The 8 Most Inventive Heist Movies Ever Made

By Jack Beresford

June 20, 2018

Impossible missions, cunning plans, and skilled gangs of con artists- there’s nothing like a good heist movie.

To mark the release of Ocean’s 8, which is set to hit UK cinemas on 18th June, we take a look at eight of the very best heists ever to grace the big screen.


Die Hard (1988)

An undisputed classic in the action genre, Die Hard has got it all: the bad guy, the anti-hero, things blowing up, mind games, a bit of romance, and characters with a complicated history. The film stars Bruce Willis as iconic action hero John McClane. His mission is to stop a heist masterminded by criminal mastermind Hans Gruber (the late, great Alan Rickman). The two make for a (literally) explosive on-screen pair as they fight for bearer bonds worth $640 million.


Point Break (1991)

Fronted by 1990s heartthrobs Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, Point Break features plenty of action not only on the crime front but also in terms of amazing extreme sports stunts too: surfing and sky-diving are as integral to this film as shootings and robberies. The trope of the good cop turned bad guy falls to Keanu Reeves, who joins Patrick Swayze’s gang of thieves undercover only to become fascinated with their lifestyle.


Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

When Ocean’s Eleven was released in 2001, the world of cinema had never seen a gang of on-screen thieves with so much star power. With pretty much every big name in the acting world involved, from Brad Pitt to Matt Damon, the film was bound to be a success. After Danny’s impossible casino heist, the film spawned two hugely successful sequels- and now the upcoming Ocean’s 8.


The Italian Job (2003)

The 2003 version is a remake of the British film classic, which was released nearly 50 years prior. Starring Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron, much of the film is set in picturesque Venice, where Italian gangsters have been hiding more than $30 billion worth of gold. Setting his sights on the prize, an American thief assembles a team to steal the loot.


Inception (2010)

In true Christopher Nolan style, Inception is as unconventional as a heist film can get. The British director is famous for hiding clues in his films and making them hard to find, leaving the audience scrambling to tie them all together. The 2010 star-studded film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cottillard and Tom Hardy is no exception: it revolves around a thief who uses dream-controlling techniques to steal secrets, until he is employed to do the reverse- plant an idea into an enemy’s head. That famous ending will likely keep audiences scratching their heads for many years to come.


Baby Driver (2017)

One of the most acclaimed films of 2017, Baby Driver has heart-pumping car chases, guns, robberies, romance and a terrific soundtrack to top it all off. The film follows Baby (Ansel Elgort), a young man who acts as a getaway driver for a criminal he is indebted to after having stolen his car. Once his debt has been repaid, he finds out that getting out of this very peculiar work relationship is not as easy as he thought it would be.


Logan Lucky (2017)

From Steven Soderbergh, director of the Ocean’s trilogy, Logan Lucky is an adrenaline-filled ride from start to end. Two brothers, played by Adam Driver and Channing Tatum, plan a big hit during a NASCAR race. Featuring Daniel Craig as the very antithesis of James Bond, the director has defined the film as the “anti-glam version of an Ocean’s movie”.


Ocean’s 8 (2018)

The highly-anticipated Ocean’s 8 features an all-female crew of specialists assembled by none other than Sandra Bullock’s Debbie Ocean, sister of the infamous Danny. After being released from prison, Debbie gets straight to work on pulling off the most legendary heist of the century. The plan, to be executed at NYC’s annual MET Gala, involves the help of seven fellow badass women played by Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter. With a bonanza of A-list stars, fabulous fashion and one incredible heist, Ocean’s 8 is set to take audiences on the most exhilarating ride of the year.

Check out the trailer for Ocean’s 8 here: