Heist film

The heist film or caper film[1] is a subgenre of crime film. It focuses on the planning, execution, and aftermath of a theft. They could be described as the analogues of caper stories in film history. A typical film includes many plot twists, with the focus on the characters' attempts to formulate a plan, carry it out, and escape with the goods. Often a nemesis must be thwarted, who might be either a figure of authority or else a former partner who turned on the group or one of its members.

List of films

Film Year Ref.
11 Harrowhouse 1974 [2]
The Asphalt Jungle 1950 [3]
Baby Driver 2017 [4]
Bande à part 1964 [3]
The Bank Job 2008 [4]
Blue Collar 1978 [5]
Bob le flambeur 1956 [5]
Bottle Rocket 1996 [4]
Le Cercle Rouge 1970 [3]
Le deuxième souffle 1966 [5]
Dog Day Afternoon 1975 [3]
Fast Five 2011 [4]
A Fish Called Wanda 1988 [4]
Flawless 2007 [2]
The Getaway 1972 [5]
Grand Slam 1967 [5]
Heat 1995 [4]
The Hot Rock 1972 [2]
How to Steal a Million 1966 [5]
Inception 2010 [3]
Inside Man 2006 [4]
The Italian Job 1969 [4]
The Italian Job 2003 [4]
The Killing 1956 [4]
The Lavender Hill Mob 1951 [5]
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1998 [4]
Logan Lucky 2017 [4]
Ocean's Eleven 2001 [3]
Ocean's Twelve 2004 [5]
Point Break 1991 [4]
Reservoir Dogs 1992 [3]
Rififi 1955 [3]
Set It Off 1996 [4]
Sexy Beast 2000 [3]
Snatch 2000 [4]
The Sting 1973 [4]
Thief 1981 [3]
The Thomas Crown Affair 1968 [4]
The Thomas Crown Affair 1999 [4]
The Town 2010 [4]
The Usual Suspects 1995 [4]
Widows 2018 [3]


  1. ^ Hardy, Phil, ed. (1997). "The Caper Film". The BFI Companion to Crime. A & C Black. pp. 70–71. ISBN 978-0-304-33215-1.
  2. ^ a b c Hunter, Rob (September 6, 2018). "The Best Diamond Heist Movies You've Never Seen". /Film. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Morris, Brogan (September 14, 2018). "10 great heist films". bfi.org.uk. British Film Institute. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Dockterman, Eliana (August 18, 2017). "The 25 Best Heist Movies". Time. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Staff, Playlist (September 10, 2010). "25 All-Time Favorite Heist Movies". IndieWire. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (film)

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square is a 1979 British heist film directed by Ralph Thomas, written by Guy Elmes and starring Richard Jordan, Oliver Tobias, and David Niven subtitled "based on one of the biggest robberies in London". The film takes its name from the 1940 published song "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square".

Ralph Thomas later said the film "had quite a superb cast" and "he was really quite fond" of the movie "but I didn't do it as well as I should have done because by the time we started it David was already sick, and so we had to do the best we could as quickly as we could and it didn't come off as I'd hoped. But it was still a fun film and we enjoyed making it."

Ain't That a Kick in the Head?

"Ain't That a Kick in the Head?" is a pop song written in 1960 with music by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Sammy Cahn. It was first recorded on May 10, 1960, by Dean Martin in a swinging big band jazz arrangement conducted by Nelson Riddle. Martin performed the song in the 1960 heist film Ocean's 11 in an alternate arrangement featuring vibraphonist Red Norvo and his quartet.

Cool Breeze (film)

Cool Breeze is a 1972 American blaxploitation film directed by Barry Pollack and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[1] The film Cool Breeze is loosely based on W. R. Burnett's 1949 novel, and is a remake of the 1950 film The Asphalt Jungle with a predominately black cast. Upon the movie’s release, the film was released with the tagline: "He hit the Man for $3 million. Right where it hurts. In the diamonds. And baby, that's cold."

Crime film

Crime films, in the broadest sense, are a cinematic genre inspired by and analogous to the crime fiction literary genre. Films of this genre generally involve various aspects of crime and its detection. Stylistically, the genre may overlap and combine with many other genres, such as drama or gangster film, but also include comedy, and, in turn, is divided into many sub-genres, such as mystery, suspense or noir.

Cut Throat City

Cut Throat City is an upcoming American action drama heist film, directed by RZA, from a screenplay by Paul Cuschieri. It stars Terrence Howard, Wesley Snipes, T.I., Eiza González, Demetrius Shipp Jr. and Shameik Moore.

Daniel Kaluuya

Daniel Kaluuya (born 24 February 1989) is an English actor and writer who achieved international recognition and acclaim for his leading role as Chris Washington in the horror film Get Out (2017), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, SAG Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actor. In 2018, he won the BAFTA Rising Star Award.

