Top 250 Law & Order/Hill Street Blues Type Films & Shows

by muybueno16 | created - 9 months ago | updated - 1 week ago | Public

The best gritty dramas of the 90s and today that were influenced by this docudrama style.

Here are shows that resemble Hill Street Blues, Law & Order and its spin-offs (Homicide, NY Undercover, Deadline, FBI, etc.).

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1. Line of Duty (2012– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

DS Steve Arnott is transferred to the police anti-corruption unit after the death of a man in a mistaken shooting during a counter-terrorist operation.

Stars: Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar, Craig Parkinson

Votes: 23,733

2. Oz (1997–2003)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants.

Stars: Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen, Dean Winters

Votes: 83,034

3. NYPD Blue (1993–2005)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Detectives from NYPD's 15th Precinct investigate homicides within their precinct.

Stars: Dennis Franz, Jimmy Smits, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

Votes: 10,834

4. The Wire (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Baltimore drug scene, as seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.

Stars: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce

Votes: 254,002

5. The West Wing (1999–2006)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama

Inside the lives of staffers in the West Wing of the White House.

Stars: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, John Spencer

Votes: 57,373

6. The Sopranos (1999–2007)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama

New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.

Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 262,585

7. The Shield (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Follows the lives and cases of a dirty Los Angeles Police Department cop and the unit under his command.

Stars: Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins, Michael Jace

Votes: 67,084

8. ER (1994–2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Romance

The lives, loves and losses of the doctors and nurses of Chicago's County General Hospital.

Stars: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies, Eriq La Salle

Votes: 46,987

9. Hack (2002–2004)

60 min | Crime, Drama

When corruption charges strip him of his job, his family and his pride, former cop Mike Olshansky forges a new identity as a Philadelphia cab driver, patrolling the city as a roving vigilante who works with local police.

Stars: Andre Braugher, David Morse, Matthew Borish, George Dzundza

Votes: 830

10. Shades of Blue (2016–2018)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Harlee Santos, New York police officer and single mother, is forced to work in the F.B.I.'s anti-corruption task force while dealing with her own financial problems.

Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Ray Liotta, Drea de Matteo, Dayo Okeniyi

Votes: 9,114

11. Copper (2012–2013)

TV-MA | 42 min | Action, Drama

Set in the Five Points neighborhood of New York City in the 1860s, focusing on a rugged young Irish cop who is forced to navigate his unruly and dangerous immigrant neighborhood while ... See full summary »

Stars: Tom Weston-Jones, Kyle Schmid, Anastasia Griffith, Ato Essandoh

Votes: 9,941

12. In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The cases and adventures of the police forces in and around Sparta, Mississippi.

Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Alan Autry, David Hart, Hugh O'Connor

Votes: 3,112

13. Hunter (I) (1984–1991)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Rick Hunter is a renegade cop who breaks the rules and takes justice into his own hands. Partnered with the equally stunning and rebellious Sgt. McCall, the tough-minded duo set out to crack down on L.A.'s slimiest criminals.

Stars: Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan, Perry Cook

Votes: 3,345

14. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Two female police detectives cooperate with each other both in their professions and in their personal lives.

Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, John Karlen

Votes: 2,959

15. In Plain Sight (2008–2012)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

U.S. Marshall Mary Shannon must hunt down witnesses for federal cases in the witness protection program while also managing rather dysfunctional family and her own personal life.

Stars: Mary McCormack, Frederick Weller, Paul Ben-Victor, Nichole Hiltz

Votes: 9,631

16. Rizzoli & Isles (2010–2016)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Detective Jane Rizzoli and Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Maura Isles team up to solve crimes in Boston.

Stars: Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

Votes: 27,996

17. 24 (2001–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster.

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 164,561

18. Criminal Minds (2005– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The cases of the F.B.I. Behavioral Analysis Unit (B.A.U.), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation's most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.

Stars: Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness, A.J. Cook, Joe Mantegna

Votes: 141,437

19. St. Elsewhere (1982–1988)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

The lives and work of the staff of St. Eligius Hospital, an old and disrespected Boston teaching hospital.

