Best Crime Movies of 1933


Blood Money

6.8/10 IMDB

The title refers to the business of affable, ambitious bail bondsman (and politically-connected grifter) Bill Bailey, who, in the course of his work, crosses paths with every kind of offender there is, from first-time defendants to career criminals.

Starring: George Bancroft, Judith Anderson, Frances Dee, Chick Chandler, Blossom Seeley, Etienne Girardot, George Regas, Theresa Harris, Kathlyn Williams, John Bleifer ..
Directed by: Rowland Brown
Release date: 1933-11-17
Best Crime Movies of 1933 : The Prizefighter and the Lady

The Prizefighter and the Lady

6.4/10 IMDB

An ex-sailor turned boxer finds romance and gets a shot at the heavyweight title.

Starring: Myrna Loy, Max Baer, Primo Carnera, Jack Dempsey, Walter Huston, Otto Kruger, Vince Barnett, Robert McWade, Muriel Evans, Jean Howard ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke, Howard Hawks
Release date: 1933-11-10
Best Crime Movies of 1933 : Whistling in the Dark

Whistling in the Dark

6.6/10 IMDB

A mystery writer and his sweetheart are held hostage by a fugitive gangster, who hopes to enlist their help in devising the perfect crime.

Starring: Ernest Truex, Una Merkel, Edward Arnold, John Miljan, C. Henry Gordon, Nat Pendleton, Johnny Hines, Joseph Cawthorn, Tenen Holtz, Marcelle Corday ..
Directed by: Elliott Nugent
Release date: 1933-01-21
Best Crime Movies of 1933 : The Women in His Life

The Women in His Life

6.4/10 IMDB

An immensely successful criminal lawyer is blindsided when he learns that his new case involves his ex-wife, who left him.

Starring: Otto Kruger, Una Merkel, Ben Lyon, Isabel Jewell, Roscoe Karns, Irene Hervey, C. Henry Gordon, Samuel S. Hinds, Irene Franklin, Muriel Evans ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Release date: 1933-12-08
Best Crime Movies of 1933 : The Crime of the Century

The Crime of the Century

6.8/10 IMDB

A doctor who is also a “mentalist” confesses to a murder. The only problem is that the murder he’s confessed to hasn’t happened yet – although dead bodies are now starting to turn up all over the place. A reporter sets out to solve the “mystery”.

Starring: Jean Hersholt, Wynne Gibson, Stuart Erwin, Frances Dee, Gordon Westcott, Robert Elliott, David Landau, William Janney, Bodil Rosing, Torben Meyer ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1933-02-18
Best Crime Movies of 1933 : Laughter in Hell

Laughter in Hell

7.1/10 IMDB

In the late 1800s, a man is sentenced to life at hard labor for killing his wife and her lover.

Starring: Pat O’Brien, Tommy Conlon, Merna Kennedy, Berton Churchill, Gloria Stuart, Tom Brown, Clarence Muse, Douglass Dumbrille, Arthur Vinton, Noel Madison ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1933-01-12

The Billion Dollar Scandal

7.2/10 IMDB

An ex-convict working for a wealthy oil baron finds trouble when his brother messes around with the boss's daughter.

Starring: Robert Armstrong, Constance Cummings, Olga Baclanova, Frank Morgan, James Gleason, Irving Pichel, Warren Hymer, Sidney Toler, Berton Churchill, Frank Albertson ..
Directed by: Harry Joe Brown
Release date: 1933-01-06
Best Crime Movies of 1933 : This Day and Age

This Day and Age

6.6/10 IMDB

DeMille returns to the high school milieu of The Godless Girl when that institution was still so fresh on the mass culture landscape that any examination of it felt ultra-contemporary and important. Temporarily empowered with law-enforcement authority in a Boys Week gambit, the valedictorians of North High School embark on a vigilante crusade to rid the city of the gangsterism that the adults and their due process niceties can’t quash. Though nominally one of DeMille’s modern stories, the boys’ solutions have a decidedly Old Testament flavor, not least extracting information from one hood by dangling him over a pit of live rats. Simultaneously awestruck by fascist methodology and solidly anti-bigotry (the boys’ crusade is set in motion by the murder of a Jewish tailor), This Day and Age is civic-minded in a one-of-a-kind way. (Kyle Westphal)

Starring: Charles Bickford, Richard Cromwell, Judith Allen, Bradley Page, Harry Green, Ben Alexander, Edward Nugent, Lester Arnold, Charles Middleton, George Barbier ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1933-08-25
Best Crime Movies of 1933 : Song of the Eagle

Song of the Eagle

6.8/10 IMDB

This drama centers on the fight for certain post-Prohibitionist groups to gain total control over the liquor industry. Much of the tale is focused upon a family endeavoring to keep their little brewery.

Starring: Charles Bickford, Richard Arlen, Mary Brian, Jean Hersholt, Louise Dresser, Andy Devine, George E. Stone, Gene Morgan, Bert Sprotte, George Meeker ..
Directed by: Ralph Murphy
Release date: 1933-04-27
Best Crime Movies of 1933 : Bureau of Missing Persons

Bureau of Missing Persons

6.7/10 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

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