Tower Heist

Tower Heist

It seems that the heist movie is a genre that Hollywood just cannot get enough of as Tower Heist hits the big screen today.

The movie sees Ben Stiller team up with Eddie Murphy with the intention of stealing back what is theirs from Wall Street titan Arthur Shaw .

So to celebrate the release of the movie we take a look at the top five greatest heist movies that have graced the big screen

1. The Italian Job

There is no greater heist movie than The Italian Job - not talking about the Mark Wahlberg movie - but the original that was released back in 1969.

The movie was directed by Peter Collinson and starred Michael Caine as he lead a mission to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam.

This is a movie that have never gone out of style with it action packed script and it's witty one liners.

The car chase around the city remains one of the greatest that we have ever seen on the big screen.

2. Dog Day Afternoon

Released back in 1975 Dog Day Afternoon is still regarded as one of the best performances from Al Pacino.

He plays inexperienced villain Sonny who is pulling a job to help pay for his transsexual lover’s sex swap surgery.

But things don’t go to plan and he’s soon holed up in a sweaty Brooklyn bank with a bunch of hostages and half the NYPD outside.

This movie is as thrilling today as it was when it was first released with fully fleshed out characters and superb performances from the cast.

3. Reservoir Dogs

It’s the film that made Quentin Tarantino a household name and probably the only movie on this list in which we never get to see the actual heist take place.

Instead we’re treated to the set up and fall out as a gang of too-cool-for-school diamond thieves try to work out who sold them out as their blag goes spectacularly wrong.

It's a tour de force movie from Tarantino that had humour as well as being incredibly violent.

But it was a story and characters that pulled you in from the opening frame and kept you hooked to the closing credits!

4. Heat

Michael Mann's movie is almost twenty years old an yet it remains one of the most stylish and intelligent movies in this genre.

The casting of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro was enough to cause excitement in just about everyone - and their single cafe scene remains one of the best in cinema as the two titans come face to face.

Surprisingly Heat is a rather emotional movie as it tackles the ides of loyalty family, responsibility as well as greed and betrayal.

Sure the movie may be a tad long but it remains a super intense watch!

5. Ocean's Eleven

I'm sorry but you cannot look at heist movies without including Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven - a movie which is ten years old this year.

Danny Ocean and his ten accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.

George Clooney led an all star cast that included Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts and Andy Garcia.

This is a crisp, suave heist movie that is packed with action, humour and romance - a great watch!!

Tower Heist is out now.

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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