Many people have seen movies with a story line about gambling. Gambling is no game and should be taken seriously. Here are 10 movies about gambling to watch with caution.
Movies About Gambling
1. The Gambler
Though it’s not about gambling directly, this movie is one of the best films on the topic to date. It follows a young man who has a chronic addiction to gambling and is willing to do just about anything in order to get more and more money to put into games of chance. After getting his friend killed, he’s forced to put his life back together and try his hand at being a professional writer. This is one of those films that’ll make you think twice before going near things like poker or any other game where your bankroll can be ruined in an instant.
Based on the real-life story of Frank Rosenthal, a former Vegas high stakes gambler who was imprisoned in 2004 for running an illegal gambling ring.
3. The Hangover
A Vegas wedding gets out of hand, then they wake up the next morning with no memory of what happened the night before and must find a way to get home.
An adaptation of David Mamet’s screenplay about four friends who are fighting to stay alive after they start a round through underground poker games in New York City. This film is considered one of the best poker movies out there.
5. The Cincinnati Kid
A poker game in Cincinnati gets Wild Bill Hickok to risk his life savings and reputation on a single hand of cards. The movie stars Steve McQueen and Edward G. Robinson and is directed by Norman Jewison.
6. Casino Royale
This is one of the best James Bond films ever made and although it doesn’t really have anything to do with gambling, it’s still a fantastic film that every movie fan should see. “Casino Royale” follows James Bond as he’s sent on a mission to bankrupt a billionaire known only as Le Chiffre, which ends up being more difficult than he originally thought. The movie introduces everyone’s favorite British secret agent who comes across characters such as the beautiful Vesper Lynd, who he falls for and quickly develops feelings for.
7. The Usual Suspects
Most people would think that this movie would be right up there with “Casino Royale” or even “Rounders” in terms of how great it is, but sadly it’s not as good as those two movies (yet!). That being said, this is still one of the greatest crime dramas to ever be made and if you’re a fan of such things, then you need to see “The Usual Suspects. It’s one of the best movies on this list, so if you’re looking for something that’ll make you think twice before placing a bet, then this is the movie for you. Usual Suspects” tells the story of a man named Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey) who is suspected of killing his boss and stealing a huge sum of money from him. His friends are called together in order to help him get away from police by turning on one another and trying to figure out what really happened in the process. “The Usual Suspects” is a fantastic movie and one that you’ll want to see at least a few times before you’re satisfied with the entertainment it has to offer.
8. The Hustler
Mickey Gubitosi is an up-and-coming pool player who decides to leave his resort life in California for the East Coast and make more money in pool halls across New York City. Directed by Robert Rossen, Steve McQueen won the Academy Award for Best Actor in his role as Mickey.
9. The Color of Money
A 1986 film that follows the life and career of Vincent Lauria, a pool hustler who is discovered by a retired former pool hustler named Fast Eddie (Paul Newman) who feels he could make it as a champion once again.
Whatever your reasons may be, there are plenty of movies about gambling worth watching.