20 Movies About Diamonds
No matter how you look at it, because of the coronavirus we spend more time indoors. Especially when the weather isn't great, I like to spend some time on one of my favorite guilty pleasures: binging movies. Did you know there are actually quite a few interesting movies about diamonds? We all know about the magnificent diamond in the Titanic. And don’t forget “Breakfast at Tiffanies”. However, some of these might surprise you.
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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Genre: Comedy / Music
Perhaps one of the oldest and most iconic movies about diamonds ever made. Starring next to Jane Russell and Charles Coburn, “Gentlemen prefer blondes” is the movie that caused Marilyn Monroe’s breakthrough. This is the movie from her well-known phrase and song “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”.
About Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Two women perform in night clubs. The blonde one sets out to hook up a rich man. A wimpy millionaire son gives her a ring and wants to marry her in Europe. Her colleague is allowed on the boat, which also includes an Olympic team. Her future husband’s father is against marriage. He is also on the ship to find out if his son’s fiancée can be trusted.
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To Catch a Thief (1955)
Genre: Mystery / Romance / Thriller
An oldie but a goodie. When you see the names Cary Grant, Grace Kelly and Jessie Royce Landis and director Alfred Hitchcock, you know this movie about diamonds is worth watching.
About To Catch a Thief
A series of ingenious diamond robberies are taking place in the Riviera. Police suspect John Robie. Robie is a retired thief who used to be known as ‘The Cat’. In order to demonstrate his innocence, he has to catch the diamond thief. There is a good chance that the thief will strike next time with Jessie Stevens who is in Europe to help her attractive daughter Frances find a husband.
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Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Audrey Hepburn’s most iconic role and one of the most famous movies about diamonds. The first scene of this movie shows a glamorous Holly. She’s standing in front of a Tiffany & Co., eating a Danish and sipping on a coffee. She wears a pearl and diamond necklace by Chanel. This remarkable piece and her Tiffany diamante hair ornament made Audrey Hepburn into a Hollywood fashion icon. Pearls are always in style. The necklace from the movie contained between 100 and 120 pearls with a diamond brooch in the middle. It is difficult to value them as the quality of a pearl can vary a lot. However, if it came up for sale today, it would probably cost around $50,000 or more.
About Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Holly, a young woman from New York, meets Paul when he moves into her apartment complex. He is maintained by a wealthy older woman and has the ambition to make it as a writer. Holly works as an expensive call girl and is looking for a rich older man to get married. When Holly and Paul fall in love, this threatens the lives of both.
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Diamonds are Forever (1971)
Genre: Action / Adventure
An obvious and classic one: the James Bond movie ‘Diamonds are Forever’ with Sean Connery as 007.
About Diamonds are forever
James Bond traces an extensive diamond smuggling in Amsterdam. Here he meets the seductive Tiffany Case, who is equally beautiful and dangerous. wBond faces some very inventive assassination attempts. Slowly but surely Bond finds out that his arch-enemy Ernst Blofeld has a hand in both the diamond smuggling and the assassinations.
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Genre: Action / Adventure
After the success of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas created another Indiana Jones movie. Again, Harrison Ford plays the role of the well-known Indiana Jones.
About Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Fate brings Indiana Jones, Short Round and the enchanting nightclub singer Willie Scott together by in the same adventure. On the way to India, they narrowly escape death. Later they end up in a childless village. They find out that an evil cult has kidnapped little children and stole the Sankara stone. This is a historical diamond that contains magical powers. The cult believes that if they collect all five Sankara diamonds, they can take over the entire world. It’s up to Indy to save the day.
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A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
Genre: Comedy /Crime
If you like John Cleese and the Monty Python kind of humor, this movie about diamonds might be one you like. This airy crime comedy was very popular back in the days.
