12 heist movies to make you feel like you’re up to something while social distancing

Sitting at dwelling with my laptop computer and a cup of sizzling cocoa, I really feel the decision of the heist.

As streamers the world over proceed social distancing, issues are getting, effectively, somewhat boring. Sure, I am indulging in loads of teen dramas, stand-up specials, and comedies. But one thing inside me (and I think about others) longs for the stress of a stealth maneuver, the fun of the open street, and the thrill of that remaining stand-off the place you simply do not know who will win. 

Enter the magical world of heist cinema. Strap in, swimsuit up, and attempt to bear in mind which briefcase was which — as a result of, ranked from least to most narratively complicated, listed below are 12 crime motion pictures that will help you really feel such as you’re as much as [gestures wildly] one thing whereas social distancing. 

Edgar Wright’s motion thriller combines the very best of a slappin’ soundtrack with essentially the most thrilling components of a traditional automobile chase. Ansel Elgort stars as Baby, a proficient getaway driver with a keenness for iPods and shades. Supporting performances by Lily James, Jon Hamm, Eiza González, and Jamie Foxx make this a stylistic joy-ride price each twist and switch. Bell bottoms, bell bottoms …

How to look at: Baby Driver is now streaming on Hulu.

Nothing says journey like an exhilarating western. In Hell or High Water, Chris Pine and Ben Foster star as bank-robbing brothers reverse Texas rangers performed by Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham. Melancholy, lovely, and undeniably gripping, that is the film to look at if you wish to be utterly consumed for a night (or two).

How to look at: Hell or High Water is now streaming on Netflix.

Widows is all the pieces you would need in a film, within the heist style or in any other case. It’s obtained a spectacular lead in Viola Davis with riveting dynamics between her and co-stars Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, and Michelle Rodriguez. Daniel Kaluuya makes for the proper villain. Plus, we get appearances by Brian Tyree Henry, Jacki Weaver, Liam Neeson, and Olivia the Dog. Oh, and the soundtrack is nice, the motion is nice, and we get a pair twists. You’re welcome.

How to look at: Widows is now streaming on Cinemax.

Easily essentially the most straight-forwardly humorous film on this listing, A Fish Called Wanda is hysterical. Yes, there’s an intriguing jewel heist at its heart. But there’s additionally John Cleese and Jamie Lee Curtis having extra onscreen chemistry than they know what to do with, a boatload of iconic one-liners, and the very best interrogation scene ever written. Perfect for a soothing night time of thieving. 

How to look at: A Fish Called Wanda is now streaming on HBO Now

Based on the actual life occasions of fraudster Frank Abagnale, Catch Me If You Can is not your conventional heist film. This Leo DiCaprio traditional follows a talented younger forger on a multi-year crime spree that takes him all around the planet donning new identities at each cease. Tom Hanks seems reverse DiCaprio as FBI agent Carl Hanratty. Fun, fancy-free, and tense as all get out.

How to look at: Catch Me If You Can is offered for hire or buy on Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, YouTube, and iTunes.

Directed by David O. Russell, this killer ensemble piece affords somewhat one thing for everybody. Starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle takes a tongue-in-cheek take a look at the ethical intersection between con man and investigator. Come for the glitzy costumes and superior songs. Stay for the “science oven.”

How to look at: American Hustle is offered for hire or buy on Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, YouTube, and iTunes.

Yeah, Ocean’s eight wasn’t fairly the film its stellar forged and spectacular styling promised. But upon a second viewing, this author has to confess it is fairly freaking enjoyable. (Don’t fear. Our ace movie critic knew that the primary time round.) Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, and Rihanna have the time of their already-glorious lives enjoying con-artists robbing the Met Gala. 

How to look at: Ocean’s eight is now streaming on Cinemax.

Inspired by the 1971 Baker Street theft, The Bank Job tells an outrageous story of blackmail, housebreaking, and British intelligence. The perpetually superior Jason Statham stars reverse Saffron Burrows as two reluctant thieves liable for retrieving a security deposit field on behalf of MI5. At somewhat beneath two hours, this can be a nice dose of ’70s type and, uh, … we’ll name it “approximate” historical past.

How to look at: The Bank Job is now streaming on Showtime.

It’s a traditional for a cause. The Usual Suspects takes a reasonably simple crime plot after which contorts it past recognition with twists, double-crosses, large reveals, unreliable recollections, and an epic finale. When all 5 of your most important characters are untrustworthy (and aiming to steal $91 million price of cocaine), you are sure to have one hell of a journey. 

How to look at: The Usual Suspects is now streaming on Hulu.

From Ocean’s director Steven Soderbergh, Logan Lucky is a unusual heist movie that follows a bunch of thieves intent on robbing a NASCAR occasion. Channing Tatum and Adam Driver star as brothers-turned-masterminds who search out the assistance of an skilled safecracker, performed by a blonde Daniel Craig, and their tough-as-nails sister, performed by Riley Keough. Katie Holmes, Sebastian Stan, and a disturbing variety of cockroaches additionally seem. 

How to look at: Logan Lucky is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

A Quentin Tarantino staple, Reservoir Dogs is a bloody knockout. Whether you’ve got seen it a dozen instances or by no means earlier than, this breakneck journey by way of the aftermath of a diamond heist gone unsuitable drags you thru excessive violence, phenomenal humor, and extra suspense than many can stand. If Tarantino is your factor, Reservoir Dogs by no means misses. So, you gonna bark all day little doggie?

How to look at: Reservoir Dogs is now streaming on STARZ.

Christopher Nolan’s Inception is the heist film of our desires. (Well, technically they’re big-business inheritor Robert Fischer’s desires, however you get the thought.) Leo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star as company espionage specialists liable for extracting and, if they will pull it off, implanting concepts within the minds of their targets. WHAAAAAOOOOOOMP. 

How to look at: Inception is now streaming on Netflix.


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