20 comedy thrillers for fans of non-standard genres

What kind of movie to choose to watch if you want it to be both scary and funny? In this case, there are creations from cross-genre masters who bake comedy thrillers for audiences with a killer sense of humor. Our selection includes films in the thriller genre with elements of comedy – from creepy but logical stories to frightening and comical ones, where the absurd celebrates the final victory over common sense.

Swindler (2020)

The enterprising Marla divides all people into prey and predators, and the woman classifies herself as the second type. A clever swindler fraudulently obtains custody of the elderly, in order to then hand over the wards to a nursing home. The main prize is the property of lonely or lost contacts with the relatives of God’s dandelions. The next victim is the gullible Mrs. Peterson. Marla launches a proven scheme and suddenly steps on a mine – the granny has connections with the violent Russian mafia .

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
I Care a Lot

Actors:
Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza Gonzalez…

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Giving Oak in Yuba County (2020)

The novelty of the movie has managed to become one of the best comedy thrillers. Sue Buttons is overlooked by colleagues and often ignored by her husband. For the birthday of the second half, the husband goes to the hotel to his mistress, where he dies of a heart attack when his wife appears on the threshold. The newly-made widow is in no hurry to put on a mourning outfit, deciding to use the situation. Sue announces her husband’s disappearance and starts doing interviews, basking in the attention. The woman does not suspect that the deceased had other secrets, and soon the TV star will be in the thick of criminal events.

Original title:
Breaking News in Yuba County

Actors:
Allison Janney, Mila Kunis, Regina Hall …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


I go looking (2019)

A comedy with an abundance of black humor is the perfect choice for an evening if you want to tickle your nerves. Grace dreamed of the perfect wedding , and the groom’s family puts on an unforgettable ceremony. The new relatives of the girl are not limited to one celebration, since there is an old tradition in the house. When joining a family, a randomly selected game must be played, and Grace is given “harmless” hide-and-seek. While the newlywed is looking for a secluded place in the mansion, those present take up arms and begin to hunt down the victim.

Original title:
Ready or Not

Actors:
Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’Brien …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Hunting (2019)

One of the best films in the genre of comedy and thriller captivated the audience with an exciting unpredictable plot with social overtones. A group of strangers wakes up in a forest clearing far from civilization. Each has a gag in his mouth, and next to it is a box with various types of weapons. The victims of the kidnappers have to instantly join the game in order to survive and find out who is behind the cruel bloody entertainment.

Original title:
The Hunt

Actors:
Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Ike Barinholtz, Emma Roberts…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


A Simple Request (2018)

After the death of her husband, Stephanie plunges headlong into social activity so as not to be left alone with gloomy thoughts. A young widow runs a food blog and actively participates in school activities , which annoys the other parents. The spectacular business lady Emily is the exact opposite of the modest Stephanie, but it is the difference in characters that brings women together. However, the widow does not know her new friend at all, and the fulfillment of Emily’s usual request leads to an unexpected ending to a comedy thriller.

Original title:
A Simple Favor

Actors:
Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding…

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Night Games (2018)

Foreign thriller with elements of comedy will introduce viewers to the Davis spouses, game lovers. For intellectual competitions in their free time, the couple gathers friends. Gambling Max competes with his brother Brooks since childhood, and he takes entertainment to a new level. A man organizes a night quest in the style of a detective story, where the main prize is a rare car. Max enters the fight, but the intervention of real criminal elements makes the competition deadly.

Original title:
Game Night

Actors:
Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Wild Story (2016)

The Spanish comedy film received rave reviews from the audience – fans of chamber thrillers with black humor. A man was shot dead by a sniper at the exit of a cafe in the center of Madrid , and the rest of the customers cannot leave the establishment. The company of strangers understands that the shooter opened the hunt for those present in this bar for a reason, and they are trying to figure out the real victim of the killer in order to save themselves.

Original title:
El bar

Actors:
Blanca Suarez, Mario Casas, Carmen Machi…

Country:
Spain, Argentina

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Look around (2016)

The Australian comedy about the creepy adventures of teenagers on Christmas night continues the top thrillers. On a festive evening, Ashley decides to work for the last time as a nanny in a familiar family, in order to leave the provincial town forever in the morning. The girl is going to watch a funny movie, order pizza and have a great evening with her ward, but a strange shadow outside the window and the sound of broken glass ruin her peaceful plans.

Original title:
Better Watch Out

Actors:
Olivia DeJong, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould…

Country:
Australia, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.5

Age Limits :
18+


The guy from our cemetery (2015)

Nikolai is a young provincial guy who is deeply in debt. To solve financial problems, the young man comes to his uncle in the capital, and the relative offers him a well-paid job. Kolya gets a job as a night watchman at a cemetery in order to pay off creditors and at the same time not overwork too much. However, a quiet and peaceful place turns out to be a magnet for mystical incidents.

Actors:
Alexander Pal, Igor Zhizhikin, Vladimir Sychev …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Wild Stories (2014)

Argentine-Spanish almanac, where each character has to enchantingly pay for old or new sins. The heroes of the film in the comedy thriller genre, by chance or by someone else’s intent, get into absurd and murderous situations. The plots of six short stories with selective black humor are not interconnected, but all stories have a common theme – human vices.

