Best Crime Movies of 1945

1.

Mildred Pierce

5.7
8.0/10 IMDB

After her unfaithful husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful. However winning the approval of her spoiled daughter proves a greater challenge.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth, Bruce Bennett, Lee Patrick, Moroni Olsen, Veda Ann Borg, Jo Ann Marlowe ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1945-10-20
2.

And Then There Were None

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

10 strangers are summoned to a remote island and while they are waiting for the mysterious host to appear, a recording levels serious accusations at each of the guests, including Judge Francis J. Quinncannon and Dr. Edward G. Armstrong, and soon they start being murdered, one by one. As the survivors try to keep their wits, they reach a disturbing conclusion: one of them must be the killer.

Starring: Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward, Roland Young, June Duprez, Mischa Auer, C. Aubrey Smith, Judith Anderson, Richard Haydn, Queenie Leonard ..
Directed by: René Clair
Release date: 1945-10-31
3.

Detour

5.2
7.4/10 IMDB

Al Roberts, a New York nightclub pianist, hitch-hikes to Hollywood to meet his girlfriend Sue. The gambler he's riding with, Charles, unexpectedly dies. Afraid the police wouldn't believe the truth, Al takes the man's identity. In a gas station, he gives a lift to Vera, a woman that knew Charles and blackmails Al with tragic consequences.

Starring: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake, Edmund MacDonald, Tim Ryan, Esther Howard, Pat Gleason, Don Brodie, Roger Clark, Eddie Hall ..
Directed by: Edgar G. Ulmer
Release date: 1945-11-30
4.

Hangover Square

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

When composer George Harvey Bone wakes with no memory of the previous night and a bloody knife in his pocket, he worries that he has committed a crime. On the advice of Dr. Middleton, Bone agrees to relax, going to a music performance of singer Netta Longdon. Riveted by Netta, Bone agrees to write songs for her rather than his own concerto. However, Bone soon grows jealous of Netta and worries about controlling himself during his spells.

Starring: Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell, George Sanders, Glenn Langan, Faye Marlowe, Alan Napier, Ted Billings, Ann Codee, Michael Dyne, Francis Ford ..
Directed by: John Brahm
Release date: 1945-02-07
5.

Fallen Angel

3.8
7.1/10 IMDB

An unemployed drifter, Eric Stanton wanders into a small California town and begins hanging around the local diner. While Eric falls for the lovely waitress Stella, he also begins romancing a quiet and well-to-do woman named June Mills. Since Stella isn't interested in Eric unless he has money, the lovelorn guy comes up with a scheme to win her over, and it involves June. Before long, murder works its way into this passionate love triangle.

Starring: Alice Faye, Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell, Charles Bickford, Anne Revere, Bruce Cabot, John Carradine, Percy Kilbride, Dorothy Adams, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1945-11-07
6.

The Body Snatcher

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Edinburgh, 1831. Among those who undertake the illegal trade of grave robbery is Gray, ostensibly a cab driver. Formerly a medical student convicted of grave robbery, Gray holds a grudge against Dr. MacFarlane who had escaped detection and punishment.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Henry Daniell, Edith Atwater, Russell Wade, Rita Corday, Sharyn Moffett, Donna Lee, Mary Gordon, Robert Clarke ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1945-05-25
7.

The House of Fear

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

The Good Comrades are a collection of varied gentlemen who crave one thing - solitude. They reside at Drearcliff House, ancestral home of their eldest member. All seems serene and convivial until one by one the members begin to perish in the most grisly of manners. Foul play is suspected by the Good Comrades' insurance agent, who turns to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson for guidance.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Aubrey Mather, Paul Cavanagh, Dennis Hoey, Harry Cording, Holmes Herbert, Sally Shepherd, Gavin Muir, Florette Hillier ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1945-03-16
8.

Pursuit to Algiers

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

After the King of Ruthenia has been assassinated, Holmes and Watson are engaged to escort his son to Europe via Algiers, aboard a transatlantic ocean liner which also carries a number of suspicious persons, any of whom may be involved in a plot to also assassinate him.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Marjorie Riordan, Rosalind Ivan, Morton Lowry, Leslie Vincent, Martin Kosleck, Rex Evans, John Abbott, Gerald Hamer ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1945-10-26
9.

The Woman in Green

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A series of murders of women, each with their right forefinger posthumously severed, leads Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to a mysterious, glamorous woman, a hypnotized assassin, and a blackmail scheme worthy of Professor Moriarty, who is its mastermind.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Hillary Brooke, Henry Daniell, Paul Cavanagh, Matthew Boulton, Eve Amber, Frederick Worlock, Coulter Irwin, Sally Shepherd ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1945-06-15
Best Crime Movies of 1945 : Lady on a Train
10.

Lady on a Train

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

While on a train, Nikki Collins witnesses a murder as they pass a building. When she tells the police, they think she's crazy since she can't tell exactly where the crime happened. She then enlists a popular mystery writer to help with her sleuthing.

Starring: Deanna Durbin, Ralph Bellamy, David Bruce, George Coulouris, Allen Jenkins, Dan Duryea, Edward Everett Horton, Patricia Morison, Maria Palmer, Elizabeth Patterson ..
Directed by: Charles David
Release date: 1945-08-17

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