Criminal forces with carefully calculated plans, unlucky victims and the saviours who are always too late to the scene…
Few things are more exciting in the cinema than opposing forces trying to predict each other’s next move.
Heist films are usually where such tropes can be found in abundance. They vary from psychologically menacing to fast-paced, but always include high-stakes that keep us deeply invested until the very end.
There have been dozens of similar stories created over the decades for the film fans. However, these five are the ones that stand out the most to this day and have become classics.1. Logan Lucky (2017)
Starting with the most recent film, Logan Lucky
may not be exceptionally popular, but it’s a gem. It’s a heist comedy directed by Steven Soderbergh. It’s about a group of siblings who attempt to rob the Speedway during a NASCAR race.
The director played with the theme of Ocean’s 11 and built on top of it. This created an easily distinguishable style that’s filled with some completely ridiculous scenes.2. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
The classic Quentin Tarantino’s film Reservoir Dogs depicts how quickly things can go wrong among mobsters. The film is a chronological mess, mixing scenes before, during and after an attempted bank robbery.
As the robbers fail to claim the precious diamonds, they turn against one another. It’s a movie that helped define the genre and is still worth watching anytime.3. Die Hard (1988)
Die Hard is one of the most popular and iconic heist movies. Its director John McTiernan created a hero cop figure, which almost single-handedly defeats a group of a professional mob in a fortune frenzy
This movie serves action and explosions on one hand, but also features drama and lots of symbolism on another.4. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
One of the earliest money heist movies in the history of cinema, Bonnie and Clyde
is still amazing. This couple of bank robbers may not feel that intimidating today, but the movie perfectly encapsulates the 30s era.
Today, it’s a watch that’s both educational and unique, differing widely from the modern heist narratives.5. The Town (2010)
Not all heists include complicated criminal personalities. Ben Affleck’s The Town is one of the exceptions, though. It’s about a conflicted bank robber, who falls for a woman he’s threatened before and tries to get back to normal life.
Unfortunately, with many of his friends belonging to the gang, backing out is easier said than done. The movie masterfully weaves action with drama created by iconic characters and a brilliant cast.