We all know how it goes. A crew of dysfunctional people is put together, an elaborate scheme is planned, and the plan is executed on D-day. It’s a heist!
As a subgenre of crime movies, heist movies take all the good parts of a regular crime movie and crank everything up whether it’s the intensity, the excitement, or the thrill! These witty and fast-paced movies will have you rooting for some of the most dislikable characters and keep you at the edge of your seat as you nervously watch their plan unfold.
They can be quite cliché, but these movies are entertaining because the audience never finds out until the very end!
Maimovie has ranked the top 10 most “exciting and thrilling” “heist” movies ever made. Did they really get caught? Or is this also a part of the scheme? Keep your eye out for the details.
The following list was based on Maimovie on April 01, 2022, under the “exciting and thrilling” and “heist” Keytalks. Check out the Maimovie app or website to discover more movies and shows.
1998, 2h 2m
A briefcase with undisclosed contents – sought by Irish terrorists and the Russian mob – makes its way into criminals’ hands. An Irish liaison assembles a squad of mercenaries, or ‘ronin’, and gives them the thorny task of recovering the case.
1997, 2h 34m
Jackie Brown is a flight attendant who gets caught in the middle of smuggling cash into the country for her gunrunner boss. When the cops try to use Jackie to get to her boss, she hatches a plan — with help from a bail bondsman — to keep the money for herself.
1988, 2h 11m
NYPD cop John McClane’s plan to reconcile with his estranged wife is thrown for a serious loop when, minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking McClane sets out to single-handedly rescue the hostages and bring the bad guys down.
2006, 2h 9m
When an armed, masked gang enter a Manhattan bank, lock the doors and take hostages, the detective assigned to effect their release enters negotiations preoccupied with corruption charges he is facing.
2000, 1h 29m
Ex-safecracker Gal Dove has served his time behind bars and is blissfully retired to a Spanish villa paradise with a wife he adores. The idyll is shattered by the arrival of his nemesis Don Logan, intent on persuading Gal to return to London for one last big job.
2001, 1h 56m
Less than 24 hours into his parole, charismatic thief Danny Ocean is already rolling out his next plan: In one night, Danny’s hand-picked crew of specialists will attempt to steal more than $150 million from three Las Vegas casinos. But to score the cash, Danny risks his chances of reconciling with ex-wife, Tess.
2011, 1h 40m
An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.
1992, 1h 39m
A botched robbery indicates a police informant, and the pressure mounts in the aftermath at a warehouse. Crime begets violence as the survivors — veteran Mr. White, newcomer Mr. Orange, psychopathic parolee Mr. Blonde, bickering weasel Mr. Pink and Nice Guy Eddie — unravel.
2011, 2h 10m
Former cop Brian O’Conner partners with ex-con Dom Toretto on the opposite side of the law. Since Brian and Mia Toretto broke Dom out of custody, they’ve blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom.
2010, 2h 5m
Doug MacRay is a longtime thief, who, smarter than the rest of his crew, is looking for his chance to exit the game. When a bank job leads to the group kidnapping an attractive branch manager, he takes on the role of monitoring her – but their burgeoning relationship threatens to unveil the identities of Doug and his crew to the FBI Agent who is on their case.