The con artist is one of the most enduring figures in American cinema. This is understandable, given the extent to which American culture, as a whole, valorizes antiheroic masterminds, praising them for being mavericks and independent agents. Furthermore, there seems to be something innately pleasurable about the con film, as these are the types of movies which often involve quite a few narrative twists and turns as they move toward their inevitable conclusion.
However, just as is often the case with other genres – including the courtroom drama – there are plenty of films about hustlers and con-men which have gone underappreciated and are always worth a little bit of critical reappraisal. Whether it's a memorable twist or just a colorful cast of characters, these flicks give you lots of reasons to rewatch.
- 114 VOTESPhoto: Warner Bros. Pictures
- 269 VOTESPhoto: Universal Pictures
- 355 VOTESPhoto: MGM/UA Communications Co.
- 438 VOTESPhoto: MGM
- 524 VOTESPhoto: Paramount Pictures
- 611 VOTESPhoto: Miramax Films