Crime

An Inspector Calls

An Inspector Calls

An Inspector Calls

IMDb: 7.5
1954
80min

Based on a famous stage play and set in the year 1912, an upper crust English family dinner is interrupted by a police inspector who brings news that a girl known to everyone present has died in suspicious circumstances. It seems that any or all of them could have had a hand in her death. But who is the mysterious Inspector and what can he want of them?

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Riot in Cell Block 11

Riot in Cell Block 11

Riot in Cell Block 11

IMDb: 7.0
1954
80min

A prisoner leads his counterparts in a protest for better living conditions which turns violent and ugly.

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Witness to Murder

Witness to Murder

Witness to Murder

IMDb: 6.7
1954
83min

A woman fights to convince the police that she witnessed a murder while looking out her bedroom window.

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On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront

IMDb: 8.2
1954
108min

Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny’s thugs, and later meets the dead man’s sister and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers.

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Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder

IMDb: 8.2
1954
104min

An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to have his wife murdered after discovering she is having an affair, and assumes she will soon leave him for the other man anyway. When things go wrong, he improvises a new plan – to frame her for murder instead.

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The Big Heat

The Big Heat

The Big Heat

IMDb: 8.0
1953
89min

Dave Bannion is an upright cop on the trail of a vicious gang he suspects holds power over the police force. Bannion is tipped off after a colleague’s suicide and his fellow officers’ suspicious silence lead him to believe that they are on the gangsters’ payroll. When a bomb meant for him kills his wife instead, Bannion becomes a furious force of vengeance and justice, aided along the way by the gangster’s spurned girlfriend Debbie. As Bannion and Debbie fall further and further into the Gangland’s insidious and brutal trap, they must use any means necessary (including murder) to get to the truth.

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Numb3rs

Numb3rs

Numb3rs

IMDb: 6.3
2006
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Inspired by actual cases and experiences, Numb3rs depicts the confluence of police work and mathematics in solving crime as an FBI agent recruits his mathematical genius brother to help solve a wide range of challenging crimes in Los Angeles from a very different perspective.

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99 River Street

99 River Street

99 River Street

IMDb: 7.5
1953
83min

A former boxer –now taxi driver– gets mixed up with jewel thieves.

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Beat the Devil

Beat the Devil

Beat the Devil

IMDb: 6.6
1953
89min

The script, which was written on a day-to-day basis as the film was being shot, concerns the adventures of a motley crew of swindlers and ne’er-do-wells trying to lay claim to land rich in uranium deposits in Kenya as they wait in a small Italian port to travel aboard an ill-fated tramp steamer en route to Mombasa.

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Pickup on South Street

Pickup on South Street

Pickup on South Street

IMDb: 7.8
1953
80min

A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring.

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The Hitch-Hiker

The Hitch-Hiker

The Hitch-Hiker

IMDb: 7.0
1953
71min

Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.

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Wide Boy

Wide Boy

Wide Boy

IMDb: 7.3
1952
67min

Picking a pocket leads to blackmail and murder for a petty criminal (Sidney Tafler) in London.

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Deadline – U.S.A.

Deadline – U.S.A.

Deadline – U.S.A.

IMDb: 7.2
1952
87min

With three days before his paper folds, a crusading editor tries to expose a vicious gangster.

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Detective Story

Detective Story

Detective Story

IMDb: 7.6
1951
103min

Tells the story of one day in the lives of the various people who populate a police detective squad. An embittered cop, Det. Jim McLeod (Douglas), leads a precinct of characters in their grim daily battle with the city’s lowlife. The characters who pass through the precinct over the course of the day include a young petty embezzler, a pair of burglars, and a naive shoplifter.

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Mystery Junction

Mystery Junction

Mystery Junction

IMDb: 5.8
1951
65min

In this crime drama, an escaped convict is recaptured and charged with killing two people in a lonely waystation during a snowstorm. Fortunately, a novelist is around to prove him innocent.

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Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

IMDb: 8.0
1951
101min

A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder…a theory that he plans to implement.

