If you are among the movie audience members who enjoy a good heist flick, then look no further then these 10 best capers movies. Just like horror flicks, caper movies provide audiences the safe thrill of watching an often outrage crime story without actually participating in these highly illegal schemes that would either put an end to your life, or lead to spending the rest of it in a dingy prison. Not only are these plots and capers interesting to watch as they unfold, but they involve great actors.
- "The Usual Suspects." This caper movie is the absolute best because it may possess one of the best endings in the history of movies. You will spend the bulk of the film intrigued by the legend of crime boss Keyser Soze, and wondering just exactly who he is.
- "Ocean Eleven" (2001). It is virtually impossible to ignore "Ocean Eleven" when it comes to proper caper movies. It has that classic, "Hollywood at it's best" feel and execution. How can you lose with a movie featuring the witty cool of George Clooney and Brad Pitt, Matt Damon's eager intensity, and Don Cheadle with rock star swagger and a British accent? This ensemble caper film did plenty of justice in it's effort to remake the "Rat Pack" original.
- "Three Kings." George Clooney, Ice Cube and Mark Wahlberg form a trio of American soldiers during the Gulf War who are on a treasure hunt to steal a life-changing amount of gold. Many may label this as a war movie because of the surroundings and circumstances that the story is set in, but the plot is clearly driven by the gold.
- "Reservoir Dogs." Director Quentin Tarantino makes a brutal debut with this jewelry caper told backwards. This story has a witty screenplay and clearly qualified cast that includes Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi and Tim Roth, as they try to find out who informed the police about their botched jewel heist.
- "Out of Sight." George Clooney is back with fellow caper movie-maker and director Steven Soderbergh, trying to pull off one last crime with partner Ving Rhames. But to complicate things, Clooney is trying to romance a FBI agent, played by the sexy Jennifer Lopez, who just happens to be hot on their trail.
- "The Italian Job" (2003). Another remake, this time of the "The Italian Job" that starred Michael Caine, this is one caper movie that effortlessly mixes action with comedy, and does it all with a magnificent cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mos Def, Jason Statham and Charlize Theron among others. Each character is drawn with a colorful personality and a specific gift that contributes to the heist at hand.
- "The Sting." This Robert Redford and Paul Newman-starring heist film entails a massive caper to rob a criminal banker. This revenge-fueled plot to avenge the con artist's murdered partner is a timeless tale told in the Chicago of 1932.
- "To Catch a Thief." It is hard to talk about capers without mentioning the master of cinematic thrillers, director Alfred Hitchcock. With "To Catch a Thief," Hitchcock presents Cary Grant as a ex-jewel thief that is actually trying to solve a jewel robbery instead of pulling it off.
- "Jackie Brown." No one can tell a tale about the most bloodthirsty, immoral scum bags walking the Earth quite like Quentin Tarantino. "Jackie Brown" puts Pam Grief in the middle of facing Samuel L. Jackson, playing one such gun-running character, and the watchful eye of an ATF agent played by Michael Keaton.
- "After the Sunset." Woody Harrelson plays an FBI agent pursuing Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek as they pursue a extremely precious diamond. We also get Don Cheadle as a vicious gangster and plenty of breathtaking tropical locations to keep our senses stimulated.