Tearing yourself away from the casino can be tough, especially if you’re on a hot streak, but you’d do well to take a break every now then to recharge. Here is a list of 25 famous gambling movies to keep your mind in the game while you count your winnings.
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10. Lucky You (2007)
The ladies love a winner…as long as he’s winning.
Cast: Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall |
IMBD Rating: 5.9/10
9. Croupier (1998)
If you love gambling but don’t have the skill for it you could get a job as croupier. At the very least you get to see others win and live vicariously through them. This was the life of Jack Manfred, played by Clive Owen, up until he realized that he was witnessing golden material that he could use for his book. Inspiration comes from everywhere.
Cast: Clive Owen, Nick Reding, Nicholas Ball
IMBD Rating: 7.2/10
8. Bookies (2003)
College life is tough. Three students find that their student loans can’t afford them the life that they want to live so they start a business as bookies. Their booming business soon attracts the attention of local authorities as well as rival bookies in the same territory.
Cast: Nick Stahl, Johnny Galecki, Lukas Haas |
IMBD Rating: 6/10
7. Kenny Rogers as The Gambler (1980)
“Don’t ever count your money while you’re sitting at the table.”
This is just one of the many lessons that Brady Hawkes passed on to a young up-and-comer about the game of cards.
Cast: Kenny Rogers, Christine Belford, Bruce Boxleitner
IMBD Rating: 6.2/10
6. All In: The Poker Movie (2011)
Americans have been using poker to chase the American Dream for decades. This is the movie for you if you want to know all about the history of one of America’s oldest games including how politicians have fought against the right of adults to choose how they spend their time and money. All In shows how the professional poker-playing community went on to become a nationally televised sport endorsed and played by celebrities such a George Clooney and Matt Damon.
Cast: Karen Abbott, Peter Alson, Nick Brancato |
IMBD Rating: 6.7/10
5. The Good Thief (2002)
Gambling and law-breaking are always going to be closely associated. Probably because when most gamblers are in the red they resort to crime to stay afloat. It makes the clean players look bad but at least it makes for good stories.
In The Good Thief, an aging gambler aims to rob a casino but the odds are stacked against him as someone has tipped off the cops about his plans.
Cast: Nick Nolte, Ralph Fiennes, Nutsa Kukhianidze
IMBD Rating: 6.6/10
4. Dinner Rush (2000)
Dinner Rush follows the tale of a father-and-son duo who are proprietors of an Italian restaurant and both have vested interests in the gambling world. On one eventful night they are hosting a cop, rival bookmakers and demanding food critic. The plot thickens faster than the soup as the night draws to a climactic end.
Cast: Danny Aiello, Edoardo Ballerini, John Rothman
IMBD Rating: 7.3/10
3. Killing Them Softly (2012)
There are two types of poker players in this world; those that play to win, and those that wait for the high-rollers to put their money on the table then organize a hold-up to steal all of the money because they’re shitty players and know that they have no choice of winning.
Killing them softly is about an amateur crook who is hired by the latter-type of poker player to rob an illegitimate game being hosted by Mafia bosses. Mafia bosses are men of pride and they weren’t going to let this insult go unpunished so they start an investigation into the heist, murdering anybody who may been involved to restore confidence in their local gambling scene.
Cast: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins
IMBD Rating: 6.2/10
2. Saint John of Las Vegas (2009)
If you have a problem with something it may be wise to avoid it. Steve Buscemi stars as gambling addict who moves away from Las Vegas but when he finds himself falling into old patterns he realizes that he can’t keep running from his problems.
Cast: Steve Buscemi, Romany Malco, Sarah Silverman |
IMBD Rating: 5.8/10
1. Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians (2011)
Have you ever been in a casino and sat next to a pious looking gentleman with his hands to the heavens, praying for a good hand? He may just be a Holy Roller, part of a blackjack team made up entirely of church-going Christians. If you’re wondering how they justify their love for high-stakes gambling under the strict rules of their faith, this movie is for you.
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha, Danny A. Abeckaser
IMBD Rating: 5.9/10