->''"Crime is only...a left-handed form of human endeavor."''
-->-- '''Alonzo Emmerich'''
'''''The Asphalt Jungle''''' is a 1950 [[TheCaper Caper]] crime drama directed by JohnHuston. It was the first major example of this trope while simultaneously being a deconstruction of it.
After getting out of prison, Erwin "Doc" Riedenschneider goes to Cobby, a bookie, with an idea for a diamond heist. Cobby puts him in touch with Alonzo Emmerich, a crooked lawyer, who agrees to front Doc and his crew in the heist, who eventually include Dix, a "hooligan" who's been in and out of prison, his friend Gus, who runs a diner, and Louis, a safe-cracker. What none of them know is Emmerich, who has money troubles, is looking to double-cross the gang by taking the diamonds for himself.
A solid (though not spectacular) hit when it was first released, Huston's film is now considered one of the classics in its genre, and one of the most influential.
!!This film contains examples of:
* ArcWords: The quote at the top of the page.
** '''The Mastermind:''' Doc.
** '''The Backer:''' Emmerich, though he turns out not to be trusted.
** '''The Burglar:''' Louis.
** '''TheBrute:''' Dix.
** '''The Driver:''' Gus.
* TheDeterminator: Commissioner Hardy will stop at nothing to catch the crooks.
* DirtyCop: Lieutenant Dietrich.
* DirtyOldMan: Doc, and [[spoiler: he's HoistByHisOwnPetard because of it]].
** Emmerich as well ("Uncle Lon" indeed).
* DownerEnding: And how!