Best Crime Movies of 1949

1.

White Heat

5.8
8.1/10 IMDB

A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and then leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. After the heist, events take a crazy turn.

Starring: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly, Steve Cochran, John Archer, Wally Cassell, Fred Clark, Paul Guilfoyle, Ford Rainey ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1949-09-02
2.

Criss Cross

4.6
7.4/10 IMDB

Burt Lancaster plays Steve Thompson, a man who seals his dark fate when he returns to Los Angeles to find his ex-wife Anna Dundee (Yvonne DeCarlo) eager to rekindle their love against all better judgement. She encourages their affair but then quickly marries mobster Slim Dundee (Dan Duryea). To deflect suspicion of the affair, Steve Thompson leads Dundee into a daylight armored-truck robbery.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally, Esy Morales, Tom Pedi, Percy Helton, Alan Napier, Griff Barnett, Meg Randall ..
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Release date: 1949-02-04
3.

Intruder in the Dust

4.0
7.6/10 IMDB

Rural Mississippi in the 1940s: Lucas Beauchamp, a local black man with a reputation of not kowtowing to whites, is found standing over the body of a dead white man, holding a pistol that has recently been fired. Quickly arrested for murder and jailed, Beauchamp insists he's innocent and asks the town's most prominent lawyer, Gavin Stevens, to defend him, but Stevens refuses. When a local boy whom Beauchamp has helped in the past and who believes him to be innocent hears talk of a mob taking Beauchamp out of jail and lynching him, he pleads with Stevens to defend Beauchamp at trial and prove his innocence.

Starring: David Brian, Claude Jarman Jr., Juano Hernández, Porter Hall, Elizabeth Patterson, Charles Kemper, Will Geer, David Clarke, Elzie Emanuel, Lela Bliss ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1949-11-22
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : The Set-Up
4.

The Set-Up

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

Expecting the usual loss, a boxing manager takes bribes from a betting gangster without telling his fighter.

Starring: Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias, Alan Baxter, Wallace Ford, Percy Helton, Hal Baylor, Darryl Hickman, James Edwards, David Clarke ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1949-03-29
5.

Under Capricorn

3.9
6.1/10 IMDB

In 1831, Irishman Charles Adare travels to Australia to start a new life with the help of his cousin who has just been appointed governor. When he arrives he meets powerful landowner and ex-convict, Sam Flusky, who wants to do a business deal with him. Whilst attending a dinner party at Flusky's house, Charles meets Flusky's wife Henrietta who he had known as a child back in Ireland. Henrietta is an alcoholic and seems to be on the verge of madness.

Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Michael Wilding, Margaret Leighton, Cecil Parker, Denis O'Dea, Jack Watling, Harcourt Williams, John Ruddock, Bill Shine ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1949-09-08
6.

Thieves' Highway

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Nick Garcos comes back from his tour of duty in World War II planning to settle down with his girlfriend, Polly Faber. He learns, however, that his father was recently beaten and burglarized by mob-connected trucker Mike Figlia, and Nick resolves to get even. He partners with prostitute Rica, and together they go after Mike, all the while getting pulled further into the local crime underworld.

Starring: Richard Conte, Valentina Cortese, Lee J. Cobb, Barbara Lawrence, Jack Oakie, Millard Mitchell, Joseph Pevney, Morris Carnovsky, Tamara Shayne, Kasia Orzazewski ..
Directed by: Jules Dassin
Release date: 1949-09-20
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : The Window
7.

The Window

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

An imaginative boy who frequently makes things up witnesses a murder, but can't get his parents or the police to believe him. The only people taking him seriously are the killers - who live upstairs, know that he saw what they did, and are out to permanently silence him.

Starring: Bobby Driscoll, Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy, Paul Stewart, Ruth Roman, Richard Benedict, James Nolan, Anthony Ross, Tom Ahearne, Tom Coleman ..
Directed by: Ted Tetzlaff
Release date: 1949-05-10
8.

House of Strangers

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Gino Monetti is a ruthless Italian-American banker who is engaged in a number of criminal activities. Three of his four grown sons refuse to help their father stay out of prison after he's arrested for his questionable business practices. Three of the sons take over the business but kick their father out. Max, a lawyer, is the only son that stays loyal to his father.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, Luther Adler, Paul Valentine, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Debra Paget, Hope Emerson, Esther Minciotti, Diana Douglas ..
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1949-07-01
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : Obsession
9.

