In this comedy thriller, Carla is the daughter of a mobster and Alex is a modern Casanova. He is looking for romance in the pub, while she is hiding from the police. Alex's pick-up line for the day is that he is a gangster on the run. Carla shrewdly offers herself as a cover without Alex realizing that he is in fact her cover. Everything goes wrong when Carla takes Alex on as an accomplice. They steal a huge amount of money from an arms dealer, but Alex accidentally burns the money. Before long, they are on the run from the gun dealer, his customer as well as the police. Helden und andere Feiglinge was shown as part of the New German Films at the 49th International Berlin Film Festival, 1999.