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Classic Poker Movies and Casino Movies Guide
The following is a brief synopsis of the most famous Poker Movies and Casino Movies ever made,
that had themes regarding Poker, Casino, or gambling, or had substantial Poker-related or Casino-related scenes
within the movie itself. Here they are, in chronological order:
- Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler (Comedy, 1922) -
A silent film, this movie depicts a crazed person (Dr. Mabuse) who uses mind control to dictate opponents' card play.
- Born Yesterday (Comedy, 1950) - Stars
Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, and William Holden. A tycoon heads to Washington with his mistress to pay off
Congressmen. Great gin scene.
- The Cincinnati Kid (Drama, 1965) -
Stars Steve McQueen, Edward G. Robinson, Ann-Margret, Karl Malden, Rip Torn, and Tuesday Weld. This poker movie
depicts a rising poker player that takes on a master of the game.
- A Big Hand for the Little Lady (Comedy, 1966) -
Stars Henry Fonda, Joanne Woodward, Jason Robards, and Burgess Meredith. A naive couple arrives in California and the man
of the family enters a poker game between the great players of the area. After suffering a heart-attack, the man is
replaced at the table by his wife.
- Kaleidoscope (Comedy, 1966) - Stars Warren
Beatty and Susannah York. A man doctors the plates that print cards used by all the major casinos of the world, and
embarks on a card playing career.
- Casino Royale (Comedy, 1967) - Stars David
Niven and Peter Sellers, in a spy spoof, where James Bond comes out of retirement to battle SMERSH, in a game of
- The Sting (Drama, 1973) - Stars Paul Newman,
Robert Redford, and Robert Shaw. In 1930 Chicago, 2 con men attempt to get revenge for a friend's death, by staging the
"big con" on a mob boss. One of the all-time great gambling movies.
- California Split (Comedy, 1974) - Stars
George Segal, Elliott Gould, and Ann Prentiss. A down-trodden gambler links up with a free spirit, and loses his savings.
They go to Reno for the poker game of their life.
- Run (Action, 1991) - Stars Patrick Dempsey
and Kelly Preston. After a law student accidentally kills a mob boss' son, he finds himself pursued by the mob. Great
illegal card game scene.
- Honeymoon in Vegas (Comedy, 1992) - Stars
James Caan, Nicolas Cage, Sarah Jessica Parker, Anne Bancroft, Peter Boyle, and Pat Morita. On her deathbed, a mother
makes her son promise to never get married. After rebuking his mother's wishes and getting married, he goes to Las Vegas
and loses a small fortune, and must clear his debt by giving his fiancee for the weekend, to the gambler to whom he lost
- Maverick (Adventure, 1994) - Stars Mel Gibson,
Jodie Foster, James Garner, and James Coburn. Needing to raise money for a Poker Tournament, a man faces various challenges
and comedic mishaps.
- Casino (Drama, 1995) - Stars Robert De Niro,
Sharon Stone, and Joe Pesci. Money, greed, power, deception, and murder occur between best friend mobsters and a trophy
wife over a gambling empire.
- Rounders (Crime Drama, 1998) - Stars Matt Damon,
Edward Norton, and Paul Cicero. A man who is a reformed gambler, is forced to return to big stakes games to help a friend
pay off loan sharks.
- Ocean's 11 (Comedy, 2001) - Stars George
Clooney, Elliott Gould, and Brad Pitt. The most daring heist ever in Las Vegas, with 11 men, 3 casinos, and 150 million
dollars at stake.
- 21 (Drama, 2008) - Stars Kevin Spacey, Jim
Sturgess, and Jill Bosworth. This fact-based casino movie story is about 6 MIT students who train to become Blackjack
card-counting experts, and subsequently use their skills to raid Vegas casinos for massive winnings.
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