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, humorous and semi serious films and TV shows about / with amateur detective, mystery, crimes, investigation, murder, who done it, riddles and clues, danger, law enforcement and friendship 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), Father Brown (2013), Nancy Drew (2019), Veronica Mars (2014), Nancy Drew (2007), Agatha Christie's Marple (2004), Hart to Hart (1979), Scooby-Doo (2002), Riverdale (2017), Get a Clue (2002).

List of amateur detective movies

 8.3
 68K
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: touching, witty, clever, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: amateur detective, private investigator, private detective, investigation, student, youth, danger, teenage life, parents and children, spy, friendship, ex couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: california, usa, southern california
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 7.7
 8K
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: serious, captivating, intellectual, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: amateur detective, who done it, clergy, investigation, uncover truth, danger, priest, law enforcement, social relations, village life, riddles and clues, church ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: england, united kingdom
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 6.3
 5K
Nancy Drew (2019)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, 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, non-linear, neo noir
Audience: teens, teen drama, girls' night
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, teenager, danger, love and romance, friendship, murder, paranormal, interracial, secrets, supernatural, based on a novel ...
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 6.8
 51K
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, twists and turns, light, exciting ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: amateur detective, who done it, private detective, murder, investigation, crimes, danger, mystery, lawyers and clients, family relations, old love, parents and children ...
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: mind bending, serious, realistic, clever, suspenseful
Plot: amateur detective, miss marple, murder, riddles and clues, who done it, uncover truth, law enforcement, mystery, poison
Place: england, europe
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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, private detective, danger, disorder, family relations, single parent, hollywood, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1930s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, new jersey
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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, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: who done it, riddles and clues, murder mystery, murder investigation, amateur detective, female detective, uncover truth, whodunit, murder, law enforcement, crimes, miss marple ...
Time: 1950s, post world war two, 50s
Place: england, europe, united kingdom
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 6.6
 7K
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: suspenseful, clever, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, mystery, crimes, partners, cons and scams, love and romance, partners against crime, danger, romance, couple relations, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
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 5.1
 102K
Scooby-Doo (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 89 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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 6.8
 124K
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: suspenseful, biting, captivating, tense, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: high school, small town, friends, love triangle, friendship, youth, murder, school, teenage life, gang, murder investigation, family secret ...
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 5.1
 6K
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, realistic
Audience: date night
Plot: amateur detective, unlikely couple, missing person, child as adult, investigation, high school, best friends, youth, teenage love, riddles and clues, journalism, working class ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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The Bletchley Circle (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, 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, suspenseful, serious, realistic, stylized
Plot: amateur detective, riddles and clues, investigation, danger, crimes, murder, code breaking, trial, intelligence, post war, innocence, mystery ...
Time: 50s, post world war two, 1950s, 20th century
Place: england
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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA, Australia
Duration: 153 min.
TV show
Story: An unusual announcement in the newspaper leads the curious villagers to Miss Blacklock's home, where they become witnesses to a murder.
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, clever, realistic, serious ...
Plot: amateur detective, riddles and clues, miss marple, murder, who done it, uncover truth, crimes, law enforcement, mystery, hidden identity, attempted murder, clothesline ...
Place: england, europe
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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Body in the Library (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA, Australia
Duration: 110 min.
TV show
Story: Amateur detective Miss Jane Marple investigates the murder of a young woman whose body is found in the library at Gossington Hall, home of Colonel and Mrs. Arthur Bantry.
Style: mind bending, serious, realistic, clever, twists and turns ...
Plot: amateur detective, riddles and clues, who done it, uncover truth, missing child, investigation, mystery, law enforcement, crimes, murder investigation, murder mystery, widower ...
Place: england, europe
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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: talky, tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: amateur detective, miss marple, private detective, murder, charity, investigation, horse riding, eavesdropping, heart attack, last will and testament, police detective, uncover truth ...
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 7.1
 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: serious, realistic, stylized, suspenseful, clever ...
