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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
Catch Me If You Can Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner 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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Ocean's Eleven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Con Movies
RaduVoicuTempeanu added Ocean's Eleven Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney 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 ...more

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The Sting is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Con Movies
The Sting Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw 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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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Con Movies
wiabux added The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne 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 ...more

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White Collar (2009–present) – ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Con Movies

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The Italian Job is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Con Movies
The Italian Job Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook, Mark Wahlberg The Italian Job is a 2003 heist 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, ...more

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Matchstick Men is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Con Movies
Matchstick Men Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Bruce McGill 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.

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Con Movies
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Frances Conroy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Frank Oz and starring Steve Martin, Michael Caine and Glenne Headly. The screenplay was written by Dale Launer, Stanley ...more

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ArthurPearson added Focus Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro Focus is a 2015 American romantic dark comedy film written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Rodrigo Santoro, the film was released on ...more

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Rounders is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Con Movies
Rounders Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Famke Janssen Rounders is a 1998 American crime 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 ...more

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The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Con Movies
Tom Islava added The Wolf of Wall Street Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese. The screenplay by Terence Winter is adapted from the eponymous memoir by Jordan Belfort and ...more

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Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Con Movies
wiabux added Trading Places Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd 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 ...more

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Ocean's Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Con Movies
RaduVoicuTempeanu added Ocean's Thirteen Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Al Pacino Ocean's Thirteen is a 2007 American comedy heist film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring an ensemble cast. It is the third and final film in the Soderbergh series following the 2004 ...more

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Confidence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Con Movies
Confidence Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Paul Giamatti Confidence is a 2003 crime drama film starring Edward Burns, Dustin Hoffman, Andy Garcia and Rachel Weisz, directed by James Foley, and written by Doug Jung.

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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Con Movies
Maverick Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Corey Feldman 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

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The Hustler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Con Movies
The Hustler Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott The Hustler is a 1961 American drama film directed by Robert Rossen from the Walter Tevis's 1959 novel of the same name Rossen and Sidney Carroll adapted for the screen. It tells the story of ...more

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Heist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Con Movies
Heist Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman, Sam Rockwell Heist is a 2001 crime 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.

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A Fish Called Wanda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Con Movies
A Fish Called Wanda Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Stephen Fry A Fish Called Wanda is a 1988 heist-comedy 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 ...more

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The Talented Mr. Ripley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Con Movies
The Talented Mr. Ripley Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon 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, ...more

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House of Games is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Con Movies
House of Games William H. Macy, Joe Mantegna, J. T. Walsh House of Games is David Mamet's 1987 directorial debut. He also wrote the screenplay, based on a story he wrote with Jonathan Katz. The film's cast includes Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Ricky ...more

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The Game is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Con Movies
yarskiss added The Game Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze 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 ...more

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The Italian Job is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Con Movies
The Italian Job Michael Caine, Benny Hill, Noël Coward The Italian Job is a 1969 British caper film, written by Troy Kennedy Martin, produced by Michael Deeley and directed by Peter Collinson. Subsequent television showings and releases on video ...more

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Nine Queens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Con Movies
Nine Queens Ricardo Darín, Oscar Nunez, Alejandro Awada Nine Queens is a 2000 Argentine crime drama film written and directed by Fabián Bielinsky and starring Ricardo Darín, Gastón Pauls, Leticia Brédice, Tomás ...more

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The Spanish Prisoner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Con Movies
The Spanish Prisoner Steve Martin, Felicity Huffman, Ed O'Neill The Spanish Prisoner is a 1997 American suspense film, written and directed by David Mamet and starring Campbell Scott, Steve Martin, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ben Gazzara, Felicity Huffman and Ricky ...more

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White Men Can't Jump is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Con Movies
White Men Can't Jump Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, Rosie Perez 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 ...more

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The Brothers Bloom is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Con Movies
The Brothers Bloom Rachel Weisz, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mark Ruffalo The Brothers Bloom is a 2008 American caper comedy film written and directed by Rian Johnson. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody, Rachel Weisz, Ricky Jay, Rinko Kikuchi, and Robbie ...more

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The Grifters is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Con Movies
The Grifters Annette Bening, John Cusack, Martin Scorsese 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

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The Color of Money is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Con Movies
The Color of Money Tom Cruise, Paul Newman, Martin 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 ...more

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American Hustle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Con Movies
gschwayze added American Hustle Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro American Hustle is a 2013 American crime 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 ...more

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Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Con Movies
Jackie Brown Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino Jackie Brown is a 1997 crime 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 ...more

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Diggstown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Con Movies
RaduVoicuTempeanu added Diggstown Heather Graham, James Woods, Jim Caviezel Diggstown is a 1992 film directed by Michael Ritchie, and starring James Woods, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Bruce Dern. It also features Heather Graham, Oliver Platt and Randall "Tex"

