There’s no such thing as an easy crime. When crime goes sideways, it usually results in an unpredictable shamble that leaves everyone guessing, if they aren’t dead already. And, here are 9 more movies just like No Sudden Move to keep your high on that crime noir mood.
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9 Crime Gone Wrong Movies like No Sudden Move (2021)
1 Baby Driver (2017)
Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a getaway driver. He can drive his way through any pandemonium of a crime scene, but only with music blaring into his hearing impaired ears. He wants to walk away from a life of crime but he owes one last performance to Doc (Kevin Spacey), an expert in planning carefully coordinated heists.
Also part of Doc’s team are a bunch of thugs with minds of their own. Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez and Micah Howard makes the rest of the crew who seem to be on a mission almost destined to fail. But, can Baby drive them out to success? Lily James plays Baby’s love interest. This is one cool movie that’s almost a musical, thanks to you hearing what’s on Baby’s playlist, several times in the movie. A movie with a chaotic plot, brilliant music and some smooth acting and talking from the likes of Ansel and Kevin Spacey.
2 The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
No Sudden Move was set in the 1950’s. The Asphalt Jungle was made in 1950! And, it’s about a heist. Planned to perfection, it soon unravels into chaos thanks to double crossing, dogged police work and just plain old bad luck.
Stars Sterling Hayden and Louis Calhern in lead roles. If you don’t know who these people are, it’s all right. Don’t worry about it. This is about watching a movie like No Sudden Move and you will not be disappointed.
3 The Town (2010)
Doug (Ben Affleck) and James (Jeremy Renner) are childhood friends and co-criminals. When they move up to the big leagues to rob a bank’s vault, they are forced to take the bank’s manager Claire (Rebecca Hall) hostage. A scared lady hostage shouldn’t be a problem for anyone daring enough to pull off a bank heist. But, it is definitely a problem when one of the robbers falls in love with her. Doug sets Claire free and if that weren’t enough, begins to date her. Claire doesn’t know who the real Doug is.
James meanwhile doesn’t want any part of Claire in Doug’s life. But, Doug persists. This carries over as an underlying tension when they both plan an even bigger heist, to rob Fenway Park on the busiest baseball weekend of the year, a score they hope will let them both walk away from crime.
Will Claire prove to be their downfall? Also hot on their heels is hot shot FBI agent Adam Frawley, played brilliantly by Jon Hamm. A very entertaining crime gone wrong movie also starring Blake Lively.
4 Heat (1995)
Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) is the leader of a professional criminal crew. Banks, armored cash cars and banks are their usual targets. But, when one of their jobs is botched, they know they have to end their careers soon. But, they need one big score. Al Pacino plays Lt. Vincent Hanna. The movie brilliantly portrays Neil and Vincent as being very similar in how they live their lives, at the opposite ends of the moral spectrum.
It all boils down to probably one of the best crime movie climaxes you will ever see. A Michael Mann direction masterpiece. Also stars Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Ashley Judd and others.
5 Ronin (1998)
Ronin in Japanese means a rogue Samurai, a warrior without a master. And, the team put together to retrieve a briefcase of high value are all Ronins in their own right. The crew is played by a star studded cast that includes Robert Ne Niro, Jean Remo, Natascha McElhone, Sean Bean and a few others. Just when the mission seems accomplished, the Ronins, one after the other, sell each other out. Who will be the last man standing?
A movie with a fantastic plot, great car chases and some very good acting.
6 Welcome to Collinwood (2002)
Welcome to Collinwood offers a comedic take on a heist gone bad. A simple heist that needed just one now suddenly has 5 bungling guys vying for the same prize. An underrated movie. But, a very entertaining one if you are up for a crime comedy.
Features a star-studded cast that includes George Clooney, Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Isaiah Washington, Luis Guzman and more!
7 Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)
Two brothers Andy (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Hank (Ethan Hawke) are desperately in need of money. Together, they conspire to rob a small jewelry store run by an old couple. In and out. No guns, no shots, no problems. But, when the nut-job accomplice doesn’t stick to the plan, what was supposed to be a simple crime leaves almost no one unscathed.
The brilliant cast also includes Albert Finney who plays the father of the two brothers in a manipulative and dysfunctional relationship. Marisa Tomei plays the hateful wife to Andy. A family crime melodrama that will have you entertained from start to finish. If all this wasn’t enough to get you excited, it’s also directed by Sidney Lumet.
8 Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)
Six strangers descend at the El Royale, a hotel with no other guests. Manned by a lone manager Miles (Lewis Pullman), the strangers make alliances as the night goes on. And, slowly but surely, alarming secrets come to life. There’s absolutely nothing coincidental about these 7 strangers being where they are. It follows a nonlinear plot and develops the story from many perspectives, keeping this crime drama very entertaining from start to finish.
A brilliant cast with Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth and Cailee Spaeny playing the 6 mysterious strangers.
9 Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Sonny (Al Pacino) and Sal (John Cazale) walk into a Chase Manhattan Bank in Brooklyn just before closing, to rob it. But, there isn’t much to rob. The cash has been sent off. But, the police have been alerted and they are now surrounded. With no loot and no easy escape, the two desperados take the 10 bank staff as hostages. Charles Durning plays the good cop while James Broderick plays the bad cop.
As media interest grows, the public comes to know that Sonny is homosexual. Even more surprising is the intent of the crime, to have enough money to fund a sex change operation. Some feel sympathy while some feel disgust. It was the 70’s after all. Emotions run high as the negotiations go nowhere. In the end, Sonny and Sal just want to settle for a plane that will take them out of the country. But, they also have a suicide pact to avoid imprisonment, if they are ever captured.
Another masterpiece directed by Sidney Lumet. Dog Day Afternoon, believe it or not, is based on a true story. The movie won an Oscar for Best Writing.