Plot: amateur detective, ship, murder, investigation, poison, snuff, private detective, miss marple, who done it, riddles and clues, dishonesty, crime ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
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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, rough, suspenseful, serious, mind bending
Plot: amateur detective, miss marple, agatha christie, courtroom drama, murder, strangulation, mystery, false accusation, murder mystery, legal investigation, crime, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 1950s, 1960s, 50s, year 1951
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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, feel good, exciting, captivating, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: amateur detective, ancient mystery, investigation, adventure, treasure hunt, mystery, save the day, youth, partners, escapades, legend, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa
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 7.9
 10K
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, police detective, murder mystery, murder, partners, haunted by the past, partners against crime, amateur detective, who done it, village life, crimes ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1953
Place: england, united kingdom, europe
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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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, clever, cult film
Plot: amateur detective, private detective, murder, police investigation, strangulation, investigation, uncover truth, crimes, crime, dishonesty, train, woman in danger ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: london, england
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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, suspenseful ...
Audience: date night
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, who done it, murder, mystery, crimes, law enforcement, couples, danger, multiple suspects, family business, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, britain
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 6.6
 133K
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: funny, romantic, mysterious, feminist film, exciting
Plot: female detective, amateur detective, victorian england, private detective, sherlock holmes, runaway teen, feminism, teenage love, breaking the fourth wall, child prodigy, female protagonist, mystery ...
Time: victorian era
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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, clever, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: countryside, who done it, female detective, riddles and clues, investigation, murder investigation, private detective, partners against crime, gardener, murder, amateur detective, friendship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe
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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: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, mind bending
Plot: amateur detective, uncover truth, mystery, writer's life, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement, who done it, frame up, murder, false accusation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Nemesis (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Miss Marple receives a most interesting request from Mr. Jason Rafiel, with whom she'd struck an acquaintance some years before. He would like her to solve a crime but, does not tell her what it might be, who might have been involved or where ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, mind bending
Plot: investigation, amateur detective, riddles and clues, private detective, police investigation, crime, murder, tour guide, uninhibited rivalry, uncover truth, crimes, rivalry ...
Place: england, europe
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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
Plot: amateur detective, who done it, righting the wronged, angel, mysterious character, crimes, mystery, crime, young heroes, investigation, riddles and clues, female friendship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Moving Finger (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA, Australia
Duration: 102 min.
TV show
Story: The residents of a quiet English village begin to receive nasty, threatening letters. The wife of the local vicar calls in her friend Miss Marple to investigate.
Style: realistic, serious, clever, suspenseful
Plot: amateur detective, village, siblings relations, riddles and clues, who done it, village life, uncover truth, mystery, crimes, law enforcement, murder victim, coroner ...
Place: england, europe
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 5.4
 2K
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, bleak, suspense, brutal, psychological ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: serial killer, investigation, amateur detective, murder, danger, psychopath, female detective, woman in danger, police investigation, mystery, uncover truth, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
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That Darn Cat (1997)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: While making his nightly rounds in the neighborhood, Patti's pet cat D.C. finds himself the carrier of a call for help from a kidnap victim. Patti enlists skeptical law enforcement help to find the victim before it's too late.
Style: feel good, humorous, not serious, clever, surprise ending ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, teens, girls' night
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, rescue, missing person, mistaken identity, track down, working undercover, animal life, odd couple, danger, chase, kidnapping ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston
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The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Mystery
Country: USA, New Zealand, UK, France, Australia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Intrepid young reporter, Tintin, and his loyal dog, Snowy, are thrust into a world of high adventure when they discover a ship carrying an explosive secret. As Tintin is drawn into a centuries-old mystery, Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine suspects him of ...
Style: exciting, stylized, colourful, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: treasure hunt, treasure, adventure, adventurer, riddles and clues, escapades, young heroes, amateur detective, journey, reporter, ship captain, captain ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s, 1940s, year 1949 ...
Place: morocco, europe, north africa
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