Detective movies about the FBI

List of the best detective movies about the FBI selected by visitors to our site: The Highwaymen, The Happytime Murders, Den of Thieves, The Commuter, City of Lies, Kill 'em All, Imposters, Death Note, Marauders, The Forest
In the top there are new films of 2019, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
The Highwaymen (2019)
Mark9.2 (imdb: 6.9)
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, biography
CharactersPartners, Bartenders, Singers, FBI
PlotOn real events, Bank robbery, Political, Gambling

In 1934, Frank Hamer and Manny Gault, two former Texas Rangers, are commissioned to put an end to the wave of vicious crimes perpetrated by Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, a notorious duo of infamous robbers and cold-blooded killers who nevertheless are worshiped by the public.

The Happytime Murders (2018)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 5.4)
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, crime, detective
CountryUSA, China
CharactersDetectives, Partners, Revived toys, Serial killers, FBI
PlotInvestigation, Death, Weapon, Cars

In a world where human beings and puppets live together, when the members of the cast of a children's television show aired during the 1990s begin to get murdered one by one, puppet Phil Philips, a former LAPD detective who fell in disgrace and turned into a private eye, takes on the case at the request of his old boss in order to assist detective Edwards, who was his partner in the past.

Den of Thieves (2018)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 7)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CharactersPolice, Criminals, Tough guys, Thieves, FBI
PlotBank robbery, Robbery, Investigation, Divorce, Death, Money, Chase, Cheating
PlaceHotels, Prison
StyleExciting, Tense, For men, Unexpected ending

A gritty crime saga which follows the lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank.

The Commuter (2018)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 6.3)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryFrance, USA
CharactersHired assassins, Musicians, Snipers, FBI
PlotMoney, Mystery, Investigation, Experiments, Martial Arts, Cheating
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Action, Tense, Heavy

A businessman, on his daily commute home, gets unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy that threatens not only his life but the lives of those around him.

City of Lies (2018)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
PlotBank robbery, Undercover
PlaceLos Angeles

Los Angeles Police Department detective Russell Poole has spent years trying to solve his biggest case -- the murders of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur -- but after two decades, the investigation remains open. Jack Jackson, a reporter desperate to save his reputation and career, is determined to find out why. In search of the truth, the two team up and unravel a growing web of institutional corruption and lies.

Kill 'em All (2017)
Mark9 (imdb: 4.3)
Genreaction, thriller, crime, detective
CharactersFBI, Nurses
PlotMartial Arts
StyleDisturbing, Heavy

After a massive shootout, a mysterious stranger (Van Damme) arrives at a local hospital on the brink of death. Then, a foreign gang brazenly comes to the hospital to hunt him down. His nurse, the sole surviving witness to the follow-up shootout, must face an FBI interrogation that unlocks a plot of international intrigue and revenge. With enough twists and turns, KILL'EM ALL will keep you guessing until the final bullet is fired.

Imposters (2017)
Mark8 (imdb: 7.8)
Genrecomedy, drama, detective
CharactersKept women, Partners, FBI, Criminals
PlotRevenge, Justice, Chase, Cheating
StyleTo cry, By comics

Maddie, a persona shifting con-artist who is as beautiful as she is dangerous, leaves her unwitting victims tormented when they realize they have been used and robbed of everything – including their hearts. But things get complicated when her former targets, Ezra, Richard, and Jules team up to track her down. While pursuing her newest mark, Maddie meets a potential love interest, Patrick, which threatens to derail her assignment, much to the chagrin of her mysterious boss, The Doctor.

Death Note (2017)
Mark7 (imdb: 4.5)
Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy, drama, adventure, crime, detective
CharactersGods, FBI
PlotDeath, Supernatural, Chase
StyleNetflix, Exciting, Depressive, Tense, Disturbing

A young man comes to possess a supernatural notebook, the Death Note, that grants him the power to kill any person simply by writing down their name on the pages. He then decides to use the notebook to kill criminals and change the world, but an enigmatic detective attempts to track him down and end his reign of terror.

Marauders (2016)
Mark8 (imdb: 5.5)
Genreaction, thriller, crime, detective
CountryCanada, USA
CharactersPolice, Thieves, FBI
PlotRobbery, Money, Mystery, Investigation, Pursuit, Bank robbery, Death
PlaceUSA, Mexico, Helicopters

An untraceable group of elite bank robbers is chased by a suicidal FBI agent who uncovers a deeper purpose behind the robbery-homicides.

The Forest (2016)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 4.8)
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
CharactersTwins, FBI
PlotGhosts, Supernatural, Missing people, Fate, Mental disorders
PlaceJapan, Forest
StyleDisturbing, Tense, Unexpected ending

Set in the Aokigahara Forest, a real-life place in Japan where people go to end their lives. Against this backdrop, a young American woman comes in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared.

