Gambling is a game of chance. You never what happens and this uncertainty of outcome makes it a very dangerous and addictive game that people get tend to get caught up with. Gambling often makes way for great stories that explore the dark, funny sides of human beings. And cinema has had many films that centre around gambling. Right from the 50s to the modern era, gambling has been the focus of numerous films in mainstream cinema. This article takes a look at the list of top gambling movies ever. You can watch some of these best gambling movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
12. The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
This Steve McQueen starrer tells the story of a Eric who longs to prove himself a champion in the poker game. His ambitions end up with him facing the best in the world as he fights out an epic battle with Lancey Howard who is regarded as the greatest of the game. On the surface, the plot might not seem original or compelling enough but ‘The Cincinnati Kid’ is a complex drama so full of life and breathing characters with raw tension and suspenseful build up that turn it into such a distinctively memorable cinematic experience.
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11. The Cooler (2003)
This Wayne Kramer romantic flick is about a sad casino employee who personifies the word “unlucky” for the players around him and is desperate to be with a woman. Life inside for him is utterly miserable and is dying to liberate himself when he meets a gorgeous cocktail waitress and falls in love with her. ‘Cooler’ does not break any new grounds but is highly entertaining, replete with some fine performances from its leads. Influenced by Scorsese’s ‘Casino’, the film takes place, for the most part, inside of the casino and tells quite an interesting story with well etched characters in a very unpretentious manner.