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Movie Heists Gone Amok: Top Nine from the ‘90s

January 8, 2016

'Reservoir Dogs' on HDNET MOVIES
Harvey Keitel and Steve Buscemi in ‘Reservoir Dogs’

When a gang of criminals sets out to pull off the “greatest heist ever” in a film, audiences are nearly always guaranteed something will go wrong. Bandits meet their fate in a shootout with the local townsfolk in The Great Train Robbery (1903), James Bond thwarts “Operation Grand Slam” by blowing Goldfinger out of an airplane window in Goldfinger (1964), and first-time crooks Sonny (Al Pacino) and Sal (John Cazale) know immediately they mess up when they try to rob a bank vault AFTER the daily pickup in Dog Day Afternoon (1975). But the 1990s saw the greatest upsurge of “Heists Gone Amok” films. Here are nine of the best:

Home Alone (1990)
Home Alone 2 (1992)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Speed (1994)
Dead Presidents (1995)
Heat (1995)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Bottle Rocket (1996)
Office Space (1999)

Watch more of the best “Heists Gone Amok” with HDNET MOVIES Friday Night Heist on January 15th featuring:

Man On A Ledge – 4:25/3:25c
An escaped con tries to pull off a diamond heist while proving his innocence.

The Usual Suspects – 6:10/5:10c
Five criminals meet at a lineup and the sole survivor recalls the twisty tale.

21 – 8:00/9:00c
MIT students trained to count cards take Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.

Inside Man – 10:05/9:05c
A criminal mastermind tells the story of his “perfect robbery.”