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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 fashion 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 and check back for any new movies as they come out.

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Set It Off is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith
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
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Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker
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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Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, 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
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2 Fast 2 Furious is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Eva Mendes, Paul Walker, Ludacris
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
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Fast Five is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster
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
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Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton
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
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Belly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Nas, DMX, Method Man
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
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Inside Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe
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
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Juice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah
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
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Mad Money is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Katie Holmes, Queen Latifah, Diane Keaton
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.
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Three Kings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube
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
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Armored is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Laurence Fishburne, Matt Dillon, Jean Reno
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
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Money Train is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Jennifer Lopez, Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes
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
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2 Guns is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
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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Blue Streak is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle, Octavia Spencer
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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Swordfish is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Halle Berry, John Travolta, Hugh Jackman
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
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Tower Heist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Kate Upton, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers
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
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Ocean's 8 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter
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
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Out of Time is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Eva Mendes, Denzel Washington, Sanaa Lathan
Out of Time is a 2003 American thriller film, directed by Carl Franklin featuring Denzel Washington.
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Ocean's Eleven is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Heist 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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Hard Rain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Morgan Freeman, Betty White, Minnie Driver
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
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Widows is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, André Holland
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
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Sneakers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Heist Movies
Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley
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