At the tail end of a recession, who can blame folks for getting a little, um, creative with their means of income? Whether your preferred job is lifting jewels, robbing banks, or jumping cars, the three-week-long Heist Festival at Film Forum will surely have something that will nurture your inner degenerate. From Stanley Kubrick’s 1956 thriller The Killing to Quentin Tarantino’s stylish gore fest Reservoir Dogs, the screenings spotlight notable directors’ forays into the seedier side of things while also featuring genre definers such as The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974). Tonight, catch Sean Connery red-handed as he steals from his wealthy ex-girlfriend’s apartment in a new 35mm print of Sidney Lumet’s 1971 film The Anderson Tapes, which also includes the screen debut of a young Christopher Walken. It is double-featured alongside The Brinks Job (1978), based on the real-life “Crime of the Century” when an unlikely gang made off with millions from the security firm’s Boston HQ.

Mondays-Sundays, 3:30 & 7:30 p.m. Starts: Oct. 5. Continues through Oct. 21, 2010