People are fascinated by gambling, the thrill making it an attractive activity. Most people have actually gambled at various parts of their lives: guessing at a question on a test, playing rock-paper-scissors, asking someone on a date. Gambling might be featured in the film industry because it’s something that most people are familiar with. In fact, some of the most famous movies have scenes with gambling. Here are some of the best gambling movies, and their IMDB descriptions, to watch when you’ve got time to kill.
A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire, and over a fast living and fast loving socialite.
Casino Royale (2006)
Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007, and must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro, but things are not what they seem.
The Sting (1973)
Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con.
“wonderful 30s movie style enhances the sense of good, harmless, nostalgic fun.”
The Hustler (1961)
An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match.
“21” is the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.
The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
An up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game.
The Gambler (1974)
Literature professor and gambler Jim Bennett’s debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation, is his relationship with one of his students. Don’t waste your time on the (2014) remake.
A young, reformed gambler must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks, while balancing his relationship with his girlfriend and his commitments to law school.
True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.
The Cooler (2003)
In an old school Las Vegas casino, its top gambling jinx breaks his curse when he falls in love, much to his boss’ consternation.