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Paper Moon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Con Movies
Paper Moon Tatum O'Neal, Randy Quaid, Madeline Kahn Paper Moon is a 1973 American comedy-drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich and released by Paramount Pictures. Screenwriter Alvin Sargent adapted the script from the novel Addie Pray by Joe ...more

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The Score is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Con Movies
RaduVoicuTempeanu added The Score Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, Edward Norton The Score is a 2001 crime thriller film directed by Frank Oz, and stars Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Angela Bassett and Marlon Brando in his final film role. It was the only time that Brando ...more

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Midnight Run is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Con Movies
wiabux added Midnight Run Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Joe Pantoliano Midnight Run is a 1988 American action-comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin. Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Dennis Farina, Joe Pantoliano and Philip ...more

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Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Con Movies
wiabux added Wall Street Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen Wall Street is a 1987 American drama film, directed and co-written by Oliver Stone, which stars Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah and Martin Sheen. The film tells the story of Bud ...more

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Boiler Room is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Con Movies
RaduVoicuTempeanu added Boiler Room Ben Affleck, Vin Diesel, Nia Long Boiler Room is a 2000 American crime drama film written and directed by Ben Younger, and starring Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Nia Long, Ben Affleck, Nicky Katt, Scott Caan, Tom Everett Scott, ...more

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Now You See Me is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Con Movies
Ken Carlson added Now You See Me Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson Now You See Me is a 2013 thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier and written by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt .

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RocknRolla is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Con Movies
wiabux added RocknRolla Gemma Arterton, Gerard Butler, Tom Hardy RocknRolla is a 2008 British comedy crime film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, and starring Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Mark Strong, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Jimi Mistry and ...more

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Glengarry Glen Ross is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Con Movies
Glengarry Glen Ross Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey 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 ...more

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The Producers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Con Movies
Tom Islava added The Producers Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Zero Mostel The Producers is a 1968 American satirical dark comedy film written and directed by Mel Brooks. The film is set in the late 1960s and it tells the story of a theatrical producer and an ...more

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Con Movies
Phil Surtees added Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard Inception is a 2010 science fiction heist thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, ...more

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Heartbreakers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Con Movies
Heartbreakers Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Silverman, Carrie Fisher Heartbreakers is a 2001 caper-romantic comedy film directed by David Mirkin. It stars Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ray Liotta, Jason Lee, and Gene Hackman. Weaver was nominated for a ...more

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Tommy Boy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Con Movies
RaduVoicuTempeanu added Tommy Boy Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe, Bo Derek Tommy Boy is a 1995 American road comedy film directed by Peter Segal, written by Bonnie and Terry Turner, produced by Lorne Michaels, and starring former Saturday Night Live castmates and close ...more

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The Freshman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Con Movies
The Freshman Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick, Penelope Ann Miller The Freshman is a 1990 American crime comedy film starring Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick, in which Brando parodies his portrayal of Vito Corleone in The Godfather. It is written and ...more

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The Road to El Dorado is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Con Movies
RaduVoicuTempeanu added The Road to El Dorado Elton John, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh The Road to El Dorado is a 2000 American animated musical adventure comedy film directed by Eric "Bibo" Bergeron and Don Paul, with additional sequences by Will Finn and David ...more

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Revolver is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Con Movies
Omar Benyahya added Revolver Jason Statham, Mark Strong, André 3000 Revolver is a 2005 crime drama film co-written and directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Vincent Pastore and André Benjamin. The film centres on a ...more

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Opportunity Knocks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Con Movies
Opportunity Knocks Dana Carvey, Robert Loggia, Milo O'Shea Opportunity Knocks is a 1990 comedy film starring Dana Carvey. It was directed by Donald Petrie.

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Now You See Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Con Movies
Ken Carlson added Now You See Me 2 Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson Now You See Me 2 is a 2016 American heist thriller film directed by Jon M. Chu. The film is sequel to the 2013 film Now You See Me and follows the Four Horsemen, who resurface and are forcibly ...more

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The Distinguished Gentleman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Con Movies
The Distinguished Gentleman Eddie Murphy, James Garner, Charles S. Dutton The Distinguished Gentleman is a comedy starring Eddie Murphy. The film was directed by Jonathan Lynn. In addition to Murphy, the film stars Lane Smith, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Joe Don Baker, James ...more

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Shade is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Con Movies
RaduVoicuTempeanu added Shade Sylvester Stallone, Jamie Foxx, Melanie Griffith Shade is a 2003 neo-noir crime drama starring Stuart Townsend, Gabriel Byrne, Thandie Newton, Jamie Foxx, Roger Guenveur Smith, Melanie Griffith and Sylvester Stallone. The film follows a trio ...more