Stars: Ed Begley Jr., Howie Mandel, David Morse, Christina Pickles

Votes: 3,234

20. The Equalizer (1985–1989)

48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A retired Intelligence Agent turned private detective helps various threatened clients to equalize the odds.

Stars: Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka, Robert Lansing, Mark Margolis

Votes: 3,956

21. CSI: NY (2004–2013)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

CSI head Detective Mac Taylor and his team solve crimes in New York City.

Stars: Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper, Eddie Cahill

Votes: 41,822

22. Touching Evil (1997–1999)

Not Rated | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Touching Evil is a crime drama following the exploits of a crack squad on the Organised & Serial Crime Unit, a rapid response police force that serves the entire county.

Stars: Robson Green, Nicola Walker, Shaun Dingwall, Michael Feast

Votes: 1,472

23. Murder in the First (2014–2016)

42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A single murder case is dissected from the committing of the crime through to the investigation, arrest and trial.

Stars: Taye Diggs, Kathleen Robertson, Ian Anthony Dale, Raphael Sbarge

Votes: 6,382

24. Luther (2010– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

DCI John Luther is a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

Stars: Idris Elba, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, Warren Brown

Votes: 109,247

25. Bosch (2014– )

TV-MA | 51 min | Crime, Drama

An L.A.P.D. homicide detective works to solve the murder of a thirteen-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court for the murder of a serial killer.

Stars: Titus Welliver, Jamie Hector, Amy Aquino, Lance Reddick

Votes: 35,516

26. Motive (2013–2016)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A feisty Vancouver homicide detective tracks down the most cunning of killers by trying to figure out the often unexpected motive to the crime.

Stars: Kristin Lehman, Louis Ferreira, Brendan Penny, Lauren Holly

Votes: 4,683

27. Happy Valley (2014– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama

Catherine Cawood is the sergeant on duty when flustered and nervous accountant Kevin Weatherill comes into her West Yorkshire station to report a crime.

Stars: Sarah Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran, Shane Zaza, Charlie Murphy

Votes: 29,322

28. Murphy's Law (2003–2007)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

As a maverick cop with a dark past, DS Tommy Murphy fails a psychiatric assessment but is given one last chance by his boss and given a dangerous undercover assignment.

Stars: James Nesbitt, Del Synnott, Claudia Harrison, Mark Benton

Votes: 997

29. Third Watch (1999–2005)

44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The exploits of a group of men and women who serve the City of New York as police officers, firemen, and paramedics in the fictional 55th Precinct.

Stars: Coby Bell, Skipp Sudduth, Jason Wiles, Molly Price

Votes: 8,506

30. American Crime (2015–2017)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama

Seasonal anthology series. Season 1: The lives of the participants in a trial with significant racial motives are forever changed during the legal process.

Stars: Felicity Huffman, Regina King, Timothy Hutton, Richard Cabral

Votes: 8,737

31. Lie to Me (2009–2011)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

About Cal Lightman, the world's leading deception expert who studies facial expressions and involuntary body language to expose the truth behind the lies.

Stars: Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines, Monica Raymund

Votes: 105,173

This builds on the formulas of both L&O: Criminal Intent and Criminal Minds

32. DCI Banks (2010–2016)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The tenacious and stubborn DCI Banks unravels disturbing murder mysteries aided by his young assistants, DS Annie Cabbot and DI Helen Morton.

Stars: Stephen Tompkinson, Jack Deam, Andrea Lowe, Caroline Catz

Votes: 4,636

33. Blue Murder (2003–2009)

Not Rated | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Single mother DCI Janine Lewis struggles with the problems of bringing up four children while leading her team of detectives in solving high-profile murders.

Stars: Caroline Quentin, Ian Kelsey, Paul Loughran, Nicholas Murchie

Votes: 967

34. Above Suspicion (2009–2012)

46 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The murder of a young actress starts an investigation that uncovers on-screen tensions, a complex private life, controversial memoirs, and suspected abuse.

