Everyone who likes to gamble, also likes to watch films about gambling. Perhaps it’s the lifestyle, the entertainment factor or the nostalgia of seeing a famous casino that they have played in, whatever the reason, casino films are big and there have been thousands of them made. From thrillers like ‘Rounders’, to modern heists such as ‘Ocean’s Eleven’, our fascination with gambling is part of who we are.
Many of the casino films that we have watched involved either one of Hollywood’s leading men planning a heist, or a story of the casino underworld where few dare to venture. Whatever draws you into the story, we have created a top 5 best casino film list that should have one of your favourites.
Here are our top 5 casino films along with their most unforgettable quotes.
#1 Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006)
“I’m sorry. That last hand… nearly killed me” – James Bond
This was a re-make of the original 1967 film featuring Le Chiffre, banker to the world’s top terrorists, who is attending a high-stakes game of Texas Hold’em in Montenegro where he must win back his money in order to stay safe amongst the terrorist community. James Bond is sent to play the game and to stop Le Chiffre from winning and escaping in a very captivating casino scene.
#2 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Terry Gilliam, 1998)
“With a bit of luck, his life was ruined forever.” – Raoul Duke
Based on the popular novel, cult film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas portrays Hunter S. Thompson’s (Johnny Depp) psychedelic road trip across Western America. Along with his crazed Samoan lawyer, they set out in search of the “American Dream”; encountering police, gamblers, drug dealers, and hitch-hikers along the way.
#3 The Hangover (Todd Phillips, 2009)
“Counting cards isn’t exactly illegal… It’s just frowned upon” – Alan Garner
The quintessential “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” casino movie featuring characters, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu and Alan as they head to Vegas to celebrate their friend Doug’s bachelor party in style.
#4 Casino (Martin Scorsese, 1996)
“I was so good that when I bet, I can change the odds for every bookmaker in the country” – Ace Rothestein
Martin Scorsese depicts the two-faced quality of Las Vegas: the intoxicating glitz and glamour, contrasted with brutal and cruel dealings. Featuring Sam ‘Ace’ Rothstein (Robert De Niro), a mob-connected casino operator in Las Vegas, Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), his boyhood friend and now a mafia lynchpin, and a story that includes greed, deception, money, power, and murder.
#5 Ocean’s Eleven (Steven Soderbergh, 2001)
“Shane, you’ve got three pairs. You can’t have six cards! You can’t have six cards in a five-card game!” – Rusty Ryan
Danny Ocean (George Clooney) wants to pull off the biggest heist in history at three of the biggest casino in Las Vegas, The Bellagio, the Mirage and the MGM Grandand gathers a team of talented, risk-taking individuals to help him execute it. Play games here
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