MYSTERY mixed-up with a little COMEDY

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1. The Thin Man (1934)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 24,458

2. Hide-Out (1934)

Approved | 81 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Farmers take in an injured racketeer and try to reform him.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Maureen O'Sullivan, Edward Arnold, Elizabeth Patterson

Votes: 620

3. The Whole Town's Talking (1935)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A meek milquetoast of a clerk is mistaken for Public Enemy #1, and the notorious killer takes advantage of the situation.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Jean Arthur, Arthur Hohl, James Donlan

Votes: 1,920

4. The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936)

Unrated | 82 min | Comedy, Fantasy

An ordinary man suddenly finds that anything he says comes true. Or at least, almost anything.

Directors: Lothar Mendes, Alexander Korda | Stars: Roland Young, Ralph Richardson, Edward Chapman, Ernest Thesiger

Votes: 1,180

5. After the Thin Man (1936)

Passed | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Nick investigates the case of a missing man and later a murder that is connected to Nora's family.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, James Stewart, Elissa Landi

Votes: 8,728

6. The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

A wealthy mystery writer uses her doctor ex-husband's non-payment of alimony to coerce him into a reconciliation.

Director: Stephen Roberts | Stars: William Powell, Jean Arthur, James Gleason, Eric Blore

Votes: 1,417

7. The Princess Comes Across (1936)

Passed | 76 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

A woman pretends to be royalty in order to get aboard a cruise ship.

Director: William K. Howard | Stars: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Douglass Dumbrille, Alison Skipworth

Votes: 810

8. The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Not Rated | 96 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

While travelling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas, May Whitty

Votes: 43,324

9. The Mad Miss Manton (1938)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

When the murdered body discovered by beautiful, vivacious socialite Melsa Manton disappears, police and press label her a prankster until she proves them wrong.

Director: Leigh Jason | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Sam Levene, Frances Mercer

Votes: 1,894

10. Another Thin Man (1939)

Passed | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

An explosives manufacturer suspects a young man is out to kill him. He calls in new parents Nick and Nora to sort things out.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Virginia Grey, Otto Kruger

Votes: 5,925

11. The Cat and the Canary (1939)

Approved | 72 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

When an eccentric family meets in their uncle's remote, decaying mansion on the tenth anniversary of his death for the reading of his will, murder and madness follow.

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, John Beal, Douglass Montgomery

Votes: 2,352

12. It's a Wonderful World (1939)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

When a tycoon is accused of murder, the private eye tracking him finds himself roped in as an accessory and attempts to evade police, kidnapping a poetess along the way.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Claudette Colbert, James Stewart, Guy Kibbee, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 2,376

13. Miracles for Sale (1939)

Not Rated | 71 min | Crime, Mystery

Retired performer Mike Morgan sells original illusions to fellow magicians, and although he believes in the supernatural, likes to expose sham psychics. This involves him in some mysterious murders.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Robert Young, Florence Rice, Frank Craven, Henry Hull

Votes: 478

14. Haunted Honeymoon (1940)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Lord Peter Wimsey is an amateur detective. He is to be married to Harriet Vane, who writes crime novels, at a big Society wedding. Harriet has little charms made so that they both promise ... See full summary »

Directors: Arthur B. Woods, Richard Thorpe | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Constance Cummings, Leslie Banks, Seymour Hicks

Votes: 524

15. Angels Over Broadway (1940)

Passed | 79 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A cuckolded embezzler on the verge of suicide is helped by a tout, an alcoholic playwright, and a pick-up girl to reimburse the money with a gambling sting.

Directors: Ben Hecht, Lee Garmes | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, John Qualen

Votes: 820

16. Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)

Passed | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Nick and Nora are at their wisecracking best as they investigate murder and racketeering at a local race track.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Barry Nelson, Donna Reed

Votes: 4,887

17. Footsteps in the Dark (1941)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy, Mystery, Crime

A respected investment advisor has a double life as a mystery writer and becomes involved in the real murder of a shady client.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Ralph Bellamy, Alan Hale

Votes: 969

18. 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: 3,431

19. A Night Before Christmas (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: 2,135

20. Lady on a Train (1945)

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

In New York, a woman who partially witnesses a killing from a train window seeks the aid of a crime novelist to solve the murder.

Director: Charles David | Stars: Deanna Durbin, Ralph Bellamy, Edward Everett Horton, Allen Jenkins

Votes: 1,439

21. The Thin Man Goes Home (1944)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Nick and Nora visit Nick's hometown, and end up involved in a murder.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Lucile Watson, Gloria DeHaven

Votes: 4,517

22. Pardon My Past (1945)

88 min | Comedy

An ex-GI wants to open a mink farm in Wisconsin; but is mistaken for a look-alike, a gambler who owes a lot of money.

Director: Leslie Fenton | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Marguerite Chapman, Akim Tamiroff, William Demarest

Votes: 185

23. Two O'Clock Courage (1945)

Not Rated | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After nearly running over him with her cab, Patty Mitchell picks up a fare who claims to have amnesia. As he fumbles to remember the basic facts of his identity, Patty becomes interested in... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Tom Conway, Ann Rutherford, Richard Lane, Lester Matthews

Votes: 732

24. Murder, He Says (1945)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A pollster stumbles on a family of murderous hillbillies, and joins in their search for hidden treasure.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Helen Walker, Marjorie Main, Jean Heather

Votes: 1,507

25. Johnny O'Clock (1947)

Passed | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

High-class crook gets in trouble with the law.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: Dick Powell, Evelyn Keyes, Lee J. Cobb, Ellen Drew

Votes: 1,241

26. Song of the Thin Man (1947)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

Nick and Nora investigate the murder of a bandleader in New York.

Director: Edward Buzzell | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Keenan Wynn, Dean Stockwell

Votes: 4,074

27. His Kind of Woman (1951)

Approved | 120 min | Action, Crime, Film-Noir

A deported gangster's plan to re-enter the USA involves skulduggery at a Mexican resort, and gambler Dan Milner is caught in the middle.

Directors: John Farrow, Richard Fleischer | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Vincent Price, Tim Holt

Votes: 3,568

28. The Detective (1954)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Works of art are disappearing, stolen by a master thief, a master of disguise. Father Brown has two goals: to catch the thief and to save his soul.

Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Peter Finch, Cecil Parker

Votes: 1,137

29. The Ladykillers (1955)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime

91 Metascore

Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom

Votes: 24,405

30. Gideon of Scotland Yard (1958)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A typical day for Scotland Yard Inspector George Gideon consists in working on several cases at the same time.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Anna Lee, Anna Massey, Andrew Ray

Votes: 849

31. Remember Last Night? (1935)

Approved | 81 min | Comedy, Mystery

After a night of wild partying at a friend's house, a couple wake up to discover the party's host has been murdered in his bed. A detective is called in to investigate, but his ... See full summary »

Director: James Whale | Stars: Edward Arnold, Robert Young, Constance Cummings, George Meeker

Votes: 398



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