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1940s Mystery Movies

Public list by WPS with 252 movies or TV shows/series

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The Maltese Falcon(1941)

NR
| 1h 41min | Mystery, Crime, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 486 votes)

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a beautiful liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Rebecca(1940)

NR
| 2h 10min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
4.0/5 (with 488 votes)

Story of a young woman who marries a fascinating widower only to find out that she must live in the shadow of his former wife, Rebecca, who died mysteriously several years earlier. The young wife must come to grips with the terrible secret of her handsome, cold husband, Max De Winter. She must also deal with the jealous, obsessed Mrs. Danvers, the housekeeper, who will not accept her as the mistress of the house.

The Third Man(1949)

NR
| 1h 45min | Thriller, Mystery
4.0/5 (with 541 votes)

In postwar Vienna, Austria, Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry Lime, only to learn he has died. Martins develops a conspiracy theory after learning of a "third man" present at the time of Harry's death, running into interference from British officer Major Calloway, and falling head-over-heels for Harry's grief-stricken lover, Anna.

Suspicion(1941)

NR
| 1h 39min | Mystery, Romance / Love, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 186 votes)

Wealthy, sheltered Lina McLaidlaw is swept off her feet by charming ne'er-do-well Johnnie Aysgarth. Though warned that Johnnie is little more than a fortune hunter, Lina marries him anyway and remains loyal to her irresponsible husband as he plows his way from one disreputable business scheme to another. Gradually Lina comes to the conclusion that Johnnie intends to kill her in order to collect her inheritance. The suspicion seems confirmed when Johnnie's business partner dies under mysterious circumstances.

Laura(1944)

NR
| 1h 28min | Drama, Mystery
3.9/5 (with 219 votes)

A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he's investigating.

Spellbound(1945)

3.8/5 (with 248 votes)

When Dr. Anthony Edwardes arrives at a Vermont mental hospital to replace the outgoing hospital director, Dr. Constance Peterson, a psychoanalyst, discovers Edwardes is actually an impostor. The man confesses that the real Dr. Edwardes is dead and fears he may have killed him, but cannot recall anything. Dr. Peterson, however is convinced his impostor is innocent of the man's murder, and joins him on a quest to unravel his amnesia through psychoanalysis.

Dressed to Kill(1946)

1h 12min | Crime, Mystery
3.3/5 (with 28 votes)

A convicted thief in Dartmoor prison hides the location of the stolen Bank of England printing plates inside three music boxes. When the innocent purchasers of the boxes start to be murdered, Holmes and Watson investigate.

The Naked City(1948)

1h 36min | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 65 votes)

The Naked City portrays the police investigation that follows the murder of a young model. A veteran cop is placed in charge of the case and he sets about, with the help of other beat cops and detectives, finding the girl's killer.

The Woman in Green(1945)

1h 8min | Mystery, Crime, Drama
3.3/5 (with 31 votes)

A series of murders of women, each with their right forefinger posthumously severed, leads Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to a mysterious, glamorous woman, a hypnotized assassin, and a blackmail scheme worthy of Professor Moriarty, who is its mastermind.

The Uninvited(1944)

1h 39min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
3.5/5 (with 54 votes)

A brother and sister move into an old seaside house they find abandoned for many years on the English coast. Their original enchantment with the house diminishes as they hear stories of the previous owners and meet their daughter (now a young woman) who now lives as a neighbor with her grandfather. Also heard are unexplained sounds during the night. It becomes obvious that the house is haunted.

Dead Reckoning(1947)

NR
| 1h 40min | Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery
3.4/5 (with 36 votes)

Paratroopers Captain 'Rip' Murdock and Sergeant Johnny Drake are mysteriously ordered to travel to Washington, DC. When Drake learns that he is to be awarded the Medal of Honor, he disappears before newspaper photographers can take his picture. Murdock follows the clues and tracks him down, where he learns Drake is dead. Further investigations reveal unexpected twists. Rip learns that Johnny had been accused of murder and sets out to find out whatever he can. He falls in love with Coral whose husband Johnny is supposed to have killed.

The Ghost Ship(1943)

1h 9min | Thriller
3.3/5 (with 18 votes)

A new crew member has to deal with a sea captain that may be crazy.

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The Spiral Staircase(1946)

3.5/5 (with 62 votes)

In 1916, beautiful young mute Helen is a domestic worker for elderly, ailing Mrs. Warren. Mrs. Warren's two adult sons, Albert (a professor) and womanizing impudent Steven, also live in the Warren mansion. Mrs. Warren becomes concerned for Helen's safety when a rash of murders involving 'women with afflictions' hits the neighborhood. She implores her physician, Dr. Parry, to take Helen away for her own safety. When another murder occurs inside the Warren mansion, it becomes obvious that Helen is in danger.