Obsession

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

A British psychiatrist devises a devilish revenge plot against his wife's lover.

Starring: Robert Newton, Phil Brown, Sally Gray, Naunton Wayne, James Harcourt, Betty Cooper, Michael Balfour, Ronald Adam, Roddy Hughes, Allan Jeayes ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1949-08-03
10.

Too Late for Tears

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

One night on a lonely highway, a speeding car tosses a satchel of money, meant for somebody else, into Jane and Alan Palmer's back seat. Alan wants to turn it over to the police, but Jane persuades him to hang onto it 'for a while'. Soon, the Palmers are traced by one Danny Fuller, a sleazy character who claims the money is his.

Starring: Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea, Arthur Kennedy, Kristine Miller, Barry Kelley, Kevin O'Morrison, June Storey, James Nolan, Forbes Murray ..
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Release date: 1949-07-17
11.

Colorado Territory

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

In Colorado territory, outlaw Wes McQueen escapes jail to pull a railroad robbery but, upon meeting pretty settler Julie Ann, he wonders about going straight. Western remake of High Sierra with Joel McCrea taking over the Humphrey Bogart role.

Starring: Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, Dorothy Malone, Henry Hull, John Archer, James Mitchell, Morris Ankrum, Basil Ruysdael, Frank Puglia, Ian Wolfe ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1949-06-11
12.

Tension

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Warren Quimby manages a drugstore while trying to keep his volatile wife, Claire, happy. However, when Claire leaves him for a liquor store salesman, Warren can no longer bear it. He decides to assume a new identity in order to murder his wife's lover without leaving a trace. Along the way, his plans are complicated by an attractive neighbor, as well as a shocking discovery that opens up a new world of doubts and accusations.

Starring: Richard Basehart, Audrey Totter, Cyd Charisse, Barry Sullivan, Lloyd Gough, Tom D'Andrea, William Conrad, Tito Renaldo, Virginia Brissac, Theresa Harris ..
Directed by: John Berry
Release date: 1949-11-25
13.

Whisky Galore!

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Based on a true story. The name of the real ship, that sunk Feb 5 1941 - during WWII - was S/S Politician. Having left Liverpool two days earlier, heading for Jamaica, it sank outside Eriskay, The Outer Hebrides, Scotland, in bad weather, containing 250,000 bottles of whisky. The locals gathered as many bottles as they could, before the proper authorities arrived, and even today, bottles are found in the sand or in the sea every other year.

Starring: Basil Radford, Catherine Lacey, Bruce Seton, Joan Greenwood, Wylie Watson, Gabrielle Blunt, Gordon Jackson, Jean Cadell, James Robertson Justice, Morland Graham ..
Directed by: Alexander Mackendrick
Release date: 1949-06-16
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : Force of Evil
14.

Force of Evil

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Lawyer Joe Morse wants to consolidate all the small-time numbers racket operators into one big powerful operation. But his elder brother Leo is one of these small-time operators who wants to stay that way, preferring not to deal with the gangsters who dominate the big-time.

Starring: John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, Marie Windsor, Howland Chamberlain, Roy Roberts, Paul Fix, Barry Kelley, Paul McVey, Beatrice Pearson, Beau Bridges ..
Directed by: Abraham Polonsky
Release date: 1949-03-01
15.

The Reckless Moment

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

A mother attempts to protect her murderous daughter.

Starring: James Mason, Joan Bennett, Geraldine Brooks, Henry O'Neill, Shepperd Strudwick, David Bair, Roy Roberts, Frances E. Williams, Claire Carleton, William Schallert ..
Directed by: Max Ophüls
Release date: 1949-12-29
16.

Border Incident

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

The story concerns two agents, one Mexican (PJF) and one American, who are tasked to stop the smuggling of Mexican migrant workers across the border to California. The two agents go undercover, one as a poor migrant.

Starring: Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Howard Da Silva, James Mitchell, Arnold Moss, Alfonso Bedoya, Teresa Celli, Charles McGraw, José Torvay, John Ridgely ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1949-10-28
17.

East Side, West Side

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A vain businessman puts strains on his happy marriage to a rich, beautiful socialite by allowing himself to be seduced by a former girlfriend.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, James Mason, Van Heflin, Ava Gardner, Cyd Charisse, Nancy Reagan, Gale Sondergaard, William Conrad, Raymond Greenleaf, Douglas Kennedy ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1949-12-22
18.

