Hands Off the Loot! (1950's Heist films)

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1. 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: 22,237

2. The Killing (1956)

Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Crook Johnny Clay assembles a five man team to plan and execute a daring race-track robbery.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen

Votes: 75,437

3. Rififi (1955)

Not Rated | 118 min | Crime, Thriller

97 Metascore

Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes...

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel, Janine Darcey

Votes: 23,564 | Gross: $0.06M

4. Bob le Flambeur (1956)

PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

After losing big, an aging gambler decides to assemble a team to rob a casino.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Roger Duchesne, Isabelle Corey, Daniel Cauchy, Guy Decomble

Votes: 9,671 | Gross: $0.02M

5. 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: 2,129

6. Fiasco in Milan (1959)

105 min | Comedy, Crime

The usual gang of robbers in engaged by a thief from Milan to steal a suitcase full of money, but troubles will menace the success of the operation.

Director: Nanni Loy | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Renato Salvatori, Claudia Cardinale, Vicky Ludovici

Votes: 768

7. Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama

85 Metascore

An aging, world-weary gangster is double-crossed and forced out of retirement when his best friend is kidnapped and their stash of eight stolen gold bars demanded as ransom.

Director: Jacques Becker | Stars: Jean Gabin, René Dary, Dora Doll, Vittorio Sanipoli

Votes: 6,028 | Gross: $0.13M

8. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Crime

A meek bank clerk who oversees the shipment of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbor to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country as miniature Eiffel Towers.

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James, Alfie Bass

Votes: 11,703

9. Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime

A motley quintet of inept small-time thieves attempt the burglary of a local pawnshop in this Italian farce.

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Renato Salvatori, Totò

Votes: 8,366

10. The Ladykillers (1955)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime

91 Metascore

Five oddball criminals planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom

Votes: 24,578

11. Radio Cab Murder (1954)

70 min | Crime, Drama

Fred Martin, a taxi driver who is a reformed convict, is used by the police to go undercover in order to help catch a gang of safe robbers. However things start to go wrong when the police ... See full summary »

Director: Vernon Sewell | Stars: Jimmy Hanley, Lana Morris, Sonia Holm, Jack Allen

Votes: 140

12. The Burglar (1957)

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

Dan Duryea and his cronies rob a fake spiritualist and then take it on the lam to Atlantic City.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Dan Duryea, Jayne Mansfield, Martha Vickers, Peter Capell

Votes: 1,059

13. The League of Gentlemen (1960)

Unrated | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

A disgruntled veteran recruits a group of disgraced colleagues to perform a bank robbery with military precision.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Nigel Patrick, Roger Livesey, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 3,394

14. Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand

Votes: 5,326

15. Plunder Road (1957)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Five men rob a train in Utah of 10 million dollars in gold and head to Los Angeles in 3 trucks hoping to meet up with their beautiful accomplice, and leave the country.

Director: Hubert Cornfield | Stars: Gene Raymond, Jeanne Cooper, Wayne Morris, Elisha Cook Jr.

Votes: 859

16. 5 Against the House (1955)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Four vets attending college on the GI Bill and a cabaret singer try to rob a Reno Casino and pull off the perfect crime.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Guy Madison, Kim Novak, Brian Keith, Alvy Moore

Votes: 994

17. Operation Amsterdam (1959)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, History, War

When Germany invades Holland in 1940, a British intelligence officer and two Dutch diamond merchants go to Amsterdam to persuade the Dutch diamond merchants to evacuate their diamond supplies to England.

Director: Michael McCarthy | Stars: Peter Finch, Eva Bartok, Tony Britton, Alexander Knox

Votes: 590

18. The Sound of Fury (1950)

Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A man who is down on his luck falls in with a criminal.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Kathleen Ryan, Richard Carlson, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 953

19. Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Episode: The Case of the Pint-Sized Client (1958)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Nicky Renzi, a fourteen-year-old, finds the loot from a robbery and consults Perry about the legality of keeping it. His grandfather, Gramp Renzi, is adamant about reporting it to the police, but then charged with grand theft and murder.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman

Votes: 175

20. Hell Bound (1957)

Approved | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After WW2, a Los Angeles crime ring uses a complex scheme, involving freight ships and corrupt health officers, to smuggle drugs into the USA.

