Best Crime Movies of 1956

1.

The Killing

6.3
8.0/10 IMDB

Career criminal Johnny Clay recruits a sharpshooter, a crooked police officer, a bartender and a betting teller named George, among others, for one last job before he goes straight and gets married. But when George tells his restless wife about the scheme to steal millions from the racetrack where he works, she hatches a plot of her own.

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen, Elisha Cook Jr., Marie Windsor, Ted de Corsia, Joe Sawyer, James Edwards, Timothy Carey ..
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1956-06-06
2.

The Man Who Knew Too Much

6.1
7.4/10 IMDB

A couple vacationing in Morocco with their young son accidentally stumble upon an assassination plot. When the child is kidnapped to ensure their silence, they have to take matters into their own hands to save him.

Starring: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda De Banzie, Bernard Miles, Alan Mowbray, Hillary Brooke, Christopher Olsen, Daniel Gélin, Reggie Nalder, Bernard Herrmann ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1956-05-16
3.

The Wrong Man

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

In 1953, an innocent man named Christopher Emmanuel "Manny" Balestrero is arrested after being mistaken for an armed robber.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle, Harold J. Stone, Charles Cooper, John Heldabrand, Esther Minciotti, Doreen Lang, Laurinda Barrett, Norma Connolly ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1956-12-22
4.

The Bad Seed

5.2
7.4/10 IMDB

Air Force Colonel Kenneth Penmark and his wife, Christine, dote on their daughter, Rhoda -- as does their lonely landlady, Monica Breedlove. But self-centered Rhoda has a secret tendency for selfishness and loves to accumulate gifts, whether given or stolen, in her room. Christine keeps her knowledge of her daughter's darker side to herself, but when a schoolmate of Rhoda's dies mysteriously, her self-deception unravels.

Starring: Patty McCormack, Eileen Heckart, Henry Jones, Nancy Kelly, Evelyn Varden, William Hopper, Paul Fix, Jesse White, Gage Clarke, Joan Croydon ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1956-09-12
5.

While the City Sleeps

4.3
6.9/10 IMDB

Newspaper men compete against each other to find a serial killer dubbed "The Lipstick Killer".

Starring: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders, Howard Duff, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, Sally Forrest, John Drew Barrymore, James Craig, Ida Lupino ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1956-04-19
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : Ransom!
6.

Ransom!

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

A rich man (Glenn Ford) stuns his wife (Donna Reed) and town with a televised threat to his son's kidnapper.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Donna Reed, Leslie Nielsen, Juano Hernández, Robert Keith, Richard Gaines, Mabel Albertson, Alexander Scourby, Bobby Clark, Lori March ..
Directed by: Alex Segal
Release date: 1956-01-24
7.

Nightfall

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

An innocent man turns fugitive as he reconstructs events that implicate him for a murder and robbery he did not commit.

Starring: Aldo Ray, Brian Keith, Anne Bancroft, Jocelyn Brando, James Gregory, Frank Albertson, Rudy Bond, Bess Flowers, Gene Roth ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1956-11-09
8.

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A newspaper publisher, wanting to prove a point about the insufficiency of circumstantial evidence, talks his possible son-in-law Tom into a hoax in an attempt to expose ineptitude of the city's hard-line district attorney. The plan is to have Tom plant clues leading to his arrest for killing a female nightclub dancer. Once Tom is found guilty, he is to reveal the setup and humiliate the DA.

Starring: Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer, Arthur Franz, Philip Bourneuf, Edward Binns, Shepperd Strudwick, Robin Raymond, Barbara Nichols, William F. Leicester ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1956-09-13
9.

23 Paces to Baker Street

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Philip Hannon, a blind playwright living in London, overhears part of a conversation , that leads him into a desperate race, to find a kidnapped child. When he gets no help from the police, he along with his butler, and his ex fiancée, attempt to track down the crooks.

Starring: Van Johnson, Vera Miles, Cecil Parker, Maurice Denham, Isobel Elsom, Estelle Winwood, Liam Redmond, Martin Benson, Natalie Norwick, Terence de Marney ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1956-05-18
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : Death of a Scoundrel
10.

