When the fun stops, stop! Remember that? That’s the safety advice for the whole UK gambling industry, and it’s very good advice. One way to keep things fun is to have regular breaks to… maybe watch a movie! If you do you might want to check out these titles, which have great gambling scenes or themes.
1 – House of Games
In our view, the greatest gambling movie of all time is about apparently small-time conmen and directed by the American master of cool detachment, David Mamet, who is himself a keen poker player. The scenes set around a poker game are some of the best gambling ever imagined on-screen and tee off a tense ride that’s always stylish and sophisticated too. A film that is impossible to described in detail without spoilers, all we can say is watch it today!
2 – Casino Royale
James Bond loves to gamble – with his life, with his car, and… occasionally with a pack of cards! Casino scenes are something of a cliché in Bond films, you’ll find lists of top fives of them easily enough online, but Casino Royale (the 2006 film with Daniel Craig) is the best Bond gambling film. Texas Hold’Em is the game and there’s some decent gambling authenticity to this film that is as slick and superficial as the rest of the series in some ways but was hailed at the time of its release for introducing a new Bond with a bit more depth and bite.
3 – Casablanca
Some people might not think of Casablanca as a gambling film, but Rick’s Bar, in the city of the title is a gambling den! So it’s a backdrop, but it’s also a part of the story – Rick lets a young refugee win enough to escape Nazi Europe, the cops use the gambling they know is going on as an excuse to shut Rick’s down. There’s a bigger gamble going on in the foreground, and gambling makes a great metaphor for a load of other things. One of the all-time great films with one of the best movie songs of all time.
4 – 21
You can forget the metaphors here because this is one of the few gambling pictures that is (largely) based in fact. The MIT team who used mathematics and superb observational skills to beat the Vegas casinos legitimately are gambling legends.