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Heist Film Films and Movies List

Heist Film Films and Movies List

The heist film or caper film is a subgenre of crime film, consisting of films that tell a caper story. These films feature plots in which a team of skillful criminals carry out a clever and daring theft.

Early films in the genre tended to have the heist ultimately fail, as a result of the strictures imposed by the Motion Picture Production Code; since the abandonment of the Production Code, most caper films feature successful heists.

One of the early defining heist films was The Asphalt Jungle (1950), which Film Genre 2000 wrote "almost single-handedly popularised 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.

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