The high-paced energy of casinos has long been milked by the film industry to up the ante and increase the sense of action in many movies. There’s no denying that the adrenaline-filled atmosphere of casinos make for perfect movie setting. The dice are rolling, the reels are spinning, and the stakes are high; if there’s one thing you can safely bet on, it’s the fact that it’s usually a nail-biter of a scene that will have you teetering on the edge of your seat.
For all you avid casino buffs out there, we’ve rounded up some of the most memorable movie scenes which are centered around gambling dens and all the exhilarating titillation they inspire.
No casino movie list would be complete without an obvious mention to this iconic film which was released back in 1995. Director Martin Scorsese really went all out, assembling an all star cast, including the likes of Robert de Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone among others. Many of the characters in the film are actually based on real people, which makes it all the more epic. With so many awesome scenes to choose from, it was hard for us to pinpoint just one. However, the one that takes the cake would have to be where a cowboy puts his feet up on a blackjack table, only to be harshly reprimanded for this huge lack of respect by being literally thrown out the doors.
The return of ‘007’ in the form of Daniel Craig has long been hailed iconic due to its introduction of Bond to the newer generations. The high stakes poker games which takes place at Monte Carlo casino between Bond and Le Chiffres, a known financier of terrorism left a lasting impression on many a movie-goer. No doubt the best scene has to be when Bond turns his luck around and wins the game hands down by revealing a straight flush.
This 80s classic directed by Barry Levinson follows the antics of one Charlie Babbit and his autistic brother as they make their way across the US. Despite his apparent deficiencies, Raymond, played by the affable Dustin Hoffman, happens to have a very special gift to make up for them; he’s a natural at card counting, a strategy used in blackjack to increase the player’s chances of winning. The pair take to the gambling dens of Las Vegas to make the most of Raymond’s special abilities, drawing a strong crowd of onlookers as they win big everywhere they go. One of the most particular scenes in this movie has to be where the guys are accused of card counting, showing the realities of casinos and how seriously they take any form of what is perceived as cheating.
Hailed as one of the most popular movies of all time, the Hangover is a must-watch, if only for its hilarious yet incredibly accurate portrayal of the Las Vegas experience. The first film made its debut back in 2009 and still manages to delight movie buffs the world over.
Its comedic value is evident, following the antics of four best friends who go on a bachelor party in Vegas, where a night of shameless debauchery quickly turns sour the morning after, with some pretty side-splitting consequences.
One of the most iconic scenes in this epic movie happens to be set in a casino, where Alan, played by Zach Galifianakis, tries his luck at the blackjack table, where he uses his newly learnt skills (honed by Beat the Dealer) to win the ransom money the boys so desperately need to pay off the kidnappers who took their friend.
A casino movie featuring the likes of George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, just to name a few, this award-winning feature film gave rise to another two sequels as well as the more recent spin-off, Ocean’s 8. The plot follows Danny Ocean and his plan to orchestrate a heist that involves robbing three of the most notable casinos in Las Vegas. The infamous poker scene is one of the memorable, establishing the vibe that runs throughout the entire movie – one of intrigue, comedy and wickedly good crime.