20 films about gambling and casinos

Casinos are dreams of a fabulous win, calculations, excitement, as well as adrenaline, for new doses of which players again come to green tables and slot machines. Cinema, where stakes and chance rule, is filmed in different genres – from detective comedy to action-packed thriller. This selection presents the best films about gambling, after watching which the audience will at least get dominoes from the mezzanine.

They won’t catch up with us (2018)

Ella works as a waitress in a small family restaurant, but due to the flow of visitors, it is difficult for her to cope with her duties on her own. The father hires the charming Abel as an assistant, and at the end of the working day, he takes the day’s earnings and runs away. Ella unwittingly keeps the guy company, following a new acquaintance into the world of underground casinos and crime.

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

Original title:
Joueurs

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Tahar Rahim, Stacy Martin, Bruno Volkovich …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Big game (2017)

The list of the best films continues with a drama about gamblers based on real events. After an injury, Molly Bloom drops out of the competition and is forced to forget about her career as a skier. A woman gets a job as an assistant to the organizer of underground gambling. Molly quickly understands the essence of the business , and a quarrel with the boss leads to a brilliant idea. Bloom rents a hotel room, where he arranges his own poker tournaments.

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+


House (2017)

A comedy film about a casino tells the story of caring parents who are ready for anything to educate their daughter. Scott and Kate are counting on a city council scholarship to pay for Alex’s college education. However, the authorities make an unexpected decision – all the budget money is directed to the construction of a public pool. The couple are in a panic, but neighbor Frank comes to the rescue, offering to open an underground casino in the house.

Original title:
The House

Genre:
Comedy, crime

Actors:
Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Mississippi Walk (2014)

The aging gambler Jerry is going through hard times, fortune has long turned away from the loser. Acquaintance with the young gambler Curtis gives the man hope for change, and the newly-minted partners go south, counting on a big win. Jerry considers the young man to be his talisman, but many serious trials await his friends on the way to wealth.

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+


Player (2014)

Students of a prestigious university try not to miss the fascinating lectures of literature teacher Jim Bennett, unaware of the teacher’s secret addiction. After class, a gambling professor takes big risks at the gambling table, but his last visit to the casino turns into a tragedy. Jim has borrowed a hefty sum from a man who doesn’t forgive debts and is now trying to win back his own life.

Original title:
The Gambler

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Brie Larson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Va-bank (2013)

Richie Furst from Princeton, having lost his college money, figures out how he was deceived by an online casino program, and goes to Costa Rica to the owner of the site with evidence. The boss offers a smart guy a high-paying job, and he accepts. However, the guy forgets that too high risks are hidden behind big money. A film about gamblers will appeal to fans of crime thrillers and fans of Justin Timberlake, the lead actor.

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+


Roulette Kings (2012)

The Pelayo family discovered an efficient and legal way to get rich. It is necessary to bet on the same numbers, which is not prohibited by the rules of the casino, and the winnings must be contributed to the general budget. The luck of the family clan does not go unnoticed, and the security of the entertainment establishment is more and more closely watching the favorites of fortune. Pelayo does not intend to abandon the elaborate scheme, even under the scrutiny of casino owners.

Original title:
The Pelayos

Genre:
Action, drama

Actors:
Daniel Brühl, Lewis Omar, Miguel Angel Silvestre …

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Vegas Fortune (2012)

A film about gambling and scammers will reveal the secret of getting rich quick with the help of mathematical calculations . In search of the American dream, simple Beth arrives in Las Vegas from a provincial town. The girl gets a job in the underground bookmaker Dink Haimovitz, who became famous for fraudulent betting. Beth brings luck to the gambling establishment and learns the basic tricks of a clever swindler herself.

Original title:
Lay the Favorite

Genre:
Comedy, drama

Actors:
Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson…

Country:
USA, UK, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 4.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Twenty One (2008)

In the center of the plot of the film about the game of cards is Professor Mickey Rosa – the thunderstorm of all casinos in Las Vegas. The mathematician was able to calculate combinations in blackjack in order to hit a big jackpot more than once. Over time, Mickey ended up on the black lists of all major entertainment establishments, but the professor did not despair. The teacher recruits a team of smart students, with the help of which he returns to gambling for money.

Original title:
21

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime, history

Actors:
Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Players (2008)

College graduate Alex has become interested in playing poker for sport, but the gambling student has no luck at the gaming table. After another defeat, the guy meets the elderly card guru Tommy, who agrees to teach him the intricacies of bluffing. An experienced player points out the mistakes of the ward, warns of possible dangers, and one day agrees to become Alex’s main opponent.

