Movies based on real life robberies & robbers.by fiasko1 | created - 01 Jul 2012 | updated - 16 Sep 2018 | Public
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1. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation, which turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.
Votes: 229,284 | Gross: $50.00M
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wojtowicz[/link] John Stanley Wojtowicz (March 9, 1945 - January 2, 2006) was an American bank robber whose story inspired the 1975 film Dog Day Afternoon.
2. Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
R | 113 min | Action, Biography, Crime
The story of the notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine, with the focus on his life before the early 1970s and the events that led to him being declared Public Enemy No. 1 in France.
Votes: 31,476 | Gross: $0.55M
3. Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008)
R | 133 min | Action, Biography, Crime
The story of the notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine, with the focus on his life and death as France's Public Enemy No. 1 in the 1970s.
Votes: 27,863 | Gross: $0.28M
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesrine[/link] Jacques Mesrine, (28 December 1936–2 November 1979) was the most infamous criminal in modern French history. He was responsible for numerous bank robberies, burglaries, and kidnappings in France and Canada. Mesrine repeatedly escaped from prison and made international headlines during a final period as a fugitive when his exploits included trying to kidnap a judge who had sentenced him.
4. Robbery (1967)
110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A group of British criminals plans the robbery of the Royal Mail train on the Glasgow-London route.
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Train_Robbery_(1963)[/link] The Great Train Robbery is the name given to a £2.6 million train robbery (the equivalent of around £40 million today) committed on Thursday 8 August 1963 at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire, England. The bulk of the stolen money was not recovered. Three robbers were never found, two convicted robbers escaped. One convicted most likely never was involved, and died in prison. Though there were no firearms involved, the standard judgment was 30 years.
5. Stander (2003)
R | 111 min | Action, Biography, Crime
The life and career of Andre Stander, a South African police officer turned bank robber.
Votes: 8,010 | Gross: $0.02M
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andre_Stander[/link] Andre Stander (1946 – 13 February 1984) was a Police Captain at the CID branch of Kempton Park Police Station, South Africa who began robbing banks in the 1970s and later became known in popular media as the head of the "Stander Gang" in the early 1980s. Andre became well known for the audacious manner with which he carried out his crimes: He would sometimes rob banks on his lunch break, often returning to the crime scene as an Investigating Officer.
6. Goodfellas (1990)
R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.
Votes: 982,886 | Gross: $46.84M
In 1967, $420,000 in cash was stolen from the Air France cargo terminal at New York City's JFK International Airport. While there were a large number of cargo thefts at JFK airport in 1967, this was the largest cash robbery that had taken place at the time. It was carried out by Henry Hill, Robert McMahon, Tommy DeSimone and Montague Montemurro, on a tip off from McMahon. Hill believed it was the Air France Robbery which endeared him to the Mafia.
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lufthansa_Heist[/link] The Lufthansa heist was a robbery at John F. Kennedy International Airport on December 11, 1978. An estimated $5 million in cash ($17.8 million today) and $875,000 in jewels ($3.1 million today) were stolen, making it the largest cash robbery ever committed on American soil. This robbery was the subject of two television films, The 10 Million Dollar Getaway and The Big Heist, and is a key plot element in the 1990 film Goodfellas.
7. The 10 Million Dollar Getaway (1991 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 93 min | Thriller
Jimmy and his mates have stolen 10 million dollars from the Lufthansa office in New York. The FBI has got no idea of the bandits until Theresa, the girlfriend of Burke, gives them a hint. ... See full summary »
9. The Bank Job (2008)
R | 111 min | Crime, Thriller
Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry along with a treasure trove of dirty secrets.
Votes: 170,693 | Gross: $30.03M
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baker_Street_robbery[/link] The Baker Street robbery was a robbery of the safe deposit boxes at a branch of Lloyds Bank on the corner of Baker Street and Marylebone Road, London, on the night of 11 September 1971. The robbers had rented a leather goods shop named Le Sac, two doors down from the bank, and tunnelled a distance of approximately 50 feet (15 m) passing under the intervening Chicken Inn restaurant. To avoid being overheard they only dug during weekends. They used a thermal lance to try to break into the vault but ultimately had to use explosives.
