The Best Heist Movies: 2021

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, gold, 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 involve money (or something very valuable, like gold or jewelry) from a bank, treasury, or drug/crime lord? 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 characters and 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 an exhilarating ride. Here is a list of some of the best heist movies, listed chronologically:

The Vault (2021)
Lupin (2021)
The Great Heist (El Robo del Siglo) (2020)
Money Heist (La Casa de Papel) (2017-2019)
Marauders (2016)
Widows (2018)
Den of Thieves (2018)
Ocean’s Eight (2018)
Logan Lucky (2017)
To Steal From a Thief (Cien años de perdón) (2016)
Hell or High Water (2016)
Heist (2015)
American Heist (2015)
Plastic (2014)
Empire State (2013)
Parker (2013)
The Great Train Robbery (2013)
Now You See Me (2013)

Man on a Ledge (2012)
The Thieves (2012)
Tower Heist (2011)
Takers (2011)
Fast Five (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)

For an exhaustive list of heist movies, turn to the beloved VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever. The 2020 edition lists 620 heist movies broken down into the following heist subcategories:general, armored car, art, cars/trucks, casinos, gold/precious metals, jewels, stagecoach, and trains.

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