Movies like The Cheap Detective

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The Cheap Detective (1978)
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The Cheap Detective (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Spoofing the entire 1940s detective genre, and his own performances as a bumbling private detective, Peter Falk plays Lou Pekinpaugh, a San Francisco private detective accused of murdering his partner at the instigation of his mistress, the partner's wife, Georgia Merkle.
Style: parody, humorous, realistic, witty, not serious, sexy, satirical, absurd, funny, talky ...
Plot: private detective, murder, femme fatale, heroes, investigation, crimes, love and romance, couples, love affair, law enforcement, nothing goes right, disorder, dishonesty, couple relations, power relations, death, world war two, nazi, cheating wife, police, german, assassin, hotel, singer, jealousy ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1939, year 1940, 70s, 40s
Place: san francisco, usa, california

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Most similar movies to The Cheap Detective

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, realistic, clever and twists and turns films with plots about crimes, murder, investigation, dialogue, storytelling, mentor and police investigation mostly in Comedy, Crime and Mystery genres. Some movies like The Cheap Detective: Murder by Death (1976), Clue (1985), Radioland Murders (1994), Oh Heavenly Dog (1980), High Anxiety (1977). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Murder by Death (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Lionel Twain invites the world's five greatest detectives to a 'dinner and murder'. Included are a blind butler, a deaf-mute maid, screams, spinning rooms, secret passages, false identities and more plot turns and twists than are ...
Style: parody, feel good, surprise ending, disturbing, humorous ...
Plot: old mansion, private detective, murder, butler, riddles and clues, mystery, dark and stormy night, who done it, guest, reward, suspect, haunted by the past ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
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100%
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Clue (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Clue finds six colorful dinner guests gathered at the mansion of their host, Mr. Boddy -- who turns up dead after his secret is exposed: He was blackmailing all of them. With the killer among them, the guests and Boddy's chatty butler must suss ...
Style: humorous, twists and turns, parody, surprise ending, witty ...
Plot: mystery, investigation, multiple suspects, mansion, butler, murder, dark and stormy night, board game, mind game, maid, whodunit, riddles and clues ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1954, contemporary, 80s
Place: new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Radioland Murders (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Musical, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In 1939, WBN, a fourth radio network, is about to take to America's airwaves. As if the confusion of the premiere night wasn't enough, Penny Henderson, the owner's secretary, must deal with an unhappy sponsor, an overbearing boss and ...
Style: humorous, stylized, semi serious, suspenseful, witty ...
Plot: radio, murder, showbiz, director, mystery, crimes, investigation, who done it, coping, chase, chaos and mayhem, writers ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1939
Place: usa, chicago illinois, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Oh Heavenly Dog (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Browning is a PI with a bad cold, who's sent to investigate a case by a mysterious client. He stumbles across the body of a young woman and is stabbed to death, and when he wakes up in heaven, they tell him he's "marginal ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, funny, light, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: afterlife, reincarnation, murder, private detective, dog, chase, crimes, talking cat, murder mystery, life & death, human becoming an animal, talking dog ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.6
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High Anxiety (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Dr. Richard Thorndyke arrives as new administrator of the Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, VERY Nervous to discover some suspicious goings-on. When he's framed for murder, Dr. Thorndyke must confront his own psychiatric condition, ...
Style: parody, suspenseful, clever, humorous, witty ...
Plot: murder, phone sex, mental institution, false accusation, farce, disorder, heist, silly humor, crimes, dishonesty, love and romance, heroes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery (1975)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Crime, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Film noir parody with a private eye trying to solve the murder of his milkman.
Style: parody, not serious, realistic, witty, neo noir ...
Plot: investigation, murder, small town, disorder, social relations, mystery, law enforcement, goofy hero, private detective, crimes, small town life, milkman ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Seems Like Old Times (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Writer Nick Gardenia is kidnapped from his California cliffhouse and forced to rob a bank. Now a fugitive, he seeks help from his ex, Glenda. She is a public defender remarried to a prosecutor, and we get a houseful of hijinks.
Style: humorous, witty, feel good, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: farce, romance, couple relations, dishonesty, crimes, love triangle, love affair, disorder, nothing goes right, love and romance, on the run, unlikely criminals ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Fatal Instinct (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A spoof of the late 80s and early 90s suspense thrillers and murder mysteries, including Basic Instinct, Sleeping With The Enemy, Cape Fear and others. A cop/attorney (yes he's both) is seduced by a woman while his wife is having an affair with ...
Style: parody, humorous, witty, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: murder, femme fatale, on the run, love triangle, crimes, legal, dishonesty, law enforcement, dangerous attraction, manipulation, private detective, adultery ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Juliet Forrest is convinced that the reported death of her father in a mountain car crash was no accident. Her father was a prominent cheese scientist working on a secret recipe. To prove it was murder, she enlists the services of private eye Rigby ...
