Forties Gangster Films

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1. Black Friday (1940)

Approved | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Dr. Sovac transplants the brain of a gangster into his professor friend's body to save his life, but there is a side effect that causes a dangerous split personality.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Stanley Ridges, Anne Nagel

Votes: 1,744

2. Brother Orchid (1940)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sothern, Donald Crisp

Votes: 2,189

3. City for Conquest (1940)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Music, Sport

Danny is a content truck driver, but his girl Peggy shows potential as a dancer and hopes he too can show ambition. Danny acquiesces and pursues boxing to please her, but the two begin to spend more time working than time together.

Directors: Anatole Litvak, Jean Negulesco | Stars: James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Frank Craven, Donald Crisp

Votes: 1,932

4. City of Chance (1940)

56 min | Crime, Drama

Texas girl (Bari) goes to New York, becomes a newspaper reporter, and tries to get her gambler boyfriend (Woods) to come home.

Director: Ricardo Cortez | Stars: Lynn Bari, C. Aubrey Smith, Donald Woods, Amanda Duff

Votes: 31

5. The Earl of Chicago (1940)

87 min | Drama

Silky has always moved booze. In prohibition, he smuggled it from Canada, but now that it is legal, he produces his own brand. Seven years before, he sent Doc to prison because Doc was an ... See full summary »

Directors: Richard Thorpe, Victor Saville | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Edward Arnold, Reginald Owen, Edmund Gwenn

Votes: 298

6. It All Came True (1940)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart, Jeffrey Lynn, Zasu Pitts

Votes: 908

7. Johnny Apollo (1940)

Approved | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The son of a jailed Wall Street broker turns to crime to pay for his father's release.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Tyrone Power, Dorothy Lamour, Edward Arnold, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 1,003

8. Love, Honor and Oh-Baby! (1940)

Passed | 59 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

In despair after breaking up with his girlfriend, a man hires a thug he has never seen to kill him. However, he changes his mind when he falls in love with another woman--but he can't stop ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Donald Woods, Kathryn Adams, Wallace Ford, Mona Barrie

Votes: 22

9. The Man Who Talked Too Much (1940)

Passed | 76 min | Drama

Assistant District Attorney Stephen Forbes, an impressive orator with a long list of convictions, resigns when an innocent boy is convicted and the real murderer confesses too late. He ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: George Brent, Virginia Bruce, Brenda Marshall, Richard Barthelmess

Votes: 244

11. Ball of Fire (1941)

Approved | 111 min | Comedy, Romance

A group of professors working on a new encyclopedia encounter a mouthy nightclub singer who is wanted by the police to help bring down her mob boss lover.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oskar Homolka, Henry Travers

Votes: 9,649

12. Bullets for O'Hara (1941)

Approved | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A detective (Roger Pryor) courts a gangster's (Anthony Quinn) ex-wife (Joan Perry) to lure him into a trap.

Director: William K. Howard | Stars: Joan Perry, Roger Pryor, Anthony Quinn, Maris Wrixon

Votes: 152

13. Bullet Scars (1942)

Approved | 59 min | Crime, Drama

Dr. Steven Bishop is taken to the hideout of Frank Dillon and his gang to treat the wounded Joe Madison. Joe's nurse sister Nora Madison is also taken. Dillon tells Bishop that if Joe dies,... See full summary »

Director: D. Ross Lederman | Stars: Regis Toomey, Adele Longmire, Howard Da Silva, Ben Welden

Votes: 107

14. Buy Me That Town (1941)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Drama

With the gang business washed up, Rickey Deane, suave first lieutenant to racketeer Chink Moran, and Louie Lanzer, a has-been fighter with itchy fingers, decide to take a peaceful vacation ... See full summary »

Director: Eugene Forde | Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Constance Moore, Albert Dekker, Sheldon Leonard

Votes: 23

15. A Man Betrayed (1941)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A small-town attorney comes to the city to investigate the murder of a friend and falls in love with the daughter of the crime ring he hopes to expose.

Director: John H. Auer | Stars: John Wayne, Frances Dee, Edward Ellis, Wallace Ford

Votes: 381

16. Hit the Road (1941)

Approved | 61 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kids look to get revenge when their fathers are all killed in a mob war.

