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Favorite Heist Films

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People who added this item 402 Average listal rating (221 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9

Director: John Huston
Starring: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Sam Jaffe, John McIntire, Marc Lawrence and Barry Kelley

'Doc' Riedenschneider, legendary crime 'brain' just out of prison, has a brilliant plan for a million-dollar burglary. To pull it off, he recruits safecracker Louis, driver Gus, financial backer Emmerich and strong-arm man Dix Handley.

At first the plan goes like clockwork, but little accidents accumulate and each partner proves to have his own fatal weakness. In the background is a pervasive, grimy urban malaise.
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People who added this item 36 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.5

Director: William Friedkin
Starring: Peter Falk, Peter Boyle, Allen Garfield, Warren Oates, Gena Rowlands and Paul Sorvino

After a long run of bad luck, petty criminal Tony and his gang successfully rob one of Brink's Inc. security vans of $30,000. Surprisingly their coup doesn't make the press. A curious Tony checks out Brink's headquarters and discovers that their security measures are low beyond belief. So now a really big heist is planned...
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People who added this item 239 Average listal rating (164 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6
The Code (2009)

[Also known as 'Thick As Thieves']

Director: Mimi Leder
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas, Radha Mitchell, Rade Serbedzija and Robert Forster

In New York, experienced art thief, Keith Ripley , invites a bold thief from Miami, Gabriel Martin, to team up with him. He plans the heist of two valuable, mysterious antique Faberge eggs located in the safe of the well protected Russian jewellery Romanov. Each egg is worth twenty million dollars on the black market and Ripley needs his cut to free himself from his debt to a powerful mobster known as Nicky.

The reluctant Gabriel agrees to participate, after having a one night stand with Ripley's god=daughter Alexandra Karolin. Meanwhile, the persistent Lieutenant Weber, who has unsuccessfully tried to put Ripley in jail for twenty years, figures out how to anticipate the movements of the criminal in order to catch him.
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People who added this item 1365 Average listal rating (916 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.3
Entrapment (1999)

Director: Jon Amiel
Starring: Sean Connery, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ving Rhames, Will Patton, Maury Chaykin, Kevin McNally and Terry O'Neill

When retired thief Robert "Mac" MacDougal is implicated in the disappearance of a priceless painting, insurance investigator Virginia "Gin" Baker sets a trap to catch her suspect. But Gin is not exactly who she seems. Soon, she and Mac have joined forces to pull off, quite literally, the heist of the millennium.
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People who added this item 174 Average listal rating (112 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8
Flawless (2007)

Director: Michael Radford
Starring: Demi Moore, Michael Caine, Lambert Wilson, Nathaniel Parker, Joss Ackland, Shaughan Seymour, Nicholas Jones, Derren Nesbitt, Stanley Townsend and Rosalind March

Laura Quinn is a bright, driven and beautiful executive at the London Diamond Corporation who finds herself frustrated by a glass ceiling after years of faithful employment, as man after man is promoted ahead of her despite her greater experience.

Hobbs is the nighttime janitor at London Diamond and is virtually invisible to the executives that work there but over the years has amassed a startling amount of knowledge about how the company runs. Hobbs has his own bone to pick with London Diamond. Observing Laura’s frustration, he convinces her to help him execute an ingenious plan to steal a hefty sum in diamonds.

But unbeknownst to Laura, Hobbs plans go even further than he’s let on and together they set in motion a thrilling heist of dizzying proportions, the likes of which London has never seen.
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People who added this item 61 Average listal rating (41 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Gambit (1966)

Director: Ronald Neame
Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Michael Caine, Herbert Lom and Roger C. Carmel

An English cat burglar needs a Eurasian dancer's help to pull off the perfect heist, but even the most foolproof schemes have a way of backfiring.
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Director: Phil Karlson
Starring: Kim Novak, Guy Madison, Brian Keith, Kerwin Matthews, Alvy Moore and William Conrad

A quartet of Korean war vets, aided by a cabaret singer, plan a 'perfect' crime - robbing a casino in Reno, Nevada. What starts out as a prank becomes deadly serious, especially for the one vet with psychopathic tendencies.
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People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 6

Director: John G. Avildsen
Starring: Peter Falk, Charles Durning, Claude Lelouch, Gary Maas, Tom Courtenay and Wendy Hughes

