A couple of years ago The Gambler starred Mark Wahlberg as an English professor who also happened to be a high-stakes gambler, betting all he has after borrowing from a gangster (and subsequently owing his life as collateral). Then Heist hit cinemas, starring Robert De Niro and centering around a casino heist lead by an everyday dad who is forced to do anything to pay for his sick daughter’s hospital treatment.
These flicks follow a long line of cinema’s fascination with casino culture.
Cream rounds up five other casino-themed flicks we’d pay top box office dollar to see remade, and which have even made us want to have a little gamblin’ in our lives ourselves.
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Greed, deception, money, power, and murder clash when two mobster buddies friends and a trophy wife tackle a gambling empire. Stars mafia favourite Robert De Niro (recently so riled up he walked out of a promotional interview) and one very sexy Sharon Stone.
A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks. Yep, that familiar plot once more, but gosh we love all that cheatin’ and chasin’ resting assured it’s us not being chased! Stars spunky Matt Damon and Edward Norton, with Gretchen Mol as the, well, mole of sorts in the middle…
The Cooler (2003)
In an old school Las Vegas casino, its top gambling jinx breaks his curse when he falls in love, much to his boss’ consternation. Stars one very cool William H. Macy in a film that posits the casino genre tightly into the indie aisle.
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
While investigating a young nun’s rape, a corrupt NYC cop with a serious drug and gambling addiction tries to change his ways and find forgiveness. Written and directed by bad boy Abel Ferrara, and co-starring fellow bad boy Harvey Keitel. It was kinda remade in 2009 featuring Nicholas Cage and Eva Mendes but under kooky Werner Herzog’s director possibly came across as too art-house…
The Sting (1973)
In 1930s Chicago, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. Starring Paul Newman in the lead, and lending the gritty genre one of its first films with sex appeal.