The Best Black Heist Movies 

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Updated August 4, 2020 473 votes 40 voters 1.1k views 24 items

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This list of Black heist movies includes films that feature at least one African American lead character. The greatest heist movies all consist of the perfect plan, the priceless prize, and an assembly of thieves each with their own specialty. Some of these Black heist movies feature a good old fashioned bank robbery, while others aim to steal rare jewels.

Before there was Ocean’s 8, there was the 1996 box office hit Set It Off starring Jada Pinkett, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, and Kimberly Elise. It was not just a movie featuring a group of female bank robbers, it also starred a few of the biggest Black actresses of the era. The film additionally proved that well-made, female-led movies could rule at the box office.

The greatest Black heist films include selections from every genre. Some are funny, some are serious; but they are all clever. In order to get away with the loot, the robbers always need to be one step ahead of the police and the audience. Which are the greatest Black heist films? That’s up to you to decide. Vote up all your favorites so they get closer to the top of the list and check back for any new movies as they come out.

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Ocean's Eleven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney

Released: 2001

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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
Three Kings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube

Released: 1999

Directed by: David O. Russell

Three Kings is a 1999 satirical comedy film written and directed by David O. Russell from a story by John Ridley about a men taking gold that takes place during the 1991 Iraqi uprising against ...more
Sneakers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley

Released: 1992

Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson

Sneakers is a 1992 caper film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, written by Robinson, Walter Parkes, and Lawrence Lasker and starring Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, ...more
Armored is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Laurence Fishburne, Matt Dillon, Jean Reno

Released: 2009

Directed by: Nimród Antal

Armored is a 2009 American crime thriller film directed by Nimród Antal, written by first-time screenwriter James V. Simpson, and starring Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne, ...more
2 Guns is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Paula Patton

Released: 2013

Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur

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
Ocean's 8 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Ocean's 8 Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter

Released: 2018

Directed by: Gary Ross

Ocean's Eight is a 2018 American heist comedy film directed by Gary Ross. Danny Ocean's estranged sister Debbie (Sandra Bullock) attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s ...more
Swordfish is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Halle Berry, John Travolta, Hugh Jackman

Released: 2001

Directed by: Dominic Sena

Swordfish is a 2001 American action 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
Fast Five is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster

Released: 2011

Directed by: Justin Lin

Fast Five is a 2011 American action film directed by Justin Lin, and the fifth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew of street racers plan ...more
Money Train is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Jennifer Lopez, Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes

Released: 1995

Directed by: Joseph Ruben

Money Train is a 1995 American action film starring Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson and Jennifer Lopez as New York City transit cops and Robert Blake as their iron-fisted boss. After losing his ...more
2 Fast 2 Furious is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Eva Mendes, Paul Walker, Ludacris

Released: 2003

Directed by: John Singleton

2 Fast 2 Furious is a 2003 American street racing action film directed by John Singleton. It is the second installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise. Brian O'Conner teams up with his ...more
Hard Rain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Morgan Freeman, Betty White, Minnie Driver

Released: 1998

Directed by: Mikael Salomon

Hard Rain is a 1998 American/British action thriller film, produced by Mark Gordon, written by Graham Yost and directed by former cinematographer turned director Mikael Salomon. It stars ...more
Widows is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, André Holland

Released: 2018

Directed by: Steve McQueen

Widows is a 2018 heist thriller film directed by Steve McQueen, based on the 1983 TV series. Four armed robbers are killed in a failed heist attempt, only to have their widows step up to finish ...more
Cut Throat City is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Shameik Moore, T.I., Demetrius Shipp Jr.

Released: 2020

Directed by: RZA

Cut Throat City is a 2020 American action film directed by RZA. Set after Hurricane Katrina, four boyhood friends out of options reluctantly accept an offer to pull off a dangerous heist in the ...more
Tower Heist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Kate Upton, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

Released: 2011

Directed by: Brett Ratner

This film is a 2011 American comedy film directed by Brett Ratner. The plot follows Josh Kovaks (Ben Stiller), Charlie Gibbs (Casey Affleck) and Enrique Dev'reaux (Michael Peña), ...more
Set It Off is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

Released: 1996

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

Set It Off is a 1996 American 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 Kimberly ...more
Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

Released: 1995

Directed by: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

This film is a 1995 American film written by Michael Henry Brown, also written, produced and directed by the Hughes brothers, starring Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker, Freddy Rodriguez, ...more
Out of Time is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Eva Mendes, Denzel Washington, Sanaa Lathan

Released: 2003

Directed by: Carl Franklin

Out of Time is a 2003 American thriller film, directed by Carl Franklin featuring Denzel Washington.
Belly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Nas, DMX, Method Man

Released: 1998

Directed by: Hype Williams

Belly is a 1998 American film, directed by music video director Hype Williams, in his film directing debut. Filmed in New York City as an urban drama, the film stars rappers DMX and Nas, ...more
Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino

Released: 1997

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Jackie Brown is a 1997 drama film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1992 novel Rum Punch, the first adaptation from Tarantino, and stars Pam ...more
Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

Released: 1993

Directed by: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

Menace II Society is a 1993 drama/hood film and the directorial debut of twin brothers Allen and Albert Hughes. Set in South Central Los Angeles, the film follows the life of a hoodlum named ...more
Blue Streak is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle, Octavia Spencer

Released: 1999

Directed by: Les Mayfield

Blue Streak is a 1999 film, directed by Les Mayfield with Martin Lawrence. The director has also directed other famous films, including the remake of Miracle on Thirty-fourth Street in 1994. In ...more
Juice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

Released: 1992

Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson

Juice is a 1992 American drama thriller directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, written by Ernest R. Dickerson and Gerard Brown. It stars rapper Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps. Additional cast members ...more
Inside Man is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe

Released: 2006

Directed by: Spike Lee

Inside Man is a 2006 American thriller film directed by Spike Lee, and written by Russell Gewirtz. The film centers on an elaborate bank on Wall Street over a 24-hour period. It stars Denzel ...more
Mad Money is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Katie Holmes, Queen Latifah, Diane Keaton

Released: 2008

Directed by: Callie Khouri

Mad Money is a 2008 comedy 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.