The heist movie list

by ferdiverweij | created - 05 Jan 2012 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

movies detailing the preparation for, execution of and aftermath of a (well-)planned and often daring heist. excluding con-artist films, robber-films, action-films with several heist(like) scenes

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1. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Passed | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore

Votes: 21,372

2. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Crime

A meek bank clerk who oversees the shipment of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbor to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country as miniature Eiffel Towers.

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James, Alfie Bass

Votes: 11,275

3. Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama

85 Metascore

An aging, world-weary gangster is double-crossed and forced out of retirement when his best friend is kidnapped and their stash of eight stolen gold bars demanded as ransom.

Director: Jacques Becker | Stars: Jean Gabin, René Dary, Dora Doll, Vittorio Sanipoli

Votes: 5,789 | Gross: $0.13M

4. Rififi (1955)

Not Rated | 118 min | Crime, Thriller

97 Metascore

Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes...

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel, Janine Darcey

Votes: 22,566 | Gross: $0.06M

5. The Ladykillers (1955)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime

91 Metascore

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.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom

Votes: 23,906

6. The Killing (1956)

Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Crook Johnny Clay assembles a five man team to plan and execute a daring race-track robbery.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen

Votes: 72,702

7. Bob le Flambeur (1956)

PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

After losing big, an aging gambler decides to assemble a team to rob a casino.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Roger Duchesne, Isabelle Corey, Daniel Cauchy, Guy Decomble

Votes: 9,258 | Gross: $0.02M

8. Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime

A motley quintet of inept small-time thieves attempt the burglary of a local pawnshop in this Italian farce.

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Renato Salvatori, Totò

Votes: 8,034

9. Seven Thieves (1960)

Approved | 102 min | Crime, Drama

A motley crew of professional thieves plans the robbery of a Monte Carlo casino vault.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Rod Steiger, Joan Collins, Eli Wallach

Votes: 1,068

10. The Day They Robbed the Bank of England (1960)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In 1901, a group of IRA members decides to rob the Bank of England in order to finance their movement and to embarrass the British government.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Aldo Ray, Elizabeth Sellars, Peter O'Toole, Kieron Moore

Votes: 652

11. Ocean's 11 (1960)

Approved | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

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.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford

Votes: 18,063 | Gross: $12.32M

12. Le Doulos (1962)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Thriller

A burglar betraying other criminals, prepares for a big heist with a trusted friend that might be as untrustworthy as he.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Serge Reggiani, Jean Desailly, René Lefèvre

Votes: 7,738 | Gross: $0.08M

13. Any Number Can Win (1963)

118 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Charles (Jean Gabin), a sixtyish career criminal fresh out of jail, rejects his wife's plan for a quiet life of bourgeois respectability. He enlists a former cellmate, Francis (Alain Delon)... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Claude Cerval, Viviane Romance

Votes: 2,425 | Gross: $1.00M

14. Topkapi (1964)

Unrated | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A conman gets mixed up with a group of thieves who plan to rob an Istanbul museum to retrieve a jewelled dagger.

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Melina Mercouri, Peter Ustinov, Maximilian Schell, Robert Morley

Votes: 7,502

15. Le Deuxième Souffle (1966)

Not Rated | 150 min | Crime, Drama

A gangster escapes jail and quickly makes plans to continue his criminal ways elsewhere, but a determined inspector is closing in.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Raymond Pellegrin, Christine Fabréga

Votes: 4,538

16. Gambit (1966)

Approved | 109 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

An English cat burglar needs a Eurasian dancer's help to pull off the perfect heist, but even the most foolproof schemes have a way of backfiring.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Michael Caine, Herbert Lom, Roger C. Carmel

Votes: 4,390

17. How to Steal a Million (1966)

Not Rated | 123 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

Romantic comedy about a woman who must steal a statue from a Paris museum to help conceal her father's art forgeries, and the man who helps her.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach, Hugh Griffith

Votes: 21,897

18. Who's Minding the Mint? (1967)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy

A mint worker accidentally destroys some money and decides to break in and reprint it, but find he has some unwanted partners.

Director: Howard Morris | Stars: Jim Hutton, Dorothy Provine, Milton Berle, Joey Bishop

Votes: 863

19. Grand Slam (1967)

Not Rated | 121 min | Crime, Drama

At the suggestion of a retired professor, a motley group of criminals plans the robbery of a Brazilian diamond company but it must contend with a new alarm system and the mutual distrust among its members.

Director: Giuliano Montaldo | Stars: Janet Leigh, Robert Hoffmann, Klaus Kinski, Riccardo Cucciolla

Votes: 910

20. Robbery (1967)

110 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

A group of British criminals plans the robbery of the Royal Mail train on the Glasgow-London route.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Stanley Baker, Joanna Pettet, James Booth, Frank Finlay

Votes: 895

21. The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

Approved | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

A debonair, adventuresome bank executive believes he has pulled off the perfect multi-million dollar heist, only to match wits with a sexy insurance investigator who will do anything to get her man.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, Paul Burke, Jack Weston

Votes: 20,096

22. The Biggest Bundle of Them All (1968)

105 min | Comedy, Crime

Robinson, Welch and some incompetent european gangsters kidnap an American gangster who they think has a lot of money.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Raquel Welch, Robert Wagner, Godfrey Cambridge

Votes: 405

23. The Italian Job (1969)

G | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

69 Metascore

Comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam.

