Best Heist Movies of All Time

#25

Out of Sight (1998)
93%

#25
Adjusted Score: 98777%
Critics Consensus: Steven Soderbergh's intelligently crafted adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel is witty, sexy, suprisingly entertaining, and a star-making turn for George Clooney.
Synopsis: The mutual attraction between a federal marshal (Jennifer Lopez) and an escaped convict (George Clooney) interferes with their goals.... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#24

Thief (1981)
94%

#24
Adjusted Score: 95592%
Critics Consensus: Thief is an invigorating cut of neon noir - proudly pulpy, steeped in authenticity, and powered by a swaggering James Caan at the peak of his charisma.
Synopsis: A safecracker (James Caan) runs into trouble with the mob when he wants to quit after one last heist.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mann

#23

The Sting (1973)
94%

#23
Adjusted Score: 100242%
Critics Consensus: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and director George Roy Hill prove that charm, humor, and a few slick twists can add up to a great film.
Synopsis: To avenge a murder, two con men (Paul Newman, Robert Redford) bilk a mobster (Robert Shaw) with their betting-room scam... [More]
Directed By: George Roy Hill

#22
Adjusted Score: 106548%
Critics Consensus: Rogue One draws deep on Star Wars mythology while breaking new narrative and aesthetic ground -- and suggesting a bright blockbuster future for the franchise.
Synopsis: Recruited by the Rebel Alliance, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) joins forces with a spy (Diego Luna) and other resistance fighters... [More]
Directed By: Gareth Edwards

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 100784%
Critics Consensus: Framed by great work from director Sidney Lumet and fueled by a gripping performance from Al Pacino, Dog Day Afternoon offers a finely detailed snapshot of people in crisis with tension-soaked drama shaded in black humor.
Synopsis: A loser (Al Pacino) robs a Brooklyn bank with his stupid buddy (John Cazale) to pay for his lover's sex... [More]
Directed By: Sidney Lumet

#20

The Town (2010)
92%

#20
Adjusted Score: 99391%
Critics Consensus: Tense, smartly written, and wonderfully cast, The Town proves that Ben Affleck has rediscovered his muse -- and that he's a director to be reckoned with.
Synopsis: A Boston bank robber (Ben Affleck) looks for a way out of his criminal lifestyle after beginning a passionate romance... [More]
Directed By: Ben Affleck

#19

Three Kings (1999)
94%

#19
Adjusted Score: 99437%
Critics Consensus: Three Kings successfully blends elements of action, drama, and comedy into a thoughtful, exciting movie on the Gulf War.
Synopsis: Near the end of the Gulf War, soldiers (George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube) use a map that may lead... [More]
Directed By: David O. Russell

#18

Rififi (1955)
92%

#18
Adjusted Score: 98722%
Critics Consensus: Rififi depicts the perfect heist in more ways than one, telling its story so effectively that it essentially provided the template for an entire genre to follow.
Synopsis: Betrayal follows the taut minutes in which four Frenchmen (Jean Servais, Carl Mohner, Robert Manuel) rob a jewelry store.... [More]
Directed By: Jules Dassin

#17
Adjusted Score: 102713%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, fast-paced, and loaded with gripping set pieces, the fourth Mission: Impossible is big-budget popcorn entertainment that really works.
Synopsis: After the IMF is implicated in a global terrorist plot and shut down, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team... [More]
Directed By: Brad Bird

#16

Drive (2011)
93%

#16
Adjusted Score: 102481%
Critics Consensus: With its hyper-stylized blend of violence, music, and striking imagery, Drive represents a fully realized vision of arthouse action.
Synopsis: A Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver for thieves finds that a price has been put on his... [More]
Directed By: Nicolas Winding Refn

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 98939%
Critics Consensus: An oddball heist movie with an dark streak that picks apart every rule in filmmaking.
Synopsis: Two guys (Sami Frey, Claude Brasseur) and a young woman (Anna Karina) act out the armed robbery of her aunt... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Luc Godard

#14

Bob the Gambler (1955)
97%

#14
Adjusted Score: 99743%
Critics Consensus: Majorly stylish, Bob le Flambeur is a cool homage to American gangster films and the presage to French New Wave mode of seeing.
Synopsis: An aging gambler needs one more successful job before retirement and decides to rob the safe in the Deauville Casino.... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Pierre Melville

