There’s nowhere quite like
. This 24-hour party town is situated in the middle of the desert and is home to some of the world’s most iconic hotels and casinos. So, it’s no surprise that there have been plenty of films based there. Here are the most iconic movies set in Las Vegas.
Starring Robert De Niro,
, Casino is based on the true story of Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal (Woods), a Las Vegas casino manager who was involved in skimming money from his own operation. Nicholas Pileggi’s non-fiction book of the same name was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won three:
received his first Best Director Oscar nomination, while Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese were both nominated for their screenplay. After watching this film, you're going to need to visit spincasino.com/nz/ to practice your skills.
OCEAN’S ELEVEN (2001)
As the name suggests, this is a movie about a gang of thieves. The lead thief is Danny Ocean (), who forms a gang called ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ after deciding that breaking into four Vegas casinos simultaneously will be the perfect way to get revenge on the casino owner who ruined his brother and stole $10 million from him.
VIVA LAS VEGAS (1964)
Starring Elvis Presley, this film was based on a story by Elwood Ullman and Norman Panama. The musical comedy is about race car driver Lucky Jackson (Presley), who accidentally marries a showgirl named Rusty Martin (Connie Stevens).
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971)
The fifth installment in the James Bond series, starring as MI6 agent 007, follows our hero as he attempts to recover diamonds smuggled out of Africa. The trail leads him to Las Vegas, where he must defeat a professional hitman who has been paid to kill him.
FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (1998)
The cult classic based on the Hunter S. Thompson book of the same name, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, is a surreal trip to Sin City during which journalist Raoul Duke (played by ) attempts to cover a motorcycle race. At the same time, his attorney Dr. Gonzo (
Benicio Del Toro
), takes lots of drugs.
, Swingers stars and his real-life buddy
as two struggling actors who move to Vegas after a friend gets them tickets to a
concert. Vaughn plays Mike Peters – an up-and-coming furniture designer/bartender – while Favreau is Trent Walker.
AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY (1997)
The first of three Austin Powers films see returning to the city he once called home. There’s a rapid-fire succession of gags set around the iconic Flamingo Hotel (now the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino), as well as the Tropicana and Caesars Palace. It was partly filmed at the Riviera and Desert Inn.
Inspired by Ben Mezrich’s non-fiction book Bringing Down the House:
The Inside Story
of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, 21 is a gritty look at card counting and casino skimming that studiously avoids glamorizing Las Vegas to differentiate itself from other movies set in the same city. It follows a group of students from M.I.T as they become proficient card counters and fleece casinos out of millions.