10. Fool's Gold: The Story of the Brink's-Mat Robbery (1992 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama
A dramatized speculation of what happened in November 1983 when Micky McAvoy and some of his mates planned a heist and were surprised when they discovered they'd stumbled across a large ... See full summary »
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brinks_Matt[/link] The Brink's-MAT robbery occurred on 26 November 1983 when six robbers broke into the Brink's-MAT warehouse at Heathrow Airport, London. At the time, it was described as "the crime of the century".
11. 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out (2003 TV Movie)
R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama
After a failed bank robbery, two heavily armed men hold the Los Angeles Police Department at bay for 44 minutes.
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Hollywood_shootout[/link] The North Hollywood shootout was an armed confrontation between two heavily armed and armored bank robbers and officers of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in the North Hollywood district of Los Angeles on February 28, 1997. Both robbers were killed, eleven police officers and seven civilians were injured, and numerous vehicles and other property were damaged or destroyed by the nearly 2,000 rounds of ammunition fired by the robbers and the police.
12. The Brink's Job (1978)
PG | 104 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A fictional retelling of the infamous Brink's Company robbery in Boston, which took place on January 17th, 1950, with a score of $2.700.000, and cost the American taxpayers $29.000.000 to apprehend the culprits with only $58.000 recovered.
Votes: 2,593 | Gross: $9.40M
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Brink%27s_Robbery[/link] The Great Brinks Robbery was an armed robbery of the Brinks Building at the corner of Prince St. and Commercial St. in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on January 17, 1950. The robbery resulted in the theft of $1,218,211.29 in cash, and $1,557,183.83 in checks, money orders, and other securities. At the time, it was the largest robbery in the history of the United States.
13. The General (1998)
R | 124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The real-life story of Dublin folk hero and criminal Martin Cahill, who pulled off two daring robberies in Ireland with his team, but attracted unwanted attention from the police, the I.R.A., the U.V.F., and members of his own team.
Votes: 7,945 | Gross: $1.21M
14. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
R | 111 min | Action, Biography, Crime
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonnie_%26_Clyde[/link] Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (October 1, 1910 – May 23, 1934) and Clyde Chestnut Barrow (March 24, 1909 – May 23, 1934) were well-known outlaws, robbers, and criminals who traveled the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression. Their gang was known as the "Barrow Gang" which included Bonnie and Clyde, and at times Buck Barrow, Blanche Barrow, Raymond Hamilton, W.D. Jones, Joe Palmer, Ralph Fults, and Henry Methvin.
15. Buster (1988)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Based on the story of Ronald Christopher "Buster" Edwards (Phil Collins), one of the thieves involved in "The Great Train Robbery" of 1963.
Votes: 3,181 | Gross: $0.54M
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buster_Edwards[/link] Buster Edwards (born Ronald Christopher Edwards; 27 January 1931 — 28 November 1994) was a British criminal who was a member of the gang that committed the Great Train Robbery. He had also been a boxer and nightclub owner.
16. Dillinger (1973)
R | 107 min | Action, Biography, Crime
John Dillinger and his gang go on a bank robbing spree across the midwest, but one G-Man is determined to bring him down.
Votes: 4,514 | Gross: $2.00M
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dillinger[/link] John Herbert Dillinger, Jr. (June 22, 1903 – July 22, 1934) was an American bank robber of German descent in the Depression-era United States. He was charged with, but never convicted of, the murder of an East Chicago, Indiana police officer during a shoot-out. This was his only alleged homicide, and was likely not his action. His gang robbed two dozen banks and four police stations. Dillinger escaped from jail twice.
