Edgar Wright's Top 10 Heist Movies

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 26 Oct 2017

'Baby Driver' director Edgar Wright reveals his favourite movie heists.

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Sterling Hayden in The Killing (1956)

10. The Killing (1956)

"Stanley Kubrick’s first big hit and an amazing hard boiled movie. It’s amazing to see young Kubrick so in command."

Sean Connery and Christopher Walken in The Anderson Tapes (1971)

9. The Anderson Tapes (1971)

"It’s a Sidney Lumet film from the early 70s with Sean Connery, Christopher Walken and Martin Balsam. It’s got a Quincy Jones score. It’s a really interesting movie. I’m sure it was a big influence on Ocean's Eleven because it’s got a clever gotcha twist in it."

Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, and Elliott Gould in Ocean's Eleven (2001)

8. Ocean's Eleven (2001)

"I’m not a huge fan of contemporary remakes, but one of the best of this century is Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven. It’s such a great way of updating a movie. The remake is fantastic, the twist really works, and it’s beautiful to look at. I watched it again recently and thought: “This is a great movie.”"

Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze in Point Break (1991)

7. Point Break (1991)

"Point Break is a film very dear to my heart. It’s genuinely fantastic and really holds up. I watched it again recently on the big screen. Kathryn Bigelow directs action so well. It’s so brilliantly shot. It’s been a big influence on me a couple of times now, both on Hot Fuzz and Baby Driver. The aborted bank heist that turns into a foot chase is one of the greatest action scenes of all time."

Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy, and Geoffrey Lewis in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

6. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

"This is another film that’s very dear to me. It’s Michael Cimino's debut movie starring Clint Eastwood and a young Jeff Bridges. It builds up to them robbing this bank with a military cannon and is just a great heist movie. It’s really funny and has a great 70s ending. I love that movie."


5. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

"It’s a heist movie without showing the heist. I don’t know if there’s a more supremely confident debut movie, outside of Citizen Kane. Quentin Tarantino arrives on screen. Amazing."

Michael Caine and Raf Vallone in The Italian Job (1969)

4. The Italian Job (1969)

"It’s such a fun caper. The minis are iconic. The Quincy Jones score is amazing. And I love, love, love the cliffhanger ending. I’ve always been curious as to how the ending came about because it’s such an interesting, odd way to end a movie. But I love it."

Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw in The Getaway (1972)

3. The Getaway (1972)

"Walter Hill wrote an adaptation of Jim Thompson’s novel for Sam Peckinpah. It’s really great movie. I love the way it’s edited. That was a big influence on me. I love the opening sequence with Steve McQueen in prison. That’s a bit of an influence on Baby Driver. "

Robert Redford in The Hot Rock (1972)

2. The Hot Rock (1972)

"A truly underrated heist movie. The plot is great because it feels like a Russian doll series of heists. One leads to another and they get themselves into stickier situations. It’s a film with four heists leading on from one another. It’s a really fun movie."

Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer in Heat (1995)

1. Heat (1995)

"Heat is the granddaddy of heist movies because Michael Mann takes a relatively simple bank heist and turns it into something epic. The movie is nearly three hours and you’re tense for the entire thing. I remember seeing it for the first time, knowing that bank heist was coming and there was going to be a big action scene. The anticipation of that set piece kicking off, I remember it vividly. The set piece itself is so brilliantly shot and vivid and loud. The whole film is just incredible. "

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