Film Noir Comedies / Parodies

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1. My Favorite Brunette (1947)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Shortly before his execution on the death row in San Quentin, amateur sleuth and baby photographer Ronnie Jackson, tells reporters how he got there.

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney Jr.

Votes: 2,572

2. Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Film noir parody with a detective uncovering a sinister plot. Characters from real noirs appear as scenes from various films are intercut.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Steve Martin, Rachel Ward, Alan Ladd, Carl Reiner

Votes: 18,505 | Gross: $18.20M

3. The Man with Bogart's Face (1980)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A man with a fixation on Humphrey Bogart gets plastic surgery to make him look exactly like Bogart. Then he changes his name to Sam Marlowe (after Sam Spade and Phillip Marlowe, two of ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Robert Sacchi, Franco Nero, Michelle Phillips, Olivia Hussey

Votes: 436

4. So You Want to Be a Detective (1948)

Approved | 11 min | Comedy, Crime, Short

Joe McDoakes imagines himself as a private detective on a murder case. Throughout the film, he spars verbally with narrator Art Gilmore.

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: George O'Hanlon, Art Gilmore, Kit Guard, Charles Horvath

Votes: 268

5. The Black Bird (1975)

PG | 110 min | Comedy

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.

Director: David Giler | Stars: George Segal, Stéphane Audran, Lionel Stander, Lee Patrick

Votes: 390

pariodies The Maltese Falcon

6. The Cheap Detective (1978)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

San Francisco, 1940, detectives, dames, documents, Nazis, and a treasure.

Director: Robert Moore | Stars: Peter Falk, Ann-Margret, Eileen Brennan, Sid Caesar

Votes: 3,529

7. Throw Momma from the Train (1987)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

A bitter ex-husband wants his former spouse dead. A put-upon momma's boy wants his mother dead. Who will pull it off?

Director: Danny DeVito | Stars: Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal, Kim Greist, Anne Ramsey

Votes: 30,169 | Gross: $57.92M

parody of Strangers On A Train

8. Beat the Devil (1953)

Approved | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

On their way to Africa are a group of rogues who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen...

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Robert Morley

Votes: 7,172

9. Mrs. Winterbourne (1996)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

35 Metascore

Connie Doyle is eighteen and pregnant when her boyfriend kicks her out. She accidentally ends up on a train where she meets Hugh Winterbourne and his wife Patricia who is pregnant. The ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Benjamin | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Ricki Lake, Brendan Fraser, Miguel Sandoval

Votes: 6,350 | Gross: $10.07M

from the Cornell Woolrich story , filmed as No Man of Her Own , and J'ai Epouse Une Ombre

10. Murder, He Says (1945)

91 min | Comedy

A pollster stumbles on a family of murderous hillbillies, and joins in their search for hidden treasure.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Helen Walker, Marjorie Main, Jean Heather

Votes: 1,479

11. Play It Again, Sam (1972)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

A neurotic film critic obsessed with the movie Casablanca (1942) attempts to get over his wife leaving him by dating again with the help of a married couple and his illusory idol, Humphrey Bogart.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Jerry Lacy

Votes: 22,491

12. Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Crime

63 Metascore

Frank Drebin comes out of retirement to help Police Squad infiltrate a gang of terrorists planning to detonate a bomb at the Academy Awards.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson

Votes: 86,983 | Gross: $51.13M

uses the plot of White Heat

14. Half Past Midnight (1948)

Approved | 69 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A man with an affinity for trouble meets a girl in distress in a nightclub. She becomes involved in the murder of a Spanish dancer and both of them become major suspects. The couple, ... See full summary »

Director: William F. Claxton | Stars: Kent Taylor, Peggy Knudsen, Joe Sawyer, Walter Sande

Votes: 20

15. Hazard (1948)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

As part of a bet, a compulsive gambler agrees to marry the winner, a professional gambler. Before he can "collect," she skips town. The gambler hires a private detective to track her down so he can collect his "winnings."

