20 series about swindlers and swindlers

Be vigilant, citizens, filmmakers warn us. After all, scammers of various stripes are constantly coming up with new ways of deception for quick profit. Series about scammers will help you to be on the alert and not fall for fraudulent tricks, where ingenious machinations are shown, favorite schemes and techniques of manipulators, adventurers and rogues are revealed.

Serpent (2021)

The novelty of the crime movie tells the shocking story of the French swindler and murderer Charles Sobraj. Thanks to his natural charisma, the man deftly manipulated people, for which he received the nickname Serpent. The victims themselves did not notice how they were under the influence of the perpetrator. The authorities owe the capture of the serial killer to a Dutch diplomat who launched his own investigation into the disappearance of European tourists.

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

Original title:
The Serpent

Genre:
Biography, crime, detective, drama, thriller

Actors:
Tahar Rahim, Billy Hole, Jenna Coleman …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Quiz (2020)

The list of the best series about swindlers continues with a foreign drama based on real events . Major Charles Ingram of the British troops is a devoted fan of the popular TV show, where the winner is waiting for a million pounds. The officer regularly sends applications for participation – and one day receives a response with an invitation to the program. Instead of joy, Charles is afraid because he does not have encyclopedic knowledge. The man does not despair and thinks through a fraudulent scheme that guarantees victory.

Original title:
Quiz

Genre:
Game, drama, crime, history

Actors:
Matthew Macfadyen, Sian Clifford, Mark Bonnar…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.3


Jett (2019)

Daisy Kowalski has earned a reputation as a clever thief, but imprisonment has changed the life priorities of a woman. After being released, the swindler decides to take up the upbringing of her little daughter, having tied up with criminal activity. However, Daisy’s professional skills are of interest to representatives of the criminal world, and Kowalski is forced to accept the terms of someone else’s game.

Original title:
Jett

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Carla Gugino, Elena Anaya, Michael Aronov…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Foundling (2019)

The action of the series about swindlers and swindlers takes place in the 20s of the last century. A clever pickpocket, nicknamed Foundling, steals a police officer’s ID and moves to Leningrad. In the cultural capital, he is mistaken for an experienced investigator and entrusted with difficult cases. The foundling quickly lives up to the hopes of the leadership, because he thinks like a criminal.

Genre:
Detective

Actors:
Anton Shagin, Timofey Tribuntsev, Aglaya Tarasova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Enterprise “God’s Gift” (2019)

Ex – fireman James, a self-confident swindler, is going through hard times, so getting to know Paul seems like a sign from above to a man. The guy says that his parents are laundering money under the guise of running a church. Paul invites James to ingratiate himself with the pastor and his wife in order to subsequently rob the hypocrites. However, behind the pious deeds of the married couple, dangerous atrocities are hidden.

Original title:
Perpetual Grace, LTD

Genre:
Thriller, drama, comedy, crime, detective

Actors:
Ben Kingsley, Jimmi Simpson, Luis Guzman …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Pros and cons (2018 – 2021)

The comedy series about adventurers earned a high rating due to the original script and great humor. In their youth, Eric and Nina were elusive scammers, but after the appearance of their daughter, they decided to put an end to it, leaving the dangerous craft. After 17 years, the past suddenly reminds of itself when Jacqueline’s former accomplice appears on the threshold of the house. The woman persuades the spouses to take part in a big business, and the couple starts another scam in secret from the children and the immediate environment.

Original title:
Friheden

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Lars Rante, Lene Maria Christensen, Kasper Lefvall Stensbirk …

Country:
Denmark

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Light from the next world (2018 – 2021)

The accident divided the life of the heroine of the series into “before” and “after”. The girl ended up in a wheelchair , was left without work and money, but did not lose her optimism. Svetlana learns about a progressive course of treatment that will help put her back on her feet. However, a decent amount is needed to pay for therapy, and the girl decides to make money in an unusual way. She organizes online consultations under the pseudonym Svetozara, posing as an experienced psychic .

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Maria Mashkova, Anna Kotova-Deryabina, Kirill Kaganovich …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Dirty John (2018 – 2020)

This series about scams should be added to the personal top for fans of psychological thrillers about dependent relationships. Debra Newell is a successful business woman who has absolutely no luck with men. Acquaintance with the attentive and affectionate John gives hope for personal happiness, so the woman turns a blind eye to alarm bells. Over time, it becomes more and more difficult for Debra to abandon the invented image and illusions, but her daughters come to the rescue. The girls begin their own investigation, trying to bring the scammer to clean water.

Original title:
Dirty John

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Connie Britton, Christian Slater, Eric Bana…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.2


Saint Mike (2018 – 2021)

A young swindler Mike contacts dangerous gangsters and finds himself in a debt hole. Trying to hide from problems, a guy with acting talent changes into a priest’s cassock. Residents of a small town mistake the criminal for a new pastor, and the crook decides to linger in the outback. While Mike is actively involved in the spiritual life of the parishioners, the bandits and the police do not stop searching for the swindler.