#13

To Catch a Thief (1955)
96%

#13
Adjusted Score: 102441%
Critics Consensus: It may occasionally be guilty of coasting on pure charm, but To Catch a Thief has it in spades -- as well as a pair of perfectly matched stars in Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.
Synopsis: A retired cat burglar (Cary Grant) sees fireworks with an American heiress (Grace Kelly) on the Riviera.... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#12

Logan Lucky (2017)
92%

#12
Adjusted Score: 104934%
Critics Consensus: High-octane fun that's smartly assembled without putting on airs, Logan Lucky marks a welcome end to Steven Soderbergh's retirement -- and proves he hasn't lost his ability to entertain.
Synopsis: Three siblings team up with a demolition expert to steal money from the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Complications arise when a... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#11

The Killing (1956)
95%

#11
Adjusted Score: 100258%
Critics Consensus: An expertly crafted noir with more on its mind than stylishly staged violence, The Killing establishes Stanley Kubrick as a filmmaker of uncommon vision and control.
Synopsis: The organizers of a brilliantly conceived racetrack heist find their perfect crime beginning to unravel.... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 102234%
Critics Consensus: The Asphalt Jungle is an expertly told crime story with attention paid to the crime and characters in equal measure.
Synopsis: Recently released from prison, Dix Handley gathers a team of small-time crooks to steal a fortune in jewels. The heist... [More]
Directed By: John Huston

#9
Adjusted Score: 101177%
Critics Consensus: The Friends of Eddie Coyle sees Robert Mitchum in transformative late-career mode in a gritty and credible character study.
Synopsis: A crook who wants to spend the rest of his life out of jail finds everyone wants to be his... [More]
Directed By: Peter Yates

#8

The Wild Bunch (1969)
90%

#8
Adjusted Score: 99437%
Critics Consensus: The Wild Bunch is Sam Peckinpah's shocking, violent ballad to an old world and a dying genre.
Synopsis: An outlaw (William Holden) and his gang, on the run from the Mexican Army and bounty hunters, plot to rob... [More]
Directed By: Sam Peckinpah

#7

The Ladykillers (1955)
100%

#7
Adjusted Score: 103391%
Critics Consensus: The Ladykillers is a macabre slow-burn with quirky performances of even quirkier characters.
Synopsis: A toothy British crook (Alec Guinness) and his gang involve their daffy landlady (Katie Johnson) in a bank caper.... [More]
Directed By: Alexander Mackendrick

#6

The Red Circle (1970)
95%

#6
Adjusted Score: 104742%
Critics Consensus: Melville is at the top of his game, giving us his next-to-last entry into the world of deception, crime, and extreme suspense that made him a maestro of the French heist genre.
Synopsis: A detective (Bourvil) pursues a thief (Alain Delon) who robbed a jewelry store with an ex-convict and a retired police... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Pierre Melville

#5
Adjusted Score: 104790%
Critics Consensus: Breezy, thrilling, and quite funny, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three sees Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw pitted against each other in effortlessly high form.
Synopsis: Four men hijack a crowded subway train and threaten to murder one hostage for every minute the ransom demand is... [More]
Directed By: Joseph Sargent

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 104815%
Critics Consensus: Fiendishly funny and clever, The Lavender Hill Mob is a top hat Ealing Studios effort.
Synopsis: A meek clerk (Alec Guinness), his buddy (Stanley Holloway) and crooks melt hijacked Bank of England gold into Eiffel Tower... [More]
Directed By: Charles Crichton

#3
Adjusted Score: 108536%
Critics Consensus: Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation continues the franchise's thrilling resurgence -- and proves that Tom Cruise remains an action star without equal.
Synopsis: Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team take on their most impossible mission yet to eradicate the Syndicate -- a... [More]
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 109614%
Critics Consensus: Hell or High Water offers a solidly crafted, well-acted Western heist thriller that eschews mindless gunplay in favor of confident pacing and full-bodied characters.
Synopsis: With a Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges) hot on their tail, an ex-convict (Ben Foster) and his brother (Chris Pine) plan... [More]
Directed By: David Mackenzie

#1

Baby Driver (2017)
92%

#1
Adjusted Score: 111771%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, exciting, and fueled by a killer soundtrack, Baby Driver hits the road and it's gone -- proving fast-paced action movies can be smartly written without sacrificing thrills.
Synopsis: Coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), a talented getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) must face the music when... [More]
Directed By: Edgar Wright

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