In “The Place Beyond the Pines,” out Friday, Ryan Gosling’s character takes up pet-sitting to make extra cash. Except by “pet” we mean “bank” and by “sitting” we mean “robbery.” It’s a time-tested way to up your income, as these movie bandits prove.
The Invisible Man
The main character of this 1933 film has an advantage when it comes to lifting cash (see title). He’s nice, though, in that he throws the money in the streets for everyone to share.
Heath Ledger’s villain in 2008’s “The Dark Knight” knows his math: Splitting ill-gotten gains with others leaves less for yourself. The best solution, obviously, is to kill everyone who helped you.
Robert De Niro plays a thief trying to outrun Al Pacino’s cop in 1995’s “Heat.” It was the first time they appeared together on-screen, but their climactic scene is mostly about who can shout louder. So it’s kind of the audience that gets robbed.
A pre-Oscar-darling Kathryn Bigelow directed 1991’s “Point Break,” about a Patrick Swayze-led gang of surfers who don presidential masks before hitting the vaults. Wax is expensive, dude.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
We don’t get why Paul Newman and Robert Redford even had to use guns in their 1969 film. Especially Newman — just flash those baby blues and tellers will hand over the cash.