Heists

I love a good heist movie. Many of the elements of the genre really lend themselves well to film. Mainly, you need to tell the story with visuals (many times you need to be quiet during a heist, eliminating the use of dialogue), you can keep the budget moderate (lots of interiors, usually minimal locations since it's usually a robbery of one spot) and it will drop you into a world you've never been in before (unless, of course, you're a thief, in which case they probably act as comedies).

I've decided to rank them based not only on the overall quality of the film, but also on the quality of the heist elements themselves. While some of the films at the end of the list I like better as a film, they would have ranked higher on this list if the heist elements were stronger and lower if the heist elements were weaker or not as crucial to the plot.

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  • The Killing

    1

  • Sexy Beast

    2

  • Heist

    3

  • Rififi

    4

  • Three Kings

    5

  • Reservoir Dogs

    6

  • Inception

    7

  • Jackie Brown

    8

  • Bound

    9

  • Inside Man

    10

  • Out of Sight

    11

  • The Spanish Prisoner

    12

  • Ronin

    13

  • Heat

    14

  • Bottle Rocket

    15

  • Snatch

    16

  • Matchstick Men

    17

  • Ocean's Eleven

    18

  • Quick Change

    19

  • A Fish Called Wanda

    20

  • House of Games

    21

  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

    22

  • Drive

    23

  • Mission: Impossible

    24

  • A Simple Plan

    25

  • Revanche

    26

  • The Prestige

    27

  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

    28

  • The Bank Job

    29

  • JCVD

    30

  • The Ladykillers

    31