5 Movie Criminals We Want to Live Like

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Danny Ocean – Ocean’s Eleven

Movie Criminals We Want to Live Like Danny Ocean 5 Movie Criminals We Want to Live Like

While he does have a knack for landing himself in jail, Danny Ocean’s life seems pretty enjoyable outside of three-to-six month trips to prison. He spends most of his free time planning elaborate heists with his close friends. Who hasn’t dreamed of doing that at least once in their life?

Ocean’s Eleven focuses mainly on the robbing of three Vegas casinos, so we don’t see Danny’s personal life in the actual movie, but there’s enough evidence to suggest most people wouldn’t mind living like him. We’ve already covered the heists, but Danny is also extremely composed (allowing him to be in control of any situation) and has the smarts to outwit his foes – as evident by him winning back his ex-wife from Terry Benedict. Plus, having a share of a $160 million jackpot doesn’t sound so bad either.

What differentiates Danny from other movie criminals is that at his core, he’s a thief with a heart of gold. Unlike certain mobsters and gangsters, he is not corrupt or power hungry and only wants his ex-wife to love him back. At the conclusion of the film, Danny even takes the fall for his entire crew – going to jail while the rest of the team enjoys their share of the heist. Reaching that level of selflessness is something we would like to achieve, especially since most movie criminals are greedy people who are only out for themselves.


Frank Abagnale, Jr. – Catch Me if You Can

Movie Criminals We Want to Live Like Frank Abagnale 5 Movie Criminals We Want to Live Like

The Wolf of Wall Street isn’t the first time Leonardo DiCaprio played a real-life criminal. Frank Abagnale, Jr. may not have made $49 million the year he turned 26, but his accomplishments were extremely impressive. Running away from home as a teenager, Frank spends a number of years posing as an airline pilot, doctor, and lawyer, conning his way to millions of his own all before he turned 21.

While few would sign up for the emotional trauma Frank went through after his parents’ divorce, one can see how useful skills of forgery can be (particularly when it’s difficult to catch you). At a time when most of us are sitting through high school math, Frank is flying with Pan Am stewardesses. Instead of writing college application essays, he’s partying-on at Riverside Apartments in Atlanta. Suave, charming, and highly intelligent, Frank possesses a lot of qualities men want and his brief lifestyle of driving Aston Martins and wooing beautiful women seems fun.

Frank was eventually caught and sent to prison, but he even found a way to get out of that. Serving four years of a twelve-year sentence, Frank gets a job – ironically enough – working in the FBI’s check fraud department, finishing out his punishment as a “free” man. As the film’s closing credits notes, Frank designs checks for banks and Fortune 500 companies, legally earning a large amount of money annually. So even his fall ended up being beneficial.


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  1. Scarface his house was tacky but awsome especially the water fountain

    when Tony is buying the Porsche i can’t remember the line but he says “the one with the foglights in case i get stuck in a swamp, and one of them phones with scramblers and radar with scanners to pick up flying saucers”

  2. No Frank Costello from The Departed

  3. Ah…

    No, no, no, no, and no.

    Isn’t it long past time to stop glorifying criminals in our society?

    • I’m with this guy with a few exceptions. Glorifying criminals, I think, sends the wrong signal to some of the more impressionable people in modern society. And most depictions don’t show the criminals confront the wrongness of some of their deeds. Sure sometimes there’s a trial and whatnot, but I’m talking about confronting the morality of their actions. If they murdered people, do they even feel sorry for doing that or having done that? Do they understand how worthless their life is, and how they perpetuate a pointless lifestyle where people live and people die, but the world is no better for it? Stuff like that.

      My exceptions are when morality supersedes legality. And I have somewhat of a biased view towards that are Robin Hood types.

      And there’s another kind. Unfortunately, in a society where there are rules, you’ll always have those few that wish to break those rules for whatever reasons. So there are some criminals who try to contain the criminality, take the position of being at the top of the food chain and dictate rules so that the criminality is kept at a certain standard. I can’t think of an example right except an obscure one from literature, the criminal boss in the Dresden Files, Johnny Marcone. Without getting into spoilers, you find out in the series why he decided to position himself on top of the food chain of the criminal world.

      • Henry Hill lived the rest of his life always looking over his shoulder, especially when he broke anonymity to tell his story.

        Tony Montana was brutally murdered by a rival drug lord in his own home after watching his sister die by machine gun fire when his life crumbled around him due to his own actions.

        Frank Abignale Jr was arrested, served time and turned his life around to stop others from committing fraud, much like today’s hackers are sought and employed by the FBI to work for them.

        Three people on a list of 5 who didn’t have much of a life to glorify because it caught up to them in the end.

        It’s like Clarence Boddicker in Robocop. Probably the coolest and most awesome movie villain of all time in my opinion with great lines (“Bitches, leave” being one of my faves), he’s also a brutal, sadistic gang leader who thinks nothing of killing his own men to save his own skin. He’s also committed armed robbery, murder and is a known cop killer.

        He ends up having Robocop’s data spike stabbed into his neck and dies in a puddle of dirty water at an abandoned industrial plant. Definitely not a glorification of crime.

        • Can’t speak for Jeff, but I wasn’t talking about every movie about criminals. And the three movies you mentioned, they spent about most of the movie glorifying it and you’re focusing in on small portions of it, some of it going beyond the movie. You’re going beyond what was presented. And you seem to be suggesting that criminality wasn’t glorified because they were caught in the end with your statement: “didn’t have much of a life to glorify because it caught up to them in the end.” Most of the movies revolving around criminality glorify it for a good portion of the movie, and that’s what most people take away from it. I don’t think all of that glorification simply goes away just because they get caught in the end.

          Selective instances doesn’t really apply. Most of the movies mentioned in this article revolve vastly around those involved on the criminal end. Robocop focuses on the other end. Different focus.

        • The title of this article is “5 Movie Criminals We Want to Live Like”…

          If that doesn’t glorify criminals, I don’t know what does.

    • Weird.

      I tried to refute this silly comment but for some reason, it won’t post, despite several replies and no immature name-calling words used. Not typing it all again.

  4. i was hoping for a little more diversity…

    Robin Hood
    V for Vendetta
    Pirates of the Caribbean
    Blank Check

    • NOSTALGIA BOMB! My god, I need to go check if my wife has seen Blank Check.

  5. no mention of Han Solo?

  6. Where’s Dolemite??lol

  7. How in the world could you not mention the Godfather, Marlon Brando. The gentlmanly respect and power this man holds over the media, judges, and polititians can not be understated.

  8. No American Gangster? But wooo! Ocean’s 11 and Catch Me if You Can!

  9. Yeah. Good article but one should be done about corrupt cops and law enforcement that abuses their powers to get an arrest. Now that would be something. Lord knows that happens every day.
    Staying on topic I have always like Danny Ocean from the list. Not on the list, I would add George Jung.