- Award Snub: Despite its success at the Academy Awards, Robert Shaw missed out on a Best Supporting Actor nomination. It's often considered that this is because he demanded his name be placed before the title, thus cementing himself as a lead. If not for that, the supporting nom would have been a shoo-in.
- Chaotic Neutral: Johnny Hooker, the unpredictable and erratic young con man, especially in the first part of the movie.
- Crowning Moment of Funny: Many, but particularly the poker game, in which Gondorff is trying to become utterly despised.
Gondorff: Sorry I'm late, I was taking a crap.
- Ear Worm: Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer".
- Fridge Brilliance: Marvin Hamlisch's adaption of Scott Joplin's ragtime music may be an odd choice for the the score since they're from the turn of the century and out of fashion by the time of the movie's setting, 1936. However, it was the music of the younger days of older con men like Luther, Walter Gondorf and the other members of the team. The jazz of the more "modern" gangster wouldn't fit.
- Sequelitis: We just... don't talk about The Sting II.
- WTH, Casting Agency?: Hollywood Mr. Fanservice Robert Redford's Love Interest is... unseemly. And is not like she has a intriguing personality or something like other movies tried to address, she is a random diner waitress apparently.
- Which is a nice case of Fridge Brilliance: she seems just the kind of unimportant, tertiary character you'd never suspect of having any relevance to the story. Plus, it makes it more believable that she'd be into a random, shady guy whose name she does not know just for his attractiveness.