::DARK COMEDIES WITH PESKY CORPSES, BOTCHED KIDNAPPINGS, MURDEROUS BLUNDERS & ACCIDENTAL DEATHS::

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1.
A Slight Case of Murder (1938)
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Former bootlegger Remy Marco has a slight problem with forclosing bankers, a prospective son-in-law, and four hard-to-explain corpses. (85 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
“ A terrific oldie that's based on a stage play... many of these early screwy dark comedies that deal with pesky corpses, mistaken identities, confused kidnappings, and accidental deaths are based on plays. ” - Schwenkstar
 
2.
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
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During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy. (99 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
“ Plays out like a screwball comedy directed by Alfred Hitchcock - mistaken identities, clever escapes, and a dead body that proves troublesome for his look a-like who is very much alive. Probably my all time favorite screwball comedy.

Remade in 1983, to less effect, by Mel Brooks. ” - Schwenkstar
 
3.
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
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A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. (118 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ As above, this is based on a stage play... and is probably the best example of a play doing this sort of stuff! ” - Schwenkstar
 
4.
Murder, He Says (1945)
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A pollster stumbles on a family of murderous hillbillies, and joins in their search for hidden treasure. (91 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
“ Hillbilly hijinks mixed up with murder, stashed loot, and other zaniness. ” - Schwenkstar
 
5.
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
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A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession. (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Hamer
“ A man wants to be a duke... so naturally he murders all the heirs to leave himself the only surviving member! A fine, dignified, classic comedy that just so happens to dabble with a murder spree. ” - Schwenkstar
 
6.
The Red Inn (1951)
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A group of travelers, including a monk, stay in a lonely inn in the mountains. The host confesses the... (98 mins.)
“ The manager of the inn confesses to a monk whose staying overnight that he has a nasty habit of poisoning the guests with soup... The monk obviously tries to warn the other guests that their lives are in danger, but the twist is that he can't break the holy secrecy of confession! What to do?! ” - Schwenkstar
 
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The Ladykillers (1955)
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Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians. (91 mins.)
“ Another classic comedy about a group of thieves who are tempted to murder their landlady out of fear she knows too much... but when the begin to fear one another, the bodies begin to pile up. ” - Schwenkstar
 
8.
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
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The trouble with Harry is that he's dead, and everyone seems to have a different idea of what needs to be done with his body... (99 mins.)
“ Hitchcock's take on this peculiar sub-genre... a proper, dignified comedy about a corpse who simply seems to pop up in the most inconvenient places... ” - Schwenkstar
 
9.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955 TV Series)
Episode: Wet Saturday (1956)
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Mr. Princey's daughter has just murdered the schoolmaster. A murderess in the family? That won't do. It's up to Mr. Princey to frame someone else for her crime. (25 mins.)
“ An episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" where a father has the thoroughly unsavory duty of disposing a body... and the unquestionably unpleasant task of finding someone to blame in order to protect his daughter... after all, we can't have a murderer in the family, can we now? ” - Schwenkstar
 
10.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955 TV Series)
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Cissie Enright is not exactly thrilled with the idea of poisoning the real estate man. But her sister, Joanna, insists that it's the only way. (25 mins.)
“ Two old ladies meticulously plot the poisoning of a rather horrid man... Their plan works... but forget they never planned on what to do with the corpse! ” - Schwenkstar
 
11.
The Green Man (1956)
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Work has been going with a bang for freelance assassin Hawkins but a job in England just after the war is a different matter... (80 mins.)
Director: Robert Day
“ An assassin can't quite seem to kill his target and a man tries to stop the assassin but no one quite seems to believe him. ” - Schwenkstar
 
12.
How to Murder a Rich Uncle (1957)
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The impoverished Clitterburn family live on a grand English estate but times are hard and the head of the household... (79 mins.)
Director: Nigel Patrick
“ British comedy. ” - Schwenkstar
 
