Top 20 poker movies

What is poker – gambling or sport? This is a tricky question, as there is still no definitive answer to it. Any gambler will say – sport! Anyone who has never sat at a poker table will definitely answer – the game! Well, let’s just say it doesn’t matter. It is important that movies about poker tournaments, intrigues and cheating are always a damn exciting sight. We offer a selection of the best poker movies that have received high ratings and green reviews from viewers around the world.

Player (2020)

The novelty of Russian cinema tells about an unlucky lover of online poker, who is firmly stuck in trouble. University lecturer Andrei is deeply in debt and family problems. The wife threatens to leave, the teenage son is smoking, the collectors are pushing every day more and more insistently. In addition, also dismissal from work before the New Year . There is only one way to solve all the problems in one fell swoop – to win back urgently.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Gosha Kutsenko, Maria Shukshina, Alexander Robak …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Big game (2017)

Former skier Molly Bloom, who left professional sports due to injury, gets a job as an assistant to the organizer of underground card competitions. The big game attracts serious and wealthy people, and Molly grasps everything on the fly. With an impressive customer base on hand, she decides to go into business on her own. Actors, directors, business tycoons – everyone is ready to play under her command. Things go uphill until the Russian mafia appears at the smell of big money.

Original title:
Molly’s Game

Genre:
Drama, crime, biography

Actors:
Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera…

Country:
USA, Canada, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Poker Night (2014)

The action-packed film about a policeman and a maniac begins with a game of poker, which will become crucial for the protagonist. Young Detective Stan receives an invitation to Poker Night, an annual event that brings together the state’s hardest-hitting cops and unfired youth. The old people at the game are talking about past exploits, and the youth shakes their heads. Returning home after another gathering, Stan suddenly finds himself captured by a psychopath and understands that everything he heard at the poker table can be of great use to him in salvation.

Original title:
Poker Night

Genre:
Thriller, crime, detective

Actors:
Bo Mirchoff, Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito …

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Mississippi Walk (2014)

The golden years of the elderly gambler Jerry are already behind, but one day, in his wanderings through the southern states, he meets a young and ambitious Curtis, who shows serious promise. Players understand that they can be useful to each other. Old man Jerry needs a “talisman” to regain his former fortune, and Curtis needs an experienced mentor. Having become friends in the joint pursuit of fortune, they go to New Orleans for a major poker tournament in order to hit a serious jackpot there.

Original title:
Mississippi Grind

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds, Sienna Miller …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Va-bank (2013)

The top films about poker continue with the criminal story of an American student, Richie, who earns money for college in an online casino. Once the guy loses an impressive amount and is left without funds for his studies. Suspecting that he was the victim of fraud, he travels to Costa Rica in the hope of getting the truth from the owner of this business. As a result, Richie not only returns the money, but also gets a new job. But a good start does not guarantee that everything will go smoothly.

Original title:
Runner Runner

Genre:
Thriller, crime

Actors:
Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Poker King (2009)

The owner of the largest casino in Macau dies, and the establishment is taken over by the local card authority and unsurpassed champion Uno Chowk. The casino has a legitimate heir, the son of the deceased owner, young Chang, but master Uno is not going to share with anyone. The only way out is to beat the villain in the Asian Poker Championship. It is only necessary to find a suitable mentor, and Chang is lucky in this.

Original title:
Pou hak wong

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Louis Koo, Sean Lau, Josie Ho …

Country:
Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.1

Age limit:
16+


Players (2008)

A fascinating film about a professional poker player who was able to raise a more than worthy opponent for himself. Alex, a recent college graduate, is trying his hand at professional poker, but he clearly needs a mentor. Poker ace Tommy Vinson notices an outstanding talent in the young man and decides to take him on training. The teacher and the student are satisfied with the cooperation, but in the end they become the main rivals in the fight for the world title.

Original title:
Deal

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Burt Reynolds, Bret Harrison, Shannon Elizabeth …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Lucky (2007)

Hack Cheever is a talented poker player who is willing to risk everything to become the world champion. The only catch is that he does not have money for a fee to participate in the event. The championship in Las Vegas is already on the nose, and the guy is haunted by failure. In addition, his father, who abandoned Hak and his mother a few years ago, arrives in the city to participate in the competition. Once his father was his first teacher, now they have to confront not only in life, but also in the fight for the title.

Original title:
Lucky You

Genre:
Drama, Romance, Sports

Actors:
Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall, Debra Messing, Robert Downey Jr….

Country:
USA, Germany, Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Casino Royale (2006)

This action movie of the famous film franchise about the adventures of Agent 007 is not accidentally included in the list of the best films about poker. According to the plot, James Bond needs to neutralize the major financial criminal Le Schiffer. But the main battle should take place not with the help of weapons, but behind the green cloth of the card table. Le Schiffer organizes a major poker tournament, the proceeds of which will go to finance terrorists , and for the success of the operation, Bond will need to show the talent of a true player.

Original title:
Casino Royale

Genre:
Action, thriller, adventure

Actors:
Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench…

Country:
UK, Czech Republic, USA, Germany, Bahamas

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
16 +


Player (2003)

Based on a true story, this biography film follows the life of the famous card genius Stu Unger. Already at the age of 14, he became the most famous poker player in New York, spinning in the illegal shadow business. And at the age of 20, Anger, fleeing mafia persecution and serious debts, fled to Las Vegas, where he managed to become the youngest world champion in the history of the tournament. The film is built as a story-confession on behalf of the protagonist, who is on his deathbed.

