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The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992)
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The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Betty Lou is a librarian in a very small town. Her husband is a police detective who takes her for granted. Betty Lou is the ultimate mouse. After a gangland figure is mysteriously murdered in town, Betty Lou finds the murder weapon, but can't get anyone's attention to tell them (we're talking very mousey, here). Finally in a fit of frustration she fires the gun in a restroom and when taken to the police station insists she is the murderer. It has the desired effect, people do pay attention to her. With hints at social graces from the hookers in her cell block, she's on her way.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, light, sexy, absurd, melancholic, clever, funny, romantic ...
Plot: murder, librarian, small town, police investigation, crimes, crime, investigation, mystery, manipulations, manipulation, amateur detective, small town life, dishonesty, law enforcement, disorder, deadly, witnessing a crime, switching roles, gangsters, prison, hitman, gun, lie, library, gay slur ...
Time: 90s, 80s

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, semi serious, realistic and suspenseful films with plots about crimes, murder, investigation, deadly, mystery, dishonesty and crime mostly in Comedy, Mystery and Crime genres. Some movies like The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag: A Slight Case of Murder (1999), Drowning Mona (2000), This Girl for Hire (1983), Clean Slate (1994), The Private Eyes (1980). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Slight Case of Murder (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In the midst of a spat, film critic Terry Thorpe (William H. Macy) accidentally kills his lover. Though Thorpe covers his tracks, he raises the suspicions of a private investigator (James Cromwell), who then tries to blackmail him. Thorpe also falls ...
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, clever, humorous, suspense ...
Plot: murder, investigation, private detective, blackmail, film critic, manipulation, crimes, couples, filmmaking, disorder, dark humor, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, new york
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Drowning Mona (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The recently deceased Mona Dearly (Bette Midler) was many things: an abusive wife, a domineering mother, a loud-mouthed neighbor and a violent malcontent. So when her car and corpse are discovered in the Hudson River, police Chief Wyatt Rash (Danny ...
Style: humorous, funny, absurd, stylized, clever ...
Plot: investigation, murder, dark humor, mystery, disorder, family problems, social relations, goofy hero, small town, small town life, suspect, waitress ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
This Girl for Hire (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In this pilot for a proposed TV series, B.T. Brady is a flippant, but somewhat klutzy female private detective in Hollywood who sets out to solve the murder of a obnoxious mystery writer. Along the way, Brady gets help from her flamboyant mother ...
Style: humorous, witty, suspenseful, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: murder, artists and showbiz, crimes, store, showbiz, hollywood, private detective, law enforcement, deadly, farce, filmmaking, mystery ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Clean Slate (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Pogue is a private eye with a problem: every morning when he wakes up, he has total amnesia, waking up with a 'blank slate'. Since he is in the middle of a hot investigation and has a developing romance, this is less than convenient.
Style: humorous, semi serious, entertaining, twists and turns, melancholic ...
Plot: private detective, memory loss, gangsters, goofy hero, partners, law enforcement, nothing goes right, crimes, dishonesty, amnesia, betrayal, justice ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, venice beach california, california, santa monica california
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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, realistic, not serious, neo noir, witty ...
Plot: investigation, murder, small town, crimes, crime, deadly, mystery, law enforcement, danger, small town life, disorder, social relations ...
Time: 70s
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The Private Eyes (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Don Knotts and Tim Conway star in The Private Eyes, a 1980 comedy about two bumbling detectives solving a murder. It's an impressively incompetent affair. Every ancient joke falls with a muffled thud as Knotts and Conway ham their way through ...
Style: parody, humorous, not serious, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, heiress, investigation, mystery, ghost, police investigation, supernatural, chase, misfit partners, heroes, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s
Place: scotland, england, europe, scotland yard, london
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Nadine (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Hairdresser Nadine Hightower wants to retrieve the risqué photos she once posed for, but when she visits the photographer at his office, he's murdered by an intruder. Nadine talks her estranged husband, Vernon, into going along when she ...
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, entertaining, melancholic ...
