What are some great heist movies?

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  1. Rob_Walton

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    Rififi was on the other day and it reminded me of how much I enjoy this type of flick. So, what are some other worthwhile examples from this sub-genre?
     
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    Greg_S_H Executive Producer

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    The Asphalt Jungle.
     
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    I'm a master of the obvious so I'll say Reservoir Dogs.
     
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    Kubrick's The Killing
    Jean-Pierre Melville's Un Flic
    Ocean's Twelve (I know it's not well liked in these here parts, but I thought it was great)
     
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    Tarkin The Ewok Supporting Actor

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    Ocean's Eleven
    The Score

    Edited to add:

    The Italian Job (2003)
    Inside Man (not completely heist, but it does have one, and it's a great movie)
     
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    Heist

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    Depends on how you stretch the concept of Heist, but here are my favorites (a couple already mentioned).

    The Asphault Jungle
    Bonnie and Clyde
    Criss Cross (1949)
    Dog Day Afternoon
    The Getaway (1972)
    Gun Crazy
    Heat
    Jackie Brown
    Kansas City Confidential
    The Killers (1946)
    The Killing
    Point Blank
    Reservoir Dogs
    Thief
    Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
     
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    My favorite, which combines the heist and gambling film is Bob Le Flambeur, but a number of the ones on Jim's list are excellent as well.
     
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    Gotta put TOPKAPI on that list.
     
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    Some of these are not pure heist films in the sense of Rififi, but a little variety is the spice of life:

    Ronin
    The Killing
    The Italian Job (1968)
    The Italian Job (2003)
    Criss Cross
    Heat
    The Killers (1946)
    The Train
    The Lavender Hill Mob
    Romancing the Stone
    The Great Locomotive Chase
    The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
    The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
    Take the Money & Run
    Entrapment
    Small Time Crooks
    For a Few Dollars More
    How to Steal a Million
    Cliffhanger
    Goldfinger
    The Twelve Chairs
    White Heat
    Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
    A Fish Called Wanda
    Fun with Dick & Jane (1977)
    High Sierra
    Goodfellas
    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
     
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    Jean-Pierre Melville, the director of Bob le flambeur and Un Flic, also made Le cercle rouge, quite a fine movie.

    Neil Jordan recently remade this (with a screenplay by Melville) as The Good Thief with Nick Nolte in the title role. While this is entertaining, I thought the original a better movie.

    Of course Jean-Luc Godard made his nod to this genre with Bande à part (Band of Outsiders), a movie that I find hilarious.
     
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    Some others not yet mentioned:

    5 AGAINST THE HOUSE (1955)
    THE BADLANDERS (1958)
    ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW (1959) MGM R1 DVD
    SEVEN THIEVES (1960)
    THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN (1960)
    THE DAY THEY ROBBED THE BANK OF ENGLAND (1960)
    DEAD HEAT ON A MERRY-GO-ROUND (1966) Sony R1 DVD
    GAMBIT (1966)
    GRAND SLAM (1967) Blue Underground R1 DVD
    WHO'S MINDING THE MINT? (1967)
    THE FIVE MAN ARMY (1970)
    KELLY'S HEROES (1970) Warner R1 DVD
    $ (DOLLARS) (1972)
    THE HOT ROCK (1972) Fox R1 DVD
    CHARLEY VARRICK (1973) Universal (Fool-Screen) R1 DVD
    11 HARROWHOUSE (1974)
    THE BRINK'S JOB (1978)
    THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY (1979) MGM R1 DVD
    HOW TO BEAT THE HIGH CO$T OF LIVING (1980) MGM (Fool-Screen) R1 DVD
    DIE HARD (1988) Fox R1 DVD
    DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE (1995) Fox R1 DVD
     
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    I don't think of Guy Ritchie films to be heist movies, but "Snatch", and "Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" are very entertaining movies.

    I would also like to second the "Italian Job (both of them) and "The Score"

    "Ocean's Eleven and 'Twelve'" are good too.

    Seth=L
     
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    Afghanastan Bananastand! [​IMG]

    I've seen many of the titles mentioned, and there are some cracking flicks being posted - some of which had slipped my mind. The Great Train Robbery for instance was a great little gem of a movie which crept up on me unawares one night whilst trying to get to sleep. Guy Richie doesn't really peel my potato, but the original Italian Job ("you're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!") is an all time favourite.

    Reason for edit: did a Dan Quale on Potatoe
     
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    Read Michael Crichton's novel The Great Train Robbery, on which the movie was based. It's a great little read. The main attraction for me was the little factoids he gives out about Victorian London. It's the kind of stuff you'll tell your friends about. "Did you know about such-and-such?" "Did you know they did this-and-that?" Etc.
     
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    I suppose "The Sting" isn't really a heist, but it kinda plays out like one.

    Count me as one who liked Ocean's Eleven and Twelve, both Italian Jobs, Thomas Crown Affair (1999; haven't seen the original). Original Ocean's 11, not so much, although I suppose that's partly because it's dated somewhat, and compared to the slick re-make it really shows its age.
     
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    Another nod for The Sting. Good one Yee-Ming. [​IMG]
     
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    It is a bit of a stretch, but I'll add The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
     
  19. Rob_Walton

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    I had that in the DVD player just 2 nights ago - how's that for coincidence. [​IMG]

    Greg, I may well get the book. Charley Peace has been part of my reading cycle lately so the Great Train Robbery could be just the ticket. Thanks. Many moons ago I read Jurassic Park by Crichton, before learning Spielberg was going to make a little film out of it. The only book of his I've tried since then was Airframe which was rumoured to have Demi Moore attached in a potential movie deal. No word since.
     
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    Money Train
     

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