Looking for a good movie for those gaps between slot games and making bets at the blackjack tables? Sit back and check out these entertaining casino-related flicks. From films about casino heists to card counting, these top casino movies make for the perfect night in.
Casino (Martin Scorsese, 1996)
When you combine top-tier actors like Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Sharon Stone, you can’t go wrong. ‘Casino’ tells the true story of Chicago gangsters who ran Las Vegas during the 1970s and 1980s. Pesci plays a violent, temperamental mafioso alongside his slick associate played by De Niro. The movie is three hours long, but still manages to stay consistently entertaining. Not to mention, the film has a killer soundtrack with tracks from the likes of Muddy Waters and Louis Prima.
Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006)
‘Casino Royale’ brings this James Bond novel by Ian Fleming to the big screens. Daniel Craig plays the legendary 007. In the movie, he must face the bad guy in a high stakes poker match. This action packed movie has sophisticated scenes inside a beautiful casino with gorgeous women and thrilling plot turns.
21 (Robert Luketic, 2008)
The movie ‘21’ retells the true story of a team of MIT students that made millions counting cards on the blackjack tables of Las Vegas casinos. This fast-paced thriller stars Kevin Spacey, an actor who can carry any movie he’s in. When they weren’t doubling down on their own hands of blackjack at one of Canada’s most popular sites, gamblers flocked to catch this movie in theaters, helping propel ’21’ to the top of box office sales during its first and second opening weekends.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Terry Gilliam, 1998)
When you make a movie based on anything written by legendarily talented writer, Hunter S. Thompson, you can’t go wrong. Based on the book with the same name, this visually stunning movie features great performances from Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro. The two travel from Los Angeles to Las Vegas as they sink deeper into a drug-induced, psychedelic state. The current events of the time like the war in Vietnam add a dark perspective as the main characters explore Las Vegas casinos.
Ocean’s 11 (Steven Soderbergh, 2001)
In this exciting heist movie, a group of 11 accomplices devise a scheme to rob three of the largest casinos in Las Vegas. The all-star cast includes Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts and remakes the classic film starring the Rat Pack. With this movie, you get flawless cinematography, clever dialogue, and heart-pounding action scenes.
Rain Man (Barry Levinson, 1988)
The critically acclaimed film starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman has earned plenty of accolades including the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Dustin Hoffman). This casino movie tells the story of a man and his autistic and genius brother. Together, they go to Las Vegas and use the brother’s exceptional math skills to count cards in blackjack. With Rainman, you get a powerful movie with excellent acting and thoughtful plot.