If you don’t think these are the five best movies about gambling, we will raise and then re-raise you, take all your money with our 3-9 rags and then rub two cookies together and…well, eat them. In no particular order, here is our list.
Norton. Damon. Turturro. Landau. The cookie-eating John Malkovich. Hotties Gretchen Mol and Famke Janssen. Great nicknames like Knish, KGB and Worm. Add in some of the most realistic and intense scenes of
poker playing and you have one of the best poker movies ever. You could say that Malkovich’s Teddy “KGB” character was completely over the top. I will say that it’s completely awesome. Some have opined that this film was partly responsible for the boom of poker rooms.
You may know Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the actor that nailed the role of Truman Capote in ‘Capote’. Maybe you first saw him as Scottie in ‘Boogie Nights’. But you better make sure you see him playing gambling addict Dan Mahowny in the 2003 film ‘Owning Mahowny’. The skinny: Hoffman’s character is a bank manager that continually pilfers money from accounts, takes it to AC and usually loses it all. The casinos love him. You’ll love the film.
The Cincinnati Kid
The late, great Steve McQueen plays Eric “The Kid” Stoner in 1965′s ‘The Cincinnati Kid’. The cast is amazing. Joining McQueen are the vivacious Ann Margret, Karl Malden, Rip Torn, Cab Calloway and the legendary Edward G. Robinson. Stoner loves to play poker, mainly because he’s taking other players money left and right. But the payoff in this film is as good as the rest of it, and you just have to see how the last hand goes down.
The reason you don’t hear more about ‘Casino’? Because most of the same players were in ‘Goodfellas’, which is one of the greatest films of this generation. But ‘Casino’, or ‘Goodfellas Vegas’ as some called it, has some brilliant cinematography to match the outstanding acting done by Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone. Stone won a Golden Globe for her performance, and also received an Oscar nomination. Roger Ebert said, “Like “The Godfather,” it makes us feel like eavesdroppers in a secret place.” He nailed it.
Robert Redford. Paul Newman. I could stop there and you could discern that ‘The Sting’ is probably an excellent film. I can also prove it: 10 Oscar nominations with 7 wins, including Best Picture and Best Director. It also features one of the most memorable film scores of all-time, with Marvin Hamlisch’s adaptation of Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer”. Con men, high-stakes poker, horse racing — it’s all here.