Death of a Scoundrel

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

A Czech refugee uses women to advance his business interest.

Starring: George Sanders, Yvonne De Carlo, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Victor Jory, Nancy Gates, Coleen Gray, John Hoyt, Lisa Ferraday, Tom Conway, Celia Lovsky ..
Directed by: Charles Martin
Release date: 1956-10-31
11.

A Kiss Before Dying

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A college student tries to get rich quick by wooing two wealthy sisters.

Starring: Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith, Joanne Woodward, Mary Astor, George Macready, Robert Quarry, Howard Petrie, Molly McCart, Marlene Felton ..
Directed by: Gerd Oswald
Release date: 1956-04-20
12.

Slightly Scarlet

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Kleptomaniac Dorothy Lyons is paroled from prison into the custody of her sister June, secretary to "reform" politician Frank Jansen. Ben Grace, associate of crime boss Sol "Solly" Caspar, sees this as a way to smear Jansen's campaign. Seductive Dorothy will do anything to get what she wants, which includes having a good time with Ben-- whom June is now in love with.

Starring: John Payne, Rhonda Fleming, Arlene Dahl, Kent Taylor, Ted de Corsia, Lance Fuller, Buddy Baer, Ellen Corby, George E. Stone ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1956-02-29
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : Crime of Passion
13.

Crime of Passion

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Kathy leaves the newspaper business to marry homicide detective Bill, but is frustrated by his lack of ambition and the banality of life in the suburbs. Her drive to advance Bill's career soon takes her down a dangerous path.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Fay Wray, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr, Virginia Grey, Royal Dano, Robert Griffin, Dennis Cross, Jay Adler, Stuart Whitman ..
Directed by: Gerd Oswald
Release date: 1956-12-28
14.

Crime in the Streets

3.3
6.6/10 IMDB

A social worker tries to end juvenile crime by getting involved with a street gang.

Starring: James Whitmore, Sal Mineo, John Cassavetes, Mark Rydell, Virginia Gregg, Peter J. Votrian, Will Kuluva, Malcolm Atterbury, Denise Alexander, Dan Terranova ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1956-06-10
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : Please Murder Me
15.

Please Murder Me

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

A lawyer tries to exact justice on a woman he defended in court -- a woman whom he found out was guilty after getting her off.

Starring: Angela Lansbury, Raymond Burr, Dick Foran, John Dehner, Lamont Johnson, Robert Griffin, Denver Pyle, Lee Miller, Russell Thorson ..
Directed by: Peter Godfrey
Release date: 1956-03-01
16.

The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn

3.3
6.9/10 IMDB

Supposedly filmed in 'Schizophrenoscope', it concerns Inspector Quilt of Scotland Yard's attempts to retrieve a 'Mukkinese Battlehorn' stolen from a London museum. Along the way he meets characters not dissimilar to Eccles, Henry Crun and Minnie Bannister from The Goon Show. This attempt to adapt Goon humour to the big screen was written by Harry Booth, Jon Penington and regular Goon show co-writer Larry Stephens. It was then heavily rewritten on the filmset by Sellers and Milligan.

Starring: Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Dick Emery ..
Directed by: Joseph Sterling
Release date: 1956-01-01
17.

Julie

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

A terrified stewardess is stalked by her psychotic estranged husband.

Starring: Doris Day, Louis Jourdan, Barry Sullivan, Frank Lovejoy, Jack Kelly, Ann Robinson, Barney Phillips, Jack Kruschen, John Gallaudet, Carleton Young ..
Directed by: Andrew L. Stone
Release date: 1956-10-17
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : Lost
18.

Lost

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

U.S. Embassy employee Lee Cochrane and his wife, Sue, receive a shock when they discover that their 18-month-old son, Simon, has disappeared in London. He was last seen with their nanny, and the couple seemingly have no leads that might help police Detective Craig in his investigation. The media sensationalizes the incident, causing an unnecessary distraction as the couple prepares to confront the culprit face-to-face.

Starring: David Farrar, David Knight, Julia Arnall, Anthony Oliver, Thora Hird, Eleanor Summerfield, Anne Paige, Marjorie Rhodes, Anna Turner, Everley Gregg ..
Directed by: Guy Green
Release date: 1956-01-31
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : Flight to Hong Kong
19.

