Best Crime Movies of 1954

1.

Dial M for Murder

6.6
8.2/10 IMDB

An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to have his wife murdered after discovering she is having an affair, and assumes she will soon leave him for the other man anyway. When things go wrong, he improvises a new plan—to frame her for murder instead.

Starring: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams, Anthony Dawson, Leo Britt, Patrick Allen, George Leigh, Bess Flowers, Robin Hughes ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1954-05-29
2.

On the Waterfront

5.9
8.1/10 IMDB

Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs, and later meets the dead man's sister and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers.

Starring: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning, Eva Marie Saint, Leif Erickson, James Westerfield, Tony Galento, Tami Mauriello ..
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Release date: 1954-06-22
Best Crime Movies of 1954 : An Inspector Calls
3.

An Inspector Calls

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Based on a famous stage play and set in the year 1912, an upper crust family dinner is interrupted by a police inspector who brings news that a girl known to everyone present has died in suspicious circumstances. It seems that any or all of them could have had a hand in her death. But who is the mysterious Inspector and what can he want of them?

Starring: Alastair Sim, Jane Wenham, Brian Worth, Eileen Moore, Olga Lindo, Arthur Young, Bryan Forbes, George Woodbridge, Barbara Everest, Charles Saynor ..
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1954-03-16
4.

Riot in Cell Block 11

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

A prisoner leads his counterparts in a protest for better living conditions which turns violent and ugly.

Starring: Neville Brand, Emile Meyer, Frank Faylen, Leo Gordon, Robert Osterloh, Paul Frees, Don Keefer, Alvy Moore, Dabbs Greer, Whit Bissell ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1954-02-18
5.

Witness to Murder

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A woman fights to convince the police that she witnessed a murder while looking out her bedroom window.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, George Sanders, Gary Merrill, Jesse White, Harry Shannon, Claire Carleton, Lewis Martin, Dick Elliott, Harry Tyler, Juanita Moore ..
Directed by: Roy Rowland
Release date: 1954-04-15
Best Crime Movies of 1954 : Father Brown
6.

Father Brown

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Peter Finch, Cecil Parker, Bernard Lee, Sid James, Gérard Oury, Ernest Clark, Aubrey Woods, John Salew ..
Directed by: Robert Hamer
Release date: 1954-06-08
7.

Suddenly

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

The tranquility of a small town is marred only by sheriff Tod Shaw's unsuccessful courtship of widow Ellen Benson, a pacifist who can't abide guns and those who use them. But violence descends on Ellen's household willy-nilly when the U.S. President passes through town... and slightly psycho hired assassin John Baron finds the Benson home ideal for an ambush.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason, Nancy Gates, Kim Charney, Willis Bouchey, Paul Frees, Christopher Dark, James O’Hara, Kem Dibbs ..
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Release date: 1954-09-17
8.

Pushover

3.5
7.1/10 IMDB

A police detective falls for the bank robber's girlfriend he is supposed to be tailing.

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Philip Carey, Kim Novak, Dorothy Malone, E.G. Marshall, Allen Nourse, Marion Ross ..
Directed by: Richard Quine
Release date: 1954-07-21
9.

Shield for Murder

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

A crooked detective masterminds a robbery then fights to keep his money.

Starring: Edmond O'Brien, Marla English, John Agar, Emile Meyer, Carolyn Jones, Claude Akins, Lawrence Ryle, Herbert Butterfield, Hugh Sanders, William Schallert ..
Directed by: Howard W. Koch, Edmond O'Brien
Release date: 1954-08-27
Best Crime Movies of 1954 : Dangerous Voyage
10.

Dangerous Voyage

2.9
5.9/10 IMDB

Intrigue and smuggling in the English Channel.

Starring: William Lundigan, Naomi Chance, Vincent Ball, Jean Lodge, Kenneth Henry ..
Directed by: Vernon Sewell
Release date: 1954-09-03

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