10 best shows like Law & Order (1990)

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Law & Order 1990
Follows a crime (usually a murder), usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court.
List of the best shows and series like Law & Order (1990): How to Get Away with Murder, FBI: Most Wanted, Detroit 1-8-7, Mindhunter, Harrow, Terriers, Gotham, Justified, Big Sky, The Killing.

How to Get Away with Murder (2014)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA

A sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor. They become entangled in a murder plot and will shake the entire university and change the course of their lives.

FBI: Most Wanted (2020)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA

The Fugitive Task Force relentlessly tracks and captures the notorious criminals on the Bureau’s Most Wanted list. Seasoned agent Jess LaCroix oversees the highly skilled team that functions as a mobile undercover unit that is always out in the field, pursuing those who are most desperate to elude justice.

Detroit 1-8-7 (2010)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration12:54

What does it take to be a detective in one of America's toughest cities? Follow one homicide unit as Detroit's finest unearth the crisis and revelation, heartbreak and heroism of these inner city cops in Detroit, Michigan.

Mindhunter (2017)
Markimdb: 8.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:14

An agent in the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit develops profiling techniques as he pursues notorious serial killers and rapists.

Harrow (2018)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Australia
Duration01:30

When a dark secret from this past threatens to be exposed, unorthodox and brilliant medical examiner, Doctor Daniel Harrow, must use all his forensic skills to keep it buried forever.

Terriers (2010)
Markimdb: 8.4
Genrethriller, comedy, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration09:15

Ex-cop and recovering alcoholic Hank Dolworth partners with his best friend, former criminal Britt Pollack, in an unlicensed private investigation business. The series is set in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, although it is portrayed as a distinct town, with Dolworth having once been a member of the fictional Ocean Beach Police Department.

Gotham (2014)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:44

Before there was Batman, there was GOTHAM. Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world's greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon's story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world's most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?

Justified (2010)
Markimdb: 8.6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, western, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:43

A character drama based on the 2001 Elmore Leonard short story "Fire in the Hole." Leonard's tale centers around U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens of Kentucky, a quiet but strong-willed official of the law. The tale covers his high-stakes job, as well as his strained relationships with his ex-wife and father.

Big Sky (2020)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA

Private detective Cassie Dewell partners with ex-cop Jenny Hoyt on a search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. When they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the perpetrator before another woman is taken.

The Killing (2011)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration00:43

The Killing is an American crime drama television series based upon the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. Set in Seattle, Washington, the series follows the various murder investigations by homicide detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder.

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The Night Manager (2016)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:37

Former British soldier Jonathan Pine navigates the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. To infiltrate the inner circle of lethal arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper, Pine must himself become a criminal.

Nikita (2010)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:43

Nikita will stop at nothing to expose and destroy Division, the secret U.S. agency who trained her as a spy and assassin.

Deception (2018)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:58

Cameron Black is the world's greatest illusionist. At least, that's what people used to call him - before his greatest secret was exposed and his career destroyed. Even worse, Cameron has good reason to believe this was no accident.

Law & Order True Crime (2017)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, news
CountryUSA

An anthology series that delves into the players, the crime and the media circus, detailing the day-to-day battles of the trial and unveiling the shocking truth of what really went down when the cameras stopped rolling.

The Firm (2012)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryCanada, USA
Duration00:43

As a young associate, Mitchell McDeere brought down the prestigious Memphis law firm of Bendini, Lambert & Locke, which operated as a front for the Chicago mob—and his life was never the same. After a difficult decade, which included a stay in the Federal Witness Protection program, Mitch and his family now emerge from isolation to reclaim their lives and their future—only to find that past dangers are still lurking and new threats are everywhere.

Absentia (2017)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:45

A missing FBI agent reappears six years after being declared dead.

The Equalizer (2021)
Markimdb: 4.8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA

Robyn McCall, an enigmatic former CIA operative with a mysterious background, uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn.

Reckoning (2019)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryAustralia, USA

The murder of a teenager and the hunt for a serial killer in a suburban Northern California town sets two fathers on a course of mutual destruction that will reverberate through their quiet community. Starring Sam Trammell and Aden Young.

Sacred Games (2018)
Markimdb: 8.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryIndia, USA
Duration01:34

A link in their pasts leads an honest cop to a fugitive gang boss, whose cryptic warning spurs the officer on a quest to save Mumbai from cataclysm.

True Detective (2014)
Markimdb: 8.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:00

An American anthology police detective series utilizing multiple timelines in which investigations seem to unearth personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within or outside the law.

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (2015)
Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:07

An intense and fictionalized account of actual events and people surrounding Lizzie’s life after her controversial acquittal of the horrific double murder of her father and stepmother in 1892.

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrehorror, action, thriller, fantasy, drama, adventure, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:43

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior was a short-lived American police procedural drama that aired on CBS. The show debuted in 2011 as a spin-off from the successful Criminal Minds, which had premiered in 2005. This edition's profiling team also worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, Virginia. In an April 2010 episode of Criminal Minds, during the show's fifth season, the original team met the new team and worked with them to find a San Francisco serial killer. This episode served as the new series' backdoor pilot. Just like the parent series, CBS owned the underlying North American rights, while ABC owned the international rights. The series premiered on February 16, 2011, and filled the Wednesday 10 pm time slot, airing immediately after the original Criminal Minds. CBS cancelled the series on May 17, 2011. The series ends with a cliffhanger. On September 6, 2011 CBS DVD released the complete series as a 4 disc-set. It is packaged as "The DVD Edition". There are numerous special features and two episode commentaries with the cast and crew. The set includes the backdoor pilot from season five of the original show.

Evil (2019)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:42

Skeptical female clinical psychologist Kristen Benoist joins a priest-in-training and a blue-collar contractor as they investigate supposed miracles, demonic possessions, and other extraordinary occurrences to see if there’s a scientific explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work.

The Americans (2013)
Markimdb: 8.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:43

Set during the Cold War period in the 1980s, The Americans is the story of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American married couple in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and their neighbor, Stan Beeman, an FBI Counterintelligence agent.

Mob City (2013)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:00

The true story of a decades-long conflict between the Los Angeles Police Department, under the determined leadership of Police Chief William Parker, and ruthless criminal elements led by Mickey Cohen, a one-time boxer who rose to the top of L.A.'s criminal world. The series is a fast-paced crime drama set in Los Angeles during the 1940s and '50s. It's a world of glamorous movie stars, powerful studio heads, returning war heroes, a powerful and corrupt police force and an even more dangerous criminal network determined to make L.A. its West Coast base.

FBI (2018)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration04:09

The elite unit of the New York office of the FBI brings to bear all their talents, intellect and technical expertise on major cases in order to keep New York and the country safe.

Carnival Row (2019)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, fantasy, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:09

In a mystical and dark city filled with humans, fairies and other creatures, a police detective investigates a series of gruesome murders leveled against the fairy population. During his investigation, the detective becomes the prime suspect and must find the real killer to clear his name.

Top of the Lake (2013)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryAustralia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, USA
Duration05:00

A woman haunted by her past, Detective Robin Griffin, investigates complex and unsettling cases.

Haven (2010)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, fantasy, drama, crime, detective
CountryCanada, USA
Duration00:43

FBI agent Audrey Parker arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine to solve a murder and soon discovers the town's many secrets—which also hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of her lost past.

The Event (2010)
Markimdb: 7
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:43

The Event is an emotional, high-octane conspiracy thriller that follows Sean Walker, an everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his would-be fiancée Leila, and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history.




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