17. Baby Face Nelson (1957)
Approved | 85 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
George "Babyface" Nelson became one of the most important gangsters of 1930's Chicago by making brutal robberies. In order to compete with Al Capone, he allied himself with John Dillinger.
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_Face_Nelson[/link] Lester Joseph Gillis (December 6, 1908 – November 27, 1934), known under the pseudonym George Nelson, was a bank robber and murderer in the 1930s. Gillis was known as Baby Face Nelson, a name given to him due to his youthful appearance and small stature. Usually referred to by criminal associates as "Jimmy", Nelson entered into a partnership with John Dillinger, helping him escape from prison in the famed Crown Point, Indiana Jail escape, and was later labeled along with the remaining gang members as public enemy number one.
Crime, Drama | Announced
A chronicle of Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor "Lightning" Lee Murray's alleged criminal exploits, in which he is suspected of masterminding a record-breaking heist in 2006.
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Securitas_depot_robbery[/link] The Securitas depot robbery was the largest cash robbery in British history. It took place on the evening of 21 February 2006 from 18:30 GMT until the early hours of 22 February 2006. Several men abducted and threatened the family of the manager, tied up fourteen staff members and stole £53,116,760 in bank notes from a Securitas Cash Management Ltd depot in Vale Road, Tonbridge, Kent.
19. Patty Hearst (1988)
R | 108 min | Biography, Drama
In the 1970s, Patricia Hearst is abducted by American revolutionaries, but eventually joins their cause instead.
Votes: 1,491 | Gross: $1.22M
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patty_Hearst[/link] Patricia Campbell Hearst (born February 20, 1954), now known as Patricia Campbell Hearst Shaw, is an American newspaper heiress, socialite, actress, kidnap victim, and convicted bank robber. Her kidnapping case is considered to be an example of Stockholm syndrome.
20. Public Enemies (2009)
R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.
Votes: 275,875 | Gross: $97.10M
Another film about John Dillinger [link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dillinger[/link]
21. Burnt Money (2000)
R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Nene & Angel and their accomplice Cuervo participate in a botched bank robbery in 1965 Buenos Aires, then hide out from the police in Uruguay while the gang breaks down.
Votes: 5,976 | Gross: $0.24M
inspired by a true story of a famous bank robbery in Buenos Aires in 1965.
22. The Newton Boys (1998)
PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama
The story of the Newton gang, the most successful bank robbers in history, owing to their good planning and minimal violence.
Votes: 10,114 | Gross: $10.30M
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton_Gang[/link] The Newton Gang (ca. 1919 through 1924) was an outlaw gang of the early 20th century, and the most successful train robbers and bank robbers in history. From 1919 through 1924 the gang robbed dozens of banks, claiming a number of eighty seven banks (unconfirmed) and six trains (confirmed). According to Willis Newton, the brothers "took in more money than the Dalton Gang, Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch and the James-Younger Gang combined."
23. The Theft of the Mona Lisa (1931)
89 min | Drama
A painter working at the Louvre is struck by the Mona Lisa. When he meets a girl who he thinks resembles the painting and she wants him to become famous he has the idea of robbing the painting. Based on the 1911 real robbery.
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mona_Lisa[/link] The painting's fame was emphasized when it was stolen on 21 August 1911. At the time, the painting was believed to be lost forever, and it was two years before the real thief was discovered. Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia had stolen it by entering the building during regular hours, hiding in a broom closet and walking out with it hidden under his coat after the museum had closed.
24. The Great Riviera Bank Robbery (1979)
102 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A group of fascists plan to finance their work by pulling off a bank robbery.
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Spaggiari[/link] The Great Riviera Bank Robbery is based on a real-life event in 1976. A group of professional criminals team up with a fascist terrorist group known as "The Chain" to steal 15 million dollars' worth of tourist money from a bank in a French resort town
25. Les égouts du paradis (1979)
115 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Albert Spaggiari (Francis Huster) plays Spaggiari, who organises a group of gangsters to break into the vault of the Societé Générale Bank in Nice by tunnelling up through the sewers below.... See full summary »
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Spaggiari[/link] Albert Spaggiari (December 14, 1932 – June 8, 1989), nicknamed Bert, was a French criminal chiefly known as the organizer of a break-in into a Société Générale bank in Nice, France in 1976.
