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The Best Con Movies 

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List Rules Films about con artists and confidence men

List of the best con movies of all time. Stories about con artists have been around since man could pick up a pen. The tales are thrilling because they feature people smart enough to steal from the rich to fill their own pocketbooks using complicated tricks. Some of the best movies ever made are about con men and their fascinating schemes. Con artist movies range from exciting heist adventures to following a scammer as he or she flits from town to town, scamming all in sight. Although these movies are - on the surface - about characters who are unscrupulous and willing to screw over anyone for a buck, there are still universal themes involved. Themes like trust, family, friendships, and loyalty appear in most of these movies and are therefore compelling to the average viewer.

This list includes movies from all different time periods, from a father daughter team in the 1920s to modern day scam partners. Some of the characters have close relationships to their con artist partners, while others are desperately searching for somebody to connect with, like Matt Damon's character in The Talented Mr. Ripley.

What are the best movies about con artists? This list features characters who could get you to hand over your wallet with a simple conversation and the exhilarating scams they think up.

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Catch Me If You Can is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Con Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American biographical crime drama film based on the life of Frank Abagnale, who, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by ...more

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The Sting is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Con Movies
Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

Released: 1973

Directed by: George Roy Hill

The Sting is a 1973 American caper film set in September 1936, involving a complicated plot by two professional grifters to con a mob boss. The film was directed by George Roy Hill, who had ...more

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Matchstick Men is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Con Movies
Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Bruce McGill

Released: 2003

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Con Movies
Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Frances Conroy

Released: 1988

Directed by: Frank Oz

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Frank Oz, and a remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story. A sophisticated con artist (Michael Caine) and an arrogant hustler ...more

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The Italian Job is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Con Movies
Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook, Mark Wahlberg

Released: 2003

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

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Ocean's Eleven is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Con Movies
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Released: 2001

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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Confidence is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Con Movies
Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Paul Giamatti

Released: 2003

Directed by: James Foley

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The Talented Mr. Ripley ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Con Movies
Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon

Released: 1999

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Con Movies
Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Corey Feldman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Richard Donner

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A Fish Called Wanda is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Con Movies
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Stephen Fry

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Cleese, Charles Crichton

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Rounders is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Con Movies
Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Famke Janssen

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Dahl

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The Italian Job is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Con Movies
Michael Caine, Benny Hill, Noël Coward

Released: 1969

Directed by: Peter Collinson

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House of Games is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Con Movies
William H. Macy, Joe Mantegna, J. T. Walsh

Released: 1987

Directed by: David Mamet

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The Grifters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Con Movies
Annette Bening, John Cusack, Martin Scorsese

Released: 1990

Directed by: Stephen Frears

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Heist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Con Movies
Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman, Sam Rockwell

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Mamet

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Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Con Movies
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Released: 1983

Directed by: John Landis

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Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Con Movies
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino

Released: 1997

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Con Movies
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Released: 1994

Directed by: Bryan Singer

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The Color of Money is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Con Movies
Tom Cruise, Paul Newman, Martin Scorsese

Released: 1986

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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Paper Moon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Con Movies
Tatum O'Neal, Randy Quaid, Madeline Kahn

Released: 1973

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

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The Spanish Prisoner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Con Movies
Steve Martin, Felicity Huffman, Ed O'Neill

Released: 1997

Directed by: David Mamet

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The Hustler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Con Movies
Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott

Released: 1961

Directed by: Robert Rossen

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Ocean's Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Con Movies
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Released: 2007

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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The Brothers Bloom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Con Movies
Rachel Weisz, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2008

Directed by: Rian Johnson

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The Wolf of Wall Street ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Con Movies
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Released: 2013

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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