We love it. From Robin Hood to Danny Ocean’s team of 11, it’s always so interesting and fun to watch the burglars find a way to sneak in, take the money, and get away with it. And it’s all of those elements together that’s important. If it was a great sum of money that was being held by an organization helping poor people, it wouldn’t be so thrilling to watch. If the money was easily stolen, we wouldn’t be entertained. And if the burglars got caught and the movie ended, we’d be the ones feeling robbed.
Hollywood has no shortage of heist movies, and here are the greatest ones, in my humble opinion of course:
10. Heist (2001) — One of Gene Hackman’s lesser known movies. It’s a good one.
9/8. TIE: Ocean’s Twelve, Ocean’s Thirteen — These ones aren’t as popular as the first one, but I still found them very entertaining.
7. Now You See Me (2013) — The burglars are magicians, which makes the heist all the more mysterious and clever.
6. Inside Man (2006) — You know how when you watch a heist movie and when you finally discover the biggest secret to how they did it and your mind is blown? I think this movie does it best.
5. The Sting (1973) — I’m sure on most lists like this, this one would come up as #1, and for good reason. It won best picture in 1974 and is a lot of fun to watch.
4. The Italian Job (2003) — I haven’t seen the original yet, but I’m guessing this one is much better. SO good.
3. Sneakers (1992) — If you liked Ocean’s 11, I think you’ll love this one. A lot of cool tech tricks and a really funny scene where a mission involves trying to get someone to say the word “passport.”
2. American Hustle (2013) —
There is so much I love about this movie. I’ll save it for another time…
1. Ocean’s Eleven (2001) — Yup, it’s my favourite one. I had no idea how things were coming together until the end. Loved every minute of it.
And my top heist movies that I haven’t seen yet, but hope to soon (let me know if you’d recommend any of these over the others):
Fast Five (2011) — Would you believe I haven’t see ANY of the Fast/Furious movies? I’ve heard this one is great.
True Romance (1993) — Quentin Tarantino is the reason I want to see this. The only reason. Hopefully it won’t disappoint.
City on Fire (1987) — This is a Japanese movie with Chow Yun-Fat in it. Sounds good to me.
The Bank Job (2008) — Jason Statham! The dude was born to star in Heist movies.
The Town (2010) — Ben Affleck directs, so hopefully it’ll go the way of Argo (2012) for me. Jeremy Renner is also in it. I’ve heard good things.
Jackie Brown (1997) — Quentin Tarantino is the reason I want to see this. The only reason. Hopefully it won’t disappoint. Having deja vu here…
The Killing (1956) — This one keeps popping up to the surface for me. And get this: it has an 8.0 rating on IMDb and a 97% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Impressive.
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) — A Clint Eastwood movie from the 70’s that also happens to star Jeff Bridges. I need no other reason to watch.
Congratulations The Italian Job. This is your week.
And the Oscar goes to…
Best Actress: Other than Charlize, I’d say Christina Ricci deserves the recognition. She’s overshadowed in Monster by Theron, but she does arguably her best work of her career in it.
Best Actor: Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road.
Best Quote: “Goodnight, you princes of Maine, you kings of New England.” — Michael Caine as Dr. Larch in The Cider House Rules
I haven’t say much about Theron yet, so let me fix that and just say that she really is one of the absolute best actors out there today. Monster is disturbing, but if you can get past that you will see a performance like none other you’ve seen before. If you can’t get past that…sigh…I guess you can just take my word for it.
Thanks for the great movies Charlize. Please make more. Many more.