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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
Heat 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
The Town 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
Ocean’s Eleven 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 Reservoir Dogs 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
Dog Day Afternoon 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
The Italian Job 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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Public Enemies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Public Enemies 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) 8 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Point Break 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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Inside Man is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Inside Man 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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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
StacyWolfe added The Usual Suspects 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
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 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 Die Hard 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 Snatch 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 Bonnie and Clyde 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 Inception 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
The Score 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 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 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
Heist 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
Swordfish 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 Dead Presidents 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 Goldfinger 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 Three Kings 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 The Taking of Pelham 123 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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A Fish Called Wanda is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
StacyWolfe added A Fish Called Wanda 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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Set It Off is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Set It Off 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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True Romance is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
TrevorMoore added True Romance 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
Fun with Dick and Jane 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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Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot 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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Run Lola Run is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Run Lola Run 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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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
StacyWolfe added The Killing 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 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 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 Now You See Me 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 The Real McCoy 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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2 Guns is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
john-von-blankenship added 2 Guns 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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The Friends of Eddie Coyle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Mark Holmes added The Friends of Eddie Coyle 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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Topkapi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
CarlosGuerrero1 added Topkapi 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 Layer Cake 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 Rififi 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 Mad Money 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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Cahill U.S. Marshal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
bojanthebest added Cahill U.S. Marshal 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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The Long Riders is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
slaft added The Long Riders 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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Bottle Rocket is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
StacyWolfe added Bottle Rocket 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

Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

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Reindeer Games is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
vinok29 added Reindeer Games 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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Kelly's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
WOOD BREAKER added Kelly's Heroes 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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The Great Northfield Minnesota... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
dca1983 added The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid 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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30 Minutes or Less is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
PeteBoyle added 30 Minutes or Less 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) 47 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Stander 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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Sexy Beast is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
TrevorMoore added Sexy Beast 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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Family Business is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
Family Business 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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The Good Thief is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Bank Robbery Movies
TrevorMoore added The Good Thief Ralph Fiennes, Nick Nolte, Emir Kusturica The Good Thief is a 2002 crime thriller film starring Nick Nolte, Emir Kusturica, and Nutsa Kukhianidze, and directed by Neil Jordan. It is a remake of the 1955 French film Bob le flambeur by ...more