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1930s Crime Drama Movies

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Night Nurse(1931)

1h 12min | Crime, Drama, Comedy
3.4/5 (with 27 votes)

Lora Hart manages to land a job in a hospital as a trainee nurse. Upon completion of her training she goes to work as a night nurse for two small children who seem to be very sick, though something much more sinister is going on.

Scarface(1932)

1h 33min | Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 245 votes)

In 1920s Chicago, Italian immigrant and notorious thug, Antonio "Tony" Camonte, shoots his way to the top of the mobs while trying to protect his sister from the criminal life.

M(1931)

PG-13
| 1h 57min | Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime
4.1/5 (with 931 votes)

In this classic German thriller, Hans Beckert, a serial killer who preys on children, becomes the focus of a massive Berlin police manhunt. Beckert's heinous crimes are so repellant and disruptive to city life that he is even targeted by others in the seedy underworld network. With both cops and criminals in pursuit, the murderer soon realizes that people are on his trail, sending him into a tense, panicked attempt to escape justice.

The Informer(1935)

1h 31min | Crime, Drama
3.4/5 (with 39 votes)

Gypo Nolan is a former Irish Republican Army man who drowns his sorrows in the bottle. He's desperate to escape his bleak Dublin life and start over in America with his girlfriend. So when British authorities advertise a reward for information about his best friend, current IRA member Frankie, Gypo cooperates. Now Gypo can buy two tickets on a boat bound for the States, but can he escape the overwhelming guilt he feels for betraying his buddy?

Angels with Dirty Faces(1938)

NR
| 1h 37min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 125 votes)

In New York, the boys Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connelly are best friends and small time thieves. After a robbery, Rocky is arrested and sent to a reformatory school, where he begins his criminal career. Jerry escapes and later becomes a priest. After three years in prison, Rocky is released and demands the return of $100,000 deposited with his solicitor - prior to his jail term.

The Public Enemy(1931)

NR
| 1h 23min | Crime, Drama
3.6/5 (with 136 votes)

Two young Chicago hoodlums, Tom Powers and Matt Doyle, rise up from their poverty-stricken slum life to become petty thieves, bootleggers and cold-blooded killers. But with street notoriety and newfound wealth, the duo feels the heat from the cops and rival gangsters both. Despite his ruthless criminal reputation, Tom tries to remain connected to his family, however, gang warfare and the need for revenge eventually pull him away.

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang(1932)

1h 32min | Crime, Drama
3.9/5 (with 79 votes)

A World War I veteran’s dreams of becoming a master architect evaporate in the cold light of economic realities. Things get even worse when he’s falsely convicted of a crime and sent to work on a chain gang.

The Petrified Forest(1936)

NR
| 1h 22min | Crime, Drama, Romance / Love, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 80 votes)

Gabby, the waitress in an isolated Arizona diner, dreams of a bigger and better life. One day penniless intellectual Alan drifts into the joint and the two strike up a rapport. Soon enough, notorious killer Duke Mantee takes the diner's inhabitants hostage. Surrounded by miles of desert, the patrons and staff are forced to sit tight with Mantee and his gang overnight.

You Only Live Once(1937)

NR
| 1h 26min | Crime, Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 69 votes)

Based partially on the story of Bonnie and Clyde, Eddie Taylor is an ex-convict who cannot get a break after being released from prison. When he is framed for murder, Taylor is forced to flee with his wife Joan Graham and baby. While escaping prison after being sentenced to death, Taylor becomes a real murderer, condemning himself and Joan to a life of crime and death on the road.

Dead End(1937)

1h 33min | Crime, Drama
3.5/5 (with 47 votes)

Mobster "Baby Face" Martin returns home to visit the New York neighborhood where he grew up, dropping in on his mother, who rejects him because of his gangster lifestyle, and his old girlfriend, Francey, now a syphilitic prostitute. Martin also crosses paths with Dave, a childhood friend struggling to make it as an architect, and the Dead End Kids, a gang of young boys roaming the streets of the city's East Side slums.

Little Caesar(1931)

3.5/5 (with 105 votes)

A small-time hood shoots his way to the top, but how long can he stay there?

La Bête Humaine(1938)

1h 40min | Drama, Crime
3.6/5 (with 80 votes)

On board a train bound for the port city of Le Havre, France, railroad stationmaster Roubard murders Grandmorin, who seduced his beautiful young wife, Severine. Engineer Jacques Lantier, stuck in Le Havre while the train is being repaired, also begins a passionate affair with Severine, who tries to entice the handsome stranger to murder her controlling husband. However, Lantier has a secret urge of his own that changes everything.

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Fury(1936)

NR
| 1h 32min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 84 votes)

Joe, who owns a gas station along with his brothers and is about to marry Katherine, travels to the small town where she lives to visit her, but is wrongly mistaken for a wanted kidnapper and arrested.

