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Top 25 best heist movies of all time

Want to know what the best Heist movies of all time are according to the Magnificent Movies community? Check out this Top 25, ranked by the ones who know best.

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  1. Rififi (1955)

    Rififi

    Out of prison after a five-year stretch, jewel thief Tony (Jean Servais) turns down a quick job his friend Jo (Carl Mohner) offers him, until he discovers that his old girlfriend Mado (Marie Sabouret) has become the lover of local gangster Pierre Grutter (Marcel Lupovici) during Tony's absence. Expanding a minor smash-and-grab into a full-scale jewel heist, Tony and his crew appear to get away clean, but their actions after the job is completed threaten the lives of everyone involved.

    Directed by Jules Dassin
  2. The Killing (1956)

    The Killing

    The Killing was Stanley Kubrick’s first film with a professional cast and the first time he achieved public recognition as the unconventional director he’s now known for. The story is of ex-prisoners who plan to set up a racetrack so they can live a life without monetary worries. One of the more exceptional films of the 1950’s.

    Directed by Stanley Kubrick
  3. Ocean's Eleven (2001)

    Ocean's Eleven

    Less than 24 hours into his parole, charismatic thief Danny Ocean is already rolling out his next plan: In one night, Danny's hand-picked crew of specialists will attempt to steal more than $150 million from three Las Vegas casinos. But to score the cash, Danny risks his chances of reconciling with ex-wife, Tess.

    Directed by Steven Soderbergh
  4. Heat (1995)

    Heat

    Obsessive master thief Neil McCauley leads a top-notch crew on various daring heists throughout Los Angeles while determined detective Vincent Hanna pursues him without rest. Each man recognizes and respects the ability and the dedication of the other even though they are aware their cat-and-mouse game may end in violence.

    Directed by Michael Mann
  5. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

    A Fish Called Wanda

    A diamond advocate is attempting to steal a collection of diamonds, yet troubles arise when he realizes that he is not the only one after the diamonds.

    Directed by Charles Crichton
  6. Inside Man (2006)

    Inside Man

    An efficient gang enters a Manhattan bank, locks the doors, and takes hostages. They work deliberately, without haste. Detective Frazier is assigned to negotiate, but his mind is occupied with the corruption charges he is facing. With an army of police surrounding the bank, the thief, the cop, and the plutocrat's fixer enter high-stakes negotiations. Why are the robbers asking for a plane, if they are so competent and they know they won't get one? Why aren't they in more of a hurry?

    Directed by Spike Lee
  7. Snatch (2000)

    Snatch

    The second film from British director Guy Ritchie. Snatch tells an obscure story similar to his first fast-paced crazy character-colliding filled film “Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels.” There are two overlapping stories here – one is the search for a stolen diamond, and the other about a boxing promoter who’s having trouble with a psychotic gangster.

    Directed by Guy Ritchie
  8. The Bank Job (2008)

    The Bank Job

    Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don't realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets - secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal.

    Directed by Roger Donaldson
  9. The Sting (1973)

    The Sting

    Set in the 1930's this intricate caper deals with an ambitious small-time crook and a veteran con man who seek revenge on a vicious crime lord who murdered one of their gang.

    Directed by George Roy Hill
  10. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

    A fast paced comedy about a card sharp and his unwillingly enlisted friends, who need to make a lot of cash quick after losing a sketchy poker match. To do this they decide to pull a heist on a small-time gang who happen to be operating out of the flat next door. Lots of British humor, off the wall characters, and a line up of unbelievable scenes put director Guy Ritchie on the map.

    Directed by Guy Ritchie
  11. Thief (1981)

    Thief

    Michael Mann directs James Caan as a professional safecracker named Frank, who specializes in high-profile diamond heists. Frank plans to use his ill-gotten income to retire from crime and build a nice life for himself complete with a home, wife and kids. To accelerate this process, he signs on with a top gangster (Robert Prosky) for a big score. But when Frank tries to quit the job, the mob comes after him and his girlfriend (Tuesday Weld).

    Directed by Michael Mann
  12. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

    Dog Day Afternoon

    A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.

    Directed by Sidney Lumet
  13. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

    Bonnie and Clyde

    Bonnie and Clyde is based on the true stories of the gangster pair Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow who in the 1930s began robbing banks in U.S. cities until they were eventually killed. The film is a major landmark in the aesthetic movement known as the New Hollywood.

    Directed by Arthur Penn
  14. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

    The Asphalt Jungle

    Recently paroled from prison, legendary burglar "Doc" Riedenschneider, with funding from Alonzo Emmerich, a crooked lawyer, gathers a small group of veteran criminals together in the Midwest for a big jewel heist.

    Directed by John Huston
  15. Goldfinger (1964)

    Goldfinger

    Bond is in Miami on holiday when M tells him to observe Auric Goldfinger. Bond steals Goldfinger's girlfriend, Jill Masterson, but after being knocked out, he awakes to find her dead and covered in gold paint. Upon returning to London, Bond is told to further investigate Goldfinger who is believed to be smuggling gold out of Britain, but warned he will be replaced if he turns the mission into a personal vendetta. After failing to befriend Goldfinger, Bond is caught spying and taken to America as a captive. Bond learns of Goldfinger's plan, codenamed Operation Grand Slam, which involves attacking Fort Knox to increase his gold riches. Can 007 find a way to stop Goldfinger despite being held prisoner? This is the third film from the legendary James Bond series starring Sean Connery as the British super agent.

    Directed by Guy Hamilton
  16. The Usual Suspects (1995)

    The Usual Suspects

    A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup.

    Directed by Bryan Singer
  17. Office Space (1999)

    Office Space

    Three office workers strike back at their evil employers by hatching a hapless attempt to embezzle money.

    Directed by Mike Judge
  18. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away?

    Directed by Joseph Sargent
  19. The Town (2010)

    The Town

    Doug MacRay is a longtime thief, who, smarter than the rest of his crew, is looking for his chance to exit the game. But when a bank job leads to the group kidnapping attractive branch manager Claire Keesey, he takes on the role of monitoring her, but their burgeoning relationship threatens to unveil the identities of Doug and his crew to FBI Agent Adam Frawley who is on their case.

    Directed by Ben Affleck
  20. Jewel Robbery (1932)

    Jewel Robbery

    A gentleman thief charms a Viennese baron's wife and also conducts a daring daylight robbery of a jewellers.

    Directed by William Dieterle
  21. Inception (2010)

    Inception

    Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another person's idea into a target's subconscious.

    Directed by Christopher Nolan
  22. Sexy Beast (2001)

    Sexy Beast

    Gary is a former gangster who has made a modest amount of money from his criminal career. Happy to put his life of crime behind him, he has retired with his wife Deedee to the sunny bliss of rural Spain, where he lives an idyllic life with his family and a few close friends. But Gary's contentment is ruptured by an unwelcome visitor from his past. Don.

    Directed by Jonathan Glazer
  23. Point Break (1991)

    Point Break

    In the coastal town of Los Angeles, a gang of bank robbers call themselves The Ex-Presidents commit their crimes while wearing masks of Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson. The F.B.I. believes that the members of the gang could be surfers and send young agent Johnny Utah undercover at the beach to mix with the surfers and gather information.

    Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
  24. Three Kings (1999)

    Three Kings

    A group of American soldiers stationed in Iraq at the end of the Gulf War find a map they believe will take them to a huge cache of stolen Kuwaiti gold hidden near their base, and they embark on a secret mission that's destined to change everything.

    Directed by David O. Russell
  25. The Lookout (2007)

    The Lookout

    Chris is a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank, where he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist.

    Directed by Scott Frank

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