adventure movies The Best Heist Movies

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List Rules Vote for your personal favorite films about heists, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

There's no question that when you're talking about the best heist movies all time, that some films are just bound to come up in the conversation. Many argue that The Italian Job is the top heist movie of all time, while others say that Heat or The Thomas Crown Affair actually deserve that title. For that reason, we're leaving the order of this best heist films list up to you. Cast your votes for what you consider to be the greatest heist films, and downvote the ones you didn't enjoy as much. 

If you're unfamiliar with the genre, heist movies typically involve a scheme to pull off an elaborate robbery with high risk and even higher rewards. Almost all heist movies feature a team or crew of people who take part in the theft, each with their own set of skills that will help with the mission. Take the Ocean's Trilogy for example, or the fan favorite Snatch.

This list of heist movies features films with all sorts of locations, including casinos, banks, and more. Add one of your favorites to the list if it's missing, but only if you believe it to be a great heist movie.


Ralph Thomas and Noel Clarke are among the directors who have worked on Heist movies in the past.

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The Lavender Hill Mob Audrey Hepburn, Alec Guinness Robert Shaw

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Big Deal on Madonna Street Claudia Cardinale, Marcello Mastroianni Vittorio Gassman

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The League of Gentlemen Richard Attenborough, Oliver Reed Jack Hawkins

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Killing Zoe Ron Jeremy, Djimon Hounsou Julie Delpy

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3000 Miles to Graceland Courteney Cox, Kevin Costner Kurt Russell

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Family Business Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman Matthew Broderick

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The Lookout Isla Fisher, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Laura Vandervoort

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Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round Harrison Ford, James Coburn Vic Tayback

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Odds Against Tomorrow Shelley Winters, Harry Belafonte Robert Ryan

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Ice Traci Lords, Zach Galligan Michael Bailey Smith

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Operation Amsterdam Peter Finch, Eva Bartok Melvyn Hayes

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Rough Cut Burt Reynolds, David Niven Lesley-Anne Down

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Gangster Story Walter Matthau, Carol Grace Bruce MacFarlane

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Criminal Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon John C. Reilly

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Bandits Bruce Willis, Cate Blanchett January Jones

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High Life Timothy Olyphant, Mark McKinney Michael Bell

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Scorched Alicia Silverstone, Woody Harrelson John Cleese

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One Night at McCool's Liv Tyler, Helen Hunt Michael Douglas

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The Perfect Heist Lance McGinnis, Charles Merlis Judith Stout

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All About the Benjamins Eva Mendes, Ice Cube Anthony Michael Hall

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Live Free or Die Zooey Deschanel, Michael Rapaport Kevin Dunn

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Henry's Crime Keanu Reeves, James Caan Vera Farmiga

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Four Days Kevin Zegers, Colm Meaney William Forsythe

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The Hollywood Sign Whoopi Goldberg, Burt Reynolds Tom Berenger

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Seven Thieves Joan Collins, Eli Wallach Rod Steiger

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