Original title:
Sankt Maik

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Daniel Donskoy, Vincent Kruger, Bettina Burchard…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Like my wife (2017 – 2018)

One of the best series about scammers will introduce viewers to the charming Maddie. The girl uses natural beauty for selfish purposes, rubbing herself into people’s trust. When a new victim is on the hook, Maddy cleans the unfortunate to the skin and disappears from his life forever. The swindler remains unpunished for a long time, until another deceived man begins to collect compromising evidence on his former lover.

Original title:
Imposters

Genre:
Drama, comedy, crime, detective

Actors:
Inbar Lavi, Rob Hips, Parker Young…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.8


Impostor (2015 – 2016)

Because of his gambling addiction, Buddy becomes indebted to dangerous people and tries to find support from his chosen one. The girl breaks off a problematic relationship, so the guy decides to say goodbye to life. On the bridge, a stranger talks Buddy out of a rash act, and subsequently a failed suicide assumes the identity of the priest-savior. The swindler goes to a small town, where he gets used to the role of a gay pastor.

Original title:
Impastor

Genre:
Comedy, crime

Actors:
Michael Rosenbaum, Sara Rue, Marsey Monroe…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.6


Sneaky Pete (2015 – 2019)

The rating series about the adventurer and swindler Marius will delight you with an original script with unexpected plot twists. After being released, the swindler decides to turn a profitable business. In prison, a cellmate often talked about his family, whom he had not seen since childhood, and Marius uses the information received. The swindler goes to Pete’s relatives to get money to save his younger brother.

Original title:
Sneaky Pete

Genre:
Crime

Actors:
Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland, Shane McRae …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Shuler (2013)

Kostya Voloshin works at a research institute, but colleagues have no idea about the guy’s double life. Behind the mask of a Soviet intellectual from the scientific community is a clever card-sharp, picking out the pockets of gullible citizens. Kostya dreams of saving enough money to move abroad, where his family is waiting for him. An uncle from Odessa helps Voloshin make his dream come true, pursuing his own interests.

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Anton Feoktistov, Olga Lerman, Sergey Sosnovsky, Alexey Gorbunov…

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


House of Lies (2012)

Cynic and swindler Marty Kaan gathers a team of like-minded people to deceive careless entrepreneurs. The “sharks” of the consulting firm paint an attractive picture of a successful future for clients, and businessmen are ready to shell out any money for super-valuable advice that does not really carry unique information. Influential heads of large corporations turn to Marty for advice, so there is no need to complain about Kaan’s life.

Original title:
House of Lies

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Fart (2011)

After being released from prison, Chester Bernstein wants to start an illegal horse racing business. A man buys the best horse and meets with a former accomplice to discuss important details. Chester plans to open a casino on the territory of the hippodrome, but the creation of a profitable business is a front for Bernstein’s insidious goal. The crime boss intends to take revenge on everyone involved in his arrest.

Original title:
Luck

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.5

Age limit:
16+


Scoundrels (2010)

Swindlers are the middle name of the West family, where everyone trades in dishonest earnings. After the arrest of her husband, Cheryl decides to take the path of correction so that the children do not repeat the fate of their father. However, the daughters and son are hostile to the mother’s proposal, because they believe that honest labor cannot earn a normal life. The situation is complicated by the fact that Wolfgang West prevents changes in the family even from prison.

Original title:
Scoundrels

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Virginia Madsen, Patrick Flueger, Leven Rambin …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.4


White Collar (2009 – 2014)

Seasoned con man Neil Caffrey helps the FBI expose a complicated scam in exchange for parole. The reason for the strange cooperation lies in the girlfriend of the criminal. Kate broke up with Neil under suspicious circumstances and disappeared, leaving many questions. Caffrey consults agents, using his position to search for a missing lover.

Original title:
White Collar

Genre:
Detective, crime, drama, comedy

Actors:
Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Steal the loot (2008 – 2012)

Nate Ford lost his son when the insurance company refused to pay for the treatment of a seriously ill child . A man increasingly pays attention to the injustice of large corporations against ordinary people and begins to drink too much . Unexpectedly, Nate receives an offer from local businessman Victor to get even with his competitors. The entrepreneur’s opponents are the same insurance company responsible for the death of Ford’s son.

Original title:
Leverage

Genre:
Thriller, crime, detective

Actors:
Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Virtuosi (2004 – 2012)

A group of charming swindlers rob wealthy Britons without violating their own code of rules. Scammers never deceive honest people, choosing unscrupulous millionaires and greedy corrupt officials as victims. For each new business, a multi-stage scheme is carefully thought out, thanks to which the rich voluntarily part with their money in favor of clever schemers.

Original title:
Hustle

Genre:
Drama, crime, detective

Actors:
Robert Glenister, Robert Vaughn, Rob Jarvis…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Noble Rascals (2002)

The fascinating selection of modern telenovelas is completed by a Latin American series about the work of a well-coordinated team. Clients of actors are ordinary people who find themselves in a difficult life situation. The swindlers are developing a scenario for a realistic performance in which the offenders will play the main role. Acting skills and knowledge in the field of psychology help noble swindlers to restore justice.

Original title:
Los simuladores

Genre:
Detective, adventure, comedy

Actors:
Federico D’Elia, Alejandro Fiore, Diego Peretti …

Country:
Argentina

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 9.2


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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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