5 Best Gambling Movies of All Time

13 November 2019
By Elaine Murphy
elaine@TheCork.ie

Entertainment

Gambling has been a major recreational activity for people across the globe. Almost every casino in United Kingdom offers a wide variety of casino games to choose from. Due to the increasing popularity of wagering, film-makers have also made movies on gambling. Keep reading to know the best gambling movies of all time.

Casino (1995)

The casino is an epic crime film starring Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and John Pesci. The film is directed by Martin Scorsese and is based on the non-fiction novel of the same name by Nicholas Pileggi. The movie follows Ace (De Niro), an American gambling expert who is asked to oversee the day-to-day casino and hotel operations at the Tangiers casino in Las Vegas. Supporting characters include Nicholas Santoro (Pesci), Ginger Mckenna (Stone) and a friend of Ace. Mckenna is a streetwise chip hustler whom Ace marries and has a daughter with. The film details Ace’s operation of the casino, the difficulties he faced in his job, the gradual breakdown of his relationships and the mafia’s involvement with the casino.

Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale is a British spy film and the third screen adaption of Ian Fleming’s 1953 novel of the same name. It is directed by Martin Campbell and is the first film to star Daniel Crag as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Casino Royale takes place at the beginning of Bond’s career as Agent 007. Bond embarks on a mission to prevent a mob banker Le Chiffre from winning a high-stakes poker game. The actor falls in love with Vesper Lynd, the treasury employee assigned to provide the required money for the game. It earned almost $600 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing James Bond film until the release of Skyfall in 2012.

The Sting (1973)

The Sting is an American caper movie starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford and was one of the most popular films of the 1970s. It involves a complicated plot by two professional grifters to con a mob boss (Robert Shaw). The film was directed by George Roy Hill and the story was inspired by real-life cons perpetrated by brothers Fred and Charley Gondorff. It was nominated for ten Oscars and won seven, including best writing, best picture and best director.

The Hustler (1961)

The hustler is an American CinemaScope drama film directed by Robert Rossen. It was shot in New York City and stars Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie and George C. Scott. The film tells the story of a small-time pool hustler Eddie Felson and his desire to break into the major league of professional hustling. Eddie loses because of his overconfident and self-destructive nature.

21 (2008)

Based on a remarkable true story of the MIT blackjack team, 21 is a modern classic of casino gambling movie genre. The film is directed by Robert Luketic. Micky, a math professor, recruits five brilliant students and uses their skills to win millions of dollars at blackjack in Las Vegas. It was the number one film in the United States and Canada during its first and second weekend of release.

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