Belgian mystery television series based on the Dutch-Belgian television series Het Huis Anubis aired in the Netherlands and Belgium. The series was created by Hans Bourlon and Gert ...
Style: suspenseful, light, semi serious, humorous, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: boarding school life, boarding school, teenage life, young heroes, friends, school, high school, investigation, adventure, riddles and clues, disappearance, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: england, europe
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Mr & Mrs Murder (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: Australia
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Charlie and Nicola Buchanan are crime scene cleaners whose unique quirks and talents solve the most baffling murder mysteries.
Style: humorous, light, captivating, enigmatic, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: amateur detective, who done it, investigation, murder, crimes, mystery, couples, law enforcement, multiple suspects, murder investigation, couple relations, riddles and clues ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary
Place: australia, britain
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Murder at the Gallop (1963)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Miss Marple and Mr Stringer are witness to the death of the very old and rich Mr. Enderby by heart attack. Yet they have their doubts about what happened. The police don’t believe them thus leading Miss Marple to yet again investigate by herself. ...
Style: slasher, twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, talky ...
Plot: amateur detective, private detective, whodunit, last will and testament, horse riding, heart attack, murder, murder mystery, impersonation, cat, painting, companion ...
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Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 75 min.
TV show
Story: Hetty Wainthropp Investigates is a genteel British crime/comedy drama television programme that aired from 1996 to 1998 on BBC One. Patricia Routledge starred as the titular character, Derek Benfield as her patient husband Robert, Dominic Monaghan ...
Style: semi serious, realistic
Plot: amateur detective, female detective, village, aging, investigation, private detective, retirement, mystery, homeless, police detective, police investigation, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, northern england, europe, yorkshire
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The Three Investigators and the Secret of Skeleton Island (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Mystery
Country: Germany, South Africa
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In "The Three Investigators and The Secret of Skeleton Island" the cult detective trio from Rocky Beach, California, fall into a breath-taking mixture of adventure, thriller and mystery. Only by a hairs-breadth did they escape with their ...
Style: semi serious, exciting, feel good, entertaining, captivating ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: ancient mystery, amateur detective, youth, adventure, investigation, treasure hunt, legend, mystery, save the day, escapades, partners, island ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
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 5.2
 3K
True Crime (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Mary Giordano is a bright, intelligent student who goes to a catholic school. She also has a addiction to mystery novels and detective magazines (hence the title of the movie), which inspire her to do her own detective work. When she starts snooping ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, brutal, bleak, sexy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: serial killer, female detective, amateur detective, investigation, murder, police investigation, mystery, psychopath, schoolgirl, woman in danger, uncover truth, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
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 7.9
 14K
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: tense, serious, suspenseful, clever, slasher ...
Plot: murder mystery, investigation, murder, priest, police detective, village, partners against crime, partners, who done it, amateur detective, haunted by the past, village life ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1953
Place: england, united kingdom, europe
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The Bletchley Circle (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: The Bletchley Circle follows the journey of four ordinary women with extraordinary skills that helped to end World War II. Set in 1952, Susan, Millie, Lucy and Jean have returned to their normal lives, modestly setting aside the part they played in ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, stylized
Plot: crime investigation, amateur detective, riddles and clues, investigation, world war two, post war, crimes, serial killer, murder, code breaking, mystery, intelligence ...
Time: 50s, post world war two, 20th century
Place: england
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 7.0
 5K
Murder Ahoy (1964)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: During an annual board of trustees meeting, one of the trustees dies. Miss Marple thinks he’s been poisoned after finding a chemical on him. She sets off to investigate at the ship where he had just come from. The fourth and final film from the ...
Style: slasher, feminist film, twists and turns, realistic, serious ...
Plot: amateur detective, private detective, murder mystery, ship, poison, spy, sherlock holmes, mysticism, sea, murder, investigation, captain ...
Time: 60s
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Murder, She Wrote (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: An unassuming mystery writer turned sleuth uses her professional insight to help solve real-life homicide cases.
Style: clever, suspenseful, witty, realistic, serious
Plot: who done it, female detective, investigation, murder, writers, mystery, riddles and clues, elderly, amateur detective, crimes, trap, writer's life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: usa, maine, new york
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Partners in Crime (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: Set in a 1950s Britain rising from the ashes of the Blitz into the grip of a new Cold War, our beekeeping duo stumble into a world of murder, undercover agents and cold war conspiracy. Tuppence is a woman who sees adventure round every corner, ...
Style: atmospheric, semi serious, humorous, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: amateur detective, partners, post war, private detective, conspiracy, mystery, investigation, odd couple, crimes, couple relations, murder, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: england, london
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 7.8
 5K
Hyouka (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Oreki Houtarou is a minimalistic high school boy. One day, he joins the Classic Literature Club at his elder sister's request. There he meets Chitanda Eru, Fukube Satoshi, and Ibara Mayaka. Chitanda is a calm beautiful girl but she turns into ...
Style: captivating, touching, romantic, light
Audience: kids
Plot: amateur detective, romance, slice of life, high school, mystery, literature, school club, conversation, art, secret identity, private investigation, investigation ...
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 6.6
 8K
Hart to Hart (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Hart to Hart is an American television series, starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers as Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, a wealthy couple who moonlight as amateur detectives. The series was created by writer Sidney Sheldon and produced by Aaron ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, clever, serious, stylized ...
Plot: amateur detective, crimes, investigation, mystery, partners, couple relations, cons and scams, romance, partners against crime, love and romance, husband wife relationship, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
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Murder Most Foul (1964)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A murderer is brought to court and only Miss Marple is unconvinced of his innocence. Once again she begins her own investigation. The third Miss Marple film starring Margaret Rutherford as the quirky amateur detective.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious, slasher ...
Plot: amateur detective, private detective, courtroom drama, whodunit, murder, strangulation, murder mystery, mystery, false accusation, dishonesty, legal, mysterious character ...
Time: 60s, year 1951, 50s
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 6.0
 125K
Murder Mystery (2019)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: After attending a gathering on a billionaire's yacht during a European vacation, a New York cop and his wife become prime suspects when he's murdered.
Style: feel good, captivating, humorous, satirical, entertaining ...
Plot: whodunit, murder, amateur detective, crimes, inheritance, yacht, troubled marriage, wanted, chase, police officer, male protagonist, car chase ...
Time: future
Place: mediterranean sea, new york, monaco, monte carlo
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