Plot: murder, romance, dishonesty, crimes, on the run, witnessing a crime, hidden identity, nothing goes right, odd couple, dangerous attraction, cons and scams, murder mystery ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1954, 1950s, 1930s ...
Place: texas, usa, california
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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: student film, teens
Plot: private detective, murder, investigation, mystery, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, satire, film within a film, filmmaker, existentialism, manipulation, chase ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, new york, usa, mexico
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Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Famous detective Charlie Chan is called out of retirement to help a San Francisco detective solve a mysterious series of murders. With his bumbling grandson as his sidekick, Chan also encounters an old nemesis known as the Dragon Queen who is the ...
Style: humorous, witty, suspenseful, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: law enforcement, investigation, dishonesty, crimes, murder, goofy hero, deadly, mystery, rivalry, golden years, private detective, satire ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, san francisco, usa
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50%
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Fletch Lives (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Fletch is a fish out of water in small-town Louisiana, where he's checking out a tumbledown mansion he's inherited. When a woman he flirts with turns up dead, Fletch becomes a suspect and must find the killer and clear his name. In the ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, witty, funny ...
Plot: journalist, murder, heroes, chase, mystery, toxic waste, deadly, switching roles, mistaken identity, false accusation, silly humor, arson ...
Time: 80s
Place: louisiana, los angeles, usa, san francisco
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49%
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The Scenesters (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Someone is killing beautiful young Hipsters in East L.A. Charlie is a crime scene cleaner working for Aftershocks Inc. with a penchant for Sherlock Holmes type deduction. Wallace is an out-of-luck filmmaker working as a crime scene videographer. The ...
Style: suspenseful, humorous, cynical, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, investigation, fish out of water, serial killer, deadly, crimes, disorder, who done it, film within a film, amateur detective, hipster, filmmaker ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
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Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A middle-aged couple suspects foul play when their neighbor's wife suddenly drops dead.
Style: clever, witty, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: investigation, murder, marital problem, blackmail, amateur detective, neighbor, mystery, crimes, love affair, jazz, verbal byplay, friendship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, manhattan, new york city, new york state ...
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45%
Shadows and Fog (1991)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: With a serial strangler on the loose, a bookkeeper wanders around town searching for the vigilante group intent on catching the killer.
Style: humorous, surreal, semi serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, vigilante, murder, false accusation, vigilantism, crimes, mystery, investigation, mistaken identity, comedy of errors, disorder, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s, 1930s
Place: eastern europe, central europe, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
True Identity (1991)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In order to escape from the mob, an African-American man must disguise himself as a white man.
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic
Plot: hitman, on the run, gangsters, society, deadly, cons and scams, mistaken identity, switching roles, murder, interracial relations, silly humor, disorder ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york
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V.I. Warshawski, Detective in High Heels (1991)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Victoria "V.I" Warshawski is a Chicago based private detective who agrees to babysit for her new boyfriend; then he is murdered. Being the detective type, she makes the murder her next case. In doing so she befriends the victim's ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, semi serious, entertaining, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: private detective, murder, investigation, crime, crimes, uncover truth, who done it, law enforcement, mystery, femme fatale, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, los angeles
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It's Only Money (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Lester is a clumsy and awkward TV repair man who is nevertheless gifted technically. In helping out a friend, he is drawn into a mystery involving a missing heir in a rich family. He begins to notice little things, like how much those family ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: adult virgin, amateur detective, prodigy, crimes, dishonesty, crime, golden years, legal action, investigation, estate, manipulations, disorder ...
Time: 60s
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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, cons and scams, fighting crime, love and romance, politics, dishonesty, murder, undercover, hospital, casino, mentor ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Michelle Apartments (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A black comedy that sees a man on a business trip gets mixed up in the lives of the inhabitants of a low-rent apartment building, including a femme fatale with murder on her mind.
