Unless you’re in a movie the role of a bank teller doesn’t seem all that exciting or even prone to being anything but a dull day. But in the movies bank tellers often get to experience more than just the humdrum boring everyday life. Even if the movie isn’t that particularly exciting the teller at least sees or hears something out of the norm and has to deal with it in some way. Really, the life of a bank teller in a film is rarely ever normal, as there’s always a bank robbery, an issue with something that someone can’t figure out, or just something beyond the norm that tends to happen when the camera’s rolling. In real life of course things don’t happen that often. It’s not exactly a glamorous job even if it is somewhat important.
Hollywood can make any position exciting in some way.
5. Out of Sight
This is one of the more innovative bank robberies I think I’ve ever seen in a film. He doesn’t need a gun, he doesn’t need to growl at her in menacing tones, and in fact he doesn’t even need to do anything but smile and sell the lie he tells her about the man behind him having a gun that he’ll use on her manager if she doesn’t fill a sack with money. Now what he could need is a fully operating vehicle. That might’ve helped.
4. The Newton Boys
The Newton Boys were among the most successful bank robbers in the country in their time and have been held up as such for many a year. The last of their number passed away some time ago but throughout history they’ve been known as one of the only gangs that managed to live to a ripe old age despite the level of heat they brought down on themselves during their run.
3. St. Vincent
Vince is just that hard luck case that can’t seem to catch a break. He’s not a nice guy and doesn’t really like people but deep down he’s got that heart of gold that shines every so often. The trouble is he can’t keep his hands on his money, he owes a loan shark, and he’s got a pregnant hooker girlfriend that’s about as pleasant as he is. And yet past all that he’s a saint.
2. The Dark Knight
This would be a teller’s nightmare. First you’re being robbed, then the robbers start shooting at the manager, and then the robbers start shooting each other. Would you even know which way to turn? And then a bus breaks through the wall and the only man left standing starts loading it up with the stolen cash. This would be a day that might traumatize any teller that was unfortunate enough to be at work.
1. Catch Me if You Can
Catch Me if You Can was one of those movies you couldn’t help but shake your head at as you wondered just how much of it was real and how much was Hollywood-made. Frank was just straight up slick and knew how to work with the natural charm he had. Just like his old man.
See? Bank tellers in the movies don’t always have boring lives.