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Paulette Goddard, Macdonald Carey, Fred Clark, Stanley Clements

Votes: 60

16. The Good Humor Man (1950)

Passed | 80 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Biff Jones is a driver/salesman for the Good Humor ice-cream company. He hopes to marry his girl Margie, who works as a secretary for Stuart Nagel, an insurance investigator. Margie won't ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Jack Carson, Lola Albright, Jean Wallace, George Reeves

Votes: 291

17. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer

Votes: 164,275 | Gross: $156.45M

Plot is similar to Chinatown

18. How to Be a Detective (1952)

Approved | 6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Goofy is hired to solve a mystery of a missing "Al." He searches the city for clues, but constantly runs into a city sheriff (who is portrayed by Pete) who tells him to let the police ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Kinney | Stars: Billy Bletcher, Pinto Colvig, June Foray

Votes: 379

19. The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery (1975)

PG | 80 min | Comedy, Mystery, Crime

A chicken hatchery owner (and novice private eye) tries to solve the arrow murder of local milkman, philanderer and animal fetishist.

Director: Dean Hargrove | Stars: Gabriel Dell, Will Geer, Anjanette Comer, Joyce Van Patten

Votes: 143

20. Fatal Instinct (1993)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

A spoof of the late '80s and early '90s suspense thrillers and murder mysteries, including Basic Instinct, Sleeping With The Enemy, and Cape Fear. A cop/attorney (yes he's both) is seduced ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Armand Assante, Sherilyn Fenn, Kate Nelligan, Sean Young

Votes: 6,174 | Gross: $7.85M

21. Kill Me, Deadly (2015)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, History, Mystery

It's 1947, and hard-boiled private investigator Charlie Nickels' client is murdered and her priceless diamond stolen. The investigation forces him to do the one thing he vowed never to do again: trust a dame.

Director: Darrett Sanders | Stars: Kirsten Vangsness, Dean Lemont, Lesley-Anne Down, Joe Mantegna

Votes: 58 | Gross: $0.04M

22. The Woman Chaser (1999)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy

46 Metascore

Set in 1950s Los Angeles, Richard Hudson (Warburton) is a shrewd car dealer who moves from San Francisco and sets up a used-car dealership. Tiring of this job, he turns the lot over to an ... See full summary »

Director: Robinson Devor | Stars: Patrick Warburton, Eugene Roche, Ron Morgan, Emily Newman

Votes: 558 | Gross: $0.11M

23. Totò le mokò (1949)

81 min | Comedy

The mobster Pep le Mok dies during a shootout with the police. His gang decide that his successor will be a relative of his from Naples: Antonio Lumaconi, a street musician.

Director: Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia | Stars: Totò, Gianna Maria Canale, Carla Calò, Franca Marzi

Votes: 335

24. The Corpse Came C.O.D. (1947)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Mystery

When a dead body turns up in the home of a famous actress, two reporters (who also happen to be in love with one another) compete to get the real scoop.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: George Brent, Joan Blondell, Adele Jergens, Jim Bannon

Votes: 193

25. The Fuller Brush Girl (1950)

Approved | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Scatterbrained Sally Elliott tries to get a job as a Fuller brush girl and desperate for money she borrows her friend's kit without permission and her attempts at selling cosmetics ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Lucille Ball, Eddie Albert, Carl Benton Reid, Gale Robbins

Votes: 554

26. A Scream in the Dark (1943)

53 min | Mystery

Newspaper reporter turned detective Mike, along with his partner Eddie Tough (who used to be his photographer on the paper), and Mike's girlfriend Joan go after some business. She's the ... See full summary »

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Robert Lowery, Marie McDonald, Edward Brophy, Elizabeth Russell

Votes: 32

27. Jinx Money (1948)

Approved | 68 min | Crime, Comedy

A man wins $50,000 in a card game with gamblers, but is soon found dead and the money missing. Slip and Sach find the money near where the body was discovered, and soon find themselves the ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Sheldon Leonard

Votes: 184



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