The Greatest Con Movies of All Time
With the Academy Awards success of recent titles American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street, we take a look back at ten of the best con movies of all time. Donâ€™t be getting any ideas!
With a star cast featuring Matt Damon, Edward Norton and John Malkovich, Rounders follows a reformed gambler as he returns to the world of big stakes poker in an effort to pay off a friendâ€™s loan shark.
Jake Vig, played by Edward Burns, inadvertently rips off a dangerous mob boss in this stylish and smooth crime drama. With his gang in toe, Vig devises an elaborate plan to steal from a mob accountant to pay back his debt.
Inspired by the true story of the MIT Blackjack Team, 21 sees six students and their tutor (Kevin Spacey) expertly card- count their way to millions in Vegas. All bodes well for the effortlessly- cool group until the security services clock on to their antics and it all goes a little bit wrong; it might just be best to hone your blackjack skills at butlers bingo before youâ€™re brave enough to head out to Vegas.
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Spielberg transforms this hilariously true cat and mouse story onto the silver screen. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Frank Abagnale as he dons many disguises to swindle millions of dollars, with talents so impressive the FBI wanted a slice of them.
This Western stars Mel Gibson as Bret Maverick. The card player and con artist joins forces with Annabelle Bransford, played by Jodie Foster, as he competes in poker tournaments to collect big payouts and prove heâ€™s the best. With a 74% approval rating on rottentomatoes, critics agree itâ€™s worth a place in our top ten list.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1998)
Michael Caine and Steve Martin play two con artists who attempt to team up in this American comedy. On discovering the town isnâ€™t big enough for the two of them, they agree that the first one who cons $50,000 from a young, female target gets to kick the other out.
Matchstick Men (2003)
Nicholas Cage plays obsessive-compulsive con artist Roy Waller, in what is considered to be one of his greatest performances. When he discovers he has a daughter, he passes on his skill in an attempt to pull off his biggest con ever.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Set in Londonâ€™s East End, Guy Ritchieâ€™s comedy crime-caper tells the tale of four working class stiffs in the wake of a big-buck scheme gone wrong. In debt to a powerful crime lord to the tune of Â£500k, the rat pack group have one week to find the cash.
The Grifters (1990)
Small time conman Ron Dillon, played by John Cusack finds his loyalties torn between two high-strung grifters – his new girlfriend and his estranged mother. Things get even more interesting as he finds himself working alongside them both.
The Sting (1973)
With a great story and convincing performances by Robert Redford and Paul Newman, The Sting is a highly entertaining addition to the con movie genre. The two men work side by side to seek revenge on a big time Chicago crime boss who is responsible for the death of their mentor.