There’s few types of film that delight as consistently as the con man (or woman) film, and that’s why we’re going to dedicate the totality of this article to talking about some of the best con films of all time, period. It goes without saying that we’d love nothing more than to slot television’s White Collar somewhere on this list, as Matt Bomer’s Neal Caffrey is one of entertainment’s most iconic con men; unfortunately, we’ve reserved this list for films only, and as such we’ll have to leave fiction’s best looking grifter off this list. But fear not, readers, because we’ve got a laundry list of films comprised of a whole gang of con men, scoundrels and thieves for you to peruse, and we’ve no doubt you’ll be able to find something on here that suits your interests. These grifters are suave, they’re charming and they’ve got their eye on your money; be sure to keep it close when watching any of the 10 greatest con man movies in cinema history.
10. The Producers (1967)
Written and directed by Mel Brooks, one of history’s most hilarious individuals and the man that brought you gems like Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and Robin Hood: Men in Tights, The Producers is a perfect mix of oddball comedy and clever con man schemes, and its cultural status as a classic con man movie make it the perfect candidate to kick off our list of cinema’s most notorious thieves. The Producers, which stars Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel as two sneaky individuals who deliberately plan to produce an awful Broadway play in order to fleece the investors out of wads of cash. Their plan goes awry when, much to their chagrin, their awful play turns out to be a smash hit, and they’re left trying to complete their grift with these unexpected new circumstances in play. It’s quintessential Mel Brooks comedy, and with Wilder and Mostel on board in some of their most impressive and iconic roles, there’s little reason to wonder why this is one of the most critically acclaimed comedies in movie history.