Dangerous profession: 10 films about collectors

Big money outside the vaults prevent lovers of quick money from sleeping peacefully. Crispy packets in cash-in-transit cars seem easier prey than the same amounts in safes in buildings. Therefore, criminals of all nationalities and stripes are racking their brains over the schemes of such raids in order to cut the jackpot in a matter of minutes. This selection contains the best feature films about the robbery of collectors, where there will be both fictional and real criminal stories.

Human Anger (2021)

The private firm is famous for its impeccable reputation – there are no frustrated tasks on its account. However, a black day comes for the security company when a group of armed bandits attack an armored truck. During the raid, two employees and a bystander die. After the tragedy, the taciturn security guard Eich gets a job at the firm, and soon colleagues have questions about a secretive partner. A novelty movie with a high rating is worth watching for fans of Guy Ritchie’s action films.

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Original title:
Wrath of Man

Genre:
Action, thriller

Actors:
Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Jeffrey Donovan …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Great Poetry (2019)

The action of the film about the attack on collectors takes place in a town near Moscow. Two colleagues work in a private security company, and one day the guys manage to prevent a bank robbery, where they came for money. The management of a financial institution rewards one of the guards, and a large amount becomes a temptation for a partner and the main bone of contention between friends.

Genre:
Action, drama

Actors:
Alexander Kuznetsov, Alexei Filimonov, Fedor Lavrov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Hunting for thieves (2018)

“Big” Nick leads an elite police force and considers his boys to be the best squad in town. The sheriff learns that Ray Merriman is gathering a group of bandits to take a swing at the Federal Reserve Bank of America. Nick intends to prevent a daring raid by any means, even if it means playing by the rules. However, Ray responsibly prepares for a crime, because a solid jackpot is at stake.

Original title:
Den of Thieves

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, crime, detective

Actors:
Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr., 50 Cent…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Collectors (TV series 2012)

Oleg Mezentsev, head of a money transfer company, finds himself in a difficult situation after robbing an armored car. Everything points to the presence of a traitor within the firm – the crime was clearly committed on a tip. The plot of the series about collectors takes an unexpected turn when shocking details are revealed. The bandits stole “black cash”, which Mezentsev needs to return to an influential person as soon as possible. Oleg introduces his old friend Vadim into the company with the order to find the “mole”.

Actors:
Daniil Strakhov, Elena Lyadova, Alexander Korshunov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Empire State (2012)

Young Chris gets a job at a private firm after failing the police academy exam. Soon the guy realizes that he won a real jackpot from fate – he gets access to the money vault. Chris shares information with his best friend – and friends begin to plan a robbery. The film is based on a real crime, called the most daring theft in the history of America.

Original title:
Empire State

Genre:
Crime, drama

Actors:
Liam Hemsworth, Michael Angarano, Dwayne Johnson, Emma Roberts…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Raider Boys (2010)

The list of the best films about collectors and robberies continues with the American crime thriller. A group of professional raiders always carefully prepares for a mission, allocating a precise amount of time for each stage. The coherence of actions helps the bandits get away from the chase, but the intervention of detective Jack Wells confuses the cards for the guys. In order to break the big jackpot and retire, the robbers decide to do the last thing, despite the obvious flaws in the bold plan.

Original title:
Takers

Genre:
Action, crime

Actors:
Paul Walker, Hayden Christensen, Matt Dillon, Zoe Saldana …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Collector (2009)

An action-packed foreign film about a war veteran in need of money. After serving in Iraq, Tai gets a job in a private collection company. The head of the detachment learns about the financial problems of the newcomer and invites the guy to take part in an imitation of a raid. Mike, along with other guards, will arrange the matter as if they were attacked by bandits, and they will divide the stolen bucks among themselves. Tai agrees on the condition that no one gets hurt, but in reality, the operation quickly spirals out of control.

Original title:
Armored

Genre:
Action, thriller, crime

Actors:
Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Collector (2004)

Alexander Demar, on his own initiative, gets a position as a security guard in a money transfer company, where an atmosphere of distrust reigns. Over the past year, there have been several armed attacks on armored vehicles, and not a single employee survived the firefight. But the main character of the film about robbers and collectors is not afraid of meeting with bandits, on the contrary, the man is looking forward to a new raid.

Original title:
Le convoyeur

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Albert Dupontel, Jean Dujardin, Francois Berlean …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


The Expendables (2002)

Four friends love extreme sports and risk, so they decide to combine a hobby with easy money. The guys rob banks and deftly evade persecution thanks to complex tricks and excellent physical shape. The guys negotiate one last major robbery to get back to normal, but this time the police are ready to do anything to catch the elusive criminals.

Original title:
Riders

Genre:
Action, thriller, crime

Actors:
Stephen Dorff, Natasha Henstridge, Bruce Payne …

Country:
France, UK, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Downpour (1997)

Charlie invites his unemployed nephew Tom to become his partner in the security office. It is urgent to transport a large amount of money from the bank of a provincial town, whose residents were evacuated due to flooding . However, local robbers decide to take advantage of the bad weather, because the downpour is a reliable cover for a daring crime.

Original title:
Hard Rain

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Randy Quaid …

Country:
USA, UK, Denmark, France, Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 5.9

Age limit:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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