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, clever, serious, humorous and semi serious films and TV shows about / with amateur detective, crimes, mystery, investigation, murder, who done it, danger, riddles and clues, 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: Father Brown (2013), Veronica Mars (2004), Agatha Christie's Marple (2004), Veronica Mars (2014), The Adventures of Tintin (2011), Murder at the Gallop (1963), Hart to Hart (1979), Murder Most Foul (1964), Murder She Said (1961), Murder Ahoy (1964).

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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, intellectual, captivating
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, clergy, uncover truth, church, riddles and clues, priest, crimes, danger, law enforcement, murder, village life ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: 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: talky, witty, clever, touching, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: amateur detective, student, private detective, investigation, teenage life, danger, high school, sheriff, private investigator, ex couple relations, teacher, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 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, realistic, twists and turns ...
Plot: amateur detective, riddles and clues, uncover truth, murder, law enforcement, crimes, murder mystery, mystery, who done it, whodunit, murder investigation, village ...
Time: 1950s
Place: england, europe
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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, serious, clever, realistic, mind bending
Plot: amateur detective, riddles and clues, murder, mystery, uncover truth, who done it, law enforcement, miss marple, poison
Place: england, europe
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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, investigation, mystery, murder, crimes, danger, parents and children, family relations, lawyers and clients, old love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: california, usa
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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: family outing, teens, pre-teens, kids
Plot: treasure hunt, amateur detective, treasure, adventurer, adventure, danger, escapades, riddles and clues, reporter, dog, map, artifact ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 1940s, year 1949, 1930s
Place: morocco, europe, seaport, north africa
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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, private detective, crime, murder, riddles and clues, police investigation, crimes, uncover truth, uninhibited rivalry, law enforcement ...
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: serious, feel good, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: amateur detective, crime, mystery, young heroes, investigation, riddles and clues, crimes, mysterious character, who done it, righting the wronged, angel, teenager ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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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, serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Plot: amateur detective, private detective, heart attack, miss marple, eavesdropping, murder, investigation, charity, mystery, dedicated lawyer, suspect, murder mystery ...
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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: suspenseful, serious, clever, realistic, stylized
Plot: amateur detective, millionaire, investigation, mystery, partners against crime, romance, crimes, danger, love and romance, partners, couple relations, cons and scams ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
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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: serious, suspenseful, twists and turns, clever, realistic ...
Plot: amateur detective, riddles and clues, murder, mystery, who done it, hidden identity, uncover truth, crimes, law enforcement, clothesline, attic, police detective ...
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.
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, suspenseful, serious, clever, realistic ...
Plot: amateur detective, riddles and clues, mystery, investigation, murder investigation, murder mystery, missing child, who done it, crimes, uncover truth, law enforcement, secret marriage ...
Place: england, europe
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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, rough, realistic, mind bending
Plot: amateur detective, miss marple, murder, courtroom drama, jury, strangulation, mystery, dedicated lawyer, detective inspector, eavesdropping, murder mystery, court case ...
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: suspenseful, serious, clever, realistic
Plot: amateur detective, private detective, train, poison, employment agency, miss marple, golf, investigation, murder, police investigation, strangulation, mystery ...
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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, clever, talky, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: amateur detective, ship, poison, miss marple, snuff, private detective, investigation, murder, mystery, crime, gang of thieves, captain ...
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, clever
Plot: amateur detective, village, mystery, riddles and clues, uncover truth, siblings relations, village life, who done it, crimes, law enforcement, alcoholic drink, sister ...
Place: england, europe
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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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, clever, witty
Plot: amateur detective, riddles and clues, elderly, mystery writer, murder, female detective, mystery, crime, who done it, trap, writer's life, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: maine, usa
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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, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens, teen comedy, chick flick
Plot: amateur detective, chase, investigation, young heroes, hollywood, riddles and clues, danger, private detective, single parent, who done it, family relations, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1930s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, new jersey
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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, semi serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: date night
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, murder investigation, who done it, murder, multiple suspects, mystery, couple relations, riddles and clues, crimes, danger, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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: humorous, suspenseful, semi serious, light
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: boarding school life, school, friends, teenage life, young heroes, disappearance, investigation, riddles and clues, youth, amateur detective, boarding school, suspicion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
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 7.4
 81K
Riverdale (2016)
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, investigation, friendship, teenage life, friends, youth, love and romance, parents and children, murder, crimes, family relations ...
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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: suspenseful, tense, suspense, intense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: serial killer, paranoia, neighbor, amateur detective, bad guy, murder, investigation, loneliness, arrest, mystery, crime, confined ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers (1988)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers is an animated series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. Created by Tad Stones and Alan Zaslove, it featured the established Disney characters Chip 'n' Dale in a new setting. The series ...
Style: humorous, not serious, entertaining, captivating
Audience: preschoolers, kids
Plot: partners against crime, amateur detective, chipmunk, friendship, mouse, fighting crime, adventure, crimes, rescue, rivalry, goofy hero, animal protagonist ...
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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, murder, fighting crime, investigation, partners against crime, police detective, crime, who done it ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe
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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, adventure, goofy hero, scooby doo, investigation, monster, pets, danger, villain, crimes, van, witch ...
Time: 1960s
Place: usa
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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, mystery, amateur detective, postmodernism, neo noir, investigation, surrealism, sexuality, innocence lost, sexual perversion, eccentricity, strong sexual content ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
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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, realistic, humorous, suspenseful ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: amateur detective, adventure, ancient mystery, investigation, crimes, private detective, fighting crime, when the parents are away, mystery, family, young heroes, monster ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa
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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, clever, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: priest, amateur detective, investigation, village life, village, partners against crime, police detective, partners, haunted by the past, murder, murder investigation, who done it ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: england
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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: not serious, humorous, feel good, surprise ending, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: amateur detective, kidnapping, small town, chase, investigation, rescue, missing person, family, mistaken identity, police investigation, odd couple, daring rescue ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: massachusetts, 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, sexy, scary ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: amateur detective, resort, friendship, teenage life, ghost, adventure, voodoo, crimes, danger, island, disorder, gang ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
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