Films similar to these?
April 27, 2014 9:28 PM   Subscribe

I'm researching films about private detective types who get involved in seedy underworlds.. Sort of like 8MM and The Ninth Gate.. Any similar films? Preferably book adaptations.
posted by omar.a to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
George C. Scott in Hardcore.
posted by infinitewindow at 9:31 PM on April 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

Every version of The Wicker Man
posted by jbenben at 9:35 PM on April 27, 2014

posted by brujita at 9:39 PM on April 27, 2014 [2 favorites]

In the Mouth of Madness
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 9:45 PM on April 27, 2014

Angel Heart? You didn't specify good movies. Also Bill Cosby is not pleased.
posted by sevenless at 9:53 PM on April 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

The Long Goodbye
The Big Sleep

posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 9:59 PM on April 27, 2014 [2 favorites]

Arguable The Name of the Rose. 13th Century Franciscan monks are the detectives (not formally so, but inquisitive rationalist), and while investigating a death at a monastery, they discover some eschatological goings-on within their order. Adapted from the Umberto Eco novel.
posted by Sunburnt at 10:02 PM on April 27, 2014 [2 favorites]

The tv series Kolchak: The Night Stalker.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:03 PM on April 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

A lot of the noir stuff answers this:

The Maltese Falcon The book.

The Thin Man Series does this. The book.

Both are Dashiell Hammett. Raymond Chandler is another author worth reading.

Spenser has been a TV series, and is a series of novels.

The reason people hire private detectives is usually because there's something seedy that can't be handled by the police. So the whole genre is predicated by the fact that if it's a private detective, ergo it's seedy.

Hell, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" is even one of these. The book.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 6:32 AM on April 28, 2014

posted by Iris Gambol at 6:53 AM on April 28, 2014 [2 favorites]

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