film 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 Ocean's Twelve, which features an A-list cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon. 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 Reservoir Dogs and The Usual Suspects.  

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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Ocean's Twelve Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts George Clooney

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The Italian Job Michael Caine, Benny Hill Noël Coward

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Empire State Dwayne Johnson, Emma Roberts Liam Hemsworth

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Fast Five Eva Mendes, Dwayne Johnson Vin Diesel

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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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Trespass Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage Cam Gigandet

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Redirected Vinnie Jones, Scot Williams Artur Smolyaninov

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Plastic Emma Rigby, Malese Jow Graham McTavish

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Chinese Zodiac Jackie Chan, Sang-woo Kwon Fan Liao

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The Nut Job Katherine Heigl, Liam Neeson Brendan Fraser

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The Last Heist Henry Rollins, Torrance Coombs Victoria Pratt

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Avenged Hlubi Mboya, Presley Chweneyagae Owen Sejake

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Stretch Patrick Wilson, Ed Helms James Badge Dale

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The Suspect William Sadler, Mekhi Phifer Rebecca Creskoff