Casino gambling has been a popular film subject for decades. It’s often associated with the gritty underworld of gangsters and mobsters. Well, we like to think we’re a friendly bunch. We do love our films though, and for that reason we’ve decided to round up our 10 favourite gambling films. Take a look and enjoy!
Casino – 1995
Greed, money, power and murder takes place in this intense story about two mobsters fighting over their gambling empire. Casino is a dark tale of the fictional goings on behind a mobster run casino. It has everything from action, violence, guns and romance. It also starts Di Niro, the best gangster around.
Rounders – 1998
Matt Damon stars as a reformed gambler who is forced to return to playing big stakes poker to help pay off a debt. This film involves intense scenes of poker amongst some of the nastiest loan sharks in the business. Rumour has it that Matt Damon toured the pro circuit in preparation for this film. It’s not rare for celebs to dabble with poker, and Damon isn’t an exception. Watch Damon take down some hot shots in Rounders.
Ocean’s Eleven – 2001
George Clooney stars as Danny Ocean, thief expert extraordinaire, as he and his eleven accomplices aim to rob three LA casinos at the same time. Full of action and cool gadgets, this film is not one to be missed.
The Cincinnati Kid – 1965
Starring the legendary Steve McQueen, The Cincinnati Kid tells the tale of an up and coming poker player who has to prove himself in a game of high stakes poker. Has he met his match though? This thriller contains intense scenes of poker – you have been warned.
21 – 2008
Six MIT students, led by Bill Kaplan, took millions from casinos around the world between 1980 – 1993. 21 tells the amazing tale, going into detail about their training, their near misses with casino security and going incognito in their attempts to sneak in. Starring Kevin Spacey, If you are looking for blackjack hints and tips then look no further than 21.
The Gambler – 1974
Axel Freed (James Caan) looks like your typical literature professor, but behind closed doors he’s addicted to gambling. To feed his habit he lends money from his girlfriend and his mother, but when Axel’s situation gets worse, he lends from some loan sharks and things start to get messy. Will he learn to move away from his wicked ways? Find out in The Gambler.
Croupier – 1998
Starring Clive Owen, Croupier tells the tale of an aspiring writer who finds a job as a croupier as a means to live. He realises that his new life as a croupier would make a great novel. There he meets Jenni, who, down on her luck approaches Jack and asks him to be an inside man on a casino heist. Will Jack make the right decision. You’ll have to watch Croupier to find out.
The Sting – 1973
Chicago. 1936. A young con master seeks revenge for his murdered partner. He decides to team up with another con artist to win a fortune from a criminal banker. Starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. This film is a great preamble to the likes of Oceans 11.
Owning Mahowny – 2003
Owning Mahowny stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as a bank manager with millions of dollars at his disposal. This, combined with a gambling problem results in a messy affair with dreadful consequences. This story is based on the biggest one-man bank fraud in Canadian history. Truly a great picture along with amazing acting from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The Good Thief – 2002
One last heist. It’s always one last heist. Set within the French Riviera, Bob Montagnet is set to risk it all on one final gamble. Unfortunately for Bob, he’s already being watched by the omniscient Officer Roger, who is torn between saving the man and arresting him. Bob sets up a crack team of tricksters including a former drug dealer and a confidence trickster. The real question is, will Bob crack the casino? Find out in The Good Thief.
So, there you have it, our top 10 favourite gambling films at luckynuggetcasino.com. Disagree with our list – then drop your comments in the section below. Merry Christmas from all the Lucky Nugget team!