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The heist film or caper film is a subgenre of crime film.[1] One of the early defining heist films was The Asphalt Jungle (1950), which Film Genre 2000 wrote "almost single-handedly popularized the genre for mainstream cinema". It featured robbers whose personal failings ultimately led to the failure of their robbery. Similar films using this formula were Armored Car Robbery (1950), The Killing (1956), and The Getaway (1972). By the 1990s, heist films "experiment and play with these conventions" and focused more on character relationships than the crime itself.[2]

List of filmsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Lee, Daryl (2014). The Heist Film: Stealing with Style. Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-85058-2.
  • Sloniowski, Jeannette; Leach, Jim (eds.). The Best Laid Plans: Interrogating the Heist Film. Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 978-0-8143-4224-4.


  1. ^ Hardy, Phil, ed. (1997). "The Caper Film". The BFI Companion to Crime. A & C Black. pp. 70–71. ISBN 978-0-304-33215-1.
  2. ^ a b Wilson, Ron (2000). "The Left-Handed Form of Human Endeavor". In Dixon, Wheeler W. (ed.). Film Genre 2000: New Critical Essays. SUNY Press. pp. 154–155. ISBN 978-0-7914-4513-6.
  3. ^ a b c Hunter, Rob (September 6, 2018). "The Best Diamond Heist Movies You've Never Seen". /Film. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Morris, Brogan (September 14, 2018). "10 great heist films". British Film Institute. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Dockterman, Eliana (August 18, 2017). "The 25 Best Heist Movies". Time. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Staff, Playlist (September 10, 2010). "25 All-Time Favorite Heist Movies". IndieWire. Retrieved February 20, 2019.