Best Mystery Movies of 1944

1.

Double Indemnity

6.0
8.3/10 IMDB

A rich woman and a calculating insurance agent plot to kill her unsuspecting husband after he signs a double indemnity policy. Against a backdrop of distinctly Californian settings, the partners in crime plan the perfect murder to collect the insurance, which pays double if the death is accidental.

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall, Richard Gaines, Jean Heather, Tom Powers, Fortunio Bonanova, Byron Barr, John Berry ..
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1944-06-14
2.

Laura

5.7
8.0/10 IMDB

A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he's investigating.

Starring: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, Judith Anderson, Dorothy Adams, Wally Albright, Bobby Barber, Harry Carter, Lane Chandler ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1944-10-11
3.

Gaslight

5.4
7.8/10 IMDB

A newlywed fears she's going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansion.

Starring: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, May Whitty, Angela Lansbury, Barbara Everest, Tom Stevenson, Heather Thatcher, Lawrence Grossmith, Halliwell Hobbes ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1944-05-04
4.

The Woman in the Window

5.4
7.7/10 IMDB

A seductive woman gets an innocent professor mixed up in murder.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey, Edmund Breon, Dan Duryea, Thomas E. Jackson, Dorothy Peterson, Arthur Loft, Frank Dawson, Robert Blake ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1944-10-25
5.

Murder, My Sweet

5.3
7.6/10 IMDB

Gumshoe Philip Marlowe is hired by the oafish Moose Malloy to track down his former girlfriend. He's also hired to accompany an effeminate playboy buy back some jewels. When the exchange results in the playboy's murder, Marlowe can't leave the case alone, and soon discovers it's related to Malloy's. As he gets drawn deeper into a complex web of intrigue by a mysterious blonde, the detective finds his own life in increasing jeopardy.

Starring: Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Mike Mazurki, Miles Mander, Otto Kruger, Douglas Walton, Donald Douglas, Esther Howard, Ralf Harolde ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1944-12-14
Best Mystery Movies of 1944 : At Land
6.

At Land

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

A woman lies on the sand, left there by the tides and waves (and in a pose that would be copied in From Here to Eternity). She reaches up across tree roots and makes a difficult climb. Only to discover herself climbing horizontally along a long dinner table as bourgeoise black-tie guests chat and drink and smoke, oblivious to her. At the top of the table, a man is playing chess but abandons the game. Fascinated, she gazes at board, the pieces moving unaided. The woman chases a pawn as it falls to the floor. Falls down a waterfall. Is lost.

Starring: Maya Deren, John Cage, Parker Tyler, Alexander Hammid, Hella Heyman ..
Directed by: Maya Deren
Release date: 1944-01-01
7.

The Thin Man Goes Home

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

On a trip to visit his parents, detective Nick Charles gets mixed up in a murder investigation.

Starring: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Lucile Watson, Gloria DeHaven, Anne Revere, Helen Vinson, Harry Davenport, Leon Ames, Donald Meek, Edward Brophy ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1944-12-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1944 : A Canterbury Tale
8.

A Canterbury Tale

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Three modern day pilgrims investigate a bizarre crime in a small town on the way to Canterbury.

Starring: Eric Portman, Sheila Sim, Dennis Price, John Sweet, Charles Hawtrey, Esmond Knight, Hay Petrie, George Merritt, Edward Rigby, Freda Jackson ..
Directed by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Release date: 1944-08-21
9.

The Uninvited

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

A brother and sister move into an old seaside house they find abandoned for many years on the English coast. Their original enchantment with the house diminishes as they hear stories of the previous owners and meet their daughter (now a young woman) who now lives as a neighbor with her grandfather. Also heard are unexplained sounds during the night. It becomes obvious that the house is haunted.

Starring: Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Gail Russell, Donald Crisp, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Alan Napier, Dorothy Stickney, Barbara Everest, Queenie Leonard, Rita Page ..
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Release date: 1944-02-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1944 : The Lodger
10.

The Lodger

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

In Victorian era London, the inhabitants of a family home with rented rooms upstairs fear the new lodger is Jack the Ripper.

Starring: Merle Oberon, Laird Cregar, George Sanders, Cedric Hardwicke, Sara Allgood, Aubrey Mather, Queenie Leonard, Doris Lloyd, David Clyde, Helena Pickard ..
Directed by: John Brahm
Release date: 1944-01-19

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