What is a Heist Film?


The heist film or caper film is a subgenre of crime film.


One of the early defining heist films was The Asphalt Jungle (1950), which Film Genre 2000 wrote “almost single-handedly popularized the genre for mainstream cinema”. It featured robbers whose personal failings ultimately led to the failure of their robbery.

Similar films using this formula were Armoured Car Robbery (1950), The Killing (1956), and The Getaway (1972).

By the 1990’s, heist films “experiment and play with these conventions” and focused more on character relationships than the crime itself.

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