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1. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
This is an absolute classic, based on the cult novel by Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. This crazy tale of excess follows reporter Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) and his sidekick lawyer Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) on a mission to find the American dream. Raoul Duke is a sports reporter reporting on the Finke Desert Race in Las Vegas. He has a penchant to push things to the extreme, especially his consumption of mind-altering substances. The story takes place on the last Vegas strip where the two anti-heroes turn on, tune in and drop out, all the while falling victim to their own follies as paranoia overtakes their thoughts. The director Terry Gilliam really did put the pages on screen and this truly is one of the greatest adaptations of a novel.
Another Scorsese masterpiece starring Robert DeNiro, Sharon Stone, and Joe Pesci. Casino is a look at behind the scenes of a mob-run casino. DeNiro plays Sam, the manager of the casino with mob ties. The mob operation sees them skimming money from the casino and not claiming it to the tax man. Throw in a psychotic enforcer, a harlot and heat from the police and you get an action-packed masterpiece filled with an outstanding cast doing outstanding performances.
3. Girls, Guns and Gambling
Need I say any more?! Well, I will. This movie stars Christian Slater as a poker playing Elvis impersonator who gets into hot water when a priceless artifact, a mask, is stolen from one of Vegas’s heaviest hitters by someone dressed as Elvis. So the chase is on to get the mask back before someone has to pay. Things get messy and characters from the Vegas strip get intertwined as everyone wants the mask. Girls Guns and Gambling is an over the top romp on the Vegas strip.
4. Owning Mahowny
Based on a true story, Owning Mahowny peers into the life an accountant, Dan Mahowny, embezzling money to feed his gambling problem. Soon enough he attracts the attention of the Feds and some hard-hitting casino thugs. Never knowing when to walk away, Mahowny finds himself deep over his head, while his personal life with his wife Minnie Driver disintegrates. And still Mahowny doesn’t let up as the beast consumes him into unscrupulous greed and a one track mind. The late Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s performance is outstanding as per usual while playing Dan Mahowny. This character-driven drama is irresistibly entertaining and will have you questioning the sanity of compulsive gamblers.
5. Ocean’s 11
This remake of the Rat Pack classic stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and their squad as they try to pull off one of the biggest heists of the century – to rob the three main casinos in Vegas, The Bellagio, the MGM Grand, and the Mirage. It’s the fifth highest grossing movie of 2011, pulling $450 million at the box office. It’s brilliantly directed by Steven Soderberg and will have you on the edge of your seat as you ride along with these lovable rogues. Ocean’s 11 is definitely worth a watch.
Rounders is one of Matt Damon’s early roles and sees him playing the main character of Mike McDermott, a law student who just happens to be a masterful poker player. McDermott gets himself into hot water with the KGB and loses his whole bankroll. His criminal buddy, Worm, played by Edward Norton, gets out of jail and convinces Mike to get back in the game to help him out with a debt. They do and things turn to sour grapes when Worm starts cheating in games. The KGB catches on, and comes after Mike and Worm with a heavy hand. It’s definitely worth a watch just to see John Malkovich brilliantly play a Russian mobster.
21 is based on the true story of six MIT students who have the exceptional ability to count cards and to count them well. It follows the story of Ben Cambell, a gifted student who gains entry to Harvard. A $300,000 tuition fee sees him scraping for every penny he has, until he realizes it’s futile. A professor from school, played by Kevin Spacey, sees promise in Ben’s potential to be a real earner by counting cards at the casino. He joins the team along with 5 other MIT students and they begin hustling casinos for big profits. Like all get rich schemes, things go south and it sees Ben cutting deals with enemies.
8. Win It All
Win It All is the story of another hopeless gambler who is destined to lose. Jake Johnson plays Eddie Garret, a compulsive gambler with a long history of losing. Even though he loses this doesn’t deter him from going back. Again and again. One of his dodgy friends gives him a bag to look after before going into prison. Low and behold, the bag is full of cash. Unable to help himself, Eddie dips into the bag to fund his gambling habits. Before he realizes, he’s spent most of the money and his friend is about to get out of prison. Win It All also stars Keegan Michael Keye, of Keye and Peel fame. It’s a humorous perspective of a hopeless addiction.
9. Casino Royale (1967)
An oldie but a goodie! The plot of Casino Royale is a bit ridiculous. Bond (David Niven) is forced out of retirement to find out why all MI6 spies are being killed. It turns out they are being killed by sultry women because they can’t resist sex. The Evil Noah’s plan is to train up an army of sexy women to kill all men over 4 foot 6 so all the women will be his mwaaahooohahah. The slapstick humor is a far sight different from other Bond films. The film didn’t achieve any critical acclaim, although made a lot of dough perhaps due to Burt Bacharach’s award-winning soundtrack.
The story of one man’s dream to build a gambling mecca in the desert. Bugsy Siegel is a long time gangster with a plan – a huge plan. He sources funds from other gangsters in New York to build a hotel and casino out in Las Vegas. The all-star cast, with the likes of Warren Beatty, Harvey Keitel and, Ben Kingsley makes for great viewing as they bust out some serious acting chops.
Need a casino fix on Netflix? Even if you can’t make it to a bricks’n’mortar casino, you can learn a lot for free about casinos from movies – so check out this list to see what’s hot!