26. Johnny Sunshine Maximum Violence (2008)
R | 78 min | Horror
The Sprawl, a seedy underworld of exploitation, violence, and zombies. In this maze of alleyways and speakeasies life is cheap, drugs are cheaper, and surviving to a ripe old age is an ... See full summary »
27. Bonnot's Gang (1968)
110 min | Crime, Drama, History
The story of a notorious French criminal gang of the 1910s.
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonnot_gang[/link] The Bonnot Gang (La Bande à Bonnot) was a French criminal anarchist group that operated in France and Belgium during the Belle Époque, from 1911 to 1912. Composed of individuals who identified with the emerging illegalist milieu, the gang utilized cutting-edge technology (including automobiles and repeating rifles) not yet available to the French police.
28. The Tiger Brigades (2006)
Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
The film, set in 1912, is about the exploits of France's first motorized police brigade.
29. The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981)
PG | 100 min | Adventure, Crime, Thriller
A speculation on the fate of the famous hijacker who parachuted with his ransom and disappeared in the mountains, has Cooper following a meticulous plan to disappear into anonymity despite the best efforts of a dogged cop.
Votes: 1,022 | Gross: $3.70M
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Db_cooper[/link] D. B. Cooper is the name popularly used to refer to an unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in the airspace between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington on November 24, 1971. He extorted $200,000 in ransom and parachuted to an uncertain fate. Despite an extensive manhunt and an ongoing FBI investigation, the perpetrator has never been located or positively identified. The case remains the only unsolved air piracy in American aviation history.
30. What Doesn't Kill You (2008)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama
Two childhood friends from South Boston turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship.
What Doesn't Kill You is a 2008 American crime drama based on the true life story of the film's director Brian Goodman, detailing his own exploits involved with South Boston's Irish Mob.
31. The St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959)
Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A gang's plans for a St. Louis bank robbery are complicated when the sister of one of the thieves starts voicing her well-founded suspicions.
based on a 1953 bank robbery attempt of Southwest Bank in St. Louis
32. Rage at Dawn (1955)
Approved | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
A special agent from Chicago is sent out west to bring in the notorious Reno brothers.
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reno_brothers[/link] The Reno Brothers Gang, also known as the Reno Gang and The Jackson Thieves, were a group of criminals that operated in the Midwestern United States during and just after the American Civil War. Though short-lived, they carried out the first three peacetime train robberies in U.S. history. Most of the stolen money was never recovered. The gang was broken with the lynchings of ten of its members by vigilante mobs in 1868. The murders created an international diplomatic incident with Canada and Great Britain, a general public uproar, and international newspaper coverage. No one was ever identified or prosecuted for the lynchings.
33. Der Hammermörder (1990 TV Movie)
90 min | Crime, Thriller
This TV-Movie is based on real events that took place in southern Germany in the mid 80's. A policeman tries to build a house for his family while he experiences financial troubles; everything goes tragically wrong from then on.
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norbert_Poehlke[/link] Norbert Poehlke, Der Hammermörder ('The Hammer-Killer'), was a German police officer who was found, after his suicide in 1985, to have committed several bank robberies and murders. He was tagged 'Hammer-Killer' for his modus operandi of killing car owners and using a sledgehammer in subsequent bank robberies in which he would use his victims' cars as getaway vehicles. ” - fiasko1
34. The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)
PG | 91 min | Drama, Western
The gangs of Jesse James and Cole Younger join forces for a bungled robbery of the bank in Northfield, Minnesota.
Votes: 1,870 | Gross: $0.14M
The film purports to recreates the James-Younger Gang's most infamous escapade, the September 7, 1876, robbery of "the biggest bank west of the Mississippi" in Northfield, Minnesota.
