The Best Heist Movies On Netflix Right Now

These classic heist movies are all streaming on Netflix.

By Sean Thiessen | Published

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Reservoir Dogs

Nothing steals the worries of the day quite like a great heist movie. The genre has been a key piece of Hollywood and beyond for decades; WhyNow dates the genre back to the beginning of film, and it is still going strong. Netflix is full of great heist movies, new and old. Here are the very best the genre has to offer on Netflix right now.

Inside Man

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Ever wonder what the perfect bank robbery looks like? Look no further than Spike Lee’s Inside Man. Denzel Washington stars as a hostage negotiator up against the genius of Clive Owen, the power of Jodie Foster, and the myriad factors against him as he struggles to bring hostages home safely from a bank heist.

This heist movie is a Spike Lee staple and one of the best in the genre currently on Netflix. It is a clever, subversive take on the heist movie that satisfies to the bitter end with twists, turns, and fantastic performances from its legendary cast.


Get ready to feel the heat. This 1995 heist masterpiece from filmmaker Michael Mann features the first onscreen union of Rober DeNiro and Al Pacino as a criminal mastermind and a detective hellbent on stopping him.

After a team of bank robbers unwittingly leaves a clue behind at the scene of a crime, the LAPD catches the scent. That kicks off a series of pressure cooker events that pits cops and robbers against each other in this high-stakes escapade.

Heat features heavy hitters DeNiro and Pacino alongside 90s powerhouses like Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd, and Jon Voight. This intense, well-crafted heist thriller is a staple of the genre and has been cited as a key influence of films like Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight

Red Notice

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If you like laughs peppered in with your thrills, this is the heist movie for you. Red Notice is a Netflix original starring Dwayne Johnson as an Interpol agent who teams with Ryan Reynolds, an art thief, to catch an even greater art thief, played by Gal Gadot.

What follows is a breakneck action film with plenty of quips, double-crosses, and of course, great heists. 

Red Notice is one of the biggest films Netflix has ever released. It broke the steamer’s record for first-day viewership and boasted more than 364 million viewing hours within its first month. The star-studded more than justified its hefty $200 million price tag and has a sequel on the way. 

Reservoir Dogs

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Another 90s classic, Reservoir Dogs is one of the biggest game changers in the heist movie genre because it never actually shows a heist. This debut film from writer/director Quentin Tarantino is a gem on Netflix. It starts with a team of thieves having lunch before a robbery and picks up in the bloody aftermath of a job gone sideways.

The film introduced the world to Tarantino’s signature dialogue and exciting characters, brought to life by a cast of all-stars like Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, and even Tarantino himself.

This heist movie has one of the best soundtracks on Netflix, featuring a string of 1970s hits that started Tarantino’s efforts in creating some of the most memorable fusions of film and pop music ever put to the screen.

Triple Frontier

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What happens when disgruntled special forces operatives decide to steal some money? They rob a drug lord for millions, of course. Triple Frontier is another heist movie original for Netflix that unites the star power of Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal, and Garrett Hedlund.

All retired from their time in the military, the men struggle to get by and raise their families. When Isaac reunites them for a job that will give them the payoff they deserve, the group assassinates a drug cartel leader.

Things don’t go according to plan, and the men must question their loyalty to each other, their families, and their morality as they shoot their way out of a situation they never intended to be in.

Army of the Dead

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From Zack Snyder, Army of the Dead may be the biggest, loudest, zaniest heist movie on the list. This Netflix original has a similar setup to Triple Frontier – a group of struggling ex-military badasses has a chance to pull off a job that will make them rich.

The group goes to rob an abandoned vault under the Las Vegas strip. The problem? Vegas is infested by an army of intelligent, organized zombies.

This action-packed romp is a bloody funhouse ride with sprinkles of horror, all wrapped up in the stylized visuals of Zack Snyder. This heist movie was a hit for Netflix that has a spin-off series on the way to continue the gory action fun.


A heist is not always about money. Christopher Nolan’s groundbreaking Inception is about a team of information thieves who don’t rob banks – they rob your dreams. Leonardo DiCaprio leads a team of thieves, including Joseph Gordon Levitt, Tom Hardy, and Elliot Page, to steal corporate secrets by using dream-sharing technology.

Inception is a heist movie like none other, and this Nolan classic is now on Netflix. The movie was lauded upon its release for its stunning visuals and mind-bending concept. Many view the film as Nolan’s masterpiece, and for good reason.

Inception set trends, won Oscars, and cemented Nolan as one of the defining filmmaking voices of his generation.


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Cliffhanger leaves no mystery about its plot. In this action hit, a team of thieves loses briefcases full of cash out of their helicopter, spreading the money across the Rocky Mountains. A rock climber, played by Sylvester Stallone, gets caught up in the retrieval of the money and must use his skills to survive the deadly pursuit.

This heist movie is another oldie but goodie on Netflix, hailing from a simpler time, 1993. This classic Stallone action vehicle is a surprisingly moving, tense, and fun romp through the Rockies that steals more smiles than cash.