10 Best Movies Related To Bank Robberies

Monday, March 28 by Lee Grayson

The 10 best movies related to bank robberies are all about cash and complex character development of the crooks who take the loot. One of the earliest motion pictures was "The Great Train Robbery," released in 1903, but that film showed movie companies the popularity of the robbery genre. Only twelve-minutes long, Edwin Porter's film follows the action as robbers hold-up the train bank car.

  1. "The Dark Knight" This 2008 film stared Christian Bale, Michael Caine and the late Heath Ledger as the Joker. The evil Joker is involved in the ultimate bank robbery to foil Batman and the local police. Even though the bank robbery plays a featured role in the film, the plot deals more with the dark side that has an impact on people, even the "pure" Batman. He's not your 1950s comic book hero in this film. 
  2. "Heat" Robert De Niro and Al Pacino face off in acting roles in this 1995 film directed by Michael Mann. The plot of this film involves De Niro and his crew and the planning of a massive bank job in downtown Los Angeles, while Pacino and his band of police offices attempt to stop the rip-off. It's high drama and great acting. The acting slate includes Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore and Danny Trejo.
  3. "Dog Day Afternoon" Al Pacino is the ultimate bank robber in this 1975 film about a botched bank robbery. Although the film takes place in a bank, the drama deals with the mental torment of one robber in deciding how to end the failed robbery attempt. 
  4. "Dillinger" Hoosier-born John Dillinger loved robbing banks and this 2009 film shows the outlaw at his best or worst, if you're a law-and-order advocate. Johnny Depp plays the notorious criminal who had the support of some of the country who were tired of the banks repossessing homes during the Great Depression. 
  5. "The Bank Job" This 2008 takes the real life action from a 1971 UK bank robbery where the robbers planned on raiding a room of safe deposit boxes inside a bank vault. The bank boxes also hold secret political information that robbers unsuccessful attempt to sell.
  6. "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" Another real-life duo played by Robert Redford and Paul Newman who love the easy money made from robbing banks. But the outlaw team in this 1969 film find out that robbery has a downside when the pair are forced to flee to South America. The law, however, doesn't stop south of the border and the two go out in the glory of a hail of bullets. 
  7. "For a Few Dollars More" The King of Spaghetti Western director Sergio Leone, Lee Van Cleef and Clint Eastwood join together to take care of a gang of bank robbers who have been terrorizing the local banks. The action is fast, but the dubbing may prove a distraction for some viewers. 
  8. "The Italian Job" This 2003 follows actors Mark Wahlberg, Donald Sutherland and Charlize Theron in a plan to hold up a Los Angeles bank by creating a traffic diversion. The drama features the tunneling and safe breaking to finish the job. It's a remake of the 1969 flick staring Michael Caine. 
  9. "The Score" Marlon Brando, Edward Norton and Robert De Niro star in this 2001 film about the last robbery job of one of the character's career. The prize is stored in a bank vault and the planning makes up the central plot. 
  10. "Bonnie and Clyde" Arthur Penn's film released in 1967 features the real-life bank robbers Bonnie Parker, played by Faye Dunaway, and Clyde Barrow, played by Warren Beatty. The plot follows the famed duo in their multi-state robbery spree that  results in their death in another hail of bullets, this time in a farm field.