Director: Joe May | Stars: Gladys George, Barton MacLane, Billy Halop, Huntz Hall

Votes: 28

17. East of the River (1940)

Passed | 74 min | Crime, Drama

Troubled youths Joe and Nick Lorenzo grow into very different men: Joe a small-time hoodlum and Nick an honored college graduate. When Nick falls for Joe's girl Laurie, trouble erupts ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: John Garfield, Brenda Marshall, Marjorie Rambeau, George Tobias

Votes: 235

18. High Sierra (1941)

Passed | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

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.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, Alan Curtis, Arthur Kennedy

Votes: 13,647

19. Lady Scarface (1941)

Approved | 66 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Lieutenant Bill Mason pursues a Chicago gang to New York unaware that its scar-cheeked leader Slade is a woman.

Director: Frank Woodruff | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Judith Anderson, Frances E. Neal, Mildred Coles

Votes: 209

20. Mob Town (1941)

Approved | 60 min | Comedy, Drama

A young street kid idolizes his brother, a gangster who was sent to death row for murder. Frank, a local cop, tries to ensure that the boy and his gang don't wind up the same way as his ... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Dick Foran, Anne Gwynne, Billy Halop, Huntz Hall

Votes: 18

21. The Penalty (1941)

Passed | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The son of a murderer is entangled in his father's crimes and is sentenced to a rehabilitive farm, where he learns a new way of life.

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Edward Arnold, Lionel Barrymore, Marsha Hunt, Robert Sterling

Votes: 172

22. Sealed Lips (1942)

Passed | 62 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A detective begins to suspect that a man may be in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: William Gargan, June Clyde, John Litel, Anne Nagel

Votes: 44

23. Strange Alibi (1941)

Passed | 63 min | Crime, Drama

A gambler comes into town to testify before the grand jury. He is killed by the mob before he can testify. Joe Geary (Kennedy) is fired from the police force for being soft on crime. This ... See full summary »

Director: D. Ross Lederman | Stars: Arthur Kennedy, Joan Perry, Jonathan Hale, John Ridgely

Votes: 77

24. Tall, Dark and Handsome (1941)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Crime

Robin Hoodish gangster in 1929 Chicago is an object of affection, kind to New York hood and bad to a bad crook.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Cesar Romero, Virginia Gilmore, Milton Berle, Charlotte Greenwood

Votes: 156

25. All Through the Night (1942)

Approved | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Runyonesque Broadway gamblers turn patriotic when they stumble onto a cell of Nazi saboteurs.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Kaaren Verne, Jane Darwell

Votes: 3,337

26. Baby Face Morgan (1942)

Approved | 63 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

When gang chief Big Mike Morgan is killed, his lieutenant, "Doc" Rogers re-organizes the mob. Learning that Morgan has a son named Edward , living in the country with his mother, Rogers has... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Dreifuss | Stars: Richard Cromwell, Mary Carlisle, Robert Armstrong, Chick Chandler

Votes: 185

27. The Big Shot (1942)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Fearing life in prison for a third offense, convict Duke Berne pulls out of an armored car robbery, planned by his crooked lawyer, but he is framed for the robbery anyway.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Irene Manning, Richard Travis, Susan Peters

Votes: 659

28. The Boss of Big Town (1942)

Approved | 62 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A criminal plot to control produce and dairy products during the wartime emergency is foiled by an courageous undercover city market official.

Director: Arthur Dreifuss | Stars: John Litel, Florence Rice, H.B. Warner, John Miljan

Votes: 75

29. Broadway (1942)

Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Music

George Raft, playing himself, recalls his days on Broadway, where he acquired a reputation as a great dancer--and also one as a brawler, a ladies man and an associate of some of the city's most notorious gangsters.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: George Raft, Pat O'Brien, Janet Blair, Broderick Crawford

Votes: 57

30. Dr. Broadway (1942)

Approved | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

New York City physician, Dr. Timothy Kane, knows Broadway, the Great White Way and all of its characters thoroughly, as does his receptionist, Connie Madigan. A man Kane had sent to prison ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Macdonald Carey, Jean Phillips, J. Carrol Naish, Richard Lane

Votes: 63

31. Eyes of the Underworld (1942)

Approved | 61 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Blackmail and murder in a tale of an auto-theft ring.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Richard Dix, Wendy Barrie, Lon Chaney Jr., Lloyd Corrigan

Votes: 69

32. Gang Busters (1942)

251 min | Crime

Detective Lt.Bill Bannister has the assignment to run down an unknown gang of terrorists spreading a net of crime over the city. Aiding him is Detective Tim Nolan, news photographer Vicki ... See full summary »

