The Best Heist Movies

atkins-bookshelf-moviesOne of the staples of Hollywood is the heist film, a subgenre of the larger crime movie genre, filled with colorful, tough-as-nails characters; thrilling, fast-paced, white-knuckle action sequences, and of course — the amazingly clever plans to pull off the seemingly impossible heists  (generally the theft of money, rare paintings, diamonds, or valuable drug caches). A review of several list from respected film websites that list the “Top Ten Heist Movies” or “The Best Heist Movies of All Time” finds little consensus due the variety of movies that exists in this subgenre. The inclusion of movies in any particular list revolve around several key issues: 1. Does the film mainly focus on a challenging heist or burglary? 2. Does the actual theft take place within the film? 3. Does the heist take place in a bank? 4. Does the film take place in the real world (as opposed to an alternate reality or in someone’s mind)? 5. Is the film serious (as opposed to silly, as in a comedy with far-fetched comical situations)? Needless to say, every list, no matter how authoritative the source, has spirited debate by film aficionados; their criticisms invariably begin with the phrase “How could a list of best heist films exlude…” In short, no list of movies is perfect; at best, it is a starting point to explore any particular genre or subgenre. One thing that all film lovers will agree on — all of these movies will have you cheering for the bad guys and taking you along for a wild ride. Here is a list of some of the best heist movies, listed chronologically:

To Steal From a Thief (Cien años de perdón) (2016)
Heist (2015)
American Heist (2015)
Plastic (2014)
Empire State (2013)
Parker (2013)

Man on a Ledge (2012)
The Thieves (2012)
Tower Heist (2011)
Takers (2011)
Inception (2010)
The Town (2010)
Armored (2009)
Ultimate Heist (2009)
The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
The Bank Job (2008)
Mad Money (2008)
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Lookout (2007)

Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)
Firewall (2006)
Inside Man (2006)
Ocean’s Twelve (2004)
The Italian Job (2003)
Stander (2003)

Heist (2002)
Riders (aka Steal) (2002)

Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
The Score (2001)
Swordfish (2001)
Sexy Beast (2000)
Snatch (2000)
Entrapment (1999)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
Three Kings (1999)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Out of Sight (1998)
Ronin (1998)
Set It Off (1996)
Heat (1995)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
The Dead Presidents (1995)
Killing Zoe (1993)
Sneakers (1992)
Trespass (1992)
Point Break (1991)
Hold-Up (1985)
The Silent Partner (1978)

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
The Trainrobbers (1973)
The Getaway (1972)
Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
The Caper of the Golden Bulls (1967)
The Killing (1956)
Rififi (1955)

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For further reading: entertainment.time.com/2013/02/27/the-art-of-the-steal-10-great-heist-films/

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