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The Most Popular Casino Movies

Whether you love casinos or not, you would agree that gambling movies tend to create big buzzes in the entertainment industry. However, over the years, Hollywood has captured viewers' hearts (home and abroad) to partake in love for casino movies. Moreover, if you are a casino lover, these movies have given you a few lessons you can learn for your next gamble. 

These movies might give you tips on playing casino games like baccarat, poker, roulette, and free spins with no deposit. Nevertheless, in this post, we will be looking at the six most popular casino movies ever created in the entertainment industry globally. You will find a list of them below. Let’s begin!

  • The Hangover (2009)

  • Rounders (1998)

  • The Gambler (2014)

  • Casino Royale (1967)

  • Casino (1995)

  • 21 (2008)

The Hangover (2009)

This is one of the fans' most favourite casino movies ever. Not only does it bring the concept of the casino lifestyle into action, but it also allows you to enjoy a good laugh as you watch. The 2009 American comedy film, The Hangover got directed by Todd Phillips and co-producer Daniel Goldberg. The writers of this movie Scott Moore and Jon Lucas, focus this film in Vegas, with it being about a group of friends celebrating Doug's bachelor's party. Doug (the bachelor) travels to Las Vegas with his fiancée's brother Alan, best friend, Stu, and Phil.

After getting to Las Vegas, Caesars Palace, they have a great drinking night and pass out till the following day. Waking up, Alan, Stu, and Phil wake up with no memory of the last night, and Doug is missing. Stu’s tooth goes missing, a tiger is in the bathroom, the suite is a disaster, a baby’s in the closet, and a chicken is in the living room. Alan, Stu, and Phil must retrace their steps, find their bachelor friend Doug, and get him back to New York in time for his wedding.

Rounders (1998)

This 1998 American drama movie stars Matt Damon as Mike McDermott and Edward Norton as Lester “Worm” Murphy, directed by John Dahl. This movie revolves around the underground world of high-staking pokers. Writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien center this movie's storyline around two friends and a Russian mobster, "KGB" (acted by John Malkovich). 

Mike, an overly confident and addicted poker loses his entire bankroll of $30,000 in a single hand and vows to his girlfriend to give up gambling and focus on his studies. Mike keeps to his word, but not long after, his childhood friend, Lester Murphy, gets out of prison and starts gambling hard to pay off his debt. In a bid to help out, Mike must go back on his word and fall to casino gambling to help Lester Murphy out.

The Gambler (2014)

The 2014 Mark Wahlberg movie, The Gambler, is a crime drama film acting as a remake of the original 1974 movie (with the same title). However, director Rupert Wyatt and writer James Toback must infuse the modernity of the 21st century into this 2014 remake. The movie stars Mark Wahlberg (Jim Bennett) as an addicted gambling Literature professor, living as a professor by day and a secret high-stake gambler by night. 

Movie writer James Toback and Director Rupert Wyatt depict Bennett as a self-destructive gambler who borrows up to $200,000 from Lee, offering his life as collateral. Soon after, he loses it all and gets forced to find the money elsewhere before getting killed by underground gambling ring leader Lee. Bennett then borrows another $50,000 from a Neville Baraka loan shark while under Lee’s seven-day interval to pay off the owed debt. Bennett must find a way to pay off both debts or risk losing his life.

Casino Royale (1967)

This 1967 Casino Royale centers around secret service agent James Bond and life after retirement. The 1967 spy parody comedy film gets produced by Columbia Pictures and directed by John Huston, Ken Hughes, Joseph McGrath, Vale Guest, and Robert Parrish. This wack-up retirement movie stars David Niven (the original James Bond) as secret service agent Sir James Bond 007. 

James Bond (David Niven) gets forced out of retirement by the head of British MI6, CIA representatives Ransome, and LGB Smirnov. In this James Bond movie, 007 must return to deal with SMERSH, a terrorist group eliminating British secret agents. Casino Royale sees James Bond becoming the Head of MI6 and doing everything to win over the SMERSH group while playing a game that's much like pokies online Australia.

Casino (1995)

The Casino is a star-studded movie with several interesting gambling-related contents on the screen. This film is the movie adaptation of the nonfiction book Casino: Love and Honour in Las Vegas by Nicholas Pileggi. This 1995 epic crime movie adaptation film comes to life with famous director Martin Scorsese with production by Barbara De Fina. The 1995 Casino stars Robert De Niro as Sam “Ace” Rothstein, a Jewish American expert gambler. Sam oversees the operation of the Tangiers Casino in Las Vegas, and he does it successfully until problems begin to arise.

Sam's friend, Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), his drug-addicted hustler wife Ginger (Sharon Stone), con-artist Lester Diamond (James Woods), and several corrupt politicians put Sam in continuous danger. This 1995 Casino movie depicts the back story (behind the scenes) of mobsters, casino owners, the difficulty the job attracts, mafia involvements with the Casino, relationship breakdown, and the life of Sam.

21 (2008)

This movie is one of the best Casino movies ever to grace the big screens. This movie centers around a group of intelligent MIT students, a math teacher, and a need for money. In this 2008 American heist drama film, you witness the movie adaptation to the true events of the MIT Blackjack Team. This movie comes to life with director Rober Luketic and writers Allan Loeb and Peter Steinfeld. The lead character Ben Campbell as Jim Sturgess, a brilliant student at MIT, meets up with unorthodox professor Mickey Rosa.

Writers Allan and Peter depict Ben Campbell as a brilliant MIT student looking to study medicine at Harvard University but cannot pay the tuition bills of $300,000.  He meets professor Mickey Rosa at MIT, and he challenges Ben using the Monty Hall Problem that he solves. Not long after, he invites him to join his blackjack team of fellow students. This team then uses their crazy intellect and card-counting skills to make huge thousands of dollars on weekend trips to Las Vegas blackjack tables. However, they soon meet greed and power tussle and find themselves in a situation where everything they have earned and learned becomes undone.

Final Words

As a casino lover or gambler, you’d agree that gambling movies can genuinely be a good watch when at home. So, if you have been looking to jump on any of the most popular casino movies released, this post has given you the top six best to consider. However, note that our compiled list did not follow any specific order of popularity.