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Midnight Special (2016)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama, adventure, detective
CountryUSA, Greece
CharactersFathers, Military, Aliens, FBI
PlotAbduction, Religious, Sects, Pursuit, Supernatural, Survival, Superpowers, Chase
StyleDisturbing, Atmospheric, Tense

A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.

Designated Survivor (2016)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, detective
CharactersPresidential, FBI
PlotPolitical, Investigation, Justice
StyleExciting, Action, Disturbing, Fascinating

Tom Kirkman, a low-level cabinet member is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union kills everyone above him in the Presidential line of succession.

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (2016)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, crime, detective
CharactersSpecial agents, FBI
PlotJustice, Investigation
StyleDisturbing, Exciting, Tense, Fascinating

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is a drama about the specialized International Division of the FBI tasked with solving crimes and coming to the rescue of Americans who find themselves in danger while abroad.

Solace (2015)
Mark9 (imdb: 6.4)
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CharactersProphets, FBI, Psychics, Serial killers, Dogs, Wolves, Terminally ill
PlotSupernatural, Investigation, Cancer, Death, Intrigue, Chase, Cars
StyleUnexpected ending, Tense

A psychic doctor, John Clancy, works with an FBI special agent in search of a serial killer.

Blindspot (2015)
Mark8 (imdb: 7.4)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CharactersStrong women, FBI, Terrorists
PlotInvestigation, Lost memory, Martial Arts, Mystery
StyleAction, Tense

A vast international plot explodes when a beautiful Jane Doe is discovered naked in Times Square, completely covered in mysterious, intricate tattoos with no memory of who she is or how she got there. But there's one tattoo that is impossible to miss: the name of FBI agent Kurt Weller, emblazoned across her back. "Jane," Agent Weller and the rest of the FBI quickly realize that each mark on her body is a crime to solve, leading them closer to the truth about her identity and the mysteries to be revealed.

Quantico (2015)
Mark6.2 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CharactersFBI, Terrorists
PlotMystery, Investigation
StyleAction, Unexpected ending

A diverse group of recruits has arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best, the brightest and the most vetted, so it seems impossible that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11.

Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
Mark5 (imdb: 6.3)
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Spain, South Korea
PlotLove, Abduction, Revenge, Death, Obsession, Mystery, Pursuit, Justice, Investigation, Mystery, Fear
StyleDisturbing, Action, Smart

A tight-knit team of FBI investigators, along with their District Attorney supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.

Sicario (2015)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 7.6)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Mexico
CharactersPolice, Businessmen, FBI
PlotInvestigation, Martial Arts, Love
PlaceMexico, USA
StyleDisturbing, Atmospheric, Tense, Fascinating, Makes me think

A young female FBI agent joins a secret CIA operation to take down a Mexican cartel boss, a job that ends up pushing her ethical and moral values to the limit.

Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces (2014)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genrehorror, thriller, melodrama, drama, detective
CountryUSA, France
CharactersSerial killers, FBI, Sheriffs
PlotInvestigation, Mystery
PlaceSmall cities

The long-awaited missing pieces from the original version of the film – nearly an hour-and-a-half of deleted/alternate scenes from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me – often referred to as the “holy grail” of Twin Peaks fandom.

Persecuted (2014)
Markimdb: 3.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, detective
CharactersPriests, FBI
PlotPolitical, Rivalry, Abduction, Pads
StyleTense, Disturbing, Unexpected ending

Nationally acclaimed evangelist John Luther is the last obstacle in the way of sweeping religious reform in the States. When a U.S. Senator and Luther's own supporters abduct and frame him in the murder of an innocent teenage girl, an unprecedented era of persecution is unleashed. Out on personal recognizance, Luther escapes police surveillance in search of the truth. And suddenly, a once-normal life is targeted by a team of ex-military operatives who wage a relentless campaign to eliminate the incriminating evidence. As evangelist turned fugitive, Luther vows to expose anyone involved with or profiting from the girl's murder; a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that will threaten the entire Christian community in America.

The Heat (2013)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.6)
Genreaction, comedy, crime, detective
CharactersFBI, Police, Girlfriends, Special agents, Partners, Criminals
PlotAbduction, Investigation, Chase
PlaceNew York, USA

Uptight and straight-laced, FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn is a methodical investigator with a reputation for excellence--and hyper-arrogance. Shannon Mullins, one of Boston P.D.'s "finest," is foul-mouthed and has a very short fuse, and uses her gut instinct and street smarts to catch the most elusive criminals. Neither has ever had a partner, or a friend for that matter. When these two wildly incompatible law officers join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: Buddies.

