The Best American Hustler Films – Dazed & Confused

Out this week is David O. Russell’s frothily funny and farcical latest,¬†American Hustle. Leading the Oscar hype with its gallery of loveable fuck-ups (J-Law’s loud-mouthed, disaster-prone moll chief among them), it sees a pair of small-time hustlers plunged into the mafia big leagues by a power-hungry FBI agent. The underside of the American Dream, with its populace of the survival-desperate selling their skin, stealing or scamming, has often appeared on screen in much less socially sanitised form. Here are some of our favourite American hustler incarnations.

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