30 Greatest Heist Films of All-Time

outofsight2 560x299Steven Soderbergh became famous in 1989 when he wrote the original screenplay for the Sex, Lies, and Videotape (He also directed it). It was nominated for an Academy Award but lost to Tom Schulman’s screenplay for Dead Poets Society. Although it lost, his talent was all over his work and it did not take long before he was noticed and by 1998, he was directing, and working with Steven Spielberg, a film with George Clooney called Out of Sight, in 1998.

Of course, he would go on to direct critically acclaimed films like Pleasantville, Erin Brockovich, Traffic, Logan Lucky, and Contagion. But his biggest project of his career, although he would not know it at the time, was the Ocean’s Trilogy.

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It all began with an important scene starring George Clooney as Danny Ocean, being released from prison on parole by sitting in front of the parole board and explaining his case. Ocean’s Eleven turned into a box office smash worldwide, bringing in $450 million. It would pave the way for a sequel, released in 2004, called Ocean’s Twelve. It made $362 million worldwide.

Eventually, they would top it all off with a third Ocean’s movie, Ocean’s Thirteen, which brought in $311 million worldwide. Collectively, the franchise has brought in over a billion dollars.

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But what made it such an exciting film was the ensemble cast that starred throughout the three films. It featured some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and yet still worked to perfection. Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Andy Garcia, Al Pacino, Bernie Mac, Don Cheadle, Casey Affleck, Elliott Gould, and Carl Reiner were among the ensemble cast that fit together like a perfect puzzle.

The trilogy was a fine example of how to create a heist film that kept us all in suspense. By the third film, the audience was trying to figure out the heist before the movie ended only to be disappointed by the twist ending.

p0699wbl 560x280Now that Ocean’s 8 has recently joined the franchise, it inspires us to create our list of the 30 greatest heist films of all time.

30) Confidence (2003)

  • Directed By: James Foley
  • Box Office: $23 Million
  • Main Cast: Edward Burns, Rachel Weisz, Andy Garcia, Paul Giamatti, Luis Guzman, Dustin Hoffman

29) The Bank Job (2008)

  • Directed By: Roger Donaldson
  • Box Office: $64.8 Million
  • Main Cast: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Richard Lintern, David Suchet

28) Jackie Brown (1997)

  • Directed By: Quentin Tarantino
  • Box Office: $74.7 Million
  • Main Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro

27) Den of Thieves (2018)

  • Directed By: Christian Gudegast
  • Box Office: $79.9 Million
  • Main Cast: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson, 50 Cent

26) Point Break (1991)

  • Directed By: Kathryn Bigelow
  • Box Office: $83.5 Million
  • Main Cast: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty

25) The Score (2001)

  • Directed By: Frank Oz
  • Box Office: $113 Million
  • Main Cast: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Angela Bassett, Marlon Brando

24) Layer Cake (2004)

  • Directed By: Matthew Vaughn
  • Box Office: $11.9 Million
  • Main Cast: Daniel Craig, Colm Meaney, Kenneth Cranham, Jamie Foreman, Sienna Miller

23) Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)

  • Directed By: Brad Bird
  • Box Office: $694.7 Million
  • Main Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton

22) Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

  • Directed By: Guy Ritchie
  • Box Office: $28.1 Million
  • Main Cast: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones, Sting

21) Flawless (2008)

  • Directed By: Michael Radford
  • Box Office: $6.8 Million
  • Main Cast: Demi Moore, Michael Caine, Joss Ackland, Jonathan Aris

20) The Italian Job (2003)

  • Directed By: F. Gary Gary
  • Box Office: $176.1 Million
  • Main Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Jason Statham, Seth Green, Mos Def, Donald Sutherland

19) Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015)

  • Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie
  • Box Office: $682.7 Million
  • Main Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin

18) Sexy Beast (2001)

  • Directed By: Jonathan Glazer
  • Box Office: $10.2 Million
  • Main Cast: Ben Kingsley, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman

17) Bottle Rocket (1996)

  • Directed By: Wes Anderson
  • Box Office: $560,000
  • Main Cast: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, James Caan, Lumi Cavazos

16) The Lookout (2007)

  • Directed By: Scott Frank
  • Box Office: $5.4 Million
  • Main Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels, Isla Fisher, Matthew Goode

15) Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

  • Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
  • Box Office: $450.7 Million
  • Main Cast: Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Julia Roberts, Bernie Mac, Scott Caan, Casey Affleck, Carl Reiner, Elliott Gould, Shaobo Qin, Eddie Jemison

14) Inside Man (2006)

  • Directed By: Spike Lee
  • Box Office: $184.4 Million
  • Main Cast: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Willem Dafoe

13) Heat (1995)

  • Directed By: Michael Mann
  • Box Office: $187.4 Million
  • Main Cast: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd, Amy Brenneman, Jon Voight, Val Kilmer, Ted Levine, Diane Venora

12) Reservoir Dogs (1992)

  • Directed By: Quentin Tarantino
  • Box Office: $2.8 Million
  • Main Cast: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Madsen, Quentin Tarantino

11) Drive (2011)

  • Directed By: Nicolas Winding Refn
  • Box Office: $78.1 Million
  • Main Cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman

10) The Usual Suspects (1995)

  • Directed By: Bryan Singer
  • Box Office: $34.3 Million
  • Main Cast: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro

9) Out of Sight (1998)

  • Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
  • Box Office: $77.7 Million
  • Main Cast: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle

8) The Town (2010)

  • Directed By: Ben Affleck
  • Box Office: $154 Million
  • Main Cast: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Chris Cooper

7) A Fish Called Wanda (1998)

  • Directed By: Charles Crichton
  • Box Office: $62.5 Million
  • Main Cast: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline

6) Baby Driver (2017)

  • Directed By: Edgar Wright
  • Box Office: $226.9 Million
  • Main Cast: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx

5) Three Kings (1999)

  • Directed By: David O. Russell
  • Box Office: $107.7 Million
  • Main Cast: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze, Nora Dunn

4) Hell or High Water (2016)

  • Directed By: David Mackenzie
  • Box Office: $37.9 Million
  • Main Cast: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster

3) Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

  • Directed By: Sidney Lumet
  • Box Office: $50 Million
  • Main Cast: Al Pacino, John Cazale, James Broderick, Charles Durning

2) The Sting (1973)

  • Directed By: George Roy Hill
  • Box Office: $159.6 Million
  • Main Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

1) Logan Lucky (2017)

  • Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
  • Box Office: $47.5 Million
  • Main Cast: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth McFarlane, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank, Daniel Craig