To celebrate the premiere of 11.6 stealing its way onto your screen tonight 8.30pm EDT, we’ve collected some of the greatest heist films to get you pumped for some smooth criminals. Speaking of smooth criminals, who stole the stars from the sky and put them in your eyes?
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
An absolute classic and a World Movies favourite, the Bicycle Thieves is the touching story of a man and his son desperately searching for a stolen bike, which represents much more than a simple transport device. Greatly acclaimed and regularly featured in best-film lists, this Italian masterpiece is the epitome of doing the best with what you have.
Run Lola Run (1998)
A splendid film demonstrating that not all heists are motivated by greed or simply beating the system. Lola, our compassionate heroine, must source 100,000 marks to rescue her at-risk boyfriend before he acts rashly. Run Lola Run is split into three ‘runs’ with unique scenarios, making it a fast-paced ride that will leave you puffing to keep up.
The Italian Job (1969)
Starring a dashing Michael Caine, who sings (beautifully) during the opening credits, The Italian Job single-handedly made the Mini Cooper uber-cool. Caine is a Cockney gangster with all the plans and a dream of pulling a ‘big job’ in Italy – what follows is an action-packed escapade with some genius twists and turns.
The Town (2010)
A remarkable story of getting out before you are in too deep, The Town follows a Boston group of friends who also happen to rob banks together. Ben Affleck flexes his directing and acting muscle in a moving performance, along the way falling for the person he is trying to deceive, showing that love can blossom in any situation.
One of the greatest works in French film noir and the winner of Best Director at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival, this classic lives on as one of the greats of the heist genre. One of the most striking sections of the film is the intricate half hour heist scene depicting the crime in detail, during which there is near silence – real world criminals have even attempted to recreate the robbery in actual crimes.
The Thieves (2012)
Double-dealings and betrayals are plentiful in this South Korean action comedy, which sees a gang of Korean thieves team up with a Hong Kong crew to rob a casino. What happens when each thief has their own agenda? Absolute mayhem and plans thrown out the window…
Don’t miss 11.6 tonight 8.30pm EDT.