About A Fish Called Wanda
American diamond lover Wanda and her boyfriend Otto are in England to prepare a diamond robbery together with George and Ken. Wanda and Otto want to keep the loot to themselves. Therefore, they decide to inform the police about George. But what they do not know that he has already hidden the diamonds in a secret place. Wanda thinks the best way to find out the hiding place is to seduce George’s lawyer Archie Leach.
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Pretty Woman (1990)
Genre: Comedy / Romance
One of the most iconic movies ever made. Vivian (played by Julia Roberts) is presented with a beautiful ruby and diamond necklace. In the movie, she asks what it would be worth. Edward (Richard Gere) responds it would be around $250,000. But this was 30 years ago. Right after the movie came out, it was already estimated to be worth around $44k and $1 million! Today, the price would run into telephone number figures.
About Pretty Woman
Rich businessman Edward takes the prostitute Vivian to his hotel. He is so fond of her that he hires her for his entire stay in Los Angeles. They learn a lot from each other. Edward how to be a better person and Vivian how to behave like a lady. They fall in love with each other, but of course, a relationship between them is impossible ….. or is it?
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Blood and Wine (1996)
Genre: Thriller / Crime
This thriller stars Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine and Jennifer Lopez. Nicholson plays a wealthy wine merchant with a lot of debt. He has to steal a $1 million diamond necklace from one of his customers. This necklace is one of the most extravagant pieces of jewelry ever shown in a Hollywood film.
About Blood and Wine
Alex Gates is a true womanizer who faces significant financial problems. However, he has plotted the perfect crime to get rid of his money worries all at once. As a wine supplier, he has access to the richest men and their irresistible toys. Alex manages to steal millions worth of jewelery from Frank Reese, a very wealthy customer, together with the sickly Victor. However, Alex needs the help of his current mistress Gabriella, Reese’s Venezuelan nanny. Meanwhile, Dina, Reese’s wife, has fallen in love with Alex and she is reluctant to share him with Gabriella. When Jason, Alex’s stepson, is also involved in all the troubles of love and finds out what is going on, he makes his own plans. Alex’s criminal plans seemed foolproof. However, he forgot to take into account factors such as jealousy and lust; with all the bloody consequences that entail.
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Genre: Drama / Romance
One of the most world-famous movies and one you should definitely see, whether you’re a diamond fan or not. It is one of the most famous movies about diamonds. This movie was a huge hit. It won eleven Oscars and after Avatar and Avengers: Endgame the movie that made the most dollars. The main characters – played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet – are not real. However, the ship is a faithful imitation and many of the other characters and events are based on reality. Titanic features a remarkable replica of the Hope Diamond.
In 1996, Brock Lovett’s expedition searches for ‘The Heart of the Ocean‘, a precious diamond that originally belonged to French King Louis XVI. According to rumors, this diamond disappeared into the sea 84 years earlier with the Titanic. The expedition comes into contact with the elderly Rose, a passenger on the Titanic who carried the diamond during her time on board.
Rose tells her experiences as a passenger on the Titanic. At the age of 17, she is forced by her family to get engaged to Cal Hockley and get married soon. During the first voyage across the Atlantic from the Titanic, a gigantic passenger ship deemed unsinkable, she decides to commit suicide. However, she is saved by Jack Dawson, a third-class passenger. Despite their completely different origins, they become friends, and soon the love grows between them.
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Genre: Crime / Comedy
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers and a Russian gangster. But also incompetent amateur robbers and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. A movie with Jason Stratham, Brad Pitt and Vinnie Jones.
Turkish and his partner-in-crime Tommy are involved in the world of illegal boxing matches through the infamous criminal Brick Top. There is a lot of money to be made. When the boxer they deployed is knocked out in the first round, all hell breaks loose. Meanwhile, elsewhere in London, an 86-carat diamond is wrongfully switched from owner. The perpetrators are three overrated gangsters and a mad dog. The two stories seem to have nothing to do with each other, but don’t be deceived… London is captivated by squeaky toys, caravans, bodies filled with lead and a diamond as a radiant center.
