From the star-studded celebrity cast to the adrenaline-fueled heist, there’s a lot to love about Ocean’s 8. Now check out these heist movies like Ocean’s 8!
Ocean’s 8 has proven itself to be an early contenders for the best movie of the summer – showcasing an all-star cast in a movie that is just plain fun to watch. Centering on a risky jewelry heist at the Met Gala — one of the biggest parties of the year – Ocean’s 8 will have you leaving the theater wanting more. But what should you watch next?
The obvious answer is, of course, the original Ocean’s movies directed by Steven Soderbergh. Starring familiar faces like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon, these movies wrote the book on heist movies — the kind of heists that are fun to watch, almost ridiculous in their ingenuity, and full of those A-list Hollywood celebrities you love so much. But don’t stop there!
Heist movies like ‘Ocean’s 8’
‘Set It Off’
Everyone talked a lot about how Ocean’s 8 was an all-female heist movie, but Set It Off did it first in 1998. Directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton and The Fate of the Furious), Set It Off follows four women who are driven to rob banks under the weight of financial burdens. Starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica Fox, and Kimberly Elise, this cast of phenomenal actresses lead a film that articulates the manner in which systems of oppression beget greater and greater oppression, leading to devastating ends.
That Set It Off is not talked about alongside films like Heat and Reservoir Dogs is a shame. Although much more violent than Ocean’s 8, the film captures a similar sense of satisfaction one feels when watching characters take things into their own hands and fight against the very things that seek to keep them down.
Steven Soderbergh may have brought the Ocean’s franchise into the world, but they are not the only heist movies he’s directed. In fact, just last year his film Logan Lucky turned out to be one of the summer’s best and most entertaining movies.
Starring Adam Driver, Channing Tatum, and Riley Keough, Logan Lucky features the kind of smart and fun heist that makes Ocean’s 8 so damn watchable. Both revel in the ingenuity of the heist itself, dodging expectations and surprising the audience with every new turn.
‘The Bling Ring’
The Bling Ring is Sofia Coppola’s film adaptation of the real-life events surrounding a group of fame-obsessed teenagers that rob the Los Angeles mansions of celebrities. Unlike most heist films, The Bling Ring subverts all the tropes of a traditional heist movie by removing the foresight, diligence, and brilliance of the thieves.
The film’s genius lies in its apathy towards the heist and, boy oh boy, it’s a fun ride to take. Starring Emma Watson in one of her first roles after the Harry Potter films, her performance is a work of pure camp that demands to be seen. With gorgeous cinematography, fun celebrity cameos, and a killer soundtrack, The Bling Ring is the perfect antithesis to the classic heist movie.
‘A Fish Called Wanda’
Jewelry heist, anyone? Like Ocean’s 8, A Fish Called Wanda centers on a massive diamond heist…but without the same level of professionalism. Unlike the Ocean’s 8 capers, the crew in A Fish Called Wanda don’t have the same control over the situation and things go awry in a big way. Combining the heist with elements of a zany screwball comedy make for a wildly fun and thrilling ride.
When we talk about Quentin Tarantino, we usually talk about Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and Inglourious Basterds. We don’t talk nearly enough about Jackie Brown. Starring Pam Grier in the titular Jackie Brown role, the film is an homage to blaxploitation films – like those Grier herself starred in years earlier. The movie tells the story of Brown, a flight attendant stuck between a jail time and certain death after her arrest for smuggling money for an arms dealer.
Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, and Robert De Niro, the movie is surprisingly nuanced and restrained given Tarantino’s track record. The heist itself may seem rather muddled, or perhaps intricate is a better word, but it operates wonderfully within the genre while delivering a heartfelt conclusion.