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

6.6
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 : Bugs and Thugs
3.

Bugs and Thugs

4.0
8.1/10 IMDB

When Bugs calls a cab he doesn't know it's the getaway car for a couple of bankrobbers (he does know the capital of Nevada).

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1954-03-13
Best Crime Movies of 1954 : An Inspector Calls
4.

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
5.

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
6.

Pushover

3.6
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, James Anderson, Joe Bailey, Tony Barrett ..
Directed by: Richard Quine
Release date: 1954-07-21
7.

Shield for Murder

3.6
6.8/10 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 : King of the Coral Sea
8.

King of the Coral Sea

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

A body is found floating in the Torres Strait and pearler Ted King is asked to investigate. He discovers the murder is connected to a people smuggling ring and involves one of his men, Yusep. He is helped by Peter Merriman, the playboy owner of King's company who romances King's daughter Rusty. Yusep kidnaps Rusty but Merriman and King rescue her.

Starring: Chips Rafferty, Ilma Adey, Rod Taylor, Reg Lye, Charles Tingwell ..
Directed by: Lee Robinson
Release date: 1954-08-12
Best Crime Movies of 1954 : Drive a Crooked Road
9.

Drive a Crooked Road

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

A mechanic gets caught up with the mob when he falls for a gangster's girlfriend.

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Dianne Foster, Kevin McCarthy, Jack Kelly, Harry Landers, Jerry Paris, Paul Picerni, Dick Crockett ..
Directed by: Richard Quine
Release date: 1954-03-10
10.

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

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