For the biggest heist or raid ever, who would you call to attack a stronghold or defend an entire village? To begin, you’d require a team captain.
Then there’s the dude who can open any locked door and the woman with the photographic memory. A bomb expert (always a bomb expert! ), a computer genius, and someone who can charm their way into any situation are all required. Every part is equally important. How many films have used or included this always amusing trope and which ones are the best? Continue reading to learn more.
1. Fast Five (2011)
Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) switch gears (pun intended) from their usual street racing to grand larceny in the fifth installment of the obscenely successful franchise. There are many familiar faces from the previous sequels, including Dom, who calls them his “family.” The two team up to pull off a daring caper in which they attempt to steal $100 million from an unscrupulous businessman, all while dodging the Rock (who appears as a DSS agent). This occurs on occasion.
2. Ocean’s Eleven (2011)
Steven Soderbergh’s remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film stars Brad Pitt and George Clooney as a pair of misfits who band together to fight crime with the help of a pickpocket, computer hacker, and acrobat for the good of the whole group. Their objective was to steal money from three different Las Vegas casinos at the same time, which is exactly what they did. Do they have what it takes? Could someone please translate Don Cheadle’s Cockney accent for me.
3. The Guns of Navarone (1961)
On the Greek island of Keros, a group of allied soldiers band together to destroy Nazi-operated superguns that are aimed at annihilating the British troops waiting for rescue. There are only a few days left before the attack, so the soldiers must act quickly. Some of the members of the team include Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, and David Niven, as well as a native of the island where the guns are stationed with knowledge of chemistry and explosives, engineering, and mountaineering. Bulky badassery is a badass trait.
4. The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Badass badassery just got a whole lot worse! Major John Reisman (Lee Marvin) receives a top-secret mission that requires him to put together a group of commandos to infiltrate a French chateau where Nazi leaders are expected to congregate. The team consists of 12 ex-felons who were all convicted of a heinous crime during their time in the Army. In addition to Donald Sutherland and Jim Brown, this ragtag group of criminals includes Charles Bronson, Clint Walker, Telly Savalas, and John Cassavetes. If they succeed in their suicide mission, their sentences will be commuted.
5. The Seven Samurai (1954)
An outstanding performer. Farmer’s decide to defend themselves after a village is repeatedly raided by bandits, and they find out the next attack will be after their next harvest. a village elder advises them to seek assistance from samurai in the city, so they do just that Kambei (Takashi Shimura, an often-collaborator on Kurosawa films) initially hesitates to help the farmers, but after recruiting several other samurai, including the moody and memorable Kikuchiyo, he finally gives up his reluctance (the ever-compelling Toshiro Mifune). The team is especially compelling because each of the seven warriors has a different reason for joining the front lines of defense. When it comes to using the “assembling the team” trope in a film, Seven Samurai is considered one of the pioneers.
6. The Sting (1973)
Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman) joins Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) in plotting vengeance against Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw), the mob boss who murdered Hooker’s business partner during the Great Depression. The two concoct a complex scheme to assassinate Lonnegan, assembling a ragtag group of con artists who have all been wronged by the kingpin and are eager to aid in his downfall. Sweet vengeance is one good reason to gather a gang of criminals for a grand con. Secondly, it’s to say you did it with players such as JJ Singleton, Kid Twist and Eddie Niles.
7. The Italian Job (1969)
Charlie Croker, a charming felon fresh out of prison, immediately begins planning his life’s biggest heist: $4 million in gold bars. Michael Caine stars in the stylish original version as Charlie Croker.
In order to pull off the Italian Job, Charlie must first persuade a British crime boss named Mr. Bridger (Nol Coward) to invest in his business plan. For his part, Bridger provides Charlie with the following: getaway drivers (resulting in one of the more memorable movie car chases, involving a fleet of Mini Coopers), an electronic expert, and even comedian Benny Hill, who plays a computer whiz named Prof. Peach in the film’s sequel.
8. The Avengers (2012)
This admitted box office juggernaut was once dubbed “my generation’s Hamlet” by actor Mark Ruffalo (as Bruce Banner, a.k.a the Hulk). Deputy director Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. must assemble the Avengers when Loki, the renegade Asgardian superson, causes havoc in the multiverse.
9. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
A diamond heist gone wrong is Quentin Tarantino’s classic breakout film’s most memorable moment. So, what’s it got to do with Tarantino’s star-studded cast that makes this film so memorable? Has something to do with their identical, slick suits? Is it because they go by aliases with Crayola themes? How long has Roth’s death plot been going on? Don’t come to Mr. Pink and complain about not being able to make a decision.
10. Armageddon (1998)
An asteroid is heading straight for Earth, posing a serious threat to the survival of all life on Earth. NASA enlists Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis), the world’s best deep-sea driller (does such a person exist? ), to help split the asteroid in half and reroute its course. Affleck, Buscemi, Duncan, Patton and Wilson all risk their lives to assist Stamper in his mission. They include Ben Affleck and Steve Buscemi as well as Ben Affleck and Steve Buscemi.
11. The Perfect Score (2004)
Before they were Avengers, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans were just normal teenagers planning to cheat on the SATs. They enlist the help of a number of other ambitious students, including a stoner, a romantically intrigued classmate, and the star basketball player. So it’s like The Breakfast Club kids getting together to actually do something about their futures..
12. The Holy Mountain (1973)
In Alejandro Jodorowsky’s psychedelic film, a group of wealthy and powerful individuals, each of whom represents a planetary sign, embark on a quest to discover the secret to eternal life. Other films have cast teams based on their specialized knowledge and skills, but here, the cast is chosen for some other reason: they represent one of humanity’s worst traits: an insatiable desire for material gain. Another group would be a better fit for the task of discovering how to live forever.
13. The Usual Suspects (1995)
A group of criminals, including two thieves, a corrupt former cop, a hijacker, and a disabled con man, find themselves in a police lineup for a crime they didn’t commit, and they decide to work together to exact revenge. Is this gang of criminals, which appears to have just formed, the result of pure chance… or something more sinister?