That begs the question: which are the movies that have actually executed the movie-heist to a degree as precise as the heists they portray? Let’s explore just a few of our favorite Hollywood heists and explain what made them so compelling.
The Italian Job (2003)
This movie pitted Hollywood megastars Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, and Edward Norton against each other (okay – so maybe everyone was against Edward Norton in the movie, but that’s not the point) and saw Mark Wahlberg and his team working on a way to secure gold that Edward Norton’s character was keeping to himself. Along the way, there are clever uses of computer hacking, helicopter piloting, car chasing and even boat chasing to move along the plot. In this movie, the gold itself actually takes a backseat to a lot of the characters’ own stories, which is part of the reason why so many people underestimate the entertainment value of The Italian Job.
The Score (2001)
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Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)
Yes, there’s an entire Ocean series to talk about (not only the George Clooney versions, but going back to the Rat Pack days). But for our money, Ocean’s Thirteen has all of the drama of 2001’s Ocean’s Eleven with none of the filler; in essence, this is a movie almost purely about a heist – and little else. And considering the clever way in which the thieves attack the hotel owner’s (played by Al Pacino) Five Diamond awards, we can’t resist following the whole story as it unwraps from beginning to end.
Inside Man (2006)
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Guest Author: Neville Luff is a marketing strategist for the fashion jewelry company Monica Vinader.