Top 10 Museum Heist Movies • Now with Bonus Material, Lego Heist Film, and More!

1. How to Steal a Million (1966)

Starring: Audrey Hepburn & Peter O’Toole

Best museum heist movie of all time!

2. Topkapi (1964)

Starring: Melina Mercouri & Peter Ustinov (super handsome!)

I’ve been to the museum and seen the dagger! I didn’t steal it though.

3. The Hot Rock (1972)

Starring: Robert Redford, George Segal

I’ve been to Brooklyn Museum many times and they don’t show precious gems, but this is an amazing movie. So good!!!

4. The Thomas Crown Affair (1997)

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Denis Leary

Renee Russo and Pierce Brosnan in Thomas Crown Affair

Rene Russo caused a splash by appearing nude as a woman over 40 years old. She looked fantastic. This shouldn’t be a surprise, nor should it have been “scandalous.”

5. The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

Starring: Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway

Hot. Hot. Hot!  (Hot.)

6. The Score (2001)

Starring: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Marlon Brando (!)

7. Entrapment (1999)Starring: Sean Connery, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ving Rhames

8. F is for Fake (1973)

Starring: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, Joseph Cotten

Watch the WHOLE thing on YouTube!!! Orson Welles!!!

9. Conformist (1970) — Musee D’Orsay when it was a train station

10.  DaVinci Code (2006)

Starring: Hanksy Panksy

I guess you’ve got to include it. Not utterly horrible.

11. Once a Thief (1965) Not sure if there’s really a museum in this. Gotta watch it. Looks great.

Bonus Material!!! Online Clips and mini movies, etc.

Lego Heist Museum Heist Mini Movie

There’s actually an old Doctor Who episode at the Louvre!

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Other movies which feature museums prominently:
L.A. Story with Steve Martin (LACMA) HIGHLY Recommended.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Art Institute of Chicago) Duh. Awesome.
Woody Allen, multiple films (Mostly at the Met I think.) Can someone list ’em in comments? I’ll mail you a prize!

6 responses to “Top 10 Museum Heist Movies • Now with Bonus Material, Lego Heist Film, and More!

  1. Don’t forget The Maiden Heist from 2009–Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken and William H. Macy are security guards at a museum trying to steal back works that got moved to another museum.

  2. Films with museums:
    Bean The Movie
    Bringing up Baby
    Night at the Museum 1 and 2(battle at the Smithsonian)
    russian ark(2002)
    ferris bueller*
    the dreamers
    play it again, sam
    ghostbusters II
    The Thomas Crown Affair(1999)
    The International
    Head Over Heels
    When In Rome
    The DaVinci Code
    National Treasure
    Indiana Jones:Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Dressed to Kill*
    the Hot Rock
    How to Steal a Million
    On the Town (1949)
    House of Wax (1953)
    Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
    Topkapi (1964)
    One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975)
    La Ville Louvre (1990) documentary
    Museum Hours (2012)
    Torn Curtain
    The Relic(1997)

  3. Around the 80’s I think, I watched a great movie where the tief of the museum was introduced by the museum curator who was a woman. She showed him most of the security in place to secure the precious arts in the museum, she did that knowing that he was a famous burgler but did that so he knew it would be impossible to rob the museum, but he went there and rob her anyway passing through all the security system. At the end there is a cage that falls over him and he is caught by that, the movie ends like that. I think the main actor is Robert Wagner, but I was never able to find this movie to watch it again. Anyone knows what movie is that?

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