Capers, Heists, & Romps

by Karen Walch | Nov 23, 2021

Sneakers 
by Phil Alden

Robinson Martin Bishop (Robert Redford) is a computer whiz hacker that renounced his criminal ways the same night he adopted a new identity to evade law enforcement. Since then he’s made his modest living as a penetration tester with his fellow team of misfits and reformed criminals. When his past catches up to him and he’s faced with either complying with the agents’ demands or going to federal prison, the whole team is forced into a go-for-broke rescue mission. Every member of this cast delivers a knock-out, memorable performance that makes this movie eminently rewatchable.

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Ocean’s Eleven
by Steven Soderbergh

Of all the movies in this list, this one most completely emulates every aspect of being a heist fueled by capers, filled with romps. If you’re going to knock off three of the biggest casinos in Vegas in a single night, you’re gonna need a big crew. Eleven people should be just enough to pull off the necessary Boesky, a Jim Brown, a Miss Daisy, two Jethros and a Leon Spinks, not to mention the biggest Ella Fitzgerald ever.

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Bonus: see the 1960 Original!

 

The Town
by Ben Affleck

What this movie lacks in lighthearted banter it more than makes up for with intense, gritty, and realistic holdups, chase scenes, and stand offs. Set in the historic Charlestown neighborhood of Boston, an almost-perfect heist becomes complicated when the hostage they let go also turns out to be a neighbor. It’s made infinitely more complicated again when one of them starts to fall in love with the former hostage and starts to question their own goals and loyalties. With pressure from both the FBI and local crime lords, it’s only a matter of time before everything comes crashing down around them. The only question is who will escape with their lives?

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The Usual Suspects
by Brian Singer

If you’re going to pull off a big job, what better place to meet your partners in crime than a police lineup? As it comes out in a police interview, the real mastermind and puppet master behind it all is Keyser Söze. But who is he? And how does he connect all the other suspects? The less you know about this topsy turvy plot before going into it, the better.

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Bonus: watch the 2002 Special Edition!

 

The Italian Job
by F. Gary Gray

$35 million dollars worth of gold bars is enough to inspire an awful lot of greed. When the bars are stolen from the thieves themselves, a vengeance/recovery mission is a must. With a lot of great safe-cracking and car chasing, this movie is a must for any well-rounded list of heist movies.

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Bonus: watch the original 1969 Version!

 

Baby Driver
by Edgar Wright

Only Edgar Wright could make such a masterpiece of heists set to music. The soundtrack is as integral to this movie as the characters, cinematography, and plot. Baby, as our protagonist is known, is a savant behind the wheel of any car and has a lot of money to pay off before he’s allowed to say no to a job. However, as it turns out, finally being able to say “no” doesn’t feel like a choice when the time arises.

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Logan Lucky
by Steven Soderbergh

Take Ocean’s Eleven but replace the Bellagio with the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the biggest fight night of the year with the NASCAR race the “Coca-Cola 600.” This movie is from the same director as Ocean’s Eleven so if you’re looking for more of the quick-witted dialogue, imaginative cons, and great ensemble cast, then this is the movie for you.

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