28 films about swindlers and swindlers

Sometimes you just feel like doing something bad: pulling a newspaper out of your neighbor’s mailbox or biting into an apple in the supermarket. If you’re ready for more serious crime, take a look at our list of the best scammers and con artists. This is a great guide on how to plan big money scams and get away with it.


The Oliver Twist Affair (2021)

Oliver Twist is a young artist who paints graffiti on fences and walls of high-rise buildings. One day, he leaves provocative slogans on the government building and, fleeing from police persecution, comes under the attention of a gang of scammers planning a daring robbery. The young man is perfect for their criminal scheme and they accept him into their ranks.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Twist

Genre:
Action, drama

Actors:
Ruff Lowe, Michael Caine, Lena Headey …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.5, IMDb – 4.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Swindler (2020)

Marla Grace is a professional guardian who does not hesitate to rob her wards. Using the imperfection of the judicial system, the swindler takes on the guardianship of lonely old people and appropriates all their funds and real estate. Everything goes smoothly until Jennifer Peterson appears on the horizon – a quiet and rich old woman suffering from an initial form of dementia.

Original title:
I Care a Lot

Genre:
Thriller, comedy, crime

Actors:
Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza Gonzalez…

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Hollywood Hustle (2020)

Deeply indebted and unsuccessful producer Max Barber comes up with a salutary idea: to make a film with the once-shining star Duke Montana and, having insured his life, set up an “accident” in the process of filming. The resulting insurance will pay off all debts, including saving him from problems with the mafia. But it turns out to be not so easy to translate the “brilliant plan” into real life …

Original title:
The Comeback Trail

Genre:
Comedy, crime

Actors:
Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Morgan Freeman …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Good Liar (2019)

Roy Courtney is a resourceful and cold-blooded swindler who wants to retire with a tidy sum in his account. After meeting a wealthy widow, Courtney comes up with a cunning plan to rob her to the bone. However, the lady is not so simple, an unexpected obstacle in the form of a grandson also does not simplify the task. Courting the future victim, the deceiver, without noticing it, begins to feel sympathy for her. What will win: feelings or years of experience? An interesting film about the scam of an elderly scammer is one of the latest novelties of 2019.

Original title:
The Good Liar

Genre:
Drama, detective

Actors:
Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey …

Country:
UK, Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Inveterate scammers (2019)

When two swindlers meet in a small town, a serious competition for a place in the sun begins. Who will be able to charm a naive computer genius: an elegant and intelligent seductress of millionaires or a clumsy pickpocket with a perky character? A fun new movie worth watching for all fans of the adventurous comedy genre.

Original title:
The Hustle

Genre:
Comedy, crime

Actors:
Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
16+


The Art of Deception (2019)

The top films about swindlers and scammers are continued by a new American comedy that tells the romantic story of an ideal criminal tandem. Ivan is a professional thief who steals antiques and expensive works of art in payment of the mafia’s debt. Alice is an aspiring actress, endowed with beauty and sharpness of mind. They worked together both in machinations and love, but external circumstances can destroy even an ideal couple.

Original title:
Lying and Stealing

Genre:
Comedy, crime

Actors:
Theo James, Emily Ratajkowski, Fred Melamed…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Parasite (2019)

Having faked a diploma of higher education, a young guy is tricked into getting a job as a tutor in a wealthy family. Having tasted a hassle-free life, the young man develops an ingenious plan to employ the rest of his unemployed relatives. But it soon turns out that the Kim family are not the first parasites in this house. What will the disclosure of a seemingly innocent adventure lead to? The Korean film about an unusual scam is the winner of the Cannes Film Festival, the owner of four Oscars and the highest rating in our selection.

Original title:
Gisaengchung

Genre:
Thriller, drama, comedy

Actors:
Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-gyun, Cho Yo-jong, Choi Wu-shik …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.6

Age limit:
18 +


Restricted robbery (2019)

A wild German comedy about the strangest crooks imaginable. After a serious accident, a successful banker becomes disabled. Out of desperation, Oliver undertakes to transport a large amount of illegal money across the border. Reasoning that no one will search the disabled, the adventurer completes the list of accomplices with an autistic girl, a blind alcoholic and other colorful characters with disabilities and an almost limitless sense of humor.

Original title:
Die Goldfische

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Tom Schilling, Klaas Heifer-Umlauf, Lisa Bitter …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Blue iguana (2018)

The list of the best films about swindlers continues with a foreign crime comedy with elements of an action movie about two petty swindlers who were released from prison ahead of schedule. Eddie and Paul decided to quit crime and lead a decent life, so they got a job in a cafe where interesting events never happen. But unexpectedly, the adventurer Katherine Rookwood turns to her partners, offering to steal the famous diamond.

Original title:
Blue Iguana

Genre:
Action, thriller, melodrama, comedy, crime

Actors:
Sam Rockwell, Phoebe Fox, Ben Schwartz…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Reluctant swindlers (2018)

Unable to pay off their gambling debts to the British mafia, Harriet and Peter fled to Los Angeles. The stranded couple made a simple list of actions to get out of the crisis: steal an antique ring, pay off debt and live in wealth. As usual, the ingenious plan of the adventurers did not work, which is why the heroes of the feature film now and then find themselves in ridiculous and comical situations.

