10 Movies about gambling that every gambler should watch

Whether you are trying to learn more about gambling or you are just planning a movie night with your friends, you came to the right place. This list features our top 10 list of movies about gambling that everyone should watch.

movies about gambling

Learning betting strategies is the first step to successful gambling. And you can start learning them with this list of movies about gambling. Enjoy!

Movies about gambling

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Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

After losing his job and wife, and spending time in a mental institution, Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) winds up living with his parents (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver). He wants to rebuild his life and reunite with his wife, but his parents would be happy if he just shared their obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles. Things get complicated when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who offers to help him reconnect with his wife, if he will do something very important for her in exchange.

 

Lay the Favorite (2012)

Chance brings Beth to work for Dink, whose Las Vegas gambling business seeks to make money on the margins between betting odds. She has the misfortune of being mistrusted by Dink’s shrewish wife and then of having the temptation to try her luck with roguish `Rosie’ operating illegally in New York.

 

Even Money (2006)

Gambling destroys the lives of various people who are either addicted to it or involved in its promotion. Carol (Kim Basinger) hides her addiction from her family, who believe she is writing a novel rather than pulling slots in a casino. Clyde (Forest Whitaker) convinces his brother to shave points in his basketball games, and Murph (Nick Cannon) tries unsuccessfully to keep his girlfriend (Carla Gugino) from finding out he works as a bookie.

 

Two for the Money (2005)

After suffering a career-ending injury, a former college football star aligns himself with one of the most renowned touts in the sports-gambling business.

 

Bookies (2003)

Tired of losing money on sports bets they’ve been placing with local mobsters Larry (David Proval) and Vincent (John Diehl), California college students Toby (Nick Stahl), Jude (Johnny Galecki) and Casey (Lukas Haas) begin their own bookmaking business. Their operation is soon wildly successful, placing a strain on Toby’s relationship with his disapproving girlfriend, Hunter (Rachael Leigh Cook). When Larry and Vincent learn their territory is threatened, they try to shut down the boys.

 

Casino (1995)

In early-1970s Las Vegas, low-level mobster Sam “Ace” Rothstein (Robert De Niro) gets tapped by his bosses to head the Tangiers Casino. At first, he’s a great success in the job, but over the years, problems with his loose-cannon enforcer Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), his ex-hustler wife Ginger (Sharon Stone), her con-artist ex Lester Diamond (James Woods) and a handful of corrupt politicians put Sam in ever-increasing danger. Martin Scorsese directs this adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi’s book.

 

Diggstown (1992)

After being released from a Georgia prison, smooth-talking con man Gabriel Caine (James Woods) teams up with his partner in crime, Fitz (Oliver Platt), and travels to remote Diggstown. Upon arriving, Fitz and Caine bet the wealthiest resident, former boxing manager John Gillon (Bruce Dern), that they know a guy who can beat Diggstown’s 10 best fighters in one day. After Caine reels in “Honey” Roy Palmer (Louis Gossett Jr.), an aging boxer and old acquaintance, the grift is on.

 

Eight Men Out (1988)

The Chicago White Sox, who are set to play the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series of 1919, are at odds with their team’s owner, Charles Comiskey (Clifton James), who pays his players unsatisfactory wages despite the team’s popularity. A group of professional gamblers offers the Sox’s best athletes a fortune to throw the series, and the players agree. However, their reputations and careers are ruined when the dark secret, dubbed the “Black Sox Scandal,” reaches the public consciousness.

 

The Color of Money (1986)

Former pool hustler “Fast Eddie” Felson (Paul Newman) decides he wants to return to the game by taking a pupil. He meets talented but green Vincent Lauria (Tom Cruise) and proposes a partnership. As they tour pool halls, Eddie teaches Vincent the tricks of scamming, but he eventually grows frustrated with Vincent’s showboat antics, leading to an argument and a falling-out. Eddie takes up playing again and soon crosses paths with Vincent as an opponent.

 

The Gambler (1974)

New York City English professor Axel Freed (James Caan) outwardly seems like an upstanding citizen. But privately Freed is in the clutches of a severe gambling addiction that threatens to destroy him. After a heavy loss betting on basketball, he relies on his mother to bail him out to the tune of $44,000. Unfazed, he continues to gamble recklessly, winning big at a casino, only to blow it all just as quickly. When his debts become more than he can handle, the loan sharks begin to circle.