In the mood for some dirty deeds, speedy getaways, and the irresistible promise of a very big payoff? Sounds like it’s time for another heist. Right now, Netflix has some incredibly solid and suspenseful options worth scoping out and streaming. And we’ve rounded up the best of the best. From the caper comedies to the action-packed thrill fests, when a heist movie is done well, we’re given a little bit of everything and left wanting more.
No matter the plot points or life-altering price the characters must pay, heist movies give us the unique chance to temporarily live in an exciting and high-stakes world we’d otherwise never encounter or dare enter. For example, we wouldn’t dream of robbing a bank with our four closest friends, but it’s always exhilarating to watch people pull it off in a movie. So if you’re in, let’s go! Here are the best heist movies on Netflix right now.
Looking for a heist movie all about glorifying unsung heroes? Start here. Starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, and Charlie Hunnam, this gritty thriller is mega action-packed and elevated by superb acting.
Here’s the plot, per Netflix: Loyalties are tested when five former special forces operatives reunite to steal a drug lord’s fortune, unleashing a chain of unintended consequences. Count me in!
We’ve seen Bonnie and Clyde’s side of the manhunt many times, but this crime drama depicts law enforcement’s perspective. It’s also got one heck of a cast. Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, and Kathy Bates star.
Here’s the plot, per Netflix: Two steely former Texas Rangers are tasked with tracking and killing infamous criminals Bonnie and Clyde in this crime drama based on real events.
If you’re feeling a heist comedy, check out YUCATÁN. This con artist caper is easy on the eyes, absurd without skimping on the action, and a nonstop fun romp with Old Hollywood glamour.
Here’s the plot, per Netflix: Competing con artists attempt to creatively and ruthlessly swindle a fatherly lottery winner while on a lively cruise from Spain to Mexico.
Starring Freddie Highmore, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, and Sam Riley, The Vault is a heady heist movie with endlessly elegant visuals. While it was met with mixed reviews for being a bit “too familiar,” it saves itself with its slickness.
Here’s the plot, per Netflix: A genius engineer and his crew of amateur thieves plot a scheme to seize a legendary lost treasure hidden in a fortress beneath the Bank of Spain. File this one under charmingly far-fetched.
The Bling Ring
Directed by Sofia Coppola, The Bling Ring toys with the real-life tale of truly annoying teenage criminals obsessed with fame and fortune and made famous by the tabloids. And while critics argue Coppola could’ve gone deeper into their shallow psyches, Emma Watson’s acting brings this fun flick’s subtle layers to life.
Here’s the plot, per Netflix: Lured by stardom, a crew of aimless teens breaks into celebrity homes for a string of high-profile robberies and fame by appropriation. Also worth noting: those real-life celebs included Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Orlando Bloom, to name a few big ones. Can we say bold?
Many critics have called Special 26 the best Hindi film they’ve seen all year. From start to finish, it’s gripping, well-acted, sharply written, mind-bending, and they’ve done a remarkable job making it all feel real.
Here’s the plot, per Netflix: In this fact-based crime drama, a gang of con artists posing as government officials executes a heist in the form of a raid on a prominent jeweler. And yes, it is 100% worth the subtitles.
While it’s actually a documentary series, this Netflix Original obviously deserves a place on this list. Heist opens up the real stories behind three of the most famous crimes in modern American history, as told by the criminals.
Here’s the plot, per Netflix: Millions in stolen cash. Missing luxury bourbon. Watch ordinary people almost get away with these extraordinary heists in this true-crime series. Who’s in the mood for trouble?!
In Good Time, Robert Pattinson proves he’s got the A-list goods. On top of his masterful performance, this distinctive crime drama boasts its own brand of thrills, offering up more to ponder than your average heist flick.
Here’s the plot, per Netflix: After spearheading an ill-fated bank robbery, a man must get his mentally challenged younger brother out of jail while eluding his own capture. And I’ll say it again, this is Pattinson’s role of a lifetime.
Layer Cake might just be the most underrated heist movie on the block. Starring Daniel Craig, Sienna Miller, Michael Gambon, and Tom Hardy, this electric British crime thriller is twisted, funny, believable, and unusually touching in its human moments.
Here’s the plot, per Netflix: A suave, steely-eyed London cocaine dealer’s retirement plans hit a violent snag when his boss asks him to do one more job. We’d expect nothing less from the always dapper and daring Daniel Craig!