Fifties Gangster Films

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1. Black Hand (1950)

Passed | 92 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Now grown-up, Johnny Columbo returns to New York from Italy having sworn a vendetta against the Black Hand who killed his father years earlier. Becoming romantically involved with a girl ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Gene Kelly, J. Carrol Naish, Teresa Celli, Marc Lawrence

Votes: 669

2. Appointment with Danger (1950)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When ruthlessly dedicated postal inspector investigates the murder of a co-worker, he finds that the sole witness, a nun, has been targeted by the killers.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, Paul Stewart, Jan Sterling

Votes: 945

3. The Blue Lamp (1950)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The daily routine of two London Policemen is interrupted by a killer.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Jack Warner, Dirk Bogarde, Jimmy Hanley, Robert Flemyng

Votes: 1,432

4. Golden Salamander (1950)

Not Rated | 96 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A man is torn between tackling a sinister crime syndicate or turning a blind eye to the suffering it creates.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Trevor Howard, Anouk Aimée, Herbert Lom, Walter Rilla

Votes: 464

5. Gun Crazy (1950)

Passed | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

74 Metascore

A well meaning crack shot husband is pressured by his beautiful marksman wife to go on an interstate robbery spree, where he finds out just how depraved and deadly she really is.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: John Dall, Peggy Cummins, Berry Kroeger, Morris Carnovsky

Votes: 10,412

6. 711 Ocean Drive (1950)

Approved | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An electronics expert creates a huge bookie broadcast system for his crime boss, and takes over operations when his boss is murdered. His greed leads him on a deadly destructive path.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Joanne Dru, Otto Kruger, Barry Kelley

Votes: 1,016

7. Southside 1-1000 (1950)

Passed | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The US secret service goes after a counterfeit ring, whose engraver Eugene Deane has covertly constructed his plates while serving a life sentence in San Quentin. In order to infiltrate the... See full summary »

Director: Boris Ingster | Stars: Don DeFore, Andrea King, George Tobias, Barry Kelley

Votes: 137

8. Woman on the Run (1950)

Not Rated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Frank Johnson flees police after becoming an eyewitness to murder. He is pursued around scenic San Francisco by his wife, a reporter, the police, and - the murderer.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Ann Sheridan, Dennis O'Keefe, Robert Keith, John Qualen

Votes: 2,466

9. The Enforcer (1951)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

A crusading district attorney finally gets a chance to prosecute the organizer and boss of Murder Inc.

Directors: Bretaigne Windust, Raoul Walsh | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Zero Mostel, Ted de Corsia, Everett Sloane

Votes: 3,937

10. Armored Car Robbery (1950)

Passed | 67 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A well-planned robbery goes awry, with tough cop Cordell in pursuit.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Charles McGraw, Adele Jergens, William Talman, Douglas Fowley

Votes: 2,125

11. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Passed | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore

Votes: 22,216

12. Between Midnight and Dawn (1950)

Passed | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Prowl car cops on night duty romance a reluctant young lady while in danger from a vengeful racketeer.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Mark Stevens, Edmond O'Brien, Gale Storm, Donald Buka

Votes: 390

13. Blackout (1950)

Not Rated | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A man suffering from temporary blindness accidentally walks into a house where a murder has just occurred. The killers, realizing he's blind, decide not to kill him but just knock him out ... See full summary »

Director: Robert S. Baker | Stars: Maxwell Reed, Dinah Sheridan, Patric Doonan, Kynaston Reeves

Votes: 183

14. Borderline (1950)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Two undercover agents infiltrate a drug-smuggling ring in Mexico, but neither is aware of the other's identity.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Claire Trevor, Raymond Burr, José Torvay

Votes: 1,008

15. Outlaw Girl (1950)

94 min | Drama

Beppe Musolino is falsely accused of murder. He is tried and once found guilty is imprisoned. Unexpectedly he escape from prison and to survive he start living like an outlaw brigand. He ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Camerini | Stars: Amedeo Nazzari, Silvana Mangano, Umberto Spadaro, Ignazio Balsamo

Votes: 42

16. Customs Agent (1950)

Passed | 71 min | Crime, Drama

U. S. Customs is trying to stop the illegal export of a miracle drug to China. A Customs agent in Shanghai inadvertently gets his partner killed and is fired. The now ex-agent goes on a ... See full summary »

Director: Seymour Friedman | Stars: William Eythe, Marjorie Reynolds, Griff Barnett, Howard St. John

Votes: 23

17. The Damned Don't Cry (1950)

Approved | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A New York socialite climbs the ladder of success man by man until a life among rich gangsters gives her what she thought she always wanted.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Joan Crawford, David Brian, Steve Cochran, Kent Smith

