Best Mystery Movies of 1946

1.

The Big Sleep

5.7
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

5.3
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

4.6
7.4/10 IMDB

In 1916, a shadowy serial killer is targeting women with "afflictions". One night, during a thunderstorm, the mute Helen feels menaced.

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
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6.

Green for Danger

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

In the midst of Nazi air raids, a postman dies on the operating table at a rural hospital. But was the death accidental?

Starring: Leo Genn, Alastair Sim, Trevor Howard, Sally Gray, Rosamund John, Judy Campbell, Megs Jenkins, Ronald Adam, George Woodbridge, John Rae ..
Directed by: Sidney Gilliat
Release date: 1946-12-07
7.

Dragonwyck

3.8
7.0/10 IMDB

For Miranda Wells, moving to New York to live in Dragonwyck Manor with her rich cousin, Nicholas, seems like a dream. However, the situation gradually becomes nightmarish. She observes Nicholas' troubled relationship with his tenant farmers, as well as with his daughter, to whom Miranda serves as governess. Her relationship with Nicholas intensifies after his wife dies, but his mental imbalance threatens any hope of happiness.

Starring: Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Vincent Price, Glenn Langan, Anne Revere, Spring Byington, Connie Marshall, Harry Morgan, Vivienne Osborne, Jessica Tandy ..
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1946-04-10
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8.

Ritual in Transfigured Time

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

A social event choreographed in the manner of a dance, illuminated by concepts drawn from Greek legend; one of filmmaker Maya Deren’s most intriguing works.

Starring: Rita Christiani, Maya Deren, Anaïs Nin, Frank Westbrook, Gore Vidal ..
Directed by: Maya Deren
Release date: 1946-10-22
9.

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
10.

Black Angel

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

A falsely convicted man's wife, Catherine, and an alcoholic composer and pianist, Martin team up in an attempt to clear her husband of the murder of a blonde singer, who is Martin's wife.

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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