Last Updated: November 3rd
We’re not sure how it happened, but heists movies have become their own genre these days. It might have something to do with their tried-and-true formula — a crack team is assembled, a meticulous plan laid out, a high-stakes execution that sometimes goes wrong. These are all elements of a great heist film but Netflix is taking things up a notch, giving us some truly bonkers, often brilliant, caper flicks. Some are darkly comedic, some are full of action, and one takes place during a damn hurricane, but all of these films have one crucial thing in common: They make robbing people look like a hell of a lot of fun.
Here are the best heist movies currently streaming on Netflix.
Ocean’s 12 (2004)
Run Time: 124 min | IMDb: 6.5/10
The heists only get more elaborate and a hell of a lot more fun the second time, at least for the Ocean’s crew. George Clooney reprises his role as mastermind Danny Ocean, who’s been hunted by Andy Garcia’s Terry Benedict and ordered to pay back the $160 million he stole in Vegas (plus interest). He pulls the crew together for a European job that puts them up against a long con expert called the “Night Fox.” Everyone’s trying to get their hands on a priceless Faberge egg, with Danny’s team using his wife Tess (Julia Roberts) to pose as Julia Robert and keep Bruce Willis distracted while the Night Fox (Vincent Cassel) performs quite possibly the single greatest laser dance number in cinematic history. Oh and yeah, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, and the rest are also back for the usual hijinks.
Triple Frontier (2019)
Run Time: 125 min | IMDb: 6.5/10
Netflix’s latest entry into the big-budget action flick universe is this heist thriller starring a whos-who of Hollywood hunks. Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal play a group a former special ops bros who reunite to take down an infamous cartel kingpin and steal his profits in the process. Isaac and Affleck look to be the leaders of the team, two men fed up with risking their necks for a country that doesn’t look after them once they’re back on home soil, and Isaac’s A Most Violent Year director J.C. Chandor is at the helm, which means a couple of plot twists and some high stakes action are in store.
Hell or High Water (2016)
Run Time: 102 min | IMDb: 7.6/10
Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Jeff Bridges star in this neo-Western crime thriller about a pair of brothers who go on a bank-robbing spree to save their family’s ranch. Pine plays Toby, a down-on-his-luck father struggling to live right under mountains of inherited debt while Foster plays Tanner, his ex-con brother who has a wild streak that often endangers the two men on their jobs. Bridges is the aging sheriff tasked with bringing them to justice but his job is made harder by the locals, who have no love for the bank chain the boys are stealing from. It’s a gritty, unapologetic tale of a forgotten America brought to life by some brilliant performances and an impressive script from Taylor Sheridan.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Run Time: 107 min | IMDb: 8.2/10
Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn pair up for this British comedy about a group of friends who become entangled in a turf war of sorts after a card game gone wrong. Eddy (Nick Moran) is a card shark who buys into a high stake game hosted by a mob boss named Harry. The game is rigged, and Eddy and his friends soon owe hundreds of thousands of dollars to the gang. To score the cash, they decide to rob a rival gang, who in turn have stolen money and weed from some local cannabis suppliers. Eventually, all of this thieving leads to shootouts and brawls over money, drugs, and two antique shotguns. Ritchie put himself and Jason Statham on the map with this one, patenting a fast-action, quick-witted type of storytelling that works well here and is a hell of a lot of fun to watch.
The Hurricane Heist (2018)
Run Time: 103 min | IMDb: 5/10
Hurricane Heist is exactly what it sounds like. A group of thieve stage a massive robbery of the U.S. Treasury’s Mint supply in Alabama, just as a major category 5 hurricane threatens the area. There to stop them are a resourceful Treasury agent and a pair of brothers with a twisted past when it comes to the deadly storm. Think Twister but with a heist attached.
Son of a Gun (2014)
Run Time: 108 min | IMDb: 6.5/10
Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites, and Alicia Vikander star in this Australian crime drama about a group of inmates who bust out of prison and pull off an elaborate gold heist. Thwaites stars as JR, a young criminal sent to prison for six months for a minor felony. There he meets Lynch (McGregor) a conman, who saves JR’s life and demands he pay the debt by helping him break out of prison. The two then partner up to sell millions in gold bars, but the real trick is figuring out who JR can trust and who’s planning to betray him.
Run Time: 88 min | IMDb: 6.4/10
Frank Grillo plays a getaway driver racing to discover who betrayed him after a bank robbery gone wrong in this crime mystery. He’s also an ex-con in deep with the Boston mob. To pay back his debt, he agrees to chauffeur a bank heist, one that goes horribly wrong when Grillo gets a mysterious call instructing him to ditch his accomplices and fork over the money or his life will be forfeit. Grillo is the perfect kind of hard-nosed, no-nonsense leading man to front such an action-packed neo-noir, and you’ll have a damn good time watching him put the pedal-to-the-metal in this one.
Run Time: 94 min | IMDb: 5.8/10
Masterminds wasn’t a big box-office hit when it came out in 2016, and even the critics weren’t sure how to feel about it but we’ll tell you now, it’s funny. Like, really funny. Based on a true story of a North Carolina robbery that happened back in 1997, the film follows security-guard-turned-heist-mastermind David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) who falls in love with his former co-worker (played by Kristen Wiig) and is roped into snatching millions of dollars from the company he works for in order to win her hand. The film sports a bunch of big names, including Owen Wilson, Kate McKinnon, and a highly-entertaining Jason Sudeikis, and it’s full of dumb people doing dumb things for dumb reasons, which is always a joy to watch.