Style: suspenseful, offbeat, sexual, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: hotel, murder, small town, deadly, frame up, small town life, crimes, couples, couple relations, chaos and mayhem, dishonesty, intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: canada
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A Shot in the Dark (1964)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A Shot in the Dark is the second and more successful film from the Pink Panther film series where both animated and real life sequences are mixed. A cult classic from Blake Edwards based on the play L’Idiot by Marcel Achard and Harry Kurnitz.
Style: humorous, witty, not serious, parody, realistic ...
Plot: murder, farce, investigation, maid, butler, who done it, mystery, crimes, crime, superior, disorder, police detective ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: france, paris france, europe
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41%
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, cynical, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: private detective, crimes, investigation, partners against crime, mystery, dishonesty, aging, elderly, law enforcement, deadly, partners, odd couple ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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40%
Getting Away with Murder (1996)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When the very moralistic college ethics instructor Jack Lambert finds himself living next door to an accused German death camp commander, he takes it upon himself to rid the world of this man.
Style: humorous, witty, realistic, semi serious, cynical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, false accusation, investigation, college, vigilantism, crimes, racism, uncover truth, dark humor, family in danger, unlikely criminals, nothing goes right ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, massachusetts, hawaii
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Careless (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Wiley Roth finds a severed human finger in his kitchen one night. Understandably freaked out, in a search across Los Angeles that brings them in contact with psychics, ineffectual police, crooked taxidermists, mysterious neighbors who might be on ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, offbeat
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, friendship, obsession, reluctant partners, danger, best friends, partners, romance, nothing goes right, crimes, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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The Last Prosecco (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: Italy
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The suicide of a prominent wine producer unleashes a series of mysterious murders.
Style: suspense, satirical, enigmatic, humorous, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, provincial life, dishonesty, justice, culture clash, suprisingly clever, crimes, law enforcement, nothing goes right, couple relations, danger ...
Place: italy
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Mr & Mrs Murder (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: Australia
Duration: 44 min.
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Story: Charlie and Nicola Buchanan are crime scene cleaners whose unique quirks and talents solve the most baffling murder mysteries.
Style: humorous, light, captivating, enigmatic, suspenseful ...
Audience: date night
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, who done it, murder, mystery, crimes, law enforcement, couples, danger, multiple suspects, family business, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, britain
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Scandalous (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: An investigative reporter following an espionage story goes to London and gets involved with murder, scam artists and rock concerts.
Style: witty, suspenseful, humorous, semi serious, realistic
Plot: reporter, concert, murder, scam, media satire, cons and scams, scoop, journalism, dishonesty, media, conspiracy, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: london, england, europe
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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, afterlife, dog, reincarnation, chase, crimes, crime, human becoming an animal, murder mystery, life & death, talking dog ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: london
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37%
Coffee, Kill Boss (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When ten executives secretly meet to sell off their company, they're murdered one by one in this darkly comedic romp through the halls of corporate America.
Style: humorous, semi serious, suspense, realistic
Plot: murder, deadly, dark humor, conspiracy, betrayal, deception, deal, boss, office, condom, take over, corporation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Compromising Positions (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An ex-newspaper woman who is now a suburban housewife can't resist getting involved in an investigation of the murder of a philandering dentist who had been having affairs with several of her neighbors.
Style: suspenseful, witty, clever, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, amateur detective, investigation, suburbs, murder, unsupportive spouse, mystery, journalism, law enforcement, media, protagonist as suspect, couples ...
Time: 80s
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Crowned and Dangerous (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After the murder of a beauty queen, an investigation reveals the suspects to be a former lover, a rival contestant, and a stage mother.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious
Plot: murder, rivalry, investigation, physical appearance, contests and competitions, ambition, crimes, crime, dishonesty, blind ambition, mystery, deadly ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, san diego california
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The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Luther Heggs aspires to being a reporter for his small town newspaper. He gets his big break when the editor asks him to spend the night at the Simmons mansion that, 20 years before, was the site of a now famous murder-suicide. Luther's account ...
Style: humorous, scary, suspenseful, semi serious, surprise ending ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids
Plot: haunted house, courtroom, murder, farce, secret door, newspaper, organ, small town, ghost, deadly, nothing goes right, investigation ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%