Showdown: The Con is On

Showdown 17: Swindles, screw-overs, bait-and-switches. The con artist has been a classic character since filmmaking began, slotting neatly into everything from thrillers to romantic comedies. Grifters: we love to hate ’em. So pony up, suckers. Small-time or big-time, long con or quick scam, we want your top films about confidence tricksters. Who’s the cleverest scoundrel of them all?

Once again, just like last week with my watching of courtroom dramas before LB announce the courtroom showdown, I spookily pre-empted this Showdown topic by selecting a film (The Hustler) from that genre to watch the night before!

I'm stretching the remit a little to allow for forgeries and hoaxes as well as scams and swindles.

Interestingly, several actors seem to crop up time and time again here; Michael Caine, Paul Newman, Jamie Lee Curtis...they're so convincing as con artists, how could anyone truly trust them? ;)

  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • The Sting
  • The Grifters
  • The Hustler
  • The Color of Money
  • Only When I Larf
  • Shooting Fish
  • Selling Hitler
  • American Hustle
  • Trading Places
  • Gambit
  • A Fish Called Wanda
  • Paper Moon
  • The Man Who Would Be King
  • How to Steal a Million
  • Wag the Dog
  • The American Friend
  • Purple Noon
  • After the Fox
  • Inception
  • Jackie Brown
  • The Object of Beauty
  • Birthday Girl
  • Ocean's Eleven
  • The Wizard of Oz