The wildest of our dreams always connect to money in some way or the other. Ranging from currency note pouring down from the sky as rain, to sleeping on a mattress of dollars, the dreams vary. But in reality, our business is a different thing. It’s a piece of paper which can make people do weird and dangerous things at times. The major reason for the massive popularity of bank robbery movies is not just adrenaline rush and thrills, but the sheer joy of living our dreams.
Even though those dreams last only for two hours, the viewers simply identify themselves with the robbers, mostly heroes, in the movie, and empathize with their social conditions. Movies are the best option to live your dreams on a screen. Bank robbery movies are not for only those who dreamed of rob a bank at least once in life, but also for those who like to watch a nail-biting action-adventure drama.
Streaming giant Netflix heeds to the huge demand from the viewers to curate the best bank robbery flicks. So, here’s the list of really good bank robbery movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now. The list includes funny bank robbery movies and action bank robbery movies.
10. Coin Heist (2017)
Written and directed by Emily Hagins, this film is the story of four school students who join forces and plans a major heist in order to save their school. The four children in question are each of quite different dispositions. While one of them is a talented athlete, one is great at studies, one is great with computers, while the fourth member is the perfect example of a slacker.
The best thing about the film is that despite the characters being described in such a fashion, each of these teenagers is a well-rounded character with an interesting back story and is someone who needs to be taken seriously while watching the film. These kids have planned to rob the U.S. Mint, as they have come to know that this place manufactures around one million coins every thirty seconds. ‘Coin Heist’ boasts of equal measures of thrill and drama, while also asking some important ethical and moral questions.
9. Wheelman (2017)
Debutante director Jeremy Rush’s pulse racing adventure-drama, ‘Wheelman‘ is a chilling experience for bank robbery movie lovers. The movie follows the Wheelman, played by Frank Grillo, a getaway driver in a dangerous and mysterious bank robbery plot. But as the plan progresses as per the timeline, he realizes a shocking fact; he is betrayed by someone who knows everything about everyone in the scheme. Now, the Wheelman is on vengeance and all he wants is to hunt down the black sheep who stabbed him from behind. With the police at his tail, the Wheelman speeds up the hunt for his prey.
8. Happy New Year (2014)
Indian Cinema has its own share of bank robbery and heist movies. ‘Happy New Year’ features an ensemble cast including Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and Abhishek Bachchan and tells the story of a diamond heist. The plot focuses on Charlie, played by Shah Rukh Khan, a street fighter who enlists in a dance competition as a contestant. His plan is to take revenge on the man who framed his father in a diamond theft years ago. Charlie and his friends manage to reach the finals with the help of a professional dancer. After some dramatic twists and turns, the team of robbers achieve their plan and win the grand finale of the dance competition as a bonus.
7. Hell or High Water (2016)
David Mackenzie’s well-made thriller ‘Hell or High Water’ evokes nostalgic memories of the wild west and the gritty western movies made in once upon a time in America. ‘Hell or High Water’ features the struggling Texas brothers Tanner Howard, played by Ben Foster, and Toby Howard, played by Chris Pine.
After his mother’s death, Toby Howard is on the verge of losing his ancestral ranch to the hostile Texas Midlands Bank. Toby, who is a divorcee, unemployed and lives with his two sons, sees himself on the wrong side of destiny. When his brother Tanner Howard comes back after a jail term, they plan a bank robbery together. They set on a revenge scheme by robbing branches of the Texas Midlands Bank. Jeff Bridges’s seasoned sheriff is assigned to hunt down the notorious brothers. In the cat and mouse that follows, a realistic picture of the financial breakdown of the West and the proliferation of greedy banking institutions begins to unravel.
6. Triple Frontier (2019)
Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, and Garrett Hedlund star in this Netflix original heist film as former soldiers of the U.S. Special Forces who have decided to use the special sets of skills they have learned while serving in the army in order to make some money for themselves. Their plan is to step deep inside the jungles of Colombia and steal all the wealth of a drug lord who has been hoarding millions for quite some time now.
However, the operation is hardly as easy as it looks like on paper. While carrying out the same, these three individuals get into a rather difficult situation which is about to test their skills and friendship. This is a rather gritty heist thriller which does away with the technology and the opulence that we see in films like the Ocean’s trilogy, and instead focuses on pure human courage, will, and determination.
5. The Hurricane Heist (2018)
The Rob Cohen directorial, ‘The Hurricane Heist‘ combines a hurricane and a heist to deliver some thrills and chills. The movie follows a group of thieves who attempt a massive heist at the U.S. Treasury’s Mint supply in Alabama. A Category 5 hurricane alert is on in the areas with the deadly wind approaches the Mint facilities at a speed more than 150 mph.
When the treasure agent Casey Corbyn, played by Maggie Grace, and her colleague, Randy Moreno played by Christian Contreras, summon Breeze, a handyman, fix the generator at the cash storage facility, his brother meteorologist Will also involves with the plot. While Casey is out of the facility, the Treasury agents, led by Connor Perkins, invade the facility and hold Moreno a hostage. Now, with the hurricane and the treasury agent turned robbers on one side and the Treasury agent and the brothers, Breeze and Will on the other side, the movie paces towards a bloody showdown.
4. Son of a Gun (2014)
When a 19-year-old JR, played by Brenton Thwaites, is put behind the bars for a minor crime, the young man comes face-to-face with a hellish existence. The movie ‘Son of a Gun’ traces his terrible experience as an inmate in a high-security prison in Australia, where you have to pay a hefty sum for security. But JR soon goes under the protective wings of the seasoned conman and Australia’s most notorious criminal, Brendan Lynch, played by Ewan McGregor. But nothing is free in a world of outlaws and hoodlums. JR had to pay back the price by taking part in a dangerous prison break and a massive gold heist. Now, JR has a lot of crucial survival tactics to learn in a world in which people double cross and stab in the back.
3. Masterminds (2016)
Jared Hess’ ‘Masterminds‘ features one of the biggest bank heists in American history. The movie follows David Ghantt, played by Zach Galifianakis, who leads a mundane life of a bank supervisor. But an accidental, flirtatious encounter with the mysterious beauty, Kelly Campbell, played by Kristen Wiig, catapults his dull existence into the bizarre life of a key member in a massive heist. He finds himself driving an armored vehicle, carrying millions of dollars with unknown people with guns at his tail.
Along with a group of amateur criminals led by Steve Chambers, David manages to save his head with 17 million Dollars in cash. But as the wild gangsters are blowing the millions in their spending spree, they leave behind a trail of evidence for the hilarious hitman, Mike McKinney, played by Jason Sudeikis, to follow.
2. The Highwaymen (2019)
Directed by John Lee Hancock, the upcoming Netflix Original, ‘The Highwaymen’ reboots the notorious ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ heist franchise. The FBI and its supportive wings, to their maximum capacity, tail one of the most notorious criminals in the criminal history in vain. The authorities have no other options except bring in two former Texas Rangers, Frank Hamer and Maney Gault, played by Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson, to get the job done.
The cop duo is quite famous for their instincts and old school methods. They are commissioned as special investigators by a consortium of banks determined to end the robbery spree which took its toll on the lives of 13 cops and numerous bank vaults.
1. Ocean’s 12 (2004)
Steven Soderbergh came into Hollywood making a film as pathbreaking as ‘Sex, Lies, And Videotape’, and then proceeded to make this star-studded series called the Ocean’s trilogy. The film in question is the second installment of the franchise, and also focuses on Danny Ocean and his incredibly talented crew’s ingenious ways of stealing. In this film, the crew plans to carry out three major heists in the cities of Rome, Paris, and Amsterdam- each one more dangerous than the other. The film is as entertaining as the first one, but the main problem is that here the director seems to be too eager to use the stardom of his cast rather than drawing out authentic performances from them.
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