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, crimes, mystery, 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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TOP 10 movies tagged as amateur detective: Veronica Mars (2004), Father Brown (2013), Veronica Mars (2014), Nancy Drew (2019), Agatha Christie's Marple (2004), Nancy Drew (2007), Scooby-Doo (2002), Hart to Hart (1979), The Bletchley Circle (2012), Riverdale (2017).

List of amateur detective movies

 8.3
 66K
Veronica Mars (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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: touching, witty, clever, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: amateur detective, private detective, investigation, private investigator, student, youth, danger, teenage life, parents and children, sheriff, friendship, spy ...
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.
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, intellectual, captivating, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: amateur detective, who done it, investigation, clergy, uncover truth, danger, priest, riddles and clues, law enforcement, murder, church, friendship ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: england
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 6.8
 50K
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, family relations, old love, lawyers and clients, 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: suspenseful, clever, serious, realistic, mind bending
Plot: amateur detective, miss marple, murder, riddles and clues, uncover truth, who done it, law enforcement, mystery, poison
Place: england, europe
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 6.1
 4K
Nancy Drew (2019)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
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
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, teenager, danger, friendship, love and romance, murder, paranormal, based on a novel, secrets, interracial, violence ...
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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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 5.9
 19K
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, girls' night ...
Plot: amateur detective, riddles and clues, single parent, young heroes, chase, who done it, disorder, family relations, private detective, danger, hollywood, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1930s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, new jersey
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 5.1
 97K
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, dog, heroes, monster, youth, gang, partners against crime, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
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 6.6
 6K
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: suspenseful, clever, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, mystery, partners, crimes, cons and scams, love and romance, partners against crime, danger, romance, couple relations, millionaire ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
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The Bletchley Circle (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
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, innocence, trial, intelligence, deadly, mystery ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: england
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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: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: amateur detective, ancient mystery, investigation, adventure, treasure hunt, mystery, escapades, youth, partners, save the day, legend, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa
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 7.0
 110K
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: tense, biting, suspenseful, captivating, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: high school, youth, small town, friendship, love triangle, friends, school, murder, gang, murder investigation, family secret, teenage life ...
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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, feel good, semi serious, realistic
Audience: date night
Plot: amateur detective, unlikely couple, missing person, investigation, child as adult, youth, high school, teenage love, riddles and clues, best friends, journalism, school ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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 7.9
 9K
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: tense, serious, suspenseful, clever, realistic
Plot: priest, amateur detective, investigation, murder, partners, murder mystery, partners against crime, haunted by the past, who done it, police detective, village, murder investigation ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: england
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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: amateur detective, investigation, private detective, riddles and clues, crime, police investigation, murder, tour guide, uninhibited rivalry, uncover truth, crimes, law enforcement ...
Place: england, europe
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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, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic ...
Plot: amateur detective, riddles and clues, miss marple, murder, uncover truth, who done it, law enforcement, crimes, hidden identity, mystery, attempted murder, cook ...
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: twists and turns, clever, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: amateur detective, riddles and clues, uncover truth, missing child, who done it, crimes, law enforcement, investigation, mystery, murder investigation, murder mystery, daughter in law ...
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, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: amateur detective, private detective, miss marple, murder, charity, investigation, last will and testament, eavesdropping, heart attack, horse riding, police detective, serial killer ...
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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: realistic, serious, stylized, suspenseful, clever ...
Plot: amateur detective, ship, murder, investigation, snuff, poison, private detective, miss marple, riddles and clues, who done it, criminal heroes, dishonesty ...
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, suspenseful, rough, serious, mind bending
Plot: amateur detective, miss marple, courtroom drama, murder, strangulation, false accusation, mystery, murder mystery, deadly, private detective, power relations, dishonesty ...
Time: 60s, 1950s, 1960s, 50s, year 1951
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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, investigation, police investigation, strangulation, dishonesty, crimes, crime, uncover truth, train, woman in danger ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: london, england
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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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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, light, enigmatic, captivating, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: amateur detective, who done it, investigation, murder, mystery, crimes, danger, law enforcement, couples, multiple suspects, family relations, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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Mystery Woman: Mystery Weekend (2005)
Genre: Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
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, who done it, dishonesty, writer's life, deadly, crimes, riddles and clues, frame up, murder, false accusation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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, realistic, stylized, colourful, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: treasure hunt, treasure, adventure, adventurer, escapades, amateur detective, riddles and clues, reporter, artifact, danger, captain, dog ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s, year 1949, 1940s ...
Place: morocco, europe, north africa
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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: serious, realistic, feel good, suspenseful
Plot: amateur detective, who done it, righting the wronged, angel, crimes, mystery, young heroes, crime, mysterious character, investigation, riddles and clues, siblings living together ...
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.
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: serious, realistic, clever, suspenseful
Plot: amateur detective, village, siblings relations, riddles and clues, who done it, village life, uncover truth, law enforcement, mystery, crimes, wine, lawyer ...
Place: europe, england
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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, neo screwball comedy ...
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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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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