Hollywood has always been fascinated by the gambling theme, which is why many films have been made about it. These include films such as the breath taking thriller ‘Rounders‘ or the modern action-comedy ‘Ocean’s Eleven’.

Whether it is about uncovering secret criminal practices or card counting stories, all the best casino movies always have a dynamic and exciting atmosphere. Here we completed a list of 5 ‘must-see’ movies about this topic.

Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006)

This 1967 remake of the same name, Casino Royale, is a famous James Bond movie.

Le Chiffre, a banker of world terrorism, participates in a high-stakes Texas Hold’em Poker tournament in Montenegro where he has to win back his money to ensure security in the terrorist community.

James Bond in cooperation with foreign agent Vesper Lynd is sent to participate in the tournament to stop Le Chiffre. With international security at stake, James Bond begins the most important poker tournament of his career in this captivating casino movie.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Terry Gilliam, 1998)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is based on the famous short story by Hunter Thompson and depicts a crazy psychedelic ride by Raol Duke (Johnny Depp) across West America.

Together with crazy lawyer Gonzo, Raol Duke goes to Las Vegas to report on motorcycle races for the magazine. On their way, however, they spend incredible money on a massive amount of drugs. Of course, all this happens in the presence of police, gamblers, drug dealers and hitchhikers they meet all the time.

The Hangover (Todd Phillips, 2009)

This is a typical film that describes the principle of “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas“.

Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu and Alan are heading to Vegas to celebrate a stylish bachelor party to their friend Doug in style.

After a bachelor party, three friends wake up in the hotel room the next day without a groom and no memory of last night and have a live tiger in their bathroom as a bonus. Will they manage to complete the story of last night within a few hours and find Doug in time for his wedding?

Ocean’s Eleven (Steven Soderbergh, 2001)

Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is about to begin the greatest heist of all time. And to help him to do this, he gathers together the best and brightest fraudsters.

Their goal? The three largest casinos in Las Vegas – The Bellagio, The Mirage and The MGM Grand – owned by the magnate Terry Benedict.

This is quite a big fish to fry, and this group will encounter some severe twists and obstacles along the way. And how it is all ends? Can they steal more than $ 150 million from these best and safest casinos in the world?

21 (Robert Luketic, 2008)

Ben has a huge desire to become a doctor, but he has no money to pay $ 300,000 in school fees. Realizing his need for money and his talent for numbers, Ben’s unusual mathematics professor Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey) decides to invite Ben to a select group of different people with unique abilities.

Ben joins his new friends on a secret weekend trip to Las Vegas, where they use their blackjack card counting systems to win a huge pile of money.

Movie 21 is based on real MIT students and professors who called themselves MIT Blackjack Team and actually plundered many casinos in America.


Robert Gombos

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