Best Crime Movies of 1928


The Racket

6.7/10 IMDB

A renegade police captain sets out to catch a sadistic mob boss.

Starring: Thomas Meighan, Louis Wolheim, Marie Prevost, G. Pat Collins, Henry Sedley, George E. Stone, Sam De Grasse, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher, John Darrow, Lucien Prival ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1928-11-01
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : The Spieler

The Spieler

6.8/10 IMDB

After being released from jail, two con artists take their grift to a carnival.

Starring: Alan Hale, Clyde Cook, Renée Adorée, Fred Kohler, Fred Warren, Kewpie Morgan, Billie Latimer, Frederick Peters ..
Directed by: Tay Garnett
Release date: 1928-12-20
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : A Perfect Gentleman

A Perfect Gentleman

6.9/10 IMDB

Monty Banks gets involved in tracking down a stolen fortune, his adventures culminating in a whirlwind, gag-filled climax at sea.

Starring: Monty Banks, Ernest Wood, Henry A. Barrows, Ruth Dwyer, Arthur Thalasso, Hazel Howell, Agostino Borgato, Mary Foy, Syd Crossley, Jackie Combs ..
Directed by: Clyde Bruckman
Release date: 1928-01-15
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : Let'er Go Gallegher

Let'er Go Gallegher

6.3/10 IMDB

Young John Gallagher wants to be a newspaper reporter. One day he witnesses a murder committed by a mysterious man with only four fingers on one hand. He gives his account of the murder and a description of the killer to his hero, newsman Henry Callahan, resulting in his getting a job on the paper as an office boy. When circumstances arise that result in Callahan losing his job on the paper, he and Gallagher set out to discover the identity of the killer and help Callahan get his job back.

Starring: Frank Coghlan Jr., Harrison Ford, Elinor Fair, Wade Boteler, E.H. Calvert, Ivan Lebedeff ..
Directed by: Elmer Clifton
Release date: 1928-01-14
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : Lights of New York

Lights of New York

5.7/10 IMDB

Eddie is conned into fronting a speakeasy for a local gangster who intends to frame him for the murder of a cop.

Starring: Helene Costello, Cullen Landis, Mary Carr, Wheeler Oakman, Gladys Brockwell, Robert Elliott, Eugene Pallette, Tom Dugan ..
Directed by: Bryan Foy
Release date: 1928-07-18

While the City Sleeps

6.5/10 IMDB

A tough New York cop is determined to bring down a crook who has always managed to provide an alibi for the crimes he's been accused of, even though the detective knows he's guilty of committing them.

Starring: Lon Chaney, Anita Page, Carroll Nye, Wheeler Oakman, Mae Busch, Polly Moran, Lydia Yeamans Titus, William Orlamond, Richard Carle, Sidney Bracey ..
Directed by: Jack Conway
Release date: 1928-02-15
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : 13 Washington Square

13 Washington Square

6.0/10 IMDB

In this comedy, a wealthy matron is terribly upset when she learns that her socialite son is planning to marry a blue collar girl.

Starring: Jean Hersholt, Alice Joyce, Zasu Pitts, Helen Foster, George J. Lewis, Helen Jerome Eddy, Julia Swayne Gordon, Jack McDonald, Jerry Gamble ..
Directed by: Melville W. Brown
Release date: 1928-01-28
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : Gang War

Gang War

6.8/10 IMDB

Saxophone player Clyde meets a woman named Flowers, and teaches her to dance. He later discovers that gangster boss "Blackjack" is also in love with her. "Blackjack" is also battling gang boss Mike Luego in a violent turf war.

Starring: Olive Borden, Jack Pickford, Lorin Raker, Jack McKee, Mabel Albertson, Eddie Gribbon, Walter Long, Frank Chew ..
Directed by: Bert Glennon
Release date: 1928-09-02
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : Ladies of the Mob

Ladies of the Mob

7.5/10 IMDB

A dead criminal's daughter falls in love with a small-time crook and tries to get him to reform before he winds up like her father.

Starring: Clara Bow, Richard Arlen, Helen Lynch, Mary Alden, Bodil Rosing, James Pierce ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1928-06-30
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : Alias Jimmy Valentine

Alias Jimmy Valentine

6.9/10 IMDB

An Incompetent insurance salesman sells a policy to Jesse James and has to protect his client until he can get it back.

Starring: William Haines, Lionel Barrymore, Leila Hyams, Karl Dane, Tully Marshall, Howard Hickman, Billy Butts, Evelyn Mills ..
Directed by: Jack Conway
Release date: 1928-11-15
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : The River Pirate

The River Pirate

6.8/10 IMDB

This film concerns a youth torn between his fatherly gangland mentor and the beautiful, virtuous daughter of a police detective.

Starring: Victor McLaglen, Lois Moran, Nick Stuart, Earle Foxe, Donald Crisp, Bob Perry ..
Directed by: William K. Howard
Release date: 1928-08-26
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : Interference


6.2/10 IMDB

Paramount's first all-talking picture, Interference was dismally directed by Roy Pomeroy, whose lofty status as the studio's "technical wizard" did not necessarily qualify him to be a director. Evelyn Brent heads the cast as scheming Deborah Kane, who sets out to blackmail Faith Marley (Doris Kenyon), the above-reproach wife of Sir John Marlay.

