You know the formula. A team of thieves has its eyes on a lucrative, difficult-to-steal prize. And they've cooked up an elaborate scheme that can't go wrong. Yet it always does, and plans must change on the fly.
With booty in hand, one of two things typically happens. Either our anti-heroes skate away filthy rich, or things go terribly wrong and everyone winds up dead or in jail.
Welcome to the modern-day heist film, a genre that's been thrilling audiences since the 1950s.
In choosing the movies that best rep the art of stealing money, we've stayed away from basic bank robbery, stick-em-up stories in favor of thefts with more intricate and/or novel plots. Also, the heist(s) should be central to the story (as great as it is, the Lufthansa heist is not the primary focus of “Goodfellas”). As for the take, it matters, but not as much as style and invention.
Finally, special consideration was given to the cult classic leading off this round-up of the 15 best heist movies.