Best Thriller Movies of 1944


Double Indemnity

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


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


7.6/10 IMDB

During World War II, a small group of survivors is stranded in a lifeboat together after the ship they were traveling on is destroyed by a German U-boat.

Starring: Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Walter Slezak, Mary Anderson, John Hodiak, Henry Hull, Heather Angel, Hume Cronyn, Canada Lee, William Yetter Jr. ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1944-01-28

The Woman in the Window

7.6/10 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

Murder, My Sweet

7.5/10 IMDB

After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Philip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit.

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

Ministry of Fear

7.1/10 IMDB

Stephen Neale is released into WWII England after two years in an asylum, but it doesn't seem so sane outside either. On his way back to London to rejoin civilization, he stumbles across a murderous spy ring and doesn't quite know to whom to turn.

Starring: Ray Milland, Marjorie Reynolds, Carl Esmond, Hillary Brooke, Percy Waram, Dan Duryea, Alan Napier, Erskine Sanford, Harry Allen, Frank Baker ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1944-05-19

The Seventh Cross

7.4/10 IMDB

In Nazi Germany in 1936 seven men escape from a concentration camp. The camp commander puts up seven crosses and, as the Gestapo returns each escapee he is put to death on a cross. The seventh cross is still empty as George Heisler seeks freedom in Holland.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Signe Hasso, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Agnes Moorehead, Herbert Rudley, Felix Bressart, Alexander Granach, Katherine Locke, Paul Guilfoyle ..
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Release date: 1944-07-24

The Thin Man Goes Home

7.3/10 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 Thriller Movies of 1944 : At Land

At Land

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

Phantom Lady

7.2/10 IMDB

A mystery woman is a murder suspect's only alibi for the night of his wife's death.

Starring: Franchot Tone, Ella Raines, Alan Curtis, Aurora Miranda, Thomas Gomez, Fay Helm, Elisha Cook Jr., Andrew Tombes, Regis Toomey, Joseph Crehan ..
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Release date: 1944-01-28

The Pearl of Death

7.1/10 IMDB

The famous Borgia Pearl, a valuable gem with a history of bringing murder and misfortune to its owner since the days of the Borgias, is brought to London, thanks in part to Sherlock Holmes. But before long the jewel is stolen, due to an error on Holmes' part, and shortly thereafter, a series of horrible murders begin, the murderer leaving his victims with their spines snapped and surrounded by a mass of smashed china.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Dennis Hoey, Evelyn Ankers, Miles Mander, Ian Wolfe, Charles Francis, Holmes Herbert, Richard Aherne, Mary Gordon ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1944-08-01

The Scarlet Claw

7.2/10 IMDB

When a woman is found dead with her throat torn out, the local villagers blame a supernatural monster. But Sherlock Holmes, who gets drawn into the case from nearby Quebec, suspects a human murderer.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Gerald Hamer, Paul Cavanagh, Arthur Hohl, Miles Mander, Kay Harding, David Clyde, Ian Wolfe, Victoria Horne ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1944-05-18

The Mask of Dimitrios

7.2/10 IMDB

A mystery writer is intrigued by the tale of notorious criminal Dimitrios Makropolous, whose body was found washed up on the shore in Istanbul. He decides to follow the career of Dimitrios around Europe, in order to learn more about the man. Along the way he is joined by the mysterious Mr. Peters, who has his own motivation.

Starring: Sydney Greenstreet, Zachary Scott, Faye Emerson, Peter Lorre, Victor Francen, Steven Geray, Florence Bates, Eduardo Ciannelli, Kurt Katch, Marjorie Hoshelle ..
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1944-06-23
Best Thriller Movies of 1944 : Uncertain Glory

