Best Crime Movies of 1931

1.

The Public Enemy

5.4
7.7/10 IMDB

Two young Chicago hoodlums, Tom Powers and Matt Doyle, rise up from their poverty-stricken slum life to become petty thieves, bootleggers and cold-blooded killers. But with street notoriety and newfound wealth, the duo feels the heat from the cops and rival gangsters both. Despite his ruthless criminal reputation, Tom tries to remain connected to his family, however, gang warfare and the need for revenge eventually pull him away.

Starring: James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell, Donald Cook, Leslie Fenton, Beryl Mercer, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Murray Kinnell, Clark Burroughs ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1931-04-23
2.

Little Caesar

4.5
7.3/10 IMDB

A small-time hood shoots his way to the top, but how long can he stay there?

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Glenda Farrell, William Collier Jr., Sidney Blackmer, Ralph Ince, Thomas E. Jackson, Stanley Fields, Maurice Black, George E. Stone ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1931-01-25
3.

Blonde Crazy

3.8
7.1/10 IMDB

Adventures of a cocky con man and his beautiful accomplice.

Starring: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Louis Calhern, Noel Francis, Ray Milland, Guy Kibbee, Polly Walters, William Burress, Maude Eburne, Nat Pendleton ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1931-12-03
Best Crime Movies of 1931 : Night Nurse
4.

Night Nurse

3.8
7.1/10 IMDB

Lora Hart manages to land a job in a hospital as a trainee nurse. Upon completion of her training she goes to work as a night nurse for two small children who seem to be very sick, though something much more sinister is going on.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Ben Lyon, Joan Blondell, Clark Gable, Blanche Friderici, Charlotte Merriam, Charles Winninger, Edward Nugent, Vera Lewis, Ralf Harolde ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1931-07-16
Best Crime Movies of 1931 : Smart Money
5.

Smart Money

3.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Silver-screen icons Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney star in this classic drama as Nick and Jack Venizelos, two brothers whose fateful trip to the big city to do a little gambling results in a tragic turn of events. Directed by filmmaker Alfred E. Green, this film marks the only time in Robinson and Cagney's historic careers that the pair would team up on-screen.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Margaret Livingston, Evalyn Knapp, Ralf Harolde, Noel Francis, Maurice Black, Billy House, Paul Porcasi, Gladys Lloyd ..
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1931-07-11
Best Crime Movies of 1931 : The Phantom of Paris
6.

The Phantom of Paris

3.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Chéri-Bibi is a world class escape artist, but he cannot escape the false murder charge that is placed on him.

Starring: John Gilbert, Leila Hyams, Lewis Stone, Jean Hersholt, C. Aubrey Smith, Natalie Moorhead, Ian Keith, Douglas Scott, Alfred Hickman, Sidney Bracey ..
Directed by: John S. Robertson
Release date: 1931-09-12
7.

Mata Hari

3.7
6.6/10 IMDB

A semi-fictionalized account of the life of Mata Hari, an exotic dancer who was accused of spying for Germany during World War I.

Starring: Greta Garbo, Ramon Novarro, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, C. Henry Gordon, Karen Morley, Alec B. Francis, Blanche Friderici, Edmund Breese, Helen Jerome Eddy ..
Directed by: George Fitzmaurice
Release date: 1931-12-26
8.

Five Star Final

3.6
7.2/10 IMDB

An unscrupulous newspaper editor searches for headlines at any cost.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Marian Marsh, H.B. Warner, Anthony Bushell, George E. Stone, Frances Starr, Ona Munson, Boris Karloff, Aline MacMahon, Oscar Apfel ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1931-09-26
Best Crime Movies of 1931 : The Maltese Falcon
9.

The Maltese Falcon

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A lovely dame with dangerous lies employs the services of a private detective, who is quickly caught up in the mystery and intrigue of a statuette known as the Maltese Falcon.

Starring: Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez, Dudley Digges, Una Merkel, Robert Elliott, Thelma Todd, Otto Matieson, Walter Long, Dwight Frye, J. Farrell MacDonald ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1931-05-28
Best Crime Movies of 1931 : A Free Soul
10.

A Free Soul

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

An alcoholic lawyer who successfully defended a notorious gambler on a murder charge objects when his free-spirited daughter becomes romantically involved with him.

Starring: Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore, James Gleason, Clark Gable, George Irving, Bess Flowers, Lucy Beaumont, Roscoe Ates, Ann Brody ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1931-06-02

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