The 7 Best Casino Movies of All Time


You might be wondering why we’re going with “The 7 Best Casino Movies of All Time” opposed to “The 10 Best Casino Movies of All Time.” If you’re familiar with the gambling world, then you already know that 7 is a lucky number.

If you’re feeling lucky after seeing all these 7s, then you should visit and play some online roulette. Since we’re talking about movies, let’s take the suspense route and begin with #7 and work our way to #1. This also allows us to throw in another #7 early in the article and close to the link for good luck.

#7 21 (2008)

21 is based on the book Bringing Down the House. It’s based on a true story about a blackjack team that was formed at MIT. A professor, and blackjack player, broke the code on the game and figured out how to beat the house. If you’re not familiar with this story, this might sound basic, but it’s nothing of the sort. I won’t give anything away. Instead, I’ll just say that the house doesn’t like to lose. When you start taking money from a casino on a consistent basis, bad things are bound to happen.

#6 Vegas Vacation (1997)

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If you have a pulse, then you’re familiar with National Lampoon’s Vacation and Christmas Vacation. You might even be familiar with European Vacation. “Big Ben … Parliament.” However, not as many people are familiar with Vegas Vacation. The Griswolds take a trip to Las Vegas, where they plan to have the time of their lives. They do indeed have the time of their lives, but perhaps not quite what they excepted. If you enjoy a good laugh and virtually traveling through casinos, then you are likely to enjoy Vegas Vacation.

#5 Rain Man (1988)

Tom Cruise is in this movie, and he’s usually the main draw for any flick, but not this time. Dustin Hoffman steals the show with one of the best acting performances you will ever see. If you enjoy gambling-related movies, then it’s an added bonus. Raymond, or Rain Man, has a keen ability for counting cards, which leads to success in the game of blackjack, but this one is really about the relationship between Charliee Babbitt, who is played by Tom Cruise.

#4 The Sting (1973)

Robert Redford and Paul Newman star in this one. That’s quite a team. Their plan is to turn the tables on the ruthless crime boss who cheats people out of their money. Will their elaborate scheme succeed or does their target sense something is amiss and has formed a counterattack? It would be a terrible idea to reveal any spoilers on this one. Watch and enjoy.

#3 Casino (1995)

Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci shine in this one. De Niro plays Sam “Ace” Rothstein, who runs the Tangiers Casino. It starts out well, but when drugs, gangsters, and money are involved, it’s usually not smooth sailing. Major problems arise on every front. This movie is a little slower than the others on this list, but the intensity builds as it moves along. If you’re a patient viewer, you should enjoy.

#2 The Hangover (2009)

The Hangover definitely takes down the seriousness a notch and provides a kick-ass good time throughout Las Vegas. Four friends hit Las Vegas for a bachelor party, but when does that ever go well? In The Hangover, you will find drugs, strippers, a tiger, Mike Tyson, and many other fun surprises.

#1 Rounders (1998)

As a poker player, I’m a bit biased, but Rounders is legit whether you like poker or not. And you don’t need to understand poker to enjoy it. In fact, if you really understand poker, you might laugh at some of the scenes. However, poker is just the vehicle for a great adventure that involves a cheat, a Russian gangster, and an identity crisis. Highly recommended. Those are your top seven casino movies. If you were to spend a weekend watching all seven, it would likely be one of the most entertaining weekends of your life. Make sure to buy plenty of popcorn prior to beginning your casino movie marathon.