Best Robbery / Heist Movies

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The most important issue when making a listing for a genre is trying to separate apples from oranges. The genre subject to this listings, heist movies is a sub genre of crime movies. Even though it is already a sub genre, if you put all of them in same listing, you will be ending up with this apples-oranges problem. Where to put a great heist movie intended to be a comedy, sometimes a kind of fantasy among the first class job serious heist movies? Or how can you decide if a heist movie like Inside Man is better than a Dog Day Afternoon, while the second one's concerns are completely different? Does grifting / fraud movies fall to the genre? Can we count the movies for this listing which are simply about stealing but not organized heist? What about the movies whose main action is burglary? And the ones is about trying to get a ransom by committing a kidnapping, but very well organized and told? What about the movies where the stealing action never takes place, but the characters are after already stolen (or lost while stealing) loot?

That's why I tried to divide the genre into 3 main categories to be fair at least to my cinema view. And, of course, I applied my own criteria to judge what movie falls into what group. And even that method was sometimes not enough, so I sub-grouped them with the type of the theft committed. At the end I could call all those movies as 'theft movies' without being have to skip any of them without mentioning. First group is called 'Pure Robbery / Heist Movies'. To me, they are the movies basically:

a. Their plots are serious and
b. Can happen in real life although sometimes they are pretty fantasy like and
c. And their story concentrates on -generally organized- theft, where we see at least one of first two acts in a satisfactory dose.
(Act 1: Introduction/Preparation, Act 2: Stealing, Act 3: Aftermath)

Second group is Caper Movies. They are the movies:

a. No matter what acts of the movies is told/presented in what dose, they are intended to be a comedy in first place. and
b. Their plots are humorous and what happens in the movie can't happen in real life or too coincidental to happen.

And the third group is called 'Alternative Robbery / Heist Movies'. Meaning that:

a. Although the movie is most of time absolutely about theft and thieves, it concentrates other matters more than the theft act, therefore falls other genres like drama, adventure, biography before it falls to heist genre or
b. Concentrates the thieves more than the theft, so most of the time, they are character studies or even sometimes biographies or
c. Separate themselves from other heist / theft movies by having radically different nature or a different grammar or
d. Solely concentrates on Act 1 (Preparation) or solely on Act 3 (Aftermath) or concentrates one of these acts much more than other other two acts.

In that point of view, although some movies are considered as caper (like The Sting, Ocean's Eleven) in general, to me they were Pure Robbery / Heist Movies. Or although Quick Change is a comedy heist, since it is as organized as the serious heist movies, and a heist could happen in real life, it isn't a caper movie in my opinion.

My other listings:

Best Pure Robbery / Heist Movies:
http://www.imdb.com/list/ls003142194/

Best Alternative Robbery / Heist Movies:
http://www.imdb.com/list/ls003144920/

Best Caper Movies:
http://www.imdb.com/list/ls003144958/
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1.
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
 
2.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns. (107 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
3.
Inside Man (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation. (129 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
4.
Nine Queens (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the "nine queens"). (114 mins.)
 
5.
Now You See Me (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An F.B.I. Agent, and an Interpol Detective, track a team of illusionists, who pull off bank heists during their performances, and reward their audiences with the money. (115 mins.)
Director: Louis Leterrier
 
6.
The Sting (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. (129 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
7.
Snatch (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. (104 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
8.
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Danny Ocean and his eleven accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously. (116 mins.)
 
9.
Point Break (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An FBI agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers. (122 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
10.
The Italian Job (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally. (111 mins.)
Director: F. Gary Gray
 
11.
The Art of the Steal (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Crunch Calhoun, a semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get his old gang back together to pull off one last heist. (90 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Sobol
 
12.
Maverick (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief. (127 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
13.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
 
14.
Bob le Flambeur (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Bob, an old gangster and gambler is almost broke, so he decides in spite of the warnings of a friend... (98 mins.)
Director: Melville
 
15.
Flypaper (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A man caught in the middle of two simultaneous robberies at the same bank desperately tries to protect the teller with whom he's secretly in love. (87 mins.)
Director: Rob Minkoff
 
16.
Nicotina (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A real-time dark comedy about a science geek who tangles with a clutch of Russian gangsters after he delivers them the wrong computer disk. (93 mins.)
Director: Hugo Rodríguez
 
17.
Heat (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist, while both sides attempt to find balance between their personal lives with their professional lives. (170 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
18.
Man on a Ledge (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion. (102 mins.)
Director: Asger Leth
 
19.
Public Enemies (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s. (140 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
20.
Quick Change (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Three thieves successfully rob a New York City bank, but making the escape from the city proves to be almost impossible. (89 mins.)
 
21.
Armored (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A newbie guard for an armored truck company is coerced by his veteran coworkers to steal a truck containing $42 million. But a wrinkle in their supposedly foolproof plan divides the group, leading to a potentially deadly resolution. (88 mins.)
Director: Nimród Antal
 
22.
Rififi (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes... (118 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
23.
Firewall (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A security specialist is forced into robbing the bank that he's protecting, as a bid to pay off his family's ransom. (105 mins.)
 