Kaluuya began his career as a teenager in improvisational theatre. He subsequently appeared in the first two seasons of the British television series Skins, in which he co-wrote some of the episodes. Playing the lead role in Sucker Punch at the Royal Court Theatre in London, Kaluuya won rave reviews for his performance and he won both the Evening Standard Award and Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer.

He gained further acclaim for his performance as Bingham "Bing" Madsen in the Black Mirror episode "Fifteen Million Merits". He then played Michael "Tealeaf" Fry in the BBC dark comedy series Psychoville and Michael "Mac" Armstrong in the BBC Three horror drama series The Fades. Kaluuya appeared as Agent Colin Tucker in the 2011 film Johnny English Reborn and portrayed Black Death in the 2013 film Kick-Ass 2. In 2015, he had a supporting role in Denis Villeneuve's film Sicario. In 2018, he portrayed W'Kabi in the Marvel Studios blockbuster film Black Panther and also appeared in Steve McQueen's heist film Widows.

Diamonds (1975 film)

Diamonds is a 1975 Israeli-American heist film. Robert Shaw stars in a dual role as twin brothers. Richard Roundtree, Barbara Hershey and Shelley Winters are co-stars. The film was also released as Diamond Shaft, although it has no relation to the Shaft films other than having Roundtree in the cast.

Gambit (1966 film)

Gambit is a 1966 American comedy heist film starring Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine as two criminals involved in an elaborate plot centered on a priceless antiquity owned by millionaire Mr. Shahbandar, played by Herbert Lom. It was nominated for three Academy Awards.

The film was advertised with the tagline, "Go Ahead: Tell the End (It's Too Hilarious to Keep Secret) But Please Don't Tell the Beginning!"

Gambit was directed by Ronald Neame from a screenplay by Jack Davies and Alvin Sargent from the original story of Sidney Carroll.

A remake, with only basic ideas in common, was released in 2012, with a script by Joel and Ethan Coen.


A heist is a grand, high-end theft from an institution such as a bank or a museum, or any theft in which there is a large haul of loot.

High Sierra (film)

High Sierra is a 1941 heist film and early film noir written by W.R. Burnett and John Huston from the novel by Burnett. The film features Ida Lupino and Humphrey Bogart and was directed by Raoul Walsh on location at Whitney Portal, halfway up Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevada of California.The screenplay was co-written by John Huston, Bogart's friend and drinking partner, adapted from the novel by William R. Burnett (also known for, among others, Little Caesar and Scarface). The film cemented a strong personal and professional connection between Bogart and Huston, and provided the breakthrough in Bogart's career, transforming him from supporting player to leading man.

The film contains extensive location shooting, especially in the climactic final scenes, as the authorities pursue Bogart's character, gangster "Mad Dog" Roy Earle, from Lone Pine up to the foot of the mountain.

Ocean's 11

Ocean's 11 is a 1960 American heist film directed by Lewis Milestone and starring five of the Rat Pack: Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Joey Bishop.Centered on a series of Las Vegas casino robberies, the film also stars Angie Dickinson, Cesar Romero, Richard Conte, Akim Tamiroff, Henry Silva, Ilka Chase, Norman Fell, Patrice Wymore, and Buddy Lester, and includes cameo appearances by Shirley MacLaine, Red Skelton, and George Raft.

The film served as the primary inspiration for the Ocean's film series, a collection of heist films directed, edited or produced by Steven Soderbergh featuring an ensemble cast. The first film of the series, titled Ocean's Eleven, released in 2001, also featuring Angie Dickinson, in a cameo role as Boxing spectator.

Ocean's Thirteen

Ocean's Thirteen (also written as Ocean's 13) is a 2007 American heist film directed by Steven Soderbergh. It is the third and final film in the Ocean's Trilogy, following 2004's Ocean's Twelve. All the male cast members reprise their roles from the previous installments, but neither Julia Roberts nor Catherine Zeta-Jones return. Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin joined the cast as the characters' new targets.

Filming began in July 2006 in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, based on a script by Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The film was screened as an Out of Competition presentation at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, and was released on June 8, 2007 in the United States. The film was well-received and grossed $398 million worldwide, making it the sixteenth highest-grossing film of 2007.

Ocean's Twelve

Ocean's Twelve is a 2004 American heist film directed by Steven Soderbergh. The sequel to 2001's Ocean's Eleven, the film stars an ensemble cast consisting of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Andy García, Julia Roberts, Don Cheadle, and Bernie Mac.

The film was released in the United States on December 10, 2004, and received mixed reviews from critics. It was a financial success, grossing $435 million and becoming the tenth highest-grossing film of 2004. It was followed by Ocean's Thirteen in 2007, thus forming The Ocean's Trilogy.

