Gambling has always had a close relationship with the movie industry. Their connection goes back to the 1960s when all types of casino games were forbidden in most parts of the world. During this time, Hollywood made a few gambling movies that exceeded the expectations of all viewers and gave the industry a massive boost. 

Hence, people from all around the world started participating in these activities and pressured their governments to legalize the gambling industry. Their effort paid off and many casinos were established. During the 80s and 90s, this industry had a massive boom and proved to be a great contributor to the national and global economy. 

Casinos paid millions of dollars in taxes and employed thousands of people. The fast expansion allowed the industry to keep growing and reach its peak these days with the rise of online casinos. Every online casino site can be accessed from mobile and desktop devices. All players need is a stable Internet connection. After they register, they gain access to all of the best features that these sites have to offer. 

With that being said, we wanted to take a look at a few gambling movies that have proven to be extremely entertaining and thus, are worth a watch. Let's check out some of our top picks. 


Rounders is one of the movies that proved how versatile and how good of an actor Matt Damon really is. This movie tells the story of a gifted poker player that goes by the name Matt McDermott. His dream is to win the World Series of Poker. He, together with one other friend gamble frequently, but as life hands them a lesson, they find themselves in a hard situation. 

Mike’s friend ends up owing money to a local mobster. By trying to be a good friend, Mike decides to help him clear his name, but all efforts are in vain. That is why he decides to play the ultimate gamble card and go head-to-head in a game of poker with the mobster. If he wins, he clears his name, but a loss will probably cost him his life.

Ocean’s Franchise

Ocean’s film series consists of an original trilogy along with a spinoff movie that was released in 2018. The main plot in the original trilogy are casino games and heists and to make the movies even better, some of the world’s most popular actors are starring in them. George Clooney, Andy Garcia, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Don Cheadle, Al Pacino, Anne Hathaway, and Rihanna are just a few of the popular names that are part of the franchise. 

The names of the original trilogy movies are Ocean’s 11, Ocean’s 12, and Ocean’s 13, while the name of the spinoff movie is Ocean’s 8. All of these movies are filled with excitements and are worth a watch.

The Gambler

The Gambler was among the movies that received numerous awards and solidified Mark Wahlberg’s place as a top-ranked actor. This movie tells the story of a university professor that is addicted to gambling and always gets in trouble. Luckily, his mother is rich and manages to fill the debts he acquires, but at one point, she is fed up and decides to leave him to deal with his matters. Will he come out on top, or will gambling cost him everything?


Finally, we have the movie 21 with Kevin Spacey who acts as a math teacher in a university. He, together with a group of gifted math students take on the casinos in Vegas and play blackjack. They manage to win the rounds by counting the cards, which is an illegal move. Soon, their strategy crumbles and they face a lot of trouble.