Casino-themed movies have been a big element of pop culture for many years. From casino scenes on James Bond movies to casino heist movies including 21 and Ocean’s Eleven, people love watching casino and gambler’s lifestyle on the big screen. Although most cannot relate to them, the journey of thrill and risk that the characters take in the movies makes for a great viewing experience for anyone.
There is just no way that you are not intimidated by casino-themed movies if you are into gambling yourself. Granted- the risk you take is far less than the characters in the movie, gamblers can definitely relate to the events in the movies. Here, we have compiled a list of five casino movies that you simply cannot miss. The movies on the list are of different genres so you will not get bored watching 2 or 3 movies in one sitting. Ok, Let’s get started.
No surprises here. We have the 1995 Martin Scorsese classic ‘Casino’ on the top of our list. This movie portrays the raw atmosphere of 70s casino scenes in Las Vegas- the original sin city. With Legendary Robert De Niro as the lead alongside Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone, the movie has everything one can ask for in a casino movie.
Scorsese is a master of his craft and it shows throughout the movie. Many believe this movie aided in a major way to popularize the glamorous and mysterious Las Vegas lifestyle to regular folks. If you still haven’t watched Casino yet, make sure it is the first movie you watch next. Also, for the ones who have already watched it- there is no harm in watching a classic again.
Casino Royale (2006)
How could we not include at least one James Bond movie on this list? Although not primarily a casino-themed movie, Casino Royale has many casino scenes with agent 007 taking part in a high-stakes game of Texas Hold’Em at Le Casino Royale in Montenegro.
Daniel Craig-our current glamorous secret agent has a mission to stop Le Chiffre in the movie, who is a banker operating blood money. As you can expect, the movie is filled with exceptional fight scenes. Be sure you don’t miss out on this one. It is like what they say- you simply can’t go wrong with a James Bond movie.
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
This one is for all the heist movie lovers. Steven Soderbergh’s iconic 2001 movie Ocean’s Eleven is packed with a stellar cast, exciting action scenes and rich humor. You will not get bored with a single scene in the movie. The movie moves fast but once you are accustomed to its pace, you will have no problems enjoying it.
The movie has several sequels but not one of them comes close to the original. Find out if the gang of con artists and professional thieves are able to pull off a 150-million-dollar heist in this 2001 classic.
Molly’s Game (2017)
Molly’s game is one of the best casino-themed movies of recent years. Based on a true story, the movie follows the life of Molly Bloom, a former Olympic skier who decides to take a massive decision to run high stakes poker games.
If the plot does not intrigue you, Jessica Chastain’s brilliant performance as Molly might. Chastain’s amazing performance mixed with a remarkable true story makes sure that you are not able to take your eyes off the screen.
Nothing can beat Rounders when it comes to the best Poker movies of all time. Director John Dahl has made sure that Rounders is not your average gambling movie. He has been successful in giving heart to the movie with friendship and relationship being its two main elements.
Moreover, Matt Damon never disappoints. This is one of his most iconic movie roles of all time. We are confident that you will have a great time watching this beautiful movie about gambling and its consequences.
The last movie on our list is 21, another movie based on a true story. 21 is a story of a team of MIT students who take on casinos and make it big. Meet Ben, a mathematics major down on his luck who teams up with his brilliant teacher Ben and his other students to beat casino houses playing Blackjack in Atlantic City.
Not everything goes according to plan as the team faces serious hurdles along the way. Find out how the story unfolds and if the team succeeds in this excellent work by Robert Luketic.
Well, those were the top casino movies that everyone gambler must watch in our opinion. We have missed some excellent films so here are some honorable mentions:
- The Gambler (2014)
- Atlantic City (1980)
- Croupier (1998)
- The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
- Rain Man (1988)
How did you find the article? Do you think we missed some casino-themed movies that you think are better than the ones on this list? If yes, reach out to us with your suggestions.