The ragtag band of outlaws or heroes band together for one perfect job. To pull off that one perfect score. Cute the handoff, the car chase, the narrow getaway. A well-executed heist can make a good movie great. Here are our Top 10 Heists of all time. Subscribe: http://goo.gl/9AGRm
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Inside Man (2006)
Director: Spike Lee
We’re starting off with an auteur directors’ take on the heist trope, so expect some unexpected use of duel-perspective narrative, and non-linear storytelling.
The Great Train Robbery (1903)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
Literally the inventor of the genre, we couldn’t make a list without the Great Train Robbery.
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Director: John Huston
The 11-minute heist sequence in this classic pretty much invented the heist genre for decades to come. And the following decade, saw dozens of takes on the heist.
The Thomas Crown Affair
Director: John McTiernan
Our hands-down favorite of the slew of remakes of ‘60s heist movies we’ve seen recently, the 1999 Thomas Crown Affair combined a stellar cast with some world-class suspense
The Italian Job (1969)
Director: Peter Collinson
One of several (dozen) heist films from the 1960s that inspired modern remakes, the original Italian Job is a magnificent symphony of (literally) moving parts. And it pays off (except for the theives)
Director: Christopher Nolan
While the object of the caper is not art or gold or money, but a thought, the heist in Inception plays out with the same degree of complexity as a traditional heist – and then some!
Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
An astonishing 25 minutes in length, the jewel robbery in Le Cercle Rouge is a monumental achievement.
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Director: Steven Soderbergh
The quintessential modern heist movie, grand in scale as it is in its Las Vegas setting.
Director: Michael Mann
Before he cemented his mastery of the on-screen theft with “Heat” Michael Man was directing the film that took the old noir-style heist and brought it screaming into the modern age.
Director: Jules Dassin
30 minutes long, without music or dialogue, Rififi lets the action of the heist speak for itself.