Casinos are exciting places and as such they make great backdrops for movies and there are some really great casino themed films that have been made over the years. We’re sure that the mention of this brings a few of your favourite movies to mind.
Here we take a look at some of the most popular casino related movies of all time.
21 is a movie about the famous MIT blackjack team who took Las Vegas Casinos by storm, walking away with millions by counting cards at the city’s largest casinos. This film takes a look at how it all began and how the team had to be on the top of their games in order to stay ahead of the house and avoid getting caught.
This is a classic casino movie that is as much about the mob as it is casinos which in the rich history of Las Vegas are basically one and the same. This film takes a look at the mob’s role in what is now legalised gambling and the depths that people sink to when greed takes over. This is definitely one of Martin Scorsese’s best works, not to mention that it also stars Sharon Stone, Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci.
James Bond is synonymous with casinos, making an appearance in them in almost every movie from the original release of Casino Royale in 1967 to the present day Skyfall where he takes time out to play poker in addition to his regular favourite game of Baccarat.
This film was originally released in 1960 but it was really made famous by the stellar cast in the re-make of it in 2001 which included big names like Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Julia Roberts. The plot focuses on a mega casino heist in Las Vegas that is pulled off by a team of thieves for one of the biggest scores of all time.
The Cooler is a lesser known Indie film which is set in Las Vegas and features William H Macy as the “cooler” which is someone who can put an end to any gamblers lucky streak. The film also stars Alec Baldwin and is definitely worth the watch if you haven’t seen it before.
This is probably one of the most hilarious movies ever made and takes you on the adventure of a lifetime with Las Vegas as the setting for an epic bachelor party that goes totally wrong. Gambling, strip clubs, impromptu weddings, facial tattoos and wild parties involving drugs, booze, strippers and a tiger are just a few things you’ll encounter on what can only be described as one wild ride.
Rounders takes you into the world of high stakes poker, introducing you to the game of Texas Hold’em. It is a great gambling movie featuring outstanding performances from a young Matt Damon, Ed Norton and John Malkovich.
When a Princeton graduate believes he has been swindled in an online poker game he travels to Costa Rica to confront the casino operator who turns the tables on him by offering immeasurable wealth. But Richie soon learns the truth about his boss and is confronted by the FBI who is trying to bring the gambling ring down leaving him facing the biggest gamble of his life – out manoeuvring both his evil boss and the FBI. Starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck, Runner Runner is definitely one to watch.