After seeing the semi-pallid Ocean's Thirteen (okay, the guys looked pretty good), we got into a discussion of the best heist movies ever. Which movies stand out in your mind? For instance, someone said Dog Day Afternoon, but would that really count? Should a heist movie be mostly about planning and executing a heist and not sidebar into other issues.
My vote goes, without hesitation, to a little B picture made in 1957 called Plunder Road, starring Gene Raymond. It's a flawlessly-executed story of a gold heist. It's never on TV, so I recommend searching the video sites for it. It's well worth the effort.
Well I am an unabashed fan of Michael Mann, so I would say Thief is his best heist flick, but Heat is a sweeping masterpiece of criminal trade craft (Interestingly he had a former British special operations NCO consult on everything from ambushes, like the infamous bank/street gunbattle, to B&E techniques, via the 'hard key' at the precious metals facility)
I would throw John Boorman's The General in there as well (an uneven movie, but some interesting heists sprinkled throughout and ultimately saved by Brendon Gleason.)
John Travolta in 'Face/off', and for a little heist comic relief 'A Fish Called Wanda', AND 'Entrapment' (Sean is like bottle of Grange, ages well, and remember to lay flat in a dark place, preferably with me) LOL.....
The Italian Job (the original)
Le Circ de Rouge
The Taking Of Pelam 123 (the original)
Thomas Crown Affair (the original)
The Italian Job (remake 2003)
Ocean's 11 (remake)