Flight to Hong Kong

2.9
5.5/10 IMDB

On an airliner bound for Hong Kong, Tony (Rory Calhoun), a career crook who deals in stolen diamonds, agonizes over whether he should stick with his girlfriend (Dolores Donlon) or pursue Pamela (Barbara Rush), an intriguing novelist with whom he's instantly infatuated. Viewing Tony's dastardly deeds as great material for her new book, Pamela gladly encourages him to continue his criminal behavior.

Starring: Rory Calhoun, Barbara Rush, Dolores Donlon, Soo Yong, Mel Welles, Timothy Carey, Gene Roth, Werner Klemperer, Pat Conway, Paul Picerni ..
Directed by: Joseph M. Newman
Release date: 1956-10-08
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : Tiger in the Smoke
20.

Tiger in the Smoke

2.9
6.2/10 IMDB

Having been sent a picture of her husband, a war hero killed in France, Meg Elgin is led to believe he is still alive and arranges a meeting at a London railway station. When she arrives there with the police accompanying her, she catches sight of a man in the distance wearing an old coat of her husband's. When he is pursued and captured, he turns out to be Duds Morrison a former soldier and out-of-work actor recently let out of prison. He refuses to tell them anything, and having nothing they can charge him with, the police release him. His interest aroused by the pictures sent to Meg, her new fiancé Geoffrey Leavitt follows Morrison and tries to demand an answer from him about his sudden appearance masquerading as Meg’s dead husband.

Starring: Donald Sinden, Muriel Pavlow, Tony Wright, Bernard Miles, Beatrice Varley, Alec Clunes, Laurence Naismith, Christopher Rhodes, Charles Victor, Thomas Heathcote ..
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
Release date: 1956-11-27
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : The Last Man to Hang
21.

The Last Man to Hang

2.8
5.9/10 IMDB

A man is tried for the murder of his neurotic wife by means of a sedative overdose.

Starring: Tom Conway, Elizabeth Sellars, Eunice Gayson, Freda Jackson, Hugh Latimer, Ronald Simpson, Victor Maddern, Anthony Newley, Margaretta Scott, Leslie Weston ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1956-08-01
22.

The Unguarded Moment

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

A high-school music teacher is the victim of a student who writes indecent notes and assaults women.

Starring: Esther Williams, George Nader, John Saxon, Edward Andrews, Les Tremayne, Jack Albertson, Dani Crayne, John Wilder, Edward Platt, Eleanor Audley ..
Directed by: Harry Keller
Release date: 1956-12-27
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : Time Table
23.

Time Table

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

An insurance detective encounters numerous surprises when he is assigned to investigate a meticulously-planned train robbery in Arizona.

Starring: Mark Stevens, King Calder, Felicia Farr, Marianne Stewart, Wesley Addy, Alan Reed, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr., Jack Klugman, John Marley, Robert Anderson ..
Directed by: Mark Stevens
Release date: 1956-02-08
24.

Peepshow

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

A parable made in the manner of an old silent comedy about artistry and illusion.

Starring: Shirley Russell ..
Directed by: Ken Russell
Release date: 1956-03-29
25.

Outside the Law

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A government agent's son wins respect and love when he challenges counterfeiters.

Starring: Ray Danton, Leigh Snowden, Grant Williams, Onslow Stevens, Raymond Bailey, Judson Pratt, Jack Kruschen, Floyd Simmons, Mel Welles, Alexander Campbell ..
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Release date: 1956-06-01
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : The Gelignite Gang
26.

The Gelignite Gang

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

A tense thriller that tears the lid off Soho's underworld and reveals the cunning organization behind a gang of safe-breakers who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to achieve their goals.

Starring: Wayne Morris, Sandra Dorne, Patrick Holt, Eric Pohlmann, Arthur Young, Lloyd Lamble, James Kenney, Tony Doonan, Hugh Miller, Bertha Russell ..
Directed by: Francis Searle, Terence Fisher
Release date: 1956-06-20
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : He Laughed Last
27.

He Laughed Last

2.6
5.5/10 IMDB

A 1920s chorus girl inherits a slain gangster's empire.