He Walked by Night

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

This film-noir piece, told in semi-documentary style, follows police on the hunt for a resourceful criminal who shoots and kills a cop.

Starring: Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Roy Roberts, Whit Bissell, James Cardwell, Jack Webb, Reed Hadley, Frank Cady, Thomas Browne Henry, Dorothy Adams ..
Directed by: Alfred L. Werker, Anthony Mann
Release date: 1949-02-06
19.

The Big Steal

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Army Lieutenant Halliday, accused of stealing the Army payroll, pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's ex-girlfriend and is in turn being chased by his accuser, Capt. Blake.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, William Bendix, Patric Knowles, Ramon Novarro, Don Alvarado, John Qualen, Pascual García Peña ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1949-07-01
20.

The File on Thelma Jordon

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Cleve Marshall is an assistant district attorney who falls for the shadowy Thelma Jordon. With her sordid past -- and her relationship with thief Tony Laredo kept secret from the married attorney, Jordon seduces the easily swayed Marshall, and uses him to cover up her misdeeds. When Jordon becomes the prime suspect for the murder of her wealthy aunt, she turns to Marshall, who goes to great lengths to clear her name.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Paul Kelly, Joan Tetzel, Stanley Ridges, Richard Rober, Minor Watson, Barry Kelley, Kasey Rogers, Basil Ruysdael ..
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Release date: 1949-11-04
21.

The Bribe

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

United States Federal agent Rigby travels to the Central American island Carlotta to investigate a stolen aircraft engines smuggling racket.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Charles Laughton, Vincent Price, John Hodiak, Samuel S. Hinds, John Hoyt, Tito Renaldo, Martín Garralaga, Fernando Alvarado ..
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1949-02-03
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : Bruce Gentry
22.

Bruce Gentry

3.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Famed aviator Bruce Gentry is working with scientist Andrew Benson, setting out to uncover the origin of a deadly secret weapon---an electronically controlled flying disc which can be directed at moving or stationary targets. The disc was master-minded by an enemy agent known only as "The Recorder" because...he speaks entirely via recordings. Aided by rancher Frank Farrell and his sister Juanita "Nita" Hodges, Gentry consistently foils "The Recorders" schemes, which are carried out by "The Recorder's" henchmen, Krendon, Allen and Chandler, including an attack on the Panama Canal.

Starring: Tom Neal, Judy Clark, Ralph Hodges, Forrest Taylor, Hugh Prosser, Tris Coffin, Jack Ingram, Terry Frost, Eddie Parker, Charles King ..
Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Thomas Carr
Release date: 1949-02-10
23.

Scene of the Crime

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

A cop investigates the shooting of another policeman... that may have been involved in crooked activities.

Starring: Van Johnson, Arlene Dahl, Gloria DeHaven, Tom Drake, Leon Ames, John McIntire, Donald Woods, Norman Lloyd, Jerome Cowan, Tom Powers ..
Directed by: Roy Rowland
Release date: 1949-07-28
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : Shockproof
24.

Shockproof

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Jenny Marsh is a hard-luck dame who's just finished five years in the slammer for killing a man. Jenny's not exactly the murdering type -- she did the deed while defending her jailbird lover, Harry, which is probably one reason she's attracted the attention of her parole officer, Griff Marat. In fact, Griff is so taken with Jenny that he gets her a job caring for his ailing mother, but although Jenny tries to fly right, she's not yet over Harry.

Starring: Cornel Wilde, Patricia Knight, John Baragrey, Esther Minciotti, Howard St. John, Russell Collins, Charles Bates, Richard Benedict, Argentina Brunetti, Paul Bryar ..
Directed by: Douglas Sirk
Release date: 1949-01-25
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : The Undercover Man
25.

The Undercover Man

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Frank Warren is a treasury agent assigned to put an end to the activities of a powerful mob crime boss. Frank works undercover, posing as a criminal to seek information, but is frustrated when all he finds are terrified witnesses and corrupt police officers.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Nina Foch, James Whitmore, Barry Kelley, Frank Tweddell, Howard St. John, John F. Hamilton, Leo Penn, Joan Lazer, Esther Minciotti ..
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1949-03-21
26.