Original title:
Relatos salvajes

Actors:
Ricardo Darin, Oscar Martinez, Leonardo Sbaraglia…

Country:
Argentina, Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Kill Me Three Times (2014)

Businessman Jack is a jealous man who has no luck in his personal life. The hero of a comedy crime film suspects his wife of cheating and hires a private detective to spy on Alice. The detective brings evidence of his wife’s betrayal to the deceived Jack, and the angry husband decides to deal with his beloved. To divert suspicion from himself, the businessman resorts to the services of a professional killer, but not only the husband wants to send Alice to the next world.

Original title:
Kill Me Three Times

Actors:
Simon Pegg, Steve Le Marquand, Alice Braga…

Country:
Australia, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Very Bad Boys (2013)

The action of the Israeli comedy with elements of a thriller takes place in a province where a maniac is operating. Little girls become victims of the criminal, and suspicions fall on a modest school teacher . The police arrest the teacher, but soon release him for lack of evidence. The father of one of the victims does not agree with the arguments of law enforcement agencies, therefore, together with a familiar cop , he kidnaps a teacher. The newly-minted partners intend to knock the truth out of the teacher, but they face a serious problem.

Original title:
Big Bad Wolves

Actors:
Tsakhi Grad, Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan …

Country:
Israel

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Once Upon a Time in Ireland (2011)

The protagonist of the comedy thriller is a good-natured red-haired police sergeant. The colorful Irish minister of law Jerry Boyle loves to drink , eat delicious food and spend the evening in the company of available girls. A cop’s life changes when FBI agent Everett arrives in a remote town on a secret mission. The secret services are interested in underground drug trafficking, and Boyle will have to unravel a difficult case along with a meticulous and too correct partner.

Original title:
The Guard

Actors:
Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong …

Country:
Ireland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Jackpot (2011)

A funny Norwegian film in the genre of a comedy thriller based on the detective Jo Nesbø tells about the unremarkable manager Oscar, who won more than two million in a sweepstakes with three friends. A happy event happens on Christmas , but the idyll immediately turns into a massacre, and the most respectable citizen from the company becomes the main suspect. Oscar regains consciousness with a gun in his hands on the floor of a border shop, surrounded by corpses.

Original title:
Arme Riddere

Actors:
Kürre Hellum, Mads Ousdal, Henrik Mestad…

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Mad Date (2010)

The Fosters have been married for a long time, got a respectable house and children, but romance has disappeared from the life of the couple. To revive the relationship, Phil invites his wife to dinner at a prestigious restaurant where there are no empty seats. The man decides to improvise, so he introduces himself as someone else’s name, for which the table is reserved. From this moment, an exciting night begins, which has become the longest and most deadly for the spouses.

Original title:
Date Night

Actors:
Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Taraji P. Henson, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Mila Kunis…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Hands and Feet for Love (2010)

This interesting British movie in the genre of thriller and comedy also takes pride of place in the list of the best films of recent years. The criminals Hare and Bark come to Edinburgh, where medical research is being carried out – the most advanced in the 19th century. Friends learn that corpses are required for the anatomical theater, and they set to work. Deliveries of dead bodies for a fee become a goldmine for killers, but love interferes with the established business.

Original title:
Burke and Hare

Actors:
Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Isla Fisher…

Country:
Great Britain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.2

Age limits :
16+


Burn After Reading (2008)

CIA analyst Osborne Cox is on the verge of divorce after being fired due to his bad temper and love of drinking. The former intelligence agent begins to write memoirs, where he describes life events and secret missions, but his wife steals the disk with the manuscript in order to copy data from bank accounts. By mistake, a carrier with valuable information ends up with Linda and Chad. The couple decides to cash in by selling the disc to Russian spies. Comedy confusion triggers a series of absurd events, and staying alive every minute of the film’s heroes is becoming more and more difficult.

Original title:
Burn After Reading

Actors:
George Clooney, Francis McDormand, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton …

Country:
USA, UK, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Like tough cops (2007)

A cool movie comedy with a high rating about the adventures of a perfectionist policeman will appeal to fans of funny thrillers. Nicholas Engel takes on any task with zeal, observes all formalities and is never lazy, which causes a storm of protest among colleagues. The authorities send an overly responsible subordinate to a quiet outback, but even in the rural wilderness, the policeman finds a job for himself.

Original title:
Hot Fuzz

Actors:
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent…

Country:
Great Britain, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Lay low in Bruges (2007)

Criminal authority Harry instructs the killers to remove the local priest, but the mission ends in tragedy. A bullet fired by Ray fatally leads to the death of a child in a church. Harry orders the mercenaries to leave for Bruges for a while, while the hype around the double murder subsides. Ray spends his evenings in bars, unaware that he has become a new target for his partner.

Original title:
In Bruges

Actors:
Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes…

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
18+


11:14 (2003)

Jack is returning home from school on a deserted night road – and suddenly a body falls on the hood of the car. The guy understands that no one will believe in this fantastic story, so he tries to cover his tracks. Jack does not notice how he becomes a link in a complex puzzle, and all the puzzles will create a single picture at exactly 11:14. All the heroes of the comedy thriller are approaching fatal numbers – the time when they are destined to meet at the starting point.

Original title:
11:14

Actors:
Rachel Leigh Cook, Hilary Swank, Patrick Swayze…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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