Heist film

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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[edit]

Film Year Ref.
11 Harrowhouse 1974 [3]
Armored Car Robbery 1950 [2]
The Asphalt Jungle 1950 [4]
Baby Driver 2017 [5]
Bande à part 1964 [4]
The Bank Job 2008 [5]
Blue Collar 1978 [6]
Bob le flambeur 1956 [6]
Bottle Rocket 1996 [5]
Le Cercle Rouge 1970 [4]
Le deuxième souffle 1966 [6]
Dog Day Afternoon 1975 [4]
Fast Five 2011 [5]
A Fish Called Wanda 1988 [5]
Flawless 2007 [3]
The Getaway 1972 [6]
Grand Slam 1967 [6]
Heat 1995 [5]
The Hot Rock 1972 [3]
How to Steal a Million 1966 [6]
Inception 2010 [4]
Inside Man 2006 [5]
The Italian Job 1969 [5]
The Italian Job 2003 [5]
The Killing 1956 [5]
The Lavender Hill Mob 1951 [6]
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1998 [5]
Logan Lucky 2017 [5]
Ocean's Eleven 2001 [4]
Ocean's Twelve 2004 [6]
Point Break 1991 [5]
Reservoir Dogs 1992 [4]
Rififi 1955 [4]
Set It Off 1996 [5]
Sexy Beast 2000 [4]
Snatch 2000 [5]
The Sting 1973 [5]
Thief 1981 [4]
The Thomas Crown Affair 1968 [5]
The Thomas Crown Affair 1999 [5]
The Town 2010 [5]
The Usual Suspects 1995 [5]
Widows 2018 [4]

Further reading[edit]

  • 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.

References[edit]

  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. ^ a b 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. ^ a b c Hunter, Rob (September 6, 2018). "The Best Diamond Heist Movies You've Never Seen". /Film. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Morris, Brogan (September 14, 2018). "10 great heist films". bfi.org.uk. British Film Institute. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Dockterman, Eliana (August 18, 2017). "The 25 Best Heist Movies". Time. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Staff, Playlist (September 10, 2010). "25 All-Time Favorite Heist Movies". IndieWire. Retrieved February 20, 2019.