Best Crime Movies of 1946

1.

The Big Sleep

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

Private Investigator Philip Marlowe is hired by wealthy General Sternwood regarding a matter involving his youngest daughter Carmen. Before the complex case is over, Marlowe sees murder, blackmail, deception, and what might be love.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers, Dorothy Malone, Peggy Knudsen, Regis Toomey, Charles Waldron, Charles D. Brown, Bob Steele ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1946-08-23
2.

The Killers

5.4
7.8/10 IMDB

Two hit men walk into a diner asking for a man called "the Swede". When the killers find the Swede, he's expecting them and doesn't put up a fight. Since the Swede had a life insurance policy, an investigator, on a hunch, decides to look into the murder. As the Swede's past is laid bare, it comes to light that he was in love with a beautiful woman who may have lured him into pulling off a bank robbery overseen by another man.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Albert Dekker, Sam Levene, Vince Barnett, Virginia Christine, Jack Lambert, Charles D. Brown, Donald MacBride ..
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Release date: 1946-08-28
3.

The Postman Always Rings Twice

5.4
7.5/10 IMDB

A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband.

Starring: Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, Leon Ames, Audrey Totter, Alan Reed, Jeff York, Morris Ankrum, Betty Blythe ..
Directed by: Tay Garnett
Release date: 1946-05-02
4.

The Stranger

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

A man working for the War Crimes Commission suspects that an important Nazi official has folded himself into a quaint Connecticut town.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Orson Welles, Philip Merivale, Richard Long, Konstantin Shayne, Byron Keith, Billy House, Martha Wentworth, Erskine Sanford ..
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1946-07-02
5.

The Spiral Staircase

4.4
7.4/10 IMDB

In 1916, beautiful young mute Helen is a domestic worker for elderly, ailing Mrs. Warren. Mrs. Warren's two adult sons, Albert (a professor) and womanizing impudent Steven, also live in the Warren mansion. Mrs. Warren becomes concerned for Helen's safety when a rash of murders involving 'women with afflictions' hits the neighborhood. She implores her physician, Dr. Parry, to take Helen away for her own safety. When another murder occurs inside the Warren mansion, it becomes obvious that Helen is in danger.

Starring: Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, Kent Smith, Rhonda Fleming, Gordon Oliver, Elsa Lanchester, Sara Allgood, Rhys Williams, James Bell ..
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Release date: 1946-02-06
6.

The Blue Dahlia

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Soon after a veteran's return from war his cheating wife is found dead. He evades police in an attempt to find the real murderer.

Starring: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Howard Da Silva, Doris Dowling, Tom Powers, Hugh Beaumont, Howard Freeman, Don Costello, Will Wright ..
Directed by: George Marshall
Release date: 1946-04-16
7.

The Dark Corner

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Ex con turned private investigator Bradford Galt suspects someone is following him and maybe even trying to kill him. With the assistance of his spunky secretary, Kathleen Stewart, he dives deep into a mystery in search of answers.

Starring: Lucille Ball, Clifton Webb, William Bendix, Mark Stevens, Kurt Kreuger, Cathy Downs, Reed Hadley, Constance Collier, Eddie Heywood, Ellen Corby ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1946-05-08
8.

Somewhere in the Night

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

George Taylor returns from the WWII with amnesia. Back home in Los Angeles, he tries to track down his old identity, stumbling into a 3-year old murder case and a hunt for a missing $2 million.

Starring: John Hodiak, Nancy Guild, Lloyd Nolan, Richard Conte, Josephine Hutchinson, Fritz Kortner, Margo Woode, Sheldon Leonard, Lou Nova, Whit Bissell ..
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1946-06-12
9.

Terror by Night

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Holmes and Watson board a passenger train bound from London to Edinburgh, to guard the Star of Rhodesia, an enormous diamond worth a fortune belonging to an elderly woman of wealth; but within the first hour of the trip, the woman's son is murdered and the diamond stolen and any of the passengers in their car could be the killer thief.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray, Dennis Hoey, Mary Forbes, Renee Godfrey, Frederick Worlock, Jane Murdoch, Gerald Hamer, Geoffrey Steele ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1946-02-01
10.

Black Angel

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

A falsely convicted man's wife, Catherine (Vincent), and an alcoholic composer and pianist, Martin (Duryea) team up in an attempt to clear her husband of the murder of a blonde singer, who is Martin's wife. Their investigation leads them to confrontations with a determined policeman (Crawford) and a shifty nightclub owner (Lorre), whom Catherine and Martin suspect may be the real killer.

Starring: Dan Duryea, June Vincent, Peter Lorre, Broderick Crawford, Constance Dowling, Wallace Ford, Hobart Cavanaugh, Freddie Steele, Ben Bard, Junius Matthews ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1946-08-02

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