Sitting at home with my laptop and a cup of hot cocoa, I felt the call of the heist.
As streamers around the world continue to travel in society, things get, well, a little boring. Sure, I decide on a lot of teen drama, special stand-ups, and comedy. But something within me (and I thought of others) wanted the tension of a stealth maneuver, the thrill of the open road, and the eagerness of the last stand-off where you just didn’t know who the winner.
Enter the mysterious world of heist cinema. Strap in, suit up, and try to remember which suitcase is where – because, ranked from the least complicated, here are 12 crime films to help you feel like you’re up to ( acts wildly) something while social.
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Edgar Wright’s action thriller combines the best of a slappin ‘soundtrack with the funniest parts of a classic car chase. Ansel Elgort stars as Baby, a clever getaway driver with a love for iPods and shades. Supporting performances by Lily James, Jon Hamm, Eiza González, and Jamie Foxx makes it a staple that delights joy and turns away. Below the bell, below the bell …
How to watch: Baby Driver is now streaming on Hulu.
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Nothing says adventure like an entertaining western. In Hell or High Water, Chris Pine and Ben Foster star as bank-robbing siblings opposite Texas rangers played by Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham. Melancholy, beautiful, and undeniable deprivation, this is the movie to watch if you want to be completely exhausted for a night (or two).
How to watch: Hell or High Water is now streaming on Netflix.
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Widows are everything you want in a movie, in a heist genre or otherwise. It got a fantastic lead on Viola Davis with riveting dynamics between her and co-stars Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, and Michelle Rodriguez. Daniel Kaluuya makes for the perfect villain. Plus, we get the appearances of Brian Tyree Henry, Jacki Weaver, Liam Neeson, and Olivia the Dog. Oh, and the soundtrack is great, the action is great, and we get a twists. You’re welcome.
How to watch: Widows are now streaming on Cinemax.
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Easily the most straightforward funny movie on this list, An Fish called Wanda is hilarious. Yes, there is an intriguing gem heist in the middle of it. But there are also John Cleese and Jamie Lee Curtis who have more onscreen chemistry than they know what to do, a boat of iconic one-liners, and the best interrogation scene ever written. Perfect for a relaxing thieving night.
How to watch: An Fish called Wanda is now streaming on HBO Now.
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Based on the true life story of the villain Frank Abagnale, Catch Me If You Can’t Be Your Traditional Heist movie. This classic Leo DiCaprio follows an experienced young forger in a multi-year crime spree that takes him all over the planet providing new identities at every stop. Tom Hanks appears opposite DiCaprio as FBI agent Carl Hanratty. It’s fun, fancy-free, and tense as it all comes out.
How to watch: Catch Me If You Can Available for Rent or Purchase on Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, YouTube, and iTunes.
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Directed by David O. Russell, this kill section offers a little something for everyone. Starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the moral intersection between the con man and investigator. Come for glitzy costumes and awesome songs. Stay tuned for the “stove oven.”
How to watch: American Hustle is available for rent or purchase on Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, YouTube, and iTunes.
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Yes, Ocean’s 8 is not really the movie with its stellar cast and amazing style of promise. But at a second glance, this writer should admit that it’s a bit funny. (Don’t worry. Our movie critics know it’s the first time around.) Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, and Rihanna have had their glorious lives together. playing con- robbery robbers at the Met Gala.
How to watch: Ocean’s 8 is streaming now on Cinemax.
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Inspired by the 1971 Baker Street robbery, the World Bank tells a heartbreaking story of British blackmail, intoxication, and intelligence. Jason Statham continues to star opposite Saffron Burrows as two reluctant thieves responsible for securing a safety deposit box on behalf of MI5. In a little under two hours, it’s a good dose of ’70s style and, uh, … we’ll call it “estimated” history.
How to watch: Bank Job is now streaming on Showtime.
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It’s a classic for a reason. Usual Suspect takes a straightforward plot of crime and then contends it goes beyond recognizing twists, double-crosses, big revelations, unreliable memories, and an epic ending. When all five of the main characters are unreliable (and aim to steal $ 91 million worth of cocaine), you have a hell of a ride.
How to watch: Usual Suspect is now streaming on Hulu.
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From Ocean director Steven Soderbergh, Logan Lucky is a quirky heist film that follows a group of thieves intent on stealing a NASCAR event. Channing Tatum and Adam Driver star as turn-mastermind siblings seeking help from a skilled safecracker, played by blonde Daniel Craig, and their tough-as-nails brother, played by Riley Keough. Katie Holmes, Sebastian Stan, and a disturbing number of cockroaches also appear.
How to watch: Logan Lucky is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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A Quentin Tarantino staple, Reservoir Dogs is a bloody knockout. Whether you’ve seen it a dozen times or not before, this breakneck journey through the aftermath of a diamond heist has mistakenly dragged you into extreme violence, astonishing humor, and more suspense than many can stand. If Tarantino is your thing, Reservoir Dogs are never missed. So, you wanna bark all day little doggie?
How to watch: Reservoir Dogs is currently streaming on STARZ.
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Christopher Nolan’s Inception is the heist film of our dreams. (Well, technically they are Robert Fischer’s dream businessmen, but you get the idea.) Leo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star as corporate espionage specialists responsible for extracting and, where possible they pull it off, implanting ideas in the minds of their targets. WHAAAAAOOOOOOMP.
How to watch: Streaming is now starting on Netflix.