What’s Your Favorite Casino Movie?
Over the years, casinos have been a common setting for films and television shows alike and with the recent news that Sandra Bullock will star in an upcoming Ocean’s Eleven reboot/remake the casino floor still seems to be a big draw. Perhaps it is because both the best and worst of humanity can be found on the casino floor, and the extremes of winning big and losing everything are the things that drama is made of. Maybe, we just wish we could be as lucky as those characters we see on the screen. There are many excellent casino themed films that have been produced over the years. Let’s take a look at some of the must see casino movies.
What’s your favorite?
It’s best to start with maybe the most-well known of them all, Martin Scorcese’s hit casino movie from 1995, appropriately titled Casino. Starring Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci, it follows the rise and fall of one of the most powerful gangs in Las Vegas history. Brilliant acting, a great story, and wonderful direction make Casino a classic film which hasn’t aged a bit.
Probably the most popular casino film is the George Clooney/Brad Pitt powered remake of Ocean’s 11, where a talented team of criminals uses a brilliant plan to pull off a casino heist. It’s two sequels don’t quite match the fun of the first, but are worth it nonetheless.
Another film based on a true story is 21, about the famous MIT blackjack team. Starring Kevin Spacey, 21 gives us a sneak peak into the world of card counting by following the career of a group of college students who won millions counting cards at the blackjack tables.
While firmly set in the realm of fiction, Rounders likewise gives the viewer an inside look into the world of gambling, this time with Matt Damon thrust into the world of high stakes back room poker.
Finally, if all the drama is weighing you down you can always opt for National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation, where Chevy Chase and the Griswold family once again fail spectacularly at taking a simple vacation, this time in Las Vegas.
The house may always win, but so do audiences as long as Hollywood keeps churning out these gambling fueled films. There’s a lot of casino movies out there. What’s your favorite?