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15 Heist Movies That Are Highly Rewatchable

There are some action movies that you can watch over and over without ever losing interest. And while the genre has major thrills itself, when it combines with a heist, the excitement level just goes higher. Even though you know exactly how and what’s about to go down, you still find yourself inching closer to the edge of your seats as the criminal masterminds work on their elaborate schemes. Because there is something absolutely stunning about a great plan coming together.

However, what draws us back to these films time and again are the characters. The way they plan meticulously and strategize every move. Whether they are driving by a selfish motive or simply take pride and leave a reputation behind, we cannot help but cheer on and admire their cool. Upon every rewatch, we end up uncovering a fresh layer and subtle nuances we failed to notice before. So, join us as we count down some of the greatest, highly rewatchable heist films and indulge in an adrenaline filled few hours of pure entertainment.

15 Rififi (1955)

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Starting off with a highly thrilling French noir that is truly ahead of its time. Rififi gets its name from the French military term ‘rif’ which means ‘combat zone.’ And while there isn’t a lot of action going on, this incredible entry by the legendary director Jules Dassin follows ex-con Tony le Stéphanois and three of his smooth-talking, fast-handed criminal pals. Together the group plots a heist of the century from a high-end jeweler. They consider every nook and crevice of their target but fail to understand human susceptibility. What makes their 28-minute burglary scene so iconic and riveting is that it is basically a silent ballet of tension and precision as the group breaks in and steals the diamonds without uttering a single word. No score to interrupt the flow, just the reality of picking locks and shattering safes.

14 Quick Change (1990)

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Who says heist movies always have to be nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat thrillers? When the comedic masterminds Bill Murray and director Howard Franklin put their minds to the genre, the result is nothing short of hilarious. Quick Change is the duo’s directorial debut and it stars Murray as Grimes, a disgruntled man who plans to rob a Manhattan bank with the help of his girlfriend and best friend.
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Grimes enters the venue dressed comically as a clown, holds people hostage, and gets what he wants. The only glitch? He wants a quiet exit from his perfect crime. But it looks like escaping the messy streets of NYC and getting to the airport with his willing accomplices is harder than the robbery itself. Following the trio around, you wouldn’t want to miss a second of this clever film.

13 Reservoir Dogs (1992)

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Quentin Tarantino’s debut film makes an instant explosion and leaves an indelible mark on the industry. Anchored by several things like a razor sharp script and fresh narrative, the movie is a true cult classic. Reservoir Dogs brings together the coolest criminals from the wrong side of the law and gives them a premise where they have to steal diamonds. From Harvey Keitel’s Mr. White to Steve Buscemi’s twitchy Mr. Pink, every character has some brilliant dialogue or a scene that makes them memorable. While attempting the heist, the gang is ambushed by the police and they turn against each other, thinking they have a mole. What follows is a clear examination of how one tiny fallout can affect the relationship between people with common goals and make them fall apart under pressure.

12 Heat (1995)

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They do not call Michael Mann the master of crafting crime thrillers for nothing. The director has blessed us with phenomenal movies like Thief, The Insider, and Collateral. But this three-hour epic is so ripe with the gritty Los Angeles atmosphere that you will feel like you could go about the city’s busy streets blindfolded after watching the movie. Heat was the first movie that brought together Al Pacino and Robert De Niro on screen. It centers around Pacino’s Hanna who is a skilled detective working to capture a team of professional thieves led by De Niro’s McCauley. Both the stars deliver a magnetic performance. And as for the heist itself, the planning is so meticulous you almost believe that nothing would go wrong. Then you are slapped with that intense finale.

11 Bottle Rocket (1996)

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Not entirely overlooked but certainly a forgotten wonder in the mine of heist dramas, Bottle Rocket is another movie that is highly rewatchable. Before the duo practically took over Hollywood, their first ever feature debut was this off-beat comedy. Directed by Wes Anderson and written by Owen Wilson, the story follows three inept yet lovable crooks named Dignan, Anthony, and Bon who decide to pull off an easy robbery. However, their big ambitions and half-baked plans ruin their smooth escape out of the gate, leading to a series of farcical situations. Looking at Anderson’s filmography and aesthetic now, you can examine the snippets of the same in the movie’s lax pacing and authentic small-town Texas visuals. Moreover, the transition from crime to comedy is fun and indie.

10 Sexy Beast (2000)

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Starring Ben Kingsley and Ray Winstone, Sexy Beast is a wicked little movie. While most criminals have a breaking point, none are as unhinged as Don Logan (Kingsley). And it is evident in the film, especially when he administers obstacles and threats in his former employees life. His motive? To get the retired Gal (Winstone) to carry out one last heist for him. Both the actors sunk their teeth into their respective roles, as if they were born to play psychos. But what makes Sexy Beast so magnificent is its cinematography. The portrayal of mean-spirited masculinity that puts two men against each other as well as the black humor that is fired without a stutter. Sometimes, the actual robbery takes a backseat, but director Jonathan Glazer manages to keep you on the edge anyway.

9 Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

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Pure movie magic was born when Steven Soderbergh decided to bring together his A-list pack of actors like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, and Andy Garcia. Ocean’s Eleven is an excellent remake of the 1960s original. Much like the first movie, we follow Danny Ocean and his crew of smooth-talkers as they devise a flawless plan to knock over three Las Vegas casinos at the same time during the night of an important fight.
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Ocean’s rivalry with casino owner Terry Benedict is what fuels their actions and the result is one spectacular delivery. From the group’s hilarious banter to the handsome wits, everything about the movie is stylish and slick and easy. The movie gave birth to one of the greatest heist film trilogy, and it guarantees fun upon every rewatch.

