Jackpot of Casino Movies

It may sound weird, but at CasinoCheers we do things besides gambling, wagering and playing games for the fun of it. We also watch movies, but we have an obvious preference to those that touch a theme so dear to us. Yes, we are talking about casinos. In Hollywood’s long history, you can find a handful of movies related to the casino business. As with everything, some nail the experience, others portrait the casino life in mediocre manner.

Today we will begin a new saga at CasinoCheers. Not of tips, not of promotions, but of the so called Jackpot of Casino Movies.  Doing this top 5 was in no way an easy feat. Henceforth, we will introduce the lower 3 movies of the top 5, so you can start appreciating the old seventh art a little bit more.  At the end of each mini movie review, you will find a link towards the theatrical trailer of each movie, so you get a better idea of the tone.


Released in 1998, and staring the famous Clive Owen, this movie marks an unusual portrait of the casino world. Or seeing it from another angle, it carries a different view of what we would usually seek in a casino movie. Directed by Mike Hodge, the story is told from the perspective of a croupier. Even if this wasn’t enough to distinguish this movie from others, it takes place in London, away from the luxury, lust and neon lights of Las Vegas. The atmosphere of the movie is cold and rough, not even giving a glimpse of ostentation. For those looking for a grim angle of the casino world, Croupier will be your cup of tea.


Released in 2003, The Cooler has one hell of a cast. You have the always reliable William H. Macy, beautiful Maria Bello and the likeable Alec Baldwin. The main character, Bernie (Macy), is what is known as a loser. He works for the casino manager, played by Alec Baldwin, who takes advantage of Bernie, abusing of him in a psychological level. Then comes the hot girl of the movie, waitress Natalie (Maria Bello), changing Bernie’s perspective on life and gaming. Here unfolds a struggle between all these characters, with Bernie in the middle, all looking to not get disappointed amidst the world treacherous world of casinos.

3. OCEAN’S 11

This movie is what one would call a Hollywood star mash up. You can find the likes of George Clooney, Bread Pitt, Julia Roberts, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle among many others. What many don’t know is that this movie is actually a remake of the classic from the 60. The tone is basically the same, although the movie goes much more for the comedic side. The basic premise is:  eleven professional criminals are brought together to commit a huge robbery on three of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas: Bellagio, Mirage and the MGM Grand.  In the middle, you will find a love plot, a couple of tragic backgrounds and the desire of some characters to leave behind the robber’s way of life. Of course, they don’t achieve these, as the movie spawned two sequels.

Catch us in another article ¡as we give away the top two spots of the list!