Best Heist Movies of All Time

Crooks. Thieves. Liars. And these are the ones we’re rooting for. In the heist and caper films, we see the hero hatching a plan, putting together a crew, and then pulling off the job, usually in order to turn the screws against an institution or person that’s wronged them — or maybe just for the thrill of sticking up banks. Either way, we put together a list of the 78 best-reviewed heist movies of all time for you to look over, each with at least 20 reviews and sorted by Adjusted Tomatometer. Just don’t get caught!

#78

The Newton Boys (1998)
64%

#78
Adjusted Score: 65546%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Seeking an escape from poverty, sibling Texas farmers (Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, Ethan Hawke) gain notoriety as daring 1920s bank... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

#77

Set It Off (1996)
70%

#77
Adjusted Score: 71152%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After being fired from her job as a bank teller, Frankie (Vivica A. Fox) begins working at a janitorial service... [More]
Directed By: F. Gary Gray

#76
#76
Adjusted Score: 69430%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When U.S. government operative Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his mentor, Jim Phelps (Jon Voight), go on a covert assignment... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

#75

The Bling Ring (2013)
60%

#75
Adjusted Score: 67319%
Critics Consensus: While it's certainly timely and beautifully filmed, The Bling Ring suffers from director Sofia Coppola's failure to delve beneath the surface of its shallow protagonists' real-life crimes.
Synopsis: A teenager (Israel Broussard) and his gang of fame-obsessed youths (Katie Chang, Taissa Farmiga) use the Internet to track the... [More]
Directed By: Sofia Coppola

#74

Bandits (2001)
64%

#74
Adjusted Score: 69204%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Joe (Bruce Willis) and Terry (Billy Bob Thornton) have escaped from prison. Cutting a swath from Oregon through California, these... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#73

Heist (2001)
66%

#73
Adjusted Score: 69747%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Joe Moore (Gene Hackman) has a job he loves. He's a thief. His job goes sour when he gets caught... [More]
Directed By: David Mamet

#72
#72
Adjusted Score: 69919%
Critics Consensus: Woody Allen rises from his recent slump with Small Time Crooks. A simple, funny movie, Crooks proves Allen still has the touch that made his name synonymous with off-beat comedy.
Synopsis: Woody Allen wrote, directed and stars in this romantic comedy that follows the misadventures of an ex-con dishwasher and his... [More]
Directed By: Woody Allen

#71

2 Guns (2013)
65%

#71
Adjusted Score: 71472%
Critics Consensus: Formulaic and often jarringly violent, 2 Guns rests its old-school appeal on the interplay between its charismatic, well-matched stars.
Synopsis: For the past year, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington) and U.S. Navy intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) have... [More]
Directed By: Baltasar Kormákur

#70

Ronin (1998)
68%

#70
Adjusted Score: 71486%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Deirdre (Natascha McElhone) puts together a team of experts that she tasks with stealing a valuable briefcase, the contents of... [More]
Directed By: John Frankenheimer

#69

Danger: Diabolik (1968)
65%

#69
Adjusted Score: 67069%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Criminals and the police try to catch a high-tech thief (John Phillip Law) out to steal a 20-ton gold ingot.... [More]
Directed By: Mario Bava

#68

Point Break (1991)
69%

#68
Adjusted Score: 72872%
Critics Consensus: Absurd, over-the-top, and often wildly entertaining, Point Break is here to show you that the human spirit is still alive.
Synopsis: After a string of bizarre bank robberies in Southern California, with the crooks donning masks of various former presidents, a... [More]
Directed By: Kathryn Bigelow

#67

Tower Heist (2011)
68%

#67
Adjusted Score: 74539%
Critics Consensus: Tower Heist is a true Brett Ratner joint: little brains to this caper, but it's fun fluff, exciting to watch, and showcases a welcome return to form for Eddie Murphy.
Synopsis: For more than 10 years, Josh Kovaks (Ben Stiller) has managed one of New York City's most luxurious and well-secured... [More]
Directed By: Brett Ratner

#66

Ocean's 8 (2018)
69%

#66
Adjusted Score: 90033%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Five years, eight months, 12 days and counting -- that's how long Debbie Ocean has been devising the biggest heist... [More]
Directed By: Gary Ross

#65
#65
Adjusted Score: 73224%
Critics Consensus: Sleek, stylish, and painlessly diverting, The Thomas Crown Affair is a remake of uncommon charm.
Synopsis: Bored billionaire Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan) decides to entertain himself by stealing a Monet from a reputed museum. When Catherine... [More]
Directed By: John McTiernan

