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The Best Movies About Gambling

Updated December 20, 2019 1.2k votes 189 voters 11.6k 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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    Rounders
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    Rounders

    Matt Damon, Edward Norton

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Dahl

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    Casino
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    Casino

    Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro

    Released1995

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Ocean's Eleven
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    Ocean's Eleven

    Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts

    Released2001

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

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    Let It Ride
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    Let It Ride

    Jennifer Tilly, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1989

    Directed byJoe Pytka

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    The Sting
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    The Sting

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

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    The Color of Money
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    The Color of Money

    Tom Cruise, Paul Newman

    Released1986

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    21

    Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth

    Released2008

    Directed byRobert Luketic

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    The Hustler
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    The Hustler

    Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason

    Released1961

    Directed byRobert Rossen

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  • 9
    Bugsy
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    Bugsy

    Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley

    Released1991

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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    High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story
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    High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story

    Pat Morita, Michael Nouri

    Released2003

    Directed byA. W. Vidmer

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  • 11
    Rain Man
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    Rain Man

    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1988

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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    Poolhall Junkies
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    Poolhall Junkies

    Christopher Walken, Rod Steiger

    Released2002

    Directed byMars Callahan

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  • 13
    The Pope of Greenwich Village
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    The Pope of Greenwich Village

    Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah

    Released1984

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

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    The Gambler
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    The Gambler

    Andi Vasluianu, Oana Pellea

    Released2015

    Directed bySzabolcs Hajdu

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  • 15
    Atlantic City
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    Atlantic City

    Susan Sarandon, Burt Lancaster

    Released1980

    Directed byLouis Malle

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  • 16
    The Cincinnati Kid
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    The Cincinnati Kid

    Ann-Margret, Steve McQueen

    Released1965

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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    Owning Mahowny
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    Owning Mahowny

    John Hurt, Sandra Oh

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Kwietniowski

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    Ocean's Twelve
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    Ocean's Twelve

    Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts

    Released2004

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

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    Hard Eight
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    Hard Eight

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1996

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

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    Croupier
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    Croupier

    Clive Owen, Rhona Mitra

    Released1998

    Directed byMike Hodges

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    Uncut Gems
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    Uncut Gems

    Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield

    Released2019

    Directed byJosh Safdie, Benny Safdie

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    The Gambler
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    The Gambler

    James Woods, James Caan

    Released1974

    Directed byKarel Reisz

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    Café Metropole
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    Café Metropole

    Tyrone Power, Loretta Young

    Released1937

    Directed byEdward H. Griffith

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    House of Games
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    House of Games

    William H. Macy, Joe Mantegna

    Released1987

    Directed byDavid Mamet

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    Two for the Money
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    Two for the Money

    Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2005

    Directed byD. J. Caruso

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