Votes: 2,137 | Gross: $1.54M

18. Dark City (1950)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Gamblers who "took" an out-of-town sucker in a crooked poker game feel shadowy vengeance closing in on them.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott, Viveca Lindfors, Dean Jagger

Votes: 1,669

19. Deported (1950)

Approved | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An American gangster sent back to his home country falls in love with a widowed countess.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Märta Torén, Jeff Chandler, Claude Dauphin, Marina Berti

Votes: 93

20. Destination Big House (1950)

Approved | 60 min | Crime, Drama

School teacher Janet Brooks innocently involves herself in a scandal while spending the week-end alone in the mountain cabin of her fiancée, Dr. Walter Phillips. She gives first aid to a ... See full summary »

Director: George Blair | Stars: Dorothy Patrick, Robert Rockwell, Jimmy Lydon, Robert Armstrong

Votes: 16

21. Federal Agent at Large (1950)

Approved | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A crime ring is smuggling gold from Mexico across the border in the US. The Customs Service sends an agent to Mexico to try to infiltrate the ring and stop the smuggling.

Director: George Blair | Stars: Dorothy Patrick, Robert Rockwell, Kent Taylor, Estelita Rodriguez

Votes: 32

22. Harbor of Missing Men (1950)

Passed | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A fishing-boat owner, Jim "Brooklyn" Gannon, cuts a deal with a gangster syndicate to deliver a load of contraband firearms. The money for the transaction is stolen, and Gannon is trying to... See full summary »

Director: R.G. Springsteen | Stars: Richard Denning, Barbra Fuller, Steven Geray, Aline Towne

Votes: 23

23. The Vicious Years (1950)

Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama

Mario, an Italian war orphan, sees Luca Rossi commit a murder. Eager for a home and family life, Mario promises not to tell the police if Luca takes him into his household and family. Luca ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Tommy Cook, Sybil Merritt, Eduard Franz, Gar Moore

Votes: 14

24. Johnny One-Eye (1950)

Approved | 78 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Martin is a wounded gangster comforted by a visits from a little girl and her tiny dog with one bad eye. As he hides out, he makes plans to find his abusive, double crossing, partner.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Wayne Morris, Dolores Moran, Gayle Reed

Votes: 84

25. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)

Approved | 102 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Starting with a violent prison break, clever, ruthless Ralph Cotter corrupts everyone around him.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: James Cagney, Barbara Payton, Helena Carter, Ward Bond

Votes: 1,606

26. Love That Brute (1950)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy, Crime

A Chicago mobster falls in-love with a high-morals young governess but he must keep up the appearances of being a honest businessman and a dedicated single-dad if he hopes to woo her.

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Paul Douglas, Jean Peters, Cesar Romero, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 102

27. The Basketball Fix (1951)

Passed | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A college basketball star collaborrates with organized crime and becomes involved in 'point shaving.' A sportswriter tries to get him back on the right track.

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: John Ireland, Marshall Thompson, Vanessa Brown, William Bishop

Votes: 126

28. Night and the City (1950)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter.

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers, Hugh Marlowe

Votes: 10,900 | Gross: $3.60M

29. One Way Street (1950)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After stealing a gangster's money and his girlfriend, a doctor heads for a small village in Mexico.

Director: Hugo Fregonese | Stars: James Mason, Märta Torén, Dan Duryea, Basil Ruysdael

Votes: 337

30. Side Street (1950)

Passed | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A struggling young father-to-be gives in to temptation and impulsively steals money from the office of a shady lawyer - with catastrophic consequences.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Farley Granger, Cathy O'Donnell, James Craig, Paul Kelly

Votes: 2,303

31. Attention! Bandits! (1951)

90 min | Drama, War

About a group of Italian resistance fighters from Genoa and led by Commander Vento. They must seize a shipment of weapons destined for the German occupation.

Director: Carlo Lizzani | Stars: Gina Lollobrigida, Andrea Checchi, Vittorio Duse, Lamberto Maggiorani

Votes: 198

32. Behave Yourself! (1951)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy, Crime

When a cute Welsh terrier follows Bill Denny home, little does he know that all gangland has its eye on that dog. Who will be bumbling Bill's undoing - the gangsters, the cops, or his suspicious mother-in-law?

Director: George Beck | Stars: Farley Granger, Shelley Winters, William Demarest, Francis L. Sullivan

Votes: 524

33. Calling Bulldog Drummond (1951)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Mystery

With a ruthless gang terrorizing London, Scotland Yard calls Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond out of retirement. With the help of detective Helen Smith, Drummond infiltrates the gang under an ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Saville | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Margaret Leighton, Robert Beatty, David Tomlinson

Votes: 301

34. Cry Danger (1951)

Passed | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Ex-con Rocky Mulloy seeks the real culprit in the crime for which he was framed in a night world of deceptive dames and double crosses.