Original Title :
Stuey

Genre:
Drama, Biography

Actors:
Al Bernstein, Andrew N.S. Glaser, Michael Imperioli …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Dexterous Hands (2002)

The list of the best poker movies would be sleazy if it didn’t include a movie about real card cheats. Vernon has all the qualities that a successful card swindler needs – he is smart, charming and handles the deck like a true virtuoso. Once he earned a living with street tricks, but he realized that real money was waiting for him only at the gaming table. After conceiving a serious scam against the crime king of Los Angeles poker, Vernon gathers a desperate team ready to take risks for a big win.

Original title:
Shade

Genre:
Thriller, crime

Actors:
Stuart Townsend, Tandive Newton, Gabriel Byrne, Sylvester Stallone, Melanie Griffith, Jamie Foxx…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Happy Girl (2001)

Kathleen, an exemplary schoolgirl and an excellent student, suddenly discovers a real passion for gambling in herself. It all started with a harmless desire to save up for a trip to Europe and parties for money in a friendly circle. The first win pushes to make a couple of bets, and now the seventeen-year-old girl is already sure that luck will accompany her in the future. The specter of easy money takes Kathleen headlong into the world of excitement, but luck cannot be eternal.

Original title:
Lucky Girl

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Elisha Cuthbert, Sherri Miller, Evan Sabba…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.6

Age limit:
16+


Chinese Service (1999)

The action of the film in the genre of historical detective takes us to Russia at the beginning of the 20th century. A respectable audience on the steamboat “Saint Nikolai” goes down the Volga to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty in Nizhny Novgorod. Poker is the main entertainment for wealthy passengers who do not yet realize that they have been chosen as victims by a gang of elusive card cheats. So far, only the legendary detective Myshko, who travels incognito, knows about this.

Original title:
Chinese service

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Oleg Yankovsky, Anna Samokhina, Vladimir Menshov, Sergei Nikonenko, Bogdan Stupka, Sergei Bezrukov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Shulera (1998)

Studying at the Faculty of Law does not prevent Mike from being a professional player and participating in underground games. Having once lost big and owed money to a Russian mobster, Mike struggles to pay off his debt and vows to quit. But an old friend comes out of prison and needs financial help. Together they try to cash in on random suckers, but end up getting into even deeper trouble…

Original title:
Rounders

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Gretchen Mol, John Turturro, John Malkovich, Famke Janssen …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Maverick (1994)

A film about a talented and charming gambler and his dream – a prestigious poker tournament. Bret Maverick is a professional poker player and an equally professional scammer. He diligently “raises” money to participate in the famous “Tournament of All Rivers”, the winner of which will get half a million and the title of “best in America”. Fate brings him together with the beauty and swindler Annabelle, who is also striving to get on the ship where the game will take place.

Original title:
Maverick

Genre:
Comedy, adventure, western

Actors:
Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Double Down (1993)

Young rake Jim Nash travels around the country in a brand new car, squandering an inheritance of 200,000 bucks that suddenly fell on him. On the journey, Jim makes acquaintance with the same playboy, card sharper Jack. A new friend persuades Jim to take a desperate step – to take part in the game with a couple of moneybags. Without thinking twice, he agrees to stake everything that remains of the inheritance. But a seemingly easy scam turns into not just a collapse, but also a threat to life.

Original title:
The Music of Chance

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
James Spader, Mandy Patinkin, M. Emmet Walsh …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Honeymoon in Las Vegas (1992)

Private detective Jack and his girlfriend Betsy fly from New York to Las Vegas to legalize their relationship there. But first of all, the passionate player Jack goes with his bride not to the church, but to the casino. Having unknowingly got involved in a dirty game with local rich man Tommy Korman, Jack loses all his savings in poker, but in return receives a strange offer. The debt would be forgiven if his fiancée accompanied Corman on a trip to Hawaii, just for a couple of days.

Original title:
Honeymoon in Vegas

Genre:
Thriller, Romance, Comedy

Actors:
James Caan, Nicolas Cage, Sarah Jessica Parker …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.8

Age Limits :
16+


Run (1991)

Student Charlie decides to earn extra money and accepts an offer to drive a brand new Porsche across America. But an accidental stop on the road turns his whole life upside down. Thanks to the status “wheelbarrow”, he gets into a major poker competition in an underground casino, where he wins serious money. The local mobster doesn’t like the stray upstart, and a sudden fight ends in an accident. Now Charlie is accused of murder and all that remains for him is to run as fast as he can from the mafia and corrupt police.

Original title:
Run

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Patrick Dempsey, Kelly Preston, Ken Poug…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Havana (1990)

The film takes place in 1958. The Cuban capital is on the verge of a revolution, but the avid poker player Jack Wyle is of little interest. Much more important for him is the organization in Havana of a large underground tournament for wealthy clients, on which he intends to earn a considerable amount. Jack is cold and prudent, but all his plans are disrupted by a sudden feeling for Roberta Duran, the wife of a prominent revolutionary. One day, Roberta’s husband is taken away by the police , and Jack decides to get closer to her, despite all the risks.

Original title:
Havana

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, military

Actors:
Robert Redford, Lena Olin, Alan Arkin …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
12+


God of Players (1989)

The hero of the film, Ko Chun, got his nickname for a reason, because the “god of gamblers” never loses not only in cards, but even in dice. Once Ko Chun has an accident – he completely loses his memory. A small-time sharpie named The Knife picks up the unfortunate child-behavior and soon discovers his incredible abilities in the game. The Hong Kong film, which has gained wide popularity both in Asia and around the world, has a whole series of sequels filmed in the period up to 2016.

Original title:
Do san

Genre:
Action, drama, comedy

Actors:
Chow Yun-Fat, Andy Lau, Joey Won …

Country:
Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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