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5 Movies like The Nice Guys: Private Investigations

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Dale Barham itcherMovies like ‘The Nice Guys’, ‘8MM’ and ‘Chinatown’ tackle the subject off private investigators in a variety of ways. Whether you’re looking for a smattering of comedy or a devolution into the dark recesses of our society, there’s something here for everyone.

Be warned, in the quest for truth, nothing is quite what it seems! ~ Dale Barham

Movies Similar to ‘The Nice Guys’

This article recommends an underrated title, a must-see title, an unknown title, an ‘if you like, you will like’ title and an unexpected title so you have different options when it comes to choosing your next movie to watch.



‘Blood Simple.’ (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1984)

Long before the likes of ‘Fargo’ and ‘The Big Lebowski’, the Coen brothers made this neo-noir thriller.

The movie tells the story of a rich man who hires a private investigator to murder his wife and the man she’s cheating with.

Of course, this is a Coen brothers movie so you can bet things don’t go at all according to plan!


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An adept tale of murder and betrayal. 



‘Chinatown’ (Roman Polanski, 1974)

Jack Nicholson is fantastic in this noir throwback about a private eye, whose investigation into an adultery case leads him down a path of mistrust, corruption and murder.

To say any more would be to rob you of one of the most satisfying movie experiences of the last 50 years.

If you want a well-written and highly intellectual private investigation thriller, this is the PERFECT choice for you.


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A nod to a bygone era, filmed to perfection. 



‘Night Moves’ (Arthur Penn, 1975)

Gene Hackman stars as a down-on-his-luck private investigator who agrees to a runaway case to distract himself from his deteriorating marriage. He finds his subject living in Florida with her father and his new girlfriend, and proceeds to begin an affair with her.

However, his romantic entanglement only thrusts him deeper and deeper into a case that isn’t as clear-cut as he first thought.


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A well-acted and highly original mystery. 



‘8mm’ (Joel Schumacher, 1999)

Nic Cage stars in this dank and dark thriller as a private investigator hired to uncover the origins and authenticity of a snuff film. His detective work takes him into the heart of the L.A. porn scene, in which he uncovers a multitude of dark secrets, conspiracies and taboo occurrences.

If you’re easily offended, this probably isn’t the movie for you. However, if you’re looking for a shocking and moody thriller on a cold, rainy night, you can do a lot worse than this one.


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A seedy mystery that'll more than leave a scar. 


If You Like ‘The Nice Guys’, You Will Like

‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ (Shane Black, 2005)

If you can’t get enough of Shane Black’s zippy writing and sense of wit, make sure you check out his earlier film ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ – arguably an even strong movie than ‘The Nice Guys’.

Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer star in this murder mystery that weaves together a private eye, a crook, a struggling actress and a wily thief pretending to be an actor.

A parody of the noir genre, you can’t afford to miss this underrated movie like ‘The Nice Guys’.


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A razor sharp crime caper. 


What Would You Add?

Are there any other films like ‘The Nice Guys’ that definitely deserve a spot on this list?

If you’ve got a recommendation to share, sound off in the comments section below!

Hi, I’m Dale and I’m a Blu-Ray addict. When I’m not obsessively fixating over the ever-growing mountain of movies taking up most of the front room, I’m usually writing about all things Hollywood. Go figure, huh? If I’m not glued to the television watching ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ for the billionth time, you can probably find me crooning in my hard-rocking blues band or having inane conversations with the resident cats.
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