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Dick Powell, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Erdman, William Conrad

Votes: 1,964

35. F.B.I. Girl (1951)

Approved | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A governor planning to run for U.S. Senate has a secret past that could prove damaging to his political aspirations: he's a convicted murderer, and that will come to light if the FBI does ... See full summary »

Director: William Berke | Stars: Cesar Romero, George Brent, Audrey Totter, Tom Drake

Votes: 143

36. The Frightened Man (1952)

Not Rated | 69 min | Crime, Drama

The hidden life of a second-hand dealer inadvertently ensnares his son. Julius Rosselli (Dermot Walsh), whose expulsion from Oxford and subsequent participation with jewel thieves breaks ... See full summary »

Director: John Gilling | Stars: Dermot Walsh, Barbara Murray, Charles Victor, John Blythe

Votes: 102

37. He Ran All the Way (1951)

Approved | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Nick and his partner Al stage a payroll holdup. Al is shot and Nick kills a policeman. Nick hides out at a public pool, where he meets Peg Dobbs. They go back to her apartment and he forces her family to hide him from the police manhunt.

Director: John Berry | Stars: John Garfield, Shelley Winters, Wallace Ford, Selena Royle

Votes: 1,687

38. Highway 301 (1950)

Passed | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Led by a psychotic killer, a vicious gang of armed robbers terrorizes Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina, robbing banks and payrolls and murdering anyone who might identify them

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Steve Cochran, Virginia Grey, Gaby André, Edmon Ryan

Votes: 426

39. His Kind of Woman (1951)

Approved | 120 min | Action, Crime, Film-Noir

A deported gangster's plan to re-enter the USA involves skulduggery at a Mexican resort, and gambler Dan Milner is caught in the middle.

Directors: John Farrow, Richard Fleischer | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Vincent Price, Tim Holt

Votes: 3,605

40. The Hoodlum (1951)

PG | 61 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Paroled sociopath career criminal Vincent Lubeck betrays his family's trust when he masterminds a complex armored car robbery.

Director: Max Nosseck | Stars: Lawrence Tierney, Allene Roberts, Marjorie Riordan, Lisa Golm

Votes: 744

41. I Was a Communist for the F.B.I. (1951)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

In Pittsburgh, PA, an F.B.I. agent works to undermine the Communist party, but his brothers and his teenage boy thinks he's a real Red.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Dorothy Hart, Philip Carey, James Millican

Votes: 623

42. Insurance Investigator (1951)

Approved | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When a businessman who has had a double indemnity policy taken out on him dies mysteriously, his insurance company sends an undercover investigator to town to determine exactly what happened.

Director: George Blair | Stars: Richard Denning, Audrey Long, John Eldredge, Hillary Brooke

Votes: 45

43. The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

A New York City swindler has until Christmas to come up with the $10,000 he owes a gangster, prompting him to go into scamming overdrive.

Directors: Sidney Lanfield, Frank Tashlin | Stars: Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan, Jane Darwell

Votes: 1,537

44. Lucky Nick Cain (1951)

87 min | Crime, Drama

American gambler Nick Cain arrives at the Mediterranean town of San Paola, and befriends an orphan Italian shoe-shine boy named Toni. He is puzzled by the reception and welcome he receives ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: George Raft, Coleen Gray, Enzo Staiola, Charles Goldner

Votes: 106

45. M (1951)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

In this Americanization of the 1931 German thriller, both the police and the criminal underworld stalk a mysterious killer who preys on small children.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: David Wayne, Howard Da Silva, Martin Gabel, Luther Adler

Votes: 1,507

46. Million Dollar Pursuit (1951)

Passed | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Monte Norris (Norman Budd), a small-time crook with a neurotic drive to rise to the heights of the law-breaking underworld, is flat broke and in disrepute with gangdom's big mobs. He finds ... See full summary »

Director: R.G. Springsteen | Stars: Penny Edwards, Grant Withers, Norman Budd, Michael St. Angel

Votes: 30

47. Missing Women (1951)

Approved | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After newlywed Claudia Rankin's husband is murdered, she sets out to avenge his killing by posing as a criminal and successfully infiltrating the gang of car thieves responsible for his death. However, this puts her own life in peril.

Director: Philip Ford | Stars: Penny Edwards, James Millican, John Gallaudet, John Alvin

Votes: 68

48. The Mob (1951)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir