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Top movies based on casinos

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale

Feature by Jack Foley

IF you carry out some online research you’ll find that there is a great multitude of gambling movies out there, in fact too many to cover in a single article! We did our bit and carried out ample research to list what we believe are the top 4 gambling movies ever produced.

You may or may not agree with our choices, however, please view it as our personal opinion. Before we go ahead and talk about these films, we wonder how the casino movies of the future will be like, considering the fact that a great amount of gambling happens at reputed online casinos such as Casumo and others, on the Internet these days.

Perhaps, they will be more about the nerds hacking into gambling operations or of compulsive gamblers who chase their losses equally well in off-line as well as online environments. Let’s look at the movies now.

Arguably the most popular of all movies based on casinos and also an ultimate classic, Casino is an epic film focused on the mob -controlled casino gambling of Sin city.

Starring Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro, the film has the latter as a casino owner having tie-ups with the mafia and the former a psychotic enforcer whose erratic behaviour gets both of them in great trouble. Sharon Stone offers the seductive charm to the film, with some amazing performances by other artists.

Casino Royale

There are actually two different versions of the Ian Fleming’s story, however, Martin Campbell’s representation featuring Daniel Craig easily takes the cake. The story is about James Bond taking on yet another villain, this time a torture-inflicting and poker playing guy name Le Chiffre.

Considered the most memorable scene not just of this film, but also in the recent movie history, is about the showdown between Bond and Le Chiffre in Monte Carlo, with the former taking on the other in an all-or nothing game. The film’s pace is furious, poker jaw dropping and Eva Green irresistible, to say the least! If you’ve seen the movie, here are 13 things you might not know about it!

Read our review of Casino Royale

The Sting
Starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman, who always made such a good combination, this movie has them playing the role of conmen. One is a professional and the other a beginner. Both are after a highflying criminal boss and a gambler who is after Redford’s character because of a previous swindle.

There are plenty of twists and turns in the movie, something which is missing in the gambling movies of today. Their long con becomes extremely complicated, with danger levels reaching a crescendo.


Vegas drama in 21

21 is based on a true story from a time when the online gambling hadn’t happened to the world. Kevin Spacey plays the role of maths professor who trains a bunch of talented students in card counting, and then takes them on a trip to Las Vegas to try their skills.

It’s a thrilling story of adrenaline-fuelled betrayal, hedonism and trickery, which no one can believe to have happened in reality. Anyone with even the slightest bit of interest in blackjack, card counting and gambling, will love this film.

Read our review of 21