Action is one of the most popular genres in the movie industry for a good reason. Gambling movies are most often a sub-category of the action genre and they are always in high demand. They are usually packed with lots of entertainment, unpredictable plot twists, danger, romance, attractive actors, and lots of money. If you ask us, that is the ideal recipe for the perfect gambling action movie.
Because we’d like you to see the best of the genre, we’ve compiled a list of the most inspirational gambling movies that all movie buffs and gambling enthusiasts should watch at least once in their lives.
Runner Runner (2013)
This movie is one of the masterpieces of Brad Furman and also the first gambling movie that he directed. Justin Timberlake stars in the movie as Richie, who spends his nights playing in online casinos in order to pay off his college debts. However, after a major loss, he realizes that he was deceived. He decides to take matters into his own hands and travels to Costa Rica to meet the boss of the online gambling, in hopes of getting his money back.
This is another great movie that uses gambling and education as main motifs. Ben is a young mathematics genius who is looking for a way to earn money to pay for his education. He does this, of course, by playing blackjack.
Ben eventually joins a group of frauds who use “counting” and refined secret gestures to increase their chances of winning. Ben collects money for his education quickly. However, he has another challenge now, to get out of the game.
The Casino is regarded by many as one of the best movies ever made. It is no wonder if you consider the fact that it was directed by the brilliant Martin Scorsese. The movie is so highly regarded that the lead actress, Sharon Stone, was even awarded the Golden Globe for her performance.
If you decide to see it, you’ll be able to enjoy everything a casino movie should have – mafia, gangsters, lots of money, violence, and romance. You should definitely shortlist it!
This is one of the best roles of Clive Owen, even though it is not one of his best-known roles. In the movie, he stars as a young writer in search of excitement and inspiration for his next book. He decides to look for it in a casino. At first, he manages to keep his head cool and to stay above the game. However, the gambling fever soon takes hold of him and his priorities start changing quickly.
Lucky You (2007)
Lucky You is all about professional poker. Hak Cheever, the main character in the movie, gives all he has every time in order to win and does not shy away from risks. In personal life, however, he behaves in a completely opposite way. See how the private, family, and poker life can become intertwined in this great gambling movie!