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)

Professional player Hack wants to go to the World Championship of Poker, but the entry fee is a hefty sum. The guy fails to save up money, and attempts to earn money at local competitions turn into a series of losses. In desperation, Hack robs his new acquaintance, but meets a new obstacle at the championship. His father, who is not used to losing, intends to participate in the competition.

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+


War of Flowers (trilogy, 2006, 2014, 2019)

Go-ni works in a factory and loves to gamble, although he constantly fails. Hoping for a big win, the guy takes his sister’s money, but loses it in the competition. Go-ni finds out that the rivals have resorted to dishonest methods, so he goes in search of his offenders. Acquaintance with Mr. Pieng changes the guy’s life forever – he becomes a professional player.

Original title:
Tazza: sineui son

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Choi Seung-hyun, Shin Sae-kyung, Kim Yun-seok…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:
16+


Money for two (2005)

The top films about gambling usually include films about card players and poker, but American cinema has not bypassed the bookmaker theme. The sports career of a famous football player ends after an injury, but Brandon’s knowledge turns out to be incredibly valuable. The forward knows the ins and outs of clubs and successfully predicts the outcome of matches. An influential businessman, Abrams, lures Brandon into his office, where a multimillion-dollar adventure is being started.

Original title:
Two for the Money

Genre:
Drama, crime, sports

Actors:
Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Big Bet (2005)

The crime drama brought together the stories of people who are driven by a passion for gambling. An exemplary wife, Carolyn, hides her addiction by squandering her husband’s money in vending machines. Clyde owes a large sum to a bookmaker, so he asks his friend to influence the outcome of a basketball game . Gambling has a significant drawback – for each erroneous bet, you will have to pay a high price.

Original title:
Even Money

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Kim Basinger, Kelsey Grammer, Michael Eavis …

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


The Last Casino (2004)

Canadian comedy film about gambling addiction is set in Quebec. Doug Barnes uses math formulas to win at the casino. The owners of the largest institutions put the professor on the black list, but the gambling teacher finds a way out. Doug offers three talented students a proven way to earn money based on simple card counting.

Original title:
The Last Casino

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Charles Martin Smith, Katherine Isabelle, Chris Lemke …

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.1


Player (2003)

Stu Unger is a true legend of underground clubs and tournaments. At the age of 20, the New York gambler became the youngest world-famous champion by winning a prestigious poker competition. But the card prodigy could not become a prudent businessman in life and quickly lost everything. When Stu was at the bottom, he found the strength to challenge fortune again. The price of triumph is sometimes too high, but the desperate guy managed to accomplish the impossible.

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 film about cheaters and gamblers is an exciting thriller with a multi-way scam. In the past, Vernon made a living doing magic tricks , but quickly realized the futility of the activity. Now the man uses sleight of hand for fraudulent purposes, dreaming of getting rich with the help of talent. Together with the genius of shenanigans Charlie Miller and the beautiful Tiffany, magician Vernon is preparing to beat the legendary poker king Stevens.

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+


Shulera (1998)

The popular film about gambling still holds a high rating, although many new films have been released on the screens. Law student Mike knows everything about the law, which does not prevent him from doing illegal business. The guy plays poker professionally, but one day he becomes a debtor of a crime boss. In an attempt to take revenge, Mike gets involved in a dangerous adventure, where not only money is at stake.

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+


Casino (1995)

The fictional crime drama, decades later, continues to gain positive reviews from viewers. Sam is a recognized master of the sweepstakes game, with a high probability of guessing the results of the upcoming competitions. Major mafia bosses trust the man to manage the casino, and the brutal thug Nicky is assigned as a guard. The business is booming and profitable until a femme fatale enters Sam’s life.

Original title:
Casino

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci …

Country:
USA, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Maverick (1994)

A comedy with an all-star duo is a classic poker and adventure movie. Self-confident and resourceful gambler Bret intends to hit a solid jackpot in the upcoming tournament. The only thing left to do is to collect the necessary amount for the entrance fee. Bret goes to his old debtors, but time is against him. There are a few days left before the sailing of the steamer with the participants of the tournament, and the seductive adventurer Annabelle rushes aboard the ship.

Original title:
Maverick

Genre:
Comedy, adventure, western

Actors:
Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:
16+


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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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