Whether you like gambling or not, there is something about casinos that make it such an attractive setting for movies. The reckless gambler who tries to win back funds for the family is such a classic trope, but we will still watch it anyway. Filmmakers love to incorporate some form of gambling in their movies, possibly to recreate the thrill players’ experience on the field.
Though there are tons of casino movies out there, we have come up with the top five films that became box-office hits.
Casino Royale ($616.5 million)
This spy film was the twenty-first installment in the James Bond franchise, and Daniel Craig played the iconic MI6 agent in his first appearance. The rebooted series follows James Bond as he starts to earn his license to kill.
His primary mission was to ruin a terrorist supporter by defeating him in a costly and dangerous poker game. With the dashing English actor as the lead opposite the sexy femme fatale, Eva Green, playing poker has never been so hot.
The Hangover ($467.5 million)
The first installment in a trilogy, this comedy movie follows the adventures of three friends who went to Las Vegas for a bachelor’s party. Though the producers did not focus on the casino games, the film displayed all the possible events in Sin City.
With a strong performance by Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis, the motion picture won Best Comedy during the 2010 Golden Globes.
Ocean’s Eleven ($450.7 million)
This 2001 remake features an ensemble cast that includes some of Hollywood’s prominent leading men in George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon. Together with crafty colleagues and criminal specialists, the lead character plans a heist on the Bellagio, a luxury hotel and casino at the Strip. The film showed the opulence in most Las Vegas casinos that some people can only dream.
21 ($159.8 million)
This movie adaptation was a retelling of Ben Mezrich’s best-selling book about a group of MIT students who use their mathematical skills to win substantial profits in casinos. While it received mixed reviews due to the plot twists and casting issues, the students’ thrilling journey and the satisfying ending were a good watch.
Casino ($116.1 million)
This 1995 crime film follows the life of Ace Rothstein, played by the talented Robert de Niro. It showed the casino's operations and the eventual involvement of the Mafia.
This epic also focused on the subsequent negative effect on his relationships. Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci joined the star-studded cast with Martin Scorsese at the helm.
If you have not watched some of these flicks yet, feel free to take a moment this weekend. The excellent storyline and superb acting will make you interested in gambling even more.