Focus (2015)

Focus 2015 con artists film

Focus is a 2015 film featuring the life of a con artist who is determined and focused until a young grifter enters his life and he loses his focus. Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the film is a romantic crime comedy-drama featuring Will Smith and Margot Robbie in the lead roles. Despite mixed reviews from the critics, the film was enjoyed by the mass resulting in box office success.

Inception (2010)

Inception best movie of Leonardo Dicaprio

Movies on con artists are basically about scamming people for their money. Well, here’s the 2010 Christopher Nolan film defying the trend of conning for money. The 2010 Sci-fi film Inception follows the life of a professional thief who can enter another person’s subconscious to retrieve valuable information. The basic plot of the film where the protagonist of the film is capable of implanting his idea into another person’s subconscious actually blew everyone’s brain out at the theatre. Thanks to Nolan’s brilliant narration, the film was appreciated and applauded globally despite such a complex story. Inception is one of the Best Mind Bending Films of All the Time.

Paper Moon (1973)

Paper Moon 1973 film on con

Paper Moon is an interesting comedy-drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich. The story of the film follows the joy ride of a con man and a 9-year old orphaned girl. The con man has reluctantly agreed to drop the girl at her aunt’s house in Missouri but the duo eventually become partners in various cons. The film features real-life father-daughter Ryan O’Neal and Tatum O’Neal in the lead roles playing the con man and the 9-year old girl respectively.

Rounders (1998)

Rounders 1998 film on con

Rounders is not entirely a film featuring any con artist. Instead, it follows the story of a young law student who dreams of playing in the World Series of Poker. Yet, it has few elements that qualify it to be featured on our list. Featuring Matt Damon as a rounder, someone who moves one city to another for high-stake cash games, the film is basically about will and determination of standing up once again.

Boiler Room (2000)

Movies for entrepreneur Boiler Room in 2000

Boiler Room is a crime drama film based on stock brokerage scams. Directed by Ben Younger, the film features an ensemble cast of Ben Affleck, Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, and others. Ben Younger got the idea of making this film after he went for a job interview at a brokerage firm. The film basically follows the life of a 19-year old young boy as a newly appointed stockbroker trainee. As he becomes a broker and learns about the dark side of the firm, he helps the FBI take the brokerage firm down for its illegal scams, Boiler Room is a famous film about Entrepreneurs and Businessman.

Blue Streak (1999)

Blue Streak 1999 film on conman

Blue Streak is a comedy film featuring Martin Lawrence as a Jewel thief turned cop. No matter how weird that sounds, that’s the real story of the film. When one of his heist plans goes awry, he is forced to hide the stolen diamond inside a building under construction before being arrested. After his release from the reason, he is shocked to find that the building where he hid the diamond is now a police station. To get the diamond, he devises a plan to disguise himself as a cop and enter the building unnoticed. Whether he succeeds in retrieving the diamond or gets into more trouble forms the rest of the story.

21 (2008)

21 2008 film on conman

Based on a true story of the MIT Blackjack Team, 21 is a heist drama film directed by Robert Luketic. The film follows the story of a bunch of MIT students led by their professor, who become a team and use their mathematical skills for card counting during blackjack games at Las Vegas casinos making a fortune out of it. However, when two masterminds collide, a series of ego clashes and rivalry begins. Whether the team reunites or gets caught in the tussle forms the rest of the story.

Over to you!

Films based on con artists are quite interesting when they are brilliantly crafted as detailing is the key to their success. Hence, we have ensured that the films mentioned on our list of best Hollywood movies on con artists are finely detailed.

It may take extraordinary skills to become a con artist but it takes mastery of different level to portray such acts on the silver screen. Let us know what you think of these movies in the comments below.


Rajeesh Nair is a true Gizmofreak and an addictive movie buff. He blogs at – a lifestyle Blogzine which focuses on general life related topics of the 21st Century.