7 Gambling Movies to Watch Before you go to Vegas


Movies with a gambling theme are quite popular, and they often inspire many of us to experience the glitz, glamour, and the money involved in casinos. Yet, there are some movies that stand out from the rest and are probably worth watching before heading out to Las Vegas to enjoy the casinos. Here are some of the top seven gambling movies that you should watch before the trip to Las Vegas:

Rounders (1998)

Unlike most of the gambling movies that only feature casino segments in parts, Rounders manages to bring about every facet of the casino gaming on the screen. Matt Damon stars – in one of his best works – alongside Edward Norton. The movie is about two friends who are used to playing casino games in a back alley and the various problems that they face. Rounders happens to be one of the top movies that conveys the emotion, intricacies, and money involved in casino games. Poker is the casino game that is featured heavily in this movie.

21 (2008)

Widely revered by the gambling industry and seen by others as one of the greatest gambling movies of all-time, 21 is about a group of MIT students who plan to hit Las Vegas and earn millions through blackjack – with the help of the leadership provided by a professor. Apart from being of great relevance to casino industry, in an instance, 21 the movie also manages to provide an insight into the world of Las Vegas casinos and the tight security ring that is employed at a physical casino. Kevin Spacey plays as the professor and does a compelling job in the role. Casino pundits hold this movie in great regard, as it is based on a true story.

Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale may have achieved fame as a Bond movie, but it manages to feature some of the intrinsic casino game details. Daniel Craig features as the bond for the first time and he manages to do a compelling job as the focus shifts from technology into the actual spy agent. James Bond has to win at a high stakes poker game in order to prevent the bad guys from getting ahead in the lead. The poker scenes in the movie are some of the most intense and it went on to achieve incredible success for Craig in his first outing as James Bond.

Casino (1995)

Featuring an array of stars like Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone, the Casino is a work of renowned director Martin Scorsese. Apart from extensively featuring the behind-the-scenes information about casinos, the movie also has a personal touch with regard to the various casino games including roulette. Even though it runs for over three years, it has managed to carve a cult status. The money, greed, power, and the deception that features throughout the movie is quite extraordinary. Apart from giving a great insight into casinos, this movie was a commercial and critical success.

The Sting (1973)

The Sting happens to be one of the most popular gambling movies. Featuring Robert Redford and Paul Newman, the movie is about a young hustler who happens to develop friendship with one of the biggest con man in the industry. The duo need to beat a banker, who is one of the corrupt names, at casino gambling. The increasingly complicated job in order to con the banker leads to the movie becoming one of the all-time thrillers, while the added bonus of casino gaming also adds the necessary spice.

Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

Ocean’s Eleven may be a remake, but it manages to go one beyond the original. This movie is the first of the trilogy, and it was directed by Steven Soderbergh. The seamless integration between crime and Las Vegas – a place where money is in abundance – might seem a logical step, but the movie tries to bring about the realistic elements like the immense security employed by the Las Vegas casinos to protect their money. The movie manages to flow at an incredible pace while it has a huge array of stars from George Clooney to Brad Pitt. It also manages to feature some of the top casinos in the Las Vegas strip like the Bellagio.

The Hangover (2009)

The Hangover may have little to no scenes about casino games in the Las Vegas, but it is one of the cult movies. It manages to portray every facet of Las Vegas, which is a great tourist destination apart from being one of the top places to gamble in a casino. The fun element provided by the Hangover is something that has made millions visit Las Vegas.