The world of high-stakes gambling and filmmaking go hand-in-hand. So, it's no surprise that some of the world's best movies are about casinos. This guide will look at the best gambling movies of all time.
Casino Royale (2006)
Casino Royale was the 21st film in the James Bond series. It was produced by Eon Productions for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures, with Casino Royale being distributed by Columbia. The movie is set primarily in Montenegro.
Casino is a 1995 crime drama film directed by
Robert De Niro
. The two casino-owners bet on the outcome of games are Sam "Ace" Rothstein (Robert De Niro), the establishment's smooth operator, and Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), his volatile brother-in-law. This film is going to make you want to head straight to Las Vegas. If that's not an option, try playing on Luckynuggetcasino.com.
21 is a 2008 American heist drama film directed by Robert Luketic and starring
, Jacob Pitts. Ben Campbell is a real-life math genius who was rejected from MIT but sneaked into a Harvard University party with the help of his roommate and gets recruited for a group of genius students led by Professor Mickey Rosa.
Uncut Gems (2019)
Uncut Gems is an upcoming American crime drama film written and directed by Josh and Benny Safdie. It stars
, Eric Bogosian, Judd Hirsch, and Pom Klementieff. The film was released on November 30th, 2019, by Netflix.
High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story (2003)
High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story is a 2003 American drama film and the first feature film directed by Billy Corben. It chronicles the rise and fall of real-life high roller Stu Ungar, considered one of history's most outstanding poker players.
The Gambler is a 2014 American black comedy-drama film directed by
and written by William Monahan. It stars
. It depicts the life of Jim Bennett, an English professor with a gambling addiction who becomes indebted to his bookie and finds himself betting on his own student's final exams.
Molly's Game (2017)
Molly's Game is a 2017 American biographical drama film written and directed by
, based on the memoir of the same name by Molly Bloom. The film stars as an Olympic-class skier. She ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons.
Rounders is a 1998 American drama film, written by
and directed by John Dahl. It stars as an amateur poker player who attends law school but continues to play high-stakes poker games to raise tuition money. As he lives with the consequences of his lifestyle, his girlfriend (Gretchen Mol) leaves him.
The Sting (1973)
The Sting is a 1973 American period crime drama film set in 1936, where con artists scam an up-and-coming mobster during the early days of Prohibition. The movie was directed by
George Roy Hill
as two con artists trying to take down a mobster.