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Top 10 casino-themed films to get you spinning!

  • by Stelly in Industry
  • October 11, 2020

Many films have been written with casino themes. Read our summary of the top 10 films to have graced the silver screen.


Casinos have been a big part of Western Culture for ages. The stories told of big slot wins, exciting bonuses and the ‘thrill of the chase’ keep people coming back for more.

The thrill of casinos doesn’t stop in real life though and forms the perfect backstory to so many entertaining movies in the past, it goes all the way to even TV & Film online slots. We have listed 10 of the best casino related movies for you to look up and enjoy.

1. Casino Royale (2006)

A part of the James Bond series of films, this story sees Daniel Craig don a tux and operate as the iconic spy character who is never shy to operate his license to kill.

This time, 007’s mission involves foiling a mob banker’s high-stakes poker game in an attempt to save the world from anarchy and evil.

2. Fear of Loathing in Vegas (1998)

Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro star as Raoul Duke and Dr Gonzo in this tale of Vegas misadventure.

What started as press coverage of the famed Mint 500 Motorcycle race in Vegas, turns into an unfortunate exploration of Vegas life after an excessive drug binge en route to the ‘City that Never Sleeps’.

3. Casino (1995)

Based on the novel, ‘’Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas’’ by Nicholas Pilegg, this epic crime film follows the tale of a resourceful mob associate (Robert De Niro) tasked with the job of running several casinos for the Chicago mafia outfit.

4. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

This movie boasts a star-studded cast, including George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, and Andy Garcia.

The film tells the tale of a team of professional thieves and con-men who attempt to rob a high-security casino vault of $160 million. This film is the first in a series of 4 titles dated between 2001 and 2018.

5. The Gambler (2014)

An American crime drama based on the 1974 film of the same name. Starring Mark Wahlberg, the storyline speaks of Jim Bennet, an LA literature professor with a destructive gambling addiction.

6. Mississippi Grind (2015)

This casino-themed drama stars Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn, and Sienna Miller.

Two gamblers set out on a grind of the Mississippi riverboat casinos in an attempt to pay off massive gambling debts. They set their sights on playing in a New Orleans poker game where the prize money is set to reward $25000. Unfortunately, trouble is never far behind wherever this duo finds themselves.

7. Croupier (1998)

Starring Clive Owen, this movie follows the story of Jack Manfred, a struggling writer who is forced to take on a job as a casino croupier to make ends meet. Though hesitant at first, he becomes immersed in the casino world.

8. Rounders (1998)

Matt Damon and Edward Norton set out to win high stakes poker games in the underworld in an attempt to pay back loans that Norton’s character has racked up with undesirables.

Watch and see that the house doesn’t always win as these professional cardsmen read body language and bluff their way to big wins.

9. 21 (2008)

A maths professor is the ring leader of a card-counting syndicate made up of brilliant college students with excessive mathematical brains. They hit the Vegas casinos and turn their blackjack skills into millions of dollars before the student becomes the master and turns the tables on his evil professor.

The film stars Kevin Spacey and Jack Manfred in the lead roles.

10. Vegas Vacation (1997)

On the lighter side of life, Vegas Vacation is a comedy from the National Lampoons franchise of movies and stars Chevy Chase in the lead role.

The movie follows the comedic misadventures of the Griswald family as they go on vacation to Vegas after Clarke gets a nice work bonus. Despite the mishaps and frustrations, the movie has a happy ending and provides some feel-good family sentiments in the end.

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