Heist film

The heist film or caper film is a subgenre of crime film.[1] One of the early defining heist films was The Asphalt Jungle (1950), which Film Genre 2000 wrote "almost single-handedly popularized the genre for mainstream cinema". It featured robbers whose personal failings ultimately led to the failure of their robbery. Similar films using this formula were Armored Car Robbery (1950), The Killing (1956), and The Getaway (1972). By the 1990s, heist films "experiment and play with these conventions" and focused more on character relationships than the crime itself.[2]

List of films

Film Year Ref.
11 Harrowhouse1974[3]
Armored Car Robbery1950[2]
The Asphalt Jungle1950[4]
Baby Driver2017[5]
Bande à part1964[4]
The Bank Job2008[5]
Blue Collar1978[6]
Bob le flambeur1956[6]
Bottle Rocket1996[5]
Le Cercle Rouge1970[4]
Le deuxième souffle1966[6]
Dog Day Afternoon1975[4]
Fast Five2011[5]
A Fish Called Wanda1988[5]
The Getaway1972[6]
Grand Slam1967[6]
The Hot Rock1972[3]
How to Steal a Million1966[6]
Inside Man2006[5]
The Italian Job1969[5]
The Italian Job2003[5]
The Killing1956[5]
The Lavender Hill Mob1951[6]
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels1998[5]
Logan Lucky2017[5]
Now You See Me2013[7]
Ocean's Eleven2001[4]
Ocean's Twelve2004[6]
Point Break1991[5]
Reservoir Dogs1992[4]
Set It Off1996[5]
Sexy Beast2000[4]
The Sting1973[5]
The Thomas Crown Affair1968[5]
The Thomas Crown Affair1999[5]
The Town2010[5]
The Usual Suspects1995[5]

Further reading

  • Lee, Daryl (2014). The Heist Film: Stealing with Style. Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-85058-2.
  • Sloniowski, Jeannette; Leach, Jim (eds.). The Best Laid Plans: Interrogating the Heist Film. Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 978-0-8143-4224-4.


  1. Hardy, Phil, ed. (1997). "The Caper Film". The BFI Companion to Crime. A & C Black. pp. 70–71. ISBN 978-0-304-33215-1.
  2. Wilson, Ron (2000). "The Left-Handed Form of Human Endeavor". In Dixon, Wheeler W. (ed.). Film Genre 2000: New Critical Essays. SUNY Press. pp. 154–155. ISBN 978-0-7914-4513-6.
  3. Hunter, Rob (September 6, 2018). "The Best Diamond Heist Movies You've Never Seen". /Film. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  4. Morris, Brogan (September 14, 2018). "10 great heist films". bfi.org.uk. British Film Institute. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  5. Dockterman, Eliana (August 18, 2017). "The 25 Best Heist Movies". Time. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  6. Staff, Playlist (September 10, 2010). "25 All-Time Favorite Heist Movies". IndieWire. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  7. Franich, Darren (June 3, 2013). "'Now You See Me': What the hell?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
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