Director: William J. Hole Jr. | Stars: John Russell, June Blair, Stuart Whitman, Margo Woode

Votes: 180

21. The Badlanders (1958)

Approved | 85 min | Romance, Western

Released from the Yuma Prison in 1898, ex-killer John McBain wants to go straight while ex-robber Peter Van Hoek seeks revenge but their destinies eventually converge in the mining town of Prescott.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Alan Ladd, Ernest Borgnine, Katy Jurado, Claire Kelly

Votes: 1,090

22. White Heat (1949)

Not Rated | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly

Votes: 25,903

23. Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Dave Burke hires two very different debt-burdened men for a bank robbery. Suspicion and prejudice threaten to end their partnership.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan, Gloria Grahame, Shelley Winters

Votes: 3,272

24. 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: 10,421

25. Guns Girls and Gangsters (1959)

Not Rated | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In Las Vegas, a group of assorted criminals plans the robbery of an armored truck hauling casino money to the bank.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Mamie Van Doren, Gerald Mohr, Lee Van Cleef, Grant Richards

Votes: 368

26. The Mailbag Robbery (1957)

70 min | Crime, Drama

Ronnie, earning very little from his own exploits, gathers together a band of villains to carry out a robbery on 'The Flying Scotsman' passenger train. The train is carrying withdrawn bank notes from Scotland to London to be destroyed.

Director: Compton Bennett | Stars: Lee Patterson, Kay Callard, Alan Gifford, Margaret Withers

Votes: 136

27. The St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A gang's plans for a St. Louis bank robbery are complicated when the sister of one of the thieves starts voicing her well-founded suspicions.

Directors: Charles Guggenheim, John Stix | Stars: Steve McQueen, Crahan Denton, David Clarke, James Dukas

Votes: 1,136

28. Classe Tous Risques (1960)

Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

Abel Davos is a criminal, hunted in Italy. The police are closing in, so he and his pal Raymond arrange to flee back to France with Abel's wife, Thérèse, and their two young sons. Abel and ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Sautet | Stars: Lino Ventura, Sandra Milo, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marcel Dalio

Votes: 2,795 | Gross: $0.09M

29. Beast from Haunted Cave (1959)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

A group of gold thieves pull of a heist and flee into the snowy wilderness, only to be pursued by a horrible, spider-like monster.

Director: Monte Hellman | Stars: Michael Forest, Sheila Noonan, Frank Wolff, Wally Campo

Votes: 1,414

30. The Rebel Set (1959)

72 min | Crime, Drama

Three beatniks are brought together to rob an armored car, only to face betrayal from amongst their ranks.

Director: Gene Fowler Jr. | Stars: Gregg Palmer, Kathleen Crowley, Edward Platt, John Lupton

Votes: 684

31. The Good Die Young (1954)

Approved | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In London, three otherwise law-abiding good men and their unscrupulous leader are about to commit a serious crime, but for different reasons.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Gloria Grahame, Richard Basehart, Joan Collins

Votes: 712

32. Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957–1960)
Episode: The Mickey Farmer Case (1957)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

No good killer Mickey Farmer is on the run. Shot and betrayed by his partner and trapped inside a building by police, Mickey has a dying request. Always loyal to a client, Diamond accepts much to the frustration of Lieutenant McGough.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: David Janssen, Regis Toomey, Christopher Dark, Lewis Charles

Votes: 11

33. 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: 947

34. Drive a Crooked Road (1954)

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

An upright car mechanic falls in love with the girlfriend of a gangster. This forces him to participate in the criminal underworld.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Dianne Foster, Kevin McCarthy, Jack Kelly

Votes: 871

35. 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: 428

36. No Road Back (1957)

83 min | Crime

A blind and deaf woman dedicates her life and sacrifices all she has for her son, a good-for-nothing troublemaker who gets mixed up with a criminal gang that tries to frame him for a robbery.