Knock on Any Door

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

An attorney defends a hoodlum of murder, using the oppressiveness of the slums to appeal to the court.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, John Derek, George Macready, Allene Roberts, Candy Toxton, Mickey Knox, Barry Kelley, Florence Auer, Vince Barnett, Argentina Brunetti ..
Directed by: Nicholas Ray
Release date: 1949-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : The Threat
27.

The Threat

3.3
6.7/10 IMDB

An escaped con kidnaps the people he thinks put him behind bars.

Starring: Michael O'Shea, Virginia Grey, Charles McGraw, Julie Bishop, Frank Conroy, Robert Shayne, Anthony Caruso, Don McGuire, Frank Richards, Michael McHale ..
Directed by: Felix E. Feist
Release date: 1949-12-01
28.

Follow Me Quietly

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

1949 thriller about the hunt for a serial killer known as "the Judge" who kills his victims on rainy nights.

Starring: William Lundigan, Dorothy Patrick, Jeff Corey, Nestor Paiva, Charles D. Brown, Paul Guilfoyle, Edwin Max, Frank Ferguson, Marlo Dwyer, Archie Twitchell ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1949-07-07
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : Trapped
29.

Trapped

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

U.S. Treasury Department agents go after a ring of counterfeiters.

Starring: Lloyd Bridges, Barbara Payton, John Hoyt, James Todd, Russ Conway, Robert Karnes, Jay C. Flippen, Lucille Barkley, Tommy Noonan, Dick Gordon ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1949-09-27
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : Sky Dragon
30.

Sky Dragon

3.2
6.4/10 IMDB

All the passengers on an airplane headed for San Francisco are drugged, and when they wake up, it is discovered that a quarter-million dollars is missing. Charlie Chan--and, of course, his #1 son--must discover the identity of the person who doped the passengers and stole the money.

Starring: Roland Winters, Keye Luke, Mantan Moreland, Noel Neill, Tim Ryan, Iris Adrian, Elena Verdugo, Milburn Stone, Paul Maxey, Joel Marston ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1949-04-27
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : Tokyo Joe
31.

Tokyo Joe

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

Joe Barrett returns to Tokyo after World War II where he once owned a bar, Tokyo Joe's, and deserted his wife Trina. They have a seven-year-old daughter. Kimura forces Joe into piloting war criminals by revealing that during the war Trina made treasonous propaganda broadcasts.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Alexander Knox, Florence Marly, Sessue Hayakawa, Jerome Courtland, Gordon Jones, Teru Shimada, Hideo Mori, Charles Meredith, Rhys Williams ..
Directed by: Stuart Heisler
Release date: 1949-10-26
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : Johnny Holiday
32.

Johnny Holiday

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

A guard (William Bendix) befriends a wayward youth (Allen Martin Jr.) sent to the Indiana Boys School.

Starring: William Bendix, Stanley Clements, Hoagy Carmichael, Allen Martin Jr., Greta Granstedt, Herbert Newcomb, Donald Gallagher, George Cisar, Henry F. Schricker ..
Directed by: Willis Goldbeck
Release date: 1949-11-18
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : The Spider and the Fly
33.

The Spider and the Fly

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

"The Spider and the Fly is set in Paris during the cloud-cuckoo days before WW I. The storyline intertwines the destinies of three people. Guy Rolfe plays Phillipe de Ledocq, a resourceful safecracker who always manages to elude arrest. Eric Portman is cast as police-chief Maubert, who will not rest until Ledocq is behind bars. And Nadia Gray is Madeleine, the woman beloved by both Ledocq and Maubert. Just as Maubert has managed to capture his man, Ledocq is released at the behest of the government, who wants him to steal secrets from the German embassy revealing the whereabouts of the Kaiser's secret agents. And just how does Madeleine figure into all of this? Spider and the Fly is a diverting precursor to the 1960s TV series It Takes a Thief." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Starring: Eric Portman, Guy Rolfe, Nadia Gray, George Cole, Harold Lang, Edward Chapman, Maurice Denham, John Carol, May Hallatt, Arthur Lowe ..
Directed by: Robert Hamer
Release date: 1949-12-01
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : The Crooked Way
34.

The Crooked Way

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

A war veteran suffering from amnesia, returns to Los Angeles from a San Francisco veterans hospital hoping to learn who he is and discovers his criminal past.

