The glitz and glamour of casinos are often the inspiration for Hollywood to make some of the most iconic movies of the decade. The excitement of big wins, the extreme lows when the player loses it all, and the thrill as players try to con the house or each other are what make casino movies so great.
We binge-watched these 20 casino movies and got inspired to make our own list, with a touch. So if you are looking for something fun to watch tonight, here are what our visitors voted as their top 10 favorite casino movies of the decade.
The Divine Move (2018)
Revenge. Intrigue. And, of course, gambling. The Divine Move has all of these essential elements and more. Starring Jung Woo Sung, this movie will leave you on the edge of your seat as you try to figure out who framed Tae Seok for his brother’s murder. Tae Seok, after being released from prison, enters back into the world of Go, a popular tactical game that is often played in Asian countries. Tae Seok is determined to get revenge for his brother’s death.
If you want to learn a new gambling game, then consider watching this movie to get an education while enjoying a film.
Casino Jack (2010)
Kevin Spacey is back in another political drama that is based on a real story. This time, he plays a powerful Washington, DC lobbyist, who was charged with stealing from Indian casinos. Now, he has been released from prison and is working in a Baltimore pizza parlor. However, even though his luck has turned, he continues his schemes, which lead to death and corruption.
Real footage of the actual event was included in the film, making it even more interesting.
Guns, Girls, and Gambling (2012)
What would a trip to Las Vegas be without at least one Elvis impersonator? In Guns, Girls, and Gambling, you get not one, not two, but five Elvis impersonators who are all addicted to gambling. After a poker game, a valuable mask is stolen. The Elvis impersonators are all suspects, and now they have a blonde assassin on their tail who will do whatever it takes to get the mask back.
Killing Them Softly (2012)
Join Brad Pitt in this thriller. He plays Jackie Cogan, an enforcer who must bring three idiots to justice after they rob a Mob protected card game. His actions cause the entire local criminal community to collapse as mayhem ensues as he attempts to get the dumb guys to come around.
Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians (2011)
Strict Christians are some of the last people you would expect to get caught up in the world of gambling and card counting. However, Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians follows the true story of one of the most well-funded blackjack teams in America. They have to struggle with their faith as they take on casinos for all they are worth.
Mississippi Grind (2015)
Mississippi Grind was an unexpectedly pleasant casino movie. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn, it shoulds the journey of two gamblers who start to form a strange friendship. Their journey causes them to encounter some unique situations, and as their friendship grows, you definitely become more invested in their success.
As the story progresses, we see the two characters traveling down the Mississippi as they win and lose big, Their journey ends with one last big poker game, which will define the success of the rest of their lives.
All or Nothing (2013)
In the world of poker, some games are played just for the fun of it, others to gain power, but others require you to go all in. The intense movie follows the story of a poker player who wants to win it all, and you’ll be left guessing the whole time if it will succeed or not.
Win It All (2017)
A Netflix original that you’ll quickly find yourself rooting for the underdog. Eddie Garrett, played by Jake Johnson, is a parking attendant at Wrigley Field who has a gambling problem. After agreeing to watch a bag for an acquaintance who is headed to prison, Eddie finds himself sorely tempted when he opens it up and discovers that it has piles and piles of cash in it. Unable to resist, he quickly spends the money on gambling and finds himself hugely in debt. When his prison friend gets released earlier, Eddie must scramble to get the money back in time.
Molly’s Game (2017)
Follow the story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic skier who is injured right when she is about to compete in the Olympics. Distraught, she starts working in underground poker tables. As the story progresses, Molly – played by Jessica Chastain – gets tired of the way she is treated in the clubs and the lack of financial control she has and decides to open her own high-stakes poker games.
Because it is based on a true story, the people who come to her high-stakes poker games are based on real-life celebrities. The rumor is that some of the people who are characterized by the film are Tobey Macquire and Leonardo Dicaprio.
The Gambler (2013)
Jim Bennett, a literature professor, doesn’t seem to have much going for him. A compulsive gambler, he is forced to borrow money from one person after another, and eventually ends up owing quite a bit of money to a loan shark. He places bet after bet, always trying to dig himself out of the hole, but somehow always making it worse. Played by Mark Wahlberg, his situation begins to worsen even further when he begins a relationship with a student. Will he be able to go all in to win it all back.