Director: Peter Collinson | Stars: Michael Caine, Noël Coward, Benny Hill, Raf Vallone

Votes: 36,887

24. The Sicilian Clan (1969)

GP | 122 min | Crime, Drama

A young, ambitious mobster plans an elaborate diamond heist while seducing the daughter of a ruthless mob patriarch as a determined police commissioner closes in on all of them.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Lino Ventura, Irina Demick

Votes: 6,093 | Gross: $3.00M

25. The Master Touch (1972)

PG | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A just released from prison professional thief decides to do one last high-risk heist, which could settle him for life or land him behind bars again.

Director: Michele Lupo | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Giuliano Gemma, Florinda Bolkan, Wolfgang Preiss

Votes: 454

26. $ (1971)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn, Gert Fröbe, Robert Webber

Votes: 2,005

27. 11 Harrowhouse (1974)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Independent diamond broker and his girlfriend attempt a heist at a major Diamond Exchange house in London.

Director: Aram Avakian | Stars: Candice Bergen, Charles Grodin, James Mason, Trevor Howard

Votes: 859

28. Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

Not Rated | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

91 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Alain Delon, Bourvil, Gian Maria Volontè, Yves Montand

Votes: 18,983 | Gross: $0.37M

29. The Anderson Tapes (1971)

GP | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

After Duke Anderson is released from prison after ten years for taking the rap for a scion of a Mafia family, he cashes in a debt of honor with the mob to bankroll a caper.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Martin Balsam, Ralph Meeker

Votes: 6,018 | Gross: $5.00M

30. Un Flic (1972)

PG | 98 min | Crime, Thriller

72 Metascore

After a shaky first heist, a group of thieves plan an even more elaborate- and more risky- second heist.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Alain Delon, Richard Crenna, Catherine Deneuve, Riccardo Cucciolla

Votes: 6,552 | Gross: $0.05M

31. The Hot Rock (1972)

GP | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Dortmunder and his pals plan to steal a huge diamond from a museum. But this turns out to be only the first time they have to steal it...

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Robert Redford, George Segal, Ron Leibman, Paul Sand

Votes: 4,473

32. The Brink's Job (1978)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Crime story based on the real armed robbery of the Brink's Building in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17th, 1950.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Peter Falk, Peter Boyle, Allen Garfield, Warren Oates

Votes: 2,319 | Gross: $9.40M

33. The Great Train Robbery (1978)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.

Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Down, Alan Webb

Votes: 14,211 | Gross: $13.03M

34. The Great Riviera Bank Robbery (1979)

102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A group of fascists plan to finance their work by pulling off a bank robbery.

Director: Francis Megahy | Stars: Ian McShane, Warren Clarke, Stephen Greif, Christopher Malcolm

Votes: 199

35. Sneakers (1992)

PG-13 | 126 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson | Stars: Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Sidney Poitier, Jo Marr

Votes: 48,818 | Gross: $51.43M

36. The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

R | 113 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller

72 Metascore

A very rich and successful playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have met his match in a seductive detective.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Denis Leary, Ben Gazzara

Votes: 81,073 | Gross: $69.30M

37. Entrapment (1999)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Crime, Romance

54 Metascore

An insurance agent is sent by her employer to track down and help capture an art thief.

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Sean Connery, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ving Rhames, Will Patton

Votes: 99,703 | Gross: $87.70M

38. Heist (2001)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

A career jewel thief finds himself at tense odds with his longtime partner, a crime boss who sends his nephew to keep watch.

Director: David Mamet | Stars: Gene Hackman, Rebecca Pidgeon, Danny DeVito, Delroy Lindo

Votes: 30,975 | Gross: $0.05M

39. Ocean's Eleven (2001)

PG-13 | 116 min | Crime, Thriller

74 Metascore

Danny Ocean and his eleven accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon

Votes: 469,709 | Gross: $183.42M

40. The Score (2001)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

An aging thief hopes to retire and live off his ill-gotten wealth when a young kid convinces him into doing one last heist.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Marlon Brando, Angela Bassett

Votes: 112,461 | Gross: $71.07M

41. Welcome to Collinwood (2002)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Crime

61 Metascore

When petty thief Cosimo is given the plan for the perfect heist from a lifer in prison - the kind of job you dream about - he has to get out of jail, fast. But with Cosimo stuck in the ... See full summary »

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: George Clooney, Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Isaiah Washington

Votes: 13,486 | Gross: $0.33M

42. The Good Thief (2002)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

An aging gambler on a losing streak attempts to rob a casino in Monte Carlo. But someone's already tipped off the cops before he even makes a move.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Nick Nolte, Ralph Fiennes, Nutsa Kukhianidze, Ouassini Embarek

Votes: 9,573 | Gross: $3.52M

43. Foolproof (2003)

R | 94 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Kevin, Sam and Rob are founding members of a theoretical group which pulls off heists. Leo, a gangster, blackmails them into pulling off a real multi-million dollar heist. Now it's up to them to get out alive.

Director: William Phillips | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Kristin Booth, Joris Jarsky, Sean Sullivan

Votes: 8,989

44. The Italian Job (2003)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

68 Metascore

After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton, Charlize Theron

Votes: 319,837 | Gross: $106.13M

45. Ocean's Twelve (2004)

PG-13 | 125 min | Crime, Thriller

58 Metascore

Daniel Ocean recruits one more team member so he can pull off three major European heists in this sequel to Ocean's 11.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Votes: 328,424 | Gross: $125.54M

46. The Ladykillers (2004)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

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.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tom Hanks, Marlon Wayans, Irma P. Hall, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 93,417 | Gross: $39.80M

47. After the Sunset (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

38 Metascore

The story of what happens after a master thief achieves his last big score, when the F.B.I. Agent who promised he'd capture him, is about to do just that.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson, Don Cheadle

Votes: 42,024 | Gross: $28.33M

48. Inside Man (2006)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Myster