Starring: William Powell, Evelyn Brent, Clive Brook, Doris Kenyon, Tom Ricketts, Brandon Hurst, Louis Payne, Wilfred Noy, Donald Stuart, Raymond Lawrence ..
Directed by: Lothar Mendes, Roy Pomeroy
Release date: 1928-11-04
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : The Drag Net

The Drag Net

7.4/10 IMDB

A 1928 silent film crime drama produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures, directed by Josef von Sternberg from an original screen story and starring George Bancroft and Evelyn Brent.

Starring: George Bancroft, William Powell, Evelyn Brent, Fred Kohler, Francis McDonald, Leslie Fenton ..
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1928-05-01
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : Trent's Last Case

Trent's Last Case

6.9/10 IMDB

Who killed the vicious millionaire Sigsbee Manderson? Not that pretty wife of his, surely? Philip Trent investigates.

Starring: Raymond Griffith, Donald Crisp ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1928-07-01
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : The Big City

The Big City

6.9/10 IMDB

Gangster boss Chuck Collins, despite his ruthlessness, is a basically decent fellow. Collins is plagued by a rival gang, led by deceptively boyish Curly, who has been stealing jewelry from the rich and famous. Our "hero" tricks the other crooks into turning the gems over to him, intending to use them for his own profit (he throws the cops off track by hiding jewels in a plate of spaghetti!) But sweet heroine Sunshine eventually persuades Collins and his cohorts to turn honest.

Starring: Lon Chaney, Marceline Day, James Murray, Betty Compson, John George ..
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1928-03-23
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : Dressed to Kill

Dressed to Kill

6.7/10 IMDB

A mob boss' gang gets suspicious about their boss' new girlfriend, a beautiful young girl who doesn't seem to be the type who'd hang out with gangsters. They're not quite certain if she's actually a police agent or just a "groupie".

Starring: Edmund Lowe, Mary Astor, Ben Bard, Bob Perry, Joe Brown, Tom Dugan, John Kelly, Robert Emmett O'Connor, R.O. Pennell, Ed Brady ..
Directed by: Irving Cummings
Release date: 1928-03-17
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : Me, Gangster

Me, Gangster

6.6/10 IMDB

Told in the form of a diary, the story details the rise and fall of gangster boss Jimmy Williams.

Starring: June Collyer, Don Terry, Anders Randolf, Stella Adams, Al Hill, Walter James, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Nigel De Brulier, Arthur Stone, Carole Lombard ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1928-10-20
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : Black Gold

Black Gold

6.8/10 IMDB

Starring: Laurence Criner, Kathryn Boyd, Steve Reynolds, Alfred Norcom, L.B. Tatums ..
Directed by: Richard E. Norman
Release date: 1928-05-07
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : The Perfect Crime

The Perfect Crime

4.8/10 IMDB

A police inspector "solves" a crime that, in fact, may not have occurred at all.

Starring: Clive Brook, Irene Rich, Ethel Wales, Carroll Nye, Gladys McConnell, Edmund Breese, Jim Farley, Phil Gastrock, Tully Marshall, Jane La Verne ..
Directed by: Bert Glennon
Release date: 1928-08-04
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : Tenderloin


5.4/10 IMDB

Rose Shannon, a dancing girl at "Kelly's," in the 'Tenderloin' district of New York City, worships at a distance Chuck White, a younger member of the gang that uses the place as their hangout. Chuck's interest in her is only just as another toy to play with. Rose is unknowingly placed in a position in which she is implicated in a crime which she knows nothing about.

Starring: Dolores Costello, Conrad Nagel, Mitchell Lewis, George E. Stone, Pat Hartigan, Fred Kelsey, Evelyn Pierce, G. Raymond Nye, Dorothy Vernon, Dan Wolheim ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1928-03-14
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : The Adventure of the Torture Cage

The Adventure of the Torture Cage

6.0/10 IMDB

Lieutenant Commander John Byrne of the Naval Secret Service and his partner Pvt. Bill Riggers chase criminal Dr. Sin Fang, who is desperate to find a lost sacred seal. (The fifth and only surviving episode of a six-part serial about an evil mastermind inspired on Sax Rohmer's Dr. Fu Manchu.)

Starring: H. Agar Lyons, Fred Paul, Evelyn Arden, Wally Patch, Fred Rains ..
Directed by: Fred Paul
Release date: 1928-03-11
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : Partners in Crime

Partners in Crime

2.3/10 IMDB

After being dismissed for imitating his boss's voice on radio, former Assistant District Attorney Richard Deming witnesses a store robbery and is taken captive by the criminals. Suspected of the crime, he is sought by the police, but his sweetheart, Marie, convinced of his innocence, enlists the help of two friends, a newspaper reporter and a half-witted detective. Hoping to win the girl's favor, the two go to the gangsters' hideout, encounter a violent gang war, and accidently set off a case of police tear bombs. The police, summoned by Marie, arrive just in time to save the kidnaped attorney.