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Moulin Rouge (2001)
Genre: Music / Romance
In the Baz Luhrmann movie, the elusive Satine (Nicole Kidman), wears a custom-made 134-carat necklace of 1,308 diamonds. The necklace was designed by the Australian jeweler Stefano Canturi. It was set to sell at Christie’s auction in New York for $1 million after the film was wrapped. This made Moulin Rouge one of the most popular and well-known movies about diamonds. However, the creator of the necklace, Stefano Century, took the necklace off the market before it could go under the gavel. If it was sold, it would probably be the most expensive necklace from a movie ever sold. Until “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” premiered in 2003.
About Moulin Rouge
Paris, 1899. The young writer Christian travels to Montmartre and befriends some Bohemian artists. These people live a lifestyle of freedom, truth, beauty and love. The artists try to sell a show at the Moulin Rouge, whose owner needs a good show to turn the nightclub into a real theater. The count who has to make this possible wants the exclusive attention of Satine, the star of the Moulin Rouge. However, she has a relationship with Christian.
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The Affair of the Necklace (2001)
Genre: Drama / History / Romance
The Affair of the Diamond Necklace was an incident from 1784 to 1785 at the court of King Louis XVI of France. It involved his wife, Queen Marie Antoinette. Her reputation, already tarnished by gossip, was ruined by the implication that she had participated in a crime to defraud the crown jewelers in acquiring a very expensive diamond necklace. The event is historically significant. It was one of the events that led to the French disillusionment with the monarchy. As you may know, this was one of the causes that eventually started the French Revolution.
About The Affair of the Necklace
In pre-revolution France, a young aristocratic woman runs out of money due to the political unrest in the country. She must avenge her family’s relapse by stealing a 2,800-carat diamond necklace.
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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Genre: Comedy / Romance
“A woman in lust wants chocolates. A woman in love wants diamonds”. This famous quote comes from one of the most iconic movies about diamonds, starring Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey and Kathryn Hahn. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days features an 84-carat yellow diamond pendant designed by Harry Winston. It was worth $5.3 million and probably the most expensive pieces of jewelry ever commissioned for a film. After premiering, the necklace was sold to an undisclosed buyer.
About How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Andie Anderson is a columnist for the trendy magazine Composure. She is commissioned to describe firsthand how to get rid of a man … within 10 days! Andie’s target is the sought-after bachelor boy Benjamin Barry. Unknowingly, Benjamin meanwhile bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him within 10 days.
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Blood Diamond (2006)
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Another diamond-related movie with Leonardo DiCaprio. But this time it is the other side of the medal. The title refers to blood diamonds, diamonds from war zones and sold to finance conflicts. Of course, at Royal Coster Diamonds we make sure we don’t have blood diamonds. Nevertheless, it is important to know why blood diamonds are so terrible. This movie gives you a good idea.
About Blood Diamond
The year is 1999, in Sierra Leone. The country is engaged in a violent civil war. Danny Archer is a smuggler who specializes in selling so-called “blood diamonds” to finance the rebels. His life takes a turn when he comes into contact with a fisherman whose son has been captured by the rebels and trained as a child soldier.
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Pink Panther (2007)
Genre: Comedy / Crime
This is one of the most iconic films about a unique diamond. The stone in this movie is called the Pink Panther because it has an inclusion in the center that looks like a panther. If the diamond was real, we would classify it as a Type IIa diamond. This is one of the rarest types. Starring in this movie are Steve Marting, Kevin Kline and Beyoncé Knowles.
About Pink Panther
Inspector Jacques Clouseau is saddled with the murder of a well-known football coach. It is up to him to find the culprit. However, an ‘accident’ rarely comes alone: the well-known ‘Pink Panther Diamond’ is also stolen. What do these two things have to do with each other?