Directors: Noel M. Smith, Ray Taylor | Stars: Kent Taylor, Irene Hervey, Ralph Morgan, Robert Armstrong

Votes: 64

33. The Glass Key (1942)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A crooked politician finds himself being accused of murder by a gangster from whom he refused help during a re-election campaign.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Brian Donlevy, Bonita Granville

Votes: 4,937

34. Johnny Eager (1941)

Passed | 107 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

The daughter of a district attorney falls in love with a gangster who her father is trying to have imprisoned.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Robert Taylor, Lana Turner, Edward Arnold, Van Heflin

Votes: 2,255

35. Lady Gangster (1942)

Passed | 62 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Dot Burton (Faye Emerson) has acted as a decoy in a bank robbery and fails to get away. Her arrest attracts the attention of Ken Phillips (Frank Wilcox), a former childhood sweetheart who ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Faye Emerson, Julie Bishop, Frank Wilcox, Roland Drew

Votes: 375

36. Larceny, Inc. (1942)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Crime

Three ex-cons buy a luggage shop to tunnel into the bank vault next door. But despite all they can do, the shop prospers...

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, Broderick Crawford, Jack Carson

Votes: 2,118

37. Lucky Jordan (1942)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A New York gangster is unwillingly drafted into the army and deserts but becomes patriotic when he stumbles upon foreign spies bent on stealing American military secrets.

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Alan Ladd, Helen Walker, Sheldon Leonard, Mabel Paige

Votes: 233

38. Seven Miles from Alcatraz (1942)

Approved | 62 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

After Pearl Harbor, convicts at Alcatraz prison live in fear of bomb attacks, driving Champ Larkin and his pal Jimbo to a desperate escape attempt which lands them on a tiny lighthouse ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: James Craig, Bonita Granville, Frank Jenks, Cliff Edwards

Votes: 241

39. Stasera niente di nuovo (1942)

90 min | Romance, Drama

A singer saves a heavy alcoholic journalist. Fate has a new meeting for them: the two are found in a police station where she was brought with the accusation of prostitution.

Director: Mario Mattoli | Stars: Alida Valli, Carlo Ninchi, Antonio Gandusio, Giuditta Rissone

Votes: 13

40. Suspected Person (1942)

78 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama

An innocent man discovers the money stolen from an American bank and is then chased by the robbers and by the Police.

Director: Lawrence Huntington | Stars: Clifford Evans, Patricia Roc, David Farrar, Anne Firth

Votes: 43

41. Gildersleeve's Bad Day (1943)

Approved | 62 min | Comedy

Gildersleeve gets himself into trouble while on jury duty.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Harold Peary, Jane Darwell, Nancy Gates, Charles Arnt

Votes: 187

44. Blues in the Night (1941)

Passed | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

"Jigger' Lane forms a band that includes singer Ginger 'Character' Powell, wife of the trumpeter Leo Powell, and Nickie Haroyen and Peppi. All of them dedicate themselves to work as a unit ... See full summary »

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Priscilla Lane, Betty Field, Richard Whorf, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 864

45. Mr. Lucky (1943)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

A gambler has plans to swindle money from a charity program, but starts to have second thoughts when he falls for a rich society girl.

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Cary Grant, Laraine Day, Charles Bickford, Gladys Cooper

Votes: 2,596

46. Gangs of the Waterfront (1945)

54 min | Crime, Drama

Gang Leader Dutch Malone goes on a hunting trip and is in a car wreck and is confined to the hospital, without the knowledge of any of his gang members. District Attorney Brady induces ... See full summary »

Director: George Blair | Stars: Robert Armstrong, Stephanie Bachelor, Martin Kosleck, Marion Martin

Votes: 9

47. The Last Ride (1944)

Approved | 57 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A police lieutenant sets out to break up a ring of tire bootleggers--criminals who sell defective tires to customers who can't get new ones because of the rubber shortage brought about by ... See full summary »

Director: D. Ross Lederman | Stars: Richard Travis, Charles Lang, Eleanor Parker, Jack La Rue

Votes: 83

48. Roger Touhy, Gangster (1944)

Approved | 65 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Preston Foster, Victor McLaglen, Lois Andrews, Kent Taylor

Votes: 34

49. Crime, Inc. (1945)

Approved | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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