In Playing God, you saw a pair of con artists enlist the help of their mentor to relieve a billionaire of his riches, or at least try to, by playing God. In the mood for some more con-com? We’ve got just the list for you. From amateur bungling con artists to winging cons to professionals who do it for a living, here are 7 fraudster movies like Playing God.
A fan of recently released comedies? Here are movies like Long Story Short, an entertaining time-com movie featuring Rafe Spall and Zahra Newman.
1 Tower Heist (2011)
Stars: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Alan Ada
In Tower Heist, it’s the good guys carrying out a con. Josh Kovak (Ben Stiller) is a manager at a high-rise building that houses the elite. One of the residents is a high profile financier. Josh trusts this financier with all of his employees’ pension fund. But, when the financier goes belly up in a fraud that is being investigated by the FBI, he just shrugs his shoulders when asked about the pension fund.
Josh and his team of eclectic employees then put together an elaborate plan to con the conman. A wholesome comedy with many funny characters. Eddie Murphy is at his usual talkative best and Alan Alda is a perfect fit as the charming but cold conman. Tea Leoni is excellent as well, as the FBI agent with a quirky sense of humor. Ben Stiller holds the cast together very well. A movie that definitely deserves a lot better than the 6.2 rating it managed at IMDB.
2 Pain & Gain (2013)
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
What do you get when you put Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie together in a movie? A muscle fest is what. But, where it becomes a comedy is when how the trio team up to participate in a kidnapping and extortion scheme. Their target? A wealthy middle aged man (Tony Shalhoub) who talks a bit too much for his own good.
Believe it or not, this is a movie that is based on a true story. There really are people who think conning their way to riches is a way to realize the American dream. Mark Wahlberg is very funny with his straight faced comedy. But, a special mention has to be made for the acting performance by Tony Shalhoub who plays the kidnapping victim. He is irritable, proud and even trying to traade deals, all while being under the control of the bungling crime trio. A fun movie with many hilarious comedic moments.
3 Focus (2015)
Stars: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro
Will Smith is Nicky, a smooth con man. Conning is what he does for a living and he is very good at it. But, when Jess (Margot Robbie), a beautiful femme fatale enters his world, he is both enchanted by her beauty and her deceit. Is she in on his cons or does she have her own agenda? The cat and mouse game of love and partnership unfolds over their plan to pull off a con that might just let them walk away for good.
There’s good comedy and chemistry between the two con-artists. If eye candy is your thing, there’s plenty on offer in this movie, especially from the stunning Margot Robbie.
4 The Good Liar (2019)
Stars: Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey, Jim Carter
Conmen are usually very charming. When Director Bill Condon picked Sir Ian McKellen as the con artist for this movie, he made a wise choice. Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen) is charming, well spoken and chivalrous. But, beneath that warm and sophisticated demeanor lies a cold hearted soul with nothing but eyes on the prize.
His mark here is Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren), a rich widow who he woos with his gentlemanly charm. But, as he carefully builds the pretense to simply make her write over her fortune to him, the plot turns the tables on him. A movie you will appreciate for the art of the old fashioned con!
5 We’re the Millers (2013)
Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Ed Helms
In We’re the Millers, David Clark is a small time pot dealer. When he owes some bad people money he doesn’t have, he decides to bring in a shipment of weed from Mexico. He needs a cover to con the border patrolling DEA. That’s where he enlists members in his con family. Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts and Will Poulter will do nicely.
The family looks the part, but don’t really know what they are doing. None of them are criminals and it is hilarious to see them attempt to get back stateside. Their road trip takes them through some funny characters played by Ed Helms, Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn. A thoroughly enjoyable movie that fully deserves its 7.0 rating at IMDB. The chemistry between the makeshift family members is hilarious.
6 Ocean’s Eleven Movie Franchise
Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Bernie Mac, Andy Garcia, Al Pacino and many more
Starting with Ocean’s Eleven, the entire movie franchise (Twelve, Thirteen and Eight) is about big stake heists. The original was directed by Steven Soderbergh and is both entertaining and funny to watch. George Clooney is Danny Ocean. His trusted confidante is Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt). They and their team of heist and robbery specialists out their crimes with finesse, deceit and class. There’s no violence or guns. It’s just smooth conmen doing what they do best, pulling a fast one that will net them millions at a time.
7 Masterminds (2016)
Stars: Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Ross Kimball, Jason Sudeikis
If you are not a fan of cringe comedy, you can disregard this movie. But, if that genre’s acting and script doesn’t bother you, this is another con movie you can consider. As ridiculous as the plot is going to sound, it is based on a true story that happened in 1997.
David Ghantt works as a driver of an armored vehicle. He isn’t very smart. In fact, he is quite a dullard. So, when con-woman Kelly (Kristen Wiig) gets employment alongside David, she sees an easy scapegoat in him. Use him to rob the armored vehicle and let him take all the blame. She ropes in her boyfriend Steve (Owen Wilson) to come up with a ridiculously faulted plan that somehow works, allowing them to walk away with no less than 17 Million in cash.
If that wasn’t shocking, the aftermath is even more unbelievable. A parallel plot explores poor David’s blind love for Kelly, despite how she has completely used him. What will perhaps shock you the most is the very little combined IQ that is required to pull of a 17 Million heist, if the real story is anything to go by. Don’t let the movie’s title fool you! There’s nothing smart about these people, except that they pulled it off!