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Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)
Genre: Crime / Thriller
Everyone knows the Ocean’s movies about impressive heists. Ocean’s Thirteen is the third in row and features George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon.
About Ocean’s Thirteen
Casino owner Willie Bank is about to open a large casino/hotel in Las Vegas. But Bank cheats on Reuben Tishkoff and puts Reuben in the hospital with heart problems. That’s when Danny Ocean and the rest of the gang decide to get revenge. They decide to make sure that the opening of Bank’s casino ends in a major disaster, causing Bank to lose a lot of money. The group also tries to steal the precious and highly guarded diamonds that Bank has won with its previous hotels.
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The Bank Job (2008)
Genre: Crime / Thriller
A heist thriller starring Jason Statham, based on the 1971 Baker Street robbery in central London. The money and valuables stolen during that heist were never recovered. According to the producers, this film is intended to reveal the truth for the very first time. However, it includes significant elements of fiction.
About The Bank Job
In September 1971, a gang of thieves dug a tunnel beneath London’s Baker Street bank. They ran off with three million pounds of jewelry and cash. No one was ever arrested and the booty never recovered. The whole thing was covered up by the government and only now revealed: a story that shows that the thieves are not the only criminals and that included murder, a sex scandal and the Royal family.
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Dog Gone (2008)
Kind of an odd dog… eh, duck in the pond here. Gone Dog with Maggy Bashaw, Kenda Benward and Luke Benward is a comedy similar to Home Alone. However, this time there is a dog involved with a diamond collar. Kind of lame, but nice to watch together with the kids.
About Dog Gone
A notorious diamond thief and his two stupid accomplices stop along the main road. Here, 12-year-old Owen watches them abuse their dog. The boy intervenes and wants to give the dog a drink, but he can escape into the woods. He helps the evil criminals in their search for the animal in the forest, but he leaves the men there. Owen finds the dog and they hide in his secret fortress. This fortress is ingeniously fortified with booby traps and defense mechanisms to repel intruders. It is built on top of a ridge where the so-called ‘Madman of the Mountain’ is said to live. The gangsters desperately try to find the dog, because through him they can get back five million diamonds. Can a 12-year-old child in a fortress protect himself and the dog from three savage criminals?
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Ocean’s Eight (2018)
Genre: Crime / Comedy
Who says women can’t plot and pull of a heist? Ocean’s Eight is the fourth and final movie in the Ocean’s series with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway.
About Ocean’s Eight
Ocean’s Eight follows the life of Danny Ocean’s criminal sister Debbie. With the help of her female right hand Lou, she tries to recruit a team. They aim to steal a diamond at the annual Met Gala to patch up an evil gallery owner.
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Uncut Gems (2019)
Genre: Crime / Thriller
The most recent movie about diamonds is the 2019 thriller Uncut Gems. It stars a (serious) Asam Sandler, Julia Fox and Kevin Garnett. The scene takes place at the New York Diamond District. Diamond fans may recognize this as one of the world’s biggest diamond centers.
About Uncut Gems
Howard Ratner has a gambling addiction and owns a New York jewelry store. Rich and famous people are customers at home. A valuable uncut diamond from Ethiopia should finally earn him a financial hit at an auction. With this, Howard hopes to get out of financial difficulties. Still, he chooses to lend the opal to NBA star Kevin Garnett. Kevin firmly believes that this stone gives him magical powers for a match. Meanwhile, Howard makes risky bets on basketball games, while shady creditors are on his tail.
More movies about diamonds
As you can imagine, there are a lot more movies about diamonds. We use diamonds to express wealth and success. They are so valuable, which makes them beloved objects to possess and steal. That is why diamond heists are such beloved subjects for movies. Do you want to find out why movies about diamonds are so popular? Book a Royal Experience through our diamond polishing factory in Amsterdam. Here, you learn everything there is to know about diamonds, including how to value a diamond yourself. Become a diamond expert and dazzle your friends and family with your diamond knowledge.
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