5 movies you need to watch, if you love gambling

The world of movies is a vast place, filled with different themes and topics. The studios have made films about various social or political problems, all while depicting other parts of our lives. Such as our love for gambling.

In fact, the movie industry has developed some sort of a deep relationship with gambling. And here’s why: the majority of films have a leading character who is a complex, and unimaginably smart person, with their own way of “leading” the game. More often than not, the character conveys gambling methods that are actually applicable in real life.

Now, if you are someone who loves cinematography but also has a knack for gambling, we are going to offer you a treat. Here are the top five gambling movies that are worth watching! Let’s get started.

James Bond’s Casino Royale

Any action movie fan knows that when it comes to the Agent 007 – “Bond, James Bond” – there is no way that the film will be complete without one, single scene in a casino. The gambling industry has become an incremental part of the franchise. And while the hardcore car chases, gunfights, and fist bouts are surely the main elements of the Bond movies, they go hand-in-hand with casinos.

In this sense, one particular James Bond movie is worth a separate mention. It is called: Casino Royale. It takes gambling in movies to a completely new level. Many people go as far as claiming that Casino Royale is the best movie ever made, at least when it comes to casino gambling. And while we would not name any title as the number one, the movie is undoubtedly among the masterpieces in this field.

All in all, Casino Royale is a very fun movie to watch for every type of cinema-goer, not just a gambling fan. All the suspense and action during the movie will simply not allow you to leave your seat. After is it over, expect a fervent discussion about what parts the movie got right! The film is not without its controversies…


Kevin Spacey has long established himself as one of the master actors of his generation. Notwithstanding the current uproar around his name coming up in sexual allegations, Spacey’s artistic abilities have not diminished by any stretch of the imagination. And while he has created a lot of memorable characters over his long-spanning career, the gambling community loves his portrayal of the MIT professor, Micky Rosa in the movie 21.

The movie is about a group of MIT students who are avid blackjack fans, making some headlines towards the end of the 20th century. The MIT group used to visit Las Vegas casinos in the ‘80s and ‘90s to play blackjack. Some time along the line, they started to use a method called “card counting”, to place bets to their advantage. 

The movie is not a perfect recreation of how the MIT team performed their actions or handled their business. For a simple reason: the majority of the “managerial” aspects were not entirely suitable for the plot of the movie. Instead, the film takes us through the practice of card counting, which allows the players to trick the house and receive larger profits.

Ocean’s Eleven

A trilogy of Ocean (Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, and Ocean’s Thirteen) is among the most popular action movies of all time. But apart from the robbing scenes and schemes, the movie also depicts a heavy share of casino gambling!

The cast of several Hollywood A-listers such as Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Matt Damon does a pretty good job of portraying a group of casino robbers… Planning a heist on three of the most popular gaming halls in Las Vegas! So, if you love Vegas, the famous Sin City, and watching gambling movies, Ocean’s Eleven is a definite choice for you.

God of Gamblers

Imagine being one of the most well-trained professional gamblers in Asia… Possibly even in the whole world. Your mind is going for one win after another, yielding large profits, pouring directly into your account. And now imagine that a terrible accident erases your memory, taking everything away from you. What if the only way of getting your life back is through the casino?

This good-old action plot is the backbone of the Asian gambling feature film, God of Gamblers. The story develops in Macau, one of the biggest gambling hubs, which is in the same league as Las Vegas. It proves a lot of things, namely that the determination and professionalism can get you incredible things. Trust us, Chinese movies are just as good in depicting gambling as their Hollywood counterparts!

Owning Mahowny

The above-mentioned films are all incredible and definitely worth watching, however, they fail to recognize one of the most pressing issues that ravage the gambling industry… That is to say, problem gambling. The abundance of online and brick-and-mortar casinos does not make things easy by any means. People can have easy access to the casino games and engage in gambling, perhaps more so than ever before.

However, the next film, Owning Mahowny, tackles exactly this problem: encouraging the general public to gamble responsibly. The movie depicts the acuteness of problem gambling and the necessity to address it through different means.