Thursday, August 18, 2011

Heist Week: Which is Better?

Bank Heist Films
10 sample films:

Quick Change
Dog Day Afternoon
The Bank Job
Inside Man
Point Break
The Getaway
Killing Zoe
Bonnie and Clyde
The Town


Non-Bank Heist Films
10 sample films:

Ocean’s Eleven
A Fish Called Wanda
The Usual Suspects
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974 version)
Reservoir Dogs
The Killing
Thomas Crown Affairs
Kelly’s Heroes

Which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments section


  1. non bank. has to be. you have a list with rififi and the killing on it and then add reservoir dogs and bankjobs don't stand a chance.

  2. The first two options in non-bank sold me. Kevin Kline is just perfection in A Fish Called Wanda.

  3. non bank. Bludgeoning in to a secure building and blasting your way out again is no way for a gentleman to behave. Plotting elaborate scams, now that's more like it.

  4. Wow, this is tough. I have to say non-bank. Either way, you can't go wrong as long as everything is well-planned.

  5. Very tough,
    But I'm going to have to go with non bank, if only because of the large number of great films that could fit into that category.
    And A Fish Called Wanda is brilliant...

  6. Non bank and it's not even close. But just for once, I'd like to see someone break formula and not have the criminals as the protagonists.

  7. The final heist sequence of Heat beats all the remaining 19 entire movies combined!

  8. The problem is with non-bank heist pictures have so much more room to be whatever they want.

    Once you're robbing a bank, you're robbing a bank.

    Love "Inside" Man"

    Though choice. I'll get there.

  9. @ Toby - I had contemplated doing a cash or jewels version which would have probably balanced things out a little.

    @Andrew - I enjoyed A Fish Called Wanda as well. The whole cast is fantastic.

    @Colin - Sometimes plotting elaborate scams still cause gentlemen to blast their way out of tough situations. LOL

    @thevoid – True. In the end it all comes down to the planning.

    @Jack – It is definitely easier to pick out the great non-bank heist films than it is to pick out the good bank films.

    @Bonjour Tristesse – I think people have just become accustomed to having criminals as the protagonists. It is usually criminals or that cops trying to stop them. It would be interesting to see them break this and have someone else be the protagonists.

    @Castor – Okay I love Heat, but to say it is better than the 19 other films combined! That is a bold, and most likely crazy, statement my friend. :)

    @Duke – The freedom to create more inventive stories is what give the non-bank films the edge in my opinion as well.

  10. Wow this a tough one. Although I love bankheist films, that non-bank list is massively better. Soooo non bank.


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