Best Crime Movies of 1906

1.

Motor Pirates

3.8
5.8/10 IMDB

Crooks in an armored car-- the modern-day pirates-- trespass, murder and rob other motorists while sailing the roadways. Able to traverse small bodies of water in their craft, they evade police capture... for a time.

Directed by: Arthur Melbourne Cooper
Release date: 1906-10-01
2.

The Impossible Convicts

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

Four prisoners, in convicts' stripes, march backwards down stairs and, under the watchful eyes of guards, hop backwards into their cells. Later, one overpowers a guard and springs his three pals. But, will they be able to pull off an escape? Other guards come to the aid of their fallen comrade before all four felons can flee. Guards and convicts spring forward and backward out of cells, up and down stairs, and into and out of freedom.

Directed by: Billy Bitzer
Release date: 1906-01-27
Best Crime Movies of 1906 : The Black Hand
3.

The Black Hand

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

Two gang members send a threatening letter to a butcher, demanding money if he did not want his shop to be destroyed and his daughter Maria kidnapped. When he is unable to meet their request, they take Maria away. The Black Hand is the earliest surviving gangster film.

Starring: Robert G. Vignola, Anthony O'Sullivan ..
Directed by: Wallace McCutcheon
Release date: 1906-03-29
Best Crime Movies of 1906 : The Story of the Kelly Gang
4.

The Story of the Kelly Gang

2.5
6.0/10 IMDB

Just as Galeen and Wegener's Der Golem (1915) can be seen as a testament to early German film artistry, The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906) symbolizes both the birth of the Australian film industry and the emergence of an Australian cinema identity. Even more significantly, it heralds the emergence of the feature film format. However, only fragments of the original production of more than one hour are known to exist, preserved at the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra; Efforts at reconstruction have made the film available to modern audiences.

Starring: Elizabeth Tait, John Tait ..
Directed by: Charles Tait
Release date: 1906-12-26
Best Crime Movies of 1906 : From Leadville to Aspen: A Hold-Up in the Rockies
5.

From Leadville to Aspen: A Hold-Up in the Rockies

2.4
6.1/10 IMDB

A train traveling through the Rockies is held up and boarded by two thugs. They rob the wealthy occupants at gunpoint and then make their getaway by handcar. From there, they hijack a horsecart on a road running parallel to the tracks. Will justice prevail in the end?

Directed by: Wallace McCutcheon Sr., Francis J. Marion
Release date: 1906-06-29
6.

Skyscrapers

2.2
5.7/10 IMDB

A new skyscraper is being built in New York City, and numerous workmen are busy at hazardous jobs high above the ground. When one of the workers, Dago Pete, deliberately starts a fight, he is immediately fired. But the discharged worker soon comes up with a plan to commit a robbery and get even. His scheme could affect the lives of several others.

Starring: Gene Gauntier, Jim Slevin ..
Release date: 1906-12-08
Best Crime Movies of 1906 : Holdup of the Rocky Mountain Express
7.

Holdup of the Rocky Mountain Express

2.1
5.3/10 IMDB

An early film drama shot on an actual railroad line in Phoenicia, NY in the Catskills.

Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1906-06-29
Best Crime Movies of 1906 : The Automobile Thieves
8.

The Automobile Thieves

1.7
7.9/10 IMDB

A young couple conducts a series of robberies, followed by a chase, in which they are shot and killed.

Directed by: J. Stuart Blackton
Release date: 1906-11-10
Best Crime Movies of 1906 : Paris Slums
9.

Paris Slums

1.5
6.3/10 IMDB

A criminal gang descends into the sewers of Paris and uses an interior exit to get their hands on a safe. They move it out of town, where they work to open it.

Directed by: Lucien Nonguet
Release date: 1906-12-24
10.

Douaniers et fraudeurs

1.2
5.1/10 IMDB

Smugglers land their goods. Customs inspectors spot them and take off in pursuit.

Release date: 1906-04-26

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