MY TOP 10 GAMBLING MOVIES
I got 5 bucks says you love this list. I also got 5 bucks says you may not like it. It’s not the smart way to gamble but I never lose any money so is that really a bad thing?
I really wanted to do a Top 5 Poker Movies list but there aren’t many out there and, of the ones that are out there, I don’t feel like watching them all. My apologies to Kenny Roger’s The Gambler… and his chicken establishment. They’re no KFC!
So, I’ve widened the field to include all forms of gambling. Here’s my Top 10 (in order):
Swingers only comes in at #10 because, technically, it is not a gambling movie. However, it does feature one of the greatest and most comical gambling scenes ever caught on film. It also taught me what Double Down meant and made the phrase “Vegas, Baby! VEGAS!” legendary.
9. OCEAN’S ELEVEN.
Ocean’s is one of my favorite films but only comes in at #9 since it’s more of a con movie than a gambling movie. However, gambling and Vegas play such a big part in the film that I think it’s inclusion is justified.
8. CASINO ROYALE.
Rebooting the famous James Bond character turned out to be a pretty sweet idea. And updating the story to feature the very popular high stakes No-Limit Poker game made this film that much more enjoyable.
7. THE COOLER.
The Cooler is a great little Indie that features William H. Macy as a “Cooler” or someone who can suck the luck out of any gambler on a hot streak. The film also features Alec Baldwin, right before he made the jump to pop culture phenomenon, and Maria Bello’s ass!
6. THE COLOR OF MONEY.
Scorcese kills this follow-up to the 1960’s classic The Hustler where an aging Fast Eddie Felson takes on a protege (played by Tom Cruise) and teaches him the ropes of pool hall hustling.
5. THE HUSTLER.
Speaking of The Hustler… this film completely gets by on the charm of a young Paul Newman which would make someone a billion dollars if they could figure out how to bottle and sell it. Newman, again, plays Fast Eddie Felson, a small time pool hustler, pursuing his dream of taking down the legendary Minnesota Fats on the felt and hustling all the way there!
Some would argue that Casino is more gangster movie than gambling film. I would argue that it’s both! This film dives into the story behind how legalized gambling got it’s start and the roll the mob played in setting it up. It’s arguably also Scorcese’s best gangster film… which is a pretty big statement!
GOD, I LOVE ROUNDERS! How can you not? This film took us all into the world of high stakes poker and taught everyone what the hell Texas Hold ‘Em was before they figured out putting cameras on the table might get people interested in the game. It also features awesome performances from a young Matt Damon and Ed Norton and a crazy, Russian John Malkovich.
NOTE: This is not a sequel to Top Gun!
Remember when everyone not only liked Mel Gibson but downright loved him. Maverick features Gibson at his best, channeling a bit of his own Paul Newman, to deliver this hilarious tale of a con man trying to earn his way into a big high stakes poker game.
1. THE CINCINATTI KID.
Anyone that knows me knows that I think Steve McQueen is the coolest thing to ever walk this Earth. Well, this is the film that introduced me to him. While many would say he’s done better movies, this is still my favorite of his filmography. It’s also a damn good poker movie too!
So, what do you think?