Port of Shadows(1938)

3.8/5 (with 105 votes)

Down a foggy, desolate road to the port city of Le Havre travels Jean, an army deserter looking for another chance to make good on life. Fate, however, has a different plan for him, as acts of both revenge and kindness render him front-page news.

Manhattan Melodrama(1934)

NR
| 1h 33min | Crime, Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 26 votes)

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.

Marked Woman(1937)

NR
| 1h 36min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 28 votes)

In the underworld of Manhattan, a woman dares to stand up to one of the city's most powerful gangsters.

Pépé le Moko(1937)

3.6/5 (with 56 votes)

Pépé le Moko, one of France's most wanted criminals, hides out in the Casbah section of Algiers. He knows police will be waiting for him if he tries to leave the city. When Pépé meets Gaby, a gorgeous woman from Paris who is lost in the Casbah, he falls for her.

'G' Men(1935)

NR
| 1h 23min | Action, Crime, Drama
3.3/5 (with 33 votes)

James “Brick” Davis, a struggling attorney, owes his education to a mobster, but always has refused to get involved with the underworld. When a friend of his is gunned down by a notorious criminal, Brick decides to abandon the exercise of the law and join the Department of Justice to capture the murderer.

Desire(1936)

3.4/5 (with 17 votes)

Madeleine steals a string of pearls in Paris and uses US engineer Tom, who is driving on his vacation to Spain, to get the pearls out of France. But getting the pearls back from him proves to be difficult without falling in love.

Three on a Match(1932)

1h 3min | Crime, Drama
3.2/5 (with 26 votes)

Although Vivian Revere is seemingly the most successful of a trio of reunited schoolmates, she throws it away by descending into a life of debauchery and drugs.

Yellowstone(1936)

NR
| 1h 3min | Drama, Crime
2.3/5 (with 1 vote)

Murder mystery set in Yellowstone National Park.

The Big House(1930)

NR
| 1h 27min | Crime, Drama
3.3/5 (with 15 votes)

Convicted of manslaughter for a drunken driving accident, Kent Marlowe is sent to prison, where he meets vicious incarcerated figures who are planning an escape from the brutal conditions.

Midnight Mary(1933)

NR
| 1h 14min | Crime, Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 8 votes)

A young woman is on trial for murder. In flashback, we learn of her struggles to overcome poverty as a teenager -- a mistaken arrest and prison term for shoplifting and lack of employment lead to involvement with gangsters. In a brothel, she meets a young lawyer, scion of a wealthy and prestigious family, who falls for her and helps her turn around her life. But her past catches up with her, and she must face the music rather than cause him scandal.

Public Hero Number 1(1935)

NR
| 1h 29min | Crime, Drama
3.3/5 (with 3 votes)

G-Man Jeff Crane poses as a crook to infiltrate the notorious Purple Gang, a band of hoodlums which preys upon other hoodlums. Orchestrating the jailbreak of the gang's leader, Crane joins him in a Dillinger-like flight across the country.

The Mayor of Hell(1933)

NR
| 1h 30min | Crime, Drama
3.7/5 (with 10 votes)

Members of a teenage gang are sent to the State Reformatory, presided over by the callous Thompson. Soon Patsy Gargan, a former gangster appointed Deputy Commissioner, arrives and takes over the administration to run the place on radical principles. Thompson needs a quick way to discredit him.

Mr. Moto's Gamble(1938)

NR
| 1h 12min | Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Action
3.2/5 (with 7 votes)

Celebrated as supersleuth, Mr. Moto comes out fighting when a brutal boxing match turns into cold-blooded murder! Assisted by detective-in-training Lee Chan, Moto sets out to track down the killer based on a single ominous clue: a poisoned boxing glove! But when Moto's hunch points to a corrupt gambling syndicate, he's forced to wager his very life to unmask the culprit—or go down for the count...permanently!

Toni(1935)

1h 24min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 25 votes)

In the 1920s, the Provence is a magnet for immigrants seeking work in the quarries or in the agriculture. Many mingle with locals and settle down permanently - like Toni, an Italian who has moved in with Marie, a Frenchwoman. Even a well-ordered existence is not immune from boredom, friendship, love, or enmity, and Toni gets entangled in a web of increasingly passionate relationships. For there is his best pal Fernand, but also Albert, his overbearing foreman; there is Sebastian, a steady Spanish peasant, but also Gabi, his young rogue relative; there is Marie, but there is also Josefa.

Ladies They Talk About(1933)

NR
| 1h 9min | Crime, Drama, Romance / Love
3.0/5 (with 16 votes)

A moll, imprisoned after participating in a bank robbery, helps with a breakout plot.

He Was Her Man(1934)

NR
| 1h 10min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 2 votes)

A safecracker goes straight after doing a stretch for a bum rap. He agrees to do one last job for his "pals".

Black Fury(1935)

NR
| 1h 34min | Crime, Drama, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 8 votes)

A simple Pennsylvania coal miner is drawn into the violent conflict between union workers and management.

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