Now You See Me (2013)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 7.3)
Genrethriller, crime, detective
CountryFrance, USA
CharactersMagician, FBI, Scammers, Thieves, Wizards
PlotRobbery, Love, Revenge, Divorce, Cheating, Investigation, Magic, Bank robbery
PlacePrison, New York, USA
StyleUnexpected ending, Smart

An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

The Fourth Kind (2009)
Mark8 (imdb: 5.9)
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, detective
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CharactersAliens, FBI, Psychologists
PlotUFO, Investigation, Missing people, Abduction, On real events
StyleAtmospheric, Tense, Disturbing

Since the 1960s, a disproportionate number of the population in and around Nome, Alaska, have gone missing. Despite FBI investigations, the disappearances remain a mystery. Dr. Abigail Tyler, a psychologist, may be on the verge of blowing the unsolved cases wide open when, during the course of treating her patients, she finds evidence of alien abductions.

The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersAliens, Special agents, Partners, Surgeons, FBI
PlotInvestigation, Supernatural, Snow, Missing people, Obsession, Abduction, Superpowers
StyleExciting, Tense, Disturbing

Six years after the events of The X-Files series finale, former FBI agent Doctor Dana Scully is now a staff physician at Our Lady of Sorrows, a Catholic hospital, and treating a boy named Christian who has Sandhoff disease, a terminal brain condition. FBI agent Drummy arrives to ask Scully’s help in locating Fox Mulder, the fugitive former head of the X-Files division, and says they will call off its manhunt for him if he will help investigate the disappearances of several women, including young FBI agent Monica Banan. Mulder and Scully are called back to duty by the FBI when a former priest claims to be receiving psychic visions pertaining to a kidnapped agent.

Eagle Eye (2008)
Mark8 (imdb: 6.6)
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, detective
CountryUSA, Germany
CharactersBrothers, Twins, Mothers, Special agents, FBI
PlotArtificial Intelligence, Pads, Technology, Political, Abduction, Investigation, Chase
StyleExciting, Tense, Disturbing, For men

Jerry Shaw and Rachel Holloman are two strangers whose lives are suddenly thrown into turmoil by a mysterious woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, the unseen caller uses everyday technology to control their actions and push them into increasing danger. As events escalate, Jerry and Rachel become the country's most-wanted fugitives and must figure out what is happening to them.

Surveillance (2008)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Germany, Canada
CharactersSerial killers, Special agents, FBI
StyleDisturbing, Heavy, Unexpected ending

An FBI agent tracks a serial killer with the help of three of his would-be victims - all of whom have wildly different stories to tell.

Shooter (2007)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 7.2)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CharactersSnipers, Military, FBI, Special Forces
PlotInvestigation, Betrayal, False accusations, Snow, Pads, Conspiracies
PlaceUSA, Court
StyleExciting, Patriotic

A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to track the real killer and find out who exactly set him up, and why.

Saw IV (2007)
Mark6.8 (imdb: 5.9)
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersSerial killers, Surgeons, FBI
PlotRevenge, Survival
StyleAction, Heavy, Disturbing, For men

Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Now, upon the news of Detective Kerry's murder, two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, arrive in the terrified community to assist the veteran Detective Hoffman in sifting through Jigsaw's latest grisly remains and piecing together the puzzle. However, when SWAT Commander Rigg is abducted and thrust into a game, the last officer untouched by Jigsaw has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of demented traps and save an old friend...or face the deadly consequences.

Hostage (2005)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.6)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Germany
CharactersHeroes, Serial killers, FBI
PlaceSmall cities
StyleDisturbing, Action, Heavy, Depressive, Tense, For men

When a mafia accountant is taken hostage on his beat, a police officer – wracked by guilt from a prior stint as a negotiator – must negotiate the standoff, even as his own family is held captive by the mob.

The Interpreter (2005)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.4)
Genrethriller, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, France, Germany
PlotInvestigation, Revenge, Death, Pursuit, Chase
PlaceNew York
StyleAction, Tense, Disturbing, Unexpected ending

After Silvia Broome, an interpreter at United Nations headquarters, overhears plans of an assassination, an American Secret Service agent is sent to investigate.

Taking Lives (2004)
Mark9.2 (imdb: 6.3)
Genrethriller, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Australia
CharactersSerial killers, Strong women, Special agents, FBI
PlotInvestigation, Undercover
StyleUnexpected ending, Gothic, Action, Tense, Disturbing

Recruited to assist Montreal police in their desperate search for a serial killer who assumes the identities of his victims, FBI profiler Illeana Scott knows it's only a matter of time before the killer strikes again. Her most promising lead is a museum employee who might be the killer's only eyewitness.

The Big Empty (2003)
Mark8 (imdb: 6.1)
Genrefantastic, comedy, drama, detective
CharactersSpecial agents, Aliens, Cowboys, FBI
PlaceDeserts, Los Angeles
StyleFancy, Smart

Struggling actor John Person agrees to drive a blue suitcase from Los Angeles to the small town of Baker, Calif., and hand it over to a mysterious cowboy in return for having his credit card debt of $27,000 paid off. Upon his arrival, John can't find the cowboy but receives an ominously head-shaped package he's supposed to hang onto. While waiting, John gets close to Ruthie, whose psychotic boyfriend, Randy, keeps threatening to kill him.

