What do the Muppets, Alec Baldwin and Richard Nixon have in common? They have all been the subjects of popular burglary films. Over the past century, Tinsel Town has seen its fair share of robbery and heist movies, and not all have been noteworthy. For instance, we’d all love to forget about Ping, the story of a hang gliding chihuahua who foils a home invasion robbery (yes, that actually happened). However, a select few of these burglary/heist films have stood the test of time and become true Hollywood classics. The following list includes comedies, dramas, horror films, recent blockbusters and Golden Age essentials (in no particular order). Did any of your favorites make the list? Tell us your favorites in the comments below.
10 Films for Your Consideration
Home Alone: Ah yes, who can forget that incomparable 1990 classic starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern? It’s so cheesy, so unfeasible, and yet so endearingly John Hughes. Much as we’d like to mock and poke fun, we can’t help but return to it every holiday season, for better or worse.The film spawned multiple sequels of progressively diminishing quality, but there’s just no beating the original. After all, when you combine a tarantula, a shovel, and a couple of witless burglars, you have a recipe for comedy gold.
Glengarry Glen Ross: With an all-star cast that includes Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin and Alan Arkin (basically every Al in Hollywood), it’s no wonder GGR is such a timeless epic. What really makes this film, however, is its powerful performances and electrifying melodrama. Fierce competition can drive honest people to dangerous extremes, including burglary and sabotage.
All the President’s Men: Here we have a tale about the most famous burglary in American history: the 1972 break-in at the Watergate complex. Based on true events, this story would forever change the face of U.S. politics while solidifying the already impressive Hollywood legacies of Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford.
The First Great Train Robbery: If you haven’t seen this one-of-a-kind action comedy from Michael Crichton (who would later go on to Jurassic Park fame), you’re truly missing out. Starring screen legends Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland and Lesley-Anne Down, it’s the perfect marriage of Old West mischief and British sensibilities…and if that sounds too bizarre to be true, you’ll just have to watch the film.
To Catch a Thief (1955): One of the more underrated entries in the Hitchcock canon, this gripping romantic thriller stars Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, who find themselves involved in an unusual game of cat-and-mouse. Grant is sublime as John Robie (a.k.a. The Cat), a former jewel thief eager to reclaim his honor after being falsely indicted in a series of robberies.
Muppets Most Wanted: This critically acclaimed caper is the 8th Muppet movie to hit theaters, and it shows the beloved Henson creations in top form. Featuring Ricky Gervais and a sinister Kermit lookalike as insidious—albeit somewhat bumbling—jewel thieves, this film is actually the second Muppet heist movie to come along. You may also remember The Great Muppet Caper from 1981, starring Charles Grodin and Diana Rigg.
The Asphalt Jungle: If you love classic noir, first watch The Maltese Falcon. Then watch The Asphalt Jungle. This film is quite simply recognized as one of the best movies of all time, nominated for four Academy Awards, and recently selected for preservation by the National Film Registry and the Library of Congress. This caper film even features a young Marilyn Monroe in one of her first on-screen appearances, and according to Film writer David M. Meyer, “The robbery is among the best-staged heists in noir.” Check it out.
Absolute Power: Directed by, produced by and starring Clint Eastwood. Do we really need anything more than that? In this powerful political thriller, Eastwood plays a master jewel thief who—while carrying out a robbery—stumbles upon a murder at the hands of Secret Service agents. The events that follow are nothing short of heart pounding.
Panic Room: This edge-of-your-seat suspense thriller features Jodie Foster in one of her most spellbinding performances. Imagine being terrorized by a team of burglars while confined within the walls of your own panic room. If this one doesn’t get your heart racing, you probably don’t have a pulse.
Small Time Crooks: This is heist comedy as only Woody Allen can pull off. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Tracey Ullman, Hugh Grant and Michael Rapaport, it tells the story of a group of inept would-be bank robbers who find fortune in cookie sales. And that’s just the first act.
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