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6 Sizzling Heist Movies

What kind of movie do you expect when you hear the title Den of Thieves? If you said, “heist movie” you’d be correct. And that’s exactly what we’re bringing you this weekend for your Sunday night movie on M-Net 101.

Before we watch Gerard Butler trying to stop a break in at the Federal Reserve in Den of Thieves, let’s crack down on some of our favourite heist movies.

A Fish Called Wanda

Should you find yourself in a heist movie, there are a few things to look out for. One of the most important is a double-crosser, which in the case of this movie is just about everyone. Written by Monty Python member John Cleese, it’s a fun and funnier take on the heist movie that led to an Oscar nomination for Cleese’s script shared with Charles Crichton, who was also nominated for Best Director. Kevin Kline took home a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his not-stupid performance as Otto West.


Michael Mann packs the heat (yes, we went there) in this ‘90s crime classic. Acting giants and method extraordinaires Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are pitted against one another as one plans heists and the other tries to prevent them. Despite both appearing in The Godfather Part II, this movie marked the first time Pacino and De Niro shared the screen.

Inside Man

A clever caper by director Spike Lee – who recently won an Oscar with his co-writers for BlacKkKlansman – features a stalwart cast that includes Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer, and Lee regular Denzel Washington. It’s all about a bank robbery that’s not really a bank robbery, all executed by the bad guys who are out to catch the good guys who are actually the bad guys. Expect diamonds.

Ocean’s Eleven

A fresh, fun remake of the ‘60s movie of the same name, it’s packed full of Hollywood stalwarts, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts. Clooney plays the title character who brings together a motley crew of characters to pull off the ultimate casino heist. A box-office success, it was followed by two sequels and a female-led reboot.

Reservoir Dogs

The film that shot Quentin Tarantino to fame, it also features some diamonds. And a lot of really great actors sporting colourful names – literally. Mr. Blonde, Mr. Blue, Mr. Brown, Mr. Orange, Mr. Pink, and Mr. White bungle a diamond heist and have to hide out in a warehouse trying to figure out what went wrong – all while making a bloody mess (again, literally) while they’re working things out. Awesome soundtrack included. But don’t expect tips.

The Bank Job

Jason Statham shows a more serious side in this ‘70s set crime caper based on an actual true story. Don’t worry! It’s not a stuffy old drama. There’s plenty of action and suspense to keep you on your toes. But if you’re not a fan of the all-action Stath (does such a person exist?) you’ll get to see real meat on the bones of this action piece, along with sexy cars and an even sexier exposé of the royal family.

Join Gerard Butler for a whole lot of heist in Den of Thieves, your #SundayNightMovie on 3 March at 20:05 on M-Net channel 101.

Originally published on M-Net.

Photo by Tim Evans.

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