And Then There Were None(1945)

NR
| 1h 37min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
3.4/5 (with 82 votes)

Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island and while they are waiting for the mysterious host to appear, a recording levels serious accusations at each of the guests. Soon they start being murdered, one by one. As the survivors try to keep their wits, they reach a disturbing conclusion: one of them must be the killer.

Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror(1942)

3.5/5 (with 23 votes)

England, at the start of World War Two. Mysterious wireless broadcasts, apparently from Nazi Germany are heard over the BBC. They warn of acts of terror in England, just before they take place. Baffled, the Defence Committee call in Holmes ...

Phantom Lady(1944)

NR
| 1h 27min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
3.4/5 (with 33 votes)

A mystery woman is a murder suspect's only alibi for the night of his wife's death.

The Glass Key(1942)

NR
| 1h 25min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 30 votes)

During the campaign for reelection, the crooked politician Paul Madvig decides to clean up his past, refusing the support of the gangster Nick Varna and associating to the respectable reformist politician Ralph Henry. When Ralph’s son, Taylor Henry, a gambler and the lover of Paul’s sister Opal, is murdered, Paul’s right arm, Ed Beaumont, finds his body on the street. Nick uses the financial situation of The Observer to force the publisher Clyde Matthews to use the newspaper to raise the suspicion that Paul Madvig might have killed Taylor.

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon(1942)

3.3/5 (with 28 votes)

In the midst of World War II, Sherlock Holmes rescues the Swiss inventor of a new bomb-sight from the Gestapo and brings him to England, where he shortly falls into the clutches of Professor Moriarty.

Sherlock Holmes Faces Death(1943)

3.6/5 (with 21 votes)

During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services. He summons Holmes for help and the master detective proceeds to solve the crime from a long list of suspects including the owners of the home, the staff and the patients recovering there.

Terror by Night(1946)

3.3/5 (with 30 votes)

Holmes and Watson board a passenger train bound from London to Edinburgh, to guard the Star of Rhodesia, an enormous diamond worth a fortune belonging to an elderly woman of wealth; but within the first hour of the trip, the woman's son is murdered and the diamond stolen and any of the passengers in their car could be the killer thief.

The Pearl of Death(1944)

NR
| 1h 9min | Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Drama
3.6/5 (with 21 votes)

The famous Borgia Pearl, a valuable gem with a history of bringing murder and misfortune to its owner since the days of the Borgias, is brought to London, thanks in part to Sherlock Holmes. But before long the jewel is stolen, due to an error on Holmes' part, and shortly thereafter, a series of horrible murders begin, the murderer leaving his victims with their spines snapped and surrounded by a mass of smashed china.

The Thin Man Goes Home(1944)

1h 41min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 23 votes)

On a trip to visit his parents, detective Nick Charles gets mixed up in a murder investigation.

Voice of the Whistler(1945)

NR
| 1h | Drama, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 5 votes)

A dying millionaire marries his nurse for companionship, only to experience a miracle cure.

Lust for Gold(1949)

1h 30min | Action, Western
2.8/5 (with 9 votes)

A man determined to track down the fabled Arizona gold mine known as The Lost Dutchman has an affair with a married treasure hunter, whose pursuit of the mine has lead her to double-cross her husband.

The House of Fear(1945)

NR
| 1h 9min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 27 votes)

The Good Comrades are a collection of varied gentlemen who crave one thing - solitude. They reside at Drearcliff House, ancestral home of their eldest member. All seems serene and convivial until one by one the members begin to perish in the most grisly of manners. Foul play is suspected by the Good Comrades' insurance agent, who turns to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson for guidance.

Pillow of Death(1945)

1h 6min | Horror, Mystery
3.6/5 (with 6 votes)

Attorney Wayne Fletcher and his secretary are having an affair, so when Wayne's wife is found smothered to death, he becomes the prime suspect. As the police investigate the murder, a psychic with questionable motives tries to contact the deceased woman. Soon, Wayne begins seeing visions of his dead wife, and other people involved with the case begin to be killed, one by one.

Bury Me Dead(1947)

1h 8min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
2.6/5 (with 4 votes)

A woman (June Lockhart) watches her own funeral, then sets out with her lawyer (Hugh Beaumont) to learn who was in the casket.

The Unsuspected(1947)

1h 43min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 13 votes)

The host of the radio murder mystery "The Unsuspected" has a niece who cannot remember being married. An associate of the show is found hanged.

The Spider Woman(1943)

3.5/5 (with 20 votes)

Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of so-called "pajama suicides". He knows the female villain behind them is as cunning as Moriarty and as venomous as a spider. Based on "The Sign of Four" and the short stories "The Dying Detective", "The Final Problem", "The Speckled Band" and "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot".

Strange Confession(1945)

1h 2min | Crime, Mystery, Drama, Horror
3.5/5 (with 6 votes)

A scientist who is working on a cure for influenza is victimized by his unscrupulous boss, who releases the vaccine before it's ready, resulting in the death of the scientist's young son.

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