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The Best Heist Movies 

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List Rules Vote for your personal favorite films about heists, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

There's no question that when you're talking about the best heist movies of all time, that some films are just bound to come up in the conversation. Many argue that The Italian Job is the top heist movie of all time, while others say that Heat or The Thomas Crown Affair actually deserve that title. For that reason, we're leaving the order of this best heist films list up to you. Cast your votes for what you consider to be the greatest heist films, and downvote the ones you didn't enjoy as much. 

If you're unfamiliar with the genre, heist movies typically involve a scheme to pull off an elaborate robbery with high risk and even higher rewards. Almost all heist movies feature a team or crew of people who take part in the theft, each with their own set of skills that will help with the mission. Take the Ocean's Trilogy for example, or the fan favorite Snatch.

This list of heist movies features films with all sorts of locations, including casinos, banks, and more. Add one of your favorites to the list if it's missing, but only if you believe it to be a great heist movie. And if you're just looking for bank heist movies, we have a list on that too.

 

Ralph Thomas and Noel Clarke are among the directors who have worked on Heist movies in the past.

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Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney

Released: 2001

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

Released: 1995

Directed by: Michael Mann

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Michael Caine, Benny Hill, Noël Coward

Released: 1969

Directed by: Peter Collinson

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Blake Lively, Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm

Released: 2010

Directed by: Ben Affleck

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Stephen Fry

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Cleese, Charles Crichton

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Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe

Released: 2006

Directed by: Spike Lee

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Released: 1988

Directed by: John McTiernan

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Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

Released: 1994

Directed by: Bryan Singer

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Mick Jagger, Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows

Released: 2008

Directed by: Roger Donaldson

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

Released: 2010

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

Released: 1992

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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Faye Dunaway, Steve McQueen, Yaphet Kotto

Released: 1968

Directed by: Norman Jewison

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Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook, Mark Wahlberg

Released: 2003

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

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Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze

Released: 1991

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

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Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney

Released: 2004

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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Jerry Stiller, Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw

Released: 1974

Directed by: Joseph Sargent

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Released: 1975

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

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Released: 1992

Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson

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Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, André Holland

Released: 2018

Directed by: Steve McQueen

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Released: 1995

Directed by: John McTiernan

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Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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Released: 1956

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Released: 2009

Directed by: Tony Scott

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Willie Nelson, James Caan, Tuesday Weld

Released: 1981

Directed by: Michael Mann

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Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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