10 Best Gambling Movies of All Time


Gambling is a serious business but some take it as harmless and enjoyable pastime which it can be if you play it sensibly, over the years we have seen many great films covering gambling plots and some good ones are coming your way soon. If you want to try your luck online, there are many sites offering safe and secure atmosphere, for example 888 casino. I have some stories of my own which can be converted into a flick but that is a topic for some other time or not a good story before the holidays.

Here are ten movies about gamblers that we love over the years and they have done very will with the critics and movie buffs.

10. The Cooler (2003)

Directed by Wayne Kramerabout. In the movie, Bernie Lootz (William H. Macy) is so unlucky at gambling that a casino he is in debt to hires him as a so-called “cooler” — someone who is supposed to sit near high rollers in the hopes of jinxing their winning streak. To be honest there is no winning or loosing streak it is just all luck.

At first casino plan seems to work but, Lootz’s luck begins to change after he meets cocktail waitress Natalie (Maria Bello), to the consternation of casino boss Shelly Kaplow (Alec Baldwin). Besides garnering numerous critical accolades, Baldwin performed so brilliantly that he was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

9. Casino (1995)

This is legend of a movie and movie is not about someone beating the gambling table but in this Martin Scorsese-directed film focuses on a character that sets the odds. Sam “Ace” Rothstein (Robert De Niro) is hired by the Italian Mafia to manage the operations of a Las Vegas casino, This even sounds incredible! De Niro and mafia rhymes brilliantly. Things were going smoothly when Rothstein’s fateful marriage to drug-addicted hustler Ginger (Sharon Stone) and the increasingly reckless actions of violent Mafia underboss Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci) eventually leads to a spectacular climax.


8. Owning Mahowny (2003)

Directed by Richard Kwietniowski, It is a movie about the a man’s self-destructive addiction to gambling. assistant bank manager Brian Mahowny (Philip Seymour Hoffman) took millions of dollars from his employer in order to feed his compulsive gambling habit and here where things go down for the worst. John Hurt costars as an unscrupulous Las Vegas casino manager, while Minnie Driver plays Mahowney’s girlfriend, this is one incredible movie and you should watch it this holiday season for sure. The events in Owning Mahowny are based on an actual theft committed by a Toronto bank employee.


7. Hard Eight (1996)

Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights and The Master) made his directorial debut with Hard Eight, movie is a pro gambler who get stick with a sticky situation. Sydney (Phillip Baker Hall) is a pro street smart gambler with tricks up his sleeve. he offers to show John (John C. Reilly) who is actually a loser in the movie and tell him how to make money gambling in casinos. Sydney’s relationship with many years of success with his protégé is complicated when John falls in love with Clementine (Gwyneth Paltrow), a cocktail waitress and part-time prostitute. movie story and cast is simply brilliant and you will also see Philip Seymour Hoffman and Samuel L. Jackson starring in the movie.


6. The Color of Money (1986)

Made over 20 years after the original, this Martin Scorsese film continues the story of the “Fast” Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) character that was introduced in 1961’s The Hustler. However, this time Eddie is the veteran gambler, while Vincent Lauria (Tom Cruise) is the up-and-coming pool hustler. In the film, the world-wise Eddie teams up with Vincent and his girlfriend Carmen (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) in order to show them the ins and outs of pool hustling. But after losing money to another hustler (Forest Whitaker), “Fast” Eddie begins training in order to take on Vincent himself in a professional pool tournament.


5. Rain Man (1988)

In the movie a self-absorbed person is reconnecting with his long-lost brother in this drama flick, Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) embarks on a cross-country road trip with his autistic brother Raymond (Dustin Hoffman), casting of the movie cannot get any better then this, cast and roles were spot on and this must be the best performance from Cruise. he recently inherited the bulk of their dead father’s estate. After discovering that Raymond has preternatural mathematical abilities, Charlie takes his brother to Las Vegas to try to beat the casinos at their own game with a blackjack card-counting scheme. You must see many movies with card counting theme but believe me this is the one you have to see.


4. The Sting (1973)

Directed by George Roy Hill, movie is set in 1930s Chicago and tells the story of a group of con men that devise an elaborate horse race betting scam in order to get vengeance on a crime boss and as you expected things doesn’t go according to the plan. The Sting characters also participate in numerous other gambling activities, such as roulette and poker. Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Earl Jones, and Robert Shaw includes in the brilliant cast of the movie.


3. House of Games (1987)

Movie is about a psychiatrist who gets caught up in the world of underground gambling and con games. Margaret Ford (Lindsay Crouse) is lured to a high-stakes poker game by a patient who is a compulsive gambler and things goes side ways from there because game was about stealing her money. Margaret becomes enamored with con man (Joe Mantegna) and soon becomes entangled in one of his double-crossing schemes. Movie is packed with ups and downs and it is one exciting ride all the way.


2. Croupier (2000)

A struggling writer gets an insider’s view of London’s casinos, Jack Manfred (Clive Owen) takes a job as a croupier in order to support himself as he writes a book. he was aware of the dangers and risks involving gambling which you all should be aware of too, even knowing about the risks he becomes involved in a risky scheme to cheat the casino. I don’t want to say much about this movie but trust me it is on number 2 for a good reason, very good reason.


1. The Hustler (1961)

Directed by Robert Rossen and in the movie, Eddie (Paul Newman) makes small bets against various other small-time players before taking on and losing to champion billiards player Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason). Eddie remains obsessed with winning which might cost him his girlfriend, and after falling in with veteran gambler Bert Gordon (George C. Scott) and lonely alcoholic Sarah (Piper Laurie), Eddie takes another shot at Minnesota Fats. Will he decide that this is too steep a price to pay in time to save himself?

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