Instead of delivering another zombie thriller like Zack Snyder did earlier this year, Matthias Schweighöfer gave Netflix subscribers a story that had far fewer ghouls but more than made up for it with great heists and an exciting origin story for fan favorite Ludwig Dieter in October of 2021 with his return to the Army of the Dead universe.
Interested in seeing more films like Army of Thieves? We’ve compiled a list of heist films that are comparable to the prequel to Army of the Dead. There’s a wide variety of films here, from classics like Heat to contemporary jewels like Baby Driver…
1. Army Of The Dead (2021)
Zombie-infested Las Vegas has been sealed off for years, but an elite team of mercenaries (and an obsessive safecracker) have been sent into the walled-off city to pull off an audacious robbery.
It’s worth a look because: Several things compelled me to see Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead again after I saw Army of Thieves, but Matthias Schweighöfer’s portrayal of Ludwig Dieter was the most compelling. What makes the character’s voyage inside quarantine zone all the more enjoyable is that you now know his past and why he is so concerned with the vault. Also, Ludwig Dieter’s high-pitched cries when he’s in danger or merely extremely thrilled can never be overdone.
2. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
When Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is freed from jail, the career criminal puts together a crack team to carry off the largest robbery in Las Vegas history, but one that might potentially land him back in prison, or worse…
It’s a good idea to check it out: There are more than a dozen interesting individuals with their own aims, motivations, and concerns in Steven Soderbergh’s heist comedy Ocean’s Eleven (a remake of the Rat Pack original of the same name) from 2001. There are many moments in this star-studded crime caper where it appears that everyone will be sent back to prison, just like in Army of Thieves.
3. The Italian Job (2003)
The only way Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg) can get revenge on Steve Frazelli (Edward Norton) after he betrays him and his tight-knit international gang of criminals is to pull off a spectacular robbery that promises both vengeance and monetary gain.
It’s a good idea to check it out: The Italian Job, remade in 2003, follows a burglar as he tries to find his way in the world after being betrayed by one of his companions, much like the Army of Thieves storyline. What the 1969 Michael Caine-starrer of the same name lacks in refinement and grace, this F. Gary Gray heist thriller makes up for in action and excitement.
4. Baby Driver (2017)
Babies (Ansel Elgort and Lily James), a music-obsessed getaway driver, wants to pull off a final job before driving off with Debora (Lily James), a waitress who offers him a chance at redemption. Baby’s boss and co-conspirators will make it difficult.
It’s a good idea to check it out: Unlike Army of Thieves, Edgar Wright’s 2017 crime thriller Baby Driver focuses on an appealing protagonist who is a member of an organized crime syndicate but never feels like he belongs there and is doomed for a life of crime.
5. Thief (1981)
Frank (James Caan) is a no-nonsense and highly talented jewel thief who accepts a job with Chicago mafia leader Leo (John Turturro) (Robert Prosky). Heists and favors from his new boss lead Frank into the clutches of a ruthless mobster, who plans to use him for his own ends at any cost.
It’s a good idea to check it out: Michael Mann’s Thief, besides James Caan’s commanding presence, defies conventional heist movie wisdom in that Frank, a career perfectionist, never messes up during any of the jobs, and things only go awry because of someone else’s jealousy and betrayal, much like with Ludwig Dieter in Army of Thieves.
6. Point Break (1991)
In the Los Angeles region, rookie FBI agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves), a former Ohio State quarterback, goes undercover and infiltrates a crew of surfers who fund their lifestyle by carrying out many bank robberies. The charismatic leader of “Ex-Presidents,” Bodhi, captivates Utah during his investigation of the group (Patrick Swayze).
It’s a good idea to check it out: Alexis Broschini (Stuart Martin) wears a Richard Nixon mask and robs a bank in Army of Thieves as a diversion for the real heist in the film. Point Break, the “Ex-Presidents,” and their style of intense tactics are allusions in this mask and the bold bank robbery.
7. Fast Five (2011)
Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel), and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) put together a top-notch crew of criminals, thieves, and drivers to pull off an amazing bank heist in Brazil while evading multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Diplomatic Security Service and its agent
It’s a good idea to check it out: When Justin Lin’s Fast Five was released in April 2011, he took the Fast and Furious franchise in a new direction by shifting its focus from street racing to international heists. One of the best heist films of the last decade, it has a perfect combination of story, action, and a crew of outcasts.
8. Heat (1995)
Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro), a career criminal, plans one final bank heist in downtown Los Angeles that could provide him a comfortable retirement. Detective Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) is on hand to stop him from completing his dream heist and does everything he can to track him down and stop the theft before it even begins.
It’s a good idea to check it out: Robert De Niro and Al Pacino star together in Michael Mann’s 1995 epic criminal drama, Heat, which has a cat-and-mouse game similar to Army of Thieves. Gwendoline Starr (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Delacroix (Jonathan Cohen) in the new Netflix movie have a past that becomes more and more intimate as the story progresses, just like the two characters in this story.
9. Logan Lucky (2017)
During the middle of the Coca-Cola 600, one of the most important NASCAR races of the year, Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum), his one-armed brother Clyde (Adam Driver), his sister Mellie (Riley Keough), and inmate Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) pull off an incredible heist at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
It’s a good idea to check it out: Soderbergh’s highly-inventive crime comedy, Logan Lucky, is a treat worth returning time and time again because to its clever combination of heist-related action sequences, humorous encounters, and a dash of zaniness. Even though it’s one of the funniest films of the year, there are a few suspenseful moments in it.
10. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
On a suicide mission, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), and a handful of outcasts steal the Death Star’s plans from the Galactic Empire so that the Rebel Alliance can discover a means to destroy it before it’s too late.
It’s a good idea to check it out: When you think of a heist movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story surely isn’t the first thing that springs to mind. However, the prequel centers on a compelling narrative about an unlikely band of rebels who break into a strongly fortified facility to steal plans that could change the galaxy forever.
Prior to going to St. Louis after graduating from LSU-Shreveport, Philip was raised in Louisiana (not New Orleans). Philip can be found chasing his three children, scolding his dogs to stop barking at the mailman, or ranting about professional wrestling to his wife when he’s not writing about movies or television. If everything goes according to plan, he’ll proclaim For Love Of The Game to be the greatest baseball movie ever made.