RififiLast Friday, Film Forum kicked off its epic heist movies retrospective with a look back at the 1974 classic 'The Taking of Pelham One Two Three,' starring Walter Matthau.

The festival runs through Oct. 21, and if you're interested in attending, or if you've ever wondered how a retrospective is assembled, then you'll want to check out Moviefone's interview with Film Forum curator Bruce Goldstein, in which he talks about how he got started in the business, competition from online streaming and why film retrospectives aren't just for movie buffs.

He also took a few minutes to pick his five favorite movies from the heist retrospective. Check them out below.

1. 'Rififi' -- "It's perfect. It's the blueprint for other heist films. It was also a blueprint for real crimes apparently and was banned in a few places. 'Rififi' is so detailed in its preparation. People talk about the famous 30-minute heist scene at the end, but the silent preparation by [actor/director] Jules Dassin casing the jewelry store is equally brilliant."

2. 'Asphalt Jungle' -- "It was the other gold standard. I don't think it can claim to be the first heist film, but it was the one that made a worldwide impact and influenced Dassin and [Jean-Pierre] Melville. It also pushed the envelope of screen permissiveness, because the Production Code because the code stated very clearly that you're not supposed to show a crime in detail and how it's performed."
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The Asphalt Jungle
1950
In Theaters on 1950

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The Killing
1956
In Theaters on October 10, 1990

Career criminal Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) recruits a sharpshooter (Timothy Carey), a crooked police... Read More

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The Lavender Hill Mob
1951
In Theaters on December 16, 2000

A meek clerk (Alec Guinness), his buddy (Stanley Holloway) and crooks melt hijacked Bank of England gold... Read More

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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
R1974
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In New York City, a criminal gang led by the ruthless "Mr. Blue" (Robert Shaw) hijacks a subway car and... Read More

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