Starring: Frankie Laine, Lucy Marlow, Anthony Dexter, Richard Long, Alan Reed, Jesse White, Florenz Ames, Henry Slate ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1956-08-12
28.

The Price of Fear

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

A co-owner of a race track goes on the run after witnessing something he shouldn't have at the track.

Starring: Merle Oberon, Lex Barker, Charles Drake, Gia Scala, Warren Stevens, Phillip Pine, Mary Field, Dan Riss, Konstantin Shayne, Stafford Repp ..
Directed by: Abner Biberman
Release date: 1956-03-13
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : House of Secrets
29.

House of Secrets

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Police in Paris recruit an English ship's officer (Michael Craig) to help trap counterfeiters by joining them.

Starring: Michael Craig, Anton Diffring, Gérard Oury, Brenda De Banzie, Geoffrey Keen, David Kossoff, Barbara Bates, Alan Tilvern, Julia Arnall, Gordon Tanner ..
Directed by: Guy Green
Release date: 1956-10-23
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : Calling Homicide
30.

Calling Homicide

2.6
6.6/10 IMDB

Cop Andy Doyle investigates a car-bombing murder and the killing of a sleazy modeling agency owner. Are they connected?

Starring: Bill Elliott, Myron Healey, John Dennis, Kathleen Case, Don Haggerty, Thomas Browne Henry, James Best, Jeanne Cooper, Robert Bice, Lyle Talbot ..
Directed by: Edward Bernds
Release date: 1956-09-30
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : Nightmare
31.

Nightmare

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Clarinetist Stan has a nightmare about killing a man in a mirrored room. But when he wakes up and finds blood marks on himself and a key from the dream, he suspects that it may have truly happened.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Kevin McCarthy, Connie Russell, Virginia Christine, Rhys Williams, Gage Clarke, Marian Carr, Barry Atwater, Meade 'Lux' Lewis, Ralph Brooks ..
Directed by: Maxwell Shane
Release date: 1956-08-20
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : Terror at Midnight
32.

Terror at Midnight

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

A newly promoted police sergeant discovers his girlfriend my be involved with a gang of car thieves.

Starring: Scott Brady, Joan Vohs, Frank Faylen, John Dehner, Virginia Gregg, Ric Roman, John Gallaudet, Kem Dibbs, Percy Helton, Francis De Sales ..
Directed by: Franklin Adreon
Release date: 1956-04-27
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : Running Target
33.

Running Target

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

In the Colorado Rockies, Sheriff Scott, heads a posse that is after four escaped convicts, and thought it is his sworn duty to return the men dead or alive, he is, as always, reluctant to kill his fellow man. He is accompanied by Jaynes, a tavern owner, who takes much delight in his telescopic rifle, and by "Smitty," a gas station held up the escapees and more than ready to show she can be as tough as any man, although she seems to have some other motive for getting to the leader of the convicts, Kaygo.

Starring: Doris Dowling, Arthur Franz, Richard Reeves, Myron Healey, James Parnell, Charles Delaney, James Anderson, Gene Roth, Frank Richards ..
Directed by: Marvin R. Weinstein
Release date: 1956-11-01
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : Man in the Vault
34.

Man in the Vault

2.5
6.0/10 IMDB

A locksmith is pressured into crime when the mob makes him perform an elaborate bank robbery.

Starring: William Campbell, Karen Sharpe, Anita Ekberg, Berry Kroeger, Paul Fix, James Seay, Mike Mazurki, Robert Keys, Nancy Duke, Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ..
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1956-12-12
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : The Wild Party
35.

The Wild Party

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

An ex-football brute (Anthony Quinn) and his beatnik gang take a rich girl (Carol Ohmart) and her boyfriend hostage (Arthur Franz) at a jazz joint.

Starring: Anthony Quinn, Carol Ohmart, Arthur Franz, Jay Robinson, Kathryn Grant, Nehemiah Persoff, Paul Stewart, Nestor Paiva, Maureen Stephenson, Michael Ross ..
Directed by: Harry Horner
Release date: 1956-12-21
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : Rumble on the Docks
36.

