Unfortunately, due to the emergence of newer COVID-19 variants, many casinos all over the world still largely remain closed to the mass public. The good news is that there are many casino platforms on the internet that people can still turn to as a viable alternative. These online casinos have been all the rage throughout the pandemic and the industry has been growing massively. However, it’s not just the world of online gambling that has grown substantially over the past year. Media consumption is as rampant as ever these days. Streaming websites like Spotify, YouTube, and Netflix are experiencing an influx of new users who are starved for content while staying at home.
Sure, you still have your online casinos to bank on for your gambling fix. But sometimes, you just want to sit back and relax instead of being right in the middle of all the action. Fortunately, there is no shortage of quality casino movies that you can stream over the internet right now. In fact, there might be too many for you to choose from! But don’t worry about that. We’ve compiled all of the best casino-themed movies for you to watch in 2021 right here in this list.
Somehow, when you pair Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese together in a single project, good things seem to happen. Casino follows Ace (De Niro) as he tries to navigate his way through the underworld of high-stakes casino gambling. He gets himself into a lot of trouble as he’s constantly surrounded by some shady individuals who only want one thing—money. Ace is forced to decide on who he can and can’t trust as he struggles to survive this new world that he’s somehow landed himself in.
High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story (2003)
Stu Ungar is one of the most notorious names in all of gambling history. High Roller is a dramatization of his life and the kind of trouble that Ungar found himself getting into over and over again. Desptie his problems, Ungar still found much success, having secured the coveted World Series of Poker championship three times.
Molly’s Game (2017)
Aaron Sorkin is undoubtedly one of the best screenwriters in cinematic history and Molly’s Game is Sorkin in his element. Jessica Chastain stars as the story’s protagonist Bloom as she tries to make her way in a male-dominated industry of gambling.
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Ocean’s Eleven might possibly be Steven Sodebergh at his best. Pair that with the fact that the movie features a star-studded cast with names like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia, and Bernie Mac to name a few. Ocean’s Eleven follows the story of Danny Ocean (Clooney) who assembles his group of merrymen to conduct the biggest casino heist in history—steal from the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas on fight night. The stakes couldn’t be higher as the group tries to execute its plan to a tee and make sure that they don’t get caught.
Rain Man (1988)
Rain Man is one of Tom Cruise’s most iconic performances ever documented on film. Both Cruise and co-star Dustin Hoffman offer some inspiring performances in this film and it’s one that people continue to love even until today. With a right balance of sentimentality, drama, and high-pressure situations, Rain Man makes for a great movie night option for any day of the week.
The Hangover (2009)
The Hangover is considered by many critics to be the best comedy movie of the 2000s. It was also the coming out party of Bradley Cooper who revealed himself to be a superstar on the screen. Not to mention Zach Galifaniakis’s hilarious portrayal of the Alan character. The movie has everything that you could possibly ever want out of a bachelor’s party-gone-wrong kind of movie. Vegas. Strippers. Random babies. Tigers. Mike Tyson. What more could you possibly want?
Casino Royale (2006)
Casino Royale saw the silver screen premiere of Daniel Craig in his first outing as the iconic British super agent James Bond. The whole plot revolves around a high-stakes poker match involving Bond and some very dangerous individuals. It has all the usual trimmings of a James Bond film: action, fashion, cars, gadgets, and of course, the women.
21 starring Kevin Spacey is inspired by the real-life MIT team that sought to win big at the casino by gaming the Blackjack tables through the art of card counting. Even though the movie was a sensationalized dramatization of the actual events, it was still an entertaining watch nonetheless.
Even though it didn’t experience much commercial success, many critics consider Rounders to be just ahead of its time. It’s a movie that features a young Matt Damon and Edward Norton as their characters try to navigate their way through the dangerous world of high-stakes poker in New York.
Uncut Gems (2019)
Even though Uncut Gems technically isn’t strictly a casino movie per se, it still deals with the world of high-stakes gambling. It might also be Adam Sandler’s best acting performance in his entire career. Think of the entire movie as a buildup of an anxiety attack that’s just waiting to happen. The film is filled with so much suspense and immense character development that it’s just so hard to find anything about it to hate.