As several trips to the casino have taught us time and time again, sometimes the risk is worth the reward and other times it’s sadly not. And although it’s not always possible for us to visit the likes of Sin City, Reno or St. Tropez to gamble to our heart’s content and experience all of this, gambling movies are always readily available to watch via the online media giant, Netflix. So if your bankroll is a bit limited right now, you can still get your gambling fix while watching some of the best gambling movies on Netflix in our list that are frequently available to stream.
If you've ever wanted to see the world of gambling from the perspective of a professional dealer, then the ‘Croupier’ just might be for you. This particular film explores the dark side of the world of gambling by painting a rather unusual portrait of the casino world - at least the part we are used to seeing on the big screens.
Director Mike Hodge has created a story told from the dealer's perspective. In contrast to many other casino movies, the film stays away from the lavish luxury casinos of the Las Vegas strip and other casino towns and focuses on smaller card rooms in London where people gamble for more than just their paychecks. In the ‘Croupier’, a cold and rough gambling world is presented to the audience, and the luxurious world of a high roller casino seems far, far away.
Stars: Clive Owen, Nick Reding, Nicholas Ball
Basically take Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and base it in Las Vegas and you have Guns, Girls, and Gambling. The movie centers around a "priceless tribal artifact" that gets lost during a poker game and numerous characters chase after it. Among the characters are a prostitute, a corrupt cop, cowboys, Indians and a group of Elvis impersonators.
Stars: Gary Oldman, Christian Slater, Powers Boothe, Helena Mattsson
In the 1967 spy comedy film, ‘James Bond: Casino Royale’, David Niven stars as the "original James Bond 007" who is forced out of retirement to investigate the disappearances and deaths of other spies upon hearing the news of the death of M. Throughout the film, Bond, who’s promoted as the head of M16, realizes that the majority of British agents around the globe have been defeated as a result by enemies as a result of one weakness – sex.
As Bond succeeds in resisting the seductive lure of several women spies he encounters, he eventually manages to befriend MiMi/Lady Fiona, a SMERSH agent who becomes so affected by Bond, that she changes her allegiances to Bond and helps him uncover Le Chriffe’s plot to raise money for terrorists by playing and cheating at the casino game, Baccarat. As a result, Bond hires several phony 007s including the millionaire spy, Vesper Lynd, in an attempt to take down SMERSH agent, Le Chiffre (played by Orson Welles) and Dr Noah (played by Woody Allen).
Stars: Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, David Niven
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Martin Scorsese directs this film based on the Nicholas Pileggi book about Las Vegas in the 1970s and 80s.The film tells the story of the rise and subsequent fall of Sam Rosenthal, the owner of the Tangiers Casino with ties to the mob. It's a movie that shows just how dirty "Fabulous Las Vegas" was during those decades.
Stars: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci
A group of friends head to Las Vegas for a night of debauchery to celebrate the upcoming wedding of a friend. Just one small problem: they wind up hiring a bank robber as their wedding planner. Things go hilariously wrong as the friends have casino security, the cops and even the boyfriend of a porn star on their tails.
Stars: Kal Penn, Jonathan Bennett, Donald Faison
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This film tells the story of gangster Bugsy Siegel and his dream of building a gambling oasis in middle of the Nevada desert, later to become Las Vegas. His affair with Virginia Hill would ultimately lead to his murder and prevent him from ever seeing his dream from becoming a reality.
Stars: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley
The third installment of the Leprechaun series saw the feisty demon chase down his gold through Las Vegas while he torments and kills those that stole his gold. This film was the first to see the purely horror series begin its shift to comedic horror and is said to be among Warwick Davis' favorite installments to shoot.
Stars: Warwick Davis, John Gatins, Lee Armstrong, John DeMita
The cult favorite starring Johnny Depp centers around a sportswriter and his drug inspired misadventures with his lawyer through a three-day romp starting in Los Angeles and ending in Vegas. If you enjoyed the book, you'll also be surprised how much you'll enjoy the movie. Depp's portrayal of author and gonzo journalism renegade Hunter S. Thompson is both over the top and surprisingly heartfelt. The two built a relationship during the filming of the movie that lasted until Thompson's suicide in 2005.
Stars: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire
Largely hailed as the quintessential poker movie, this film follows the trials and tribulations of law student/poker genius Mike McDermott, played by Matt Damon.
While trying to manage school and a relationship, McDermott navigates the waters of the underground poker scene in New York to earn his stake for the World Series of Poker.
Stars: Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Malkovich, John Turturro, Gretchen Mol
This documentary focuses less on gambling and on how the city was actually built. Starting from its Mormon cow town days before evolving to the modern day gambler's paradise, viewers learn literally how the city of lights was built.
Stars: Wayne Newton, Jack Perkins, Debbie Reynolds
This remake of the classic Rat Pack comedy from the 1960s is as much an action movie as a comedy. Eleven professional criminals are put together for a heist against a bank with $150 million in the vault - all of it from three major Las Vegas casinos (Bellagio, Mirage and MGM Grand.) These casinos are owned by Terry Benedict (Garcia) who's dating Tess (Roberts), the Ocean 11 leader Dan's (Clooney) old girlfriend. This makes the whole operation even more personal. Ocean's 11 is an action-packed movie, and just as in the original, it contains some great acting performances from the Hollywood elite of its time.
Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Andy Garcia
Bernie (Macy) is what seems to be a bona fide loser. He works for the casino manager (Baldwin) who takes advantage of Bernie's ability to change the luck for hot-streak gamblers at the casino. When Bernie meets the waitress Natalie (Bello) his life changes for the better. Baldwin's character is willing to go a long way to keep Bernie and his special skills at the casino.
Stars: William H. Macy, Maria Bello, Alec Baldwin
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