Starring: John Payne, Sonny Tufts, Ellen Drew, Rhys Williams, Percy Helton, John Doucette, Charles Evans, Greta Granstedt, Raymond Largay, Harry Bronson ..
Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1949-04-22
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : Mary Ryan, Detective
35.

Mary Ryan, Detective

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

A female police detective (Marsha Hunt) enters jail to gain the confidence of a shoplifter and learn the identity of the leader of a stolen goods racket.

Starring: Marsha Hunt, John Litel, June Vincent, Harry Shannon, William Phillips, Katherine Warren, Victoria Horne, John Dehner, Arthur Space, Kernan Cripps ..
Directed by: Abby Berlin
Release date: 1949-11-03
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : King of the Rocket Men
36.

King of the Rocket Men

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Prof. Millard pretends to be dead and helps Jeff King ferret out Vulcan, the evil traitor at the science academy. Donning his Rocket Man costume King goes from one hair raising rescue to the next in order to keep the newly invented Decimator out of the clutches of Vulcan and his minions.

Starring: Tris Coffin, Mae Clarke, Don Haggerty, James Craven, I. Stanford Jolley, House Peters Jr., Douglas Evans, Ted Adams, Stanley Price, Dale van Sickel ..
Directed by: Fred C. Brannon
Release date: 1949-06-08
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : Boys in Brown
37.

Boys in Brown

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

Jackie lives in poverty with his widowed mother. In a bid to escape poverty he gets involved in a robbery that sees him sentenced to three years in Borstal where he meets a tough crowd, tougher than anything on the outside.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Richard Attenborough, Jack Warner, Jimmy Hanley, Barbara Murray, Andrew Crawford, Patrick Holt, Thora Hird, Michael Medwin, John Blythe ..
Directed by: Montgomery Tully
Release date: 1949-12-01
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : Abandoned
38.

Abandoned

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Paula Consodine comes to Los Angeles in search of her missing sister. Newspaperman Mark Sitko, investigating on Paula's behalf, discovers that the sister is dead, a supposed suicide. The whole thing seems a bit fishy to Sitko, and indeed it is: the girl's death was engineered by a black-market adoption racket, headed by one DeCola.

Starring: Dennis O'Keefe, Gale Storm, Marjorie Rambeau, Raymond Burr, Will Kuluva, Jeff Chandler, Meg Randall, Jeanette Nolan, David Clarke, Mike Mazurki ..
Directed by: Joseph M. Newman
Release date: 1949-10-28
39.

Johnny Allegro

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Treasury Department officials recruit a florist (Raft) to lead them to a wanted criminal (Macready); but once he gets too close, he finds he's the hunted.

Starring: George Raft, Nina Foch, George Macready, Will Geer, Gloria Henry, Ivan Triesault, Harry Antrim, William Phillips, Thomas Browne Henry, Eddie Acuff ..
Directed by: Ted Tetzlaff
Release date: 1949-05-26
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : The Accused
40.

The Accused

2.7
6.8/10 IMDB

A prim psychology professor fights to hide a murder she committed in self-defense.

Starring: Loretta Young, Robert Cummings, Wendell Corey, Sam Jaffe, Douglas Dick, Suzanne Dalbert, Sara Allgood, Mickey Knox, George Spaulding, Francis Pierlot ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1949-01-14
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : Johnny Stool Pigeon
41.

Johnny Stool Pigeon

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

A federal agent infiltrates a crime syndicate.

Starring: Howard Duff, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Tony Curtis, John McIntire, Gar Moore, Leif Erickson, Barry Kelley, Hugh Reilly, Wally Maher ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1949-04-20
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : Chicago Deadline
42.

Chicago Deadline

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

On Chicago's South Side reporter Ed Ames finds the body of a dead girl. Her address book leads to a host of names of men frightened by her death but claiming never to have known her. Ames comes to know quite a lot, dangerously so.

Starring: Alan Ladd, Donna Reed, June Havoc, Irene Hervey, Arthur Kennedy, Berry Kroeger, Harold Vermilyea, Shepperd Strudwick, John Beal, Tom Powers ..
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Release date: 1949-10-17
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : Alias the Champ
43.

Alias the Champ

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Slammin’ Sammy Menacker is killed in the ring, and Gorgeous George (in his only film appearance) is arrested for murder. Out to clear his name is his manager Lorraine and cop Ron Peterson, who was already on the scene to investigate the Mob’s influence on pro wrestling.

