If you saw the critically acclaimed and universally hailed Drive last year, then you watched a film that’s part of a long tradition and you may not have even known it: The “One More Job” movie. In case you’re unfamiliar with this iconic genre, it goes like this: The main character is a career criminal who wants to finally get out of his life of crime. But before he can, he has to pull “one more job” so he can get out for good. This almost always goes badly.
In honor of the January 31st release of Drive on Blu-rayTM and DVD, here are seven of the best examples of this storied subgenre.
Sterling Hayden plays Dix in this, the original heist movie. All he wants is to escape his horrible crime-ridden city to a farm on the country, with horses and stuff. But, as is usually the case, in order to do this he has to participate in One More Job. It should go off without a hitch, but you can guess that it doesn’t. Spoiler alert: He actually ends up making it to the farm, but it’s anybody’s guess how long he’ll be alive to enjoy it.
Sometimes you don’t just want to get out of your outside-the-law lifestyle because you feel like it – sometimes that’s just the way the world around you is going. That’s the case in The Wild Bunch, in which a bunch of western cowboy outlaws (headed up by a never-grizzlier William Holden) seek to make one last big score before hanging up their hats and riding off into the sunset. They end up going on a bloody odyssey to hell, but that’s the risk, right?