Best Crime Movies of 1916


The Mystery of the Leaping Fish

6.8/10 IMDB

Coke Ennyday, the scientific detective, divides his time into periods of "Sleep", "Eat", "Dope" and "Drinks". In fact, he overcomes every situation with drugs: consuming cocaine to increase his energy or injecting it in his opponents to incapacitate them. To help the police, he tracks down a contraband of opium (which he eagerly tastes) transported within "leaping fishes", saving a "fish-blower" girl from blackmail along the way.

Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Bessie Love, Allan Sears, Tom Wilson, George Hall, William Lowery, Joe Murphy, Alma Rubens, Charles Stevens, B.F. Zeidman ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne, John Emerson
Release date: 1916-06-11
Best Crime Movies of 1916 : He Did and He Didn’t

He Did and He Didn’t

6.4/10 IMDB

A doctor, very much in love with his beautiful wife, comes to suspect that her visiting childhood friend Jack is more than just a friend. Jack's intentions are honorable, but everything he does tends to show his actions in a suspicious light, especially when burglars invade the house and Jack and the wife are caught together in their nightclothes.

Starring: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Mabel Normand, William Jefferson, Al St. John, Joe Bordeaux, Lloyd Peddrick, Jimmy Bryant, Gilbert Ely ..
Directed by: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Release date: 1916-01-29
Best Crime Movies of 1916 : Going Straight

Going Straight

5.9/10 IMDB

A man and his wife both have criminal pasts, but have quit crime and are now respectable citizens. One day a member of their old gang shows up and threatens to expose them if they don't help him pull a heist.

Starring: Norma Talmadge, Ralph Lewis, Ninon Fovieri, Francis Carpenter, Fern Collier, Ruth Handforth, Eugene Pallette, Georgie Stone, Kate Toncray, 'Baby' Carmen De Rue ..
Directed by: Chester M. Franklin, Sidney Franklin
Release date: 1916-06-03
Best Crime Movies of 1916 : Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

6.2/10 IMDB

When a couple of scammers hold young Alice Faulkner against her will to discover the whereabouts of letters whose dissemination could cause a scandal affecting the royal family, Sherlock Holmes decides to take over the case. (Considered lost, a copy was found in 2014, in the vaults of the Cinémathèque Française.)

Starring: William Gillette, Ernest Maupain, Marjorie Kay, Edward Fielding, Stewart Robbins, Hugh Thompson, Ludwig Kreiss, Mario Majeroni, William Postance, Chester Beery ..
Directed by: Arthur Berthelet
Release date: 1916-06-30
Best Crime Movies of 1916 : A Child of the Paris Streets

A Child of the Paris Streets

7.0/10 IMDB

When the son of a leader of a Paris underworld family known as The Apaches is arrested and tried in court, the boy's mother asks the judge for mercy, but he refuses. In retaliation, the family kidnaps the judge's young daughter, and raises her to be one of their own, schooling her in the ways of crime.

Starring: Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Jennie Lee, Carl Stockdale, Tully Marshall, Loyola O'Connor, Bert Hadley, Josephine Crowell, Paul Le Blanc ..
Directed by: Lloyd Ingraham
Release date: 1916-05-21
Best Crime Movies of 1916 : Silas Marner

Silas Marner

4.4/10 IMDB

After having been wrongly accused of murder and robbery, a heretofore kindly and gregarious weaver becomes a nasty, bitter, lonely old miser. Originally a seven-reel picture, a three-reel re-release survives.

Starring: Frederick Warde, Louise Bates, Morgan Jones, Thomas A. Curran, Valda Valkyrien, Ethel Jewett, Frank McNish, Hector Dion, Arthur Rankin, Elise Jordan ..
Directed by: Ernest C. Warde
Release date: 1916-02-18

Arsène Lupin

7.8/10 IMDB

Arsène Lupin, alias the Duke of Charmence, is a clever gentleman burglar. Detective Guerchard has vowed to bring Lupin to justice. Given a chance to escape when caught with the goods, Lupin gives up his freedom for the love of a good woman.

Starring: Gerald Ames, Manora Thew, Kenelm Foss, Douglas Munro, Marga Rubia Levy, Philip Hewland ..
Directed by: George Loane Tucker
Release date: 1916-06-01

The Valley of Fear

5.6/10 IMDB

An ex-convict tries to kill the detective who once posed as a member of an American hooded clan.

Starring: H.A. Saintsbury, Daisy Burrell, Booth Conway, Jack McCauley, Cecil Mannering, Arthur M. Cullin, Lionel d'Aragon, Bernard Vaughan, Jack Clare ..
Directed by: Alexander Butler
Release date: 1916-05-19

Kinkaid, Gambler

0.0/10 IMDB

Determined to maintain her status as a star detective, Nellie Gleason goes after Jim Kinkaid, who has fled to Mexico after robbing real estate magnate George Arnold.

Starring: Ruth Stonehouse, R.A. Cavin, Raymond Whittaker, Noble Johnson, Harry Mann, Harry Griffith, J.H. Knowles, Cleo Loring, Jean Hersholt ..
Directed by: Raymond Wells
Release date: 1916-12-04
Best Crime Movies of 1916 : The People vs. John Doe

The People vs. John Doe

0.0/10 IMDB

A farmer is unjustly convicted of a homicide he did not commit.

Starring: Harry De More, Evelyn Selbie, Willis Marks, Leah Baird, George Berrell, Maude George, Charles Hill Mailes, R. Cecil Smith ..
Directed by: Lois Weber
Release date: 1916-12-10

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