Making Something From Nothing: 6 Of The Greatest Movie Hustlers Of All Time
Hollywood knows what movie goers want to see. People are fascinated by hustlers, cheaters, and grifters who try to get rich by working the big con. While we despise these individuals when we hear or read about their exploits on the news, we want to see their stories on film and how they made the move to deceptive criminal behavior in an attempt to line their pockets. The great ones stand out forever, and the five on this list are the greatest
Henry Gondorff and Johnny Hooker, "The Sting"
Gondorff (Paul Newman) and Hooker (Robert Redford) are two con men working in Chicago. When a mutual friend of theirs is killed by organized crime boss Doyle Lonnegn (Robert Shaw) , the two come together to form an alliance so they can pull a huge scam on Lonnegan. The plot is filled with endless twists and turns that prove how vulnerable even the sharpest crooks can be to a motivated pair of revenge-minded con men. This film won seven Academy Awards in 1974, including Best Picture.
Fast Eddie Felson, "The Hustler"
Felson (Paul Newman) is a hot shot pool player who has more guts than brains. He's not afraid to challenge anyone, and that includes legendary champion Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason). Felson loses a marathon match to Fats, and then spends the rest of the movie learning the fine art of the hustle from his manager Bert Gordon (George C. Scott) and then implementing it.
Frank Abagnale Jr., "Catch Me If You Can"
Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a teenager who learns how to survive by his wits by taking advantage of the trusting nature of people and working the big con. Abagnale learns how to create and cash bad checks as a teenager and then poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer even though he never made it to college, let alone medical school or law school. He avoids getting caught for years before the FBI finally arrests him.
Jake Vig, "Confidence"
Vig (Edward Burns) is a con man who is always looking for the big score. With his crew that includes Gordo (Paul Giamatti), Miles (Brian Van Holt) and sensationally hot Lily (Rachel Weisz), Vig manages to scam millions from crooked banker Morgan Price (Robert Forster). In order to make this happen, Vig enlists the help of two crooked policeman and an equally corrupt FBI agent.
Danny Ocean, "Ocean's 11"
Fresh out of jail, suave thief and con-man Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is looking to get his life back. His wife left him for a smug casino owner, and his partners in crime have ben scattered to the four winds. Only the best hustlers could even dream of getting everything back, let alone pulling off the greatest robbery in Las Vegas history. But Ocean does just that, walking out of Vegas a multi-millionaire.