I have always loved crime comedies. The idea of criminals trying to pull off criminal deeds with rib-tickling callousness never fails to give chuckles. One of the most defining voices to explore this genre is Guy Ritchie. The English filmmaker, along with his contemporaries, employed the literary techniques of postmodernism to lay out classic narratives focusing on crime and delinquency, and his debut feature film ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ perhaps best encapsulates this idea.
‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ follows Eddie, a young and confident card sharp who loses £500,000 to a powerful crime lord. When he learns that the game was rigged, his friends come together to pay off his debts. However, they decide to use unconventional methods by robbing a gang of small-timers who happen to be operating out of the flat next door.
Co-produced by HandMade Films, SKA Films The Steve Tisch Company and Summit Entertainment, the film is written by Matthew Vaughn and stars Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Steven Mackintosh, Vinnie Jones, and Sting. ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ premiered on August 28, 1998, in the United Kingdom and later received a wider release on March 5, 1999, in the United States. The crime comedy received immensely positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. Guy Ritchie instantly became a household name after this film. At award ceremonies, the movie was nominated for a British Academy Film Award under the category of “British Film of the Year” in 1998.
For this article, I have taken into account films that revolves around heists. Through the visual and literary aid of comedy, these films explore this crime in a way that is hilarious and entertaining. So, without further ado, here is the list of best movies similar to ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime
9. The Hot Rock (1972)
Adapted from American author Donald E. Westlake’s novel of the same name, ‘The Hot Rock’ stars veteran actor Robert Redford as Dortmunder, a man who with his friends plans to steal a huge diamond from a museum. The film follows the gang planning and plotting to pull off the heist and the hilarity that ensues with it. Directed by Peter Yates and written by William Goldman, ‘The Hot Rock’ is built upon the innately comedic narrative which is crafted to perfection by Goldman. The screenplay is coupled with the deft direction and the brilliant performances of the cast. Though the caper comedy-drama has not garnered a strong cult following, it is surely a great piece of work which deserves a watch.