Ben Affleck listed his 11 favorite heist movies for the Daily Beast . He listed films from Kubrick to Michael Mann, Point Break to Inception. If you likeheist movies or Ben Affleck's heist movie The Town, you'll love these. From The Daily Beast "Ben Affleck wrote and directed the films Gone Baby Gone and The Town, in which he also stars. Other acting credits include The Company Men, Hollywoodland, and Shakespeare in Love. In 1997, he won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, with Matt Damon, for Good Will Hunting, in which he also starred. "
"Thatâs probably my No. 1. It definitely is vis Ã vis The Town. Same settingâthey even had the same safe front in one of the bank robberies, like, the actual safe was the same in ours as it was in Eddie Coyle. I donât know what that says except that they donât update safes very much. We put a little piece of dialogue from The Friends of Eddie Coyle on the television that someoneâs watching in The Town. Itâs an exceptional film. It does what I try to do, which is to make it seem real. Itâs not sexed up, itâs not glam. You feel like these are real guys, who really are doing this. And the stakes feel kind of dangerous and real in a sort of slightly scary, upsetting way; I think the way it would in real life." see more on The Friends of Eddie Coyle
"Thereâs an incredible sequence in Rififi where thereâs no sound during the robbery. I watched that a bunch of times before making The Town. Rififi shows how much you can do, when that sort of tension is created so elegantly and so sparely. Itâs just magnificent. That was also something I wanted to steal for my movie."
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"Heat is the seminal, modern heist/robbery movie. It was made in â95. Still, a movie hasnât been made since that has a deeper feel of authenticity. It feels so real that bank robbers then copied Heat. And when I was interviewing people in prison they referenced Heat. And when I was interviewing the FBI, they referenced Heat. So, aside from feeling bummed out that Iâd always be in the shadow of Heat, I can certainly tell you, for sure, with great authority, that Heat is the one movie thatâs cited as the real thing by people who really do that stuff."
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"Inception is about heisting something really different; theyâre breaking into someoneâs mind. Leonardo DiCaprioâs really, really good in the movie, and Christopher Nolan is an extraordinary director. Itâs virtually entirely visual effects, and yet you never think about it. Thereâs never a moment when youâre going, âOK, hereâs the dragon that flies over, or hereâs the robots,â or whatever. It all feels real. Itâs the perfect example of story driving the visuals and the way, if the storyâs working, itâs seamless, no matter how many pyrotechnics are going on."
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