Top 11 Movies About Casinos
By Space Coast Daily // April 12, 2021
Casinos are always a good place to start an action in a movie, create tension while finding a villain in one or having a final battle in this kind of scenery. When the movie plot is connected with money and rich people, sadly, some productions show casinos as dirty places full of drugs, blood money and guns.
This used to be reality ages ago, but not anymore, but this creation still leaves a lot of stereotypes about casinos. Let’s see some of the best products of directors with casinos involved.
Two for the Money (director D.J. Caruso, 2005)
A former American football star, Brandon Lang decides to use his knowledge to advise gamblers regarding sports betting. Having been injured, he fell into financial troubles and struck a deal with Walter Abrams. Soon enough, things spin out of control as Walter could be plotting against him. A movie packed with some of the brightest stars of cinema, Matthew McConaughey, Al Pacino and Rene Russo, it shines a bit of an unfavorable light on American football betting, as the wrongdoings of the main characters pile up, bringing terrible consequences. Still, the plot is loaded with action and incredible acting, resulting in a must-watch movie
Casino Royale (director Martin Campbell, 2006)
Agent 007, James Bond (Daniel Craig), is on a mission to stop the banker of many worldwide criminal organizations from winning a Texas Hold’Em at Le Casino Royale in Montenegro. If he doesn’t win, many criminals would be left without money. A timeless, classic movie that the online casino community is still hyped about even though it shows laundering money through gambling.
Casino (director Martin Scorsese, 1995)
The tale is about two friends, a mafia enforcer and a casino executive fighting over a gambling empire. The story is full of greed, money, power and murder. The movie shows two faces of Las Vegas. Glittering, colorful one and cruel, dark deep inside. One of these friends, Ace, is the Tangiers casino operator, while the other, Nicky, is his friend from childhood and a tough guy who robs and shakes down the locals. The story is not soft for both of them as well as the ending.
Leaving Las Vegas (director Mike Figgis, 1995)
The main character’s wife left him and took their son with her. Ben Sanderson, a screenwriter, has started drinking a lot, isolating himself, and searching for women in bars to have sex with them. The company fired him, so he decided to move to Las Vegas and drink himself to death. In Las Vegas, he meets Sera, a prostitute with some problems, and they move in together.
The Gambler (director Karel Reisz, 1974)
Axel Freed, a successful college professor, is addicted to gambling. He won big prizes but lost everything nearly as fast as wins. He borrowed money from his girlfriend, his wealthy mother. Then, it gets worse after taking money from a loan shark. He can’t stop. He loses his girlfriend, his mother disowns him, and the mob chases him. He decides to win a lot and pay off everyone to keep his life and dignity.
Ocean’s Eleven (director Steven Soderbergh, 2001)
Danny Ocean wants to score the biggest heist in history, only caring about a big win, not some petty casino slots theft. He gathers ten more members of his team to achieve a goal. Their targets are three casinos owned by Terry Benedict. They plan to get in unnoticed and get out with $150 million. Of course, there is a motive of love when Danny’s friend discovers that Ocean’s ex-wife is the main squeeze of ruthless Terry Benedict.
Ocean’s Twelve (director Steven Soderbergh, 2005)
Danny’s team pulled off one of the biggest heists ever, but their job isn’t over. Terry Benedict is still angry about his money disappearance and wants them back. Ocean’s team needs to get back all the money they already spent or be thrown in jail. They pull another grand plan to get things on track.
Ocean’s Thirteen (director Steven Soderbergh, 2007)
Danny’s crew paid back Terry Benedict’s money. One of them starts a live casino, but his partner wants to cut him out of the deal. They unite with Terry Benedict, who has his problem with the Bank and create a plan to get their revenge. This time it is not about money.
California Split (director Robert Altman, 1974)
A recently unsuccessful gambler teams up with free spirit Elliot Gould to have fun, but they get into debt. Desperately, the hero pawns his possessions to go to Reno and play the poker game of his lifetime. A plot is set mainly in casinos, races while heroes win or lose, get robbed and get drunk.
Bugsy (director Barry Levinson, 1991)
Ben Bugsy Siegel is a New York gangster who takes a trip to Los Angeles. He is sharp-dressed and flirting with women. Siegel doesn’t hesitate to kill anyone who is against him. His life in L. A and a trip to a run-down gambling place in the middle of the desert gives him his great idea of creating a capital of gambling.
The Hangover (director Todd Phillips, 2009)
Angelenos Doug Billings and Tracy Garner are about to get married. Two days before the wedding, the four men in the wedding party – Doug, his two best buddies Phil and Stu, and Tracy’s brother jump into Tracy’s father’s beloved Mercedes convertible for a 24-hour stag party to Las Vegas. Phil, a married high school teacher, has the same maturity level as his students when he is with his pals. Stu, a dentist, is worried about everything, especially what his controlling girlfriend Melissa thinks. Stu has to lie to her about the stag, telling her that they are going on a wine tasting tour in the Napa Valley. Regardless, he intends on marrying her against his friends. The morning after their arrival in Las Vegas, they awaken in their hotel suite, each with the worst hangover in their lives.