The list contains movies that include con artists, hustlers, grifters, scams, cons and so on. Actually these words mean the exact same thing. A hustler, con artist or a grifter, is a person or group of people trying to scam you and take your money, or cheat at poker and still take your money. It`s all about the money, as Jake Vig says in the movie Confidence that’s on this list. So let`s get started.
Best Con Movies of All Time
10. The Grifters (1990)
We will start the list with The Grifters. Get yourself a free beer, get more money back than you’re supposed to be getting and take a baseball bat in your ribs.
9. Maverick (1994)
This is a western movie starring Mel Gibson as Bret Maverick, a card player and a con artist. In his adventure to collect money for poker tournament, he is joined by Annabelle Bransford (Jodie Foster), another con artist. Maverick wants to prove that he is the best at this game.
8. Confidence (2003)
This is one of the top con movies you can watch on long con. Watch carefully how a group of grifters are doing long con and how they try to predict the outcome in order to take some serious amount of cash – five million dollars, to be precise. Keep the wallet in your pocket, and keep your money in the bank.
7. Rounders (1998)
It`s not about the cards you have been dealt, it`s about how you play with them. Would you choose cards over the girl you love? Whether you call, raise or fold – the choice is yours, the pot is mine. This movie definitely deserves place on this list of top 10 best con movies.
6. Matchstick Men (2003)
This movie stars Nicolas Cage as Roy Waller who is a con artist and suffers from several mental disorders. He is surprised when he finds out that he has a 14 year old daughter. She wants to learn some tricks, so he teaches her and suddenly she cons marks with her father. I am wondering, who actually is the mark here?
5. The Flim-Flam Man (1967)
It’s a fantastic movie. You will love the card work done by Jay Ose here. And if you like incredible acting talent, a beautiful leading lady, sometimes hilarious or sometimes heartbreaking script and a wonderful score – this movie is for you.
4. Paper Moon (1973)
A black and white movie that will definitely fool you into thinking this was a film from the 1930’s. Don’t let the sweet face soft your heart. Be careful, or you might be a victim of a scam artist.
3. House of Games (1987)
This is the ultimate con movie, one of the best in its genre. Starring Joe Mantegna as Mike, who will first gain your confidence and then gain your money. He will let you see a glance of his life as a con man then con money out of you.
2. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
The number two on our list of top ten best con movies is a Steven Spielberg`s masterpiece. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale, who is a great con artist, manages to con millions of dollars and became so skillful that the FBI asked him for help. What do you want to be? A pilot, a doctor, a lawyer? It is up to you. A must see con movie.
1. The Sting (1973)
A George Roy Hill movie. The movie starts when Johnny Hooker and his partner are doing some small cons, but they con the wrong person so he is after them. When Johnny Hooker’s partner is murdered, he starts to plan a big con. The mark is a “dirty” banker. The big con is called The Wire where the mark is convinced that the outcome of the race is 100% safe win with no chance of failure. I think that this movie is number one among the best con movies of all times.