Starring: Robert Rockwell, Audrey Long, Gorgeous George, Barbra Fuller, James Nolan, John Harmon, Sammy Menacker, Joseph Crehan, John Hamilton, Stephen Chase ..
Directed by: George Blair
Release date: 1949-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : Undertow
44.

Undertow

2.6
6.6/10 IMDB

Undertow stars Scott Brady as a gambler just out of wartime military service. No longer interested in wagers and speculations, Brady wants only to open up a mountain vacation lodge. Before this can take place, Brady is framed for murder, and forced to hide out in the home of Peggy Dow. With the help of Dow and a policeman friend, Brady searches for the real murderer. Watch carefully in Undertow and you'll spot new Universal contractee "Roc" Hudson as a plainclothes detective.

Starring: Scott Brady, John Russell, Dorothy Hart, Peggy Dow, Bruce Bennett, Gregg Martell, Robert Anderson, Dan Ferniel, Rock Hudson, Charles Sherlock ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1949-12-03
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : El pecado de Laura
45.

El pecado de Laura

2.6
6.6/10 IMDB

Young woman breaks her engagement to be married when an opportunity for stardom comes her way.

Starring: Meche Barba, Abel Salazar, Arturo Martínez, Rafael Banquells, Silvia Pinal, Maruja Grifell, Carlos Múzquiz, Roberto Y. Palacios ..
Directed by: Julián Soler
Release date: 1949-05-26
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : The Case of Charles Peace
46.

The Case of Charles Peace

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

Charles Peace leads a double life, by day he's a respected local businessman, but by night he's a professional thief who stops at nothing, not even murder, to get what he wants.

Starring: Valentine Dyall, Michael Martin Harvey, Chili Bouchier, Bruce Belfrage, Ronald Adam, Roberta Huby, Peter Forbes-Robertson, Kathleen Rooney, Richard Shayne, Jean Shepeard ..
Directed by: Norman Lee
Release date: 1949-03-02
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : The House Across the Street
47.

The House Across the Street

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

Dave Joslin, the managing editor of a big-city newspaper, is demoted and moved to the Miss Lonely Hearts column-writing department by the newspaper's publisher, J. B. Grennell, because Joslin refuses to desist in printing stories linking a gangster, Matthew Keever, to a murder. But Joslin, aided by Kit Williams, a newspaper woman with whom he is in love, investigate the murder case on their own time.

Starring: Wayne Morris, Janis Paige, Bruce Bennett, Alan Hale, James Mitchell, Barbara Bates, James Holden, Irving Bacon, George Chandler, Alex Gerry ..
Directed by: Richard L. Bare
Release date: 1949-09-10
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : The Lost Tribe
48.

The Lost Tribe

2.6
5.5/10 IMDB

Jungle Jim fights a lion and sharks trying to save an African village from those who would despoil it.

Starring: Johnny Weissmüller, Myrna Dell, Elena Verdugo, Joseph Vitale, Ralph Dunn, Paul Marion, Nelson Leigh, George J. Lewis, Ray Corrigan, Jimmy the Crow ..
Directed by: William Berke
Release date: 1949-04-19
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : The Adventures of P.C. 49: Investigating the Case of the Guardian Angel
49.

The Adventures of P.C. 49: Investigating the Case of the Guardian Angel

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

A police constable goes undercover to infiltrate a gang of violent thieves.

Starring: Hugh Latimer, John Penrose, Annette D. Simmonds, Pat Nye, Patricia Cutts, Billy Thatcher ..
Directed by: Godfrey Grayson
Release date: 1949-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1949 : Red Light
50.

Red Light

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Nick Cherney, in prison for embezzling from Torno Freight Co., sees a chance to get back at Johnny Torno through his young priest brother Jess. He pays fellow prisoner Rocky, who gets out a week before Nick, to murder Jess... who, dying, tells revenge-minded Johnny that he'd written a clue "in the Bible." Frustrated, Johnny obsessively searches for the missing Gideon Bible from Jess's hotel room.

Starring: George Raft, Virginia Mayo, Gene Lockhart, Raymond Burr, Harry Morgan, Barton MacLane, Arthur Franz, Ken Murray, Stanley Clements, William Frawley ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1949-09-30

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