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The Best Poker Movies

Updated November 9, 2019 1.8k votes 641 voters 113.1k views21 items

List RulesMovies must feature poker prominently.

List of the best poker movies ever. All of the top poker films have been included, but if you believe we missed one please feel free to add your favorite poker films to the list of best poker movies yourself. With its high stakes and rivalries (play your opponent, not the cards), poker is a seed for drama and has begat some of the best poker movies with its non-stop action.

What are the top poker movies? Gambling has been with us for millennia, and it's become the fodder for some of the best poker films to hit the big screen. Small wonder then that it has found a foothold within our movie lexicon or that poker films are rated as some of the best films of all time. Whether you're ready to bet or fold, if you enjoy poker then these poker movies are the movies for you!

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    Maverick

    Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster

    Released1994

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Rounders

    Matt Damon, Edward Norton

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Dahl

    Rounders is a 1998 American drama film about the underground world of high-stakes poker,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Sting3
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    The Sting

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

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  • Casino4
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    Casino

    Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro

    Released1995

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • Casino Royale5
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    Casino Royale

    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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  • Molly's Game6
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    Molly's Game

    Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba

    Released2017

    Directed byAaron Sorkin

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    21

    Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth

    Released2008

    Directed byRobert Luketic

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  • Atlantic City8
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    Atlantic City

    Susan Sarandon, Burt Lancaster

    Released1980

    Directed byLouis Malle

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  • Rain Man9
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    Rain Man

    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1988

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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  • The Cooler10
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    The Cooler

    Alec Baldwin, Maria Bello

    Released2003

    Directed byWayne Kramer

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  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels11
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    Released1998

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a 1998 British comedy thriller film written and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Deal12
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    Deal

    Shannon Elizabeth, Burt Reynolds

    Released2008

    Directed byGil Cates Jr.

    Deal is a 2008 poker crime drama film starring film actor Burt Reynolds, with Bret Harrison,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Croupier13
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    Croupier

    Clive Owen, Rhona Mitra

    Released1998

    Directed byMike Hodges

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  • The Grand14
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    The Grand

    Shannon Elizabeth, Woody Harrelson

    Released2008

    Directed byZak Penn

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  • A Big Hand for the Little Lady15
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    A Big Hand for the Little Lady

    Henry Fonda, Burgess Meredith

    Released1966

    Directed byFielder Cook

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  • Shade16
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    Shade

    Sylvester Stallone, Jamie Foxx

    Released2003

    Directed byDamian Nieman

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  • Lucky You17
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    Lucky You

    Robert Downey Jr., Drew Barrymore

    Released2006

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

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    The Cincinnati Kid

    Ann-Margret, Steve McQueen

    Released1965

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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  • High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story19
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    High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story

    Pat Morita, Michael Nouri

    Released2003

    Directed byA. W. Vidmer

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  • Regalo di Natale20
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    Regalo di Natale

    Diego Abatantuono, George Eastman

    Released1986

    Directed byPupi Avati

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    La Rivincita Di Natale

    Diego Abatantuono, George Eastman

    Released2004

    Directed byPupi Avati

    La rivincita di Natale is a 2004 Italian comedy-drama film directed by Pupi Avati. It is the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button