To celebrate the release of comedy Tower Heist we’ve put our heads together and taken a look through film and sought out the best Heists, some involve vehicles chases, others smarter quips than a comedian on acid and some just contain smouldering chemistry. We’ve complied our top five, is your favourite on our list?
Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy lead an all-star cast in Tower Heist, a feel-good, comedy-action about a group of workers at a luxury New York apartment complex who decide to take revenge against their penthouse-dwelling boss, who has swindled them out of their hard-earned pension money.
It’s out to own on Monday [19th March] and to celebrate we’ve compiled a list of the Top 5 Movie Heists.
The Italian Job – 1969
In the original and best heist movies, The Italian Job sees Charlie Crocker (Michael Cain) and his gang try to steal an obscene amount of gold through an intricate plan involving that most famous of Mini Cooper car chases, through the streets of Turn, Italy.
Leading his very own, modern-day rat pack, George Clooney plays Danny Ocean who leads a team of criminal specialists attempting to simultaneously rob three Las Vegas casinos and get away with their share of $150million. Joining Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts lead an all-star cast.
Having left behind a life of ill-repute, we meet Gary “Gal” Dove (Ray Winstone) in Sexy Beast, who’s idyllic retirement in Spain is shattered by the arrival of old associate, Don Logan (Ben Kingsley). Logan is intent on luring Gal back into a life of crime, and has one last heist on his mind… Funny, punchy and downright dirty, Sexy Beast recalls hilarious movie capers of times gone by but with a seriously dark undertone.
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
The slickest of heist movies, in The Thomas Crown Affair, debonair bank executive Thomas Crown (Steve McQueen) attempts to steal a priceless Claude Monet masterpiece out of the gallery where it is being displayed. He doesn’t bank on the efforts of hot, female insurance investigator (Faye Dunaway) who is watching his every move.
Robert Redford and Paul Newman take on Chicago’s biggest crime boss Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw) in an epically complicated ‘long-con.’ Winning 7 Academy Awards at the 1974 ceremony, including ‘Best Picture’, The Sting is a masterclass of a movie heist.