List of crime films of the 1940s

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A list of crime films released in the 1940s.

Title Director Cast Country Notes
1940
The Bank Dick Edward F. Cline W.C. Fields, Cora Witherspoon, Una Merkel United States Crime comedy[1]
The Fatal Hour William Nigh Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Marjorie Reynolds United States [2]
The House Across the Bay Archie Mayo George Raft, Joan Bennett, Lloyd Nolan United States [3]
1941
High Sierra Raoul Walsh Humphrey Bogart, Ida Lupino, Arthur Kennedy United States [4]
Invisible Ghost Joseph H. Lewis Bela Lugosi, Polly Ann Young, John McGuire United States [5]
1942
Gang Busters Noel Smith, Ray Taylor Robert Armstrong, Joseph Crehan United States Film serial[6]
Larceny, Inc. Lloyd Bacon Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, Broderick Crawford United States [7]
Moontide Fritz Lang, Archie Mayo Jean Gabin, Ida Lupino, Thomas Mitchell United States Crime drama[8]
This Gun for Hire Frank Tuttle Veronica Lake, Robert Preston, Laird Cregar United States [9]
1943
The Chance of a Lifetime William Castle Chester Morris, Erik Rolf, Jeanne Bates United States [10]
G-Men vs The Black Dragon William Witney Hooper Atchley, Harry Burns, Rod Cameron United States [11]
It Happened at the Inn Jacques Becker Fernand Ledoux, Georges Rollin, Blanchette Brunoy France Crime drama[12]
Ossessione Luchino Visconti Clara Calamai, Massimo Girotti, Juan de Landa Italy Crime drama[13]
1944
Bluebeard Edgar G. Ulmer John Carradine, Jean Parker, Nils Asther United States [14]
Delinquent Daughters Albert Herman Fifi D'Orsay, Teala Loring, Mary Bovard United States [15]
Double Indemnity Billy Wilder Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson United States [16]
The Woman in the Window Fritz Lang Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey United States Crime drama[17]
1945
Crime, Inc. Lew Landers Leo Carrillo, Tom Neal, Martha Tilton United States [18]
Detour Edgar G. Ulmer Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake United States [19]
Federal Operator 99 Spencer Gordon Bennet, Yakima Canutt, Wallace A. Grissell United States [20]
Mildred Pierce Michael Curtiz Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott United States Crime drama[21]
Pillow of Death Wallace W. Fox Lon Chaney, Jr., Brenda Joyce, Clara Blandick United States [22]
Scarlet Street Fritz Lang Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea United States [23]
1946
The Blue Dahlia George Marshall Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix United States Crime thriller[24]
Copie conforme Jean Dréville Louis Jouvet, Suzy Delair, Annette Poivre France Crime comedy[25]
The Dark Mirror Robert Siodmak Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, Thomas Mitchell United States Crime thriller[26]
Just Before Dawn William Castle Charles Arnt, Robert Barrat United States [27]
The Killers Robert Siodmak Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien United States [28]
Panique Julien Duvivier Michel Simon, Viviane Romance, Paul Bernard France Crime drama[29]
The Postman Always Rings Twice Tay Garnett Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway United States [30]
1947
Boomerang Elia Kazan Dana Andrews, E.J. Ballantine, Jane Wyatt United States Crime drama[31]
Born to Kill Robert Wise Lawrence Tierney, Claire Trevor, Walter Slezak United States [32]
Brute Force Jules Dassin Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn, Charles Bickford United States Prison film[33]
The Devil Thumbs a Ride Felix E. Feist Lawrence Tierney, Ted North, Nan Leslie United States [34]
Kiss of Death Henry Hathaway Victor Mature, Brian Donlevy, Coleen Gray United States Crime thriller[35]
The Long Night Anatole Litvak Henry Fonda, Barbara Bel Geddes, Vincent Price United States Crime drama[36]
Monsieur Verdoux Charles Chaplin Charles Chaplin, Ada-May, Marjorie Bennett United States Crime comedy[37]
Nightmare Alley Edmund Goulding Tyrone Power, Coleen Gray, Joan Blondell United States Crime drama[38]
Out of the Past Jacques Tourneur Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas United States [39]
Quai des Orfèvres Henri-Georges Clouzot Louis Jouvet, Bernard Blier, Suzy Delair France Crime drama[40]
Ride the Pink Horse Robert Montgomery Robert Montgomery, Wanda Hendrix, Rita Conde United States [41]
T-Men Anthony Mann Dennis O'Keefe, Mary Meade, Charles McGraw United States [42]
They Won't Believe Me Irving Pichel Robert Young, Susan Hayward, Rita Johnson United States [43]
1948
Au-delà des grilles René Clément Jean Gabin, Isa Miranda, Andrea Checchi FranceItaly Crime drama[44]
Brass Monkey Thornton Freeland Avril Angers. Henry Edwards, Carroll Levis United Kingdom [45]
Cry of the City Robert Siodmak Victor Mature, Richard Conte, Fred Clark United States [46]
Dedee d'Anvers Yves Allégret Simone Signoret, Marcello Pagliero, Bernard Blier France Crime drama[47]
Force of Evil Abraham Polonsky John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, Marie Windsor United States Crime drama[48]
He Walked by Night Alfred L. Werker Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Roy Roberts United States Crime thriller[49]
Hollow Triumph Steve Sekely Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Eduard Franz United States [50]
Key Largo John Huston Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Monte Blue United States [51]
Noose Edmond T. Gréville Carole Landis, Joseph Calleia, Derek Farr United Kingdom [52]
Raw Deal Anthony Mann Dennis O'Keefe, Claire Trevor, Marsha Hunt United States [53]
Road House Jean Negulesco Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde United States Crime drama[54]
The Naked City Jules Dassin Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart United States Crime drama[55]
1949
The Bribe Robert Z. Leonard Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Charles Laughton United States [56]
Criss Cross Robert Siodmak Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea United States [57]
Kind Hearts and Coronets Robert Hamer Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson United Kingdom [58]
The Devil's Henchman Seymour Friedman Warner Baxter, Al Bridge, Ken Christy United States [59]
Entre onze heures et minuit Henri Decoin Louis Jouvet, Madeleine Robinson, Monique Melinand France [60]
The File on Thelma Jordon Robert Siodmak Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Paul Kelly United States [61]
Johnny Stool Pigeon William Castle Howard Duff, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea United States [62]
Port of New York Laslo Benedek Scott Brady, Richard Rober, K.T. Stevens United States [63]
The Reckless Moment Max Ophüls James Mason, Joan Bennett, Geraldine Brooks United States Crime drama[64]
Red Light Roy Del Ruth George Raft, Virginia Mayo, Raymond Burr United States [65]
They Live by Night Nicholas Ray Cathy O'Donnell, Farley Granger, Howard Da Silva United States Crime drama[66]
Too Late for Tears Byron Haskin Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea United States [67]
Under Capricorn Alfred Hitchcock Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Michael Wilding, Sr. United KingdomUnited States Crime drama[68]
Une si jolie petite plage Yves Allégret Gérard Philipe, Madeleine Robinson, Jean Servais France Crime drama[69]
