Best Crime Movies of 1958

1.

Touch of Evil

5.7
8.0/10 IMDB

When a car bomb explodes on the American side of the U.S./Mexico border, Mexican drug enforcement agent Miguel Vargas begins his investigation, along with American police captain Hank Quinlan. When Vargas begins to suspect that Quinlan and his shady partner, Menzies, are planting evidence to frame an innocent man, his investigations into their possible corruption quickly put himself and his new bride, Susie, in jeopardy.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff, Joanna Moore, Ray Collins, Dennis Weaver, Valentin de Vargas, Mort Mills ..
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1958-03-30
2.

The Defiant Ones

4.6
7.6/10 IMDB

Two convicts—a white racist and an angry black man—escape while chained to each other.

Starring: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Charles McGraw, Cara Williams, Lon Chaney Jr., King Donovan, Claude Akins, Lawrence Dobkin, Whit Bissell ..
Directed by: Stanley Kramer
Release date: 1958-08-14
3.

I Want to Live!

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Barbara Graham is a woman with dubious moral standards, often a guest in seedy bars. She has been sentenced for some petty crimes. Two men she knows murder an older woman. When they get caught they start to think that Barbara has helped the police arresting them. As a revenge they tell the police that Barbara is the murderer.

Starring: Susan Hayward, Simon Oakland, Virginia Vincent, Theodore Bikel, Wesley Lau, Philip Coolidge, Bartlett Robinson, Gage Clarke, Joe De Santis, John Marley ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1958-11-18
4.

The Lineup

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

An international drug-smuggling racket plants heroin on unsuspecting American tourists traveling in Asia, so that the dope traffic can pass through customs undetected. Two psychopathic killers (Eli Wallach and Robert Keith) and their driver Richard Jaeckel then collect the contraband.

Starring: Eli Wallach, Robert Keith, Richard Jaeckel, Mary LaRoche, William Leslie, Emile Meyer, Marshall Reed, Raymond Bailey, Vaughn Taylor, Cheryl Callaway ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1958-06-11
5.

Party Girl

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Slick lawyer Thomas Farrell has made a career of defending mobsters in trials. It's not until he meets a lovely showgirl at a mob party that he realizes that there's more to life then winning trials. Farrell tries to quit the racket, but mob boss Rico Angelo threatens to hurt the showgirl if Farrell leaves him.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Cyd Charisse, Lee J. Cobb, John Ireland, Kent Smith, Claire Kelly, Corey Allen, Lewis Charles, David Opatoshu, Kem Dibbs ..
Directed by: Nicholas Ray
Release date: 1958-10-28
Best Crime Movies of 1958 : Cool and Lam
6.

Cool and Lam

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Light-hearted pilot for a proposed CBS detective series featuring character created by Erle Stanley Gardner (under the pseudonym of A.A. Fair). Penny-pinching, rotund Bertha Cool runs a detective agency while her dimunitive junior partner Donald Lam provides the legs and padded expense account. In the pilot, Lam's investigation of infidelity leads to murder.

Starring: Billy Pearson, Benay Venuta, Maurice Manson, Margaret Field, Judith Bess Jones, Sheila Bromley, Don Megowan, Movita, Allison Hayes, John Mitchum ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1958-01-01
7.

Grip of the Strangler

3.4
6.3/10 IMDB

A researcher investigating a notorious serial killer who was hanged 20 years earlier seemingly becomes possessed by the long dead strangler.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Jean Kent, Elizabeth Allan, Anthony Dawson, Vera Day, Tim Turner, Diane Aubrey, Max Brimmell, Leslie Perrins, Jessica Cairns ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1958-05-11
Best Crime Movies of 1958 : Corridors of Blood
8.

Corridors of Blood

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

An 1840s British surgeon, experiments with anesthetic gases in an effort to make surgery pain-free. While doing so, his demonstration before a panel of his peers ends in a horrific mishap with his patient awakening under the knife; he is forced to leave his position in disgrace. To complicate matters, he becomes addicted to the gases and gets involved with a gang of criminals, led by Black Ben and his henchman Resurrection Joe.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Betta St. John, Christopher Lee, Finlay Currie, Adrienne Corri, Francis de Wolff, Francis Matthews, Frank Pettingell, Basil Dignam, Nigel Green ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1958-12-01
9.

Machine-Gun Kelly

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

George Kelly is angry at the world and scared to death of dying. A career bank robber, Kelly gets his confidence from his Thompson SMG and his girl Flo. After a botched robbery, Flo, Kelly and his gang try their hand at a more lucrative job: kidnapping.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Susan Cabot, Morey Amsterdam, Richard Devon, Jack Lambert, Frank De Kova, Connie Gilchrist, Wally Campo, Barboura Morris, Lori Martin ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1958-05-01
10.

Nowhere to Go

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

A professional thief is sprung from prison with the assistance of a new partner who what's to know where he's hid his loot.

Starring: George Nader, Maggie Smith, Bernard Lee, Geoffrey Keen, Bessie Love, Harry H. Corbett, Andree Melly ..
Directed by: Seth Holt
Release date: 1958-12-02

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