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Den of Thieves-Inspired Movies You’ll Love
Den of Thieves, the 2018 action-heist film directed by Christian Gudegast, was a hit with audiences. It was an exhilarating ride from beginning to end, with plenty of high-wire action sequences, unexpected twists and turns, and an excellent ensemble cast. While cops vs. robbers and thrilling heist movies abound, we’ve compiled a list of 9 of the best for you to watch next.
Here are some suggestions of films to watch if you like Den of Thieves.
1. The Town
The Town, Ben Affleck’s self-penned and directed crime thriller, takes place in Boston instead of Los Angeles. This heist film, like Den of Thieves, doesn’t hold anything back. This action-packed thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time thanks to the whirling high-caliber rounds of ammunition, meticulous planning, and the sound of police sirens just a couple of seconds away.
2. American Animals
Moving on, we’ve got Bart Layton’s 2018 heist thriller American Animals, which is probably one of the lesser-known films on our list. The movie’s trailer makes it clear that it isn’t based on true events; these things happened. It tells the story of four friends who decide to rob the library at Transylvania University of a priceless manuscript. This epic retelling, which includes interviews with those who were involved, will leave you in awe of the heist’s sheer audacity and the unavoidable consequences that it brings.
3. Inside Man
Inside Man, Spike Lee’s brilliant 2006 heist film, comes next. This is a must-see if you’re a fan of well-executed heist films in general. Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, and Denzel Washington return to star in this sequel to Den of Thieves. There’s nothing better if you’re willing to accept a little less action in favor of meticulous preparation and execution.
4. The Bank Job
The Bank Job, directed by Roger Donaldson and based on a true story, is the next heist film in the series. If you enjoy seeing how a heist is planned and put together, you’ll enjoy this one. As in Den of Thieves, the action is fast-paced and well-paced, making the payoff all the more satisfying at the end. If you’ve never seen it before, this is a great opportunity for you to see it for the first time.
After seeing Chris Nolan’s epic sci-fi thriller Inception, you might think you came to this site looking for heist movies, but bear with us. While it goes into great detail about dreams within dreams (and even more dreams), it also reveals the beginnings of a brilliant scheme to steal highly confidential information (along with implanting ideas too). As long as you don’t mind stepping outside of your comfort zone to enjoy stellar performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ellen Page, and mesmerizing visuals, Inception is an excellent choice.
6. Triple 9
Getting back into cops-vs.-robbers action movies, John Hillcoat’s riveting Triple 9 is a welcome change of pace. In Den of Thieves, Gerard Butler played a group of corrupt and ruthless cops, and fans of that film will surely enjoy Triple 9’s take on the story. It’s about a team of cops and ex-Navy SEALs who pull off a series of daring heists before things go horribly wrong.. As the stakes rise and a massive manhunt is launched, this gripping story twists and turns in unexpected directions, building to a shocking conclusion.
The first of two films on our list to feature Robert DeNiro is Scott Mann’s underrated action-thriller Heist. It has him portraying a casino owner who, after ruthlessly terminating an employee, becomes the target of a robbery. It’s a well-executed heist film with strong performances from DeNiro and Jefrrey Dean Morgan, and it pairs well with Den of Thieves.
8. Hell Or High Water
David Mackenzie’s riveting Hell or High Water is our penultimate selection. There are few gunfights in this suspenseful thriller, which stars Chris Pine and Benn Foster as two brothers who decide to commit a series of robberies in order to save their family ranch. A dangerous cat-and-mouse game is played out in unexpected ways in Den of Thieves, just as it is.
And if you’re still unsatisfied at this point, consider Michael Mann’s classic film Heat, which is considered a seminal work in the genre. Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro, two legendary actors, join forces for the first time in this action-thriller, which has everything a great action-thriller needs. Vivid action sequences are enhanced by the film’s groundbreaking cinematography, which puts you right next to the blistering rounds of ammo as they rip through the air. When was the last time you re-watched this timeless classic? If it’s been awhile, prepare for nearly 3 hours of mind-blowing entertainment.