Small time crooksters Nick and Charlie have an elaborate plan to rob an exclusive jewellers store. Using a variety of disguises and posing as rich old men and women they begin the set-up. But then Nick falls for the owner of a neighbouring antique store and things get a little complicated.
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People who added this item 56 Average listal rating (34 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.8
The Hot Rock (1972)

Director: Peter Yates
Starring Robert Redford, George Segal, Ron Leibman, Paul Sand, Moses Gunn, William Redfield, Topo Swope and Charlotte Rae

A motley crew of bumbling thieves conspire to steal a huge, priceless diamond.
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People who added this item 1990 Average listal rating (1342 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6

Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer, Willem Defoe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Carlos Andrés Gómez, Kim Director, James Ransone, Bernie Rachelle, Peter Gerety, Victor Colicchio, Cassandra Freeman, Peter Frechette, Waris Ahluwalia, Daryl Mitchell, Rodney 'Bear' Jackson and Lemon Anderson

A police detective, a bank robber and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.
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People who added this item 581 Average listal rating (338 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3

Director: Peter Collinson
Starring: Michael Caine, Noël Coward, Tony Beckley, Benny Hill, Rossano Brazzi, Raf Vallone, Michael Standing, Fred Emney, Irene Handl, John Le Mesurier, John Clive, Maggie Blye and Robert Powell

Charlie has got a job to do. Having just left prison he finds one of his friends has attempted a high risk gold robbery in Italy, right under the nose of the Mafia. Charlie's friend doesn't get very far, so he takes over. Using three Mini Coopers, couple of Jaguars and a bus, he hopes to bring Turin to a standstill, steal the gold and escape.
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People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 5.2

Director: Don Taylor
Starring: George Hamilton, Maurice Evans, Wolfgang Preiss, Alexander Hegarth, Eduard Linkers, Karl Lieffen, Joseph Cotton and Marie Laforêt

The protege of a famous cat burglar reluctantly agrees to join forces with a lesser criminal in the daring heist of several famous jewels from a seemingly impenetrable vault.
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People who added this item 5397 Average listal rating (3695 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Andy Garcia, Matt Damon, Carey Affleck, Elliott Gould, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Carl Reiner, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison and Shaobi Qin

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.
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People who added this item 3556 Average listal rating (2432 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.2

Director: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina, Brad Pitt, Vinnie Jones, Jason Statham, Stephen Graham, Rade Serbedzija, Mike Reid, Alan Ford, Goldie, Robbie Gee, Lennie James, Ade, Sorcha Cusack, Ewen Bremner, Jason Flemyng, William Beck, Andy Beckwith and Adam Fogerty

Two overlapping stories: one is the search for a stolen diamond and the other about a boxing promoter who’s having trouble with a psychotic gangster.
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Director: Norman Jewison
Starring: Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, Paul Burke, Jack Weston, Biff McGuire, Addison Powell, Astrid Heeren and Gordon Pinsent

Four men pull off a daring daytime robbery at a bank, dump the money in a trash can and go their separate ways. Thomas Crown, a successful, wealthy businessman pulls up in his Rolls and collects it. Vickie Anderson, an independent insurance investigator, is called in to recover the huge haul. She begins to examine the people who knew enough about the bank to have pulled the robbery and discovers Crown. She begins a tight watch on his every move and begins seeing him socially. How does the planner of the perfect crime react to pressure?
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People who added this item 93 Average listal rating (54 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7
Topkapi (1964)

Director: Jules Dassin
Starring: Melina Mercouri, Peter Ustinov, Maximilian Schell, Robert Morley, Gilles Ségal and Akim Tamifoff

A small-time con-man with passport problems gets mixed up with a gang of world-class jewellery thieves plotting to steal a jewelled daggar from the Topkapi museum in Istanbul. Turkish intelligence, suspecting arms smuggling, gets involved, and under pressure the con-man rises to heights he'd never dreamed of.
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People who added this item 1631 Average listal rating (1047 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8
21 (2008)

Director: Robert Luketic
Starring: Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Aaron Yoo, Liza Lapira, Jacob Pitts, Laurence Fishburne and Jack McGee

A fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.
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A list of my favorite films featuring daring and/or elaborate robberies.

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