Sequence (filmmaking)

In film, a sequence is a series of scenes that form a distinct narrative unit, which is usually connected either by a unity of location or a unity of time. For example, a heist film might include an extended recruitment sequence in which the leader of the gang collects together the conspirators, a robbery sequence, an escape sequence, and so on. Each of these sequences might further contain sub-sequences; for example the robbery sequence might consist of an entry sequence, a safe-cracking sequence, and so on.

The sequence is one of a hierarchy of structural units used to describe the structure of films in varying degrees of granularity. Analysed this way, a film is composed of one or more acts; acts include one or more sequences; sequences are divided into one or more scenes; and scenes may be thought of as being built out of shots (if one is thinking visually) or beats (if one is thinking in narrative terms).

The sequence paradigm of screenwriting was developed by Frank Daniel.


Setup or set up may refer to:

Setup (music)

Installation (computer programs)

Power-on self-test

Racing setup, in auto racing


Setup pitcher

Set up to fail, a manipulative technique to engineer failure

Setup (album), a 1994 album by jazz pianist Stanley Cowell

Set Up (2005 film), a 2005 Hong Kong horror film

Setup (2011 film), a 2011 action thriller heist film

Set-up a step in manufacturing Changeover

Setup (storytelling)

Setup (drink) page 104 of 'The Black Ice', delivery of an alcoholic drink in a bar

Setup (2011 film)

Setup is a direct-to-video action thriller heist film directed by Mike Gunther and written by Gunther and Mike Behrman. It stars 50 Cent, Bruce Willis and Ryan Phillippe.

It was released straight to DVD and Blu-ray on 20 September 2011 in the United States.

The Italian Job (2003 film)

The Italian Job is a 2003 American heist film directed by F. Gary Gray and starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Jason Statham, Seth Green, Mos Def and Donald Sutherland. An American remake of the 1969 British film, the plot follows a motley crew of thieves who plan to steal gold from a former associate who double-crossed them. Despite the shared title, the plot and characters of this film differ from those of its source material; Gray described the film as "an homage to the original."Most of the film was shot on location in Venice and Los Angeles, where canals and streets, respectively, were temporarily shut down during principal photography. Distributed by Paramount Pictures, The Italian Job was theatrically released in the United States on May 30, 2003, and grossed over $176 million worldwide. Critical response was generally positive, with publications highlighting the action sequences. A sequel, The Brazilian Job, has reportedly been in development since 2004, but has yet to be produced as of 2018.

Touch and Go (1980 film)

Touch and Go is a 1980 Australian heist film directed by Peter Maxwell and starring Wendy Hughes. The film also stars musician Jon English, who also composes music for the film.

Tower Heist

Tower Heist is a 2011 American heist comedy film directed by Brett Ratner and written by Ted Griffin and Jeff Nathanson, based on a story by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper and Griffin. The plot follows Josh Kovaks (Ben Stiller), Charlie Gibbs (Casey Affleck) and Enrique Dev'reaux (Michael Peña), employees of an exclusive apartment building who lose their pensions in the Ponzi scheme of Wall Street businessman Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda). The group enlist the aid of criminal Slide (Eddie Murphy), bankrupt businessman Mr. Fitzhugh (Matthew Broderick) and another employee of the apartment building, Odessa (Gabourey Sidibe), to break into Shaw's apartment and steal back their money while avoiding the FBI agent in charge of his case, Claire Denham (Téa Leoni).

Tower Heist began development as early as 2005, based on an idea by Murphy that would star himself and an all-black cast of comedians as a heist group who rob Trump International Hotel and Tower. As the script developed and changed into an Ocean's Eleven–style caper, Murphy left the project. Ratner continued to develop the idea into what would eventually become Tower Heist, with Murphy later rejoining the production. Filming took place entirely in New York City on a budget of $75 million (after tax rebates), with several buildings provided by Donald Trump used to represent the eponymous tower. The film score was composed by Christophe Beck and released commercially on November 1, 2011.

The film received mixed reviews with much of the praise going to the cast, including Broderick, Leoni and Stiller. However, Murphy was repeatedly singled out by critics as the star of the film, with critics feeling that he displayed a welcome return to the comedic style of his early career. Much of the criticism received by the film was focused on the plot, which was considered "formulaic," "rushed," "dull" and "laborious." The film was released on November 4, 2011 and earned $152 million worldwide.

Prior to release, the film was involved in a controversy over plans by Universal Pictures to release it for home viewing on video on demand to 500,000 Comcast customers, only three weeks after its theatrical debut. Concern over the implementation's harming ticket sales and inspiring further films to follow suit resulted in several theater chains' refusal to show the film at all if the plan went ahead, forcing Universal to abandon the idea.

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