Last Updated: February 18th
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.
The Town (2010)
Run Time: 125 min | IMDb: 7.5/10
Ben Affleck writes, directs, and stars in this gritty heist film set in his hometown of Boston. Affleck plays Doug, a master thief planning his greatest, and last heist who becomes distracted by a romantic relationship with a bank manager he met on his last job (Rebecca Hall). As Doug and his crew orchestrate a heist involving Red Sox stadium, a dogged FBI agent played by Jon Hamm closes in.
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.
Inside Man (2006)
Run Time: 129 min | IMDb: 7.6/10
Denzel Washington and Clive Owen face off in this high-stakes bank robbery flick from Spike Lee. Washington plays a police detective negotiating with Owen’s criminal mastermind after his planned heist spirals into a tense hostage situation. Jodie Foster plays a high-powered broker also involved in the f*ck up but the real joy of this movie is in watching Washington try to outsmart a seasoned bad guy who has no qualms about killing innocents.
The Bling Ring (1998)
Run Time: 90 min | IMDb: 5.6/10
Before Spring Breakers there was Sofia Coppola’s L.A. heist film based on a true story. The film follows a group of fame-obsessed teenagers (led by Emma Watson) who use social media to track celebrities’ whereabouts and rob their personal residences. The kids end up stealing plenty of pricey items — handbags, designer clothing, jewelry — and they spend their winnings partying at clubs populated by the rich and famous, but eventually, their criminal activities come to light.
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.
Den of Thieves (2018)
Run Time: 140 min | IMDb: 7/10
Gerard Butler plays an aging cop hunting down a criminal mastermind in this gritty heist flick. Butler’s “Big Nick” heads up an elite L.A. County sheriff’s unit charged with stopping a planned robbery at the Federal Reserve Bank. Pablo Schreiber plays Ray Merrimen, a veteran with a special skill set who’s assembled a crew of top-notch bank robbers to pull off the job. The fun of this film is in watching Butler and Schreiber square-off, each trying to outsmart the other in a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse. Good luck figuring out who’s who in this scenario.
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.
Black Sea (2014)
Run Time: 114 min | IMDb: 6.4/10
Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, and Ben Mendelsohn star in this heist film with an underwater twist. Law plays Robinson, a former submarine captain who’s pulled into a job by his shady former employer. If he’s able to retrieve the gold from a sunken Russian U-boat with the help of a British-Russian crew, he gets to keep a portion of the spoils. An easy-enough job made complicated by language barriers and ulterior motives of a handful of his fellow thieves.