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The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked 

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Updated August 4, 2020 208 votes 48 voters 1.3k views

List Rules Vote up the top caper crime films that feature heists.

 

Everyone loves seeing a band of misfits come together to rob shady characters and billionaire businesses of their riches. The best heist caper movies feature engaging action sequences and sweet, sweet revenge – and a few laughs along the way. This is a list of famous heist caper movies including everything from Ocean's Eleven to The Italian Job to The Town.

What films will you find on this list of movies featuring heists? Quentin Tarantino's 1992 film Reservoir Dogs followed six strangers as they came together to commit the perfect crime. After the job is ambushed, the career criminals turn on each other to determine who is the rat and, more importantly, who got the jewels. The 2006 movie Inside Man stars Clive Owen as a clever thief and Denzel Washington as a seasoned detective looking to crack the case. Other titles involving fictional capers include The Collector, The Score, and The Bank Job.

It's up to you to decide which heist movie deserves the top spot on this list. Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them to number one, and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

 

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

Released: 2001

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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Heat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

Released: 1995

Directed by: Michael Mann

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Inside Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe

Released: 2006

Directed by: Spike Lee

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

Released: 1992

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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The Italian Job is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook, Mark Wahlberg

Released: 2003

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

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The Town is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Blake Lively, Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm

Released: 2010

Directed by: Ben Affleck

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Widows is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, André Holland

Released: 2018

Directed by: Steve McQueen

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Ocean's Twelve is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney

Released: 2004

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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The Bank Job is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Mick Jagger, Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows

Released: 2008

Directed by: Roger Donaldson

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A Fish Called Wanda is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Stephen Fry

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Cleese, Charles Crichton

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Now You See Me is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson

Released: 2013

Directed by: Louis Leterrier

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How to Steal a Million ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach

Released: 1966

Directed by: William Wyler

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The Score is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, Edward Norton

Released: 2001

Directed by: Frank Oz

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Sexy Beast is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Ray Winstone

Released: 2000

Directed by: Jonathan Glazer

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The Asphalt Jungle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Marilyn Monroe, Jack Warden, James Whitmore

Released: 1950

Directed by: John Huston

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Tower Heist is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Kate Upton, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

Released: 2011

Directed by: Brett Ratner

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Heist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman, Sam Rockwell

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Mamet

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Topkapi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Topkapi Peter Ustinov, Maximilian Schell, Robert Morley

Released: 1964

Directed by: Jules Dassin

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19
The Killing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Benjamin Lattanzio added Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards

Released: 1956

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Parker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Jason Statham

Released: 2013

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

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Cut Throat City is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Shameik Moore, T.I., Demetrius Shipp Jr.

Released: 2020

Directed by: RZA

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22
Reindeer Games is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Ben Affleck, Ashton Kutcher

Released: 2000

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

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23
Ocean's 8 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Ocean's 8 Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter

Released: 2018

Directed by: Gary Ross

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24
The Lookout is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Isla Fisher, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Laura Vandervoort

Released: 2007

Directed by: Scott Frank

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25
Man on a Ledge is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Heist Caper Movies, Ranked
Elizabeth Banks, Ed Harris, Kyra Sedgwick

Released: 2012

Directed by: Asger Leth

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