Ocean's Eleven (2001)
In effect, Steven Soderbergh's joyride Ocean's Eleven is more modelled after The Sting than after the original Rat Pack film from which it has lent its title. And if you're aiming to make a classic and clever heist movie, the said George Roy Hill film is definitely the right model. Ocean's Eleven is a cleverly plotted eventfest in a carelessly loose atmosphere - and it is good fun from start to finish with the star ensemble reveling in each other's presence, delivering more charm than actual acting, which is all to great effect. Soderbergh has got style and 1970s homage on his mind, but in essence his achievement here is how he manages to keep his crowded picture so neat and simple - despite the film's constant movement. There's exhilarating pace and action, all without structural or narrative mess, and with the typical overblown effects replaced by good-old technological inventions (of more or less scientific accuracy). To say these characters are multi-layered would be pushing it, but they all have their purposed distinction which adds attraction and comedy without making them caricatured.