13.
The Gazebo (1959)
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TV writer Elliott Nash buries a blackmailer under the new gazebo in his suburban backyard. But the nervous man can't let the body rest there. (100 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
“ Another clever comedy about a husband who accidentally (or rather, intentionally but accidentally) kills (or rather, causes indirectly but purposefully) a death of a man... and now faces the pesky problem of hiding it from the eyes of his wife... A perfect time to start work on that new gazebo! ” - Schwenkstar
 
14.
The Lamp in Assassin Mews (1962)
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A stubborn couple plan to defend a treasured lamp from those who want to remove it from its rightful place. (65 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Grayson
 
15.
The Comedy of Terrors (1963)
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Dishonest undertaker Waldo Trumbull and his sidekick Felix Gillie are creating their own customers when they cannot find willing ones. (84 mins.)
“ A funeral parlor has bills to pay so they go to stir up some more customers... through murder! Richard Matheson wrote this gem! ” - Schwenkstar
 
16.
Monsieur Gangster (1963)
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Ex-gangster Fernand (Lino Ventura) receives a call from a dying friend, a mob boss nicknamed "The Mexican"... (105 mins.)
Director: Georges Lautner
“ French gangster comedy with a series of comical killings... ” - Schwenkstar
 
17.
The Loved One (1965)
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Satire on the funeral business, in which a young British poet goes to work at a Hollywood cemetery. (122 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
“ A black comedy from Tony Richardson ("Tom Jones") about a funeral parlor and its many strange employees... ” - Schwenkstar
 
18.
Arrivederci, Baby! (1966)
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Nick tries to kill his wife to get her money, but when learning of this, she plans the same for him! (100 mins.)
Director: Ken Hughes
“ A husband tries to kill his wife for her money. His wife plans the same for him. Hilarity ensues. ” - Schwenkstar
 
19.
The Wrong Box (1966)
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In Victorian England, a fortune now depends on which of two brothers outlives the other... or can be made to have seemed to do so! (105 mins.)
Director: Bryan Forbes
“ A corpse is mistaken for at least three different individuals, causing mayhem in this British romp... Bryan Forbes ("Seance On A Wet Afternoon", "The Stepford Wives") directs this cult classic! ” - Schwenkstar
 
20.
What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969)
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As Aunt Alice, Ruth Gordon applies for the job of housekeeper in the Tucson, Arizona home of widow Claire... (101 mins.)
Director: Lee H. Katzin
“ Housekeepers keep on disappearing from a widower's house in this black comedy... ” - Schwenkstar
 
21.
Four Murders Are Enough, Darling (1971)
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Two criminal gangs are ruthlessly fighting for a 1-million dollar check that, purely by chance, got... (103 mins.)
Director: Oldrich Lipský
 
22.
The Ruling Class (1972)
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A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other, somewhat more respectable, members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensue. (154 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
“ A man thinks he's Christ... then Jack the Ripper... and there are musical numbers (?!) ” - Schwenkstar
 
23.
A Pain in the Ass (1973)
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Ralf Milan, a hitman, arrives in Montpellier to kill an important witness. He checks in a hotel without... (85 mins.)
“ A hit man tries to keep a low profile but his suicidal neighbor keeps on trying to bump himself off in the most attention-grabbing ways... ” - Schwenkstar
 
24.
The Infernal Trio (1974)
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A cunning French legal adviser teams up with an unemployed German girl and her sister to commit murders in Marseille. (107 mins.)
Director: Francis Girod
“ French comedy with a dead body, a bath tub, and a bottle of acid. ” - Schwenkstar
 
25.
The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery (1975)
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A chicken hatchery owner (and novice private eye) tries to solve the arrow murder of local milkman, philanderer and animal fetishist. (80 mins.)
Director: Dean Hargrove
“ Spoof of Film Noir. ” - Schwenkstar
 
26.
Family Plot (1976)
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A phony psychic/con artist and her taxi driver/private investigator boyfriend encounter a pair of serial kidnappers while trailing a missing heir in California. (120 mins.)
“ Hitchcock incorporates dark humour with a story about a couple who stumble upon some serial kidnappers! ” - Schwenkstar
 
