Recently, the world was caught up with catching Shonda Rhimes’ Inventing Anna, the latest Netflix docudrama that is centred around Anna Delvey, an infamous fake socialite who manipulates New York citizens for money. This is inspired by a true story, and of course, as many people are fascinated by the story of con artists, they flocked to Netflix to binge-watch it.
And if you’re one of those who have finished binge-watching the show, we’re pretty sure you’re now feeling a sense of loss and despair because there’s no more episodes to catch. The feeling of ‘what now?’ echoes in your mind as you struggle to look for tidbits of information about the show to make yourself feel better.
If you’ve just finished Inventing Anna and you’re itching to find another show that can take away that despair, take a look at this list of other shows with a similar genre so that you can continue your binge and be filled with hope and excitement again!
1. Catch Me If You Can
Catch Me If You Can, a movie directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, follows the story of Frank William Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio), a teenager who ran away from home in 1963 after encountering family issues.
As he needed money, he began conning people and establishments of millions of dollars in order to survive. He was a master of deception, and also a brilliant forger, whose skill catapulted him to fame.
By the age of 17, Abagnate became the most successful bank robber in the United States. With his scams becoming bolder, FBI agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) makes it his mission to capture Frank.
Watch it on Netflix today!
2. The Tinder Swindler
There has been a lot of talk surrounding The Tinder Swindler, and if you have not caught up to speed, The Tinder Swindler is a documentary that tells the story of Israeli conman Simon Leviev (born Shimon Hayut) who portrayed himself to be a wealthy, jet-setting diamond mogul. He used the dating application Tinder to meet women and con them of millions of dollars.
The documentary then follows the group of women who were victims on their hunt for Leviev to recover the money lost.
Find out what happens by watching The Tinder Swindler on Netflix.
3. I Care A Lot
I Care A Lot is about Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike), a con artist who makes a living by manipulating the legal system into granting her guardianship over elders who she claims are unable to take care of themselves. She places them in an assisted living facility and proceeds to sell off their properties and assets for money.
One day, she hears about a wealthy retiree that she can take advantage of. She proceeds with her plan. However, little did she know that this retiree actually has ties to a powerful gangster.
This satirical black comedy thriller film can be watched on Netflix.
Lupin tells the story of Assane Diop (Omar Sy) who is looking to avenge his father who died by suicide after meeting with injustice caused by a wealthy ex-employer.
He seeks revenge by using con techniques he learned from Arsène Lupin, a fictional con artist character in a series of books that Assane used to read when he was young. He is successful thus far, but later becomes a person of interest after a detective who is a fan of Lupin crosses his path.
There are currently two seasons, and a third is coming soon. Find out more by watching Lupin on Netflix.
5. Dirty John
Dirty John is an American true crime anthology series that focuses on the life and exploits of John Meehan (Eric Bana). He was a master of deception and portrayed himself to be a charming, well-educated doctor by using well-rehearsed narratives to attract the attention of smart, beautiful women.
Behind his facade, he was found to have been in and out of prison. He was also addicted to drugs and had a history of threatening and intimidating women.
Find out what he did in detail by catching Dirty John on Netflix.
6. The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Conman
Similar to Leviev, Robert Hendy-Freegard is a con artist who has assumed many different identities and personalities. In The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Conman, a three-part docuseries, you’ll get to learn more about how Henry-Freegard posed as an M15 agent to isolate his victims and steal money from them over a long period of 20 years.
The family of his latest victim shares their experience in the docu-series and plead for the safe return of their mother.
Watch The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Conman on Netflix to find out more.
7. This is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist
This is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist offers a deeper insight into the notorious 1990 art heist where two men conned their way into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston dressed as cops and took off with 13 artworks totalling more than a few hundred million. Some of the works included irreplaceable ones by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Manet, and Degas.
Watch This is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist on Netflix to find out the circumstances behind this crime.
8. The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street is a classic movie that pretty much everyone knows about, and you definitely should catch it if you have not.
The movie is about Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DeCaprio), a man who takes up an entry-level job at a Wall Street brokerage firm in 1987. In just a couple of years, he starts his own firm, Stratton Oakmont, and brings along his trusted lieutenant (Jonah Hill). He then hires a band of brokers and together with them, Belfort starts defrauding wealthy investors to make a fortune.
The story unfolds and as Belfort revels in his newfound wealth, the SEC and the FBI start to investigate and close in on his empire of success.
Interested to know what went down? Watch The Wolf of Wall Street on Amazon Prime.
9. White Collar
White Collar is a television series that tells the tale of an unlikely partnership between Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer), a charming con artist, and Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), an FBI agent. Burke has been pursuing Caffrey for years, and Burke finally catches him.
Caffrey escapes the maximum-security prison to find his long-lost love, but he is caught by Burke once again. Instead of returning back to jail, Caffrey proposes that he provide his criminal expertise to assist the FBI in catching other criminals.
Want to know more about their partnership? Watch White Collar on Amazon Prime.
Unlike Anna in Inventing Anna who adopted just one identity, Maddie Jonson (Inbar Lavi) is a con artist who works under a mysterious figure called ‘The Doctor’ (Ray Proscia) alongside other con artists such as Max (Brian Benben) and Sally (Katherine LaNasa).
Maddie makes use of her good looks and skilled deception techniques to lure victims into marriage before fleeing with their most valuable assets. In order to ensure that her identity is not revealed by the victims, she leaves behind a threatening video before moving on to her next conquest.
As she continues her defrauding ways, three of her former victims collaborate to bring her down.
Watch Imposters on Amazon Prime to find out if they were successful!
11. The Dropout
The Dropout is one of the latest documentaries to join the line-up of shows about con artists, and while it is not on Netflix, you can still catch the miniseries on Disney+.
The Dropout is about Elizabeth Holmes (Amanda Seyfried) and Theranos, a billion-dollar health technology company she founded. She claimed that her company would be able to revolutionise the medical industry by developing a radical blood test that is able to diagnose diseases.
She was later found to have lied to her company’s investors on the ‘ground-breaking technology’ that she claimed to have, which led to her downfall.
Find out more about Holmes’ rise and fall by watching The Dropout on Disney+.
12. The Con
The Con is an American true crime television series that explores the tales of various victims who have been conned by claims and promises that proved to be too good to be true. Some of the topics discussed include identity fraud, romance scams, the high-profile college admission scandal, and Fyre Festival.
Learn more about what the victims were going through at the time of the scams and also hear accounts from witnesses, law enforcement, and even the perpetrators themselves.
Watch The Con on Disney+.