#64
#64
Adjusted Score: 78971%
Critics Consensus: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. tries to distract from an unremarkable story with charismatic stars and fizzy set pieces, adding up to an uneven action thriller with just enough style to overcome its lack of substance.
Synopsis: At the height of the Cold War, a mysterious criminal organization plans to use nuclear weapons and technology to upset... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#63

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
69%

#63
Adjusted Score: 76649%
Critics Consensus: Ocean's Thirteen reverts to the formula of the first installment, and the result is another slick and entertaining heist film.
Synopsis: Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his gang hatch an ambitious plot for revenge after ruthless casino owner Willy Bank (Al... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#62

Public Enemies (2009)
68%

#62
Adjusted Score: 77496%
Critics Consensus: Michael Mann's latest is a competent and technically impressive gangster flick with charismatic lead performances, but some may find the film lacks truly compelling drama.
Synopsis: Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger's (Johnny Depp) charm and audacity endear him to much of America's downtrodden public, but he's... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mann

#61

The Score (2001)
73%

#61
Adjusted Score: 77758%
Critics Consensus: Though the movie treads familiar ground in the heist/caper genre, Robert DeNiro, Edward Norton, and Marlon Brando make the movie worth watching.
Synopsis: Career thief Nick Wells (Robert De Niro) is about to mastermind a nearly impossible theft that will require his joining... [More]
Directed By: Frank Oz

#60

Snatch (2000)
74%

#60
Adjusted Score: 78267%
Critics Consensus: Though perhaps a case of style over substance, Guy Ritchie's second crime caper is full of snappy dialogue, dark comedy, and interesting characters.
Synopsis: Illegal boxing promoter Turkish (Jason Statham) convinces gangster Brick Top (Alan Ford) to offer bets on bare-knuckle boxer Mickey (Brad... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#59
#59
Adjusted Score: 79559%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Retired from active duty, and training recruits for the Impossible Mission Force, agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) faces the toughest... [More]
Directed By: J.J. Abrams

#58

The Italian Job (2003)
73%

#58
Adjusted Score: 78169%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After a heist in Venice, Steve (Edward Norton) turns on his partners in crime, killing safecracker John Bridger (Donald Sutherland)... [More]
Directed By: F. Gary Gray

#57
Adjusted Score: 78220%
Critics Consensus: Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels is a grimy, twisted, and funny twist on the Tarantino hip gangster formula.
Synopsis: Eddy (Nick Moran) convinces three friends to pool funds for a high-stakes poker game against local crime boss Hatchet Harry... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#56
#56
Adjusted Score: 75769%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Edward Pierce (Sean Connery) is a master thief of the Victorian Era who's never found a heist he couldn't pull... [More]
Directed By: Michael Crichton

#55
#55
Adjusted Score: 75816%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Bored millionaire Thomas Crown (Steve McQueen) concocts and executes a brilliant scheme to rob a bank without having to do... [More]
Directed By: Norman Jewison

#54

The Driver (1978)
73%

#54
Adjusted Score: 73544%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An enigmatic man of fast cars and few words, the Driver (Ryan O'Neal) excels at maneuvering getaway vehicles through the... [More]
Directed By: Walter Hill

#53

The Good Thief (2002)
77%

#53
Adjusted Score: 81718%
Critics Consensus: Bolstered by Nolte's strong performance, The Good Thief brims with seductive style.
Synopsis: Bob (Nick Nolte) is an aging thief who has seen better days and is battling both an addiction to heroin... [More]
Directed By: Neil Jordan

#52

Kelly's Heroes (1970)
78%

#52
Adjusted Score: 79773%
Critics Consensus: Kelly's Heroes subverts its World War II setting with pointed satirical commentary on modern military efforts, offering an entertaining hybrid of heist caper and battlefield action.
Synopsis: In the midst of World War II, an array of colorful American soldiers gets inside information from a drunk German... [More]
Directed By: Brian G. Hutton

#51

Fast Five (2011)
77%

#51
Adjusted Score: 84663%
Critics Consensus: Sleek, loud, and over the top, Fast Five proudly embraces its brainless action thrills and injects new life into the franchise.
Synopsis: Ever since ex-cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and Mia Torretto (Jordana Brewster) broke her brother Dom (Vin Diesel) out of... [More]
Directed By: Justin Lin

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