The Best Gambling Movies Ever

Given the emotional rollercoaster gaming is, it is no surprise that they make for great Hollywood plots. There are twists, intense emotions, and at times the tension is so strong if you could bottle it you could sell it.

With this in mind, here are some of the best gambling movies ever made. Just one thing, if you watch one of these flicks always keep a cool head when you visit Best Casino or other sites to try your luck. You’ll play better if you do.

Mississippi Grind

Unlike many casino movies, Mississippi Grind isn’t centered around a luxury casino but instead travels around locations on the Mississippi River. The plot focuses on two gamblers who play in different casinos after meeting during a Texas Hold’Em game. The film’s clever script goes some way in explaining the thoughts and feelings that gamblers go through while waiting for the turn of the next card.


Shade is a film centered on poker played underground. The plot focuses on an inexperienced player who becomes embroiled with underworld gangsters and hustlers who look for marks in LA clubs and bars.

The film offers suspense both in terms of the play and plot as big underworld powers wanting vengeance comes into the frame.


Considered to be one of the best poker films of all time, Rounders is the story of two friends who are heavily in debt. Their idea is to win a high stake poker tournament and become debt-free. One of the fascinating aspects of the film is that one of the characters loses everything playing underground poker but still believes the next game will see his luck change.

The script is clever, well researched and well written, giving Rounders plenty of entertainment value.

The Gambler

The Gambler is an intriguing film that focuses on the events of a university professor with a gambling addiction. On one occasion, he loses big, and the film’s focus is on the professor raising the money to pay off his debts. The film’s script is largely metaphorical as famous books and works of art are mentioned. You soon learn that The Gambler is a different film to what you thought it was.


This Scorsese masterpiece is a film to savor whether you are a hardcore gambling film fan or simply want an astonishingly gripping film to watch. Focusing on the lives of high rollers in a Las Vegas Casino with intriguing plot twists, this film is one to watch again and again.

As one might expect from a Scorsese epic, the film’s artistic storytelling combines with great actors at the top of their game. DeNiro, Pesci, and Sharon Stone put in Oscar-worthy performances and the network of characters that come into the film make it one of the finest films ever made.


When 21 was released, it was warmly welcomed by critics and audiences. Somewhat inspired by Casino, the film focuses on a group of students who form a blackjack team. Using card counting and signalling the film culminates with the team who have been moderately successful thus far, playing in the big Vegas casino league.

Molly’s Game

Based on a true story of Olympic skier Molly Bloom the film is a biopic based on the former Olympian’s memoirs. Bloom suffered an injury and was forced to take retirement. With few choices, Bloom starts an exclusive high-stakes poker tournament and becomes the target of an FBI investigation. This fascinating film is all the more remarkable when you know that much of what you see in the movie actually happened in real life. A great case of truth being stranger than fiction.


This compelling film focuses on the central character’s view of gamblers, and as such, you are treated to an inside look into Casino life. The character has a cynical view of the people that throw away thousands of pounds every night. As the film unfolds, you are treated to a clever plot twist at the end.

Ocean’s 11

Ocean’s 11 is a casino heist movie based on the original 1960s film. For its time it had an all-star cast and was well received by audiences. The film revolves around a gangster released from prison who reassembles his old crew to pull off a heist in a casino. The script is both witty and serious at the same time. One of the strengths of the film is that the characters are brought to life and you understand their motivations.

High Roller: The Stu Unger Story

Proving truth is stranger than fiction, High Roller: The Stu Unger Story is a biopic based on the man that is considered one of the best poker players ever to have lived. This compelling film, is the story of a failure and success and all the emotions that go along with it. If you want to see how high rollers live, thrive, and survive, there is no better film.

About RJ Frometa

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