film The Most Thrilling Heist Movies on Netflix  

1.1k votes 548 voters 41.6k views 26 items Embed

In real life, robbing a bank, smuggling flawless diamonds, or double-crossing a drug dealer would land you in the slammer. The best heist films streaming on Netflix give viewers an inside look at what it might be like to commit a serious crime, without the risk of getting caught. Although not all of these movies turn out well for the protagonists, they're guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat with anticipation.

Talented actors seem to flock to heist movies. Slipping into a character that enjoys the thrill of the chase must be an extremely rewarding part to play, and the actors seem to enjoy every role. Near the top of the list of the best heist movies on Netflix Instant lies Gambit which stars Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz. Going beyond the simple bank robbery, these professional thieves execute master plans in order to steal only the rarest and most expensive items. 

Don't expect a ton of morally upstanding characters in these Netflix heist movies. We can't promise you happy endings for all, but we're sure you'll love the drama, action, and criminal masterminds in these Netflix heist movies. Some of the most popular heist movies on this list include critically acclaimed films Cradle 2 the Grave and American Heist.  

Vote up the best heist films on the list below, and be sure to let us know which one is your favorite in the comment section!

list ordered by

46 18
Ranker Video
American Heist Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody Jordana Brewster

46 21
Ranker Video
Stolen Nicolas Cage, Malin Åkerman, Josh Lucas Stolen, formerly known as Medallion, is a 2012 American action thriller film starring Nicolas Cage, Danny Huston, Malin Åkerman, M.C. Gainey, Sami Gayle, Mark Valley and Josh Lucas.

22 8
Ranker Video
Ready 2 Die Pablo Santiago, Jacob Martinez, John Azpilicueta

16 6
Ranker Video
Cradle 2 the Grave Gabrielle Union, Kelly Hu, DMX Cradle 2 the Grave is a 2003 American action film directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak, and starring Jet Li and DMX. The film was released in the United States on February 28, 2003.

16 6
Ranker Video
A Tale of Two Thieves Gordon Goody, Harry Macqueen

27 17
Ranker Video
Gambit Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth Gambit is a 2012 film directed by Michael Hoffman, starring Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman and Stanley Tucci. It is a remake of the 1966 film of the same name starring Shirley MacLaine ...more

16 7
Ranker Video
Java Heat Mickey Rourke, Kellan Lutz, Atiqah Hasiholan Java Heat is a 2013 American action film. Directed by Conor Allyn, the film stars Kellan Lutz, Mickey Rourke, Ario Bayu and Atiqah Hasiholan.

12 5
Ranker Video
The Trust Elijah Wood, Nicolas Cage

15 10
Ranker Video
Coin Heist Blanche Baker, Peter Benson, Olivia Birkelund

10 6
Ranker Video
Carnage Park Alan Ruck, Darby Stanchfield, Ashley Bell

9 7
Ranker Video
How to Steal a Million Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach How to Steal a Million is a 1966 heist comedy film, directed by William Wyler and starring Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach and Hugh Griffith. The picture is set and was filmed in ...more

7 6
Ranker Video
Cold Deck Stéfano Gallo, Paul Sorvino, Robert Knepper

14 Famous People Who Have PhDs

5 4
Ranker Video
The Newton Boys Cameron Diaz, Matthew McConaughey, Liam Neeson The Newton Boys is a 1998 American comedy-drama film based on the true story of the Newton Gang, a family of bank robbers from Uvalde, Texas. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, ...more

3 2
Ranker Video
Three Fugitives Nick Nolte, James Earl Jones, Martin Short Three Fugitives is a 1989 crime-comedy film written and directed by Francis Veber, starring Nick Nolte and Martin Short, and featuring Sarah Rowland Doroff, James Earl Jones and Alan Ruck in ...more

2 1
Ranker Video
The Ref Kevin Spacey, J.K. Simmons, Denis Leary The Ref is a 1994 American black comedy film directed by Ted Demme, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Denis Leary, Judy Davis, and Kevin Spacey.

12 14
Ranker Video
The Last Heist Henry Rollins, Torrance Coombs, Victoria Pratt

4 5
Ranker Video
Deadfall Olivia Wilde, Kate Mara, Eric Bana Deadfall is a 2012 crime drama film directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky, written by Zach Dean and starring Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, and Charlie Hunnam.

The Best Movies on Netflix Instant

11 13
Ranker Video
Drive Hard John Cusack, Thomas Jane, Zoe Ventoura Drive Hard is a 2014 Australian action comedy film directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith and written by Chad Law, Evan Law, and Smith. A professional thief takes a former race car driver hostage and ...more

7 10
Ranker Video
Firestorm Andy Lau, Hu Jun, Yao Chen Firestorm is a 2013 Hong Kong action film written and directed by Alan Yuen, produced by and starring Andy Lau. The film was converted to 3D during post-production, making it the first 3D Hong ...more

9 14
Ranker Video
Stretch Patrick Wilson, Ed Helms, James Badge Dale Stretch is a 2014 American comedy crime film directed by Joe Carnahan. Struggling to pay off a debt to his bookie, a hard-luck limo driver (Patrick Wilson) takes on a job with a crazed ...more

8 13
Ranker Video
Plastic Emma Rigby, Malese Jow, Graham McTavish Plastic is a British action comedy-crime film directed by Julian Gilbey and co-written by Will Gilbey and Chris Howard. The film stars Ed Speleers, Will Poulter, Alfie Allen, Sebastian de Souza ...more

6 11
Ranker Video
Redirected Vinnie Jones, Scot Williams, Artur Smolyaninov Redirected is a 2014 action drama thriller film written by Jonas Banys, Lewis Britnell and Emilis Velyvis directed by Emilis Velyvis.

7 13
Ranker Video
CZ12 Jackie Chan, Sang-woo Kwon, Fan Liao CZ12 or "Armour of God 3", also known as Chinese Zodiac, is a 2012 Hong Kong-Chinese action film co-produced, written, directed by, and starring Jackie Chan. The film is a ...more

4 12
Ranker Video
Trespass Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage, Cam Gigandet Trespass is a 2011 American thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film stars Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman as a married couple taken hostage by extortionists. Shooting on the project ...more

3 11
Ranker Video
Avenged Hlubi Mboya, Presley Chweneyagae, Owen Sejake Avenged is a 2013 South African action film written and directed by Donovan Marsh. It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

3 15
Ranker Video
The Suspect William Sadler, Mekhi Phifer, Rebecca Creskoff The Suspect is a 2013 thriller film written and directed by Stuart Connelly.