Style: parody, neo noir, witty, humorous, stylized ...
Plot: private detective, murder, femme fatale, investigation, life is a bitch, crimes, faked death, recruit, power relations, warden, uncover truth, nostalgia ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 80s, 1930s
⇓ similarity ⇓
11%
The Man with Bogart's Face (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In The Man With Bogart's Face, an affectionate send-up of the Bogart detective films of the 1940s, Robert Sacchi plays a man who idolizes Humphrey Bogart so much he has his features altered to look exactly like his idol. He then opens up a ...
Style: realistic, parody, semi serious, cynical, witty ...
Plot: private detective, murder, hollywood, plastic surgery, disorder, couples, power relations, law enforcement, switching roles, crimes, investigation, journalism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.6
 5K
Scotland, PA (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Joe McBeth is a hard-working but unambitious doofus who toils at a hamburger stand alongside his wife Pat, who has much smarter. Pat believes she could do better with the place than their boss Norm is doing, so she plans to usurp Norm, convincing ...
Style: humorous, realistic, parody, not serious, witty ...
Plot: murder, restaurant, disorder, crime gone awry, crimes, farce, couple relations, comedy of errors, goofy hero, nothing goes right, law enforcement, business venture ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s, 18th century
Place: europe, former yugoslavia, bosnia, pennsylvania, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Goodbye Lover (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Police investigate when a man having an affair with his brother's wife disappears suddenly.
Style: sexy, neo noir, suspenseful, realistic, witty ...
Plot: betrayal, infidelity, murder, femme fatale, mystery, investigation, dishonesty, love and romance, obsession, police detective, dangerous attraction, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, austria, los angeles, salt lake city utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Late Show (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Over-the-hill gumshoe in Los Angeles seeks to avenge the killing of an old pal, another detective who had gotten himself involved in a case concerning a murdered broad, stolen stamps, a nickel-plated handgun, a cheating dolly, and a kidnapped ...
Style: clever, twists and turns, witty, suspenseful, humorous ...
Plot: private detective, crimes, investigation, loss of partner, partners against crime, dishonesty, partners, elderly, mystery, aging, odd couple, law enforcement ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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Trixie (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Emily Watson stars as Trixie, an eccentric woman who aspires to quit her job as a security guard and become a private detective. However, comedy intervenes and the mess begins...
Style: humorous, semi serious, suspense, enigmatic, stylized ...
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, fighting crime, cons and scams, dishonesty, politics, love and romance, murder, undercover, hospital, casino, mentor ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.9
 14K
Zero Effect (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Daryl Zero is a private investigator. Along with his assistant, Steve Arlo he solves impossible crimes and puzzles. Though a master investigator, when he is not working, Zero doesn't know what to do with himself. He has no social skills, writes ...
Style: witty, cynical, realistic, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: investigation, mystery, private detective, murder, accountant, fall in love, blackmail, whodunit, crimes, mistrust, disorder, gain trust ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles, san francisco, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.0
 11K
Legal Eagles (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: District Attorney Tom Logan is set for higher office, at least until he becomes involved with defence lawyer Laura Kelly and her unpredictable client Chelsea Deardon. It seems the least of Chelsea's crimes is the theft of a very valuable ...
Style: humorous, realistic, suspenseful, semi serious, entertaining ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: courtroom, lawyer, romance, crimes, legal action, dedicated lawyer, couples, love and romance, dishonesty, opposites attract, law enforcement, femme fatale ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Where's Marlowe? (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: After making a 3-hour fiasco about New York City's water supply, a two-man film crew decides to take it up a notch by documenting life in the private investigator offices of "Boone and Murphy". Cheating husbands and missing dogs fail ...
Style: noir, humorous, semi serious, satirical, entertaining ...
Audience: teens
Plot: private detective, murder, investigation, mystery, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, satire, filmmaker, existentialism, manipulation, chase, school ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, new york, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: CW Briggs is a veteran insurance investigator, with many successes. Betty Ann Fitzgerald is a new employee in the company he works for, with the task of reorganizing the office. They don't like each other - or at least that's what they ...
Style: witty, humorous, realistic, feel good, atmospheric ...
Plot: hypnosis, insurance investigator, investigation, crimes, workplace, unlikely criminals, love and romance, power relations, false accusation, heist, justice, magician ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1940, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, istanbul turkey, madagascar, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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Sunset (1988)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Western
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Tom Mix and Wyatt Earp team up to solve a murder at the Academy Awards in 1929 Hollywood.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, tense, talky, suspense ...
