6 Hollywood Movies That Are Based On Gambling


You would not necessarily have to be a casino concessionaire to be able to enjoy the thrill and excitement of Casino Royal [2007]. However, being a casino buff has its advantages because you can get into the characters playing casino and enjoy the movie in a way never before.

Taking risk is certainly one of the few masculine characteristics of Hollywood flicks and which is why we still see Hollywood stars playing casinos caring a fig about their lives or fortune. Believe it or not, gambling movies have made it to the red carpet. Take for example “Rain Man” which had won Oscar award in the best picture category. So, the impact of gambling on Hollywood is undeniable.

To make you aware of the profound impact of gambling in our film industry, here we are going to give a roundup of top films where you can experience the thrill of gambling –

  1. Vegas Vacation (1997)

This is one such movie that will take you to the mesmerizing world of gambling and guess what, the lead role is played by Clark W. Griswold. The protagonist will let you see how things take a completely different turn when you are bitten by the gambling bug. The character in his effort to win a fortune almost forgets that he has a physical existence and a family to feed on. This movie is a funny take on the world of gambling.

  1. Bookies (2003)

This film revolves around four ordinary college students who inadvertently court trouble when they attract the attention of the local crime bosses. These college students become small-time bookies only to find their lives getting engulfed by things over which they have almost no control.  This flick aptly shows how our lives take a completely different turn when money start pouring from all known and unknown sources. This is a great movie to watch out for and the subtle twist at the end of the movie makes it all the more interesting.

  1. The Gambler (1974)

Do you think gambling is just for winning big bucks? You better think again. The Gambler gets you acquainted with a person who finds it equally thrilling to win or lose a gamble. Sounds intriguing? Yeah it does. The main character Alex Freed is a professor who appears to be perfectly normal but he has a different take when it comes to gambling. This movie takes you to the mind of a great gambler without losing grip on the plot. Previously, several attempts have been made to give a vivid account of what goes into the mind of a gambler but none worked as well. The Gambler is a brilliant exception. The central theme of the movie can be best expressed in the following words – “I’m not going to lose it. I’m going to gamble it.”

  1. Owning Mahoney (2003)

Like to have a taste of the real world? Then ‘Owning Mahoney’ (2003) is your best bet. This is based on a true story and minutely captures the mindset of an obsessed gambler. The role of the protagonist is played by Philip Seymour-Hoffman and without a shred of doubt, it is his best ever performance. This is one of those movies that set the bar higher for others. The impact of this movie was so immense that one Atlantic City casino was made to shut down.

This tells a story of a bank manager struggling with gambling addiction. Things turn quite messy when he accidently gets access to a multi-million dollar account. A riveting storyline and the brilliant acting by the lead actor Philip Seymour-Hoffman makes the movie a treat for the movie buffs.

  1. The Cooler (2003)

This is a strange gambling story that depicts probably the unluckiest person on planet earth. He gets employed by a casino owner to cool down tables. Things were perfect until he falls in love with a waitress. His bad luck turns into good luck and then things starts going haywire. The casino owner after becoming aware of the situation tries to break the romance between these two love birds and things get a little messy here.

  1. The Hangover [2009]

Though the story of this movie is not entirely based on gambling, it definitely revolves around it.  The story takes place in the Mecca of casino – The Sin City Las Vegas.  The film beings with three persons waking up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas without no any idea what happened last night. This is a story of a bachelor party gone wrong. This is followed by a series of hilarious incidents that keep the ball rolling. It is a mind blowing comedy flick that you must watch.

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