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The Best Movies About Gambling 

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List Rules Movies 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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Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Famke Janssen

Released: 1998

Directed by: John 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 ...more
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Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney

Released: 2001

Directed by: Steven 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 ...more

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Casino is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Gambling
Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, James Woods

Released: 1995

Directed by: Martin 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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Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne

Released: 2008

Directed by: Robert 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 ...more

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Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Gambling
Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

Released: 1988

Directed by: Barry 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 ...more

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The Color of Money is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Gambling
Tom Cruise, Paul Newman, Martin Scorsese

Released: 1986

Directed by: Martin 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 ...more

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Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott

Released: 1961

Directed by: Robert 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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Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

Released: 1973

Directed by: George 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 ...more

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Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman

Released: 2006

Directed by: Paul 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 ...more

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John Hurt, Sandra Oh, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Released: 2003

Directed by: Richard 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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Sting, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones

Released: 1998

Directed by: Guy 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 ...more

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JeremyJ.Mammon added Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney

Released: 2004

Directed by: Steven 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 ...more

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Uncut Gems is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Gambling
Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, Idina Menzel

Released: 2019

Directed by: Josh 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 ...more

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James Woods, James Caan, Lauren Hutton

Released: 1974

Directed by: Karel 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 ...more
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Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley, Warren Beatty

Released: 1991

Directed by: Barry 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, ...more

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Released: 1996

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

Hard Eight is a 1996 American neo-noir crime thriller film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, starring Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow and Samuel L. Jackson. There ...more
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Ann-Margret, Steve McQueen, Tuesday Weld

Released: 1965

Directed by: Norman 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. ...more

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Jennifer Tilly, Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr

Released: 1989

Directed by: Joe Pytka

Let It Ride is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Joe Pytka and starring Richard Dreyfuss, David Johansen, Teri Garr, Jennifer Tilly, Cynthia Nixon and Robbie Coltrane. It was written by ...more

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Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo

Released: 2005

Directed by: D. 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 ...more
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Clive Owen, Rhona Mitra, Alex Kingston

Released: 1998

Directed by: Mike 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. ...more
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clash1977 added High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story Pat Morita, Michael Nouri, Michael Imperioli

Released: 2003

Directed by: A. 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
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Andi Vasluianu, Oana Pellea, Keith Lyle

Released: 2015

Directed by: Szabolcs Hajdu

The Gambler is an upcoming drama film written by Fyodor Dostoevsky and directed by Szabolcs Hajdu.
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Christopher Walken, Rod Steiger, Anson Mount

Released: 2002

Directed by: Mars 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 ...more
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Café Metropole is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Gambling
PietraChandlerRadcliff added Café Metropole Tyrone Power, Loretta Young, Adolphe Menjou

Released: 1937

Directed by: Edward H. Griffith

Café Metropole is a 1937 film directed by Edward H. Griffith.
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PietraChandlerRadcliff added The Mississippi Gambler Anita Ekberg, Tyrone Power

Released: 1953

Directed by: Rudolph 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.

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