1.4k voters

The Best Con Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 6.1k votes 1.4k voters 114.5k views80 items

List RulesFilms 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.

  • 1

    Catch Me If You Can

    Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio


    Directed bySteven 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

    More Catch Me If You Can 

    Behind-The-Scenes Stories From 'Catch Me If You Can'#19 of 386 The Best Movies Based On Books

  • 2

    The Sting

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford


    Directed byGeorge 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 directed...  more

    More The Sting 

    #16 of 552 The Best '70s Movies#36 of 451 The Best Movies For Guys

  • 3

    The Grifters

    Annette Bening, John Cusack


    Directed byStephen Frears

    The Grifters is a 1990 neo-noir film directed by Stephen Frears, produced by Martin Scorsese, and stars John Cusack, Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening. The screenplay was written by Donald E....  more

    More The Grifters 

    #57 of 60 The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made#21 of 37 The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families

  • 4

    The Italian Job

    Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook


    Directed byF. Gary Gray

    The Italian Job is a 2003 film directed by F. Gary Gray, written by Wayne and Donna Powers and produced by Donald DeLine. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Edward Norton,...  more

    More The Italian Job 

    #21 of 49 The Very Best Movies About Hackers#31 of 73 The Greatest Movies To Watch Outside

  • 5

    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    Steve Martin, Michael Caine


    Directed byFrank 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 (Steve...  more

    More Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 

    #182 of 512 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked#104 of 1,141 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

  • 6

    Matchstick Men

    Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell


    Directed byRidley Scott

    Matchstick Men is a 2003 American comedy drama film directed by Ridley Scott. Based on Eric Garcia's 2002 novel of the same name, the film stars Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, and Alison Lohman....  more

    More Matchstick Men 

    #44 of 103 Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups#69 of 122 The Best Father-Daughter Movies

  • 7

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the memoir by Jordan Belfort. An ambitious stockbroker (Leonardo DiCaprio) tells his...  more

    More The Wolf of Wall Street 

    #12 of 82 The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books#9 of 17 People Share The Most Awkward Movie Moments They Watched With Their Parents And The Cringe Is Real

  • 8

    The Usual Suspects

    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro


    Directed byBryan Singer

    The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie. It stars Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del Toro,...  more

    More The Usual Suspects 

    #142 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made#5 of 53 The Best Movies Where The Bad Guy Wins

  • 9

    A Fish Called Wanda

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline


    Directed byJohn Cleese, Charles Crichton

    A Fish Called Wanda is a 1988 film written by John Cleese and Charles Crichton. It was directed by Crichton and stars Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin. Kline won the Academy...  more

    More A Fish Called Wanda 

    #531 of 1,195 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#173 of 375 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

  • 10

    Ocean's Eleven

    Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts


    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Ocean's Eleven is a 2001 American comedy heist film and the remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film of the same name. The 2001 film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and features an ensemble cast including...  more

    More Ocean's Eleven 

    #139 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies#1 of 17 The Strongest Heist Movie Crews Who Could Pull Off Any Job

  • 11


    Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman


    Directed byJames Foley

    Confidence is a 2003 drama film starring Edward Burns, Dustin Hoffman, Andy Garcia and Rachel Weisz, directed by James Foley, and written by Doug Jung....  more
  • 12

    Now You See Me

    Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher


    Directed byLouis Leterrier

    Now You See Me is a 2013 American thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier. An F.B.I. Agent and an Interpol Detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances,...  more

    More Now You See Me 

    #9 of 10 Movie Twist Endings That Made No Sense Whatsoever#288 of 315 Movies with the Best Soundtracks

  • 13


    Matt Damon, Edward Norton


    Directed byJohn Dahl

    Rounders is a 1998 American drama film about the underground world of high-stakes poker, directed by John Dahl, and starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton. The film follows two friends who need to...  more

    More Rounders 

    #12 of 12 Movies That Were Eerily Ahead Of Their Time#108 of 229 The Best R-Rated Drama Movies