Stars: Kelly Reilly, Ciarán Hinds, Shaun Dingwall, Amanda Lawrence

Votes: 1,900

35. City Homicide (2007–2011)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Set on the Homicide floor of a police headquarters in Melbourne, Australia, detectives work to bring justice for the deceased.

Stars: Shane Bourne, Nadine Garner, Aaron Pedersen, Damien Richardson

Votes: 821

36. Water Rats (1996–2001)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Beneath its surface exists a playground for the murky underworld, a place of illicit rubbish dumps. pollution hazards, the remnants of huge drug hauls, and a graveyard of bodies from years ... See full summary »

Stars: Brett Partridge, Peter Bensley, Toni Scanlan, Jay Laga'aia

Votes: 614

37. Intelligence (2005–2007)

44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Organized crime and the Organized Crime Unit (OCU) work together to achieve the opposing goals of each respective world.

Stars: Ian Tracey, Klea Scott, John Cassini, Matt Frewer

Votes: 1,638

38. Jack Taylor (I) (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama

Ex-cop Jack Taylor earns a reputation for being a tough-as-nails private investigator who's not afraid to take on vigilantes or track down killers.

Stars: Iain Glen, Nora-Jane Noone, Killian Scott, Paraic Breathnach

Votes: 1,113

39. Trial & Retribution (1997– )

Crime, Drama, Mystery

Det. Supt. Michael Walker, teamed with DI North and DCI Connor, follow each case from crime committed, through the pursuit of justice, to the law courts where the efforts of the force will be tested - sometimes to breaking point.

Stars: David Hayman, Dorian Lough, Victoria Smurfit, Kate Buffery

Votes: 643

40. Wire in the Blood (2002–2009)

TV-MA | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A psychologist gets inside of the minds of both killers and victims to aid the police in solving gruesome serial killings in Northern England.

Stars: Robson Green, Mark Letheren, Emma Handy, Mark Penfold

Votes: 6,622

41. Murder One (1995–1997)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Theodore Hoffman is a prominent defense attorney in a prestigious Los Angeles law firm. After successfully defending the wealthy but suspicious Richard Cross in a lurid murder trial, he is ... See full summary »

Stars: Mary McCormack, Michael Hayden, J.C. MacKenzie, Barbara Bosson

Votes: 1,871

42. Southland (2009–2013)

TV-MA | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The lives of Police Officers working for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Stars: Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King, Ben McKenzie

Votes: 23,823

43. Da Vinci's Inquest (1998–2006)

44 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

A Vancouver cop turned coroner searches for truth and justice with the help of his friends.

Stars: Nicholas Campbell, Donnelly Rhodes, Venus Terzo, Ian Tracey

Votes: 1,029

44. Ransom (2017–2019)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A team of crisis negotiators travel the globe to help multinational corporations and governmental agencies with complex negotiations and conflict resolution.

Stars: Luke Roberts, Brandon Jay McLaren, Nazneen Contractor, Sarah Greene

Votes: 2,912

45. The Jury (2002–2011)

TV-MA | 300 min | Drama

Twelve men and women are called for jury service in the retrial of a man accused of a triple murder after the High Court overturns the original verdict.

Stars: Paul Bhattacharjee, Gerard Butler, Nina Sosanya, Nicholas Farrell

Votes: 898

46. Profiler (1996–2000)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Ally Walker stars as Dr. Sam Waters, a detective with the Violent Crimes Task Force, a federal agency which often works with the FBI, ATF, and other crime-solving agencies.

Stars: Ally Walker, Julian McMahon, A Martinez, Robert Davi

Votes: 3,249

47. Kidnapped (2006–2007)

Crime, Drama

Complex overtones surround the kidnapping of a wealthy New York family's 15-year-old son, leading a specialist and a retiring FBI agent to figure it out.

Stars: Jeremy Sisto, Carmen Ejogo, Delroy Lindo, Linus Roache

Votes: 2,706

48. Unit 1 (2000–2004)

75 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A mobile task force is dispatched across Denmark to help local police solve tough cases.

Stars: Charlotte Fich, Mads Mikkelsen, Lars Brygmann, Waage Sandø

Votes: 2,855

49. Wiseguy (1987–2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8