9 heist films to watch after you see Solo: A Star Wars Story and Ocean’s 8.

So you caught the latest installment in the Star Wars saga and you need more heists in your life? You dig the lovable rogue with a heart of gold? You saw Ocean’s 8 and want to keep that criminal high going? Here’s a list of some of my favorite films about grifters, thieves, con men and swindlers.  All of these worked for me because of their great casts and terrific scripts. These aren’t epic space adventures like Solo, but they’re pure fun.


What are they stealing?

A certain black box

Some of the tech may seem a little antiquated now, but in general this movie about a group of hackers who test security for clients really holds up. Great cast including Robert Redford, Dan Akroyd, Sidney Poitier, Mary McDonnell and River Phoenix.

Kelly’s Heroes

What are they stealing?

A crapload of Nazi treasure.

Clint Eastwood leads this amazing cast into battle in World War II, as they head behind enemy lines to bust open a bank. Along the way he picks up Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles, and Telly Savalas to help pull it off. Also features Caroll O’Connor, Harry Dean Stanton, and Gavin MacLeod.

Ocean’s Eleven

What are they stealing?

Money from the vault of the Bellagio casino (also Julia Roberts)

The first of two films on this list featuring George Clooney, this remake of Ocean’s Eleven is always addictively watchable for me. I can catch it in any point in the movie and get sucked right in. Clooney is paroled and immediately decides to put together a crew to steal money from Andy Garcia’s vault at his casino. He puts together an amazoing crew to help him pull it off. Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Bernie Mac, Elliott Gould, Scott Caan, Don Cheadle, and Carl Reiner, just to name a few.

Out of Sight

What are they stealing?

The money in Albert Brooks’ safe

Another cast that just crushes it from start to finish. George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Dennis Farina, Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames, Luis Guzman. This film based on an Elmore Leonard book follows Clooney after he busts out of prison and takes Lopez hostage. After that, things start going downhill for Clooney.


A Fish Called Wanda

What are they stealing?


Another cast that just gels.  Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Palin, and Kevin Kline are thieves performing their next job-a diamond heist. Things go wrong, necessitating attorney John Cleese’s involvement. Kevin Kline plays the ugly American so well here. Just don’t call him stupid.

The Town

What are they stealing?


Batman vs Hawkeye! No… it’s a terrific crime story based on a Dennis Lehane novel about a crew that robs banks in the Boston area. Ben Affleck stars and directs this gritty crime story with Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner and Blake Lively

Die Hard

What are they stealing?

$640 million in bearer bonds

This is an action movie, no doubt, but the whole twisted plot behind these terrorist’s plans slowly unravel to reveal their real motives. Starring Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, and the awesome Alan Rickman.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

What are they stealing?

Hidden Gold

More Clint Eastwood. Really I could have picked just about any movie from this western trilogy, but this one is a favorite of mine. Two very bad men have a piece of a puzzle that leads to buried gold. They need to get along in order to retrieve the prize. A third man waits for that partnership to unravel so he can claim the treasure for himself. Cast consists of Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach, and Aldo Giuffrè.

The Brothers Bloom

What are they stealing?

They’re attempting to steal money from an heiress

This movie went under the radar but really deserved a better following. A group of grifters spends their time taking money from the rich through various schemes, and eventually set their sights on a lonely, eccentric heiress. Things don’t go as planned.

This cast is led by Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody, but Rachel Weisz holds her own on the quirky rich girl. This was my first exposure to Rinko Kikuchi, and I fell in love with her in this roll. She barely says a word the whole movie, but steals scenes left and right.

Suggestions on what to watch after Solo can also be found on The Nerdist and Film School Rejects. Those lists included Heat and Silverado. I omitted them from my list in the interest of giving a couple of extra selections.