Original title:
The Con Is On

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Maggie Q, Alice Eve …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.4, IMDb – 4.0

Age restrictions:
18+


The Dr. Knock Affair (2017)

A former pickpocket unexpectedly finds himself in the profession of a doctor. The natural gift of persuasion and crazy fantasy help Knock “breed” patients. Coming up with an unusual disease for everyone, the “doctor” immediately offers a list of medicines for purchase from an accomplice pharmacist. But Knock’s business is shattered when a girl and a nasty past get in the way. Modern French cinema is filled with kindness, sincerity and a fair amount of satirical humor.

Original title:
Knock

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Omar C, Alex Lutz, Ana Girardot…

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Mordecai (2015)

The protagonist of a foreign movie about scammers is the charming swindler Charles Mordecai. An experienced art dealer has been traveling the world for many years in search of a painting on which the code of a safe deposit box with Nazi gold is encrypted. Along the way, Charles will have to compete with Russian bandits, British intelligence and terrorists . And the long-legged wife every now and then strives to shave off Mordecai’s pride – a luxurious mustache.

Original title:
Mortdecai

Genre:
Action, romance, comedy, crime, detective

Actors:
Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Ewan McGregor …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Who are these people? (2015)

By the age of 40, David has not achieved success in life: novels are not published, there is no sensible work, and a friend holds a man for henpecked. But a meeting with a charming adventurer can turn the mind of even an inveterate conservative. A new acquaintance named Marcello completely changes the life of the hero of the film, introducing David to the world of deceit and scams. The Italian comedy boasts an unexpected plot that turns the action on its head.

original name :
Loro chi?

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Marco Giallini, Edoardo Leo, Ivano Marescotti …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Moonlight Magic (2014)

At the request of a friend, famous illusionist Stanley Crawford comes to the Cote d’Azur to expose Sophie’s grandiose deception. The young charlatan captured the hearts of a wealthy family and almost married the heir. But to his shame, an experienced magician cannot catch the girl in a lie. A comedy film about the exposure of a daring swindler is seasoned with touching romance and a bit of magic.

Original title:
Magic in the Moonlight

Genre:
Drama, Romance, Comedy

Actors:
Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Eileen Atkins…

Country:
USA, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.5

Age Limits :
12+


Focus (2014)

The selection continues with a rating American film about pickpockets and scammers who have conceived a big scam. During the next operation, a professional swindler Nikki meets an aspiring pickpocket Jess. A relationship develops between the couple that interferes with business, so Nikki chooses to break up with Jess. What happens when the couple meet again? The picture has become a worthy addition to the list of the best roles of Will Smith.

Original title:
Focus

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy, crime

Actors:
Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Adrian Martinez…

Country:
USA, Argentina

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Plastic (2014)

Four friends trade by stealing bank cards from passers-by. The case takes a serious turn when the crime boss’s accountant becomes the victim. In order to return the money spent to the mafiosi, the guys decide to steal the credit card database of the largest company. Incredibly, the plot of the film about young swindlers and swindlers is based on real events.

Original title:
Plastic

Genre:
Action, drama, comedy, crime

Actors:
Edward Speleers, Will Poulter, Alfie Allen …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Catch a Fat Girl If You Can (2013)

A hilarious comedy about what happens when you decide to “play” detective. One day, an extremely respectable citizen Sandy finds out that someone has used his credit card. The police do not help the man, and Sandy himself goes to the criminal on the bank’s shopping list. But the notorious thief has no time to feel guilty, because a string of deceived people is chasing her.

Original title:
Identity Thief

Genre:
Drama, comedy, crime

Actors:
Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Amanda Peet, Robert Patrick …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.7

Age Limits :
16+


American Hustle (2013)

The list of the best films about scams and scammers continues with another top movie based on real events. In the late 70s, the US government organizes an FBI special operation aimed at investigating the trade in stolen goods. Several agents infiltrate the criminal environment under the guise of buyers, and see much more serious crimes.

Original title:
American Hustle

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Robert De Niro …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.2

Age Limits :
16+


Best Offer (2012)

When the young heiress Claire turned to the dishonest auction house manager Virgil Oldman, the man experienced a feeling of love for the first time. The girl attracted with her mystery, quiet voice and closeness from the world. And the professional interest of the art dealer was fueled by mechanical parts of an unknown invention found in the house. An incredibly atmospheric film immerses the viewer in a story of love and fraud against the backdrop of works of art.

Original title:
La migliore offerta

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hooks…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Vicious Passion (2012)

Multimillionaire Robert Miller is used to getting everything from life: a faithful wife and mistress, money taken from thin air, respect in business circles. The situation changes dramatically after a fatal car accident, which occurred through the fault of Robert. Now we need to figure out how to hide the crime and avoid the disruption of a multi-million dollar deal. An interesting film about fraud with money is still perceived as a fresh novelty among detective thrillers.

Original title:
Arbitrage

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth …

Country:
USA, Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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