Best Crime Movies of 1933

1.

The Little Giant

3.8
7.1/10 IMDB

Prohibition is ending so bootlegger Bugs Ahearn decides to crack California society. He leases a house from down-on-her-luck Ruth and hires her as social secretary. He rescues Polly Cass from a horsefall and goes home to meet her dad who sells him some phony stock certificates. When he learns about this he sends to Chicago for mob help.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Mary Astor, Helen Vinson, Russell Hopton, Kenneth Thomson, Shirley Grey, Berton Churchill, Don Dillaway, Louise Mackintosh, Lester Dorr ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1933-05-20
Best Crime Movies of 1933 : Picture Snatcher
2.

Picture Snatcher

3.8
7.0/10 IMDB

An ex-con uses his street smarts to become a successful photojournalist.

Starring: James Cagney, Ralph Bellamy, Patricia Ellis, Alice White, Ralf Harolde, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Robert Barrat, G. Pat Collins, Arthur Vinton, Tom Wilson ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1933-05-06
3.

The Mayor of Hell

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

Members of a teenage gang are sent to the State Reformatory, presided over by the callous Thompson. Soon Patsy Gargan, a former gangster appointed Deputy Commissioner, arrives and takes over the administration to run the place on radical principles. Thompson needs a quick way to discredit him.

Starring: James Cagney, Madge Evans, Frankie Darro, Dudley Digges, Arthur Byron, Allen Jenkins, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins, Sidney Miller, Sheila Terry, Robert Barrat ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo, Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1933-06-24
Best Crime Movies of 1933 : Lady Killer
4.

Lady Killer

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

An ex-gangster tries to resist his old cohorts' criminal activities after he accidentally becomes a movie star.

Starring: James Cagney, Mae Clarke, Margaret Lindsay, Leslie Fenton, Douglass Dumbrille, Russell Hopton, Raymond Hatton, Henry O'Neill, Robert Elliott, Marjorie Gateson ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1933-12-09
Best Crime Movies of 1933 : Midnight Mary
5.

Midnight Mary

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

A young woman is on trial for murder. In flashback, we learn of her struggles to overcome poverty as a teenager -- a mistaken arrest and prison term for shoplifting and lack of employment lead to involvement with gangsters. In a brothel, she meets a young lawyer, scion of a wealthy and prestigious family, who falls for her and helps her turn around her life. But her past catches up with her, and she must face the music rather than cause him scandal.

Starring: Loretta Young, Ricardo Cortez, Franchot Tone, Andy Devine, Una Merkel, Frank Conroy, Warren Hymer, Ivan F. Simpson, Harold Huber, Sandy Roth ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1933-06-30
Best Crime Movies of 1933 : The Story of Temple Drake
6.

The Story of Temple Drake

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

The coquettish granddaughter of a respected small-town judge is stranded at a bootleggers’ hide-out, subjected to an act of nightmarish sexual violence, and plunged into a criminal underworld that threatens to swallow her up completely.

Starring: Miriam Hopkins, William Gargan, Jack La Rue, Florence Eldridge, Guy Standing, Irving Pichel, Jobyna Howland, William Collier Jr., Elizabeth Patterson, James Eagles ..
Directed by: Stephen Roberts
Release date: 1933-05-06
Best Crime Movies of 1933 : The Kennel Murder Case
7.

The Kennel Murder Case

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue.

Starring: William Powell, Mary Astor, Eugene Pallette, Ralph Morgan, Robert McWade, Robert Barrat, Frank Conroy, Etienne Girardot, James Lee, Paul Cavanagh ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1933-10-28
Best Crime Movies of 1933 : Bureau of Missing Persons
8.

Bureau of Missing Persons

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

Butch Saunders has been transferred to Missing Persons because he was too brutal in other police work...

Starring: Bette Davis, Lewis Stone, Pat O’Brien, Glenda Farrell, Allen Jenkins, Ruth Donnelly, Hugh Herbert, Alan Dinehart, Marjorie Gateson, Noel Francis ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1933-09-16
9.

Ladies They Talk About

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

A moll, imprisoned after participating in a bank robbery, helps with a breakout plot.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, Lyle Talbot, Dorothy Burgess, Lillian Roth, Maude Eburne, Ruth Donnelly, Harold Huber, Robert McWade, Cecil Cunningham ..
Directed by: Howard Bretherton, William Keighley
Release date: 1933-02-04
Best Crime Movies of 1933 : Murders in the Zoo
10.

Murders in the Zoo

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

Dr. Gorman is a millionaire adventurer, traveling the world in search of dangerous game. His bored, beautiful, much younger wife entertains herself in the arms of other men. In turn, Gorman uses his animals to kill these men. When a New York City zoo suggests a fundraising gala, Gorman sees a prime opportunity to dispatch the dashing Roger and anyone else who might cross him.

Starring: Charles Ruggles, Lionel Atwill, Gail Patrick, Randolph Scott, Kathleen Burke, Harry Beresford, John Lodge, Jane Darwell, Nancy Crowley, Samuel S. Hinds ..
Directed by: A. Edward Sutherland
Release date: 1933-03-31

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