Casino heist movies you can watch right now

The film industry has been booming in recent years, and now especially because of the current coronavirus situation. Various websites like publish lists of films that may have fallen into oblivion, thus reviving them and raising their popularity again.

Heist movies have a common story-line we love and have even daydreamed about transforming it into our own lives. With casino heist movies, the excitement is even greater. They involve a patient and meticulous plan, foresight, drama, action, the casino, clever team of experts to outfox cops and backup criminals to rescue the plan if it goes wrong. Casino heist movies are rich in all that excites action movie lovers. Casinos have evolved so much over the years, but for the most part experience stays the same. That’s why most land based casinos have trouble engaging with younger audiences, since most famous casinos have an online casino version as well, which appeals more to millennials than the dark, claustrophobic environment of traditional land based casinos. 

Two or more decades ago, a casino heist could only take place in the typical glitz and giant buildings that hosted casinos. Today, it’s slightly different, but the fun in watching a casino heist film is the same, even with streaming services. Here are some of the classic casino heist movies you can watch right now once you log into your favorite streaming service:

Ocean’s Eleven

Ocean’s Eleven is a true definition of heist action at a casino as it stands on its own at the apex of heist flick. The plot starts with frantic fun that involves a montage of the rounding up of the gang that’ll run the show. Starring are big movie boys; George Clooney, big dream thieving prospect Matt Damon, neck-tattooed Brad Pitt, a bad-tempered blackjack dealer, Bernie Mac as well as Don Cheadle, a defiant demolitions expert and other top-level cons. They converge, and their plan to rob a filthy-rich owner of three of the biggest casinos in the strip is hatched. Robbery planned on the same night with a nine-figure prize fight seems like an opportunity no one should miss watching. Apart from the money, conflict over Clooney’s sweetheart in the hands of his fellow criminal, Benedict, spices the plot even more. The ending is perfect and iconic, and that’s why Ocean’s Eleven has been gluing heist movie fans on the screen since it was made. This firm stands atop the list when it comes to the feeling heist viewers subconsciously seek when it comes to a short-cut to the American dream.

The Good Thief

In a remake of another heist movie, Bob Le Flambeur, Neil Jordan makes sure movie fans get the best of heist movies. The ragged and shabby performance of Nick Nolte is also highly captivating as a gentle thief with luck. The action which progresses from an aging gambler on a losing streak that attempts a robbery on Monte Carlo is worth your time on the screen. With cops already tipped off way before he makes a move, the suspense comes huge. The film is a great re-creation of a modern Bob Le Flambeur as Jordan brings out the insights of the writers, Jean-Pierre, and Auguste Le Breton. A few elements in the plotlines are different from the original one. That includes neon-lit cinematography which doesn’t only create a sometimes sinister but also a magnificent light over Nice. Enjoy the movie and stay open to its intriguing and attention-grabbing plot.

3000 Miles to Graceland

Here’s a heist film that gets you mesmerized in its fiver-height action-pack robbery scene. Las Vegas is commemorating the International Elvis Presley-week and flooded in the strip is a sea of King wannabes dressed up in the same jumpsuits as clones of Elvis Presley. This is an action and comedy movie. Demian Lichtenstein, the director of 3000 Miles to Graceland, gets five of the impersonators to become the center of attention later as they swagger into the Riviera Hotel with heavy weaponry hidden in their guitar cases. In no time, a seemingly unprecedented heist begins. It’s a robbery planned and executed by ex-convicts who spray thousands of bullets before walking away with $3.2 million with cops already on their toes. The body count is high, and the Las Vegas casino is in ruins. With greed and disagreement among them, betrayal and chaos ruin their well-executed plan, and a homicidal death is recorded.

This heist movie is the first big release on the screen for music video director Demian Lichtenstein whose display of visual slickness, especially in the jacked-up robbery sequence is impressive. Besides, most of the scenes end up steeped in an Armageddon of splattered gunfire.

RJ Frometa
Author: RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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