This Friday sees the release of the dramatic thriller, "Arbitrage." The film follows a Bernie Madoff-ish hedge-fund magnate (Richard Gere) who struggles to conceal his floundering financial state from his wife (Susan Sarandon) and daughter (Brit Marling) as well as his infidelity with a French art dealer.
While the Nicholas Jarecki-flick has been garnering its fair share of buzz, it's certainly not the first movie tale featuring an accomplished crook. So, in honor of "Arbitrage" below is a list of the best bank robberies, heists and jewel smugglers ever set to film.
Danny Ocean ('Oceans 11')
Ah, the consummate A-list robbery film based on the original rat pack flick. In the 2001 version, George Clooney stars as the swing-for-the-fences Danny Ocean who has a plan to knock off the three biggest hotels on Las Vegas' famous strip.
Thomas Crown ('The Thomas Crown Affair')
From "Die Hard" director, John McTiernan, "The Thomas Crown Affair" (a remake of the 1968 original) follows a rich playboy who likes to steal priceless art for sport. However, the 1999 thriller offered as much sex appeal as it did cat burglary -- the detective on the case is none other than the sultry Rene Russo.
Dalton Russell ('Inside Man')
"My name is Dalton Russell. Pay strict attention to what I say because I choose my words carefully and I never repeat myself... recently I planned and set in motion events to execute the perfect bank robbery." The first lines of the 2006 Spike Lee thriller set the bar high, and "Inside Man" delivers. Starring Clive Owen as the bank robbing mastermind and Denzel Washington as the NYC detective trying to stay ahead of the curve, the film brings about the most seamless twists and turns of nearly any heist flick.
Keyser Söze ('The Usual Suspects')
In the 1995 Bryan Singer classic, five veteran criminals are brought together for the score of the century. Featuring the stars of the '90s -- Benicio del Toro, Kevin Pollak, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Spacey and Stephen Baldwin -- the film centers on the mysterious and brutal Keyser Söze, who organizes the theft of over $90 million worth of cocaine. With many plot twists, the movie finishes with the spoiler to end all spoilers. (Even after 17 years, it's still worth keeping quiet.)
The Joker ('The Dark Knight')
"Do I really look like a guy with a plan?" Heath Ledger's chilling and complex performance in 2008's "The Dark Knight" has made everyone take The Joker seriously. While his ulimate goal was to destroy Batman and Gotham -- upset the establishment, introduce a little anarchy -- he still pulled off some pretty flawless bank heists, including one policed by a shot-guned William Fichtner.
Charlie Croker ('The Italian Job')
The 1969 classic -- which brought about Michael Caine's famous line, "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" -- follows Charlie (Caine), who has just emerged from prison and wants to follow up on a risky job in Italy that went awry. With a bevy of vehicles, Charlie orchestrates a traffic jam in order to steal a shipment of gold from Torino.
Bodhi ('Point Break')
Everybody's favorite B movie! Featuring possibly the greatest Keanu Reeves line ever, "I am an FBI agent." From Kathryn Bigalow, "Point Break" has everything: bank robberies, presidential masks, Nick Nolte, undercover police, surfing and a high-altitude chase scene reminiscent of D.B. Cooper. Here, Patrick Swayze plays Bodhi a very attractive (duh) psychopath, who leads up a group of robbers known as the Ex-Presidents. What more could you want in a heist film?
Bonnie And Clyde ('Bonnie And Clyde')
Those who steal together, stay together. The 1967 biopic starring Faye Dunaway as a small-town girl and her small-time bank robbing beau (Warren Beatty) flee in the wake of their burglaries and go on a robbery bender. Talk about romance!
Doug MacRay ('The Town')
You can't really go wrong with masked nun bank robbers, right? Starring, co-written, and directed by Ben Affleck -- continuing his homage to Bean Town -- "The Town" follows four best friends from the rough part of the city who decide to rob a bank.
Simon Gruber ('Die Hard With A Vengeance')
"Cuz I know the man, I know the family. The only thing better than blowing up $100 billion worth of gold is making people think you did." The third -- and arguably most entertaining -- "Die Hard" in the franchise is all about settling scores: Hans Gruber's game-playing little brother, Simon, played by Jeremy Irons, is back for (yes) vengeance (and money). The 1995 buddy action film, stars Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson who are pawns in the city-wide goose chase, but soon uncover a grand plan to knock off the Federal Reserve. Oh, John McClane. He just can't catch a break!
Nicole ('How to Steal a Million')
Finally, a female burglar film! In this 1966 movie, Audrey Hepburn stars as the daughter of an art dealer (and swindler as well) who needs to steal a famous statue before people discover her father is a crook (two wrongs make a right, people!). A "society burglar" Simon Demott, played by Peter O'Toole is called to come to the aid and steal the expensive statue before it can be examined.
Neil McCauley ('Heat')
A game of cat-and-mouse game starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino? How can you lose? The 1995 flick follows five professional robbers (De Niro, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Danny Trejo and Kevin Gage), who leave a big clue (killing a guard) at their latest heist. Pacino stars as Lt. Vincent Hanna, a salty LAPD homicide detective tracking down de Niro's guys.
John Dillinger ('Public Enemies')
From "Heat" director Michael Mann, "Public Enemies" is adapted from Bryan Burrough's non-fiction book "Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34." The depression-era film follows the final years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) as he is hunted down by an FBI agent, played by Christian Bale.
Nick Wells ('The Score')
Three generations of A-list actors -- Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro and Edward Norton -- team up for one last heist. Norton channels the aw-shucks boyish charms and restrained aggression from his break-through role in "Primal Fear" as he convinces the hardened jewel thief, played by de Niro, to go for another score. Brando organizes the high-stakes robbery as we wait to see who cracks first.
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