Uncertain Glory

7.1/10 IMDB

In occupied France, a convicted thief and murderer escapes the guillotine when a bombing raid strikes the prison, but is quickly re-captured by the inspector of the Surete responsible for his original arrest. Fearing the guillotine more than his actual death, the convict inveigles the inspector to help him with a plan to rescue 100 Frenchmen taken by the Gestapo following an act of sabotage: he will confess to being the saboteur and allow himself to be executed by firing squad, the Gestapo's method of execution, thus freeing the 100 men.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Paul Lukas, Lucile Watson, Faye Emerson, James Flavin, Douglass Dumbrille, Dennis Hoey, Sheldon Leonard, Odette Myrtil, Francis Pierlot ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1944-04-07

The Lodger

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
Best Thriller Movies of 1944 : Black Magic

Black Magic

6.3/10 IMDB

Chinese detective Charlie Chan solves a murder linked to the occult. This movie had an alternative title: Meeting at Midnight.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Frances Chan, Joseph Crehan, Helen Beverly, Jacqueline deWit, Geraldine Wall, Ralph Peters, Frank Jaquet, Edward Earle ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1944-08-19
Best Thriller Movies of 1944 : Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat

Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat

6.3/10 IMDB

To solve the murder of a man shot in a locked room, Chan must wade through a Fun House, the writings of an unscrupulous author, and chess pieces.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Joan Woodbury, Mantan Moreland, Benson Fong, Ian Keith, Sam Flint, Cy Kendall, Weldon Heyburn, Anthony Warde, John Davidson ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1944-05-20

The Conspirators

6.5/10 IMDB

A guerilla leader falls in love with a mysterious woman in World War II Lisbon.

Starring: Hedy Lamarr, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Victor Francen, Joseph Calleia, Carol Thurston, Vladimir Sokoloff, Eduardo Ciannelli, Steven Geray ..
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1944-10-24
Best Thriller Movies of 1944 : Weird Woman

Weird Woman

6.2/10 IMDB

After bringing his beautiful new wife Paula home to America from a remote island on which she was raised, Professor Norman Reed begins to feel the clash between his world of rational science and hers of bizarre dancing and freaky voodoo rituals. Norman's stuck-up friends also sense Paula's strangeness, and soon their meddling gossip and suspicious scheming push the poor woman to use her magic to defend herself and her husband – and maybe even to kill! Or is it just the power of suggestion...?

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Anne Gwynne, Evelyn Ankers, Ralph Morgan, Elisabeth Risdon, Lois Collier, Harry Hayden, Elizabeth Russell, Phil Brown, Kay Harding ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1944-03-01

Experiment Perilous

6.4/10 IMDB

In 1903, Doctor Huntington Bailey meets a friendly older lady during a train trip. She tells him that she is going to visit her brother Nick and his lovely young wife Allida. Once in New York, Bailey hears that his train companion suddenly died. Shortly afterward, he meets the strange couple and gets suspicious of Nick's treatment of his wife.

Starring: Hedy Lamarr, George Brent, Paul Lukas, Albert Dekker, Carl Esmond, Olive Blakeney, George N. Neise, Margaret Wycherly, Stephanie Bachelor, Mary Servoss ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1944-12-18
Best Thriller Movies of 1944 : The Whistler

The Whistler

6.3/10 IMDB

A guilt-ridden man blames himself for his wife's death and secretly pays an assassin to kill him. But then he finds out that his wife isn't dead at all. And now the assassin is on his trail, with no way to call off the hit.

Starring: Richard Dix, Gloria Stuart, J. Carrol Naish, Alan Dinehart, Trevor Bardette, William Benedict, Charles Coleman, Clancy Cooper, Don Costello, Ralph Dunn ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1944-03-30


5.9/10 IMDB

Young female models are being strangled. Will law enforcement be able to stop the crime wave before more women become victims?

