Naughty boys club
I’m often asked for film recommendations with themes related to pickup and seduction. If you’re looking for purely PUA inspiration then I’ve compiled a solid list of men to emulate with women.
For my favourite films in the wider hustle / heist category I’ve put together this post of the top 20 movies related to sneaky bastards, dirty tricksters and the Art of the Con. If I’ve missed out your favourite antihero then add them below in the comments…
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The Hustler (1961) – Paul Newman hustles in the shady world of smoke-filled pool halls for glory and his sanity.
The Colour Of Money (1986) – Sequel to ‘The Hustler’ with Newman taking on an apprentice (Tom Cruise) who soon becomes his hustling competitor.
The Sting (1973) – Aspiring con man (Robert Redford) teams up with a pro (Paul Newman) to pull off a revenge heist against an old boss.
Get Carter (1971) – Carter (Michael Caine) is a London gangster heading to Newcastle to avenge his brother’s murder.
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) – Bored millionaire Thomas Crown (Steve McQueen) plots to rob a bank without having to do any work himself.
The Italian Job (1969) – A British gangster (Michael Caine) plans a gold robbery in Italy using an elaborate traffic jam and some Mini Coopers
Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid (1969) – True story of two of the most likeable outlaws in history; Butch (Newman) & Sundance (Redford).
Goodfellas (1990) / Casino (1995) – A natural Scorsese pairing, Goodfellas is mob life power battles in NYC and Casino is the Vegas version
The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) – True story of Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio) and his merry band of hustling brokers on Wall Street.
Jackie Brown (1997) – A very underrated Tarantino film about a flight attendant smuggling money for her pimp-like boss (Samuel L. Jackson)
Blow (2001) – True story of George Jung’s (Johnny Depp) rise and fall of drug trafficking for Colombia’s Medellin Cartel
Ocean’s Eleven (2001) – Danny Ocean (Clooney) puts together an eleven member team for an elaborate casino heist
The Usual Suspects (1995) – Con man Kint (Kevin Spacey) tries to convince the feds that an enigmatic ‘Keyser Soze’ is the real heist master
Catch Me If You Can (2002) – Based on the life of Frank Abagnale Jr (DiCaprio), a master of deception leading the FBI on a wild chase
Layer Cake (2004) – A London coke dealer (Daniel Craig) gets caught up in bigger hustles whilst trying to go on the straight and narrow
Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998) – Four friends lose a game of high stakes poker and resort to robbing robbers, with big consequences
Sexy Beast (2000) – ‘One last job’ for ex-villain Gal (Ray Winstone) masterminded by his nemesis Don (Ben Kingsley)
Heat (1995) – Another ‘one last heist’ plan for a master criminal (De Niro) who’s being pursued by a unhinged lieutenant (Pacino)
The Old Man & The Gun (2018) – True story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), a bank robber and prison escape artist into his 80s
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For some impressive TV series about the world of conmen, hustlers, grifters and tricksters then also look up the following:
Narcos (2015) – cocaine drug cartels
White Collar (2009) – ex-conman helps FBI
Sneaky Pete (2015) – another ex-con has a new identity
Peaky Blinders (2013) – post WW1 UK gang
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And for a daygame movie inspired by all of the above then look no further than here: