List of the Best Movies about Sports Betting that are worth checking out
Movies about gambling have always been our favorite genre because it is so hot-blooded, the passion emitted is certainly contagious and the energy leaks off across the screen to the audience. Often times, we exit the cinema after watching a good movie with trembling hands, it is an adrenaline rush that simply can not be replicated by other genres and we sure as hell enjoy it a lot. If you are interested in checking these movies out, here is a list of our recommended movies about sports betting or just gambling in general.
Martin Scorsese is known as a legend in the cinematic industry, and for a good reason. No one does a crime flick like the great scorsese. Casino, as the name implies, is a movie about organized crime that involves the Las Vegas Casinos. It stars Robert deNiro and Joe Pesci, whom had also appeared in Scorsese’s other award-winning crime drama — Goodfellas.
21 is a heist movie about gambling, it involves counting cards, which is a big no-no in the casino industry. Counting cards will get you into serious trouble if you are caught doing them, therefore making this movie a thrill to watch. It is also based on a true story about six MIT students, and the feats that they had pulled off in casinos around the US is certainly amazing to watch.
The Color of Money (1986)
The Color of Money is another scorsese flick about gambling, but this time it is about scamming in the pool betting scene. Paul Newman plays as a veteran pool hustler, starring alongside young action star Tom Cruise. The synergy between the two stars is awe-inspiring to watch.
Mississippi Grind (2015)
Gambling is not just about highs, but the lows as well. The lows can be pretty devastating, but the highs are extraordinary. There is much to be learned from watching Mississippi Grind, a movie about a friendship that budded between two gamblers, and their numerous attempts at trying to win it big.
A movie about high stakes poker is always such a thrill to watch, the excitement, the disappointment, the relief, the joy, the emotions felt throughout the run of a single round is unparalleled anywhere else in the gambling scene. Rounders star Edward Norton (Fight Club) and Matt Damon (Bourne Trilogy), playing as two friends who went deep into the underground poker scene.
Hard Eight (1996)
Every famous director gotta start somewhere, and for someone as talented as Paul Thomas Anderson, you just have to expect that his debut is going to be a stellar one. And boy, is it good, brimming with inspiring cinematography and artistic direction, supported by a strong and dedicated cast; Hard Eight is an instant cult classic, though it did not do well on the box office at the time. The movie is a crime thriller centering around a mentor and his young gambler.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Last but not least, we have a british crime comedy directed by Guy Ritchie approaching the peak of his career (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch, etc.). It is about a group of friends trying to repay their debt for losing at a game of high stakes poker. It teaches a valuable lesson about cheating, losing self control and making rash decisions while gambling, while also staying highly entertaining and funny throughout.
Are you planning to check these movies out? Do you have anything in mind that is not included in this list? Don’t like our recommendations? Let us know what you think of them, we would very much like to hear from you!