The Best Oddball Heist Movies You’ve Never Seen

the best heist movies you haven't 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. In this edition: some of the best oddball heist/robbery movies you’ve never seen.)

You’d be forgiven for not knowing this as it’s hardly being used as a marketing point, but Zach Braff has a new film hitting theaters this week. I already knew this, as I’m both a professional film critic and a card-carrying member of the “Braff is a Pretty Good Director” club. (No, those two things don’t cancel each other out.)

Braff’s latest is a notable departure from his two more personal dramedies about how angsty your twenties and thirties can be, and to prove it he’s not even starring this time around. Going In Style is instead a remake of Martin Brest’s 1979 classic which starred George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg as old friends, well past the prime of their lives, who decide to rob a bank. Braff’s redo features Alan Arkin, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman as the threesome, and we’re hoping that together they can create an entertaining and affecting film that finds the same blend of laughs and pathos.

Inspired by this rogue’s gallery of octanagarian thieves, I’ve put together a list of six great movies about elaborate and/or odd thefts, robberies, and heists.

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In 2006, Joon-ho Bong’s The Host set the record for the highest-grossing Korean film of all time, but apparently sea monsters are no match for attractive criminals. This summer saw The Host‘s figure defeated by Dong-hun Choi‘s The Thieves, a heist flick that looks from here like a Korean Ocean’s Eleven with touches of Mission: Impossible.

Starring Yun-seok Kim, Hye-soo Kim, Gianna Jun, Jung-jae Lee, Simon Yam, Hae-sook Kim, and Dal-soo Oh, the plot centers around a group of top burglars plotting to steal the $20 million, 318-carat Tear of the Sun diamond from a highly fortified Macau casino. The Thieves is now headed for a Stateside release, and we have a new trailer after the jump.

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