Hannibal (2001)
Mark9.8 (imdb: 6.8)
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CharactersManiacs, Killers, Police, Cannibals, Detectives, Serial killers, Special agents, FBI
PlotInvestigation, Confrontation, Revenge, Rivalry
PlacePrison, USA
StyleDisturbing, Atmospheric, Heavy, Depressive, Smart

After having successfully eluded the authorities for years, Hannibal peacefully lives in Italy in disguise as an art scholar. Trouble strikes again when he's discovered leaving a deserving few dead in the process. He returns to America to make contact with now disgraced Agent Clarice Starling, who is suffering the wrath of a malicious FBI rival as well as the media.

Head Over Heels (2001)
Mark6.8 (imdb: 5.5)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, detective
CharactersModels, Dogs, FBI
PlotLove, Pursuit
PlaceNew York, Party

Ordinary single girl Amanda Pierce (Monica Potter) unexpectedly finds herself sharing an awesome Manhattan apartment with four sexy supermodels. Determined to bring Amanda into their world, the models give her the ultimate makeover. The plan works fabulously as Amanda connects with next door charmer Jim Winston (Freddie Prinze, Jr.). That is, until one night...

The Watcher (2000)
Mark7.2 (imdb: 5.3)
Genrehorror, thriller, crime, detective
CharactersSerial killers, Special agents, FBI
PlotRivalry, Obsession, Chase
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleHeavy, Tense, Disturbing, For men

FBI agent Joel Campbell, burnt-out and shell-shocked after years spent chasing serial killers, flees L.A. to begin a new life for himself in Chicago. But five months later, Joel's best laid plans are abruptly cut short when his new hometown becomes the setting for some particularly gruesome murders--murders that could only have been committed by one man: David Allen Griffin. One of Joel's most elusive and cunning nemeses, Griffin has followed his former pursuer to Chicago in order to play a sadistic game of cat and mouse. Taunting Joel with photographs of his intended victims and leaving his crime scenes meticulously free of clues in order to keep the police at bay, Griffin derives as much pleasure out of watching Joel react to every movement as watching his victims die. But when Griffin moves into Joel's inner circle, Joel must quickly find some way to stop him before someone close to him becomes the next one to die.

The Pelican Brief (1993)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 6.6)
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CharactersJournalists, FBI, Reporters
PlotInvestigation, Political, Obsession, Chase
StyleDisturbing, Action, Exciting, Fascinating

Two Supreme Court Justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everybody else wants her dead.

The Firm (1993)
Mark6 (imdb: 6.8)
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CharactersLawyers, Mafia, FBI
PlotFate, Seduction, Blackmail, Uprising
StyleAction, Tense, Disturbing

Mitch McDeere is a young man with a promising future in Law. About to sit his Bar exam, he is approached by 'The Firm' and made an offer he doesn't refuse. Seduced by the money and gifts showered on him, he is totally oblivious to the more sinister side of his company. Then, two Associates are murdered. The FBI contact him, asking him for information and suddenly his life is ruined. He has a choice - work with the FBI, or stay with the Firm. Either way he will lose his life as he knows it. Mitch figures the only way out is to follow his own plan...

Mississippi Burning (1988)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.8)
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CharactersSheriffs, Partners, FBI
PlotFuneral, On real events
PlaceSmall cities
StyleAtmospheric, Action, Tense, Disturbing

Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the small town ways of his, former Sheriff, partner.

The X Files (1998)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.1)
Genrefantastic, thriller, detective
CharactersAliens, Special agents, FBI
PlotAlien invasion, UFO, Investigation, Obsession, Chase, Viruses
PlaceHelicopters, Deserts, Antarctica
StyleTense, Disturbing, Atmospheric

Mulder and Scully, now taken off the FBI's X Files cases, must find a way to fight the shadowy elements of the government to find out the truth about a conspiracy that might mean the alien colonization of Earth.

Conspiracy Theory (1997)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 6.7)
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, crime, detective
CharactersTaxi drivers, Losers, CIA, FBI
PlotObsession, Investigation, Political, Chase
PlaceNew York, Helicopters
StyleDisturbing, Action, Exciting, Tense, Smart

A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.

Manhunter (1986)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrethriller, crime, detective
CharactersSerial killers, Journalists, Special agents, Blind, Cannibals, FBI
PlotInvestigation, Obsession
StyleAction, Disturbing, Atmospheric, Heavy, Tense

FBI Agent Will Graham, who retired after catching Hannibal Lecter, returns to duty to engage in a risky cat-and-mouse game with Lecktor to capture a new killer.