Entertainment The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film  

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When it comes to movies, few characters are cooler than the con man. True, some of the most memorable con artist characters are frightening and violent. But many fictional con artists are downright delightful, winning devoted fan bases and sparking their own franchises. And it's not just audiences who respond to these law-breakers – many of the most memorable con artist characters have been played by Oscar-winning actors.

Just who exactly stands as the greatest con artist character in film is up for debate. Danny Ocean was memorably played by both Frank Sinatra and George Clooney. This charming con man appeared in four films, becoming one of the most popular swindlers to ever hit the silver screen. Roger “Verbal” Kint, played by Kevin Spacey, surprised investigators and movie-goers in The Usual Suspects.

Leonardo DiCaprio seems to love playing con men. First, he scammed Tom Hanks in Catch Me If You Can as Frank Abagnale Jr. Next, he scammed America as Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street. Other great roles that appear on this list include Tom Ripley from The Talented Mr. Ripley and Freddy Benson from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Which movie con artist is your favorite? Vote up the fictional figures that are the most charming, crafty, or just plain entertaining, and add anyone who's missing. Just be sure to check your wallet when you're finished.
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16 2
Roger 'Verbal' Kint is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
The Usual Suspects
2
18 5
Frank Abagnale Jr. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Catch Me If You Can
3
14 3
Rusty Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Thirteen
4
13 3
Danny Ocean is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Thirteen
5
12 3
Jordan Belfort is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
The Wolf of Wall Street
6
10 3
Henry Gondorff is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
The Sting
7
9 3
Johnny Hooker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
The Sting
8
6 2
Tom Ripley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
The Talented Mr. Ripley
9
5 3
Freddy Benson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
10
5 3
Lawrence Jamieson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Lawrence Jamieson Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
11
5 4
Thomas Crown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
The Thomas Crown Affair
12
4 3
Roy Waller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Matchstick Men
13
4 3
Irving Rosenfeld is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
American Hustle
14
4 3
Jonas Nightengale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Jonas Nightengale Leap of Faith
15
3 3
Frank Mercer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Frank Mercer Matchstick Men
16
0 0
Max Bialystock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Tom Islava added The Producers
17
0 0
Nick Wilde is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Nick Wilde
18
2 4
Nicky Spurgeon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Nicky Spurgeon Focus
19
1 3
Jack Abramoff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Jack Abramoff Casino Jack
20
1 3
Clifford Irving is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Clifford Irving The Hoax
21
1 3
Harry Deane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Harry Deane Gambit
22
2 5
Harold Hill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
The Music Man, The Music Man
23
2 5
Simon Dermott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Simon Dermott How to Steal a Million