The Best Heist Films

Welcome to the best Heist films list! These action films can be very satisfying to watch, especially when we're cheering for the "bad guy" who's committing the crime, in this case, a heist. Find your favourite films and characters in our Heist films list, and if you want more you can always check out the extensive library of Action & Adventure films. We've compiled a list with some of the best Heist films, and we guarantee you'll find something you like. Between classics and some newly released films, you can enjoy in the action scenes to the fullest.
  • The Italian Job (2003)

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    1h 46min

    The Italian Job is a remake of 1969 classic heist film of the same name, and that makes it a perfect entry for the best Heist films list. Even though the films share a title, the plot and characters of the new one differ from those of its predecessor, and film's director Gray described it as "an homage to the original." The Italian Job stars Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Edward Norton, Seth Green, Mos Def and Donald Sutherland. Charlie Croker (Wahlberg) and his team plan an elaborate gold heist, after being betrayed and left for dead in Italy. If you're a fan of the original, this loose remake could be a fun watch for a casual film night, including featurette The Mighty Minis of The Italian Job.

    Director:
    F. Gary Gray
    Cast:
    Donald Sutherland, Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton
    Genre:
    Thrillers, Action & Adventure, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Metro (1997)

    113 minutes

    Metro is an action comedy starring Eddie Murphy and it's made for the best Heist films list. Scott Roper (Murphy) is a witty hostage negotiator with the San Francisco police department who catches a murderous bank robber after a blown heist. After he escapes the police custody, the robber goes after the man who put him behind bars, bent on revenge. Murphy is joined by Michael Rapaport and Donal Logue in this tense and climatic game of cat and mouse. You can rent it right now on DVD and see hilarious Eddie Murphy in action!

  • Swordfish (2001)

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    96 minutes

    We continue the best Heist films list with Swordfish, an action thriller film directed by Dominic Sena and starring John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, and Don Cheadle. The story centres on Stanley Jobson (Jackman), an ex-con and hacker recruited for a bank robbery because of his skills. John Travolta plays Gabriel Shear, who knows that cyber-crime is the 21st century breaking and entering. The DVD version contains two alternate endings, but we won't spoil it for you. Be sure to check it out because there are more special features waiting including Behind-the-scenes documentaries the making of Swordfish and the effects in focus, and Feature length audio commentary by the director.

    Director:
    Dominic Sena
    Cast:
    John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry
    Genre:
    Thrillers, Action & Adventure, Drama
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Firewall (2006)

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    102 minutes

    Firewall is a crime thriller all about a heist where the robber is actually the good guy. That's why Firewall deserves to be on the best Heist films list. I.T. expert Jack Stanfield (Harrison Ford) must heist $100 million from the ultra-secure system if he wants to save his wife (Virginia Madsen) and daughter, held hostage at home. Paul Bettany co-stars as an ice-blooded crime mastermind, which is regarded as the best performance in the film. Rent it on DVD and Blu-ray and find abundance of special features including Firewall Decoded: A Conversation with Harrison Ford and Richard Loncraine and Firewall: Writing a Thriller.

    Director:
    Richard Loncraine
    Cast:
    Harrison Ford, Virginia Madsen, Paul Bettany
    Genre:
    Thrillers, Action & Adventure
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Town (2010)

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    2h 0min

    The Town is a crime drama film co-written, directed by and starring Ben Affleck focused on a robbery and its aftermath - a great watch for all film lovers intrigued by heist-based films. The Town also stars Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, and Blake Lively. Doug MacRay (Affleck) masterminds bank robberies with three friends, and after the latest he must make sure the bank manager Claire doesn't know who they are. The Town is a critically acclaimed thriller that unfolds across gritty Boston locations. You can rent the film on 4K Blu-ray and experience the action in the best quality, including featurette The real people of the Town - Meet the real people of Charlestown.

    Director:
    Ben Affleck
    Cast:
    Ben Affleck , Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm
    Genre:
    Thrillers, Collections, Action & Adventure, Drama
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray
  • Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

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    119 minutes

    Dog Day Afternoon is a story of "two optimistic losers" determined to rob a bank. The film stars Al Pacino as Sonny and John Cazale as Sal in this crime drama film directed by Sidney Lumet. The bank robbery set out to be a solution for Sonny's lover, turns into a 14-hour hostage situation and a media circus. Dog Day Afternoon features one of the most gripping performance from Al Pacino. P. F. Kluge inspired the film with his article The Boys in the Bank. Note to proper film buffs, be sure to check the film out on DVD and Blu-ray to enjoy the best quality of this classic.

