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List Rules Bank robbery or heist must be the central theme of the movie.

The greatest bank robbery films are filled with action and suspense, and this movie list is a round-up of the best of the genre. Some of the top bank heist movies are among the top movies of all time, and some of the most entertaining to boot. If you enjoy seeing the bad guys do what they do best, bank robber films are perfect for you.

From the amazing car chase scenes of The Italian Job to the intense police scrutiny of Inside Man, there's something for every action movie lover in bank robbery movies. Even if you just want to see Keanu Reeves and some tasty waves, there's a movie on the best heist movies list that will make you want to rob a bank just to be as cool as these characters.

What are the best bank robbery movies of all time? These are films in which a bank robbery is the central theme. If your favorite bank heist movie is missing from the greatest bank robbery film list, make sure to add it yourself. What's the best heist film? This genre includes other sub-genres such as heist, crime, and even escape films. The bank robbery, and especially crime in general has been a staple of storytelling in film since the silent era. The movies on this list represent all types of bank robbery films including comedy, action, and suspense. Suffice to say, these are the top, most successful bank robbery films of all time.

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Heat is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro Heat is a 1995 American crime thriller film written, produced and directed by Michael Mann, and starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Val Kilmer. The film was released in the United States on ...more

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The Town is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Blake Lively, Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm The Town is a 2010 American crime drama film starring, co-written and directed by Ben Affleck adapted from Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves. The film opened in theaters in the United States ...more

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Ocean's Eleven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney Ocean's Eleven is a 2001 American comedy heist film and the remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film of the same name. The 2001 film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and features an ensemble cast ...more

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
PeteBoyle added Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 American ensemble crime film that depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist. The film was the debut of director and writer Quentin Tarantino, and stars ...more

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Dog Day Afternoon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 American crime drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, written by Frank Pierson, and produced by Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand. The film stars Al Pacino, John Cazale, ...more

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The Italian Job is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook, Mark Wahlberg The Italian Job is a 2003 heist film directed by F. Gary Gray, written by Wayne and Donna Powers and produced by Donald DeLine. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, ...more

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Inside Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe Inside Man is a 2006 American crime thriller film directed by Spike Lee, and written by Russell Gewirtz. The film centers on an elaborate bank heist on Wall Street over a 24-hour period. It ...more

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Public Enemies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum Public Enemies is a 2009 American biographical crime drama film directed by Michael Mann and written by Mann, Ronan Bennett and Ann Biderman. It is an adaptation of Bryan Burrough's non-fiction ...more

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Point Break is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze Point Break is a 1991 American action crime film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty and Gary Busey. The title refers to the surfing term point break, ...more

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
StacyWolfe added Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie. It stars Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del ...more

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 American Western film directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman. Based loosely on fact, the film tells the story of Wild West ...more

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
StacyWolfe added Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart. It is based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp. Die ...more

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Snatch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
StacyWolfe added Brad Pitt, Benicio del Toro, Vinnie Jones Snatch is a 2000 crime comedy film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, featuring an ensemble cast. Set in the London criminal underworld, the film contains two intertwined plots: one dealing ...more

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Bonnie and Clyde is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
bojanthebest added Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Gene Wilder Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 American biographical crime film directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the title characters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. The film ...more

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
StacyWolfe added Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard Inception is a 2010 science fiction heist thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, ...more

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The Score is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, Edward Norton The Score is a 2001 crime thriller film directed by Frank Oz, and stars Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Angela Bassett and Marlon Brando in his final film role. It was the only time that Brando ...more

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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Ba... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
StacyWolfe added Sting, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a 1998 British crime comedy thriller film written and directed by Guy Ritchie. The story is a heist film involving a self-confident young card sharp who ...more

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Heist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman, Sam Rockwell Heist is a 2001 crime film, written and directed by David Mamet, which stars Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, and Delroy Lindo, with Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay, and Sam Rockwell in supporting roles.

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Swordfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Halle Berry, John Travolta, Hugh Jackman Swordfish is a 2001 American action crime thriller film directed by Dominic Sena and starring John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle and Vinnie Jones. The film centers on Stanley ...more

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Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
carlybobarly added Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker Dead Presidents is a 1995 American crime film written by Michael Henry Brown, also written, produced and directed by the Hughes brothers, starring Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker, Freddy ...more

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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
StacyWolfe added Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is based on the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. The film ...more

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Three Kings is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
StacyWolfe added George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube Three Kings is a 1999 satirical war-comedy film written and directed by David O. Russell from a story by John Ridley about a gold heist that takes place during the 1991 Iraqi uprising against ...more

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The Taking of Pelham 123 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
just43601 added John Travolta, Denzel Washington, James Gandolfini The Taking of Pelham 123 is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta. It is a film adaptation of the novel by Morton Freedgood, and ...more

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Set It Off is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith Set It Off is a 1996 American crime action film directed by F. Gary Gray, and written by Kate Lanier and Takashi Bufford. The film stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox and ...more

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A Fish Called Wanda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
StacyWolfe added Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Stephen Fry A Fish Called Wanda is a 1988 heist-comedy film written by John Cleese and Charles Crichton. It was directed by Crichton and stars Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin. Kline ...more

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True Romance is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
TrevorMoore added Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson True Romance is a 1993 American romantic crime film directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino. The film stars Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette with a supporting cast ...more

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Fun with Dick and Jane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Jim Carrey, Alec Baldwin, Angie Harmon Fun with Dick and Jane is a 2005 remake of the 1977 American comedy film of the same name, directed by Dean Parisot and written by Judd Apatow and Nicholas Stoller. It stars Jim Carrey and ...more

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Run Lola Run is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Franka Potente, Armin Rohde, Moritz Bleibtreu Run Lola Run is a 1998 German thriller film written and directed by Tom Tykwer and starring Franka Potente as Lola and Moritz Bleibtreu as Manni. The story follows a woman who needs to obtain ...more

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Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, Gary Busey Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is a 1974 American crime film written and directed by Michael Cimino and starring Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy, and Geoffrey Lewis.