Starring: Wallace Beery, Raymond Hatton, Mary Brian, William Powell, Jack Luden, Arthur Housman, Albert Roccardi, Joseph W. Girard, George Irving, Bruce Gordon ..
Directed by: Frank R. Strayer
Release date: 1928-03-01
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : Stool Pigeon

Stool Pigeon

0.0/10 IMDB

An underworld story about a boy (Charles Delaney) suspected of being a stool pigeon but in reality, he is only stealing to give his mother a better life. His devoted girlfriend Goldie (Olive Borden) tries to help him turn his life around.

Starring: Olive Borden, Charles Delaney, Lucy Beaumont, Louis Natheaux, Ernie Adams, Al Hill, Robert Wilber, Clarence Burton ..
Directed by: Renaud Hoffman
Release date: 1928-10-25
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : Toni


0.0/10 IMDB

Depressive Toni is diagnosed with idlesness by his doctor who recommends more excitement and danger. Another patient, a celebrated detective who bears a striking resemblance to Toni, is diagnosed with exhaustion and told to rest. The two swap places but Toni's first client turns out to be an exiled princess whose jewels are about to be stolen by a ruthless gang and the amateur detective finds more thrills than he bargained for.

Starring: Jack Buchanan, Dorothy Boyd, W. Lawson Butt, Moore Marriott, Forrester Harvey ..
Directed by: Arthur Maude
Release date: 1928-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : State Street Sadie

State Street Sadie

0.0/10 IMDB

Unassuming clerk Tom Blake is framed for the murder of a policeman in the midst of a violent bank robbery.

Starring: Conrad Nagel, Myrna Loy, William Russell, George E. Stone, Pat Hartigan, Charles K. French ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo
Release date: 1928-08-25
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : Midnight Rose

Midnight Rose

0.0/10 IMDB

Silent crime movie

Starring: Lya De Putti, Kenneth Harlan, Henry Kolker, Lorimer Johnston, George Larkin, Gunboat Smith, Wendell Phillips Franklin, Frank Brownlee ..
Directed by: James Young
Release date: 1928-02-26

Sharp Tools

0.0/10 IMDB

The head of a quartet of jewel thieves tries to make a getaway with the one female in the gang.

Starring: Ethel Grey Terry, William B. Davidson, Carl Gerard, Eddie Sturgis ..
Directed by: Bryan Foy
Release date: 1928-09-12
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : Sinners' Parade

Sinners' Parade

0.0/10 IMDB

Starring: Victor Varconi, Dorothy Revier, Edna Marion, Marjorie Bonner, Clarissa Selwynne, Jack Mower, John Patrick ..
Directed by: John G. Adolfi
Release date: 1928-09-14
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : Obey Your Husband

Obey Your Husband

0.0/10 IMDB

An inveterate gambler is charged with killing a card sharp.

Starring: Gaston Glass, Alice Lake, Dorothy Dwan, Henry Sedley, Robert Homans, Robert Elliott, Jack W. Johnston, Joseph Burke ..
Directed by: Charles J. Hunt
Release date: 1928-05-15

Tenth Avenue

0.0/10 IMDB

Joe, a weakling gangster, and Bob, an ex-gambler, compete for Lyla Mason, a working girl who also runs a 10th Avenue rooming house in New York city. Bob's desire to show Lyla he can support her leads him back to the gambling table when past-due rent threatens her with eviction. Bob and Joe are both suspected when Fink, a bootlegger, is found murdered in his room.

Starring: Phyllis Haver, Victor Varconi, Joseph Schildkraut, Louis Natheaux, Robert Edeson, Ethel Wales ..
Directed by: William C. de Mille
Release date: 1928-08-06

Lady Raffles

0.0/10 IMDB

Interrupted during a robbery, thief Lady Raffles hides in an adjacent mansion and is mistaken for a maid during a party thrown by Warren Blake, who plans to present his mother with a diamond necklace. Also in attendance are Lillian and Dick, two jewel thieves who recognize Lady Raffles and fear that she is there to rob Warren as well. But sparks fly between Warren and Lady Raffles, despite Dick and Lillian's attempts at sabotage.

Starring: Estelle Taylor, Roland Drew, Lilyan Tashman, Ernest Hilliard, Winifred Landis ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1928-07-15
Best Crime Movies of 1928 : The Silver Lining

The Silver Lining

0.0/10 IMDB

The Silver Lining is a 1927 British silent drama film. Widow Hurst has two sons who fall out over a girl. One son attempts to frame the other for the theft of some pearls but when his brother is imprisoned he eventually confesses his crime to his mother and guilt ridden arranges for a band of gypsies to shoot him.

Starring: Marie Ault, Patrick Aherne, John Hamilton, Eve Gray, Sydney Fairbrother, Moore Marriott, Cameron Carr ..
Directed by: Thomas Bentley
Release date: 1928-02-01

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