Movies like The Cheap Detective

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The Cheap Detective (1978)
 6.5
 4K
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: humorous, realistic, witty, not serious, satirical, absurd, funny, talky, sexy, suspense ...
Plot: parody, private detective, murder, femme fatale, crimes, investigation, heroes, couple relations, crime, love and romance, love affair, danger, couples, dishonesty, law enforcement, disorder, deadly, nothing goes right, power relations, death, world war two, nazi, police, german, hotel ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1940, year 1939, 70s
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 realistic, humorous, clever and twists and turns films with plots about crimes, murder, dialogue, storytelling, police investigation, investigation and twists & turns 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: disturbing, humorous, feel good, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Plot: private detective, old mansion, parody, murder, butler, dark and stormy night, riddles and clues, guest, reward, mystery, one night, who done it ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 76K
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: twists and turns, humorous, enigmatic, witty, captivating ...
Plot: mystery, multiple suspects, investigation, butler, murder, danger, mansion, maid, dark and stormy night, board game, amateur detective, parody ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1954, 1950s, 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, radio station, director, mystery, crimes, investigation, who done it, disgruntled, coping, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 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: murder, private detective, dog, reincarnation, afterlife, chase, crimes, crime, human becoming an animal, murder mystery, life & death, talking dog ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.7
 19K
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: suspenseful, clever, humorous, witty, not serious ...
Plot: parody, murder, phone sex, false accusation, mental institution, farce, love and romance, crimes, mental illness, dishonesty, disorder, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: realistic, suspenseful, witty, humorous, not serious
Plot: investigation, parody, small town, murder, crimes, crime, mystery, goofy hero, neo noir, social relations, private detective, danger ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.6
 423
The Black Bird (1975)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The son of famous detective Sam Spade carries on the family tradition of getting involved with the Maltese Falcon - and with the people who will stop at nothing, including murder, to get it.
Style: clever, not serious, realistic, offbeat, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: private detective, parody, murder, neo noir, dishonesty, deadly, espionage, investigation, police detective, track down, power relations, undercover ...
Time: 70s, year 1940, year 1975
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ 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, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: farce, romance, dishonesty, couple relations, crimes, love and romance, nothing goes right, unlikely criminals, love affair, love triangle, on the run, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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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: humorous, witty, realistic, suspense, intense ...
Plot: parody, murder, femme fatale, love triangle, on the run, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, dishonesty, legal, danger, manipulation ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: cult film, witty, humorous, stylized, sentimental ...
Plot: parody, neo noir, private detective, murder, femme fatale, investigation, power relations, uncover truth, crimes, life is a bitch, recruit, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1940s, 1930s
⇓ similarity ⇓
12%
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, not serious, witty, talky ...
Plot: restaurant, murder, disorder, parody, crime gone awry, crimes, crime, couple relations, nothing goes right, goofy hero, law enforcement, police detective ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s, 18th century
Place: former yugoslavia, europe, bosnia, pennsylvania, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, semi serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: private detective, crimes, investigation, odd couple, law enforcement, dishonesty, deadly, loss of partner, partners, aging, graphic violence, elderly ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: offbeat, psychological, realistic, semi serious, clever ...
Plot: private detective, murder, hollywood, plastic surgery, switching roles, boss and employee, dangerous attraction, mystery, crimes, who done it, uncover truth, power relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.7
 4K
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, law enforcement, crimes, amateur detective, partners, murder mystery, western hero, showdown, unlikely friendships, hollywood ...
Time: 80s, 1920s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, united states, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, love and romance, unlikely criminals, power relations, false accusation, heist, plot twist, justice ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1940, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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, semi serious, realistic, suspenseful, cynical ...
Plot: investigation, mystery, private detective, murder, fall in love, accountant, blackmail, crimes, mysterious character, romance, vengeance, hidden identity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, los angeles, portland oregon, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.0
 10K
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, crime, crimes, dedicated lawyer, legal action, opposites attract, femme fatale, danger, love and romance, cons and scams ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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: humorous, semi serious, satirical, entertaining, realistic ...
Audience: student film, teens
Plot: private detective, murder, investigation, mystery, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, satire, film within a film, filmmaker, noir, existentialism, manipulation ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, new york, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Movie in collections
 5.1
 1K
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, witty ...
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, fighting crime, cons and scams, love and romance, politics, dishonesty, murder, undercover, hospital, casino, mentor ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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: cynical, stylized, atmospheric, witty, twists and turns ...
Plot: private detective, neo noir, murder, betrayal, profanity, disfigurement, bribery, friendship, investigation, crimes, crime, mystery ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, mexico, california, usa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.8
 13K
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, investigation, murder, hitchhiker, woman in danger, crimes, fall in love, danger, love and romance, law enforcement, amateur detective, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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, suspenseful, realistic, witty, stylized ...
Plot: betrayal, infidelity, murder, neo noir, femme fatale, mystery, investigation, dishonesty, love and romance, obsession, law enforcement, manipulations ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, austria, salt lake city utah, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.2
 10K
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, suspense, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: private detective, murder, missing person, terminal illness, femme fatale, mystery, who done it, uncover truth, crimes, crime, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Movie in collections
 7.1
 11K
Night Moves (1975)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Private detective and former football player Harry Moseby gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case, as a former Hollywood actress whose only major roles came thanks to being married to a studio mogul wants Moseby to find and return ...
Style: tense, psychological, cynical, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: private detective, neo noir, investigation, infidelity, murder, missing person, femme fatale, espionage, mystery, crimes, family problems, uncover truth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, florida, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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, humorous, witty, realistic, twists and turns
Plot: private detective, mistaken identity, nightclub, romance, power relations, dishonesty, couples, disorder, deadly, amateur detective, manipulation, femme fatale ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.5
 18K
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: semi serious, humorous, witty, funny, dark humor ...
Plot: hitman, alcoholic, crimes, crime, gang, gangsters, alcohol abuse, love and romance, rehabilitation, going straight, polish, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, new york, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
The Alphabet Murders (1965)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates a series of murders in London in which the victims are killed according to their initials.
Style: witty, not serious, humorous, realistic
Plot: private detective, investigation, murder, parody, serial killer, crimes, riddles and clues, who done it, crime, silly humor, danger, law enforcement ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, scotland yard, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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, witty, feel good, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: starting over, murder, fbi, hitman, romance, gangsters, against the odds, against the rules, crimes, crime, couple relations, special agents ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Head Above Water (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Judge George (Harvey Keitel) brings his young wife, Nathalie (Cameron Diaz), to a remote island for a vacation. But while George accompanies their only neighbor -- Nathalie's childhood friend Lance (Craig Sheffer) -- on a fishing trip, Nathalie ...
Style: humorous, realistic, suspenseful, semi serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: murder, boat, investigation, dishonesty, couple relations, vacation, deadly, couples, crimes, woman in danger, danger, honeymoon ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 7.3
 7K
The In-Laws (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In preparation for his daughter's wedding, dentist Sheldon Kornpett meets Vince Ricardo, the groom's father. Vince, a manic fellow who claims to be a government agent, then proceeds to drag Sheldon into a series of chases and misadventures ...
Style: humorous, witty, realistic, not serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: wedding, dentist, armored car robbery, cia, screwball, espionage, odd couple, friendship, silly humor, undercover, fish out of water, friends ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: latin america, new york, washington d.c., new jersey, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
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