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The Blue Lamp

The Blue Lamp

The Blue Lamp

IMDb: 6.9
1950
84min

P.C. George Dixon (Warner) a long-serving traditional “copper” who is due to retire shortly, takes a new recruit, Andy Mitchell (Hanley), under his aegis, introducing him to the easy-going night beat. Dixon is a classic Ealing ‘ordinary’ hero, but also anachronistic, unprepared and unable to answer the violence of Tom Riley (Bogarde). Called to the scene of a robbery at a local cinema, Dixon finds himself face-to-face with Riley, a desperate youth armed with a revolver. Dixon initially tries to talk Riley into surrendering the weapon, but Riley panics and fires. Dixon walks to his own death almost uncomprehending. Dixon is taken to hospital, but dies some hours later. The ending is another Ealing quirk, with ordinary decent society, including ‘professional’ criminals used to violence, banding together to track down and catch the murderer, who is trapped in the crowd at White City greyhound track in west London. To Andy Mitchell falls the honour of arresting Riley.

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Woman on the Run

Woman on the Run

Woman on the Run

IMDb: 7.4
1950
77min

Frank Johnson, sole witness to a gangland murder, goes into hiding and is trailed by Police Inspector Ferris, on the theory that Frank is trying to escape from possible retaliation. Frank’s wife, Eleanor, suspects he is actually running away from their unsuccessful marriage. Aided by a newspaperman, Danny Leggett, Eleanor sets out to locate her husband. The killer is also looking for him, and keeps close tabs on Eleanor.

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The Asphalt Jungle

The Asphalt Jungle

The Asphalt Jungle

IMDb: 7.9
1950
112min

Recently paroled from prison, legendary burglar “Doc” Riedenschneider, with funding from Alonzo Emmerich, a crooked lawyer, gathers a small group of veteran criminals together in the Midwest for a big jewel heist.

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Night and the City

Night and the City

Night and the City

IMDb: 8.0
1950
101min

A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter.

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Gun Crazy

Gun Crazy

Gun Crazy

IMDb: 7.7
1950
86min

Bart Tare is an ex-Army man who has a lifelong fixation with guns, he meets a kindred spirit in sharpshooter Annie Starr and goes to work at a carnival. After upsetting the carnival owner who lusts after Starr, they both get fired. Soon, on Starr’s behest, they embark on a crime spree for cash. Subjects of a manhunt, they are tracked by police in the hills Tare enjoyed as a boy.

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Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends

IMDb: 7.6
1950
95min

Tough NYC police detective Dixon misses out on a promotion because of his record of roughing up suspects. When accidentally kills a suspect in a murder case he plants clues to absolve himself. But when the father of a woman he recently fell in love is accused of the crime his plan looks like back firing.

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House of Strangers

House of Strangers

House of Strangers

IMDb: 7.5
1949
101min

Gino Monetti is a ruthless Italian-American banker who engaged in a number of criminal activities. Three of his four grown sons, refuse to help their father stay out of prison after he’s arrested for his questionable business practices. Three of the sons take over the business but kick their father out. Max, a lawyer, is the only son that stays loyal to his father.

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Criss Cross

Criss Cross

Criss Cross

IMDb: 7.6
1949
88min

Burt Lancaster plays Steve Thompson, a man who seals his dark fate when he returns to Los Angeles to find his ex-wife Anna Dundee (Yvonne DeCarlo) eager to rekindle their love against all better judgement. She encourages their affair but then quickly marries mobster Slim Dundee (Dan Duryea). To deflect suspicion of the affair, Steve Thompson leads Dundee into a daylight armored-truck robbery.

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Whirlpool

Whirlpool

Whirlpool

IMDb: 6.9
1950
98min

The wife of a psycho-analyst falls prey to a devious quack hypnotist when he discovers she is an habitual shoplifter. Then one of his previous patients now being treated by the real doctor is found murdered, with her still at the scene, and suspicion points only one way.