27.
Silver Streak (1976)
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On a long-distance train trip, a man finds romance but also finds himself in danger of being killed, or at least pushed off the train. (114 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
“ A spoof of Hitchcock, complete with kidnappings, vanished bodies, and accidental deaths! ” - Schwenkstar
 
28.
Murder by Death (1976)
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Five famous literary detective characters and their sidekicks are invited to a bizarre mansion to solve an even stranger mystery. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Moore
“ Neil Simon's zany murder mystery screwball comedy! ” - Schwenkstar
 
29.
Foul Play (1978)
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A shy San Francisco librarian and a bumbling cop fall in love as they solve a crime involving albinos, dwarves, and the Catholic Church. (116 mins.)
Director: Colin Higgins
“ Another spoof of Hitchcock films... ” - Schwenkstar
 
30.
Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978)
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Mystery abounds when it is discovered that, one by one, the greatest Chefs in Europe are being killed... (112 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
“ Wacky, zany murder mystery with bodies disposed of the most interesting ways... ” - Schwenkstar
 
31.
Fawlty Towers (1975 TV Series)
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One of the guests has died in his sleep, but Basil thinks it's due to serving him spoiled food. (30 mins.)
“ An episode from the show "Fawlty Towers" - a guest dies (perhaps due to the "kipper" being not so fresh) and the keepers of the inn need to keep this quiet from the other guests... ” - Schwenkstar
 
32.
Deathtrap (1982)
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A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's script. (116 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Michael Caine wants to steal a young writer's stage play... by murdering him and taking all the credit! ” - Schwenkstar
 
33.
Eating Raoul (1982)
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A relatively boring Los Angeles couple discovers a bizarre, if not murderous, way to get funding for opening a restaurant. (90 mins.)
Director: Paul Bartel
“ How to get rid of all the dead bodies you keep accumulating? Cannibalism, naturally... ” - Schwenkstar
 
34.
Le père Noël est une ordure (1982)
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Two neurotics, working for a suicide hotline on the night of Christmas Eve, get caught up in a catastrophe when a pregnant woman, her abusive boyfriend, and a transvestite visit their office. (88 mins.)
“ The dead body may not appear until the last third of the film, but when it does it becomes the focal point of the picture... and just how they dispose of this pesky corpse is utterly audacious! ” - Schwenkstar
 
35.
The King of Comedy (1982)
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Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin attempts to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy. (109 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Psychotic stand up comedian kidnaps talk show host to get on his show... ” - Schwenkstar
 
36.
To Be or Not to Be (1983)
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A bad Polish actor is just trying to make a living when what should intrude but World War II in the form of an invasion... (107 mins.)
Director: Alan Johnson
“ A remake of the Ernst Lubitsch classic. Not as good, but the scenes with Charles Durning occasionally capture the magic of the original - his Oscar nomination was well deserved. ” - Schwenkstar
 
37.
Blood Simple. (1984)
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A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple. (99 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ The Coen brothers seem to be the master of this peculiar genre... a mistaken murder and a corpse who doesn't seem to want to be buried highlight this classic dark comedy/thriller. ” - Schwenkstar
 
38.
The Census Taker (1984)
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Exasperated by his intrusions, a family shoots a census taker and tries to hide his body from a detective. (95 mins.)
“ Strange film that is like "Who's Afraid Of The Virginia Wolf?" but with laughs and a dead body. Timothy Bottoms is hilarious and his role seems to foreshadow Kevin Kline's role in "A Fish Called Wanda" (they even look and act the same in both films). ” - Schwenkstar
 
39.
The Crazy Family (1984)
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The Kobayashi family finally get the chance to move out of their tiny, cramped Tokyo apartment in favour of the suburban house of their dreams... (106 mins.)
Director: Sogo Ishii
“ Surreal satire that culminates in the family trying to bump off one another. ” - Schwenkstar
 
40.
After Hours (1985)
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An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho whom he met that evening at a coffee shop. (97 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Paul Hackett meets a woman, goes to her apartment, and finds her dead... just the beginning of his nightmarish journey! ” - Schwenkstar
 
