Glamour, drama, crime – Las Vegas is the perfect backdrop for a good movie. In this article, we have rounded up some of the most iconic gambling movies of all time. If you love gambling, these movies need to be on your must-watch list!
21 follows the real story of the MIT Blackjack Team, an infamous group of students that stripped casinos of millions of dollars during the 70s and 80s. The team used a sophisticated card counting method which allowed them to accurately predict the next card in the deck. This movie is a must-watch for any blackjack fan.
Casino is one of Martin Scorsese’s most iconic crime movies. The plot follows ex-gangster Sam “Ace” Rothstein, masterfully played by Robert De Niro. In the film, Sam lives a quiet life – but it all changes when his old mafia friend Nicky Santoro shows up and asks for his help. Casino showcases the glamour of 1970s Las Vegas – but also its darker sides.
Matt Damon plays the role of the up-and-coming poker player Mike McDermott in Rounders, one of the most celebrated poker movies of all time. The movie takes place in New York’s underground poker clubs, where Mike tries to make a name for himself as a professional poker player. It all comes down to an intense heads up match between him and his feared rival: Teddy KGB, played by John Malkovich.
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Brad Pitt are just some of the stars featured in this Hollywood blockbuster. In Ocean’s Eleven, Danny Ocean and his team of professional thieves plan a high-risk casino heist, targeting three of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas. This comedy/crime thriller will have you gripped from start to finish.
Casino Royale (2006)
James Bond might be best known for his daring missions and expensive cars, but it turns out 007 is quite the poker player as well. In Casino Royale, Mr. Bond’s mission is to take out the poker-playing bad guy Le Chiffre, played by Mads Mikkelsen. How? By taking all his chips in a high stakes poker game. Casino Royale is famous for the incredible poker showdown at the end of the movie.