Fictional Characters 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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Frank Abagnale Jr. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Frank Abagnale Jr. Catch Me If You Can

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Roger 'Verbal' Kint is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Roger 'Verbal' Kint The Usual Suspects

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Jordan Belfort is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Jordan Belfort The Wolf of Wall Street

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Rusty Ryan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Rusty Ryan Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Thirteen

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Danny Ocean is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Danny Ocean Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Thirteen

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Johnny Hooker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Johnny Hooker The Sting

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Henry Gondorff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Henry Gondorff The Sting

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Tom Ripley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Tom Ripley The Talented Mr. Ripley

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Lawrence Jamieson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Lawrence Jamieson Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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Irving Rosenfeld is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Irving Rosenfeld American Hustle

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Roy Waller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Roy Waller Matchstick Men

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Frank Mercer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Frank Mercer Matchstick Men

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Jonas Nightengale is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Jonas Nightengale Leap of Faith

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Thomas Crown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Thomas Crown The Thomas Crown Affair

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Freddy Benson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Freddy Benson Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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Nick Wilde is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Nick Wilde

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Max Bialystock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Max Bialystock The Producers

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Nicky Spurgeon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Nicky Spurgeon Focus

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Clifford Irving is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Clifford Irving The Hoax

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Harry Deane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Harry Deane Gambit

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Jack Abramoff is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Jack Abramoff Casino Jack

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Simon Dermott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Simon Dermott How to Steal a Million

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Harold Hill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Con Artist Characters in Film
Harold Hill The Music Man, The Music Man