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."
The Asphalt Jungle
Not Yet Rated1950
In Theaters on May 23rd, 1950

An ex-convict (Sam Jaffe) masterminds a jewel heist with assorted losers destined for a dragnet. Read More

The Killing
Not Yet Rated1990
In Theaters on October 10th, 1990

An ex-convict (Sterling Hayden) forms a gang to rob a horse track at the peak of the seventh race. Read More

The Lavender Hill Mob
Not Yet Rated1951
In Theaters on December 16th, 2000

Meek clerk (Alec Guinness), buddy (Stanley Holloway) and gang melt gold into souvenirs. Read More

The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3
Based on 4 critics

Hijackers of a New York subway train will kill a passenger a minute to get their $1 million ransom. Read More

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