Full of high-octane drama, nothing beats casino films. Jam-packed with bright lights, thrills, spills, and plenty of action, it’s no wonder that casinos have been used in some pivotal scenes in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters.
And if you love casino films, you really are spoilt for choice! There are so many epic movies out there to enjoy, but don’t worry! We’ve narrowed it down to ten we think every online casino fan should watch. Here they are, in no particular order:
Staring Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game, follows the true story of Molly Bloom. Molly was an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker games – Toby Maguire and Leonardo Dicaprio were rumoured to be two of her A-List clients among many others – who eventually became an FBI target
When Ben wins a scholarship to the Harvard School of Medicine – and school fees of $300,000 – he turns to card counting at Blackjack. With the help of his maths professor and fellow students, they spend their weekends in Las Vegas counting cards and winning thousands. Ben plans to back out when he makes enough to cover his fees, but will he get corrupted by greed and find himself in over his head?
Ocean’s Eleven (Twelve, Thirteen AND Eight!)
The Ocean’s Quadrolodgy (if that’s even a thing!) just had to have a place on this list! The original casino film, Ocean’s Eleven, follows the suave Danny Ocean and his band of followers as they attempt to stage three simultaneous robberies at Las Vegas Casinos. There are four films in this franchise to watch, perfect for a wet and wintery weekend.
This wouldn’t be a list of casino films without an appearance from 007 himself, and next on the list is Casino Royale. This film follows Bond on his first mission where he faces a mysterious poker player, Le Chiffre, in a high-stakes poker game. There’s all the action you expect from James Bond, with the thrills and spill of Vegas thrown in.
The 2014 remake of the casino film sees Mark Wahlberg star as an all-or-nothing, risk taking professor and high-stakes gambler. When he finds himself in too deep with a gangster and his life on the line, he ends up immersed in an illicit, underground world. Will he take the ultimate risk for a second chance at happiness?
Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
A botched poker game in London sees four Jack-the-lads in over their heads when they lose half a million pounds. What follows sees worlds collide in a series of unexpected events all for the sake of drugs, cash, and two antique shotguns in Guy Ritchie’s infamous casino film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
Would a list of casino films be complete without The Hangover? When three friends wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas with missing teeth – and a missing groom – all hell breaks loose. They must try and remember what happened as they make their way around Vegas in a bid to find the groom before his wedding.
What Happens In Vegas
When Joy and Jack wake up married after a night of drinking in Vegas, things go from bad to worse when one wins a huge Jackpot using the other’s quarter. Unable to agree on who owns the money, the couple are ordered to live together to try and get their hands on the money. Admittedly, this casino film is a little predictable but who doesn’t love a rom-com!?
Two for the Money
Matthew McConaughey and Al Pacino star in this casino film about a promising football player forced out of the professional game by injury. He soon realises his quarterback’s anticipation makes him the perfect person to predict the outcome of the games. Soon, he’s headhunted to work in a gambling advising business, but – as you might expect from Hollywood – it’s not long before things start to unravel.
The final casino film on our list of ones you need to watch is Runner, Runner. Believing he’s been swindled in an online poker game, Princeton grad-student Richie – played by Justin Timberlake – travels to Costa Rica to confront the online gambling tycoon who cheated him out of his winnings. Seduced by the glitz and glamour of the promise of wealth, things suddenly go from bad to worse for Richie.
So there you have it! Ten casino films you need to see. Which of these have you already watched? Did we miss any off the list?