Best Crime Movies of 1939

1.

The Roaring Twenties

4.8
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: 1939-10-23
2.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Professor Moriarity has a scheme for stealing the crown jewels from the Tower of London. To get Holmes involved, he persuades a gaucho flute player to murder a girl.

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
3.

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 : Invisible Stripes
4.

Invisible Stripes

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Invisible Stripes is a 1939 Warner Bros. crime film about a gangster (George Raft) unable to go straight after returning home from prison. The movie was directed by Lloyd Bacon and also features William Holden and Humphrey Bogart. The screenplay by Warren Duff was based on the novel of the same name by Warden Lewis E. Lawes, a fervent crusader for prison reform, as adapted by Jonathan Finn.

Starring: George Raft, Jane Bryan, William Holden, Humphrey Bogart, Flora Robson, Paul Kelly, Lee Patrick, Henry O'Neill, Frankie Thomas, Moroni Olsen ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1939-12-30
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : City in Darkness
5.

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
6.

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
7.

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Nancy Drew and Ted Nickerson solve a murder and save two elderly ladies from losing their family home. The old mansion is complete with a moving wall and a hidden staircase.

Starring: Bonita Granville, Frankie Thomas, John Litel, Frank Orth, Renie Riano, Vera Lewis, Louise Carter, William Gould, John Ridgely, William Hopper ..
Directed by: William Clemens
Release date: 1939-09-09
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Let Us Live
8.

Let Us Live

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

In Springdale, a small town near New York, taxi driver Brick Tennant and his friend Joe Linden are unjustly accused of a hideous crime and blindly convicted by those who are only interested in feeding the voracious machinery of an inhumane justice system.

Starring: Maureen O'Sullivan, Henry Fonda, Ralph Bellamy, Alan Baxter, Stanley Ridges, Henry Kolker, George Lynn, George Douglas, Phillip Trent, Martin Spellman ..
Directed by: John Brahm
Release date: 1939-03-29
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Blackmail
9.

Blackmail

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

A fugitive from a chain gang becomes an oil-well firefighter and meets the man who framed him.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Hussey, Gene Lockhart, Bobs Watson, Guinn Williams, John Wray, Arthur Hohl, Esther Dale, Trevor Bardette, Willie Best ..
Directed by: H. C. Potter
Release date: 1939-09-08
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : The Arsenal Stadium Mystery
10.

The Arsenal Stadium Mystery

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

During a charity football match between Arsenal and touring amateur side Trojans, the Trojan's new star player collapses and dies. Inspector Slade of Scotland Yard is called in and declares it was murder. It takes all his ingenuity and another death before the motive is discovered and the killer revealed.

Starring: Leslie Banks, Greta Gynt, Ian McLean, Liane Linden, Anthony Bushell, Esmond Knight, Brian Worth, Richard Norris, Wyndham Goldie, Alastair MacIntyre ..
Directed by: Thorold Dickinson
Release date: 1939-11-01

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