The Rat Pack hit Los Vegas in the 1960 classic which saw Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joey Bishop plan the ultimate heist. Five decades later, Danny Ocean's story would be retold in the George Clooney-Brad Pitt ensemble.
Ryan Gosling plays a mechanic by day, getaway driver by night in 2011’s Drive. When his neighbor’s (Carey Mulligan) ex-con husband (Oscar Isaac) is coerced into robbing a pawnshop, the driver offers his assistance. Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn’s moody L.A.-based film also featured a seasoned supporting cast, which included Ron Perlman, Albert Brooks and Bryan Cranston.
A Fish Called Wanda
Thievery has never been so funny as when John Cleese put his spin on it. As the writer and star of 1988's A Fish Called Wanda, Cleese lead acast including Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin. Kline won the best supporting actor Oscar for playing the bungling ex-CIA agent Otto in the film which saw the group's jewel heist go well. It was the aftermath they couldn't handle.
The Great Muppet Caper
Miss Piggy -- a common criminal? Say it ain't so! Fear not Muppet fans, it's nothing more than a frame-job played out in The Great Muppet Caper, which sees Piggy blamed for the theft of an expensive necklace. The real bad guys (lead by Charles Grodin) have eyes on stealing the Baseball Diamond from the Mallory Gallery. Can Kermit and the gang save the day?
The Thomas Crown Affair
Pierce Brosnan charmed in this 1999 remake of the 1969 film of the same name. The handsome Thomas Crown doesn't do it for the money. He steals art for the sport. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) for him, a beautiful and brilliant detective (Rene Russo) makes it her mission to hunt him down and a cat-and-mouse thing (plus some lovin') ensues.
Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner make a nun's habit terrifying as Boston-area bankrobbers in 2010's The Town. Gritty, engaging and also featuring a fantastic turn by Jon Hamm as an FBI agent, the film sees the men embark on a daring heist at Fenway Park and a ridiculously cool car chase through Boston's North End.
The Pink Panther
It doesn't get any more charming than Inspector Jacques Clouseau. The bumbling Frenchman first hit the big screen in 1964's The Pink Panther, where he's tasked with recovering the largest diamond in the world -- aptly named the Pink Panther.
An 84-carat diamond, a bare-knuckle boxer (Brad Pitt), and good old fashioned revenge abound in Guy Ritchie's 2000 film Snatch. The fantastic ensemble cast includes Benicio del Toro and Jason Statham -- and the moral of the story (if there is one) surely must be not to mess with the family of an Irish Traveller.
Longtime Guy Ritchie producer Matthew Vaughn made his directorial debut with Layer Cake, about a man (Daniel Craig) in the cocaine trade who has a distaste for guns. The insanely stylish 2004 film was one of the finest gangster flicks of the decade. Vaughn oozed talent he would later use as the director of Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class.
Gene Hackman plays a man ready to retire from "the business" in Heist. His associate, played by Danny DeVito, isn't thrilled with this, and forces him to pull one more job. David Mamet directed the 2001 film.
The Hot Rock
TheHot Rock sees Robert Redford star as an ex-con who embarks on another job after regaining his freedom. His brother-in-law (George Segal) sets his sights on a priceless African gem held at the Brooklyn Museum -- and things go awry from there in the 1972 comedy-drama.
The title says it all, doesn't it? In 1932's Jewel Robbery, a baroness (Kay Francis) becomes entangled with a thief (William Powell) who steals her giant diamond ring. Per usual, there's more to this story than meets the eye.
A spooky house, thieves, a beautiful girl, and a detective all converge in Alfred Hitchcock's Number Seventeen. Ostensibly about the pursuit of a a valuable necklace, the jewelry is soon forgotten in the incredibly complicated plot that unfolds.
They don't ask, they take. The 2010 film Takers sees a pair of detectives (Matt Dillon and Jay Hernandez) face off against a gang of bank robbers played by Idris Elba, Paul Walker, and Hayden Christensen.
A mysterious man (Robert Shaw) enlists a thief (Richard Roundtree) and his girlfriend (Barbara Seagull) to go after a $100 million score held in an impossibly secure Tel Aviv vault . The heist’s meticulous planning predates Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible CIA break-in by 20 years, but has something of a similar feel.
The Italian Job
An expert safe cracker (Donald Sutherland) is ready to retire, but he plans one final job before leaving the business. (That tends to be a trend with these types.) With the help of crime planner Charlie Croker (Mark Whalberg), he organizes the heist of a safe containing $35 million in gold. What complications could possibly arise? The 2003 remake of the 1969 British film also starred Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Seth Green, Jason Statham, and Mos Def.
Master thief Frank (James Caan) is itching to get hitched and put his criminal life behind him. He decides to take on (you guessed it!) one final job before settling down with the woman of his dreams (Tuesday Weld). Henchmen, corrupt cops and bad business dealings complicate Frank's plans in 1981's Thief, directed by Michael Mann.
Topkapi sees Elizabeth Lipp (Melina Mercouri) travel to Istanbul and become enamored with an emerald-incrusted dagger. Her plot to use explosives to obtain said dagger blows up in her face when she is accused of plotting an assassination. The 1964 film was directed by Jules Dassin.
Disgruntled employees of a New York high rise (played by Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck and Michael Pena)enlist the help of a criminal (Eddie Murphy) to clean out a tenant who ran a ponzi scheme. The Bret Ratner-directed film scared up relatively little loot in it's opening weekend, where it scored a softer-than-expected $24 million in 2011.
8 of Diamonds
If Ocean's 11 is the guide to cool, this is just the opposite. When a heist couldn’t get any worse, the boneheads pulling it off realize their portly partner (who was killed during the job) swallowed the goods before his demise. The Eric Roberts-toplined film sees the men try to extract the diamonds from their partner ahead of his burial – only to discover the diamonds aren’t resting comfortably in his digestive track. Things go downhill from there.
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