Great Casino Movies

The movies love a poker player – Ben Affleck at the tableSource: Flickr

If there is one entertainment medium that covers the full gambit of popular culture, it’s the film industry. Naturally, the movies have always loved gambling stories, from titles like A Cure For Pokeritis in the days of silent film, through to box office hits like Casino, featuring all the big stars. Baccarat, blackjack, poker and roulette are the most featured games, in regular casinos as well as in a casino online. Some of these gambling movies have gone on to launch careers, make millions and become iconic flicks of the silver screen.  Enjoy!


If you are a Matt Damon fan, then you are in for a treat as the puppy-faced Damon plays an entrepreneur who pays for his university fees by winning at the poker table, in this great classic. Not only will your favourite hunk captivate you, but also you’ll be treated to additional male star bonus points in the form of John Malkovich and Edward Norton. Norton can be commended in this role for his genuine depictions of cool table banter and poker strategy that really do pull off the thrill of a high stakes poker game. With non-other than Malkovich as the brilliant poker baron that poor old Matt must defeat, it really is one to watch – You’d have to have nerves of steel to stare down John Malkovich!

High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story

A must see for anyone interested in a truly heart-felt look into the life of a high rolling gambler. Starring Michael Imperioli, playing Stu Ungar, (Stuey), a high roller famed for being the only poker player to ever win three WSOP Main Event tournaments. This movie is certainly not going to give you the thrill of a fast-paced roulette wheel, but rather will give a snap shot into the life of a man who once had everything. The film is captivating in that it shows all the glorious highs, as well as the devastating lows of a man who eventually lost all his money at the track.

Casino Royale

Ian Fleming’s ‘Casino Royale cannot go without a mention…I mean who doesn’t like a Bond movie?! This is a Bond movie set in a casino, starring Daniel Craig. Taking on an evil villain in the form of the poker-playing Le Chiffre (“The Cypher” or “The Number”). This guy is seriously creepy…in addition for being renowned for his torturous ways, he suffers from haemolacria, which causes him to weep blood out of a damaged vessel in his left eye! The all-or-nothing show down at the felt in Monte Carlo is unforgettable. Can you imagine playing poker with a blood weeping fiend?!


One of the greatest feel–good true stories of the twentieth century, Seabiscuit is a fabulous classic rag to riches yarn.  Not a classic gambling casino movie, this film deserves a mention as it shows raw human spirit, and a man and beast relationship that takes a gamble and triumphs in a life gamble that truly pays off.

The Sting

The double trouble duo Paul Newman and Robert Redford, with their magic on-screen chemistry, play two con men who target a high rolling criminal boss with a penchant for gambling in ‘The Sting’. With Redford in the criminal’s cross hair target from the outset for a previous swindle, this movie will keep you on the edge of your seat as your mind bends at every twist and turn towards the crescendo of the ‘long con’. This suspense-filled thriller has a nail-biting finale that is worthy of arguably one of the best movies of all time.

Photo finish – The Sting is a horse-racing classicSource: Pixabay

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