This movie is an eyeopening look into the world of the small time con man. Starring Angelica Houston, John Cusak and Annette Benning, this film brings all the star power it needs to make this powerful story of seduction, betrayal and murder come to life. Although very entertaining, this film is great due to the fact that it really explains the ins and outs of what makes a con work and how pulling off cons over the long term can absolutely ruin your life. This is a very good movie if you are looking to find out more about how those on the grift grind out their daily existences in the shadows of society.
I am not usually a big fan of Bollywood movies, but I have to say that Bluffmaster was the best Indian film I've seen thus far. The movie was a great story about the internal conflict a conman goes through when faced with a life threatening illness after just being dumped by his girlfriend. Even though this film does borrow heavily from a lot of other scam movies, this movie presents the idea in a completely different way. It's a perfect mix of scamming and revenge that makes this film so great. This is a must see if you are interested in learning about how scams are done around the globe.
Most likely the most well known movie about card cheats, Rounders makes amazing use of its star studded cast to glorify the underbelly of the poker world. Stars, Matt Damon and Edward Norton, portray two card sharks, one a reformed gambling addict and the other a guy in way over his head to a loan shark, who attempt to pay off loans by cheating unsuspecting poker players out of their money. This movie is great due to the fact that you learn a great deal about the mechanics of cheating in cards and also a great deal about the risks involved when one chooses to pursue a lifetime hidden away in dark smoke filled rooms playing hand after hand.
This screen adaptation of the famous John Guare play, “Six Degrees of Separation”, is a great story of how even the most affluent can be good targets for short cons. The story is about a family of New York art dealers having a dinner party at there home when, suddenly, a young black man who claims to be both a friend of their son's from Harvard and the son of Sidney Poitier shows up at their doorstep claiming to have been robbed. The family takes the young man in for the night, but after some investigation, the man's story starts falling apart. This movie was Will Smith's first starring role in a film and was masterfully done. It's a very emotional, must see movie.
This is an absolute classic con man film. It's the funniest if not the best depiction of the romance scam and stars the comedic genius of Michael Caine and Steve Martin. The film is set on the high class shores of the Cote d'Azur in France. Michael Caine is a wealthy gigolo romance scam artist who tricks aging, lonely women into handing over their valuables and money. He then meets an American amateur con man, Steve Martin, who encroaches on his territory which annoys Caine's character and causes the hilarity to ensue. If there ever was any con man comedy you needed to see before kicking the bucket, this is the one.
This Argentinean Spanish Language film was quite the surprise. The story is about a master con man who meets and takes a young man under his wing to teach him the ways of the con man against the backdrop of an economically struggling Argentina. Soon after meeting they find themselves on the trail of the biggest score they've ever seen in their lives. They try to sell a stamp collector a set of nine counterfeit stamps and when they do, all out pandemonium ensues. This film is full of great plot twists that will leave anyone thoroughly entertained.
This film is an unbelievable account of how the world of the legitimate stock broker can be exploited by scam artists. The film, starring Vin Diesel and Giovanni Ribisi, follows the story of a college dropout to takes a crack at breaking into the world of investment brokering. It turns out the stocks he is recommending to his clients are not as legitimate as he'd thought and all the lies come to light when the bottom fall out of the the elaborate securities scam. Definitely very apropos to the outlandish financial times in which we find ourselves now.
By far one of my favorites, Blue Streak, is a film in which Martin Lawrence plays a jewel thief who accidentally stashes a very valuable diamond in the heating ducts of a building being constructed before being arrested and locked up for years. When he gets out of jail, he finds out that the place where he hid the stolen jewel is now a police station, so he impersonates a police officer in a wacky and hilarious attempt to get the jewel back. A great film to see if you are in the mood for some good old fashioned slapstick comedy.
This film is an exciting tale about a group of MIT students that learn to count cards and try to make it rich in Vegas. The film, starring Jim Sturgess and Kevin Spacey, is based on the book titled “ Bringing Down The House”. The movie chronicles the story of how an MIT professor teaches his students to count cards and win millions doing, of course, until things go terribly wrong. If you are into learning a little about how people run scams to try and even the odds against the house, this is a great film to see.
Leonardo DiCaprio does a heck of a job in this film portraying the ever so crafty con artist, Frank Abignale, who was one of the best paper hangers of all time. Not only was Abignale a great con man, but the highest grossing and most creative one in the history of con men. He was so great at what he did that after being arrested for his crimes, the FBI hired him on as a consultant. This film is a gem due to it's great and historically accurate story line. There were only a few minor changes made in this adaptation of the true story to improve the narrative flow. If you haven't seen it, you're missing out.