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ljsilver0000 8 points ago +8 / -0

Not quite what you're looking for, but I'd still recommend 'War Before Civilization: The Myth of the Peaceful Savage'

Also, 'Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History' the story of our first war against the slavers of north Africa (aka the pirates of the Barbary Coast)

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ljsilver0000 16 points ago +16 / -0

So the plot can happen. You can't have a dramatic uprising of the of the oppressed masses if there are no oppressed masses.

This happens when you start with "THE MESSAGE" and build the plot around it.

For another example see James Cameron's Avatar. He wanted to show the noble savage aliens winning against evil colonizers in a big fight scene, so the humans flew spaceships below tree levels, instead of nuking the place from orbit.

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ljsilver0000 17 points ago +17 / -0

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (horror comedy)

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ljsilver0000 6 points ago +6 / -0

If you want more Humphrey Bogart, I highly recommend Casablanca, The Big Sleep, & To Have and Have Not

The Thin Man series is also great, starring a more comedic crime solving couple

Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and Micky Spillane are some of the most well known classic noir authors, but there are plenty of others

Also, there is the 'Hard Case Crime' series, which is mix of classic pulp reprints and books written in the hard-boiled style