Best Crime Movies of 1939

1.

The Roaring Twenties

5.6
8.0/10 IMDB

After World War I, Armistice Lloyd Hart goes back to practice law, former saloon keeper George Hally turns to bootlegging, and out-of-work Eddie Bartlett becomes a cab driver. Eddie builds a fleet of cabs through delivery of bootleg liquor and hires Lloyd as his lawyer. George becomes Eddie's partner and the rackets flourish until love and rivalry interfere.

Starring: James Cagney, Priscilla Lane, Humphrey Bogart, Gladys George, Jeffrey Lynn, Frank McHugh, Paul Kelly, Elisabeth Risdon, Edward Keane, Joe Sawyer ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1939-10-28
2.

Another Thin Man

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Not even the joys of parenthood can stop married sleuths Nick and Nora Charles from investigating a murder on a Long Island estate.

Starring: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Virginia Grey, Otto Kruger, C. Aubrey Smith, Ruth Hussey, Nat Pendleton, Patric Knowles, Tom Neal, Phyllis Gordon ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1939-11-17
3.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Having once again avoided criminal conviction, Professor Moriarity develops a murderous plan to "finish off" his last major nemesis, Sherlock Holmes, by making him fail to prevent the perfect crime. Does it involve a family curse, the crown jewels of England, or something else...

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ida Lupino, Alan Marshal, Terry Kilburn, George Zucco, Henry Stephenson, E. E. Clive, Arthur Hohl, May Beatty ..
Directed by: Alfred L. Werker
Release date: 1939-09-01
4.

Each Dawn I Die

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

A corrupt D.A. with governatorial ambitions is annoyed by an investigative reporter's criticism of his criminal activities and decides to frame the reporter for manslaughter in order to silence him.

Starring: James Cagney, George Raft, Jane Bryan, George Bancroft, Maxie Rosenbloom, Stanley Ridges, Alan Baxter, Victor Jory, John Wray, Edward Pawley ..
Directed by: William Keighley
Release date: 1939-07-22
5.

Jesse James

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly, Randolph Scott, Henry Hull, Slim Summerville, J. Edward Bromberg, Brian Donlevy, John Carradine, Donald Meek ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1939-01-14
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : They Made Me a Criminal
6.

They Made Me a Criminal

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

A boxer flees, believing he has committed a murder while he was drunk.

Starring: John Garfield, Claude Rains, Ann Sheridan, May Robson, Gloria Dickson, Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell ..
Directed by: Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1939-01-21
7.

It's a Wonderful World

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

Detective Guy Johnson's client, Willie Heywood, is framed for murder. While Guy hides him so he can catch the real killer, both of them are nabbed by the police, tried, convicted and sentenced to jail: Guy for a year with Willie to be executed. On the way to jail, Guy comes across a clue and escapes from the police.

Starring: Claudette Colbert, James Stewart, Guy Kibbee, Nat Pendleton, Frances Drake, Edgar Kennedy, Ernest Truex, Richard Carle, Cecilia Callejo, Sidney Blackmer ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1939-05-19
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : City in Darkness
8.

City in Darkness

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Chan goes to Paris for a reunion with friends from World War I. There he investigates the murder of a munitions manufacturer who was supplying arms to the enemy. At the end Charlie preaches to us about the dangers of peace conferences.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Lynn Bari, Richard Clarke, Harold Huber, Pedro de Cordoba, Dorothy Tree, C. Henry Gordon, Douglass Dumbrille, Noel Madison, Leo G. Carroll ..
Directed by: Herbert I. Leeds
Release date: 1939-11-15
9.

Nancy Drew... Reporter

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

While participating in a contest at a local newspaper in which school children are asked to submit a news story, local attorney Carson Drew's daughter Nancy intercepts a real story assignment. She "covers" the inquest of the death of a woman who was poisoned. Nancy doesn't think the young woman accused of the crime is guilty and corrals her neighbor Ted into searching for a vital piece of evidence and stumbles onto the identity of the real killer.

Starring: Bonita Granville, John Litel, Frankie Thomas, Dickie Jones, Renie Riano, Mary Lee, Larry Williams, Betty Amann, Thomas E. Jackson, Olin Howland ..
Directed by: William Clemens
Release date: 1939-02-18
10.

Jamaica Inn

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

In coastal Cornwall, England, during the early 19th Century, a young woman discovers that she's living with a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecking for profit.

Starring: Charles Laughton, Horace Hodges, Maureen O'Hara, Hay Petrie, Frederick Piper, Emlyn Williams, Herbert Lomas, Clare Greet, William Devlin, Jeanne De Casalis ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1939-05-11

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