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Skip Homeier, Paul Carpenter, Patricia Dainton, Norman Wooland

Votes: 69

37. Too Many Crooks (1959)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

Accident-prone Fingers runs a pretty unsuccessful gang. They try and rob wealthy but tricky Billy Gordon - who distrusts banks and fears the Inland Revenue - but he sees Fingers and the ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Zampi | Stars: Terry-Thomas, George Cole, Brenda de Banzie, Bernard Bresslaw

Votes: 909

38. The Steel Trap (1952)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A Los Angeles bank assistant-manager devises a plan to steal money from the bank's vault and to flee to Brazil with his unsuspecting wife.

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Joseph Cotten, Teresa Wright, Jonathan Hale, Walter Sande

Votes: 867

39. The Day They Robbed the Bank of England (1960)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In 1901, a group of IRA members decides to rob the Bank of England in order to finance their movement and to embarrass the British government.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Aldo Ray, Elizabeth Sellars, Peter O'Toole, Kieron Moore

Votes: 673

40. Riff Raff Girls (1959)

Unrated | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Vicky de Berlin, a female gangster, haunted by wartime memories , runs a floating night-club in Brussel. Marcel, her partner and lover, is in charge of the banknotes forgery manufacture ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Joffé | Stars: Nadja Tiller, Robert Hossein, Silvia Monfort, Roger Hanin

Votes: 36

41. A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed (1958)

87 min | Comedy, Crime

Three horse-racing lovers turn to robbery to appease their gambling appetites. Max is the nice, easygoing, vitamin-gulping guy with an out-sized swallow tube; Gus is his penniless, ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Tom Ewell, Mickey Rooney, Mickey Shaughnessy, Dina Merrill

Votes: 36

42. Radio tekee murron (1951)

91 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Eager young radio reporter Teräsvuori stages a one-man burglary into the Helsinki Art Museum, recorded on tape for a later broadcast by his friend Laakso. Things go awry when a gang of real... See full summary »

Director: Matti Kassila | Stars: Hannes Häyrinen, Ritva Arvelo, Kullervo Kalske, Kunto Karapää

Votes: 275

43. Mr. Lucky (1959–1960)
Episode: The Two Million Dollar Window (1960)

30 min | Comedy, Thriller

A horse racetrack is robbed and some of the money with known serial numbers ends up on the Fortuna II.When Mr. Lucky and Andamo are jailed for suspicion of being part of the heist team,the ... See full summary »

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: John Vivyan, Ross Martin, Tom Brown, Wesley Lau

Votes: 21

44. Mr. Lucky (1959–1960)
Episode: Operation Fortuna (1960)

30 min | Comedy, Thriller

Armed juvenile delinquents rob the Fortuna II's Cash Room and Dining Room customers. Their efficient heist even included knocking out the Ship-to-Shore radio. Mr. Lucky and Andamo suspect an awkward young waiter may be involved.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: John Vivyan, Ross Martin, Jack Nicholson, Buzz Martin

Votes: 46

45. Ocean's 11 (1960)

Approved | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

57 Metascore

Danny Ocean gathers a group of his World War II compatriots to pull off the ultimate Las Vegas heist. Together the eleven friends plan to rob five Las Vegas casinos in one night.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford

Votes: 18,654 | Gross: $12.32M

46. To Catch a Thief (1955)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

A retired jewel thief sets out to prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his former occupation.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams

Votes: 58,281 | Gross: $8.75M

47. Seven Thieves (1960)

Approved | 102 min | Crime, Drama

A motley crew of professional thieves plans the robbery of a Monte Carlo casino vault.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Rod Steiger, Joan Collins, Eli Wallach

Votes: 1,106

48. Gideon of Scotland Yard (1958)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A typical day for Scotland Yard Inspector George Gideon consists in working on several cases at the same time.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Anna Lee, Anna Massey, Andrew Ray

Votes: 853

49. I Confess (1953)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller