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1980s Heist Movies

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Die Hard(1988)

R
| 2h 11min | Action, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 3,825 votes)

NYPD cop John McClane's plan to reconcile with his estranged wife is thrown for a serious loop when, minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking McClane sets out to single-handedly rescue the hostages and bring the bad guys down.

A Fish Called Wanda(1988)

R
| 1h 49min | Comedy, Crime
3.7/5 (with 669 votes)

A diamond advocate is attempting to steal a collection of diamonds, yet troubles arise when he realizes that he is not the only one after the diamonds.

Short Circuit 2(1988)

3.1/5 (with 192 votes)

Robot Johnny 5 moves to the city to help his friend Ben Jahrvi with his toy manufacturing enterprise, only to be manipulated by criminals who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes.

House of Games(1987)

1h 42min | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 82 votes)

A psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men.

Johnny Handsome(1989)

R
| 1h 34min | Crime, Drama
3.2/5 (with 65 votes)

A career criminal who has been deformed since birth is given a new face by a kindly doctor and paroled from prison. It appears that he has gone straight, but he is really planning his revenge on the man who killed his mentor and sent him to prison.

The Pope of Greenwich Village(1984)

R
| 2h 1min | Drama, Action, Comedy, Crime
3.3/5 (with 36 votes)

Charlie and his troublesome cousin Paulie decide to steal $150000 in order to back a "sure thing" race horse that Paulie has inside information on. The aftermath of the robbery gets them into serious trouble with the local Mafia boss and the corrupt New York City police department.

Thief(1981)

R
| 2h 3min | Crime, Thriller, Action
3.6/5 (with 151 votes)

Frank is an expert professional safecracker, specialized in high-profile diamond heists. He plans to use his ill-gotten income to retire from crime and build a nice life for himself complete with a home, wife and kids. To accelerate the process, he signs on with a top gangster for a big score.

No Man's Land(1987)

R
| 1h 46min | Action, Drama, Thriller, Crime
3.0/5 (with 27 votes)

A rookie cop goes undercover to infiltrate a gang of car thieves led by smooth and charming Ted. The rookie becomes too involved and starts to enjoy the thrill and lifestyle of the game, and becomes romanticly involved with the leaders sister.

Hold-up(1985)

1h 54min | Comedy, Crime
3.3/5 (with 28 votes)

Dressed as a clown, the clever rascal Grimm holds up the most secure bank of Montreal and takes 30 hostages. While confusing and ridiculing the police with his strange behavior, he calmly manages to rid the bank of a fortune. But then an unsatisfied companion arouses trouble...

The Specialists(1985)

1h 34min | Adventure, Crime
3.3/5 (with 30 votes)

While being transferred to another prison, two convicts - Stéphane Carella and Paul Brandon - effect a miraculous escape. They are pursued across the Verdon Gorge before arriving at an isolated farmhouse whose owner, Laura, offers them sanctuary. Since the death of her husband, Laura has longed to get her own back on the police and she agrees to help Carella and Brandon in their scheme to rob a casino in Nice. After a shoot out with the casino’s owners, Carella realises that not everything is what it seems. Brandon is not what he appears...

Directed by Patrice Leconte - With Bernard Giraudeau, Gérard Lanvin, Christiane Jean, Frédéric Pieretti, Jacques Nolot, Jean Toscan, ...

Lupin the Third: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon(1985)

3.2/5 (with 12 votes)

In New York City, several stone tablets have been unearthed that tell a tale about the Gold of Babylon. Two Mafia families are after it as well as Lupin the 3rd himself. An old drunken woman named Rosetta appears to know much about this treasure than meets the eye. While Zenigata has made a group of female partners that will lure Lupin the 3rd into handcuffs, the race is on for the gold of Babel.

High Risk(1981)

2.8/5 (with 7 votes)

Four American friends, badly needing money, decide to make a commando-like raid into a South American drug lord's compound.

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Vabank(1981)

1h 44min | Crime, Comedy
4.1/5 (with 24 votes)

October 1934. Poland. Famous bank robber Kwinto decided to quit his dangerous criminal job, but after his friend's death, he changed his mind and organized a burglary of famous and well protected bank which belonged to his former partner in crime, backstabbing and double-crossing Kramer. Kwinto designs a clever plan not to only rob the Kramer's bank but to make it look like Kramer himself did it.

Green Ice(1981)

2.7/5 (with 4 votes)

He wanted adventure...She craved revenge...Emeralds held the answer.

Loophole(1981)

1h 45min | Crime, Drama, Adventure
3.2/5 (with 4 votes)

When architect Stephen Booker loses his partnership, he finds jobs hard to come by, and with money in short supply, he unwittingly becomes involved in a daring scheme to rob one of London's biggest bank vaults.

Lassiter(1984)

R
| 1h 40min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
2.6/5 (with 7 votes)

Scotland Yard and the FBI force a thief and his girlfriend to steal Nazi diamonds from a German countess.

How to Beat the High Cost of Living(1980)

PG
| 1h 45min | Comedy
2.9/5 (with 6 votes)

Oregon, 1980: Jane, Elaine and Louise are all feeling the effects of inflation and cannot afford the high cost of living. Jane cannot afford a babysitter or get married and if she wants privacy with her boyfriend, she has to sleep in the car. Even worse, her war veteran father comes to live with her to turn her life upside down. Louise lives a happy life with her veterinarian husband, Albert. She runs an antique shop on the side, but since it doesn't take in any profit, the IRS considers it a hobby. She needs to come up with the money to keep it going, or she will be trouble with the IRS. Elaine's husband has left her for another woman and without any money. She is in a constant struggle with banks, power companies, and gas stations. She needs money to get by and also catches the eye of police officer Jack. The local mall is having a contest that features a giant money ball that states it will help fight the inflation.

Rough Cut(1980)

3.0/5 (with 8 votes)

A romantic comedy with action and suspense. Two sophisticated jewel thieves join forces to steal $30 million in uncut jewels. Despite a continuous exchange of quips they eventually become romantically involved.

Disorganized Crime(1989)

R
| 1h 38min | Action, Comedy
2.8/5 (with 7 votes)

Lou Diamond Phillips and Fred Gwynne team up with a gang of professional criminals who have everything it takes to rob a bank. The only things they do have going for them are a cop and his partner, who are dumber than they are! By the time the gang hits the bank vault, it's a safe bet there's going to be organized insanity and disorganized crime!

Directed by Jim Kouf - With Hoyt Axton

Bellman and True(1987)

2h 30min | Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime
3.7/5 (with 4 votes)

Hiller, a computer expert, was bribed by group of bank robbers to obtain details of the security system at a newly-built bank. Having obtained the information, he thought he'd seen the last of the robbers. But now they've traced him and his son to London. They hold the son hostage and force Hiller to decode the information about the alarm and then to take part in the robbery.

Malcolm(1986)

PG-13
| 1h 30min | Action, Comedy, Crime
3.3/5 (with 9 votes)

Malcolm is a chronically shy mechanical genius, who has just been fired for building his own tram. He gets Frank, who has just been released from jail, to move in to help pay the bills. Malcolm, with Franks help, turns to a life of crime. Malcolm is a 1986 Australian cult film, written by David Parker and directed by Nadia Tass. The film stars Colin Friels as the titular tram enthusiast who becomes involved with petty crime. The film won the 1986 Australian Film Institute Award for Best Film.

Happy New Year(1987)

1.9/5 (with 2 votes)

Small time crooksters Nick and Charlie have an elaborate plan to rob an exclusive jewelers store. Using a variety of disguises and posing as rich old men and women they begin the set-up, but then Nick falls for the owner of a neighboring antique store and things get a little complicated.

Touch and Go(1980)

1h 33min | Comedy

Three attractive socialites working for charity turn to robbery to keep a special primary school for underprivileged children open.

Qurbani(1980)

2h 37min | Drama, Action, Crime
3.8/5 (with 3 votes)

A cabaret dancer and singer, Sheela (Zeenat Aman) has two admirers: a small-time thief Rajesh (Feroz Khan), and a young, eligible widower, Amar (Vinod Khanna). Both are best friends and does not know that they love the same woman.

Treasure of the Four Crowns(1983)

PG
| 1h 37min | Adventure
2.1/5 (with 3 votes)

A group of adventurers are gathered together to retrieve some mystical gems which are in the possession of a deadly cult.

The Cat(1988)

1h 58min | Thriller, Crime
3.7/5 (with 4 votes)

Two bank robbers hold the clerks hostage and demand 3 million German marks as ransom. What the police do not realize is that the true criminal mastermind watches them from outside the bank, anticipating every move.

Big Shots(1982)

1h 35min | Crime, Drama
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Four men whose combined intellect does not reach into the triple digits decide to steal a safe full of foreign currency - not from a local bank, but from the police station.

Directed by Jacob Goldwasser - With Moshe Ivgy

The Squeeze(1978)

1h 39min | Action
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

A retired safe cracker is recruited by a young conman to return to the "business" for a million dollar heist.

Grand Larceny(1987)

1h 35min | Thriller, Mystery

A woman who hasn't seen her father in 18 years, learns of his death and goes to his estate in France to carry out his wishes. She then learns that her father was a thief who after getting caught and going to prison and upon his release was approached by an insurance company, who wanted him to use his talents in helping them recover some valuables that had been stolen, which became his new job. Now that he is gone, he wants her to continue his work.

Blind Trust(1986)

PG-13
| 1h 26min | Thriller
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

A government ministry's fast-rising head of security asks a shadowy fixer, Meursault, to steal a bag from an armored truck. Meursault goes to Théo, a former night club owner, in prison for two years on false charges, who's being released in exchange for information about Montreal's underworld. Théo agrees to steal the bag for money and safe passage to the US for himself and his son Robin. Théo brings in two helpers, Gilder, ex-con and set designer, and Roxanne, Gilder's friend, a tough-minded petty thief. Their elaborate plan blows up when a guard, Marcel, takes his responsibilities too seriously. What happens to father and son? Will any of the thieves escape.

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