September 26, 2022
Ten Smartest Con Artist/Con Man Movies

A Con Artist is a person who applies a fraud and illegal method to fake reality. For example producing counterfeit currency or preparing fake airline ticket and bank checks. We are going to see top ten most smartest Con Artist movies of all time. Personally i feel these Con Artist movies are smart and brilliant work of unknown and confidence tricks. These movies are very highly entertaining and always make you wonder “Is this even possible in this real world?”.

This list of movies are about professional con artist, and playing cons is not a good thing, these movies are only for watching and enjoying, because you are most likely going to be very sorry that you do try to pull some illegal confidence tricks! But these movies are only for watching and enjoying, don’t go out and do it! And this is what we got a list of the most famous and smartest con artist/con man movies that i highly and truly recommend for your special weekends.

1. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

“Catch Me If You Can” plot goes like this Frank Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the beloved son of Frank Abagnale Sr. (Christopher Walken) and the French Paula Abagnale (Nathalie Baye). One day, his father has a problem with IRS. The Abagnale family looses all their assets for the government, becoming very poor. But his great deception happens when his parents decide to divorce. He leaves home with nothing but his checks and a few clothes, and moves to New York City.

There, it is very difficult for a boy alone get a job, so he decides to use his checks without funds. Then he pretends to be a Pan An pilot, a doctor and a lawyer, being chased by Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks), but always escaping. He becomes one of the greatest con man of USA, being in the list of the most wanted.

Leonardo DiCaprio has proved time and again in films like “This Boy’s Life,” “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” and “Titanic,” DiCaprio is more than just a pretty face. He has the talent to back it up, and this role is tailor-made for him. Under Spielberg’s direction, he’s taken that talent to another level. Tom Hanks was equally good with his spontaneous comic lines and sense of acting. Strong performances helm the film while a great atmosphere and wonderfully intelligent character development make its roots run deeply sincere. This film is one of the most human con man stories I have ever seen and for that it deserves a hefty amount of credit. This is a fantastic film.

2. The Sting (1973)

“The Sting” starts off with a couple of small time “grifters” (con-men) unknowingly and successfully ripping of a numbers runner of the mob for $11,000. Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) immediately blows his share in a rigged roulette game while Luther Coleman (Robert Earl Jones) plans to retire on top. The mob boss, Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw), retaliates the same night killing Coleman. Seeking revenge against Lonnegan, Hooker partners up with Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman), a friend of the late Coleman, to pull a “Big Con” on Lonnegan. Gondorff goads Lonnegan outrageously in a game of poker out cheating him to take all of his money. With Lonnegan furious, Hooker offers him a way to get back at Gondorff, leading him into the con.

Paul Newman at his top, and Robert Newman better than ever, at least in my book!.The movie earned seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, directing, screenplay and music.The Sting is a movie that’s worth checking out at least once. I’ve seen it twice. This movie is highly recommended to all audiences of all ages.

3. Paper Moon (1973)

“Paper Moon” tells the story of Addie (played by Tatum O’Neal… in what I find to be the best child performance ever captured on screen), a young girl who’s mother just died leaving Addie with no family except relatives miles and miles away. Arriving at the funeral is Moze Pray (Ryan O’Neal), a stranger there to mourn the death of Addie’s mother. However, both Addie and Moze get more than they bargained for when the stranger is forced to drive the young girl all the way to her Aunt’s home.

Along the ride, Addie’s tough and mature exterior become more apparent and hard for Moze to ignore. Moze is a scam artist who has done very well for himself… but when Addie’s natural instincts leads her towards the con artist ways as well, Moze can’t deny the financial opportunity in pairing up with young Addie.

“Paper Moon” is very funny, powered by the casting of the two O’Neill both being related. M. Kahn is funny too in a somewhat slight role. “Paper Moon” is going to be a classic if it isn’t already (keep in mind its only from the 70’s). It’s Brilliantly made to make you feel the “love” without it actually being said. Great through-out, never a low point, Entertainment at its highest!

4. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

“Ocean’s Eleven” is about Eleven men convene to pull off the greatest con in the history of Las Vegas: lifting three casinos (the Mirage, the MGM Grand, and the Bellagio). This becomes the monumental task for “Ocean’s Eleven”, masterminded by Danny Ocean. Danny and his right-hand man Rusty “Russ” Ryan assign the remaining nine men various jobs based on their individual specialties. The owner of the casinos is the merciless Terry Benedict, with whom Danny’s ex-wife Tess is now in a relationship. The degree of risk in this grand heist is all too great; one tiny mistake or one lapse of concentration can cause the whole scam to backfire. Assuming everything goes according to plan, the numerical figure is just above $160 million.

