Fancy a Film Binge? Discover 6 of the Best Gambling Films Around

Most of us have binged our way through Now TV, Netflix, and Hulu and need inspiration for what to watch next. Well, wonder no more because, in this blog, we look at some of the best gambling-based films around.

OK, some of them only touch on gambling, but they’re all worth watching anyway.

Seabiscuit

Don’t let the name put you off, Seabiscuit is a critically acclaimed film. If you love horseracing and rags-to-riches stories, it’s a great choice.

It’s the story of a jockey, trainer, and horse: a “useless” man (Jeff Bridges) who owns a “useless” horse (Seabiscuit) meets a maverick trainer (Chris Cooper) who spots a spark of brilliance in the horse. Together they find a “useless” jockey (Toby Maguire) who ends up steering Seabiscuit to greatness.

It’s based on a true story, and it’s one of the best underdog stories to come out of horseracing in the 20th century.

Whilst it doesn’t have much gambling in it, it is a great feel-good film. If you’re looking to lift your mood, you should take a gamble on Seabiscuit.

 

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21

Can you guess which casino game the writer based this film on? Blackjack, aka 21.

21 is a modern classic. Although it came out in 2008, it’s set in 1979, back before online gambling even existed. It’s based on the true story of a maths professor and team of students from MIT. They devised a blackjack card-counting system to beat the house.

It worked.

The film takes you on their journey. It’s adrenaline-fuelled and action-packed.

If you’re looking for a story of adventure, betrayal, and cunning, 21 is a great choice.

 

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Rain Man

Another card counting film, Rain Man will take you for a ride on the emotional rollercoaster. It has a bit of everything: backstabbing, tragedy, unfairness and triumph over adversity. One minute you’ll be laughing, the next you’ll be seething with rage.

Many people assume the film’s based on a true story, but it isn’t. Instead, it’s a work of fiction about Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) who, upon his father’s death, discovers the $3m-inheritance has gone to a trustee, Raymond Babbitt (Dustin Hoffman).

Charlie’s doesn’t recognise the name, yet they share a surname. It turns out that the father left his estate to Raymond – an autistic savant with a gift for memorising number sequences…

…and Charlie’s long-lost brother.

What ensues is a twisting story of travels to Las Vegas, manipulation, and reconciliation.

 

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Lock Stock and Three Smoking Barrels

If you want to give your brain a workout, the convoluted plot of Lock Stock and Three Smoking Barrels is an awesome way to do it.

It’s never a good idea to take on the local crime boss (Harry) in a game of high-stakes poker, but that’s exactly what Eddy convinces his friends to do.

Predictably, Eddy ends up losing everything when Harry cheats. Therein follows a tangled web of twists and turns as Eddy and his friends dig themselves into a deeper and deeper hole.

Will they ever get out? Not without a few people getting shot…

 

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Casino Royale

We’re talking the Daniel Craig remake here. If you’re bored and you want something speedy, action-packed, and adventurous, then this James Bond film is a go-to. Watch as the villainous poker player, Le Chiffre, gives Mr Bond the challenge of a lifetime.

Culminating in an all-or-nothing game of poker, it’s fast, it’s furious, and has everything you want from the underbelly of the gambling world.

 

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Casino

We can’t give you a list of top gambling films without giving this 1995 classic the number 1 slot. The story revolves around a Mafia-run Las Vegas casino. Themes of psychosis, violence and criminal masterminds run throughout the film.

It’s got everything you’d want from a gambling film: characters living hard and fast as we get to watch the rise and fall of a Las Vegas empire. There are all sorts of thread to the story, which gives the impression that the film is out of focus, until it all ties together again at the end.

Not only is this film binge-worthy, it’s also worth watching again and again and again…and many of us do!

 

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