8 Heist (2001)

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One of the more unknown gems in the genre, Heist is David Mamet’s exceptional thriller that does its heist trope justice not only by placing it in the title but also by using it as a basis for an incredible storytelling. Gene Hackman stars as a seasoned thief Joe Moore, who has long left his criminal life behind. After being caught on camera, he quit and is now content living cozily, spending the $15 million he acquired from his last heist. But double-crosses find a way to sneak up on him when his former partner convinces to go on one more adventure. From tense negotiations and violent betrayals to fast-paced action and blood-pumping scenarios, the movie has everything to keep fans satisfied. Moreover, the direction and dialogue also play a role in making this a movie you can enjoy every now and then.

7 The Italian Job (2003)

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The swinging sixties gave us an epic original starring Michael Caine as a gangster planning a big heist in Italy. While the 2003 movie has little to do with its predecessor, director F. Gary Gray brings an element of revenge to increase the stakes of winning. Mark Wahlberg plays Charlie Choker, a skilled thief who leads a group of smugglers and drivers to recover their own stolen gold from a backstabbing former colleague years after the initial heist. The Italian Job puts a stylish modern spin to the repetitive heist trope by creating a dent within a gang of robbers itself. With stunning cinematography of fast cars and witty banter from the ensemble cast, watching this wonder is breezy. Plus, the minivan chase sequence during the climax really gets you hooked as you feel yourself following the heroes and villains across the canals of Venice, Italy.

6 Inside Man (2006)

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Perhaps the most loyal movie when it comes to sticking to its “heist film” premise, Spike Lee’s Inside Man creates a twisted time capsule and throws you into a late ‘00 NYC. Clive Owen plays a seasoned criminal and mastermind bank robber, Dalton Russell, who is caught in the middle of his act. A charismatic Denzel Washington, who is assigned the case, soon realized that it was Owen’s plan all along to get caught and take hostages, leading to a crafty negotiation game as the two leads indulge in back and forth conversations. The movie does a fantastic job at adding layer after layer to the characters’ moralities, and it misdirects you into believing the bad guy to be actually good. The best part is that it has enough surprises to keep you guessing till the very end.

5 The Bank Job (2008)

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Filmed at a meager budget of $20 million, The Bank Job escalates real-life news by casting its own spell on the mystery. Apparently, in 1971, a group of thieves planned a robbery and broke into a bank vault with the intention of stealing the safety vaults. Nobody really knew what happened after that, but under the direction of Roger Donaldson, this 2008 movie tries to create its own theory. Delving into a story only seen in British headlines, The Bank Job follows Martine Love, who approaches Terry Leathers, a car dealer with bad finances, and draws him into a high-stakes bank robbery. But what starts as a simple ego boost soon leads to big revelations and complications. Terry is trying to assemble a team and carry out the heist, while the city’s dodgy politics are hot on his heels.

4 The Town (2010)

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Chuck Hogan’s 2004 novel Prince of Thieves gets a silver screen adaptation at the hands of Ben Affleck. Affleck is already known to be seamless. Whether he’s directing, co-writing, or starring in a project, his multitasking skills are commendable. The Town is a tense, fast-paced Boston-set drama that is just another example of the actor’s sheer talent. Supporting him is a stellar cast including Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Jon Hamm, and Rebecca Hall. As for the storyline, Affect plays Doug MacRay, a lifelong thief residing in the criminal underworld of his Charlestown neighborhood. He has long wanted to escape this gritty life of want and fear. But before he does, Doug decides to score big with his crew one last time. Little does he know, a bank robbery would lead him to falling in love with Claire, the bank’s assistant manager.

3 Fast Five (2011)

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The fifth installment in the iconic franchise that is still running strong on the big screens, Fast Five took its trademark elements and dialed them all up. The movie takes its high-octane care chases to a whole new level of insane by letting Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead their crew of amazing people in their biggest heist yet – stealing a giant safe containing $100 million in Rio. We don’t call this one the best movie in the Fast & Furious franchise for nothing.
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After all, it has everything we’d expect from a standard heist drama – a montage of the crew planning, the incredible execution, an officer trying to stop them, fast cars, and logic-defying chase scenes. Purely made as a popcorn blockbuster, the movie proves that even heists can be fun and feel-food when aligned with the right formula.

2 Logan Lucky (2017)

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Steven Soderbergh makes a return on this list with a film that drips with his signature witty Southern charm. A quintessential heist film, Logan Lucky stars Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as the Logan brothers who fabricate a scheme to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway during a busy NASCAR race. They have to blend in with the folk in broad daylight and make a clean escape from the hands of the authorities. But nothing’s impossible for the Logans when they have their sister by their side and a one-armed driver. With one hope though – that they don’t kill each other first. As exhilarating as the plot sounds, the movie turns out even better with the witty banter from the characters and beloved-ly shot atmosphere of Caroline. Overall satisfying, the movie will leave your spirits high every time you pay a visit.

1 Baby Driver (2017)

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Ansel Elgort’s Baby is a getaway driver who relies on music to tune out his perception of sound coming from external, uncontrollable sources. Beyond that, the boy has ultimate focus and unmatched skills behind the wheel. Which is why he is seeked by many, including Kevin Spacey’s Doc, who convinces Baby to take part in a heist by threatening to hurt his girlfriend. However, their arms robbery goes south and they have a band of officers chasing them. Baby Driver is one of Edgar Wright’s most astonishing films, the main reason being that it blends pulse-pounding action with a subtle coming-of-age drama. The movie comes alive in the form of stunning montages and Baby’s pumping soundtrack. Even then things go wrong, the characters’ personalities and the chase scenes make this a modern classic begging to be revisited.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors


Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama


For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims


Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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