Movies as Reference
Paper Moon (1973) Set in the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a child that may or may not be his own. Together, they form an unlikely partnership. (Dir. Peter Bogdanovich)
The Sting (1973) In 1930s Chicago, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. Uses The Wire con. (Dir. George Roy Hill)
House of Games (1987) A psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led my a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men. (Dir. David Mamet)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) Two con men with very different styles clash on the French Riviera. (Dir. Frank Oz)
The Spanish Prisoner (1997) An employee of a corporation with a lucrative secret process is tempted to betray it. But there’s more to it than that. (Dir. David Mamet)
Heist (2001) A jewel thief’s nephew is sent along on a heist to ensure a longtime partner in crime stays honest about the division of the loot. (Dir. David Mamet)
Catch Me if You Can(2002) A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. (Dir. Steven Spielberg)
Matchstick Men (2003) 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. (Dir. Ridley Scott)
The Brothers Bloom (2008) The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they’ve decided to take on one last job – showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world. (Dir. Rian Johnson)
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Mission: Impossible (1966-1973) While not cons exactly, many similar methods are employed. Also shows excellent examples of correct time period technology and culture.
Hustle (2004-2008) Fantastic examples of various cons and team of big-con artists at work.
Leverage (2008-2012) While the game is based on the show, our game does not use any cannon characters or background.