    Director:
    Sidney Lumet
    Cast:
    Al Pacino, John Cazale, Penelope Allen
    Genre:
    Thrillers, Drama, Classics
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Point Break (1991)

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    117 minutes

    Point Break is a film that has developed a cult following despite not being a masterpiece according to the critics. The plot revolving around an undercover police officer and a robbery, it gives us the opportunity to put it on the best Heist films list. Starring Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah, a newbie FBI agent assigned to track down a gang of bank robbers and Patrick Swayze as Bodhi, a charismatic adrenaline junkie, Point Break has additional star power being directed by Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty). Blu-ray edition brings fun California experience with four featurettes: Adrenaline Junkies, It's Make or Break, On Location: Malibu and Ride the Wave.

  • The Bank Job (2008)

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    107 minutes

    One of the most popular heist plots is the bank job, so there's no wonder we have a film of the exact title on the best Heist films list. The Bank Job starring Jason Statham and Saffron Burrows is inspired by an extraordinary true event, robbery that netted over 3 million pounds. The plot is set in 1970's and the heist is widely known as Walkie Talkie Bank Job. According to the filmmakers, The Bank Job reveals the truth about the robbery for the first time. If you like heist-themed films, this is a great watch for a film night. You can rent it on DVD and Blu-ray where you're treated with special features: World Premiere featurette, The Baker Street Bank Raid, etc.

    Director:
    Roger Donaldson
    Cast:
    Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Campbell Moore
    Genre:
    Thrillers, Drama
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Bandits (2001)

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    118 minutes

    The Bandits is one of the funniest and entertaining films on the best Heist films list. Starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett, it is a perfect combination of action, drama and comedy. The real adventure begins when two bank robbers, infamous "sleepover bandits", fall in love with the woman they've kidnapped, setting in motion a whirlwind of events that in the end lead to a criminally good ending. Rent this crime comedy on DVD to experience additional content that'll make you laugh and wonder - audio commentaries with Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, Troy Garity, Script to Screen Workshop - Creating scene 71 (The Bed Scene), and more.

    Director:
    Barry Levinson
    Cast:
    Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett
    Genre:
    Comedy, Romance
    Availability:
    DVD
  • Inside Man (2006)

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    123 minutes

    Inside Man is an action thriller, the plot revolving around a New York detective, a clever bank robber and a power broker - great combination for the best Heist films list. The film has a lot of star power, including Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster. The detective (Washington) is investigating what seems to be a perfect heist. The real action begins with high-stakes negotiations after the elaborate bank heist escalates into a hostage situation. The film is directed by Spike Lee, and if you want more content be sure to rent Blu-ray edition where you can find feature commentary with the director, over 20 minutes of deleted scenes, and more.

    Director:
    Spike Lee
    Cast:
    Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster
    Genre:
    Thrillers
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Reservoir Dogs (1992)

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    1h 34min

    Reservoir Dogs is a feature-length debut of writer and director Quentin Tarantino, involving a diamond heist thus making it perfect for the best Heist films list. This is the film that showed Tarantino's talent to the wider audience, even though it was controversial and bloody, to say the least. Reservoir Dogs is set mainly in a warehouse where the story unfolds after a heist gone wrong; here we're introduced to Mr. White, Mr. Pink, Mr. Blonde, Mr. Orange and other characters. The question remains: who is the betrayer? All-star cast includes Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn, Lawrence Tierney and Tim Roth. Reservoir Dogs became a cult classic and has a loyal following as have other Tarantino films.

    Director:
    Quentin Tarantino
    Cast:
    Harvey Keitel, Steven Wright, Tim Roth
    Genre:
    Thrillers, Drama, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Snatch (2000)

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    1h 39min

    Snatch is most certainly one of the finer works by director Guy Ritchie and should be an essential to the best Heist films list. Ritchie has an edgy and funny at the same time approach to filmmaking which is in this case complimented with a great cast including Brad Pitt, Jason Statham, Benicio Del Toro and Dennis Farina among others. The plot of the film is set around a diamond heist gone wrong, a colourful Irish gypsy turned prize fighter... and a very temperamental dog. Snatch may be what you expect from a heist film, but it's also much more so be sure to rent it on DVD and Blu-ray if you haven't seen it.

    Director:
    Guy Ritchie
    Cast:
    Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro
    Genre:
    Comedy, Thrillers, Collections, Drama
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
We hope you'll enjoy in these titles as we believe these are some of the best Heist films out there. If you're in need of more action and adventure fun, try browsing our extensive collection of over 90,000 titles, and don't forget you can rent DVD and Blu-ray with our Free Trial offer!

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