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Get your international crime drama fix.

For U.S.-based Murder & Mayhem, international mystery movies & TV can come from anywhere as close as Mexico or as far as New Zealand. From big screen whodunnits to serial crime dramas, you get to pick how deep you want to wade into the intrigue. But why choose international hits? Every country has their own unique spin on the genre, including nuanced social issues, political tensions, legal intricacies, and what their heroes—and anti-heroes—embody.

While British mystery movies and shows tend to be the most popular international option, we make a point of celebrating the works of less-recognized countries in the television and film industry. We pop over right next door to England to get our fill of Scottish and Irish mysteries, trek up to explore the rising popularity of Nordic mysteries, and far beyond.

If you’re looking to expand your horizons, here are some great places to start:

And once you’re finished with those, browse the stories below for more great international movies and shows.


These Irish Mob Movies Will Lure You In

A world of undercover moles, murder, and callous mobsters. 

Season 2 of Framed! A Sicilian Murder Mystery Hits Netflix

A wholesome crime comedy about being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Mysteries Abroad: 6 Japanese Crime Dramas to Binge Watch Tonight

Amidst breathtaking cherry blossoms and cutting-edge technology, Japan has its buried secrets...

Mysteries Abroad: 6 French Crime Dramas to Binge Watch Tonight

Pay a visit to the country known for food, wine, art... and murder?

Mysteries Abroad: 5 Mexican Crime Dramas to Binge Watch Tonight

The land of telenovelas knows how to bring the drama to crime series.

13 Charming British Mystery Movies

These films will satisfy your craving for quaint mysteries.

10 British Mystery Series to Curl Up With This Fall

Spend your autumn nights with these cozy British mysteries.

14 Charming British Mystery Shows for Your Binge-Watching Pleasure

Spend some time with Agatha Raisin, Father Brown, Hercule Poirot, and other delightful sleuths.