Best Crime Movies of 1937

1.

You Only Live Once

3.9
7.3/10 IMDB

Based partially on the story of Bonnie and Clyde, Eddie Taylor is an ex-convict who cannot get a break after being released from prison. When he is framed for murder, Taylor is forced to flee with his wife Joan Graham and baby. While escaping prison after being sentenced to death, Taylor becomes a real murderer, condemning himself and Joan to a life of crime and death on the road.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Sylvia Sidney, Barton MacLane, Jean Dixon, William Gargan, Jerome Cowan, Charles 'Chic' Sale, Margaret Hamilton, Warren Hymer, Guinn Williams ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1937-01-23
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2.

Charlie Chan on Broadway

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Returning from European exile where she avoided testifying against her criminal associates, a former singer with a tell-all diary is murdered to insure her silence.

Starring: Keye Luke, Joan Marsh, J. Edward Bromberg, Douglas Fowley, Harold Huber, Donald Woods, Louise Henry, Joan Woodbury, Leon Ames, Marc Lawrence ..
Directed by: Eugene Forde
Release date: 1937-09-22
3.

Dead End

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Mobster "Baby Face" Martin returns home to visit the New York neighborhood where he grew up, dropping in on his mother, who rejects him because of his gangster lifestyle, and his old girlfriend, Francey, now a syphilitic prostitute. Martin also crosses paths with Dave, a childhood friend struggling to make it as an architect, and the Dead End Kids, a gang of young boys roaming the streets of the city's East Side slums.

Starring: Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart, Wendy Barrie, Claire Trevor, Allen Jenkins, Marjorie Main, Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1937-08-27
4.

Kid Galahad

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Fight promoter Nick Donati grooms a bellhop as a future champ, but has second thoughts when the 'kid' falls for his sister.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Wayne Morris, Jane Bryan, Harry Carey, William Haade, Soledad Jiménez, Joe Cunningham, Ben Welden ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1937-05-29
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5.

Confession

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Vera Kowalska is put on trial for murdering concert pianist Michael Michailow. In court it is revealed that some years earlier Michael ruined Vera's life.

Starring: Kay Francis, Ian Hunter, Basil Rathbone, Jane Bryan, Donald Crisp, Mary Maguire, Dorothy Peterson, Laura Hope Crews, Robert Barrat, Ben Welden ..
Directed by: Joe May
Release date: 1937-08-19
6.

Marked Woman

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Set in the underworld of Manhattan, Marked Woman tells the story of a woman who dares to stand up to one of the city's most powerful gangsters. The women of the story are "hostesses". What is implied, but not stated clearly is that they are prostitutes, who work in a gambling den in the city.

Starring: Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lola Lane, Isabel Jewell, Mayo Methot, Eduardo Ciannelli, Rosalind Marquis, Jane Bryan, Allen Jenkins, Mark Strong ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon, Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1937-04-10
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7.

Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Although Charlie and Lee are in Monaco for an art exhibit, they become caught up in a feud between rival financiers which involves the Chan's in a web of blackmail and murder.

Starring: Warner Oland, Keye Luke, Virginia Field, Sidney Blackmer, Harold Huber, Kay Linaker, Robert Kent, Edward Raquello, George Lynn, Louis Mercier ..
Directed by: Eugene Forde
Release date: 1937-12-17
8.

The Last Gangster

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Edward G. Robinson stars as a crime boss who goes searching for his ex-wife and son after a 10 year prison stint. Robinson's old gang has other plans though, and use the child to try and make him disclose the location of the loot he hid before going to the slammer. A young James Stewart, early in his career, plays a sizable role as a newspaper reporter who marries the gangster's wife.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, James Stewart, Rose Stradner, Lionel Stander, Douglas Scott, John Carradine, Sidney Blackmer, Grant Mitchell, Edward Brophy, Alan Baxter ..
Directed by: Edward Ludwig
Release date: 1937-11-12
9.

Black Legion

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

When a hard-working machinist loses a promotion to a Polish-born worker, he is seduced into joining the secretive Black Legion, which intimidates foreigners through violence.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, Dick Foran, Erin O'Brien-Moore, Helen Flint, Joe Sawyer, Clifford Soubier, Alonzo Price, John Litel, Henry Brandon ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz, Archie Mayo
Release date: 1937-01-30
Best Crime Movies of 1937 : They Gave Him a Gun
10.

They Gave Him a Gun

3.1
6.4/10 IMDB

With no other prospects, a World War I veteran puts the skills they taught him in the War to use.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Gladys George, Franchot Tone, Edgar Dearing, Mary Treen, Cliff Edwards, Charles Trowbridge, Ernie Alexander, Hooper Atchley, Irving Bacon ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1937-05-07

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