Starring: John Carradine, Jean Parker, Nils Asther, Ludwig Stössel, George Pembroke, Teala Loring, Sonia Sorel, Henry Kolker, Emmett Lynn, Iris Adrian ..
Directed by: Edgar G. Ulmer
Release date: 1944-11-11

The Mummy's Curse

5.4/10 IMDB

After being buried in quicksand for the past 25 years, Kharis is set free to roam the rural bayous of Louisiana, as is the soul of his beloved Princess Ananka, still housed in the body of Amina Mansouri, who seeks help and protection at a swamp draining project.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Dennis Moore, Kay Harding, Virginia Christine, Peter Coe, Martin Kosleck, Addison Richards, Holmes Herbert, Ann Codee, Kurt Katch ..
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Release date: 1944-12-22
Best Thriller Movies of 1944 : One Body Too Many

One Body Too Many

5.4/10 IMDB

An insurance salesman, Albert Tuttle, is hired as a body guard for a millionaire.

Starring: Jack Haley, Jean Parker, Bela Lugosi, Blanche Yurka, Lyle Talbot, Douglas Fowley, Fay Helm, Lucien Littlefield, Bernard Nedell, Dorothy Granger ..
Directed by: Frank McDonald
Release date: 1944-11-24
Best Thriller Movies of 1944 : Hotel Reserve

Hotel Reserve

6.2/10 IMDB

A hunt for a spy, in a hotel in the South of France just before World War Two.

Starring: James Mason, Lucie Mannheim, Raymond Lovell, Julien Mitchell, Herbert Lom, Martin Miller, Clare Hamilton, Frederick Valk, Patricia Medina, Anthony Shaw ..
Directed by: Lance Comfort, Mutz Greenbaum, Victor Hanbury
Release date: 1944-06-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1944 : The Mark of the Whistler

The Mark of the Whistler

6.6/10 IMDB

A drifter claims the money in an old bank account. Soon he finds himself the target of two men who turn out to be the sons of the man's old partner, who is now in prison because of a conflict with him over the money in that account.

Starring: Richard Dix, Janis Carter, Porter Hall, Paul Guilfoyle, John Calvert, Matt Willis, Walter Baldwin, Willie Best, Edgar Dearing, Otto Forrest ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1944-10-09
Best Thriller Movies of 1944 : The Girl Who Dared

The Girl Who Dared

6.0/10 IMDB

A group of people are invited to a party at a creepy mansion where legend has it a ghost appears once a year.

Starring: Lorna Gray, Peter Cookson, Grant Withers, Veda Ann Borg, John Hamilton, Willie Best, Vivien Oakland, Roy Barcroft ..
Directed by: Howard Bretherton
Release date: 1944-08-05

Action in Arabia

6.2/10 IMDB

Reporter Michael Gordon uncovers intrigue in Damascus, where the Allies and Nazis struggle for control of Arab sympathies.

Starring: George Sanders, Virginia Bruce, Lenore Aubert, Gene Lockhart, Robert Armstrong, H.B. Warner, Alan Napier, André Charlot, Marcel Dalio, Jamiel Hasson ..
Directed by: Léonide Moguy
Release date: 1944-02-18
Best Thriller Movies of 1944 : Ladies of Washington

Ladies of Washington

6.4/10 IMDB

The new boarder at a Washington, D.C. rooming house for women likes the fast life, but her recreational activities lead to her involvement in murder.

Starring: Trudy Marshall, Ronald Graham, Anthony Quinn, Sheila Ryan, Robert Bailey, Robin Raymond, Doris Merrick, Carleton G. Young, Beverly Whitney, Jackie Paley ..
Directed by: Louis King
Release date: 1944-05-25

The Climax

5.4/10 IMDB

Dr. Hohner, theatre physician at the Vienna Royal Theatre, murders his mistress, the star soprano when his jealousy drives him to the point of mad obsession. Ten years later, another young singer reminds Hohner of the late diva and his old mania kicks in. Hohner wants to prevent her from singing for anyone but him, even if it means silencing her forever.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Susanna Foster, Turhan Bey, Gale Sondergaard, Thomas Gomez, June Vincent, George Dolenz, Ludwig Stössel, Jane Farrar, Ernö Verebes ..
Directed by: George Waggner
Release date: 1944-10-20
Best Thriller Movies of 1944 : Storm Over Lisbon

Storm Over Lisbon

5.7/10 IMDB

A nightclub star helps trap an enemy agent on the trail of an American newsman.

