Robert Redford and Paul Newman played the movie world’s greatest con artists of all time, according to a poll today.
They were named the big screen’s most crafty swindlers for their part as depression era gamblers in the 1973 film The Sting.
They played Johnny Hooker and Henry Gondorff, who set out to avenge the death of a fellow con artist in 1930s Chicago.
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jnr are second on the list, compiled by UCI Cinemas, with the classic rat pack movie Ocean’s Eleven.
In the movie Sinatra’s character Danny Ocean assembles 10 fiends to rob five of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas in one night. The 2001 Ocean’s Eleven remake, starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney, comes sixth on the list.
Third is Steven McQueen as the suave but bored millionaire in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), although the 1999 remake starring Pierce Brosnan fails to make the top ten.
Leonardo DiCaprio takes fifth place in Catch Me if You Can (2002), the true story of con artist Frank Abagnale Jr, who poses as everything from a pilot to an attorney while forging cheques and evading the FBI.
Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers are eighth for the 1995 film The Ladykillers (1955), the dark comedy set in London. This classic was recently remade by the Coen brothers, with Tom Hanks starring.
UCI Cinemas spokeswoman Lianne Butterfield said: “Most of the films voted for in this poll have one thing in common – smooth-talking stars who know how to charm either the socks off a woman or millions of pounds from a businessman.”
The chain surveyed 2,000 cinemagoers on their favourite swindlers.
The top movie con artists are:
1. The Sting (1973) – Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) and Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman)
2. Ocean’s Eleven (1960) – Danny Ocean (Frank Sinatra), Sam Harmon (Dean Martin) and Josh Howard (Sammy Davis Jr)
3. The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) – Thomas Crown (Steve McQueen)
4. Paper Moon (1973) – Moses Pray (Ryan O’Neal)
5. Catch Me If You Can (2002) – Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio)
6. Ocean’s Eleven (2001) – Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt)
7. The Grifters (1990) – Roy Dillon (Jon Cusack), Lilly Dillon (Angelica Huston) and Myra Langtry (Annette Bening)
8. The Ladykillers (1955) – Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness) and Harry (Peter Sellers)
9. Matchstick Men (2003) – Roy Waller (Nicolas Cage) and Frank Mercer (Sam Rockwell)
10. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) – Lawrence Jamieson (Michael Caine) and Freddy Benson (Steve Martin).