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The Best Movies About Gambling

Updated December 20, 2019 1.5k votes 197 voters 12.0k views38 items

List RulesMovies about gambling and casinos.

Some of the most glamorous, flashy films of all time are about gambling. Las Vegas, Atlantic City, the thrill of taking a huge risk and losing it all or winning big in a shower of coins and chips, put on your best poker face and tuck into one of the best movies about gambling.

The movies on this list all have stories about gambling in one way or another – whether it’s building up a strategy to score big in Vegas like in Ocean’s Eleven or detailing every aspect of being an owner of one of these money-making businesses like in the hit Martin Scorsese film, Casino.

This list has the best gambling movies of all time including: The Hustler, The Sting, Rounders, Let it Ride, Silver Linings Playbook, Two for the Money, House of Games, and Rain Man.

Play the odds and vote up your favorite gambling film or vote down the movies you think are bluffing.
  • 1


    Matt Damon, Edward Norton


    Directed byJohn Dahl

    Rounders is a 1998 American drama film about the underground world of high-stakes poker, directed by John Dahl, and starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton. The film follows two friends who need to...  more

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  • 2


    Directed byGuy Ritchie

    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a 1998 British comedy thriller film written and directed by Guy Ritchie. The story is a film involving a self-confident young card sharp who loses £500,000 to a...  more

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  • 3

    Lucky Number Slevin

    Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu


    Directed byPaul McGuigan

    Lucky Number Slevin, is a 2006 thriller film written by Jason Smilovic, directed by Paul McGuigan and starring Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Lucy Liu and Stanley Tucci....  more

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  • 4


    Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Casino is a 1995 American drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Nicholas Pileggi, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film with...  more

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  • 5

    Ocean's Eleven

    Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts


    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Ocean's Eleven is a 2001 American comedy heist film and the remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film of the same name. The 2001 film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and features an ensemble cast including...  more

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  • 6

    The Sting

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford


    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    The Sting is a 1973 American caper film set in September 1936, involving a complicated plot by two professional grifters to con a mob boss. The film was directed by George Roy Hill, who had directed...  more

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  • 7


    Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth


    Directed byRobert Luketic

    21 is a 2008 American drama film directed by Robert Luketic and stars Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Bosworth, Liza Lapira, Jacob Pitts, and Aaron Yoo. The film is inspired by...  more

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  • 8

    Rain Man

    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman


    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Rain Man is a 1988 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Barry Morrow and Ronald Bass. It tells the story of an abrasive and selfish yuppie, Charlie Babbitt, who discovers...  more

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  • 9

    Silver Linings Playbook

    Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro


    Directed byDavid O. Russell

    Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by David O. Russell, adapted from the novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. The film stars...  more

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  • 10

    High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story

    Pat Morita, Michael Nouri


    Directed byA. W. Vidmer

    High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story is a 2003 biopic focusing on the life of American professional poker and gin player Stu Ungar. Stuey is the film's alternate title. The film features cameos from...  more
  • 11

    Poolhall Junkies

    Christopher Walken, Rod Steiger


    Directed byMars Callahan

    Poolhall Junkies is a 2002 drama thriller film written, starring and directed by Mars Callahan. The film also stars Alison Eastwood, Michael Rosenbaum, Rick Schroder, Rod Steiger, Chazz Palminteri,...  more
  • 12

    The Pope of Greenwich Village

    Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah


    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

    The Pope of Greenwich Village is a 1984 American black comedy film directed by Stuart Rosenberg and starring Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, Daryl Hannah, Geraldine Page, Kenneth McMillan and Burt...  more

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  • 13


    Clive Owen, Rhona Mitra


    Directed byMike Hodges

    Croupier is a 1998 British film starring Clive Owen as a croupier, and was directed by Mike Hodges. It was the released on DVD by Alliance Atlantis in Canada and Image Entertainment in the USA. The...  more
  • 14

    Two for the Money

    Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey


    Directed byD. J. Caruso

    Two for the Money is a 2005 American drama-sports film directed by D. J. Caruso and starring Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo, Armand Assante and Carly Pope. The film is about the world of...  more
  • 15

    Ocean's Twelve

    Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts


    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Ocean's Twelve is a 2004 American comedy film, which acts as the sequel to 2001's Ocean's Eleven. Like its predecessor, which was a remake of the 1960 film Ocean's 11, the film was directed by Steven...  more

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  • 16

    The Color of Money

    Tom Cruise, Paul Newman


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Color of Money is a 1986 drama film directed by Martin Scorsese from a screenplay by Richard Price, based on the 1984 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis. The film stars Paul Newman and Tom...  more

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  • 17

    Owning Mahowny

    John Hurt, Sandra Oh


    Directed byRichard Kwietniowski

    Owning Mahowny is a 2003 movie about gambling addiction with a cast that includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Minnie Driver, Maury Chaykin and John Hurt. Based on the true story of a Toronto bank...  more

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  • 18

    The Hustler

    Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason


    Directed byRobert Rossen

    The Hustler is a 1961 American drama film directed by Robert Rossen from the Walter Tevis's 1959 novel of the same name Rossen and Sidney Carroll adapted for the screen. It tells the story of...  more

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  • 19


    Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley


    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Bugsy is a 1991 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson which tells the story of mobster Bugsy Siegel. It stars Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Elliott Gould, Joe...  more

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  • 20

    Uncut Gems

    Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield


    Directed byJosh Safdie, Benny Safdie

    Uncut Gems is a 2019 American crime drama film directed by Josh and Benny Safdie. Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a jewelry store owner and gambler, must find a way to pay off his debts before it's too...  more
  • 21

    Atlantic City

    Susan Sarandon, Burt Lancaster


    Directed byLouis Malle

    Atlantic City is a 1980 French-Canadian romantic film directed by Louis Malle. Filmed in late 1979, it was released in France and Germany in 1980 and in the United States in 1981. The script was...  more
  • 22

    Hard Eight

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson


    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

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  • 23

    The Cincinnati Kid

    Ann-Margret, Steve McQueen


    Directed byNorman Jewison

    The Cincinnati Kid is a 1965 American drama film. It tells the story of Eric "The Kid" Stoner, a young Depression-era poker player, as he seeks to establish his reputation as the best. This quest...  more

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  • 24

    The Mississippi Gambler

    Anita Ekberg, Tyrone Power


    Directed byRudolph Maté

    The Mississippi Gambler is a 1953 American adventure film directed by Rudolph Maté. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Sound Recording....  more
  • 25

    Lucky You

    Robert Downey Jr., Drew Barrymore


    Directed byCurtis Hanson

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    Lucky You is a 2007 drama film directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, and Robert Duvall. The film was shot on location in Las Vegas. The screenplay was by Hanson and Eric...  more