Plot: murder, investigation, mystery, crimes, law enforcement, partners, amateur detective, murder mystery, hollywood, showdown, western hero, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 80s, 1920s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
The Long Goodbye (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife.
Style: neo noir, cynical, stylized, atmospheric, witty ...
Plot: private detective, murder, betrayal, gangsters, nudity (full frontal - brief), disfigurement, bribery, friendship, missing person, investigation, crimes, mystery ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, mexico, california, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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You Kill Me (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: While drying out on the West Coast, an alcoholic hit man befriends a tart-tongued woman who might just come in handy when it's time for him to return to Buffalo and settle some old scores.
Style: witty, humorous, semi serious, funny, clever ...
Plot: hitman, alcoholic, crimes, gang, gangsters, alcohol abuse, love and romance, rehabilitation, going straight, polish, organized crime, gunfight ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, new york, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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 2K
Hexed (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Lowly hotel clerk Matthew Welch stumbles unto a chance to go on a date with supermodel Hexina by pretending he is someone else. But something goes wrong on the date, she tries to kill him! Soon she kills a couple more people, and unfortunately all ...
Style: realistic, humorous, not serious, tense, suspense ...
Plot: mental illness, murder, mistaken identity, disorder, dark humor, manipulation, crimes, investigation, psychopath, dishonesty, femme fatale, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.2
 13K
Twilight (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A retired ex-cop and private detective gets mixed up in murder when he is asked to deliver blackmail money and walks into a 20 year old case involving the mysterious disappearance of an actress' former husband.
Style: clever, serious, realistic, neo noir, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: private detective, murder, missing person, terminal illness, femme fatale, mystery, uncover truth, who done it, crimes, dishonesty, amateur detective, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
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Love at Large (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Vampish miss Dolan hires hardboiled P.I. Harry Dobbs to tail her shady boyfriend. Harry realizes that the man leads a double life but then his client disappears. Harry teams up with his own tail, P.I. Stella Wynkowski, to clear things up.
Style: semi serious, realistic, witty, humorous, twists and turns ...
Plot: private detective, mistaken identity, nightclub, power relations, disorder, couples, manipulation, investigation, hidden identity, femme fatale, dishonesty, crimes ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
One Night at McCool's (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Every man has a different recollection of the beautiful young woman who wreaked havoc on their lives during one heated night.
Style: sexy, humorous, witty, not serious, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: manipulation, obsession, femme fatale, dangerous attraction, nothing goes right, crimes, fall in love, destructive relationship, dishonesty, rivalry, disorder, dark humor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: missouri, california, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 6.8
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Foul Play (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A shy San Francisco librarian and a bumbling cop fall in love as they solve a crime involving albinos, dwarves, and the Catholic Church.
Style: humorous, suspenseful, realistic, semi serious, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: conspiracy, murder, hitchhiker, woman in danger, investigation, crimes, fall in love, amateur detective, love and romance, law enforcement, undercover, assassination plot ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, california, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Music, Mystery, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After spending decades living in the shadow of his more famous and successful sibling, Consulting Detective Sigerson Holmes (Wilder) is called upon to help solve a crucial case that leads him on a hilarious trail of false identities, stolen ...
Style: parody, realistic, not serious, suspenseful, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sherlock holmes, private detective, mastermind, family relations, disorder, desire for fame, partners, mystery, hidden identity, misfit partners, partners against crime, amateur detective ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1890s
Place: scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 5.7
 7K
Her Alibi (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A writer of BAD detective novels is in full writers' block. He pretends to be the alibi of a beautiful woman who was arrested for murder at first thinking her innocent, but as she shows more and more interesting abilities (such as knife ...
Style: sexy, feel good, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mystery, murder, romance, comedy of errors, who done it, fall in love, dangerous attraction, love and romance, investigation, couples, beauty, writers ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Married to the Mob (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Angela de Marco is fed up with her gangster husband's line of work and wants no part of the crime world. When her husband is killed for having an affair with the mistress of mob boss Tony "The Tiger" Russo, Angela and her son depart ...
Style: humorous, feel good, witty, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: starting over, murder, gangsters, fbi, hitman, romance, against the odds, against the rules, crimes, couple relations, dishonesty, special agents ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Frank Drebin is persuaded out of retirement to go undercover in a state prison. There he is to find out what top terrorist, Rocco, has planned for when he escapes. Frank's wife, Jane, is desperate for a baby.. this adds to Frank's ...
Style: parody, humorous, realistic, not serious, suspense ...
Audience: family outing, teens, date night
Plot: farce, terrorism, undercover, race against time, master criminal, save the day, law enforcement, crimes, goofy hero, disorder, stupidity, police ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%