Few sub-genres offer the same blend of anti-heroic thrills and sizzling style as the con artist movie. They charge head-forth through labyrinthine deceptions that can range from fast cash scams to Melvillian noir offerings of a far more somber nature. Regardless, the genre rewards us with sharp writing, inventive storytelling and charismatic performances that make them one of the most uniquely enjoyable genres skimming off the top of the business. Here is the list of top con artists movies ever. You can watch some of these best con movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. Catch Me if You Can
Steven Spielberg lends his warm blockbuster touch to con artists for a gradually written but breathlessly paced biopic of the youngest person ever to head onto the FBI’s top 10 most wanted list. The cast soars under his steady hand and whilst Spielberg often has issues escaping his own pedestrian style and settles into a blunted comfort zone, the speedy movement of ‘Catch Me if you Can’ represented the fact that he could still bite after all his greatest works were behind him.
Leonardo DiCaprio is, without a doubt, the star of the film. He brings a very unique kind of charm to the role, making it completely his own. It isn’t close to his greatest works but he does what the film demands him to, and that’s what makes his performance so good. Tom Hanks‘ vital supporting role should also be mentioned here as he brilliantly compliments the young Leo with a wonderfully understated performance. ‘Catch Me if You Can’ is undoubtedly one of the most entertaining films of all time.
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9. Ocean’s 11
Steven Soderbergh’s resume boasts several less-than-acclaimed experiments which I find hugely admirable for their challenge and the clear command the director asserts over every frame of his work. He also acts as DOP for a lot of these flicks under a pseudonym allowing for a more auteristic approach to mainstream cinema, which obviously makes for a fascinating case when the movies boast such a star-studded cast. The Oceans flicks make up some of the most entertaining con artist films in recent memory and ’11’ represents the apex of the series.
The performances are truly wonderful. The stunning cast, which includes George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia and Julia Roberts, impress with their natural charisma and charm and elevate the overall experience of the film. Though I still wouldn’t rate the film as one of Soderbergh’s finest works, it is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting, stylish Hollywood films of the century. It’s a film that has an absolute blast with its simple, engaging storyline and impressive cast.