The Asphalt Jungle is a 1950 American FILM NOlR heist film directed by John Huston. Based on the 1949 novel of the same name by W. R. Burnett, it tells the story of a jewel robbery in a Midwestern city. The film stars Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern and Jean Hagen and features James Whitmore, Sam Jaffe, and John McIntire. Marilyn Monroe also appears, in one of her earliest roles.
The film was nominated for four Academy Awards. In 2008, The Asphalt Jungle was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
Easily among the best ever made of the genre, with great performances by Hayden, Jaffe (arguably his finest ever), Calhern and the rest. Marilyn Monroe is memorably ravishing in a small role. John McIntire, later of TV's "Wagon Train," is the prim police commissioner.