8 Must-See Heist Movies After Kaleidoscope
From "Ocean's 11" to "Heat," these are the best heist movies to watch after you've binge-watched Netflix's "Kaleidoscope."
If our parents told us stealing is bad, then why do we always seem to root for a character we know in a good heist movie or TV show? Perhaps because it's a victimless crime, we love seeing the astonishing and intricate plans they come up with to pull off seemingly impossible heists executed down to the last detail. Kaleidoscope on Netflix is one of those shows that makes you cheer for Giancarlo Esposito's character, Leo Pap, to stop the police and security. Which also brings us to some of the best heist movies you should watch if you're one of those thrill seekers. Here are some of the best.
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
With a stellar cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon and Andy Garcia, Ocean's Eleven remakes the classic 1960 mouse flick starring Frank Sinatra , Danny Ocean. In this flashy version of Steven Soderbergh, Clooney is listed as the main character, and he has another emptying plan after he gets out of prison A Las Vegas casino for every one of the $160 million in its coffers. The movie spawned more ocean heist flicks and grossed a whopping $450 million on an $85 million budget, showing just how powerful a star can be at the box office.
The Heist (2001)
David Mamet's brilliant foray into the heist genre, with Gene Hackman as Joe Moore leading a group of seasoned thieves in one final heist, a Will let them spend the rest of their lives. With Danny DeVito as Joe's financial backer and Delroy Lindo as his longtime partner in crime, Mamet uses some trademark snappy and sometimes harsh dialogue to tell bold and complex stories that only a great playwright/director can do. Heist is an amazing heist movie, and no list would be complete without it.
Baby Driver (2017)
When fencer Doc (Kevin Spacey) finances a job and needs to assemble a team to pull off a series of intricate and risky heists, he knows he has to have Baby (Ansel Elgort) behind the wheel because he is Best getaway driver he's ever worked with. with rag tag group including Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm and Jon Bernthal, trouble ensues when each member starts turning on each other, leading to some of the best movie car chase sequences of all time on film. Baby Driver is a cool scam with a top-notch soundtrack on top of the thrill ride.
The Town (2010)
Not to be outdone by his best friend Matt Damon in Ocean's Eleven, Ben Affleck shines on both sides of the camera in a job that puts all of their lives at risk in exchange for some quick cash. An excellent heist movie with Oscar worthy performances from Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Hall as Affleck as Doug Doug MacRay's character, a pair of troubled accomplices, hope to make a fortune before the police see their plot.
Jackie Brown (1997)
Quentin Tarantino's meteoric rise to the top of the film industry stops in 1997 to delve into the heist genre with the gritty Jackie Brown. The one thing all the films on this list have in common is an incredible cast of actors doing their craft. This time around, as Pam Grier stars in the titular stewardess role, she betrays her gun-dealing boss, Odell Robbie (Tarantino muse Samuel T. Jackson) and conspiring to make big bucks, while Michael Keaton stars as the cop on a mission to track down the elusive and alluring crook.
Now You See Me (2013)
If you were a magician with world-class stunts, would you use them to steal millions? That's exactly what the band of thieves did in Louis Leterrier's "Surprise." Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco are known as the "Four Horsemen" of the entertainment group. A series of mass robberies. But don't blink, because not everything is as it seems when they underestimate rogue federal agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo), who may have an agenda of his own. The film did well enough to pick up two more entries, forming a trilogy for heist lovers.
One of our favorite directors, Michael Mann, couldn't pass up the opportunity to work with them Al Pacino and Robert De Niro see a cat-and-mouse game between two big-screen legends in the 1995 Heat in this heist crime thriller. Pacino is a troubled cop who, while trying to protect his family, does his best to catch up to De Niro and his crew of gun-toting bank robbers who pride themselves on meticulous and dangerous cash heists. It's a battle of wits between legendary characters in a movie that also benefits from a brilliant director, superb cinematography and a well-paced pace. Val Kilmer, Ashley Judd and Tom Sizemore all provide solid support for this underrated crime (no pun intended) flick.
Inside Man (2006)
Clive Owen (Dalton Russell) was a charming and charismatic ball-handler in an exciting game that lasted several days. After Russell's team used the hostages to gain freedom. Denzel Washington's Detective Keith Fraser won't let him and his men escape the clutches of the NYPD. He'll have to tread carefully, however, as the smart criminal has dozens of innocent lives and plenty of loot in this action-packed thriller. Jodie Foster is also excellent as a reluctant intermediary between the two as she tried to negotiate a deal without revealing her involvement in the crime.