Early on the morning of Dec. 20, a large group of middle-aged and elderly persons congregated in central Washington, D.C. Fifty-one of those persons — mostly male, almost exclusively white, and all wearing either a blue, gray, or black suits — gave speeches, made motions, and formally expressed their preference that the government should take less money from its citizens.

It was the biggest “bank heist in U.S. history.” At least, that’s how the junior Democrat senator from Oregon saw it. Despite the fact that no money was stolen and despite the fact that Republicans announced to the world their plan beforehand, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., accused his colleagues of stealing “$1 trillion out of our national treasury.”

While there are questions here about taxation and economics, there’s a larger and more obvious one: Does Merkley have any idea what a “bank heist” actually is?

As a general rule, successful robberies don’t end with people keeping more of their own money. And while your author hasn’t stolen so much as a pack of gum, he has watched a decent amount of television. So, for the benefit of the good people of Oregon, here are three easy to watch heist movies to help Merkley become clear on the concept.

Ocean’s Eleven (2011)

A rat pack of eleven criminals led by Danny Ocean, played by George Clooney, conspire to steal $160,000,000 from a Las Vegas Casino. There’s something for everything in this classic remake of the 1960 film of the same name: Explosions! Suspense! Comedy!

Spoiler alert: The thieves, not the people they’re robbing, keep the money in the end.

The Italian Job (2003)

This remake of the 1969 British film stars Mark Wahlberg across from Charlize Theron along with Seth Green, Jason Statham, and seminal hip-hop mogul/actor/political activist Mos Def. The gang employs supercharged Mini Coopers to steal $30 million in gold bullion in this heart pounding caper.

Spoiler alert: The thieves, not the people they’re robbing, keep the money in the end.

Fast & Furious 5: Rio Heist (2005)

A brilliant film with truly bulletproof screenwriting, Fast 5 follows Dom Toretto and his racing gang to the street of Rio De Janeiro as they steal $100 million in drug money. But this smash-grab drama is about so much more than turbocharged muscle cars. Resuming their good-guy-bad-guy roles Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson help answers the question: what is human nature?

Spoiler alert: The thieves, not the people they’re robbing, keep the money in the end.

There is almost always a central theme to these films: Someone actually steals something from someone else. Because, without giving too much away, that’s the definition of a heist. Maybe after watching some TV, Merkley will start to understand.