Best Crime Movies of 1959

1.

Some Like It Hot

6.7
8.2/10 IMDB

Two musicians witness a mob hit and struggle to find a way out of the city before they are found by the gangsters. Their only opportunity is to join an all-girl band as they leave on a tour. To make their getaway they must first disguise themselves as women, then keep their identities secret and deal with the problems this brings - such as an attractive bandmate and a very determined suitor.

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Pat O’Brien, Joe E. Brown, Nehemiah Persoff, Joan Shawlee, Billy Gray, George E. Stone ..
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1959-03-19
2.

Anatomy of a Murder

5.7
8.0/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell, Eve Arden, Kathryn Grant, George C. Scott, Orson Bean, Russ Brown, Murray Hamilton ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1959-07-01
3.

House on Haunted Hill

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Frederick Loren has invited five strangers to a party of a lifetime. He is offering each of them $10,000 if they can stay the night in a house. But the house is no ordinary house. This house has a reputation for murder. Frederick offers them each a gun for protection. They all arrived in a hearse and will either leave in it $10,000 richer or leave in it dead!

Starring: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long, Alan Marshal, Carolyn Craig, Elisha Cook Jr., Julie Mitchum, Leona Anderson, Howard Hoffman ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1959-02-17
4.

Compulsion

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Orson Welles, Diane Varsi, Dean Stockwell, Bradford Dillman, E.G. Marshall, Martin Milner, Richard Anderson, Robert F. Simon, Robert Burton, Wilton Graff ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1959-04-01
5.

Odds Against Tomorrow

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

An old-time crook plans a heist. When one of his two partners is found out to be a black man tensions flare.

Starring: Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan, Shelley Winters, Ed Begley, Gloria Grahame, Will Kuluva, Kim Hamilton, Mae Barnes, Richard Bright, Carmen De Lavallade ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1959-10-15
6.

The Crimson Kimono

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A Los Angeles detective and his Japanese partner woo an artist while solving a stripper's murder.

Starring: Victoria Shaw, Glenn Corbett, James Shigeta, Anna Lee, Paul Dubov, Jaclynne Greene, Neyle Morrow, Gloria Pall, Pat Silver, George Yoshinaga ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1959-10-21
Best Crime Movies of 1959 : The 39 Steps
7.

The 39 Steps

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Remake of the original Alfred Hitchcock movie with a more light-hearted tone and Kenneth More as the lead character.

Starring: Kenneth More, Taina Elg, James Hayter, Barry Jones, Barbara Steele, Brenda De Banzie, Faith Brook, Joan Hickson, Sid James, Leslie Dwyer ..
Directed by: Ralph Thomas
Release date: 1959-03-13
Best Crime Movies of 1959 : The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery
8.

The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

Career criminals (David Clarke, Graham Denton) and a local youth (Steve McQueen) carefully plan and rehearse the robbery of a Missouri bank.

Starring: Steve McQueen, David Clarke, Crahan Denton, James Dukas, Molly McCarthy, Martha Gable, Larry Gerst ..
Directed by: Charles Guggenheim, John Stix
Release date: 1959-09-10
9.

Life in Danger

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

Panic and fear overtake a small British farming community after a homicidal child-killer escapes from a local mental hospital.

Starring: Derren Nesbitt, Julie Hopkins, Howard Marion-Crawford, Victor Brooks, Jack Allen, Christopher Witty, Carmel McSharry, Mary Manson, Bruce Seton, Celia Hewitt ..
Directed by: Terry Bishop
Release date: 1959-01-30
Best Crime Movies of 1959 : I, Mobster
10.

I, Mobster

3.0
6.2/10 IMDB

The rise and fall of gang lord Joe Sante. A crime boss (Steve Cochran) appears before a Senate subcommittee; flashbacks tell his story.

Starring: Steve Cochran, Lita Milan, Robert Strauss, Celia Lovsky, Lili St. Cyr, John Brinkley, Grant Withers, Yvette Vickers, Frank Gerstle, Robert Shayne ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1959-01-01

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