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The Best Black Heist Movies

Updated August 4, 2020 933 votes 45 voters 2.9k views24 items

List RulesVote up your favorite Black heist movies.

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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    2 Guns

    Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington

    Released2013

    Directed byBaltasar 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 name published...  more
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    Swordfish

    Halle Berry, John Travolta

    Released2001

    Directed byDominic 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 Jobson, an...  more
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    Ocean's 8

    Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett

    Released2018

    Directed byGary Ross

    Ocean's Eight (stylized Ocean's 8) 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...  more
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    Three Kings

    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid 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 Saddam...  more
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    Ocean's Eleven

    Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts

    Released2001

    Directed bySteven 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 including...  more
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    Sneakers

    Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1992

    Directed byPhil 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, River...  more
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    Armored

    Laurence Fishburne, Matt Dillon

    Released2009

    Directed byNimród 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, Amaury Nolasco,...  more
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    Fast Five

    Vin Diesel, Paul Walker

    Released2011

    Directed byJustin 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 a...  more
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    Tower Heist

    Kate Upton, Eddie Murphy

    Released2011

    Directed byBrett 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), employees of an...  more
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    Out of Time

    Eva Mendes, Denzel Washington

    Released2003

    Directed byCarl Franklin

    Out of Time is a 2003 American thriller film, directed by Carl Franklin featuring Denzel Washington....  more
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    Money Train

    Jennifer Lopez, Woody Harrelson

    Released1995

    Directed byJoseph 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 job,...  more
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    14
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    2 Fast 2 Furious

    Eva Mendes, Paul Walker

    Released2003

    Directed byJohn 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 ex-con...  more
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    Cut Throat City

    Shameik Moore, T.I.

    Released2020

    Directed byRZA

    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 heart...  more
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    5
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    Blue Streak

    Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle

    Released1999

    Directed byLes 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
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    12
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    Set It Off

    Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre

    Released1996

    Directed byF. 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 Elise....  more
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    Widows

    Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo

    Released2018

    Directed bySteve 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 the...  more
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    Hard Rain

    Morgan Freeman, Betty White

    Released1998

    Directed byMikael 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 Christian...  more
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    Dead Presidents

    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byAlbert 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
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    Mad Money

    Katie Holmes, Queen Latifah

    Released2008

    Directed byCallie 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. ...  more
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    Belly

    Nas, DMX

    Released1998

    Directed byHype 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, alongside...  more
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    Jackie Brown

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1997

    Directed byQuentin 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 Grier in...  more
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    Menace II Society

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith

    Released1993

    Directed byAlbert 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 Caine...  more
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    Juice

    Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1992

    Directed byErnest 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 include...  more
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    Inside Man

    Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington

    Released2006

    Directed bySpike 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