Rumble on the Docks

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

A Brooklyn-born 17-year-old's loyalty is torn between his parents' old-fashion values and a local gangster's flashy lifestyle.

Starring: James Darren, Laurie Carroll, Michael Granger, Jerry Janger, Robert Blake, Edgar Barrier, Celia Lovsky, David Bond, Timothy Carey, Michael Mark ..
Directed by: Fred F. Sears
Release date: 1956-12-01
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : Bond of Fear
37.

Bond of Fear

2.5
6.0/10 IMDB

An escaped killer hides out by forcing a travelling family to take him with them.

Starring: Dermot Walsh, Jane Barrett, John Colicos, Jameson Clark, Marianne Stone, Marilyn Baker, Anthony Pavey, Alan MacNaughtan, John Horsley, Arnold Bell ..
Directed by: Henry Cass
Release date: 1956-04-01
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : The Houston Story
38.

The Houston Story

2.5
6.1/10 IMDB

A Texas oil driller schemes to steal millions of dollars in oil.

Starring: Gene Barry, Barbara Hale, Edward Arnold, Paul Richards, Jeanne Cooper, Frank Jenks, John Zaremba, Chris Alcaide, Jack Littlefield, Paul Levitt ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1956-02-01
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : Miami Exposé
39.

Miami Exposé

2.5
6.1/10 IMDB

A police detective baits killer gamblers with a mob witness (Patricia Medina) in the Everglades.

Starring: Lee J. Cobb, Patricia Medina, Edward Arnold, Michael Granger, Eleanore Tanin, Alan Napier, Harry Lauter, Chris Alcaide, Hugh Sanders, Douglas Kennedy ..
Directed by: Fred F. Sears
Release date: 1956-09-01
40.

Over-Exposed

2.5
6.1/10 IMDB

This titillating bit of pulp sensationalism was the last in a string of "B" films that Cleo Moore starred in at Columbia. Moore plays Lila Crane, an ambitious clip-joint floozie turned photographer with flexible morals and a penchant for fast money.

Starring: Cleo Moore, Richard Crenna, Isobel Elsom, Raymond Greenleaf, Constance Towers, James O'Rear, Donald Randolph, Dayton Lummis, Jack Albertson, Edna Holland ..
Directed by: Lewis Seiler
Release date: 1956-04-01
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : The Boss
41.

The Boss

2.5
6.3/10 IMDB

A crusading politician falls prey to the temptations of power.

Starring: John Payne, William Bishop, Gloria McGehee, Doe Avedon, Roy Roberts, Rhys Williams, Joe Flynn, Robin Morse, William Phipps, Gil Lamb ..
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Release date: 1956-10-10
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : The Man Is Armed
42.

The Man Is Armed

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

Crime drama in which a man unknowingly helps a gang pull off a big heist. The gang discovers that the man is more trouble than he is worth and as a result, things don't go as smoothly as planned.

Starring: Dane Clark, May Wynn, William Talman, Barton MacLane, Robert Horton, Fredd Wayne, Richard Benedict, Richard Reeves, Harry Lewis, Bobby Jordan ..
Directed by: Franklin Adreon
Release date: 1956-10-19
43.

Female Jungle

2.4
5.5/10 IMDB

Alcoholic detective investigating the murder of an actress starts getting worried when all fingers begin to point at him.

Starring: Burt Kaiser, Kathleen Crowley, John Carradine, Lawrence Tierney, Duane Grey, Jayne Mansfield, James Kodl, Davis Roberts, Bruce Carlisle, Connie Cezan ..
Directed by: Bruno VeSota
Release date: 1956-06-16
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : The Scarlet Hour
44.

The Scarlet Hour

2.4
6.9/10 IMDB

An unhappy wife uses her powers of manipulation to draw an infatuated man into an ill-fated jewelry heist.

Starring: Carol Ohmart, Tom Tryon, Jody Lawrance, James Gregory, Elaine Stritch, E.G. Marshall, Edward Binns, Scott Marlowe, Billy Gray, Jacques Aubuchon ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1956-04-01
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : The Steel Jungle
45.

The Steel Jungle

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

The tale of a young bookie, married to a beautiful woman who goes to jail, and becomes involved with hoodlums.

