Best Crime Movies of 1948

1.

Rope

6.5
8.0/10 IMDB

Two men attempt to prove they committed the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party after strangling their former classmate to death.

Starring: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Constance Collier, Douglas Dick, Edith Evanson, Dick Hogan, Joan Chandler, Cedric Hardwicke, Alfred Hitchcock ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1948-08-26
2.

Key Largo

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

A hurricane swells outside, but it's nothing compared to the storm within the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco holes up - and holds at gunpoint hotel owner James Temple, his widowed daughter-in-law Nora, and ex-GI Frank McCloud.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor, Thomas Gomez, Harry Lewis, William Haade, Dan Seymour, Marc Lawrence ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1948-07-16
3.

The Big Clock

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

Stroud, a crime magazine's crusading editor has to post-pone a vacation with his wife, again, when a glamorous blonde is murdered and he is assigned by his publishing boss Janoth to find the killer. As the investigation proceeds to its conclusion, Stroud must try to disrupt his ordinarily brilliant investigative team as they increasingly build evidence (albeit wrong) that he is the killer.

Starring: Ray Milland, Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Sullivan, George Macready, Rita Johnson, Elsa Lanchester, Harold Vermilyea, Dan Tobin, Harry Morgan, Richard Webb ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1948-03-18
Best Crime Movies of 1948 : Brighton Rock
4.

Brighton Rock

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

Centring on the activities of a gang of assorted criminals and, in particular, their leader – a vicious young hoodlum known as "Pinkie" – the film's main thematic concern is the criminal underbelly evident in inter-war Brighton.

Starring: Richard Attenborough, Carol Marsh, Hermione Baddeley, William Hartnell, Harcourt Williams, Wylie Watson, Nigel Stock, Joan Sterndale-Bennett, Marianne Stone, Virginia Winter ..
Directed by: John Boulting
Release date: 1948-01-09
5.

Call Northside 777

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

In 1932, a cop is killed and Frank Wiecek sentenced to life. Eleven years later, a newspaper ad by Frank's mother leads Chicago reporter P.J. O'Neal to look into the case. For some time, O'Neal continues to believe Frank guilty. But when he starts to change his mind, he meets increased resistance from authorities unwilling to be proved wrong.

Starring: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb, Helen Walker, Betty Garde, Kasia Orzazewski, Joanne De Bergh, Howard Smith, Moroni Olsen, John McIntire ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1948-02-13
6.

Yellow Sky

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

In 1867, a gang led by James "Stretch" Dawson robs a bank and flees into the desert. Out of water, the outlaws come upon a ghost town called Yellow Sky and its only residents, a hostile young woman named Mike and her grandpa. The story is a Western adaptation of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest".

Starring: Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter, Richard Widmark, Robert Arthur, John Russell, Harry Morgan, James Barton, Charles Kemper, Victor Kilian, Norman Leavitt ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1948-12-24
7.

Cry of the City

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Petty crook and cop-killer Martin Rome, in bad shape from wounds in the hospital prison ward, still refuses to help slimy lawyer Niles clear his client by confessing to another crime. Police Lt. Candella must check Niles' allegation; a friend of the Rome family, he walks a tightrope between sentiment and cynicism. When Martin fears Candella will implicate his girlfriend Teena, he'll do anything to protect her. How many others will he drag down to disaster with him?

Starring: Victor Mature, Richard Conte, Fred Clark, Shelley Winters, Betty Garde, Berry Kroeger, Tommy Cook, Debra Paget, Hope Emerson, Roland Winters ..
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Release date: 1948-09-29
8.

They Live by Night

3.7
7.5/10 IMDB

An escaped convict, injured during a robbery, falls in love with the woman who nurses him back to health, but their relationship seems doomed from the beginning.

Starring: Cathy O'Donnell, Farley Granger, Howard Da Silva, Jay C. Flippen, Helen Craig, Will Wright, William Phipps, Ian Wolfe, Harry Harvey, Marie Bryant ..
Directed by: Nicholas Ray
Release date: 1948-08-06
9.

Pitfall

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

An insurance man's affair with a blonde leads to guilt, murder and a confession to his wife.

Starring: Dick Powell, Lizabeth Scott, Jane Wyatt, Raymond Burr, John Litel, Byron Barr, Jimmy Hunt, Ann Doran, Selmer Jackson, Margaret Wells ..
Directed by: André De Toth
Release date: 1948-08-11
10.

T-Men

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Two U.S. Treasury ("T-men") agents go undercover in Detroit, and then Los Angeles, in an attempt to break a U.S. currency counterfeiting ring.

Starring: Dennis O'Keefe, Mary Meade, Alfred Ryder, Wallace Ford, June Lockhart, Charles McGraw, Jane Randolph, Art Smith, Herbert Heyes, Jack Overman ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1948-01-22

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