Tamara’s Favorite Heist Movies of All Time
Confidence Tricks, I decided early on that it was imperative for me to sit down on the couch with a giant bowl of popcorn and watch all the heist movies I could possibly get my hands on.
Now, normally I wouldn’t condone this kind of sloppy approach to information gathering, but here’s the thing about heist stories—they’re not really all that plausible in real life. With the exception of a few train robberies from the nineteenth century and a missing Caravaggio or two, the majority of modern-day thieves get caught. It’s the fictionalized accounts that we really hold on to.
I also have this theory about heist stories. It’s not the plausibility we love so much as the entire charade of it. It’s the quirky characters, the larger-than-life risks, the outrageous stunts. It’s the team dynamic and the overall feeling of action and surprise that mingle together to tell a great story.
As these are pretty much my only requirements for a good heist story, picking my top ten favorites was easy to do!
10. The Thomas Crown Affair: Art heists are my favorite kind.
9. The Sting: I know, I know—this one should be closer to the top simply because it’s as classic a classic as classic can get. But I tend to prefer the more modern heist tales. I’m picky that way.
8. Reservoir Dogs: If you can get past the signature Tarantino violence and gore, this one takes a unique approach to a heist gone wrong.
7. The Perfect Score: Don’t judge me, okay?
6. How to Steal a Million: As I said, tend to prefer the newer heist movies since they get to incorporate more technology and explosions, but this one is a good oldie. A great role for Audrey Hepburn.
5. Sneakers: Pretty sure this is the first heist movie I ever saw. One of the best ensemble casts of all time.
4. The Italian Job: I love Charlize Theron in this one. Women don’t often get the cool roles in heist movies, so I appreciate her mad driving skills and safe-cracking abilities.
3. Entrapment: There is nothing more implausible than Catherine Zeta-Jones undulating her way through that laser maze. I love it.
2. Usual Suspects: Part heist movie, part mystery, completely awesome. Worth it for the ending alone.
1. Ocean’s Eleven: Undoubtedly my favorite. This movie has the best team setup, best humor, and best eye candy. Mmmm. George Clooney.
What about you? Anything important you think I forgot? What heist movies would top your list of favorites?
Confidence Tricks by Tamara Morgan
A life of crime is easy…until love goes all ninja on your ass.
Asprey Charles has always assumed he would one day take his place in the family art appraisal and insurance firm. “His place” meaning he plans to continue to enjoy his playboy lifestyle, lavish money on his Cessna, and shirk every responsibility that dares come his way.
But when a life of crime is thrust upon him, he is just as happy to slip on a mask and cape and play a highwayman rogue. After all, life is one big game—and he excels at playing.
Poppy Donovan vows that her recent release from jail will be her last—no more crime, no more cons. But when she learns that her grandmother lost her savings to a low-life financial advisor, she’s forced to do just one more job.
It’s all going smoothly until the necklace she intends to pawn to fund her con is stolen by a handsome, mocking, white-collar thief. A thief who, it turns out, could take a whole lot more than money. If she’s not careful, this blue blood with no business on her side of the tracks could run off with the last thing she can afford to lose. Her heart.
Warning: This book contains masked crusaders, a remorseless con woman, and plans to boost a ten-million-dollar painting. Expect high speeds and fast hands.
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