White Heat Raoul Walsh James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien United States [70]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal. "The Bank Dick: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal. "The Fatal Hour: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ Erickson, Hal. "The House Across the Bay: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ Erickson, Hal. "High Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Invisible Ghost: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ Wollstein, Hans J. "Gang Busters: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ Brennan, Sandra. "Larceny, Inc.: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  8. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Moontide: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  9. ^ Erickson, Hal. "This Gun for Hire: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  10. ^ Erickson, Hal. "The Chance of a Lifetime: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  11. ^ Wollstein, Hans J. "G-Men vs The Black Dragon: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  12. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Goupi Mains Rouges". Allmovie. Retrieved July 2, 2010. 
  13. ^ Firsching, Robert. "Ossessione: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  14. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Bluebeard: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  15. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Delinquent Daughters: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  16. ^ Rasmussen, Linda. "Double Indemnity: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  17. ^ Rasmussen, Linda. "The Woman in the Window: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  18. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Crime Inc.: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  19. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Detour: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  20. ^ Wollstein, Hans J. "Federal Operator 99: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  21. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Federal Operator 99: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  22. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Pillow of Death: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  23. ^ Rasmussen, Linda. "Scarlet Street: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  24. ^ Rasmussen, Linda. "Scarlet Street: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Copie Conforme: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  26. ^ Erickson, Hal. "The Dark Mirror: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  27. ^ Brennan, Sandra. "Just Before Dawn: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  28. ^ Erickson, Hal. "The Killers: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  29. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Panique: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  30. ^ Erickson, Hal. "The Postman Always Rings Twice: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  31. ^ Rasmussen, Linda. "Boomerang: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  32. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Born to Kill: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  33. ^ Deming, Mark. "Brute Force: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  34. ^ Erickson, Hal. "The Devil Thumbs a Ride: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  35. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Kiss of Death: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  36. ^ Butler, Craig. "The Long Night: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  37. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Monsieur Verdoux: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  38. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Nightmare Alley: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  39. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Out of the Past: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  40. ^ Williams, Karl. "Quai des Orfèvres: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  41. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Ride the Pink Horse: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  42. ^ Erickson, Hal. "T-Men: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  43. ^ Press, Steve. "They Won't Believe Me: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  44. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Au-Dela Des Grilles: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  45. ^ "Brass Monkey: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  46. ^ Press, Steve. "Cry of the City: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  47. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Dedee d'Anvers: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  48. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Force of Evil: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  49. ^ Erickson, Hal. "He Walked By Night: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  50. ^ Press, Steve. "The Scar: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  51. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Key Largo: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  52. ^ Eder, Bruce. "The Silk Noose: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  53. ^ Brennan, Sandra. "The Raw Deal: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  54. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Road House: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  55. ^ http://www.allmovie.com/dvd/the-naked-city-criterion-collection-153903
  56. ^ Erickson, Hal. "The Bribe: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  57. ^ Press, Steve. "Criss Cross: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  58. ^ Brenner, Paul. "Kind Hearts and Coronets: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  59. ^ Erickson, Hal. "The Devil's Henchman: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  60. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Entre Onze Heures Et Minuit: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  61. ^ Erickson, Hal. "The File on Thelma Jordon: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  62. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Johnny Stool Pigeon: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  63. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Port of New York: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  64. ^ Vick, Tom. "The Reckless Moment: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  65. ^ Brennan, Sandra. "Red Light: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  66. ^ Erickson, Hal. "They Live by Night: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  67. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Too Late for Tears: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  68. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Under Capricorn: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  69. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Une Si Jolie Petite Plage: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  70. ^ Erickson, Hal. "White Heat: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved June 15, 2010.