41.
Clue (1985)
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Six guests are invited to a strange house and must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery. (94 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Lynn
“ "Nobody. No body, that's what we mean. Mr. Boddy's body, it's gone." ” - Schwenkstar
 
42.
Ruthless People (1986)
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A couple, cheated by a vile businessman, kidnap his wife in retaliation, without knowing that their enemy is delighted they did. (93 mins.)
“ A kidnapping gone wrong scheme with Danny DeVito! ” - Schwenkstar
 
43.
Helsinki-Naples All Night Long (1987)
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Alex is Finlander married to an Italian who works as a taxi driver in Berlin. One night in his taxi come two men with a briefcase full of money... (105 mins.)
“ Finnish (!) dark comedy about a taxi cab finding a suitcase full of cash and two dead bodies to go with it... What to do? Keep the cash and dispose of the bodies... a job that proves nearly impossible! ” - Schwenkstar
 
44.
Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
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A bitter ex-husband and a put-upon momma's boy both want their respective former spouse and mother dead. Who will pull it off? (88 mins.)
Director: Danny DeVito
“ Another Danny DeVito vehicle... takes a Hitchcockian idea of swapping murders and plays it for laughs! ” - Schwenkstar
 
45.
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
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In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot. (108 mins.)
“ A cult classic. Hilarious how Michael Palin continually fails in trying to kill an old woman. ” - Schwenkstar
 
46.
A Weekend of Deceased Persons (1988)
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Very black and grotesque comedy about the little office-worker Tase and his death wife Kata. She died in hospital in Skopje... (94 mins.)
Director: Kole Angelovski
“ The title says it all! ” - Schwenkstar
 
47.
Heathers (1988)
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In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids. (103 mins.)
Director: Michael Lehmann
“ High school outcasts murder the popular students and make them look like suicide... doesn't sound funny, but it is! ” - Schwenkstar
 
48.
The 'Burbs (1989)
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An overstressed suburbanite and his fellow neighbors are convinced that the new family on the block are part of a murderous Satanic cult. (101 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
“ Tom Hanks thinks there is a cannibalistic cult in their suburban neighborhood! ” - Schwenkstar
 
49.
Parents (1989)
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A young boy living in 1950s suburbia suspects his parents are cannibalistic murderers. (81 mins.)
Director: Bob Balaban
“ How does mum and pop keep on having the finest of prime rib every evening? ” - Schwenkstar
 
50.
The War of the Roses (1989)
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A married couple try everything to get each other to leave the house in a vicious divorce battle. (116 mins.)
Director: Danny DeVito
“ Another Danny DeVito film! ” - Schwenkstar
 
51.
Weekend at Bernie's (1989)
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Two losers try to pretend that their murdered employer is really alive, leading the hitman to attempt to track him down to finish him off. (97 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
“ I am not a fan but it does have a cult following... Followed by a sequel of such poor quality that I can not bring myself to add it to this list... ” - Schwenkstar
 
52.
I Love You to Death (1990)
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Joey owns a pizza parlor, and is married to Rosalie. He's also a serial womanizer. Rosalie goes to extremes when she finds he has been cheating. (97 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
“ Your husband is cheating on you? Kill him. ” - Schwenkstar
 
53.
A Shock to the System (1990)
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When you think you're at the top of the corporate ladder and then discover they have managed to pull that ladder away... (88 mins.)
Director: Jan Egleson
“ Pissed off at work? Kill your co-workers one by one in a clever plan of revenge... ” - Schwenkstar
 
54.
Sibling Rivalry (1990)
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A frustrated woman's life gets even more frustrating once she gets into an affair with a man who suffers a fatal heart attack after their fling. (87 mins.)
Director: Carl Reiner
“ A man dies during the act of lovemaking, a blind man thinks he did it, the police think its suicide... this film isn't all that good. ” - Schwenkstar
 
55.
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991)
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Five siblings are left alone all summer when their mom leaves town and the evil babysitter bites the dust. (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
“ The babysitter dies... what do you do? Don't tell anyone, especially mom! ” - Schwenkstar
 
