Crime and comedy don't often mix in real life. There may be occasional exceptions, but the notion of a crime implies some degree of harm to a victim, and if it's not someone who committed it in some way, it's unlikely that most people will find it humorous.
When it comes to movies, how does that work? The result can be darkly amusing, exciting, and unpredictable. With a new Fletch film starring Jon Hamm, which fits both genres, now is the time to look into ten more enjoyable, highly engaging crime comedy films.
When it comes to discussing films similar to the recent Confess, Fletch, the original film version of Fletch was released in 1985 and was based on a novel series of the same name. It's one of Chevy Chase's most famous roles, playing a reporter who gets caught in a strange, complex, and ultimately hilarious criminal plot.
Fletch is a classic film noir film, with its shady characters and sense of mystery, but it's far more funny than most films of the genre, and is certainly funny in this regard, carrying the narrative with him in his unique comedic timing and being perfectly cast as a guy who's consistently out of his depths, becoming more and more insolvent through his actions.
'Knives Out' (2019)
Knives Out, a comedic homage to whodunit fiction, manages to balance its humor with its mystery-heavy plot in a way that doesn't make the film feel like a parody.
Although it is light-hearted, it isn't without some more serious moments, and characters you either like or don't want in it. The sequel, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, is one of 2022's most anticipated films.
'The Wolf of Wall Street' (2013)
The Wolf of Wall Street is by no means Martin Scorsese's first crime picture. While Goodfellas may contain a fair amount of comedy, The Wolf of Wall Street is likely Scorsese's first crime picture that emphasizes the humor as much as its crime-related plot.
Jordan Belfort's Wall Street exploits are often funny, yet in an extremely dark manner. The film is equally unafraid to expose the internal corruption that led to so much destruction and deception.
'Logan Lucky' (2017)
Logan Lucky, directed by Steven Soderbergh, never seemed to find an audience the way his Ocean's Eleven movies did, which is a real shame. Logan Lucky is also a heist film, and has arguably more charisma (and plenty of humor) than any of the Ocean's movies he did (which, admittedly, still hold up as solid, easy-to-watch crime thrillers).
Logan Lucky, a heist film set in the South of the United States, is far more than just a "just" heist film that's been discussed in the 2010s, and is a must-see for anyone who loves heist films.
Clue is without a doubt one of the finest comedic crime/mystery film. It takes the characters from the board game and places them in a strange place where they discover the host is dead, and they have to find who among them might be the killer.
The wacky characters are all enjoyable to watch, and the fact that each ending was randomly picked at each screening when it was in theaters is a clever gimmick.
'The Ladykillers' (1955)
The Ladykillers is a classic British film with a simple but powerful premise. The main characters are a group of bank robbers who rent a room from an old lady to plan their next heist, but they are all so incompetent that they end up being accidentally thwarted by their landlord, all while continuing to bump each other off.
Watching criminals who think they're smart do their own harm, and much of the humor remains relevant, despite the film's age, as well as a young Peter Sellers a few years before the first Pink Panther film became a star.
'Hot Fuzz' (2007)
Hot Fuzz, Edgar Wright's second film, follows Nicholas Angel, a hyper-competent London cop who's hired to work in a small, seemingly small village. Soon after, Angel realizes something about the town is off, and sets out to uncover a bizarre, disturbing plot hidden beneath the village's shabby exterior.
Wright uses Hot Fuzz to pay tribute to crime/action movies while putting his own spin on the buddy comedy genre in the process. It's a funny film, but the mystery at its heart is also quite entertaining, making Hot Fuzz a terrific comedy.
'Murder by Death' (1976)
Murder by Death is a board game that almost (sort of) adapts to the big screen a decade before Clue (1985) was released. The premise is certainly similar: A group of detectives is sent to an isolated house where they must solve a murder and look out for a potential murderer.
Murder by Death may be a good alternative for those who prefer Clue to being too over-the-top. It's a bit more subtle, yet overall still outwardly funny. It may have a bit of a mystery in its narrative, but the humor is ultimately appreciated.
'The Nice Guys' (2016)
The Nice Guys, one of the finest buddy cop films of the 2010s (and also one of the least underrated), is surely one of the greatest buddy cop films of all time. After all, Shane Black was the one who made a name for himself after writing the first Lethal Weapon.
The Nice Guys is a film that features black's flair and skill, and it is one of his favorite, and most compelling, films in his long, stellar career. The actors are superb, the performances are outstanding, and the photography from the 1970s is superb.
'In Bruges' (2008)
In Bruges, as long as you're prepared for things to get tragic by the end, is an excellent crime comedy. It follows two hitmen who find themselves in a small, idyllic town in Belgium, waiting for an update on what their next assignment will be.
In Bruges is a slew of dark comedy and funny banter until the truths about their next task (and their backstories) are revealed. It's a film with a wide range of emotions, yet it's a blisteringly enjoyable experience for anyone who loves odd crime dramas.