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: 1950-05-12
2.

Night and the City

5.5
7.9/10 IMDB

Londoner Harry Fabian is a second-rate con man looking for an angle. After years of putting up with Harry's schemes, his girlfriend, Mary, becomes fed up when he taps her for yet another loan. His latest ploy, promoting an aging Greek wrestler, goes awry when the wrestler dies and everyone points the finger at Harry. Hiding out in a riverfront barge, Harry sees his grand ambitions spiral into a nightmare of fear and desperation as the underworld closes in.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers, Hugh Marlowe, Francis L. Sullivan, Herbert Lom, Stanislaus Zbyszko, Mike Mazurki, Charles Farrell, Alan Tilvern ..
Directed by: Jules Dassin
Release date: 1950-06-15
3.

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.

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
4.

D.O.A.

5.1
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
5.

Where the Sidewalk Ends

4.6
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
6.

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
7.

The Breaking Point

3.9
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
8.

The Damned Don't Cry

3.8
7.1/10 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
9.

No Way Out

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Robbers Ray Biddle and his brother are shot and taken to the local hospital. There, the two are treated by Dr. Brooks, the hospital's only black doctor. The brothers assault Brooks with racist slurs. And, when his brother ends up dying on the operating table, Ray accuses the doctor of murdering him. Blind with rage, Ray works to turn the white community of the city against Brooks, who finds an unlikely ally in the dead man's widow, Edie.

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.

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. The 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 empties 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: 1950-07-27

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