It’s no secret that the casino themed movies provide some of the most exciting forms of entertainment. This has been a popular theme for Hollywood movies for years with some of the classics even being rebooted for newer generations. There’s something intriguing about a good old fashioned casino heist or a suave badass gentleman who is an absolute poker maverick that makes casino themed movies special. Here’s a breakdown of some of the best casino themed movies through the years.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Director: Guy Ritchie
IMDB Rating: 8.2/10
Starring: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, and Vinnie Jones.
Tagline: A Disgrace to Criminals Everywhere
The film features a plethora of interesting characters, most of which include shady English gangsters. To be precise, the plethora includes tough gangsters, some pothead weed producers, loan sharks and debt collectors. Somewhere in between all these characters is the story of a card game gone wrong and thrown into the mix are two wildly expensive shotguns that somehow end up in the hands of some of the film’s heroes.
Director: Robert Luketic
IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
Starring: Jim Sturges, Kevin Spacey and Kate Bostworth
Tagline: Inspired by the true story of five students who changed the game forever.
The film is based on a true story that follows a group of M.I.T. students in Boston who become highly trained and skilled in card counting by becoming involved in a card counting syndicate. Each of the students involved each have their own personal backstory and reasons for wanting to have the money they illegally obtain from card counting at various casinos.
The Gambler (2014)
Director: Rupert Wyatt
IMDB Rating: 6.0/10
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange and John Goodman
Tagline: The Only Way Out Is All In
The film’s central character is Jim Bennet (played by Mark Wahlberg). Bennet is an English Professor but also a high-stakes gambler. The story follows Bennet’s complicated relationship with one of his students but also follows Bennet as he immerses himself in a dangerous underground world consisting of an illicit gambling ring and loan sharks.
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