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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
StacyWolfe added Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards The Killing is a 1956 film noir produced by James B. Harris and directed by Stanley Kubrick. It was written by Kubrick and Jim Thompson and based on the novel Clean Break by Lionel White. The ...more

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The Taking of Pelham One Two T... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
slaft added Jerry Stiller, Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a 1974 American thriller film directed by Joseph Sargent, produced by Edgar J. Scherick, and starring Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam and ...more

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Now You See Me is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
looksharp added Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson Now You See Me is a 2013 thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier and written by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt .

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The Real McCoy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
gunnet added Val Kilmer, Kim Basinger, Terence Stamp The Real McCoy is a 1993 crime film, directed by Russell Mulcahy. It stars Kim Basinger and Val Kilmer.

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The Friends of Eddie Coyle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Mark Holmes added Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Alex Rocco The Friends of Eddie Coyle is a 1973 crime film directed by Peter Yates and starring Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle. The screenplay by Paul Monash was adapted from the novel of the same name by ...more

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2 Guns is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
john-von-blankenship added Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Paula Patton 2 Guns is a 2013 American action comedy film directed by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur and starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Based on a comic book series of the same ...more

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Topkapi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
CarlosGuerrero1 added Peter Ustinov, Maximilian Schell, Robert Morley Topkapi is a heist film made by Filmways Pictures and distributed by United Artists. It was produced and directed by the emigre American film director Jules Dassin. The film is based on Eric ...more

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Layer Cake is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
vinok29 added Sienna Miller, Tom Hardy, Daniel Craig Layer Cake is a 2004 British crime thriller film directed by Matthew Vaughn, in his directorial debut. The screenplay was adapted by J. J. Connolly from his novel of the same name. The film was ...more

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Rififi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
StacyWolfe added Jules Dassin, Robert Hossein, Carl Möhner Rififi is a 1955 French crime film adaptation of Auguste Le Breton's novel of the same name. Directed by American filmmaker Jules Dassin, the film stars Jean Servais as the aging gangster Tony ...more

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Mad Money is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Pairadasea Trice added Katie Holmes, Queen Latifah, Diane Keaton Mad Money is a 2008 comedy-crime film starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes, and directed by Callie Khouri. It is loosely based on the 2001 British film Hot Money.

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The Long Riders is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
slaft added Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid, Christopher Guest The Long Riders is a 1980 western film directed by Walter Hill. It was produced by James Keach, Stacy Keach and Tim Zinnemann and featured an original soundtrack by Ry Cooder. Cooder won the ...more

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Cahill U.S. Marshal is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
bojanthebest added John Wayne, George Kennedy, Scott Walker Cahill U.S. Marshal is a 1973 American Western film in Technicolor starring John Wayne as a driven lawman in a black hat. The film was directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and filmed on location in ...more

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Bottle Rocket is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
StacyWolfe added Owen Wilson, James Caan, Leslie Mann Bottle Rocket is a 1996 American crime comedy film directed by Wes Anderson. It was co-written by Anderson and Owen Wilson. In addition to being Wes Anderson's directorial debut, Bottle Rocket ...more

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Reindeer Games is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
vinok29 added Charlize Theron, Ben Affleck, Ashton Kutcher Reindeer Games is a 2000 action film film, directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, and Charlize Theron. It was Frankenheimer's final theatrically released film and ...more

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The Great Northfield Minnesota... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
dca1983 added Robert Duvall, Cliff Robertson, Donald Moffat The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid is a 1972 Technicolor Western film about the James-Younger Gang distributed by Universal Pictures. It was directed by Philip Kaufman in a cinéma ...more

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Kelly's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
WOOD BREAKER added Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles Kelly's Heroes is a 1970 war comedy film directed by Brian G. Hutton, about a group of World War II soldiers who go AWOL to rob a bank behind enemy lines. The film stars Clint Eastwood, Telly ...more

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Sexy Beast is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
TrevorMoore added Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Ray Winstone Sexy Beast is a 2000 British-Spanish crime film and the directorial debut of Jonathan Glazer. Glazer had previously directed music videos and commercials for companies such as Guinness and ...more

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30 Minutes or Less is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
PeteBoyle added Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson 30 Minutes or Less is a 2011 American action comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer starring Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari and Nick Swardson. It is produced by Columbia Pictures ...more

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Stander is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Thomas Jane, Deborah Kara Unger, David O'Hara Stander is a 2003 biographical film about Captain André Stander, a South African police officer turned bank robber, starring Thomas Jane who initially turned down the role. The filmmakers ...more

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Family Business is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman, Matthew Broderick Family Business is a 1989 film directed by Sidney Lumet with a screenplay by Vincent Patrick, based on his novel. It stars Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman and Matthew Broderick.

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Killing Zoe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
isaac-perkins added Ron Jeremy, Djimon Hounsou, Julie Delpy Killing Zoe is a 1994 American-French crime film written and directed by Roger Avary and starring Eric Stoltz, Jean-Hugues Anglade, and Julie Delpy. The story details a safe cracker named Zed ...more