24.
The Score (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An aging thief hopes to retire and live off his ill-gotten wealth when a young kid convinces him into doing one last heist. (124 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
 
25.
The Social Network (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. (120 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
26.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus. (125 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
27.
Ultimate Heist (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
The Malakian clan, a family of ruthless gangsters, controls the underworld of Southern France. At its head... (95 mins.)
Director: Laurent Tuel
 
28.
Entrapment (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An insurance agent is sent by her employer to track down and help capture an art thief. (113 mins.)
Director: Jon Amiel
 
29.
The Town (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the F.B.I. Agent looking to bring him and his crew down. (125 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
 
30.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close. (110 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
31.
Le dernier tunnel (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Based on a true story: a recently released convict dreams of one last heist with his old gang before retiring... (109 mins.)
Director: Erik Canuel
 
32.
Magic Carpet Ride (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A struggling, suicidal young comedian meets a car thief who is willing to teach him a few things about his profession. (106 mins.)
Director: Yilmaz Erdogan
 
33.
Seven Thieves (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A motley crew of professional thieves plans the robbery of a Monte Carlo casino vault. (102 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
34.
Ocean's 11 (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Danny Ocean gathers a group of his World War II compatriots to pull off the ultimate Las Vegas heist. Together the eleven friends plan to rob five Las Vegas casinos in one night. (127 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
35.
In Time (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth. Here, Will Salas finds himself accused of murder and on the run with a hostage - a connection that becomes an important part of the way against the system. (109 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
 
36.
Cop Car (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A small-town sheriff sets out to find the two kids who have taken his car on a joy ride. (88 mins.)
Director: Jon Watts
 
37.
Stander (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The life and career of Andre Stander, a South African police officer turned bank robber. (111 mins.)
Director: Bronwen Hughes
 
38.
Ronin (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A freelancing former U.S. intelligence agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by both the Irish and the Russians. (122 mins.)
 
39.
Tower Heist (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
When a group of hard-working guys find out they've fallen victim to their wealthy employer's Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence. (104 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
 
40.
Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After leaving prison, master thief Corey crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic former policeman. The trio proceed to plot an elaborate heist. (140 mins.)
 
41.
The Ladykillers (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians. (91 mins.)
 
42.
Identity Thief (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Mild mannered businessman Sandy Patterson travels from Denver to Florida to confront the deceptively harmless looking woman who has been living it up after stealing Sandy's identity. (111 mins.)
Director: Seth Gordon
 
43.
Small Time Crooks (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A loser of a crook and his wife strike it rich when a botched bank job's cover business becomes a spectacular success. (94 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
44.
The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime. (106 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
45.
The Train Robbers (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A gunhand named Lane is hired by a widow, Mrs. Lowe, to find gold stolen by her husband so that she may return it and start fresh. (92 mins.)
Director: Burt Kennedy
 
46.
The Ladykillers (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a classical ensemble in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting but sharp old landlady. (104 mins.)
 
47.
Henry's Crime (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, an ex-con targets the same bank he was sent away for robbing. (108 mins.)
 
48.
Sneakers (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A security pro finds his past coming back to haunt him, when he and his unique team are tasked with retrieving a particularly important item. (126 mins.)
 
49.
The Lookout (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Chris is a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank, where he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist. (99 mins.)
Director: Scott Frank
 
50.
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
51.
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Danny Ocean rounds up the boys for a third heist, after casino owner Willy Bank double-crosses one of the original eleven, Reuben Tishkoff. (122 mins.)
 
52.
To Catch a Thief (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence. (106 mins.)
 
53.
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel. (112 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
54.
Widow on the Hill (2005 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A sexy young hospice nurse (Natasha Henstridge), is hired by a wealthy man (James Brolin) to care for his sick wife who eventually dies... (80 mins.)
Director: Peter Svatek
 
55.
Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A motley quintet of inept small-time thieves bungle the burglary of a local pawnshop in this Italian farce. (106 mins.)
Director: Mario Monicelli
 
56.
American Hustle (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. (138 mins.)
 
57.
Trespass (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
As they're held for ransom, a husband and wife's predicament grows more dire amid the discovery of betrayal and deception. (91 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
58.
The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The gangs of Jesse James and Cole Younger join forces for a bungled robbery of the bank in Northfield, MN. (91 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
59.
My Mom's New Boyfriend (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Henry Durand is a young federal agent who is given a difficult assignment: spy on his mother and her boyfriend who is suspected of leading a gang of art thieves. (97 mins.)
Director: George Gallo
 
60.
Parker (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew's latest heist. (118 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
 
61.
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Daniel Ocean recruits one more team member so he can pull off three major European heists in this sequel to Ocean's 11. (125 mins.)
 
62.
Band of Outsiders (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery. (95 mins.)
Director: Cinéma
 
63.
The Con Artist (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
An ex-con finds his plan to go straight foiled by a loan shark who manipulates his target into taking on one last heist. (84 mins.)
 
64.
The Pink Panther (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Inspector Clouseau travels to Rome to catch a notorious jewel thief known as "The Phantom" before he conducts his most daring heist yet--a princess' priceless diamond with one slight imperfection, known as "The Pink Panther." (115 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
65.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, robbing cars and banks. (111 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
 
66.
$ (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A bank security expert plots with a call girl to rob three safety deposit boxes containing $1.5 million in cash belonging to three very different criminals from a high-tech security bank in Hamburg, Germany. (121 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
 
67.
Thieves Like Us (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two convicts break out of Mississippi State Penitentiary in 1936 to join a third on a long spree of bank robbing... (123 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman