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The Best Heist Movies

Updated June 4, 2021 5.7k votes 596 voters 80.1k views202 items

List RulesVote 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.

 

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  • 1

    Ocean's Eleven

    Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts
    165
    62

    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
  • 2

    Heat

    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino
    131
    45

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Mann

    Heat is a 1995 American crime thriller film written, produced and directed by Michael Mann, and starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Val Kilmer. The film was released in the United States on...  more
  • 3

    Inside Man

    Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington
    77
    25

    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
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    AddWilson added

    Die Hard

    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman
    79
    32

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

    Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart. It is based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp. Die Hard...  more
  • 5

    The Usual Suspects

    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro
    93
    27

    Released1994

    Directed byBryan Singer

    The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie. It stars Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del Toro,...  more
  • 6

    Inception

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy
    78
    25

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Elliot Page, Joseph...  more
  • 7

    The Town

    Blake Lively, Ben Affleck
    90
    48

    Released2010

    Directed byBen Affleck

    The Town is a 2010 American crime drama film directed by Ben Affleck. A longtime thief, planning his next job, tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to an earlier heist, and a...  more
  • 8

    Reservoir Dogs

    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi
    68
    25

    Released1992

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 American ensemble crime film that depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist. The film was the debut of director and writer Quentin Tarantino, and stars...  more
  • 9

    A Fish Called Wanda

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline
    73
    35

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Cleese, Charles Crichton

    A Fish Called Wanda is a 1988 film written by John Cleese and Charles Crichton. It was directed by Crichton and stars Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin. Kline won the Academy...  more
  • 10

    The Italian Job

    Michael Caine, Benny Hill
    94
    54

    Released1969

    Directed byPeter Collinson

    The Italian Job is a 1969 British caper film, written by Troy Kennedy Martin, produced by Michael Deeley and directed by Peter Collinson. Subsequent television showings and releases on video have...  more
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    The Italian Job

    Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook
    51
    30

    Released2003

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

    The Italian Job is a 2003 film directed by F. Gary Gray, written by Wayne and Donna Powers and produced by Donald DeLine. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Edward Norton,...  more
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    AddWilson added

    Die Hard with a Vengeance

    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson
    46
    26

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

    This film is a 1995 American action film and the third in the film series. It was produced and directed by John McTiernan, written by Jonathan Hensleigh, and stars Bruce Willis as New York City...  more
  • 13

    Ocean's Thirteen

    Brad Pitt, George Clooney
    44
    23

    Released2007

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Ocean's Thirteen is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring an ensemble cast. It is the third and final film in the Soderbergh series following the 2004 sequel Ocean's...  more
  • 14

    The Bank Job

    Mick Jagger, Jason Statham
    55
    27

    Released2008

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

    The Bank Job is a 2008 British film written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, directed by Roger Donaldson, and starring Jason Statham, based on the 1971 Baker Street in central London, from which...  more
  • 15

    Dog Day Afternoon

    Al Pacino, Carol Kane
    36
    16

    Released1975

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, written by Frank Pierson, and produced by Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand. The film stars Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles...  more
  • 16

    Point Break

    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey
    65
    28

    Released1991

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

    Point Break is a 1991 American action film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty and Gary Busey. The title refers to the surfing term point break, where a...  more
  • 17

    Ocean's Twelve

    Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts
    51
    38

    Released2004

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Ocean's Twelve is a 2004 American comedy film, which acts as the sequel to 2001's Ocean's Eleven. Like its predecessor, which was a remake of the 1960 film Ocean's 11, the film was directed by Steven...  more
  • 18

    The Thomas Crown Affair

    Faye Dunaway, Steve McQueen
    59
    28

    Released1968

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    The Thomas Crown Affair is a DeLuxe Color 1968 film directed and produced by Norman Jewison starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. It was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning Best Original...  more
  • 19

    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    Jerry Stiller, Walter Matthau
    42
    27

    Released1974

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a 1974 American thriller film directed by Joseph Sargent, produced by Edgar J. Scherick, and starring Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam and Héctor...  more
  • 20

    Widows

    Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo
    37
    28

    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
  • 21

    Sneakers

    Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd
    44
    26

    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
  • 22

    Baby Driver

    Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey
    19
    9

    Released2017

    Directed byEdgar Wright

    Baby Driver is a 2017 British-American action thriller film written and directed by Edgar Wright. A young talented getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who works for different hooligans gets in trouble when...  more
  • 23

    Out of Sight

    Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney
    30
    21

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Out of Sight is a 1998 American comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard and directed by Steven Soderbergh. The first of several collaborations between Soderbergh and star...  more
  • 24

    The Taking of Pelham 123

    John Travolta, Denzel Washington
    37
    37

    Released2009

    Directed byTony Scott

    The Taking of Pelham 123 is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta. It is a film adaptation of the novel by Morton Freedgood, and is a...  more
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    Entrapment

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sean Connery
    24
    17

    Released1999

    Directed byJon Amiel

    Entrapment is a 1999 American caper film directed by Jon Amiel and starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones....  more