Best Crime Movies of 1959
Anatomy of a Murder
Semi-retired Michigan lawyer Paul Biegler takes the case of Army Lt. Manion, who murdered a local innkeeper after his wife claimed that he raped her. Over the course of an extensive trial, Biegler parries with District Attorney Lodwick and out-of-town prosecutor Claude Dancer to set his client free, but his case rests on the victim's mysterious business partner, who's hiding a dark secret.
Two close friends, arrogantly and without remorse, kidnap and murder a young boy. They are caught and put to trial where their larger-than-life defense lawyer blames the Establishment for their actions.
Odds Against Tomorrow
An old-time crook plans a heist. When one of his two partners is found out to be a black man tensions flare.
Murder by Contract
Claude is a ruthless and efficient contract killer. His next target, a woman, is the most difficult.
The Crimson Kimono
A Los Angeles detective and his Japanese partner woo an artist while solving a stripper's murder.
An Englishman in France unwittingly is placed into the identity, and steps into the vacated life, of a look-alike French nobleman.
In this unusually accurate biography, small-time hood Al Capone comes to Chicago at the dawn of Prohibition to be the bodyguard of racketeer Johnny Torrio. Capone's rise in Chicago gangdom is followed through murder, extortion, and political fraud. He becomes head of Chicago's biggest "business," but moves inexorably toward his downfall and ignominious end.
The 39 Steps
Remake of the original Alfred Hitchcock movie with a more light-hearted tone and Kenneth More as the lead character.
Life in Danger
Panic and fear overtake a small British farming community after a homicidal child-killer escapes from a local mental hospital.
The rise and fall of gang lord Joe Sante. A crime boss (Steve Cochran) appears before a Senate subcommittee; flashbacks tell his story.