Starring: Vera Ralston, Erich von Stroheim, Richard Arlen, Robert Livingston, Eduardo Ciannelli, Mona Barrie, Otto Kruger, Sarah Edwards, Alice Fleming, Kenne Duncan ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1944-10-16
Best Thriller Movies of 1944 : Guest in the House

Guest in the House

6.2/10 IMDB

Evelyn, an emotionally vulnerable and unstable woman, stays at the home of her doctor Dan Proctor. There she meets and falls in love with his brother, Douglas, who is happily married to Ann. Evelyn then sets forth to break up the happy marriage and win the love of Douglas.

Starring: Anne Baxter, Ralph Bellamy, Aline MacMahon, Ruth Warrick, Scott McKay, Marie McDonald, Jerome Cowan, Margaret Hamilton, Percy Kilbride, Connie Laird ..
Directed by: John Brahm, Lewis Milestone, John Cromwell, André de Toth
Release date: 1944-12-08
Best Thriller Movies of 1944 : Waterfront


5.2/10 IMDB

A Nazi spy passes himself off as an optometrist in San Francisco's waterfront district. Someone robs him of his code book, and he must get it back.

Starring: John Carradine, J. Carrol Naish, Maris Wrixon, Edwin Maxwell ..
Directed by: Steve Sekely
Release date: 1944-06-10
Best Thriller Movies of 1944 : Rogues' Gallery

Rogues' Gallery

4.9/10 IMDB

Reporter Patsy Reynolds and photographer Eddie Porter are assigned to interview John Foster, head of the Emmerson Foundation regarding a listening device the organization is working on. Foster evades them and they to the lab to see Professor Reynolds, the real inventor. Soon, they are involved in several shootings, blueprints that change hands several times, a corpse in their car that appears and disappears a few times, the loss of their jobs and several people who either think they are killers or candidates for being killed.

Starring: Frank Jenks, Robin Raymond, H.B. Warner, Ray Walker, Davison Clark, Robert Homans, Milton Kibbee, Frank McGlynn Sr., Pat Gleason, Edward Keane ..
Directed by: Albert Herman
Release date: 1944-12-06
Best Thriller Movies of 1944 : The Tiger Woman

The Tiger Woman

6.7/10 IMDB

Greedy oil speculators, led by Morgan, are trying to force Tiger Woman and her band of warriors from their jungle home. Allen Saunders of Inter-Ocean Oil wants to develop the oil, too, but fights with Tiger Woman to stop the bad guys.

Starring: Allan Lane, Linda Stirling, Duncan Renaldo, George J. Lewis, LeRoy Mason, Crane Whitley, Robert Frazer, Rico De Montez, Stanley Price, Nolan Leary ..
Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Wallace Grissell
Release date: 1944-05-27
Best Thriller Movies of 1944 : Rats in Spats

Rats in Spats

0.0/10 IMDB

Live-action short directed by Irv Spence.

Starring: Gus Arriola, George Stoddard Herbert, Joseph Bruce Price, Felix Reyes Alegre, Tom Ray, Gordy Adams, Harvey Eisenberg, Elmer Swanson, Bill Littlejohn, Pete Burness ..
Directed by: Irven Spence
Release date: 1944-08-18
Best Thriller Movies of 1944 : AAF Report

AAF Report

0.0/10 IMDB

US Army Air Forces providing an overview of the Army Air Forces.

Release date: 1944-12-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1944 : Silent Partner

Silent Partner

0.0/10 IMDB

A newspaper reporter uncovers a killer when he makes contact with the names listed in a dead man's address book.

Starring: William Henry, Beverly Lloyd, Grant Withers, Ray Walker, Joan Blair, Roland Drew, George Meeker, Wally Vernon, John Harmon, Dick Elliott ..
Directed by: George Blair
Release date: 1944-06-09

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