56.
Hikinige Family (1992)
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It was a dark and rainy night. Momentarily distracted, salaryman Motomura runs over a young lady on a bicycle... (100 mins.)
“ The father runs over a cyclist and wants to turn himself in... but the wife thinks that having a convicted felon in the family will never do! Tut! Tut! Cover up the dirty deed and think nothing more of it! Why, even the cover-up is bringing the family together! If only those pesky neighbors would stop wondering what those noises were coming from the garage... ” - Schwenkstar
 
57.
Nero (1992)
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Right after she moves in with him, Frederico's new girlfriend Francesca sends him back to her former... (100 mins.)
Director: Giancarlo Soldi
“ Nothing like finding a body in a suitcase... ” - Schwenkstar
 
58.
Once Upon a Crime... (1992)
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Phoebe and fellow American Julian Peters meet in Rome, find a lost dog, and agree to return it to Monte Carlo to split the five thousand dollar reward... (94 mins.)
Director: Eugene Levy
“ Comedy-Mystery from Eugene Levy... ” - Schwenkstar
 
59.
The Player (1992)
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A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one? (124 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ A writer kills another writer and proceeds to try and get away with it... ” - Schwenkstar
 
60.
Falling Down (1993)
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An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them. (113 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ The scene where Michael Douglas orders breakfast at McDonald's with an uzi is funny... ” - Schwenkstar
 
61.
Head Above Water (1993)
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Einar and Bjørn leave Lene on the island for a fishing trip. Then her former lover, Gaute, drops by unexpectedly... (97 mins.)
Director: Nils Gaup
“ A wonderfully tricky black comedy - from the oscar-nominated director of "Pathfinder" (1987). ” - Schwenkstar
 
62.
So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)
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A San Francisco poet who fears commitment suspects his girlfriend may not be who she appears. (93 mins.)
Director: Thomas Schlamme
“ Mike Meyers thinks he may have married an axe murderer! ” - Schwenkstar
 
63.
Deadly Advice (1994)
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Mother rules the house with an iron hand and has such power over her daughters that they see themselves as becoming old unmarried... (91 mins.)
Director: Mandie Fletcher
“ Girls plan to kill their domineering mother in this British black comedy. ” - Schwenkstar
 
64.
The Monster (1994)
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A vicious serial sex killer is on the loose, and landscape gardener and shop-window outfitter Loris is the prime suspect... (112 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
“ Hilarious giallo-hitchcock spoof concerning an idiot mistaken for a sex-crazed killer. ” - Schwenkstar
 
65.
The Ref (1994)
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A cat burglar is forced to take a bickering, dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas Eve. (96 mins.)
Director: Ted Demme
“ Dennis Leary kidnaps a squabbling couple... now he just wants to get rid of them! ” - Schwenkstar
 
66.
Serial Mom (1994)
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A sweet mother takes a little too much at heart for the defense of her family. (95 mins.)
Director: John Waters
“ An over-protective mom who won't stop at nothing - even murder - to keep her family's lifestyle they way she wants it to be kept! ” - Schwenkstar
 
67.
Shallow Grave (1994)
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Three friends discover their new flatmate dead but loaded with cash. (89 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ This is a razor-sharp thriller with very - very - dark humour. ” - Schwenkstar
 
68.
Swimming with Sharks (1994)
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A young, naive Hollywood studio assistant finally turns the tables on his incredibly abusive producer boss. (93 mins.)
Director: George Huang
“ Kevin Spacey is the boss from hell... so wouldn't just love to kidnap your boss, tie him up, give him paper cuts, and then pour lemon juice on them? ” - Schwenkstar
 
69.
The Last Supper (1995)
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A group of idealistic, but frustrated, liberals succumb to the temptation of murdering rightwing pundits for their political beliefs. (92 mins.)
Director: Stacy Title
“ A politically-charged comedy about liberals who murder conservatives... ” - Schwenkstar
 
70.
Wild Horses (1995)
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A road movie that begins when a man tries to rob a bank and the bank's clerk, a yuppie, pretends the thief has kidnapped him to help him run away... (122 mins.)
“ Spanish road movie with bank-robbing hijinks. ” - Schwenkstar
 
