4 Movies That Confirm Robbing Banks for a Living Is a Bad Idea


It’s tough to make a living in this day and age. Jobs aren’t as abundant as the number of people who need them, and layoffs and cutbacks are leaving hard-working people out of jobs. The pressure to provide for yourself or a family might cause you to consider more extreme career options. However appealing robbing banks to become an instant millionaire sounds, it’s never a good idea. Here are a few Hollywood movies that demonstrate the danger of deciding to pull the ultimate heist. Consider these movies before daydreaming about becoming a criminal to solve monetary problems.

The Dark Night: People Can Betray You

Christopher Nolan’s Batman sequel “The Dark Night” is an extremely compelling and entertaining film. It starts off with a bank robbery going relatively smoothly, until the true villain (the Joker) surfaces and starts killing his comrades. Unfortunately in this line of work, you’ll often find your coworkers are exceedingly greedy (it’s the nature of the beast). What’s stopping them from eliminating you for your cut of the money? Little stands in the way of being double crossed by your own team, which makes this type of work extremely risky.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: The Law is Always on Your Tail

If you can manage to escape the police after the first bank robbery you commit, you’re lucky. The police are very aware of the presence of criminals attempting to rob banks, and they respond with force. Neighboring businesses will report any suspicious activity they see or hear, which increases your chances of being caught. The protagonists of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” decide they have to flee to South America in order to escape the law, but ultimately end up with a massive police confrontation.

Dog Day Afternoon: Your Plan Can Go Horribly Wrong

You may believe you’ve planned your heist perfectly, accounting for every detail and all variables. However, this is impossible. Life is unpredictable, as demonstrated in “Dog Day Afternoon.” One thing after another goes wrong in this film, leaving the main characters scratching their heads while holding hostages in the building. Needless to say, this is not an ideal position for a bank robber. Left with no escape, the main characters are sure to end up in the custody of the police.

Bonnie And Clyde’s Lesson: You’ll Likely Wind Up Dead

The real life couple inspired the movie “Bonnie and Clyde” about two outlaws that toured the country robbing banks during the Great Depression. Though they managed to elude police officers for three years, stretching their spree from 1931 to 1934, they eventually were cut down in a shower of bullets. Once you’ve committed enough robberies, the police will do anything to catch you, dead or alive.

While you might be tempted to throw caution to the wind and hold your own heist to make some fast cash, know that bank robberies are always going to end badly.