Some of the most popular films around are based in or around casino. Combine the allure of gambling with a great action plot and you’ve got a movie that will pull you in, hook, line and sinker. If you’re looking for a great way to spend a rainy afternoon we’ve got the list for you. Grab your bucket of popcorn, prop up on the coach with your feet up, and pick one of the following films.
10. Casino (1995)
The movie Casino tops every list of casino-based movies that you can find. This quintessential casino movie stars Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, and Sharon Stone, and tells the story of a man that runs four casinos in Las Vegas for the mafia.
9. Casino Royale (2006)
This James Bond movie stars Daniel Craig as the new 007. James Bond discovers that a terrorist organization is using gambling to fund their activities and he sets out to bring them down, as only Agent 007 can do.
8. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
With an all-star cast that included George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts this hit film tells the story of a gang of robbers that simultaneously plan to rob three of the top casinos in Vegas at the same time.
7. Rounders (1998)
This is the story of a professional gambler who gives up his own money-making to help a friend in need through another gambling venture. Rounders stars Matt Damon and Edward Norton.
6. Maverick (1994)
Starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, and James Garner, this western-themed movie tells the tale of a man trying to raise money to participate in a high-stakes poker game.
5. The Gambler (2014)
This remake of the 70’s classic stars Mark Wahlberg as a literature professor that has a gambling addiction. He owes an illegal casino owner a large sum of money and spends most of the film trying to find ways to pay them back. During the film he is helped in his efforts by one of his college students.
4. Croupier (1998)
An aspiring writer played by Clive Owen takes a job at a casino as a croupier where he eventually finds material for a novel and sets to write his the story based on the real-life happenings at the casino.
3. Hard Eight (1996)
This is the story of a professional gambler who takes a younger gentleman and shows him the ropes of the gambling world. Stars include Philip Baker Hall, John C. Riley, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
2. The Sting (1973)
Clearly one of the best of the best. The Sting was set in Chicago with a musical soundtrack that was almost as famous as the movie itself. The story is based on a man bent on revenge after the death of his partner. It stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford.
1. 21 (2008)
21 follows a group of MIT students that have been trained by one of their professors to become experts in counting cards. The group ends up winning millions from different casinos in Vegas until one of the casino owners catches on to what they’re doing. The movie stars Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth.
There were many great casino films that just couldn’t fit on this list, but if you start with these you can rest assured that you have seen the best of the best.