71.
Bernie (1996)
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Bernie, a 30 years old orphan, decides to leave his orphanage and find his parents. After an investigation... (87 mins.)
Director: Albert Dupontel
“ Dark French comedy... ” - Schwenkstar
 
72.
Faithful (1996)
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A depressed housewife whose husband is having an affair contemplates suicide, but changes her mind when she faces death by a killer hired to do her in. (91 mins.)
Director: Paul Mazursky
“ Cher is kidnapped in a mediocre movie! ” - Schwenkstar
 
73.
Fargo (1996)
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Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. (98 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ Coen brothers are at it again - probably with their most iconic work - this time using a wood chipper to dispose of a pesky body... ” - Schwenkstar
 
74.
Head Above Water (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A prominent judge, his wife, her ex-lover, their neighbor and a dead body that complicates their lives. (92 mins.)
Director: Jim Wilson
“ Horrible remake of "Hodet Over Vannet" ” - Schwenkstar
 
75.
Just Your Luck (1996 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Six million dollars suddenly goes up for grabs when an aged diner's heart fails after he discovers that he has won the lottery... (86 mins.)
Director: Gary Auerbach
 
76.
Love Serenade (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In Sunray, a backwater town on Australia's Murray River, there's little to do but fish or listen to the local radio station... (101 mins.)
Director: Shirley Barrett
“ Australian anti-romantic comedy that takes quite a dark turn in the final act involving murder and body disposal. ” - Schwenkstar
 
77.
Junk Mail (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A lazy postman puts his nose where it doesn't belong. (83 mins.)
Director: Pål Sletaune
“ A completely inept mail man continually opens up the letters he delivers and pries into the lives of people... which soon get him mixed up in robbery and murder! ” - Schwenkstar
 
78.
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Martin Blank is a professional assassin. He is sent on a mission to a small Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe, and, by coincidence, his ten-year high school reunion party is taking place there at the same time. (107 mins.)
Director: George Armitage
“ A hitman at a high school reunion... mayhem ensues! ” - Schwenkstar
 
79.
Kiler (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An innocent cab driver Jurek Kiler is mistaken for a contract killer and imprisoned. Soon, he is sprung by a mob boss who needs "Killer" for a few more jobs. (104 mins.)
“ Polish comedy about a taxi driver who is mistaken for a hit-man called "Kiler" who has no idea how to go about killing anybody... ” - Schwenkstar
 
80.
A miniszter félrelép (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Minister and the Secretary of the Opposition party go to a 5 star hotel to conduct a secret affair. Their plans are ruined when they discover a corpse lodged in the window of their room. (105 mins.)
“ Another "get ride of a pesky corpse" scenario where hilarity ensues... ” - Schwenkstar
 
81.
Suicide Kings (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A group of youngsters kidnap a respected Mafia figure. (106 mins.)
Director: Peter O'Fallon
“ Another "kidnapping goes wrong" film with murderous complications and laughs at the expense of others... ” - Schwenkstar
 
82.
A Simple Plan (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When three blue collar acquaintances come across millions of dollars in lost cash they make a plan to keep their find from the authorities but find complications and mistrust weaving its way into their plan. (121 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ For the most part, this is a dark thriller, but there's certainly dark humor woven throughout the fabric of the film (it is from the director of the Evil Dead trilogy, after all). ” - Schwenkstar
 
83.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. (117 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ The dude gets involved with a kidnapping of a millionaire's wife... but the dude only wants his rug replaced! ” - Schwenkstar
 
84.
Clay Pigeons (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Clay is a young man in a small town who witnesses his friend kill himself because of the ongoing affair that Clay was having with the man's wife... (104 mins.)
Director: David Dobkin
“ Your friend blows his brains out in front of you, it looks like you did it, you hide the body in the lake, the body is found while fishing, and this is just the beginning of your troubles... ” - Schwenkstar
 
85.
Dead Man's Curve (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Two college students kill their roommate and make it look like a suicide. (91 mins.)
Director: Dan Rosen
“ Kill your college roommate, make it look like suicide, and then get straight As... not a bad plan! Too bad the film isn't as clever as its interesting premise. ” - Schwenkstar
 
