Top Heist Films

By  //  August 30, 2023

The innovator emerges from his lair with a groundbreaking plan that will blow everyone’s minds (including his own), assembles a team of top-notch specialists to implement it, and then explains his reasoning to the team and the audience.

Due to a number of issues, we are unable to determine whether or not they were successful in their attempt to rob the bank.

Films about heists have consistently been among the most entertaining in Hollywood. Their ancestry can be traced back to the noir film movement. Thanks to the solid groundwork they’d laid, the writers and directors felt free to experiment and push the envelope, secure in the knowledge that the structure would hold. However, that is not the only thing taking place. It was simple to fall in love with the scheming rogues and handsome con artists who stole from the wealthy in 1960s films like Basil Dearden’s The League of Gentlemen. This is because the tone of those films was more whimsical and campy. The criminals were now in the driving seat. Only the victim and the law stood between them and a good time.

Because it’s entertaining to try to figure out where the movie went wrong and how you can avoid making the same mistakes, and because it might make you feel like you’re missing out on something you’ve always wanted.

The following is a list of heist films that might pique your interest.

Baby Driver

A former getaway driver is forced to help protect his girlfriend, but the mission goes horribly wrong when he and his partner find out that the people selling them weapons are actually undercover police. Edgar Wright (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead) is back with his latest masterpiece, Baby Driver, a high-octane car chase with a great score to match all the squealing tires and slamming accelerators.

Ocean’s 11

George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Lennox Lewis, and Don Cheadle use the heavyweight title fight as a distraction while they plan to rob not one, not two, but three Las Vegas casinos in one night using a Chinese acrobat as their weapon. Not much more can be said about the movie than what has already been said, except that it may have been the start of Brad Pitt’s second act, in which he became a traditional leading man like Robert Redford: laconic, wisecracking, and often shown with a burger in his hand. If you want to be the next Danny Ocean, you need to get better at games. Check out to hone your blackjack and other casino skills.


In Michael Mann’s first movie, James Caan plays Frank, an ex-con and jewel thief who has been through a lot. Frank and his new fiancee Jessie want to live a normal life, but he can’t stop doing illegal business. Frank is ready to leave because he is sick and tired of people who should have been there for him leaving him alone. Unless, of course, the very last major war is won. Thief is a great movie to watch if you like heist movies but prefer more realistic ones. Tangerine Dream also has great music.

Quick Change

Grimm, who is played by Bill Murray, is a cynical criminal mastermind who pulls off a perfect heist with the help of his friend and lover. It looks good and is smart, and it earns him a million dollars. The last thing you should do is get on a plane and leave New York forever. But the problem seems to be getting worse. Even though there aren’t any street signs, there are muggers, suspicious tenants, fires, taxi drivers, and mobsters, the three burglars may be able to get out of the city without getting hurt. 

Logan Lucky

Steven Soderbergh, who made the Oceans movies and is known as the “master of heist,” is also in charge of this darkly funny heist comedy. Two main characters, both men, steal to get the money they need to leave a small town in the United States. Adam Driver and Channing Tatum play brothers named Logan who are involved in a plan to rob a North Carolina racing circuit and have to hide from the FBI while they try to pull off the heist. This is the first movie since Knives Out in which Daniel Craig shows how funny he can be.

Layer Cake

Matthew Vaughn’s portrayal of England’s seedy underbelly was a throwback to the golden age of movies. Daniel Craig got the part of 007. Sienna Miller’s dance in one of the best nightclub scenes in movie history is unforgettable, and Daniel Craig gives a great performance as a heroin dealer who wants to leave the business but is stuck with two hard jobs from his angry boss.

Inside Man

Spike Lee’s recent string of great movies has been fun to watch, but it’s a shame that Inside Man was his last big box office hit. The robbery was planned ahead of time and is complicated. It involves fake decorators, a hostage-switch system, and recordings of the late Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha. When Denzel Washington and Chiwetel Ejiofor talk to Clive Owen’s boss, the question won’t be “how,” but “why.” Nobody shoots New York with as much energy and wit as Lee, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that this is a great, smart thriller that will be a blockbuster.


Drive became a genre classic and a worldwide hit thanks in large part to the charisma of lead actor Ryan Gosling and the film’s memorable music. Ryan Gosling plays the getaway driver/stuntman who falls for Carey Mulligan’s character, the criminal’s wife. Because of this, he isn’t sure if he wants to stay in the criminal underworld. There is a lot of graphic violence, especially in an elevator scene that is almost impossible to watch, but the quieter parts are just as interesting.


The move from Phase Two to Phase Three of the studio’s film production cycle may be when Marvel began making genre movies. Robert Redford liked the spy thriller genre, and he liked Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The battle we had was really a no-brainer. Also, there was Ant-Man, who was quickly and easily taken hostage by a group of bad guys. Edgar Wright was going to write and direct a movie called “Ant-Man.” It’s one of the most interesting “what ifs” in the history of modern movies. Paul Rudd and the rest of the group’s dash into the quantum world is very charming, even though Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish left some strange parts in.

Dog Day Afternoon

At first glance, Al Pacino and his crew in Sidney Lumet’s movie look like the bad guys in any other no-holds-barred heist movie. But right away, problems come up that make their plan useless. They don’t belong to any group. The best way to describe them is as misfits. In just 12 hours, Pacino’s character Sonny goes from normal to crazy as he becomes an accidental counterculture folk hero while trying to raise money for his lover’s surgery to change their gender.


When people talk about Robert de Niro’s amazing comeback in the mid-1990s, Ronin is often left out in favor of Heat and Jackie Brown. Sam, a former member of the CIA who is now a mercenary, helps Jean Reno, Stellen Skarsgard, and Sean Bean look for a strange suitcase. But the IRA agent played by Jonathan Pryce has other plans. Ronin is still a great movie because the car chases are so real and gritty and because Bean is so good as the helpless cog. 


In Steve McQueen’s complicated thriller, four widows must work together to pay off their late husbands’ debts after failed robberies kill police officers. They have a plan to steal $5 million from the mafia boss before he dies to make up for the $2 million they stole from him before. Widows is a bright, sophisticated, and urgent drama with four strong women (Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and Carrie Coon) who aren’t looking for laughs but are instead trying to make ends meet.