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 suspenseful, realistic, serious, clever, humorous and semi serious films and TV shows about / with amateur detective, crimes, investigation, mystery, murder, who done it, riddles and clues, danger, law enforcement and crime plots mostly in Mystery, Crime and Drama genres shot in USA, UK, Australia and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as amateur detective: Father Brown (2013), Veronica Mars (2004), Agatha Christie's Marple (2004), Nancy Drew (2007), Hart to Hart (1979), The Adventures of Tintin (2011), Veronica Mars (2014), Murder Most Foul (1964), Murder She Said (1961), Murder at the Gallop (1963).

List of amateur detective movies

 7.7
 6K
Father Brown (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 52 min.
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: suspenseful, serious, intellectual, captivating, realistic
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, clergy, uncover truth, church, priest, who done it, riddles and clues, village life, murder, police investigation, danger ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: england
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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: serious, clever, suspenseful, mind bending, realistic
Plot: amateur detective, murder, riddles and clues, miss marple, law enforcement, who done it, uncover truth, mystery, poison
Place: europe, england
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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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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: clever, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: amateur detective, riddles and clues, murder, uncover truth, law enforcement, murder mystery, who done it, crimes, female detective, mystery, whodunit, murder investigation ...
Time: 1950s
Place: england, europe
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 5.9
 18K
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, teens, pre-teens, teen comedy, chick flick
Plot: amateur detective, chase, investigation, who done it, disorder, riddles and clues, family relations, young heroes, danger, single parent, private detective, hollywood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1930s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, new jersey
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 6.7
 5K
Hart to Hart (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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, stylized, clever, serious
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, millionaire, couple relations, cons and scams, partners against crime, love and romance, couples, partners, mystery, romance, danger ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
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The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Mystery
Country: USA, New Zealand, UK
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, realistic, stylized, colourful, intense ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: treasure hunt, treasure, amateur detective, adventurer, reporter, adventure, riddles and clues, escapades, danger, map, dog, captain ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 1940s, year 1949, 1930s
Place: morocco, europe, seaport, north africa
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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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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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, mind bending
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, tour guide, murder, rivalry, crimes, crime, uninhibited rivalry, uncover truth, riddles and clues, law enforcement, police investigation ...
Place: england, europe
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The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977)
Genre: Family, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: realistic, feel good, suspenseful, serious
Plot: amateur detective, young heroes, crimes, riddles and clues, crime, who done it, mystery, mysterious character, angel, investigation, righting the wronged, friendship between women ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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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.
Story: An unusual announcement in the newspaper leads the curious villagers to Miss Blacklock's home, where they become witnesses to a murder.
Style: clever, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns, mind bending ...
Plot: amateur detective, riddles and clues, murder, miss marple, hidden identity, law enforcement, uncover truth, crimes, who done it, mystery, cat, police officer ...
Place: europe, england
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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.
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, twists and turns, clever, suspenseful ...
Plot: amateur detective, riddles and clues, uncover truth, crimes, mystery, who done it, missing child, investigation, law enforcement, murder mystery, murder investigation, police inspector ...
Place: europe, england
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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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, mind bending
Plot: amateur detective, murder, strangulation, jury, miss marple, courtroom drama, crime, mysterious character, protagonist as suspect, life is a bitch, riddles and clues, legal investigation ...
Time: 60s
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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: realistic, serious, clever, suspenseful
Plot: amateur detective, private detective, train, investigation, police investigation, strangulation, murder, poison, golf, miss marple, employment agency, serial killer ...
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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: realistic, tense, talky, suspenseful, serious
Plot: amateur detective, private detective, murder, charity, investigation, eavesdropping, heart attack, miss marple, deadly, dishonesty, social differences, law enforcement ...
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 7.1
 4K
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, suspenseful, clever, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: amateur detective, ship, investigation, murder, poison, snuff, miss marple, private detective, deadly, dishonesty, crime, criminal heroes ...
Time: 60s
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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Moving Finger (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA, Australia
Duration: 102 min.
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, clever, suspenseful, serious
Plot: amateur detective, village, law enforcement, village life, mystery, uncover truth, riddles and clues, siblings relations, crimes, who done it, knitting, sister ...
Place: europe, 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, serious, suspenseful, realistic, witty
Plot: amateur detective, female detective, elderly, riddles and clues, murder, mystery writer, who done it, mystery, crime, writer's life, investigation, writing ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: maine, usa
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 5.0
 86K
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: humorous, feel good, not serious, toilet humor, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: amateur detective, resort, friendship, ghost, adventure, teenage life, voodoo, island, crimes, escapades, heroes, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
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 7.3
 87K
Riverdale (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
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, biting, tense, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: small town, high school, friendship, friends, murder, teenage life, investigation, parents and children, youth, teen angst, family relations, crimes ...
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Rosemary & Thyme (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 50 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, semi serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: countryside, private detective, amateur detective, police investigation, riddles and clues, investigation, police detective, murder, fighting crime, crime, who done it, partners against crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe
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 8.0
 8K
Grantchester (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
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, realistic, suspenseful, clever
Plot: amateur detective, priest, village life, investigation, murder, village, partners against crime, partners, haunted by the past, police detective, who done it, murder investigation ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: england
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Mr & Mrs Murder (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: Australia
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Charlie and Nicola Buchanan are crime scene cleaners whose unique quirks and talents solve the most baffling murder mysteries.
Style: humorous, suspenseful, semi serious, realistic
Audience: date night
Plot: amateur detective, who done it, murder, multiple suspects, investigation, murder investigation, couples, deadly, family business, couple relations, crimes, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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House of Anubis (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 15 min.
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, humorous, semi serious, light
Audience: teens, kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: boarding school life, school, friends, disappearance, teenage life, young heroes, investigation, boarding school, riddles and clues, youth, suspicion, popularity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
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 7.8
 160K
Blue Velvet (1986)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.
Style: surreal, post modern, art house, dark, enigmatic ...
Plot: small town, amateur detective, mystery, perversion, investigation, neo noir, postmodernism, sexuality, surrealism, innocence lost, sexual perversion, rape ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
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The Forgotten (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The Forgotten is a television series which premiered on September 22, 2009 on ABC. On November 9, 2009, ABC ordered five additional episodes of the series, bringing the first season's total to eighteen episodes. The final two episodes of The ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, bleak, emotional, realistic
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, murder, missing person, race against time, who done it, murder investigation, deadly, crime, chases and races, crimes, ex law enforcer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 6.9
 206K
Disturbia (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Kale is a 17-year-old placed under house arrest after punching his teacher. He is confined to his house, and decides to use his free time spying on his neighbors. Things start to get weird when guests enter the Turner's house and don't ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, intense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: serial killer, paranoia, neighbor, amateur detective, murder, bad guy, arrest, investigation, loneliness, suspicion, mystery, troublemaker ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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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, surprise ending, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: amateur detective, chase, kidnapping, small town, missing person, mistaken identity, investigation, rescue, family, car chase, police investigation, captivity ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: massachusetts, usa
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Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Scooby Doo, Where Are You! is the first incarnation of the long-running Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon series, Scooby-Doo. Created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, it premiered on September 13, 1969 at 10:30 a.m. EST and ran for two seasons for a ...
Style: humorous, not serious, exciting, light, funny ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: amateur detective, monster, investigation, adventure, goofy hero, pets, scooby doo, danger, crimes, villain, hippie, van ...
Time: 1960s
Place: usa
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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: exciting, feel good, suspenseful, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: amateur detective, adventure, ancient mystery, investigation, private detective, when the parents are away, crimes, fighting crime, youth, chase, buddies, heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa
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