The Best Con-Artist Films of All Time

Confidence: After Dark (2003)

Directed by James Foley and starring Edward Burns, Dustin Hoffman and Rachel Weisz, the 2003 hit narrates the story of a con artist who finds himself indebted to a mob boss and his enforcer.

The Brothers Bloom (2008)

The 2008 caper comedy features brothers who grow from childhood confidence tricks into skilled swindlers. Before retiring, they undertake one final mission, taking a rich heiress on a romantic adventure.

Paper Moon (1973)

Directed by Peter Bogdanovich, based on the novel Addie Pray by Joe David Brown, the film is set against the backdrop of the Great Depression. The movie shows a con man pairing up with a young girl, who may or may not be his daughter.

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

A British-American collaborative film, in which a gang of diamond thieves seek to embezzle each other of the loot from a heist. Featuring double-crosses and comedy capers, from legends of British comedy such as Michael Palin and John Cleese, the movie is a classic.

Maverick (1994)

Starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner, the 1994 western comedy film is based on the original television series of the same name. Con artist Bret Maverick, played by Mel Gibson, seeks to collect money for poker tournaments and is joined by fellow con artist Annabelle Bransford, played by Jodie Foster.

House of Games (1987)

Directed by James Mamet, House of Games unravels the story of how a psychiatrist treating a compulsive gambler becomes embroiled in a world of con men, stings, scams and swindles.

The Third Man (1949)

Set in post-World War Two Vienna, an American writer is invited to the war-ravaged city by an old friend. With the friend’s disappearance, he finds himself immersed in the investigation of this suspicious death.

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