films The Most Thrilling Heist Movies on Netflix

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In real life, robbing a bank, smuggling flawless diamonds, or double-crossing a drug dealer would land you in the slammer. The best heist films streaming on Netflix give viewers an inside look at what it might be like to commit a serious crime, without the risk of getting caught. Although not all of these movies turn out well for the protagonists, they're guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat with anticipation.

Talented actors seem to flock to heist movies. Slipping into a character that enjoys the thrill of the chase must be an extremely rewarding part to play, and the actors seem to enjoy every role. Near the top of the list of the best heist movies on Netflix Instant lies Gambit which stars Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz. Going beyond the simple bank robbery, these professional thieves execute master plans in order to steal only the rarest and most expensive items. 

Don't expect a ton of morally upstanding characters in these Netflix heist movies. We can't promise you happy endings for all, but we're sure you'll love the drama, action, and criminal masterminds in these Netflix heist movies. Some of the most popular heist movies on this list include critically acclaimed films Cradle 2 the Grave and American Heist.  

Vote up the best heist films on the list below, and be sure to let us know which one is your favorite in the comment section!

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Stolen Nicolas Cage, Malin Åkerman, Josh Lucas

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Java Heat Mickey Rourke, Kellan Lutz, Atiqah Hasiholan

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Gambit Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth

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Cradle 2 the Grave Gabrielle Union, Kelly Hu, DMX

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A Tale of Two Thieves Gordon Goody, Harry Macqueen

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American Heist Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody Jordana Brewster

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Ready 2 Die Pablo Santiago, Jacob Martinez, John Azpilicueta

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Carnage Park Alan Ruck, Darby Stanchfield, Ashley Bell

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The Trust Elijah Wood, Nicolas Cage

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Cold Deck Stéfano Gallo, Paul Sorvino, Robert Knepper

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Coin Heist Blanche Baker, Peter Benson, Olivia Birkelund

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Three Fugitives Nick Nolte, James Earl Jones, Martin Short

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The Newton Boys Cameron Diaz, Matthew McConaughey, Liam Neeson

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The Ref Kevin Spacey, J.K. Simmons, Denis Leary

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How to Steal a Million Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach

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Deadfall Olivia Wilde, Kate Mara, Eric Bana

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Drive Hard John Cusack, Thomas Jane, Zoe Ventoura

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Firestorm Andy Lau, Hu Jun, Yao Chen

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Redirected Vinnie Jones, Scot Williams, Artur Smolyaninov

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Chinese Zodiac Jackie Chan, Sang-woo Kwon, Fan Liao

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Trespass Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage, Cam Gigandet

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Stretch Patrick Wilson, Ed Helms, James Badge Dale

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Plastic Emma Rigby, Malese Jow, Graham McTavish

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Avenged Hlubi Mboya, Presley Chweneyagae, Owen Sejake

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The Last Heist Henry Rollins, Torrance Coombs, Victoria Pratt

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The Suspect William Sadler, Mekhi Phifer, Rebecca Creskoff