When you don’t have enough time to get into your own online poker tournament, or you are relaxing after earning some great winnings in your last match, watching a casino movie is a great way to unwind. Spending some time unwinding after an intense game of poker helps clear your mind. Here are seven of the best casino movies of all time.
- Casino Royale
Directed by Martin Campbell and released in 2006, this is a remake of the classic James Bond movie from 1967. A banker to a terrorist has to win big in order to save his standing. Bond has to step up to the Texas Hold’em table and save the day.
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
This 1998 Terry Gilliam film explores the dark side of Las Vegas. Hunter S. Thompson, played by Johnny Depp, blows through a huge advance on his salary. A psychedelic drug trip, encounters with the police and the mob ensue.
- The Hangover
The Hangover, directed by Todd Phillips and released in 2009, tells an story of three guys to go to Las Vegas in order to celebrate their friend’s bachelor party. The adage of “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” could ruin the wedding if the friends cannot figure out what happened during the course of their stay. From the reason for a tiger in their room to where the groom went, they have a lot to sort out.
Everything Martin Scorsese directs is epic, and this 1996 film is no exception. Sam “Ace” Rothstein is affiliated with the mob and owns a casino. He tries to live a respectable life with his wife, until an old friend arrives on the scene. That old friend is now a big shot in the mob, and he starts to undo everything Ace has worked for over the years.
- Ocean’s Eleven
Danny Ocean has big plans to pull off a record-setting heist in Las Vegas. He plans to hit the three biggest casinos in the city, which are the Bellagio, Mirage and MGM Grand. He recruits 10 of his closest friends and associates, each of whom has a unique skill that is essential to pulling off the heist. This now-classic film was released in 2001 and directed by Steven Soderbergh. You could make a weekend of it by watching the sequels, too.
Ben Campbell has a life calling to become a doctor. What he doesn’t have is the $300,000 in tuition that he needs in order to enroll in Harvard Medical School. In this 2008 film directed by Robert Luketic, math professor Mickey Rosa, played by Kevin Spacey, teaches Ben how to count cards. Ben and his friends start making regular trips to play blackjack in Las Vegas.
- Rain Man
Directed by Barry Levinson, this 1988 movie starred Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman. After being frustrated by getting little other than rose bushes after the death of his father, Charlie meets his autistic savant brother for the first time. Charlie and Raymond get to know each other as Charlie takes advantage of Raymond’s memorization skills. They travel to Las Vegas in an effort to strike it rich at blackjack.