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Weekend Recs: Heist Movies

Happy Friday, Wildcats! Falvey Library is delivering you another semester of Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen to, and watch over the weekend. Annie, a graduate assistant from the Communication department, scours the internet, peruses the news, and digs through book stacks to find new, relevant, and thought-provoking content that will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week. 

It could be an over-generalization, but everybody likes a good heist movie, right? Whether it’s the Ocean’s series, Money Heist, or a classic like The Asphalt Jungle. There are twists and turns, detailed plans that leave us on the edge of our seats, and usually a ragtag team of criminals that make for a wild ride. If you’re a fan of heist movies, here are some recs to keep you guessing this weekend.

If you have 4 minutes and 55 seconds…and want to watch a great heist scene, watch this clip from The Dark Knight. Although it’s not technically a heist movie, the Joker’s bank heist in the beginning is iconic.

If you have 18 minutes and 16 seconds…and want to learn about the biggest bank heist in history, watch this video. It details the 2022 bank heist in Iraq that stole $2.5 billion.

If you have 19 minutes and 49 seconds…and want to watch a former jewel thief rate heist movies, watch this Vanity Fair video.

If you have 1 hour and 55 minutes…and haven’t already seen it, watch Baby Driver, currently free to stream on Amazon Prime. It was probably one of the most popular heist movies to come out in the past decade.

Bonus: if you want to watch a slight more underrated heist movie from the same year, watch Logan Lucky.

If you have 2 hours and 5 minutes…and want to watch a classic film, watch Dog Day Afternoon, available in Falvey’s DVD Collection. This bank robbery movie starring Al Pacino is so iconic, it even inspired a Bob’s Burgers episode, aptly titled “Bob Day Afternoon.”

If you have 4 hours…and want to take a deep dive into the heist film genre, read Daryl Lee’s The Heist Film: Stealing with Style, available to read online through Falvey.

If you have a free weekend…and want to read a heist book with a fantasy twist, read Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, available in Falvey’s new Popular Reading Collection. From Bardugo’s fantasy Grishaverse (although the Shadow and Bone trilogy is not required reading to enjoy this duology), Kaz Brekker and the rest of the crows bring everything a quintessential heist book needs and will keep you guessing until the end.

Annie Stockmal is a second-year graduate student in the Communication Department and Graduate Assistant in Falvey Library.

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Last Modified: February 16, 2024

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