It has been a hectic week and we need some action to take our attention away from all that. The best way to do this is to enjoy the best of Heist Movies. A Heist Movie is a movie whose plot and theme centers around a large heist, or a series of heists.
Enjoy our list of the Best Heist Movies;
1. The Italian Job
The Italian Job is a 2003 American heist action thriller film directed by F. Gary Gray and starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Jason Statham, Seth Green, Mos Def and Donald Sutherland. An American remake of the 1969 British film, the plot follows a motley crew of thieves who plan to steal gold from a former associate who double-crossed them. Despite the shared title, the plot and characters of this film differ from those of its source material; Gray described the film as “an homage to the original.”
2. Baby Driver
A former getaway driver is blackmailed to take part in a job, or else his girlfriend will be hurt, but things go very wrong when their arms dealers turn out to be undercover officers. A gem from Edgar Wright, the cult director behind Spaced and Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver is a high octane chase which barely lets up, as well as featuring a very strong soundtrack behind all the screeching brakes.
Christopher Nolan’s thoughtful crime story did for the heist genre what he went on to do with Tenet for the sci-fi genre, and it’s a testament to how complicated the latter is that Inception has aged as relatively straight-forward to follow. The film follows Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) a criminal who steals information by entering his victim’s dreams in a realm in which five hours of real time accounts for fifty years in the dream world. Presented with an offer he cannot refuse, Cobb must perform an inception on his competitor’s ill child in order to have his criminal past wiped clean.
4. King of Thieves
King of Thieves is a 2018 British crime film based on the Hatton Garden safe deposit burglary of 2015. Directed by James Marsh, the film stars Michael Caine, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Charlie Cox, Jim Broadbent, Paul Whitehouse and Ray Winstone. A professional thief in his younger years, 77-year-old widower Brian Reader pulls together a band of aging criminals to plot an unprecedented burglary at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit. The thieves, all but one in their 60s and 70s, employ their old-school skills to plan the heist over the Easter holiday weekend. Posing as gas repairmen, they enter the deposit building, deactivate the alarms, and proceed to drill a hole into the wall of the strongroom. Two days later, they manage to escape with allegedly over £14 million in stolen jewels and money. When the crime is discovered, the police investigation starts, followed by a frenzy of publicity and media speculation as to those responsible.
Cracks between the misfit gang members begin to show as they argue over how to share the goods, and they become increasingly distrustful of each other. Brian is excluded by the group and, not realising the true value of the haul, the gang makes several mistakes. These help the police to identify, track, and finally arrest the gang members, with only the younger Basil evading arrest and escaping the country. All the others are remanded in custody and await their trial with equanimity.
5. Ocean’s 11
Well, obviously. The starriest of starry ensembles – George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Lennox Lewis, Don Cheadle’s sub-Dick Van Dyke cock-er-nee chewing – get together for Steven Soderbegh’s update of the 1960 Frank Sinatra vehicle, intending to empty the vaults of not one, not two, but three Vegas casinos on the same night, using the heavyweight title fight as their cloak and a Chinese acrobat as their dagger. There’s not much to be said about it that hasn’t already been said, other than that it’s probably the film which birthed the Brad Pitt second act, where he looked like a Robert Redford-esque classic leading man: laconic, wise-cracking, and usually with a burger in hand.
Steve McQueen’s classy thriller follows four women whose husbands died at the hands of police during an attempted heist as they attempt to settle their sadly exploded partners’ debts. To pay back $2 million to a crime boss the husbands had ripped off, they plan to make off with $5 million using a plan from one of the deceased’s notebooks. Led by Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Carrie Coon, Widows is a sparky, intelligent and urgent film whose heroines aren’t just out for a laugh – they’re just trying to survive.
7. Inside Man
Wonderful as Spike Lee’s second golden run of films has been to witness, it’s slightly gutting that Inside Man stands as his last big-budget mainstream success. The heist itself comes early, and it’s a complex one involving thieves dressed as decorators, an elaborate hostage-shuffling system and recordings of the dead Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha. As such, it quickly turns from a howdunnit into a whydunnit, with Denzel Washington and Chiwetl Ejiofor bearing down on Clive Owen’s criminal ringleader. As you’d expect of Lee, it’s a superior, intelligent blockbuster of a thriller, and nobody shoots New York with the energy and wit that he does.
8. Now You See Me
Now You See Me is a 2013 American heist comedy thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier from a screenplay by Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin, and Edward Ricourt and a story by Yakin and Ricourt. It is the first installment in the Now You See Me series. The film features an ensemble cast of Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman. The plot follows an FBI agent and an Interpol detective who track and attempt to bring to justice a team of magicians who pull off bank heists and robberies during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.
9. Tower Heist
Tower Heist is a 2011 American heist comedy film directed by Brett Ratner, written by Ted Griffin and Jeff Nathanson, based on a story by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper and Griffin and starring Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Judd Hirsch, Téa Leoni, Michael Peña, and Gabourey Sidibe. The plot follows employees of an exclusive apartment building who lose their pensions in the Ponzi scheme of a Wall Street businessman and enlist the aid of a criminal, a bankrupt businessman, and an immigrant maid to break into his apartment and steal back their money while avoiding the FBI agents in charge of his case.
Heist (also called Bus 657), is a 2015 American heist action thriller film directed by Scott Mann and written by Stephen Cyrus Sepher and Max Adams, based on the original story by Sepher. The film stars Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kate Bosworth, Morris Chestnut, Dave Bautista, Sepher and Gina Carano. The plot of the film revolves around a casino heist by an employee who needs to pay for his sick daughter’s treatment.
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