My 150 Favorite Movies - #40
One of the most influential examples of film noir of the 1950's, The Asphalt Jungle is a perfect example of my favorite subgenre, the caper film. Directed by John Huston, the plot revolves around a small gang of thieves attempting to pull of a million dollar jewelry heist. As per usual, with this kind of film, things go awry. Starring a uniformly excellent cast, including Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Sam Jaffe, Jean Hagen, and Marilyn Monroe in a small but memorable part, this is a film to treasure. Huston won Best Director that year from the National Board of Review, and in 2008 the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.