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1.
The Public Enemy (1931)
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A young hoodlum rises up through the ranks of the Chicago underworld, even as a gangster's accidental death threatens to spark a bloody mob war. (83 mins.)
 
2.
Up the River (1930)
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When paroled trustee Steve and former inmate Judy who try to put their criminal lives behind them are blackmailed, two career criminals come to their rescue. (92 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
3.
The Big House (1930)
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A convict falls in love with his new cellmate's sister, only to become embroiled in a planned break-out which is certain to have lethal consequences. (87 mins.)
Director: George Hill
 
4.
Murder! (1930)
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A juror in a murder trial, after voting to convict, has second thoughts and begins to investigate on his own before the execution. (104 mins.)
 
5.
Paid (1930)
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Mary Turner goes up for three years on a crime she didn't commit. Once out she and former prison mates... (86 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
6.
Raffles (1930)
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A distinguished English gentleman has a secret life--he is the notorious jewel thief the press has dubbed "The Amateur Cracksman"... (72 mins.)
 
7.
Born Reckless (1930)
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Hoping to use the publicity to get re-elected, a judge sentences a notorious gangster to fight in the war. (82 mins.)
 
8.
Little Caesar (1931)
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A small-time criminal moves to a big city to seek bigger fortune. (79 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
9.
M (1931)
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When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. (117 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
10.
Night Nurse (1931)
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A nurse enlists the help of a petty criminal to foil a sinister plot to murder two children. (72 mins.)
 
11.
Monkey Business (1931)
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On a transatlantic crossing, the Marx brothers get up to their usual antics and manage to annoy just about everyone on board the ship. (77 mins.)
Director: Norman McLeod
 
12.
The Criminal Code (1931)
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After a failed attempt at running for governor, D.A. Mark Brady is appointed warden of the state prison where many of the criminals he prosecuted are incarcerated. (97 mins.)
 
13.
Safe in Hell (1931)
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After accidentally killing the man who raped her and forced her into prostitution, a New Orleans woman flees to a Caribbean island. While she awaits her fiancé, the vicious local police chief sets his sights on her. (73 mins.)
 
14.
City Streets (1931)
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Man joins a gang to free his girlfriend from prison. (83 mins.)
 
15.
Blonde Crazy (1931)
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Adventures of a cocky con man and his glamorous accomplice. (79 mins.)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
 
16.
Five Star Final (1931)
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The City Editor of a sleazy tabloid goes against his own journalistic ethics to resurrect a twenty year old murder case... with tragic results. (89 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
17.
Smart Money (1931)
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Immigrant Greek barber has uncommon skills in playing poker and soon rises in the seedy world of illegal gambling, but pretty blondes remain his Achilles' heel. (81 mins.)
Director: Alfred E. Green
 
18.
Scarface (1932)
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An ambitious and near insanely violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall. (93 mins.)
 
19.
20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)
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Brash hoodlum Tom Connors enters Sing Sing cocksure of himself and disrespectful toward authority, but his tough but compassionate warden changes him. (78 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
20.
Night After Night (1932)
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A successful ex-boxer opens a high-class speakeasy in what once was the childhood home of a formerly rich society girl. (73 mins.)
Director: Archie Mayo
 
21.
The Beast of the City (1932)
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Police Chief Jim Fitzpatrick ruthlessly goes after organized crime and is prepared to use brutal and violent methods to fight it. (86 mins.)
Director: Charles Brabin
 
22.
Lady Killer (1933)
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A former gangster makes it big in Hollywood, but his old life catches up with him. (76 mins.)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
 
23.
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
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A new crime wave grips the city and all clues seem to lead to the nefarious Dr. Mabuse, even though he has been imprisoned in a mental asylum for nearly a decade. (122 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
24.
The Sin of Nora Moran (1933)
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Nora Moran, a young woman with a difficult and tragic past, is sentenced to die for a murder that she did not commit... (65 mins.)
Director: Phil Goldstone
 
25.
Penthouse (1933)
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Racketeer Tony Gazotti is thankful that lawyer Jackson Durant helps him beat a murder rap, but Durant... (90 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
 
26.
The Story of Temple Drake (1933)
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A wealthy but neurotic Southern belle finds herself trapped in the hideout of a gang of vicious bootleggers. The gang's leader lusts after her, and is determined not to let anything stand in the way of his having her. (70 mins.)
Director: Stephen Roberts
 
27.
The Mayor of Hell (1933)
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Five members of a teen-age gang, including leader Jimmy Smith, are sent to the State Reformatory, presided... (90 mins.)
Director: Archie Mayo
 
28.
Ladies They Talk About (1933)
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Attractive Nan, member of a bank-robbery gang, goes to prison thanks to evangelist Dave Slade...who loves her. (69 mins.)
 
29.
The Kennel Murder Case (1933)
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Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue. (73 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
30.
Curtain at Eight (1933)
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An elderly detective sets out to find who murdered a stage actor. (68 mins.)
Director: E. Mason Hopper
 
31.
Midnight Mary (1933)
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A young woman is on trial for murder. In flashback, we learn of her struggles to overcome poverty as a teenager... (74 mins.)
Director: William Wellman
 
32.
Bureau of Missing Persons (1933)
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Butch Saunders has been transferred to Missing Persons because he was too brutal in other police work... (73 mins.)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
 
33.
Lady for a Day (1933)
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A gangster tries to make Apple Annie, the Times Square apple seller, a lady for a day. (96 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
34.
Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
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The friendship between two orphans endures even though they grow up on opposite sides of the law and fall in love with the same woman. (93 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
 
35.
'G' Men (1935)
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It's the early days of the F.B.I. - federal agents working for the Department of Justice. Though they've got limited powers... (85 mins.)
 
36.
Bullets or Ballots (1936)
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After Police Captain Dan McLaren becomes police commissioner former detective Johnny Blake knocks him... (82 mins.)
 
37.
Dead End (1937)
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The Dead End Kids, an unemployed architect, and gangster Baby Face Martin interact with an East Side neighborhood over one day and night. (93 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
38.
The Petrified Forest (1936)
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A waitress, a hobo and a bank robber get mixed up at a lonely diner in the desert. (82 mins.)
Director: Archie L. Mayo
 
39.
The Last Gangster (1937)
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A organized crime big shot is jailed for ten years after his wife becomes pregnant and becomes bitter when she divorces him and remarries. (81 mins.)
Director: Edward Ludwig
 
40.
Marked Woman (1937)
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A crusading DA persuades a clip joint "party girl" to testify against her mobster boss after her innocent sister is accidentally murdered during one of his unsavory "parties". (96 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
41.
San Quentin (1937)
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An army trainer becomes captain of the prison yard and in time, falls for the sister of a hardened inmate. (70 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
42.
The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)
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Black comedy about a brilliant Park Avenue doctor who becomes a criminal in order to do research into the criminal mind. (87 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
43.
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
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A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids. (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
44.
A Slight Case of Murder (1938)
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Former bootlegger Remy Marco has a slight problem with forclosing bankers, a prospective son-in-law, and four hard-to-explain corpses. (85 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
45.
I Am the Law (1938)
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Law professor John Lindsay is asked by a civic leader to become a special prosecutor to go after the racketeers in town. (83 mins.)
Director: Alexander Hall
 
46.
Crime School (1938)
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A gang of underprivileged teenagers are sentenced to serve two years in a reform school after almost killing a criminal fence who attacked them. (85 mins.)
Director: Lewis Seiler
 
47.
Each Dawn I Die (1939)
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A corrupt D.A. with governatorial ambitions is annoyed by an investigative reporter's criticism of his criminal activities and decides to frame the reporter for manslaughter in order to silence him. (92 mins.)
 
48.
King of the Underworld (1939)
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After the killing of her husband by friendly fire during a police raid, Dr. Carol Nelson tries to find gangster Joe Gurney to clear her name with the medical board. (67 mins.)
Director: Lewis Seiler
 
49.
Invisible Stripes (1939)
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An ex-con who wants to go straight has difficulties trying to reintegrate into society while on parole. (81 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
50.
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
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Three men attempt to make a living in Prohibitionist America after returning home from fighting together in World War I. (106 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
51.
You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939)
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Youthful tough Johnny Stone has fallen under the influence of petty crook Frank Wilson, who involves him and robbery and murder using his sister's boyfriend's stolen gun. (79 mins.)
Director: Lewis Seiler
 
52.
Castle on the Hudson (1940)
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Mobster Tommy Gordon isn't worried about being sentenced to Sing Sing prison because his political pals have promised him a quick parole... (77 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
53.
It All Came True (1940)
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After crooked nightclub owner Chips Maguire murders a police informant, he blackmails his piano player to allow him to stay at his eccentric mother's boarding house. (97 mins.)
Director: Lewis Seiler
 
54.
The Great McGinty (1940)
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Dan McGinty has great success in his chosen field of crooked politics. But endangers it all in one crazy moment of honesty... (82 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
55.
Brother Orchid (1940)
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When retired racket boss John Sarto tries to reclaim his place and former friends try to kill him, he finds solace in a monastery and reinvents himself as a pious monk. (88 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
56.
Johnny Apollo (1940)
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The son of a jailed Wall Street broker turns to crime to pay for his father's release. (94 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
57.
High Sierra (1941)
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After being released from prison, notorious thief Roy Earle is hired by his old boss to help a group of inexperienced criminals plan and carry out the robbery of a California resort. (100 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
58.
This Gun for Hire (1942)
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When assassin Philip Raven shoots a blackmailer and his beautiful female companion dead, he is paid off in marked bills by his treasonous employer who is working with foreign spies. (81 mins.)
Director: Frank Tuttle
 
59.
Dillinger (1945)
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John Dillinger begins his life of crime as a petty thief, meets his future gang in prison and eventually masterminds a series of daring robberies. (70 mins.)
Director: Max Nosseck
 
60.
The Killers (1946)
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Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins. (97 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
61.
Key Largo (1948)
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A man visits his old friend's hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
62.
White Heat (1949)
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A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. Shortly after the plan takes place, events take a crazy turn. (114 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
63.
Sorrowful Jones (1949)
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A young girl is left with the notoriously cheap Sorrowful Jones as a marker for a bet. When her father doesn't return... (88 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lanfield
 
64.
Deadly Is the Female (1950)
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A well meaning crack shot husband is pressured by his beautiful marksman wife to go on an interstate robbery spree, where he finds out just how depraved and deadly she really is. (86 mins.)
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
 
65.
Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
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A fictionalized account of the career of jazz singer Ruth Etting and her tempestuous marriage to gangster Marty Snyder, who helped propel her to stardom. (122 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
 
66.
Al Capone (1959)
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This factual biography of gang lord Al Capone follows his rise and fall in Chicago gangdom during the Prohibition era. (104 mins.)
Director: Richard Wilson
 
67.
Machine-Gun Kelly (1958)
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The criminal exploits of Public Enemy number 1, George 'Machine-Gun' Kelly, during the 1930s. (80 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
68.
The FBI Story (1959)
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A dedicated FBI agent recalls the agency's battles against the Klan, organized crime and Communist spies. (149 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
69.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
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When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. (120 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
70.
Murder, Inc. (1960)
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The rise and fall of a 1930's Brooklyn crime syndicate, known as Murder Incorporated, led by mobster Lepke Buchalter. (103 mins.)
 
71.
The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960)
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Jack Diamond and his sickly brother arrive in prohibition New York as jewellery thieves. After a spell... (101 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
72.
The George Raft Story (1961)
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Dancer George Raft (Ray Danton) finds himself involved with the criminal underworld. After a conflict... (106 mins.)
 
73.
King of the Roaring 20's: The Story of Arnold Rothstein (1961)
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The story of flamboyant Prohibition-era gangster, gambler and bootlegger Arnold Rothstein. (106 mins.)
 
74.
Papillon (1973)
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A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape. (151 mins.)
 
75.
Compulsion (1959)
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Two wealthy law-school students go on trial for murder in this version of the Leopold-Loeb case. (103 mins.)
 
76.
Monster (2003)
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Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer. (109 mins.)
Director: Patty Jenkins