You don't need to launch yourself into space to enjoy the thrill of movies like Apollo 13. You don't need to have any interest in gambling to enjoy a good gambling movie like Rounders. Stories that involve risk-taking have always made interesting and entertaining films. Gambling movies are no exception.
Feel like your spending a little two much time gambling online and need to give your wallet a break? Are you looking for new ways to improve your game? You can learn alot from these silver screen gambling masters in some of the finest gambling movies made. For your viewing pleasure we have assembled this convenient list of our top ten favorite gambling movies. So invite your friends or snuggle up with your partner and pop in one of these all time greats. All of these gambling movies can be found at your local video store or favorite online video retailer.
The Cincinnati Kid (1965): Directed by Norman Jewison. Stars Steve McQueen, Karl Malden, Rip Torn and Cab Calloway.
The Sting (1973): Directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.
The Gambler (1980): Directed by Dick Lowry. Starring Kenny Rogers, Linda Evans and Bruce Boxleitner.
Maverick (1994): Directed by Richard Donner. Starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner.
Casino (1995): Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci.
Leaving Las Vegas (1995): Directed by Mike Figgis. Features Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue.
Rounders (1998): Directed by John Dahl. Stars Matt Damon, Edward Norton and John Turturro.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998): Directed by Terry Gilliam with Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro and Tobey Maguire.
Boiler Room (2000): Directed by Ben Younger and featuring Giovanni Ribissi and Vin Diesel.
Ocean's Eleven (2001): Directed by Steven Soderbergh with George Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Brad Pitt, and Julia Roberts.
One of my favorites is definitely Ocean's Eleven. This is a remake of the classic Rat Pack film and is about gambling as much as it is about crime. This film gathers together a great collection of silver screen talent and gives you an inside look at the sophisticated security systems used in modern day casinos. The exciting heist scene under the direction of Steven Soderbergh really makes the film. If you haven't seen it - see it. Also, look for the sequel, Ocean's Twelve coming soon to a theatre near you.
For something a little different check out Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Another collection of great film talent appears in this film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's book about a drug-filled trip across the U.S. Thompson and his insane lawyer load up their car, the 'red shark' with as much drugs and alcohol as it can carry and head out across the American west in search of the 'American dream'. Adventures in dementia fill the screen and is a must see for fans of Hunter S. Thompson, Vegas and drug and alcohol abuse.