The Best Laid Plans

People, shady people, up to no good–plotting, planning, and conniving to grab that one big elusive score. Some of film noir’s best movies tell the story of desperate men–and women–scheming to take someone else’s treasure. Here are some of our favorites.

Crime starts with a good breakfast–Reservoir Dogs (1992) (source)
Sterling Hayden stands lookout in The Asphalt Jungle (1950) (source)
Ryan O’Neal doesn’t like guns, but he knows how to use one in The Driver (1978) (source)
Roy Earle (Humphrey Bogart) and his gang at work in High Sierra (1941) (source)
Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle (2013) (source)
Sterling Hayden and his gang plot the perfect robbery in The Killing (1956) (source)
Ryan Gosling finds trouble in Drive (2011) (source)
Steve (Burt Lancaster) and his conspirators in Criss Cross (1949) (source)
Dean Keaton (Gabriel Byrne) and compadres in The Usual Suspects (1995) (source)