Best Thriller 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.

To Have and Have Not

5.6
7.8/10 IMDB

A Martinique charter boat skipper gets mixed up with the underground French resistance operatives during WWII.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Moran, Hoagy Carmichael, Sheldon Leonard, Marcel Dalio, Walter Sande, Dan Seymour, Eugene Borden ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
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.

Lifeboat

5.4
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
6.

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 Thriller Movies of 1944 : At Land
7.

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
8.

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
9.

The Pearl of Death

3.8
7.2/10 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 Nugent, Mary Gordon ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1944-08-01
10.

The Scarlet Claw

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

A woman is found dead -- with her throat torn out. Villagers blame a supernatural source but Holmes has other ideas.

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

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