Movies and casinos have always been a winning combination, which in history has given birth to many unforgettable films. The reasons are varied, but in general casinos are an environment that lends itself very well to storytelling in pictures. Between borderline characters, stories full of twists and turns and the thrill that only gambling can give, fishing in this world has always been considered a kind of wild card for many production companies. So let's see which are the most deserving films about casino and gambling.
#1 Man Rain / L'homme de la pluie
Charlie (Tom Cruise), overwhelmed by debt, decides toRead more and even to master all the casino games in order to profit from them. He then uses the brilliant mind of his autistic brother Raymond (Dustin Hoffman) to win at all the casinos in Las Vegas. With the influx of incredible winnings, Charlie shakes up his creditors and ends up improving his relationship with his brother as well. Although it was filmed in 1988, this film is timeless and has 4 Oscars to its credit. Man Rain is on Amazon prime Video, Netflix and Aple Tv as well as several other films shot in casinos.
#2 21 Blackjack
21 Blackjack tells the (true) story of a group of students brought together by an MIT math professor, who is played by the great Kevin Spacey. Their job is to remove a large amount of money from Las Vegas casinos using a complicated blackjack card counting strategy.
#3 Casino Royal
Casino Royale is part of the saga of the British agent 007 James Bond. The film takes place in an exclusive and epic game. On one side of the table we have the evil Le Chiffre, who intends to finance his shady activities in a game where millions of dollars are involved. On the other, we have an overconfident James Bond, who initially loses everything, then manages to recover thanks to the intervention of a financial benefactor.
It is a masterpiece by Martin Scorsese with Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci. "Ace" is the nickname of the character played by De Niro. He is the manager of one of the largest casinos in Las Vegas. He owes his success not only to his gambling skills, but especially to the mafia. The film tells the story of the rise and fall of a criminal empire.
#5 Lucky You (Curtis Hanson, 2007)
Father and son play poker once, twice, three times. They are excellent players, but the winner is always the oldest. "The Rules of the Game" again proposes the inner struggle that every child in adulthood goes through to free himself from the bulky figure of his parents. Only here, the battle takes place on a green table at the World Series of Poker Main Event.
#6 A Girl in Las Vegas
Beth is a stripper who comes to Las Vegas with the "chaste" intention of being a waitress. Nothing goes as she imagined. In the deserted city, the young woman meets Dink (Bruce Willis), one of the most famous actors in the city of vice. Despite his flaws, and especially despite the presence of a woman, Beth falls in love with Dink, who doesn't reciprocate but is convinced that the former stripper will bring him luck. This is a funny comedy ideal for a light-hearted evening.
#7 Honeymoon in Las Vegas
The protagonist, played by Nicolas Cage, is sure to be a "straight man" who will gamble in Las Vegas, and win a ton of money. Instead, he finds himself with a huge debt to pay and with only one way to smooth out his financial situation: give his wife to his creditor for a romantic weekend. Misunderstandings, deceptions and action season the story.
#8 Ocean's Eleven, Steven Soderbergh (2001)
Ocean's Eleven is one of the best casino movies. Soderbergh's film is a true heist movie, a genre very dear to the director, which takes place mostly in a Las Vegas casino. Danny Ocean (George Clooney) gets out of jail after a few years.
However, his friend Rusty (Brad Pitt) proposes a staggering heist, targeting the three main casinos in Las Vegas. Together, they form a group to carry out the heist. The film was an immediate success, also thanks to a stellar cast, which includes, in addition to Clooney and Pitt, Matt Damon, Elliott Gould, Casey Affleck and Don Cheadle.
#9 The Hangover, Todd Phillips (2009)
The Hangover is one of the most hilarious and beloved comedies in contemporary mainstream cinema. The film tells the story of four friends, Doug (Justin Bartha), Stuart (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis). The four travel to Las Vegas to celebrate Doug's bachelor party. A few hours before the wedding, the groom is nowhere to be found.