Best Crime Movies of 1956

1.

The Killing

5.6
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

5.5
7.5/10 IMDB

A widescreen, Technicolor remake by Hitchcock of his 1934 film of the same title. 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

True story of an innocent man mistaken for a criminal.

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

5.3
7.5/10 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
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5.

Ransom!

3.7
7.0/10 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
6.

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

3.7
7.0/10 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
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 ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1956-11-09
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8.

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
9.

A Kiss Before Dying

3.6
6.7/10 IMDB

Bud Corliss (Wagner) is an ambitious student who is wooing Dorothy Kingship (Woodward) purely for her father's mining fortune. When he discovers that Dorothy is pregnant with his child, he realizes she is quite likely to be disinherited by her wealthy family. He assures Dorothy that he'll take care of her, yet he hesitates when Dorothy insists on marrying. Bud then murders Dorothy and stages it in a way that it appears to be a suicide. He then reaches out to her sister Ellen (Leith) with the hopes of marrying her in order to ingratiate himself with her father. After a couple of months Ellen finds evidence to question the suicide verdict, and then discovers Bud knew Dorothy. Ellen struggles to avenge her sister and save her own life.

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: 1956-06-12
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10.

Crime of Passion

3.4
6.5/10 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

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