50s Movies The Best '50s Heist Movies  

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List Rules Vote up the best heist movies that were released in the '50s.

These are the best ‘50s heist movies. Fans of the genre know that Stanley Kubrick wrote and directed The Killing which has to be considered one of the best fifties movies about a robbery. You’ll find that these ‘50s heist movies are sophisticated in their storytelling and cinematic techniques. These fifties heist films are for you if you want to root for the thieves but also be warned that not all of the heist films from the fifties show that crime pays. Even so, they are certainly fun to watch. With famous actors such as Steve McQueen in The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery and Alex Guinness in the original The Ladykillers, ‘50s heist movies set the blueprint for some of the most memorable modern heist movies and franchises.

Other great heist movies from the fifties include the comical caper films Big Deal on Madonna Street and The Lavender Hill Mob.

Now it’s time to determine the greatest 1950s heist movies. Vote up the good ‘50s heist movies to make sure that the right film makes its way to the top of the list. Don’t see your favorite 1950s heist movie? Feel free to add it to the list.

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The Great St. Louis Bank Robbe... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
Steve McQueen, Bob Holt, David Clarke
The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery is a 1959 heist film shot in black and white. The film stars Steve McQueen as a college dropout hired to be the getaway driver in a bank robbery. The film is ...more
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The Asphalt Jungle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
Marilyn Monroe, Jack Warden, James Whitmore
The Asphalt Jungle is a 1950 film noir directed by John Huston. The caper film is based on the 1949 novel of the same name by W. R. Burnett and stars an ensemble cast including Sterling Hayden, ...more
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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards
This film is a 1956 film noir produced by James B. Harris and directed by Stanley Kubrick. It was written by Kubrick and Jim Thompson and based on the novel Clean Break by Lionel White. The ...more
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The Ladykillers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness, Frankie Howerd
The Ladykillers is a 1955 British black comedy film made by Ealing Studios. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick, it stars Katie Johnson, Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, ...more
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The Adventures of Arsène Lupin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
The Adventures of Arsène Lupin Sandra Milo, Paul Muller, Daniel Ceccaldi
The Adventures of Arsène Lupin is a 1957 French crime film directed by Jacques Becker. It was entered into the 7th Berlin International Film Festival. It was followed by Signé
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Roadblock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
Charles McGraw, Joan Dixon
Roadblock is a 1951 American film noir starring Charles McGraw and Joan Dixon. The 73-minute crime thriller was shot on location in Los Angeles, California. The film was directed by Harold ...more
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Odds Against Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
Shelley Winters, Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan
Odds Against Tomorrow is a 1959 film noir produced and directed by Robert Wise for HarBel Productions, a company founded by the film's star, Harry Belafonte. Belafonte selected Abraham Polonsky ...more
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Kansas City Confidential is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam, Coleen Gray
Kansas City Confidential is a 1952 film noir crime film directed by Phil Karlson and starring John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand, Lee Van Cleef and Jack Elam. The film was ...more
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Rififi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
Jules Dassin, Robert Hossein, Carl Möhner
Rififi is a 1955 French crime film adaptation of Auguste Le Breton's novel of the same name. Directed by American filmmaker Jules Dassin, the film stars Jean Servais as the aging gangster Tony ...more
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5 Against the House is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
5 Against the House Kim Novak, Brian Keith, William Conrad
5 Against the House is a 1955 American heist film noir based on a story by Jack Finney, starring Guy Madison, Brian Keith, and Kim Novak, in one of her first film appearances. It was directed by ...more
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Violent Saturday is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
Lee Marvin, Sylvia Sidney, Victor Mature
Violent Saturday is a 1955 American crime drama directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Victor Mature, Lee Marvin, Richard Egan and Stephen McNally. The film, set in a mining town, depicts ...more
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The Rebel Set is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
The Rebel Set Edward Platt, John Lupton, I. Stanford Jolley
The Rebel Set is a 1959 American film directed by Gene Fowler Jr.. It was later featured and riffed on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
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Plunder Road is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
Plunder Road Jeanne Cooper, Gene Raymond, Elisha Cook
Plunder Road is a 1957 American crime film noir directed by Hubert Cornfield, starring Gene Raymond, Jeanne Cooper and Wayne Morris.
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Six Bridges to Cross is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
Tony Curtis, Sal Mineo
Six Bridges to Cross or 6 Bridges to Cross is a 1955 American crime caper film directed by Joseph Pevney of Universal-International. The film starred Tony Curtis, George Nader, Julie Adams, Jay ...more
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Four Ways Out is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
Four Ways Out Gina Lollobrigida, Paul Muller, Fausto Tozzi
Four Ways Out is a 1951 Italian crime film directed by Pietro Germi. In 1951, the film won the award for Best Italian Film at the Venice International Film Festival.
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Le Cap de l'espérance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
The Cape of Hope
Le Cap de l'espérance is a 1951 Italian film.
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The Facts of Murder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
Claudia Cardinale, Pietro Germi, Claudio Gora
Un maledetto imbroglio also known as The Facts of Murder is a 1959 Italian crime film mystery directed by and starring Pietro Germi with Claudia Cardinale. The film is based on the novel by ...more
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The Lavender Hill Mob is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
Audrey Hepburn, Alec Guinness, Robert Shaw
The Lavender Hill Mob is a 1951 comedy film from Ealing Studios, written by T.E.B. Clarke, directed by Charles Crichton, starring Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway and featuring Sid James and ...more
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Armored Car Robbery is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
Douglas Fowley, Adele Jergens, Charles McGraw
Armored Car Robbery is a 1950 American film noir directed by Richard Fleischer, and starring Charles McGraw. The movie was filmed on location in Los Angeles, California. Armored Car Robbery is a ...more
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Bob le flambeur is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
Jean-Pierre Melville, Howard Vernon, Gérard Buhr
Bob le flambeur is a 1956 French gangster film directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. The film stars Roger Duchesne as Bob. It is often considered a film noir and precursor to the French New Wave ...more
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Big Deal on Madonna Street is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
Claudia Cardinale, Marcello Mastroianni, Vittorio Gassman
Big Deal on Madonna Street is a 1958 Italian criminal-comedy film, directed by Mario Monicelli, and considered to be among the masterpieces of Italian cinema. Its original title translates as ...more
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Audace colpo dei soliti ignoti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
Claudia Cardinale, Vittorio Gassman, Renato Salvatori
Audace colpo dei soliti ignoti is a 1959 Italian comedy crime film directed by Nanni Loy. The film stars Vittorio Gassman, Renato Salvatori and Claudia Cardinale. It is the sequel to Mario ...more
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Rififi and the Women is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '50s Heist Movies
Du rififi chez les femmes Robert Hossein, Silvia Monfort, Daniel Emilfork
Du rififi chez les femmes is a French-Italian film directed by Alex Joffé and released in 1959.