Con men, or con artists, are seldom seen in feature films, not because they are hard characters to write, but because con men films are. Any great con man film requires several things: an airtight con, an intriguing “mark” or foil, and a ton of misdirection both for the characters in the film and the audience.
But most importantly, every great con man movie needs a great con man – someone who is charming, clever, cunning, and occasionally ruthless. They are typically good at heart, at least in the movies, but their goals are never noble. And make no mistake – con men are not mere thieves.
Here, in no particular order, are Our Favorite Movie Con Men.