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The Best Movies About Gambling

Updated December 20, 2019 1.5k votes 199 voters 12.1k 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.
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    The Mississippi Gambler

    Anita Ekberg, Tyrone Power

    Released1953

    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
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    Café Metropole

    Tyrone Power, Loretta Young

    Released1937

    Directed byEdward H. Griffith

    Café Metropole is a 1937 film directed by Edward H. Griffith....  more
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    The Gambler

    Andi Vasluianu, Oana Pellea

    Released2015

    Directed bySzabolcs Hajdu

    The Gambler is an upcoming drama film written by Fyodor Dostoevsky and directed by Szabolcs Hajdu....  more
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    Fever Pitch

    Ryan O'Neal, Catherine Hicks

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Brooks

    Fever Pitch is a 1985 American film starring Ryan O'Neal, and written and directed by Richard Brooks. This turned out to be the final film for Brooks, director of such acclaimed pictures as...  more
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    The Gambler

    James Woods, James Caan

    Released1974

    Directed byKarel Reisz

    The Gambler is a 1974 drama film written by James Toback and directed by Karel Reisz. It stars James Caan, Paul Sorvino and Lauren Hutton. Toback wrote it as a fictional story using his own teaching...  more
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    California Split

    Jeff Goldblum, Elliott Gould

    Released1974

    Directed byRobert Altman

    California Split is a 1974 film directed by Robert Altman and starring Elliott Gould and George Segal as a pair of gamblers and was the first non-Cinerama film to use eight-track stereo sound....  more
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    29th Street

    Danny Aiello, Anthony LaPaglia

    Released1991

    Directed byGeorge Gallo

    29th Street is a 1991 American comedy-drama film. It was written and directed by George Gallo and was adapted from the story by Frank Pesce and James Franciscus....  more
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    House of Games

    William H. Macy, Joe Mantegna

    Released1987

    Directed byDavid Mamet

    House of Games is David Mamet's 1987 directorial debut. He also wrote the screenplay, based on a story he wrote with Jonathan Katz. The film's cast includes Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Ricky Jay,...  more
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    The Las Vegas Story

    Vincent Price, Jane Russell

    Released1952

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    The Las Vegas Story is a 1952 suspense film noir starring Jane Russell and Victor Mature, directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Robert Sparks and Howard Hughes with Samuel Bischoff as the...  more
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    Johnny O'Clock

    Lee J. Cobb, Dick Powell

    Released1947

    Directed byRobert Rossen

    Johnny O'Clock is a 1947 American film noir written and directed by Robert Rossen, based on a story by Milton Holmes. The drama features Dick Powell, Evelyn Keyes, and Lee J. Cobb, with Jeff Chandler...  more
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    A Big Hand for the Little Lady

    Henry Fonda, Burgess Meredith

    Released1966

    Directed byFielder Cook

    A Big Hand for the Little Lady is a 1966 Technicolor western film, made by Eden Productions Inc. and released by Warner Bros. The movie was produced and directed by Fielder Cook from a screenplay by...  more

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    The Lady Gambles

    Barbara Stanwyck, Tony Curtis

    Released1949

    Directed byMichael Gordon

    The Lady Gambles is a 1949 drama film starring Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Preston. A woman accompanies her husband to Las Vegas and becomes addicted to gambling....  more
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    Born to Gamble

    H.B. Warner, Ben Alexander

    Released1935

    Directed byPhil Rosen

    Born to Gamble is an American film directed by Phil Rosen and released by Republic Pictures....  more