Best Mystery 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 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
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4.

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
5.

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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6.

Ritual in Transfigured Time

3.7
6.9/10 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
7.

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
8.

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
9.

Dressed to Kill

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A convicted thief in Dartmoor prison hides the location of the stolen Bank of England printing plates inside three music boxes. When the innocent purchasers of the boxes start to be murdered, Holmes and Watson investigate.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Patricia Morison, Edmund Breon, Frederick Worlock, Carl Harbord, Patricia Cameron, Holmes Herbert, Harry Cording, Leyland Hodgson ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1946-05-24
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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