21 Heist Movies That Steal Our Hearts

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The heist movie is a classic subgenre of film that is as old as Hollywood itself.

We adore a good heist movie, particularly if several things are present: 1) charismatic crooks, 2) something worthy and intriguing of being stolen, and 3) it gives us thrills, chills and even a few laughs. 

As they can fall flat sometimes, there is something truly magical about a heist movie that rivets. 

Click through and check out our 21 heist movies that have stolen our hearts. 


1. Heat

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino as adversaries with one a cop and the other the leader of a heist crew and Michael Mann directing? Instant classic.

2. Snatch

What's not to love about this Guy Ritchie flick? I mean, Brad Pitt in a ridiculous, almost unrecognizable accent? A massive diamond that everybody wants and a manic Dennis Farina yelling at his driver to find his friend a "good Jewish doctor!"

3. Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can
Steven Spielberg directs Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks in a truly awesome cat and mouse game, based on a true story. DiCaprio does much more than steal a wide array of identities and heaps of money -- he rips off our hearts.

4. The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects
Despite the title, these are far from The Usual Suspects. And that twist ending from Bryan Singer, utterly sublime.

5. American Hustle

American Hustle
Oscar nominee American Hustle used many of the classic heist movie elements like, who is playing who? The all-star cast rivets. The screenplay pops and the recipient of the score in this heist movie... the audience.

6. Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs
Not only did Quentin Tarantino introduce himself as a filmmaker with Reservoir Dogs, but we met a group of guys named for colors who we would follow into any heist, any time.

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