Fake Identity Movies

Tuesday, March 29 by Joshua Wade

This list of fake identity movies features cult favorites like the 1985 classic “Fletch” to the mind-bending 1999 thriller “Fight Club,” each rife with insane plotlines, hysterical comedy, tense action and characters who are never who they claim to be. This list is bound to please even the most selective of mystery fans.

  1. “Fight Club” An intense mind-bending thrill ride about fake identities and psychotic multiple personalities, “Fight Club” was directed by “Se7en” director David Fincher and showcases his strange, gritty style. Based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk, this 1999 blockbuster delivers career-defining performances by actors Edward Norton and Brad Pitt and has gone on to become an iconic cult classic.
  2. “Lucky Number Slevin” One of the best fake identity movies in recent years, this noir-laden film about a man who assumes a fake identity to con a pair of mob bosses features stand-out performances by Josh Hartnett and Lucy Liu. An amazing ensemble cast including Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley highlight this face-paced thriller.
  3. “Another You” One of the most hilarious fake identity movies ever made, this film stars Gene Wilder as a mental patient who assumes the identity of his doppelganger and Richard Pryor as a con man attempting to reap the benefits of his partner’s millionaire persona. The film is noted as the last pairing of the legendary comedy team.
  4. “The Major and the Minor” One of the best fake identity movies of the 1940’s, this film was acclaimed director Billy Wilder’s American directorial debut. This impossible story centers on a 31-year-old Ginger Rogers as Susan, a grown woman who disguises herself as a twelve-year-old in order to take advantage of discounted train fare only to fall for an unsuspecting Major Phillip Kurby, played wonderfully by actor Ray Milland.
  5. “Ladykillers” A riotous black comedy from Indie filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, this film chronicles the disastrous attempts of a group of criminals to rob a casino while posing as musicians under the unsuspecting eye of their elderly landlord. A remake of the 1955 classic of the same name, this film features an insanely funny performance by Tom Hanks as the group’s charming leader, a southern professor by the name of Goldthwaite Higginson Dorr.
  6. “The Whole Town’s Talking” A classic from 1935, this film follow iconic tough guy Edward G. Robinson as Arthur Jones, a hapless reporter who bears a striking resemblance to a gangster who subsequently steals his identity. Directed by legendary director John Ford, the film delivers a wonderful performance by the enchanting Jean Arthur as Jones’ love interest, Wilhelmina Clark.
  7. “The Goose and the Gander” Another screwball comedy from 1935, this whimsical farce features a stunning and sultry Kay Francis as Georgiana Summers, an inn keeper whose mountain cabin becomes crowded with thieves, cheating wives and jilted lovers, all of whom claim to be someone else.
  8. “Fletch” Featuring comedian Chevy Chase at his absolute best, “Fletch” follows the titular character through a myriad of fake identities and ridiculous disguises as he attempts to uncover the truth behind a shady businessman. Rife with one-liners and a hilarious performance by Chase, the film is one of the best fake identity movies of all time and has gone on to become a cult classic.
  9. “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” Featuring hilarious performances by actors Steve Martin and Michael Caine as two con artists who use fake identities to con a wealthy heiress, this film was directed by legendary filmmaker Frank Oz and includes an exceptional performance by Glenne Headly as the heiress, Janet Colgate.
  10. “The Sting” This 1973 classic about two Depression-era grifters who use fake identities to scheme a mob boss is one of the best fake identity movies ever made. The Academy Award winning film features a star-studded cast includin Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Ray Walston and Charles Durning.
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