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White Heat

White Heat

White Heat

IMDb: 8.2
1949
114min

A psychopathic criminal (Cagney) with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and then leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. After the heist, events take a crazy turn.

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Too Late for Tears

Too Late for Tears

Too Late for Tears

IMDb: 7.3
1949
99min

One night on a lonely highway, a speeding car tosses a satchel of money, meant for somebody else, into Jane and Alan Palmer’s back seat. Alan wants to turn it over to the police, but Jane, with luxury within her reach, persuades him to hang onto it “for a while.” Soon, the Palmers are traced by one Danny Fuller, a sleazy character who claims the money is his. To hang onto it, Jane will need all the qualities of an ultimate femme fatale…and does she ever have them!

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The Big Clock

The Big Clock

The Big Clock

IMDb: 7.7
1948
95min

Stroud, a crime magazine’s crusading editor has to post-pone a vacation with his wife, again, when a glamorous blonde is murdered and he is assigned by his publishing boss Janoth to find the killer. As the investigation proceeds to its conclusion, Stroud must try to disrupt his ordinarily brilliant investigative team as they increasingly build evidence (albeit wrong) that he is the killer.

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Rope

Rope

Rope

IMDb: 8.0
1948
80min

Two young men strangle their “inferior” classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the “perfection” of their crime.

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Key Largo

Key Largo

Key Largo

IMDb: 7.9
1948
100min

A hurricane swells outside, but it’s nothing compared to the storm within the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco holes up – and holds at gunpoint hotel owner Nora Temple, her invalid father-in-law and ex-GI Frank McCloud.

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Hue and Cry

Hue and Cry

Hue and Cry

IMDb: 6.9
1947
82min

A gang of street boys foil a master crook who sends commands for robberies by cunningly altering a comic strip’s wording each week, unknown to writer and printer. The first of the Ealing comedies.

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Possessed

Possessed

Possessed

IMDb: 7.2
1947
108min

A dazed woman walks the streets of Los Angeles looking for a man named David. After collapsing in a diner, she’s taken to the psychiatric ward of a nearby hospital. Flashbacks reveal her obsession for David as a result of borderline personality disorder which ultimately leads to murder.

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The Lady from Shanghai

The Lady from Shanghai

The Lady from Shanghai

IMDb: 7.7
1947
87min

A romantic drifter gets caught between a corrupt tycoon and his voluptuous wife.

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Odd Man Out

Odd Man Out

Odd Man Out

IMDb: 7.8
1947
116min

Belfast police conduct a door-to-door manhunt for an IRA gunman (James Mason) wounded in a daring robbery.

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Out of the Past

Out of the Past

Out of the Past

IMDb: 8.1
1947
97min

Jeff Bailey seems to be a mundane gas station owner in remote Bridgeport, CA. He is dating local girl Ann Miller and lives a quiet life. But Jeff has a secret past, and when a mysterious stranger arrives in town, Jeff is forced to return to the dark world he had tried to escape.

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Deception

Deception

Deception

IMDb: 7.3
1946
110min

Davis and Rains shine in a romantic melodrama set in the world of concert music. Davis is a pianist torn between her wealthy, jealous patron and her cellist husband.

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The Dark Mirror

The Dark Mirror

The Dark Mirror

IMDb: 7.1
1946
85min

De Havilland plays two roles in this entertaining psychological drama. A sister and her disturbed twin are implicated in a Hollywood murder and a police detective must figure out which one’s the killer.

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The Killers

The Killers

The Killers

IMDb: 7.8
1946
103min

Two professional killers invade a small town and kill a gas station attendant, “the Swede,” who’s expecting them. Insurance investigator Reardon pursues the case against the orders of his boss, who considers it trivial. Weaving together threads of the Swede’s life, Reardon uncovers a complex tale of treachery and crime, all linked with gorgeous, mysterious Kitty Collins.

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The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

IMDb: 8.0
1946
116min

Private Detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he’s seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.

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Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce

IMDb: 8.0
1945
111min

After her cheating husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful, but can’t win the approval of her spoiled daughter.

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