86.
Dead Man on Campus (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Two college roommates go out and party, resulting in bad grades. They learn of the clause that says, "If your roommate dies, you get an A," and decide to find someone who is on the verge, so to speak, to move in with them. (96 mins.)
Director: Alan Cohn
“ The same exact premise as above - find a roommate (for a limited time only) to ensure straight As... this one plays more for laughs but it too isn't as clever as its interesting premise. ” - Schwenkstar
 
87.
Judas Kiss (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A woman and her lover, who has made a living by running sex scams at hotels, decide to enter the big... (98 mins.)
“ Yet another "a kidnapping gone-wrong" comedy... This is a rather routine affair. ” - Schwenkstar
 
88.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns. (107 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ Guy Ritchie's British ganster comedy... ” - Schwenkstar
 
89.
The Quiet Family (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A family opens a mountain inn where their first guest commits suicide. Suddenly all their guests befall horrible fates. (101 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ A family runs a country inn where all their guests seem to turn up dead... ” - Schwenkstar
 
90.
Serial Lover (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Four men meet one woman. Not a balance of power. (83 mins.)
Director: James Huth
“ Later remade in Korean as Femme Fatale. ” - Schwenkstar
 
91.
Very Bad Things (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A prostitute is killed during a bachelor party and the attendees turn on each other as the wedding approaches. (100 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
“ Prostitute turns up dead at bachelor party... what would a bunch of amoral and irresponsible men do? Call the police? Hell, no! Get rid of it at any cost! ” - Schwenkstar
 
92.
6ixtynin9 (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A woman, fired from a financial coorporation during the Asia crisis, returns home with no money. However... (118 mins.)
“ A woman finds a bag full of money in front of her door... and keeps it, naturally. When people start knocking on her door asking for the dough, the bodies start piling up... ” - Schwenkstar
 
93.
Delivered (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
College droupout Will Sherman works as a pizza delivery boy. One night he delivers a pizza at the house... (93 mins.)
Director: Guy Ferland
 
94.
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A small-town beauty pageant turns deadly as it becomes clear that someone will go to any lengths to win. (97 mins.)
“ A mother would do anything to make her daughter win the beauty pageant... and I mean anything! ” - Schwenkstar
 
95.
Go (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Go! tells the story of the events after a drug deal, told from three different points of view. (102 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
“ Pesky situation of disposing a body that isn't quite dead yet... ” - Schwenkstar
 
96.
Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
The story of a girl who is willing to do anything to become Valedictorian, even if it means murdering the teacher that stands in her way. (96 mins.)
“ A student wants to be valedictorian so she kidnaps the one teacher who gave her a bad grade... supposedly a comedy, but it's just really dumb. ” - Schwenkstar
 
97.
American Psycho (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A wealthy New York investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies. (102 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
“ Very... Very... Very... VERY dark humour! ” - Schwenkstar
 
98.
Barking dogs never bite (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An idle part-time college lector is annoyed by the yapping sound of a near-by dog. He decides to take drastic action. (110 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
“ Korean dark comedy featuring a man who kidnaps dogs to cook them, a boyfriend who tries to kill his girlfriend's annoying dog, and a serial killer running around an apartment building for no apparent reason. ” - Schwenkstar
 
99.
Chain of Fools (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Salma Hayek plays an avid detective assigned to the heist of a batch of precious coins that end up in the hands of a suicidal barber. (98 mins.)
Director: Traktor, Traktor
“ Elijah Wood as a 17-year-old hitman is a hoot! ” - Schwenkstar
 
100.
Common Wealth (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The accidental discovery of a big fortune hidden in the apartment of a deceased man will fill the heart of a real estate agent with greed and dreams of a luxurious life, but the neighbours think otherwise. (110 mins.)
“ Alex De La Iglesia's tale about a real estate agent finding 300 million pesestas hidden in a dead man's house... and all the neighbors wanting a cut! ” - Schwenkstar