Best Crime Movies of 1950

1.

The Asphalt Jungle

5.5
7.9/10 IMDB

Recently paroled from prison, legendary burglar "Doc" Riedenschneider, with funding from Alonzo Emmerich, a crooked lawyer, gathers a small group of veteran criminals together in the Midwest for a big jewel heist.

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Marilyn Monroe, Sam Jaffe, John McIntire, Marc Lawrence, Barry Kelley, Anthony Caruso ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1950-06-01
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2.

Gun Crazy

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

Bart Tare is an ex-Army man who has a lifelong fixation with guns, he meets a kindred spirit in sharpshooter Annie Starr and goes to work at a carnival. After upsetting the carnival owner who lusts after Starr, they both get fired. Soon, on Starr's behest, they embark on a crime spree for cash. Subjects of a manhunt, they are tracked by police in the hills Tare enjoyed as a boy.

Starring: Peggy Cummins, John Dall, Berry Kroeger, Morris Carnovsky, Anabel Shaw, Harry Lewis, Nedrick Young, Russ Tamblyn, Trevor Bardette, Mickey Little ..
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1950-01-20
3.

D.O.A.

4.5
7.3/10 IMDB

Frank Bigelow is about to die, and he knows it. The accountant has been poisoned and has only 24 hours before the lethal concoction kills him. Determined to find out who his murderer is, Frank, with the help of his assistant and girlfriend, Paula, begins to trace back over his last steps. As he frantically tries to unravel the mystery behind his own impending demise, his sleuthing leads him to a group of crooked businessmen and another murder.

Starring: Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly Garland, Lynn Baggett, William Ching, Henry Hart, Neville Brand, Laurette Luez, Jess Kirkpatrick ..
Directed by: Rudolph Maté
Release date: 1950-04-21
4.

Where the Sidewalk Ends

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

A police detective's violent nature keeps him from being a good cop.

Starring: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill, Bert Freed, Tom Tully, Karl Malden, Ruth Donnelly, Craig Stevens, Fred Aldrich, Tom Coleman ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1950-07-07
5.

Caged

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

Caged tells the story of a teenage newlywed, who is sent to prison for being an accessory to a robbery. Her experiences while incarcerated, along with the killing of her husband, change her from a very frightened young girl into a hardened convict.

Starring: Eleanor Parker, Agnes Moorehead, Ellen Corby, Hope Emerson, Betty Garde, Jan Sterling, Lee Patrick, Olive Deering, Jane Darwell, Gertrude Michael ..
Directed by: John Cromwell
Release date: 1950-05-19
6.

The Breaking Point

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

A fisherman with money problems hires out his boat to transport criminals.

Starring: John Garfield, Patricia Neal, Phyllis Thaxter, Juano Hernández, Wallace Ford, Edmon Ryan, Ralph Dumke, Guy Thomajan, William Campbell, Sherry Jackson ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1950-10-06
7.

The Damned Don't Cry

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Fed up with her small-town marriage, a woman goes after the big time and gets mixed up with the mob.

Starring: Joan Crawford, David Brian, Steve Cochran, Kent Smith, Hugh Sanders, Selena Royle, Jacqueline deWit, Morris Ankrum, Edith Evanson, Richard Egan ..
Directed by: Vincent Sherman
Release date: 1950-04-07
8.

Panic in the Streets

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

One night in the New Orleans slums, vicious hoodlum Blackie and his friends kill an illegal immigrant who won too much in a card game. Next morning, Dr. Clint Reed of the Public Health Service confirms the dead man had pneumonic plague. To prevent a catastrophic epidemic, Clint must find and inoculate the killers and their associates, with the reluctant aid of police captain Tom Warren, despite official skepticism, and in total secrecy, lest panic empty the city. Can a doctor turn detective? He has 48 hours to try...

Starring: Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes, Jack Palance, Zero Mostel, Dan Riss, Tommy Cook, Wilson Bourg Jr., Beverly C. Brown, Lewis Charles ..
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Release date: 1950-06-12
9.

No Way Out

3.7
7.4/10 IMDB

The Biddle brothers, shot while robbing a gas station, are taken to the prison ward of the County Hospital; Ray Biddle, a rabid racist, wants no treatment from black resident Dr. Luther Brooks. When brother John dies while Luther tries to save him, Ray is certain it's murder and becomes obsessed with vengeance. But there are black racists around too, and the situation slides rapidly toward violence.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, Sidney Poitier, Stephen McNally, Harry Bellaver, Amanda Randolph, Mildred Joanne Smith, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Stanley Ridges ..
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1950-08-16
10.

Woman on the Run

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Frank Johnson, a sole witness to a gangland murder, goes into hiding and is trailed by Police Inspector Ferris, on the theory that Frank is trying to escape from possible retaliation. Frank's wife, Eleanor, suspects he is actually running away from their unsuccessful marriage. Aided by a newspaperman, Danny Leggett, Eleanor sets out to locate her husband. The killer is also looking for him, and keeps close tabs on Eleanor.

Starring: Ann Sheridan, Dennis O'Keefe, Robert Keith, John Qualen, Frank Jenks, Ross Elliott, Jane Liddell, Joan Shawlee, J. Farrell MacDonald, Steven Geray ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1950-11-29

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