Top Five Hollywood Criminals We Wouldn’t Mind Picking Our Pockets April 18 2017, 0 Comments

Here at Clever Travel Companion we examine how to protect your valuables from thieves and pickpockets around the globe. While they may be the villains in real life, in cinema we can often find ourselves getting behind them. In this post we take a look at the top five thieves in cinema who we wouldn’t mind getting robbed by.

Danny Ocean – Ocean’s 11, 12, 13 (2001, 2004, 2007) If there is ever a band of thieves that you would want robbing you then it is surely a group that includes George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon. An interesting fact from music and culture magazine Rolling Stone was that Matt Damon filmed his London scenes for the third film while he was also filming the Bourne Ultimatum. As fans of cinema will know there is no greater user of multiple passports than Jason Bourne.

Thomas Crown – The Tomas Crown Affair (1990) While the original character played by Steve McQueen may have been cool he was certainly not as suave as the Pierce Brosnan, Thomas Crown. The 1997 film sees Brosnan’s Crown steal a priceless painting to satisfy his boredom. In the film a beautiful insurer played by Rene Russo discovers his secret. Yet unlike most thieves, aside from being a billionaire, Thomas Crown is stealing only for the thrill and puts the painting back.

Henry “Shaw” Gondorff & Johnny “Kelly” Hooker – The Sting (1973) Played by Paul Newman and Robert Redford the two thieves may not come from rich backgrounds but they certainly have honorable motives. Their theft involves stealing money from a crime boss using poker and horse racing. This was Newman and Redford’s second outing together after playing loveable rouges in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. While we at Clever Travel Companion don’t condone any types of theft, we are tempted to let these two scamps off the hook as they are just so likeable.

Sir Charles Lytton – The Pink Panther (1963) David Niven was the ultimate gentleman actor in his day and in The Pink Panther he played Sir Charles Lytton, a playboy thief after the diamond the Pink Panther. Interestingly another sort of theft was going on during the making of the film. The producers and director were so impressed with Peter Seller’s inept detective Clouseau that they reimagined the film around him. According to Best Movie by Far, David Niven refused to have the famous tune played as his entrance to the Oscars stating it “really wasn’t my film”. This turned out to be very true as Peter Sellers went on to star in several more Pink Panther films and the franchise even has it’s own Pink Panther game on online slot gaming site Betfair Casino.

Virginia “Gin” Baker – Entrapment (1999) Catherine Zeta-Jones plays an insurer who is trying to trap a professional thief played by Sean Connery. The film includes one of cinema's most famous heist preparations scene where Catherine Zeta-Jones must navigate her way blindfolded through a maze of strings. Not only does she get to take part in exciting heists she also gets mentored by Sean Connery.