11 Great Film Heists
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
“They’re young…they’re in love…and they kill people.”
A groundbreaking flick based on a legendary real-life crime duo, 'Bonnie and Clyde' is your classic guy meets girl picture – except that guy and girl go on an epic crime spree and wind up riddled with bullets. The duo’s most ballsy move? Robbing a bank in broad daylight.
“We rob banks!” – Clyde Barrow
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
“3 casinos. 11 guys. 150 million bucks. Ready to win big? Place your bets.”
The heist flick that steals the most hype is arguably the remake of 1960 Rat Pack caper, 'Ocean’s Eleven.' The group of robbers, led by Danny Ocean, are the most loveable criminals you'll ever meet at the movies.
‘You're either in or you're out. Right now.” – Danny Ocean
The Italian Job (2003)
“Get in. Get Out. Get Even.”
'The Italian Job,' an American homage to the 1969’s British caper, manages to make tech savvy look super slick and a traffic jam wonderfully suspenseful.
“Charlie, there are two kinds of thieves in this world: the ones who steal to enrich their lives, and the ones who steal to define their lives. Don't be the latter.” – John Bridger
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
“The robbery should have taken 10 minutes. 4 hours later, the bank was a like a circus sideshow. 8 hours later, it was the hottest thing on live T.V. 12 hours later, it was all history. And it’s all true.”
Sidney Lumet’s film teaches aspiring thieves an invaluable lesson: Fail to plan, plan to fail. When the flick’s first-time crooks attempt a Brooklyn bank heist, they discover a whopping $1,100 bucks in the vault. Fail!
“ATTICA! ATTICA! REMEMBER ATTICA!” – Sonny
Inside Man (2006)
"It looked like the perfect bank robbery. But you can't judge a crime by its cover."
Robbers who dress their hostages as robbers. Fake walls to fool security cameras. Staged hostage deaths. Looking for a bank robbery with brains and ingenuity? Spike Lee’s “Inside Man” is at the top of cinema’s most clever heists.
“Respect is the ultimate currency.” – Dalton Russell
The Bank Job
“The true story of a heist gone wrong... in all the right ways."
Loosely based on the true story of a 1971 London bank heist, “The Bank Job” proves that there’s something just as valuable as cold hard cash – dirty secrets of society's most powerful players.
“Look, money may be your god but it ain't mine, alright?” – Eddie Burton
The Dark Knight (2008)
“I believe in Harvey Dent.”
The Joker (Heath Ledger) is serious about smart thieving. His plan? Work with a team of talented crooks, and as a reward for a job well done, kill them. In the film's opening bank heist sequence, the Joker has the last laugh... he's the only thief left standing.
“Why so serious?” – The Joker
“An epic tale of crime and obsession and two men on opposite sides of the law.”
Al Pacino vs. Robert De Niro. Need we say more? “Heat” is a gun-happy heist about the robbery of a bustling LA bank. Niro’s Neil McCauley goes for the steal knowing Pacino’s Lt. Vincent Hanna is hot on his trail, and the ensuing shootout is legendary.
“Do you see me doin' thrill seeker liquor store hold-ups with a ‘Born to Lose’ tattoo on my chest?” – Neil McCauley
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
“Crime does pay. Handsomely.”
Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan) doesn’t have the most compelling motive for stealing a painting was a $100 million pricetag – he’s rich and bored – but the ensuing cat-and-mouse game with investigator Catherine Banning (Rene Russo) makes for a fun heist.
“Here’s to the fear of being trapped.” – Thomas Crown
Run Lola Run (1998)
“Every second of every day you’re face with a decision that can change your life.”
Lola (Franka Potente) has to come up with 100,000 Deutche Mark to pay a ransom, so she goes to daddy for help (but not how you’d think). Instead of asking for a payout, the redhead robs the bank where her father works, and then, you guessed it, runs.
“Why do we believe anything at all?” – Narrator
Quick Change (1990)
“The bank robbery was easy. But getting out of New York was a nightmare.”
'Quick Change' is the ultimate rob-com, a heist flick with a big payout and even bigger laughs. Bill Murray stars as a criminal clown in a fun spin on the classic bank heist that asks what's harder - robbing a bank or traveling in Manhattan.
“Alright, I gotta hang-up now, because I gotta go kill everybody.” – Grimm