“Ocean’s Eleven” is one big bunch of big name all around. It is refreshing to sit and watch a film such as this and not have to suffer the usual barrage of swearing and violence. The lack of such profanities only increases its wide appeal. It just goes to show that it can be done and that films do not necessarily need it.

“Ocean’s Eleven” is not your typical heist movie. To start with there are eleven people working together all with specific, indispensable jobs to do. Yet the mood is still light hearted which makes it even more compelling to watch. The inspired direction and flowing script assure that there is never a dull moment and that every scene is important, as is every character. With lots of twists n turns every now and then makes this movie worth watching twice…thrice..

5. Jackie Brown (1997)

“Jackie Brown”, the 1997 film starring Pam Grier as the title character, a flight attendant who smuggles cash into the country for a shady associate, Ordell (Jackson) is the third film directed by Quentin Tarantino. When Jackie is tagged by the feds, (played by Keaton and Michael Bowen) she is willing to give up Ordell because she has a plan of her own. Meanwhile, Ordell has proved himself to be a pretty nasty character, killing associates without even a hint of betrayal, so to say that Jackie is walking a tightrope is an understatement.

Rounding out the cast is Robert Forster as Max Cherry, Jackie’s bail bondsman hired by Ordell when Jackie is initially arrested by the feds, and eventual love interest, Robert DeNiro as Louis, an associate of Ordell’s who is fresh out of jail and about to buy in on one of Ordell’s gun selling schemes and Bridget Fonda as Melanie, one of Ordell’s women, and object of both fascination and irritation for Louis.

Quentin Tarantino proves why he is arguably the best screen writer in Hollywood. Although the story behind Jackie Brown was adapted from an Elmore Leonard novel, Tarantino uses the already existing characters to his advantage, capitalizing on their traits to and personalities to spew forth Tarantino like dialogue. This is the type of crime film that should please any fan of the genre: it’s very detailed, possesses excellent dialogue, and has an intricate plot that makes sitting through the 2 1/2 hr. film well worth the wait. Jackie Brown is a gritty, straightforward film that packs a punch and is highly recommended.

6. Matchstick Men (2003)

“Matchstick Men” plot is about Roy (Nicholas Cage) and partner Frank (Sam Rockwell) are high-class con-men; rolling in the money, experts at scamming unsuspecting innocents, and untraceable (neither have criminal records). Frank is a hot-headed protegee of Roy’s; he has bigger plans for bigger cons then Roy, and he wants to get in with the ladies. Roy may well be his polar opposite; hence the title. A germophobe with a bad case of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), and a constant eye twitch, Roy is a careful, precautions man; satisfied with his life the way it is, and un-needing of either human contact or going outside.

The film is more focused on Roy, whose carefully planned daily routines are disrupted by the sudden appearance of his fourteen-year-old daughter (Alison Lohman); whom he has never met. She is nothing like her father; a wild-child, as spontaneous and unpredictable as they come. And she wants to spend quality time with dad; who is busy trying to perform a big time con Frank convinced him to do.

All the characters are wonderful, and the dialog is very witty!, plus Nicolas Cage and Alison Lohman are simply incredible in this!.The film is completely unpredictable, and Nicolas Cage and Alison Lohman had excellent chemistry together!, plus Sam Rockwell is really awesome as Cage’s partner!. I thought i had the twist ending all figured out, boy was i wrong, and the film just keeps getting better as it goes along, plus the score is excellent!. It’s very smartly written and made, and Nicolas Cage’s weird ticks were absolutely hilarious!, plus the ending was really cool!. Just go for it. Guarantee You would love it.

7. Bad Santa (2003)

“Bad Santa”, Willie (played by Billy Bob Thornton) is a perverted, alcoholic, part-time conman, who during the Christmas season indolently works in shopping malls with his fellow criminal in disguise, Marcus (Tony Cox). Willie dresses as Santa, while Marcus (the more professional of the pair) acts the elf, due to his height. Throughout the tedious Christmas period, the pair use their job at the mall to exploit the opportunity to rob the store overnight. While working at a mall in Arizona, Willie meets a child who teaches him the meaning of Christmas, whilst falling in love with an attractive waitress and having law-enforcement hot on his trail.

Only Billy Bob Thornton can excellently pull off ‘Bad Santa’. It’s good to finally see him in a more significant role that has more scope for his talent to shine. Child actor Brett Kelly is cast well as The Kid. He’s not the usual filmy cute kid who gets on your nerves and reminds you why you hate child actors. Kelly plays his part naturally and is very likable. The sizzling Lauren Graham brings out the other side (a much darker one) of Lorelai Gilmore (of ‘Gilmore Girls fame). She skillfully portrays Sue’s weirdness, sensuality and sweetness. Lauren Tom is funny as Marcus’s bitchy girlfriend. The late John Ritter has some of the funniest lines and he delivers them with complete ease.

Basically ‘Bad Santa’ is one of the darkest funniest Christmas films, one that has a strong repeat value as it still makes me laugh in repeat viewing and sometimes when I think of the situations in the film, I at least end up with a smile. Strongly recommended but watch it after the kids have been tucked in bed.

8. The Grifters (1990)

In Los Angeles, the small time crook Roy Dillon (John Cusack) is hit by a baseball bat in the stomach when he tries to swindle a bar attendant. His mother Lilly Dillon (Anjelica Huston) works in La Jolla for the powerful bookmaker Bobo Justus (Pat Hingle), who owns the Justus Amusement Company in Baltimore, placing bets to change the odds at the track but also stealing some money for her that she stashes in her Cadillac. When Lilly comes to Los Angeles to a horse race, she pays a visit to Roy after eight years without seeing each other, and she finds that he has an internal hemorrhage and sends him to the hospital, saving his life.

When the experienced Lilly sees Roy’s girlfriend, the slut and con artist Myra Langtry (Annette Bening), she immediately finds that Myra is a roper. But the grieved Roy does not pay attention to his absent mother and decides to travel with Myra to La Jolla to spend a couple of days resting. Myra sooner finds that Roy lives of short-con grift and proposes him a great plan to rope tycoons; further she unravels Lilly’s scheme with Bobo’s money. When Roy turns Myra and her offer down, the greedy women set in motion a betrayal that brings tragic consequences to each player.

The three leads deliver solid performances. Cusack is finely restrained and quite intense. Bening is suitably perky, slutty and malicious. Huston is a knock out as she delivers a chilling performance. The score is quite low key (usually a piano track) except during dramatic sequences. The lighting has been well done. ‘The Grifters’ is intriguing and quite a departure from the usual con flick. In the end, it leaves an unsettling taste.

9. Maverick (1994)

Bret Maverick is not the most honest of men but he is at least charming and talented. Seeking enough money to enter a big poker game, Maverick heads into a small town where he joins a game involving, among others, Mrs Annabelle Bransford and a tough guy called Angel. He wins the game but makes very few friends in the process – quick talking his way out of trouble. He falls in with Annabelle, even after he realises that she is just a thief and con artist like him.

With an uneasy dislike and distrust of one another they head out of town on the same stagecoach as lawman Marshal Zane Cooper. Maverick ends up stuck with them as he tries to raise the money to enter the game – how hard could it be?

This movie is one of the most enjoyable movies that you will watch. It’s great. Mel Gibson was great for the part as Maverick. He was so funny and since this movie has so many different genres than it’s hard for an actor to portray this certain role but Mel Gibson acted great. The movie had action, drama, adventure, comedy, romance and western scenes through out the movie. I think this is like Lethal Weapon in a way. It has a lot of action/comedy which is Lethal Weapon. This was a great movie and I recommend this movie to all viewers who like Mel Gibson and enjoyed the Lethal Weapon series because this movie is almost the same thing besides the plot of the two movies. Mel Gibson was great in both of them.

10. Confidence (2003)

“Confidence” is an ‘Oceans 11-type’ Heist movie with its own unique personality. While he sticks to the genre formula, Director, James Foley, moves this film along at a steady, active pace and throws in enough twists and turns to keep us involved.

Ironically, the master mind is a guy named Jake Vig (Ed Burns). Ironic because Mr. Vig (his last name meaning ‘the take’ or ‘the amount charged by the bookie for services rendered’) is a ‘charming, virile fellow’ (slang definition for ‘Jake’) who wishes to accomplish his gigs with minimal actual violence. Unfortunately, the heist goes sideways when he and his crew find they have jacked a morally bankrupt criminal called ‘King’, who is not partial to letting things slide.

In fact, with an act of very harsh measure, King makes it acutely clear what it is he requires to resolve the matter. Of course Jake refuses and the negotiations begin. This is where the twists and turns commence and the plot gets interesting.

A nice cast and clever direction give this tale of a handful of low life’s conning a major bank out of much money a lot of zest. Edward Burns with his geometrical proboscis has an interesting high-pitched hoarse voice. The lilt in Paul Giamatti’s speech is bewitching. Dustin Hoffman as the gum-chewing hyperactive big shot may have the juiciest part, but everyone loses out on succulence to diminutive but amply bosomed Rachel Weisz. She’s a knock out. There are fine actors even in relatively small roles — Andy Garcia, for instance, and Robert Forster.

The movie, ‘Confidence’, ends up being a Heist/Revenge movie with some great twists and a surprise ending. I’m not a great fan of Heist films, but I definitely enjoyed my 97 minutes. It was well paced, well acted, and well … I liked it.

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