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The 9 Best Con Artist Movies to Watch After 'Focus'

3 hours ago | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

In Focus, Will Smith's first film since 2013, the superstar plays Nicky, a long-time con man who is planning his last big score, but ends up reuniting with a con woman who he trained years before.

The film, which performed mildly at the box office in its debut this weekend, joins the ranks of Hollywood's long love affair with the art of the con.

Video: Will Smith Is A Shirtless Con Man in 'Focus'

In celebration of this newest entry in the grifter genre, here are nine of the best con man movies ever made.

(Note: This list doesn't include movies about heists that happen to involve con men -- i.e. Ocean's Eleven or The Heist, to name a few -- just films that celebrate the age of tradition of swindling.)

9. Matchstick Men (2003)

Nicholas Cage and Sam Rockwell play con artists who are planning one of the biggest scams of their careers. Things get complicated »

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Second Opinion – Focus (2015)

28 February 2015 7:09 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Focus, 2015.

Written and Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.

Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney, Bd Wong, Robert Taylor, Dominic Fumusa, Brennan Brown and Griff Furst.

Synopsis:

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.

The fundamental problem with films like Focus lays in how many similar films like Focus you may have seen. You know exactly what you’re in for (namely, a con) but the fun is always in how the con is pulled off and how the film can gain the confidence of the audience only to trick us at the end. Unfortunately, even if you’ve seen just one similar film chances are it’s far better than this.

When I think of all the best con artist movies I »

- Gary Collinson

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Every Day I'm Hustling: Film’s 10 most memorable con artists

25 February 2015 2:17 PM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Big Willy’s latest big screen outing makes its way to the multiplex this month. In Focus, Smith plays the consummate con man, a smooth operator who liberates people of their wealth with the help of a Margot Robbie-shaped femme fatale.

The duo of tricksters aren’t the first con artists to grace the silver screen however. So from pool sharks and grifters to tricksters, card cheats and American hustlers; here’s our rundown of the most memorable con artists in movie history.

 

Fast Eddie Felson – The Hustler (1961)

One of the finest fraudster films to ever grace the multiplex; The Hustler stars Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson, a pool shark intent on toppling legendary cue-man Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason). With its smoky sets, stunning black and white cinematography and superb performances from Newman and Gleason; the film is just as good today as it was on its release more than 50 years ago. »

- Daniel Bettridge

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