Grifters

by tiltedsun | created - 21 Feb 2014 | updated - 16 Nov 2014 | Public

A list of my favorite confidence trickster films

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1. The Spanish Prisoner (1997)

PG | 110 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

70 Metascore

An employee of a corporation with a lucrative secret process is tempted to betray it. But there's more to it than that.

Director: David Mamet | Stars: Steve Martin, Ben Gazzara, Campbell Scott, Ricky Jay

Votes: 21,034 | Gross: $10.20M

2. Paper Moon (1973)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, John Hillerman

Votes: 39,299 | Gross: $30.93M

3. The Grifters (1990)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

A small-time conman has torn loyalties between his estranged mother and new girlfriend--both of whom are high-stakes grifters with their own angles to play.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Anjelica Huston, John Cusack, Annette Bening, Jan Munroe

Votes: 24,154 | Gross: $13.45M

4. Criminal (2004)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

Two con artists try to swindle a currency collector by selling him a counterfeit copy of an extremely rare currency bill.

Director: Gregory Jacobs | Stars: John C. Reilly, Diego Luna, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Mullan

Votes: 9,795 | Gross: $14.69M

5. Hard Eight (1996)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

Professional gambler Sydney teaches John the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 37,869 | Gross: $0.22M

6. Confidence (2003)

R | 97 min | Crime, Thriller

59 Metascore

Jake Vig (Burns) is a consummate grifter about to pull his biggest con yet, one set to avenge his friend's murder. But his last scam backfired, leaving him indebted to a mob boss (Hoffman) and his enforcer.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Edward Burns, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz, Andy Garcia

Votes: 32,664 | Gross: $12.21M

7. The Sting (1973)

PG | 129 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning

Votes: 228,123 | Gross: $159.60M

8. House of Games (1987)

R | 102 min | Crime, Thriller

78 Metascore

A psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men.

Director: David Mamet | Stars: Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Mike Nussbaum, Lilia Skala

Votes: 19,448 | Gross: $2.59M

9. Birthday Girl (2001)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

51 Metascore

A thirtysomething bank clerk from St Albans has his small-town life exploded by the arrival of his Russian mail-order bride.

Director: Jez Butterworth | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Vincent Cassel, Ben Chaplin, Mathieu Kassovitz

Votes: 23,682 | Gross: $4.92M

10. Ripley's Game (2002)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A dying family man in need of money is persuaded to assassinate a European crime boss.

Director: Liliana Cavani | Stars: John Malkovich, Dougray Scott, Lena Headey, Ray Winstone

Votes: 16,632

11. Deceiver (1997)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A hooker is found cut in two. 2 cops give polygraph tests to the only suspect, James, an unstable genius. After some time, the roles change.

Directors: Jonas Pate, Josh Pate | Stars: Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Michael Rooker, Renée Zellweger

Votes: 5,817 | Gross: $0.57M

12. The Swindle (1997)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Betty and Victor are a pair of scam artists. One day Betty brings in Maurice, a treasurer of a multinational company. Maurice is due to transfer 5 millions francs out of Switzerland, and ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Michel Serrault, François Cluzet, Jean-François Balmer

Votes: 1,963 | Gross: $0.23M

13. I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

R | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

65 Metascore

A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he'll stop at nothing to be with.

Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro

Votes: 88,780 | Gross: $2.04M

14. The Informant! (2009)

R | 108 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

The U.S. government decides to go after an agro-business giant with a price-fixing accusation, based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president-turned-informant Mark Whitacre.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Matt Damon, Tony Hale, Patton Oswalt, Lucas McHugh Carroll

Votes: 61,343 | Gross: $33.31M

15. Nine Queens (2000)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the "nine queens").

Director: Fabián Bielinsky | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Gastón Pauls, Leticia Brédice, María Mercedes Villagra

Votes: 47,137 | Gross: $1.22M

16. The Hustler (1961)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Sport

90 Metascore

An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott

Votes: 72,177

17. American Hustle (2013)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild F.B.I. Agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the Mafia.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence

Votes: 429,064 | Gross: $150.12M

18. The Tailor of Panama (2001)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

66 Metascore

A tailor living in Panama reluctantly becomes a spy for a British Agent.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush, Jamie Lee Curtis, Leonor Varela

Votes: 26,955 | Gross: $13.73M

19. Matchstick Men (2003)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

A phobic con artist and his protégé are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the former's teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Alison Lohman, Sam Rockwell, Bruce Altman

Votes: 119,860 | Gross: $36.91M

20. Harry in Your Pocket (1973)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A would-be criminal is taken in by a professional in the game, who teaches him how pickpockets work in teams.

Director: Bruce Geller | Stars: James Coburn, Michael Sarrazin, Trish Van Devere, Walter Pidgeon

Votes: 1,023

21. The Flim-Flam Man (1967)

Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A rural con artist and an army deserter cheat the townsfolk and are aided by a rich gal who shields the fleeing duo from the wrath of the pursuing sheriff.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: George C. Scott, Sue Lyon, Harry Morgan, Jack Albertson

Votes: 1,953

22. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

R | 139 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 168,712 | Gross: $81.30M

23. Snatch (2000)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime

55 Metascore

Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina

Votes: 741,856 | Gross: $30.33M

24. Lord of War (2005)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

62 Metascore

An arms dealer confronts the morality of his work as he is being chased by an INTERPOL Agent.

Director: Andrew Niccol | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto, Bridget Moynahan

Votes: 283,672 | Gross: $24.15M

25. The Color of Money (1986)

R | 119 min | Drama, Sport

77 Metascore

Fast Eddie Felson teaches a cocky but immensely talented protégé the ropes of pool hustling, which in turn inspires him to make an unlikely comeback.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver

Votes: 70,208 | Gross: $52.29M

26. Traveller (1997)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

A young man, Pat, visits the clan of gypsy-like grifters in rural North Carolina who belong to the nomadic ethnic group known as Irish Travellers and from whom he is descended. Pat is at ... See full summary »

Director: Jack N. Green | Stars: Bill Paxton, Mark Wahlberg, Julianna Margulies, James Gammon

Votes: 1,719 | Gross: $0.50M

27. There Was a Crooked Man... (1970)

R | 126 min | Comedy, Western

A charming but totally ruthless criminal is sent to a remote Arizona prison. He enlists the help of his cellmates in an escape attempt with the promise of sharing his hidden loot.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, Hume Cronyn, Warren Oates

Votes: 3,728

28. Our Man in Havana (1959)

Not Rated | 111 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Jim Wormold, who is a vacuum cleaner salesman, participates as an Agent in the British Secret Service. But he soon realizes that his plans by lying are going to get him into trouble.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Alec Guinness, Maureen O'Hara, Burl Ives, Ernie Kovacs

Votes: 4,507

29. Focus (II) (2015)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

56 Metascore

In the midst of veteran con man Nicky's latest scheme, a woman from his past - now an accomplished femme fatale - shows up and throws his plans for a loop.

Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa | Stars: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, Adrian Martinez

Votes: 200,129 | Gross: $53.86M



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