  • 14

    Ocean's Thirteen

    Brad Pitt, George Clooney


    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Ocean's Thirteen is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring an ensemble cast. It is the third and final film in the Soderbergh series following the 2004 sequel Ocean's...  more

    More Ocean's Thirteen 

    #173 of 225 The Worst Sequels Of All Time#31 of 135 The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

  • 15

    Jackie Brown

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson


    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Jackie Brown is a 1997 drama film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1992 novel Rum Punch, the first adaptation from Tarantino, and stars Pam Grier in...  more

    More Jackie Brown 

    #186 of 668 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked#67 of 90 The Best Movies That Are Super Long

  • 16


    Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster


    Directed byRichard Donner

    Maverick is a 1994 Western comedy film directed by Richard Donner and written by William Goldman, based on the 1950s television series of the same name created by Roy Huggins. The film stars Mel...  more

    More Maverick 

    #87 of 252 The Funniest '90s Movies#58 of 401 The Best Western Movies Ever Made

  • 17

    The Color of Money

    Tom Cruise, Paul Newman


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Color of Money is a 1986 drama film directed by Martin Scorsese from a screenplay by Richard Price, based on the 1984 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis. The film stars Paul Newman and Tom...  more

    More The Color of Money 

    #15 of 37 The Best Martin Scorsese Movies#15 of 42 The All-Time Best Tom Cruise Movies

  • 18

    Trading Places

    Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis


    Directed byJohn Landis

    Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis, starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. It tells the story of an upper-class commodities broker and a homeless street hustler...  more

    More Trading Places 

    #14 of 924 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#16 of 170 The Most Rewatchable Comedy Movies

  • 19

    The Game

    Sean Penn, Michael Douglas


    Directed byDavid Fincher, Pedro Coutinho

    The Game is a 1997 American mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher, starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, and produced by Propaganda Films and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. It tells the...  more

    More The Game 

    #85 of 440 The Best Movies Of The 1990s#33 of 232 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time

  • 20

    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett


    Directed byAnthony Minghella

    The Talented Mr. Ripley is a 1999 American psychological thriller written for the screen and directed by Anthony Minghella. An adaptation of the 1955 Patricia Highsmith novel of the same name, the...  more

    More The Talented Mr. Ripley 

    #561 of 783 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#13 of 61 The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big

  • 21

    American Hustle

    Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams


    Directed byDavid O. Russell

    American Hustle is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by David O. Russell. It was written by Eric Warren Singer and Russell, inspired by the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and early...  more

    More American Hustle 

    #38 of 128 The Best Mafia Films Of All Time#18 of 64 The Greatest Movies About Making Money

  • 22

    White Men Can't Jump

    Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes


    Directed byRon Shelton

    White Men Can't Jump is a 1992 American sports buddy comedy film written and directed by Ron Shelton, starring Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson as streetball hustlers. The film was released in the...  more

    More White Men Can't Jump 

    #29 of 147 The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made#41 of 205 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made

  • 23

    Glengarry Glen Ross

    Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin


    Directed byJames Foley

    Glengarry Glen Ross is a 1992 American drama, adapted by David Mamet from his 1984 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play of the same name, and directed by James Foley. The film depicts two days in...  more

    More Glengarry Glen Ross 

    #8 of 136 The Best Movies Based On Plays#19 of 25 The 25 Best Movies That Take Place in One Day

  • 24

    The Music Man

    Ron Howard, Shirley Jones


    Directed byMorton DaCosta

    The Music Man is a 1962 musical film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones as Marian Paroo. The film is based on the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name by Meredith Willson. The...  more

    More The Music Man 

    #67 of 110 The Best Dance Movies Ever Made#138 of 175 The Best Movies Of The '60s

  • 25


    Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman


    Directed byDavid Mamet

    This film is a 2001 film, written and directed by David Mamet, which stars Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, and Delroy Lindo, with Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay, and Sam Rockwell in supporting roles....  more