Bank robbery movies have been a popular genre in the world of cinema for many years. Perhaps it’s the suspense and thrill of watching someone try to get away with a large sum of money that captivates audiences, or maybe it’s the excitement of watching bank robbers go head-to-head with police and bank security. Whatever the case may be, bank robbery movies have become an iconic part of Hollywood. To celebrate this beloved genre, we’ve ranked the best bank robbery movies according to social media.
10. Set It Off
When bank teller Frankie Vivica A. Fox find out she’s being laid off from her bank job. She and her three friends, Stony (Jada Pinkett Smith), Cleo (Queen Latifah), and Tisean (Kimberly Elise) decide to go down a dangerous path by robbing bank after bank. The four women are determined to make a better life for themselves and their families but they soon realize that crime doesn’t pay when they end up in the midst of a bank robbery gone wrong.
9. Den of Thieves
In this action-packed crime drama, bank robbers and police battle it out to see who will come out on top. A crew of bank robbers, led by Merrimen (Pablo Schreiber), are determined to pull off the biggest bank heist in history. On their trail is L.A. Sheriff Nick O’Brien (Gerard Butler), a hard-nosed cop who is determined to stop the robbers before they can get away.
8. Public Enemies
In the 1930s, America is in the midst of the Great Depression and gangsters like John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) are becoming folk heroes. J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup), the head of the FBI, is determined to put an end to the crime wave, and he recruits Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale), a top agent, to capture Dillinger. Purvis is successful in tracking down Dillinger, but the outlaw is able to escape from prison. He then goes on a crime spree, robbing banks and killing anyone who gets in his way.
7. Inside Man
In this classic bank robbery movie, Denzel Washington stars as Detective Keith Frazier who is tasked with negotiating the release of hostages taken by bank robber Dalton Russell (Clive Owen). As Frazier tries to outwit Russell and his crew throughout the bank heist, we’re pulled into a thrilling story filled with twists and turns.
6. Bank Job
Based on a true story, the Bank Job follows bank robber Terry Leather, who attempts to steal millions in used banknotes from a bank located inside London’s Baker Street Underground station. With a clever plan and lots of nerve, Terry and his team must outsmart the bank security as well as powerful criminal in order to pull off the job.
5. Fast Five
Part of the popular Fast and Furious franchise, Fast Five follows ex-con Dom Toretto and his crew as they plan a bank robbery in Rio De Janeiro. With the help of federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), Dom and company must go up against corrupt businessmanHernan Reyes and his gang in order to pull off their bank heist. With explosive action sequences and thrilling car chases, Fast Five is one bank robbery movie you won’t want to miss!
4. The Town
The Town follows bank robber Doug MacRay and his gang of criminals, who rob banks in their hometown in the Boston area. When one of their bank heists goes wrong and FBI Agent Frawley is hot on their trail, Doug finds himself drawn to a bank manager named Claire Keesey whom he had briefly taken hostage during the bank robbery. As they grow closer and become more deeply involved in each other’s lives, Doug must confront his criminal past while trying to protect Claire from the dangerous world of bank robberies. With Agent Frawley still determined to bring them down, Doug and his gang find themselves fighting for their freedom as well as their lives.
3. Die Hard with a Vengeance
After a group of criminals bomb a bank in New York City, Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) must partner with unlikely set-up man Zeus Carver (Samuel L. Jackson) to defeat them.
2. Hell or High Water
Starring Chris Pine and Ben Foster, Hell or High Water is about as two brothers living in West Texas who decide to rob bank branches of the same bank, hoping to save their family farm from foreclosure. The brothers plan their robbery, taking advantage of the bank’s slow security system and using an intricate route to avoid police capture. However, they are eventually tracked down by a Texas Ranger and his partner, leading to an intense bank robbery showdown. In the end, the brothers must decide between family loyalty and justice as they face off against their pursuers.
Heat is a bank robbery movie directed by Michael Mann and starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. In the film, master criminal Neil McCauley (De Niro) leads a team of bank robbers in order to pull off one last heist—robbing a bank vault full of money. Lieutenant Vincent Hanna (Pacino) is assigned to the case, and with the help of his team, Hanna must find a way to outwit McCauley’s crew before they get away with the money. The film is an intense battle of wits between two highly intelligent men as they try to outsmart each other.
These are some of the best bank robbery movies out there, each with its own unique style and unique story. So, whether you’re looking for a thrilling bank heist or a heart-pounding cat and mouse chase, these movies will give you plenty of thrills and spills!
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