Starring: Perry Lopez, Beverly Garland, Walter Abel, Ted de Corsia, Kenneth Tobey, Allison Hayes, Gregory Walcott, Leo Gordon, Kay E. Kuter, Bob Steele ..
Directed by: Walter Doniger
Release date: 1956-03-10
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : Passport to Treason
46.

Passport to Treason

2.4
5.4/10 IMDB

After being consulted by a friend concerning a murder case, a private eye learns the friend has become the next victim. Passport to Treason was put together by Robert S. Baker and Monty Berman, the same team who’d later collaborate on the UK TV series The Saint. Rod Cameron stars as an American private eye, stationed in London. For the sake of a murdered friend, the detective takes over the dead man’s case, which turns out to have international ramifications. The villains are members of a phony pacifistic society, all of whom harbor plans for taking over the world.

Starring: Rod Cameron, Lois Maxwell, Clifford Evans, Peter Illing, Marianne Stone, Douglas Wilmer, John Colicos, Andrew Faulds ..
Directed by: Robert S. Baker
Release date: 1956-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : Wetbacks
47.

Wetbacks

2.4
5.1/10 IMDB

Former Coastguardsmen Jim Benson is about to lose his boat when a couple approaches him for a fishing charter. Jim departs just ahead of the Sherrif with drunken Shanks, and his companion Sally (Gates). Shanks takes off into a small Mexican village after a fight with Jim, stranding both Sally and him with no money. Two local men hear of Jim's plight, and offer him money to smuggle a batch of illegal aliens, called Wetbacks, into the U.S. He agrees but is blackmailed into continuing to run the smuggling operation. Afraid, Jim decides to make a run for it, but someone close to him reveals themselves as a US Immigration agent and asks him to assist them in shutting down the smugglers for good.

Starring: Lloyd Bridges, Nancy Gates, Barton MacLane, John Hoyt, Harold Peary, Nacho Galindo, Robert Keys, Salvador Baguez, Jose Gonzales-Gonzales, Louis Jean Heydt ..
Directed by: Hank McCune
Release date: 1956-05-04
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : Checkpoint
48.

Checkpoint

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

Stanley Baker's O'Donovan is sent to steal the plans of a rival company's racing car designs, to ensure his employers win the competition. However, when opening a safe containing the plans, he triggers an alarm leading to a gun battle where he kills a number of people. James Robertson Justice, alarmed by the scandal surrounding the killings, orders his agent be killed surreptitiously to hide his involvement with the plot. The film uses original footage from the Mille Miglia , an Italian open-road endurance race, featuring classic period racing cars.

Starring: Anthony Steel, Odile Versois, Stanley Baker, James Robertson Justice, Maurice Denham, Michael Medwin, Paul Müller, Lee Patterson, Anne Heywood, Anthony Oliver ..
Directed by: Ralph Thomas
Release date: 1956-12-25
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : Breakaway
49.

Breakaway

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

When Johnny Matlock whisks away a cold war secret from under the noses of Berlin's top secret agents, his every move is followed when he returns to England. His girlfriend Paula is kidnapped but her handbag is discovered at the scene of the crime by the aristocratic private eye, Duke Martin. Inside it he discovers the secret formula that the agents are searching for and tracks down her sister Paula. As Johnny grows frantic for the safe return of his girlfriend, Duke Martin plays a deadly game of double bluff with the enemy agents.

Starring: Tom Conway, Michael Balfour, Honor Blackman, Brian Worth, Bruce Seton, Freddie Mills, Alexander Gauge, John Horsley, Paddy Webster, John Colicos ..
Directed by: Henry Cass
Release date: 1956-07-16
Best Crime Movies of 1956 : The Narrowing Circle
50.

The Narrowing Circle

2.3
5.2/10 IMDB

A journalist is framed for the murder of a rival and has to prove his innocence, whatever the cost.

Starring: Paul Carpenter, Hazel Court, Russell Napier, Ferdy Mayne, June Ashley, Paula Byrne, Trevor Reid, Basil Dignam, Ronnie Stevens, Alan Robinson ..
Directed by: Charles Saunders
Release date: 1956-02-29

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