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The Best Poker Movies 

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Updated November 9, 2019 2.1k votes 632 voters 112.7k views 21 items

List Rules Movies 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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Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Corey Feldman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Richard Donner

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

Released: 1995

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

Released: 1973

Directed by: George Roy Hill

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Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig

Released: 2006

Directed by: Martin Campbell

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Released: 2008

Directed by: Robert Luketic

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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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Released: 1988

Directed by: Barry Levinson

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Alec Baldwin, Maria Bello, Estella Warren

Released: 2003

Directed by: Wayne Kramer

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Molly's Game is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Poker Movies
Molly's Game Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner

Directed by: Aaron Sorkin

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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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Released: 2003

Directed by: A. W. Vidmer

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Released: 2008

Directed by: Gil Cates Jr.

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Clive Owen, Rhona Mitra, Alex Kingston

Released: 1998

Directed by: Mike Hodges

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Released: 2003

Directed by: Damian Nieman

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Directed by: Zak Penn

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Henry Fonda, Burgess Meredith, Joanne Woodward

Released: 1966

Directed by: Fielder Cook

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Susan Sarandon, Burt Lancaster, Wallace Shawn

Released: 1980

Directed by: Louis Malle

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Directed by: Pupi Avati

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