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Last night, I received an urgent message from my editors: "With 'Tower Heist' coming out on Friday, you should write a piece on movie heists." "Sure," I replied. Now, I've been told that this topic has been written about numerous times -- which is surprising. Just like with Best Movie Baseballs, I don't quite understand why it's so popular; it seems very specific, and I can't imagine that there's a large audience for such a thing. Alas, I'm not going to disregard a direct order from a superior. Here's a list of Moviefone's six favorite times that a movie has been stolen in a heist! [Ed. note: We meant "heist movies"]

'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'



A work print of 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' leaked online on March 31, 2009, almost a month before it was released into theaters. Since the film was made readily available on the Internet for free, it doesn't appear that much money, if any, was ever made from this heist. Which seems to defeat the purpose of a heist.

'The Avengers'



Earlier this year, Samuel L. Jackson's script for 'The Avengers' disappeared. The scenes that were stolen were rewritten to foil this heist.

'Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace'



An entire movie, 'Fanboys,' was made about stealing 'The Phantom Menace' so that a terminally ill friend could see the film before he died. Back in May of 1999, someone in Wisconsin actually did make off with one of the reels to the film -- man, I really hope they got the reel with the Darth Maul lightsaber fight, because, if not, that had to be one very disappointed heist organizer.

'Little Fockers'



For some reason -- that for as long as I live will never make sense -- reels of the movie 'Little Fockers' were stolen from a car in the UK. Now that's a great double feature of heisted movies, 'The Phantom Menace' followed by 'Little Fockers.' Yikes.

'Snow Falling on Cedars'



A criminal named M.F. Jones bootlegged this Ethan Hawke classic. Thankfully, he was caught and sentenced to ten years in prison. [Ed. note: Not only did you get the assignment wrong, this didn't even happen. This is fiction: It's a plot point of the movie 'Horrible Bosses.']

'Cry, Cry, Again'



Noted comedian Jerry Seinfeld is strong-armed into bootlegging by a misanthrope named Brody. [Ed. note: Not only is this also fiction, 'Cry, Cry, Again' isn't even a real movie.]

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