The Best Diamond Heist Movies You’ve Never Seen

(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies.)

Ocean’s 8 hits home video next week, and while I’m not the biggest fan of the film I’m always happy to see another heist movie. (I’ve even done one of these on oddball heist films!) They’re typically organized by charismatic criminals who make elaborate plans and try to avoid violence, and while they’re still crooks they’re usually the film’s protagonists. Audiences actively root for the crime to be a success, and that’s an attitude you just don’t see enough of in this country.

There are plenty of beloved examples in the subgenre from classics like To Catch a Thief (1955) and Rififi (1974) to more modern gems like A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and Snatch (2000), but there are also plenty of entertaining ones that haven’t quite found an audience. So how about I steal some of your time to share some examples of those diamonds in the rough?

Keep reading for a look at six good to great diamond heist movies you’ve probably never seen (but should).

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21 To Open 2008 SXSW Film Festival


Matt Dentler just sent out the first batch of announced titles for the 2008 South by Southwest Film Festival. The MIT/Vegas gambling heist adaptation 21 will open the fest. Other films include Dreams With Sharp Teeth, a doc about sci-fi author Harlan Ellison, Michael Radford’s (The Post Man) Flawless starring Michael Caine and Demi Moore, the David Schwimmer directed Simon Pegg comedy Run Fatboy Run which premiered at Toronto, Wild Blue Yonder and At the Death House Door. Read the full press release after the jump.
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