35. Bloody Mama (1970)
R | 90 min | Crime, Drama
A psychologically-disturbed matriarch presides over her damaged family of bank-robbing misfits.
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_Barker[/link] Kate "Ma" Barker (born Arizona Donnie Clark; October 8, 1873 – January 16, 1935) was the mother of several criminals who ran the Barker gang from the "public enemy era", when the exploits of gangs of criminals in the U.S. Midwest gripped the American people and press.
36. High Heels and Low Lifes (2001)
R | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
A nurse eavesdrops with a friend on a cell phone conversation that describes a bank heist. She and the friend then conspire to blackmail the robbers for two million dollars.
Votes: 3,299 | Gross: $0.23M
Influenced by the 1971 Baker Street Robbery. See The Bank Job
37. Bandits in Rome (1968)
Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama
A professional holdup man with scruples has a young ambitious partner who covets his wife and his life. When the holdup man goes to prison, the partner cuts loose, leaving a trail of deaths behind him.
39. The Grey Fox (1982)
PG | 92 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
When an aging, but gentlemanly stagecoach robber is released from prison, he decides to go to Canada to become a train robber.
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Miner[/link] Ezra Allen Miner (circa 1847 – September 2, 1913), more popularly known as Bill Miner, was a noted American criminal, originally from Bowling Green, Kentucky, who served several prison terms for stagecoach robbery. Known for his unusual politeness while committing robberies, he was widely nicknamed The Gentleman Robber or The Gentleman Bandit. He is reputed to have been the originator of the phrase "Hands up!".
40. The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang (1979 TV Movie)
142 min | Action, Western
A light-hearted view of the Dalton Gang's legendary raid on Coffeyville, Kansas and the years leading up to it as the brothers form themselves into a gang of horse thieves, train and bank ... See full summary »
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalton_Gang[/link] The Dalton Gang, also known as The Dalton Brothers, was a family of both lawmen and outlaws in the American Old West during 1890–1892. They specialized in bank and train robberies. They were related to the Younger brothers, who rode with Jesse James, though they acted later and independently of the James-Younger Gang. The three Dalton brothers involved in the gang were Gratton "Grat" Dalton (born 1861), Bob Dalton (born 1869), and Emmett Dalton (born 1871). A fourth brother, William M. "Bill" Dalton (1866–1894), also had a career as an outlaw, but operated as a member of the Wild Bunch.
41. Machine-Gun Kelly (1958)
Unrated | 80 min | Action, Biography, Crime
The criminal exploits of Public Enemy number 1, George 'Machine-Gun' Kelly, during the 1930s.
[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine-Gun_Kelly[/link] George Celino Barnes (July 18, 1895 – July 18, 1954), better known as "Machine Gun Kelly", was an American gangster during the Prohibition era. His nickname came from his favorite weapon, a Thompson submachine gun. His most famous crime was the kidnapping of oil tycoon and businessman Charles F. Urschel in July 1933 for which he, and his gang, collected a $200,000 ransom. Their victim had collected and left considerable evidence that assisted the subsequent FBI investigation that eventually led to Kelly's arrest in Memphis, Tennessee on September 26, 1933. His crimes also included bootlegging and armed robbery.
42. The Great Dome Robbery (2002)
Drama that tells the true story of a gang of robbers who planned to steal the world's largest diamond from the Millennium Dome where it is on show, unaware that they have been under police ... See full summary »
43. Electric Slide (2014)
R | 95 min | Action, Biography, Crime
A chronicle of the life of furniture salesman turned bank robber Eddie Dodson.
44. King of Thieves (2018)
R | 108 min | Crime, Drama
A true crime movie about a crew of retired crooks who pull off a major heist in London's jewelry district. What starts off as their last criminal hurrah, quickly turns into a brutal nightmare due to greed. Based on infamous true events.