With the third season of TNT's crime series 'Leverage' premiering June 20, we're inspired to show our appreciation for a timeless action category: the heist movie. From the beginning, filmmakers haven't been able to resist telling the tale of of that one well-organized (or hopelessly bungled) caper that criminals hope will be the Big Score. Better still, it gives us the chance to live vicariously through the perps as they plan the job, put it in motion, and most likely pay for their crime. When done properly, the formula ensures nonstop drama or laughable absurdity. But it's always hard to look away.

Here are 11 great heists that have proven -- at least in cinematic terms -- that crime does indeed pay.
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