Hollywood’s fascination with gambling and casino life is obvious in the number of movies that focus on the gambling theme, from thrillers to comedies to action films that keep you on the edge of your seat.
Movie lovers who like gambling in the real life as well, especially playing Lotto games, can also take a break from watching movies and buy some lottery tickets at Multilotto. You will better enjoy a good casino-themed movie knowing you’ve got a real chance at winning yourself.
Below you will find a list of the best casino movies that will keep your adrenaline high and make you feel the thrill of the action.
First off, a classic movie starring Robert De Niro is the 1996 Casino. The action happens between two mobster friends who fight over a gambling empire. De Niro portrays casino operator Same ‘Ace’ Rothenstien, whose life gets destroyed by Nicky Santoro, a gangster played by Joe Pesci. Based on real-life events, the movie is directed by Martin Scorsese and reveals the dark side of Las Vegas and being a gangster.
The Gambler, a remake of the classic 70s film of the same name, tells the story of gambling addict Jim Bennet, a literature professor who gets head over heels in debt after a few rounds of Blackjack. Mark Wahlberg plays the main character and he delivers a great performance alongside Brie Larson, who portrays one of his students who turns out to be his lifesaving boat.
Casino Royale, the 21st movie in the James Bond series, came out in 2006 and starred Daniel Graig as the 007 agent. In it, the British secret agent embarks on a mission to prevent a private banker who finances terrorists from winning a high-stakes poker game at Casino Royale, Montenegro. According to critics, this is more than just an action-filled movie, sparkled with romance and spying, it might arguably be the best movie in the Bond series.
Ocean’s Eleven premiered in 2001 and brought another interesting gambling-related story in cinemas. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the movie is about a group of eleven wrongdoers who plan the biggest heist in history: robbing three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously. They manage to execute it and walk away with $150 million. Ocean’s Eleven stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia, Julia Roberts, and Matt Damon, and is a very fun movie to watch.
Another casino-themed movie is 21, which tells the story of six MIT students who became experts in the art of counting cards and set off to Las Vegas and take casinos by storm winning millions in Blackjack. Nonetheless, their plan of getting rich starts to go south after their scan of card counting is unveiled by the casinos. The film, which premiered in 2008, is directed by Robert Luketic and stars Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Aaron Yoo, and others.
Maverick, the 1994 film directed by Richard Donner, is the story of a poker player who needs some money to enter a major poker tournament. Mel Gibson portrays the gambler who joins forces with a female player (Jodie Foster) in his quest to amass the necessary bankroll to enter the game.
And finally, Rain Man is a movie not only about gambling, but also about family ties, mental health and Vegas life. Tom Cruise plays Charlie Babbit, a businessman who takes his autistic brother Raymond to Vegas and enlists his help to win big at Blackjack.