Top 10 Gambling Movies on NetFlix/Amazon Prime
Just because you can’t always be gambling doesn’t mean you can’t experience that same excitement outside of the online casino whenever you want.
For starters, there are plenty of great gambling-related movies on NetFlix and/or Amazon Prime. We’ve listed 10 of our favorites below that will help give you that same thrill.
#10. Who’s Got the Action? (1962)
Perhaps not Dean Martin’s best-known role, but no less a classic, Who’s Got the Action is the comedic tale of a gambling addict and his wife’s attempt to get him to quit the hobby.
To her credit, her plan of getting him to lose his bankroll on horse racing and quit for good seems brilliant at first. Things start to backfire however once the mob gets involved in the action.
#9. Eight Men Out (1988)
If you’ve ever seen Field of Dreams (or are just a baseball fan in general), you already know the story of Shoeless Joe Jackson and the 1918 Chicago White Sox. Eight members of the ‘Black Sox’, as they came to be known, were banished from baseball for throwing the World Series that year in exchange for copious amounts of cash from gamblers.
You probably also know that even though famed left fielder Shoeless Joe took the offered money, he statistically hit better than any player on either team during the series. But what you might not know is the story of the seven other men that were banned and the details of the dramatic courtroom saga that unfolded, all of which are chronicled in the great Eight Men Out.
#8. Mugshots: Sandy Murphy – Death of a Casino King (2013)
Ted Binion was a son of the famed casino owner Benny Binion (of Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in Vegas) that died under mysterious circumstances in 1998.
First thought to be a suicide, a homicide investigation began months later when some sketchy details about Binion’s girlfriend (and her lover) emerged. In a captivating narrative style, this episode of TruTV’s documentary series lays out all the details of this infamous case.
#7. Life on the Line (2013)
Filmed in Vegas in the days and weeks before the Super Bowl, Life on the Line is a fascinating look at the lives of professional bettors.
Follow their ups and downs as they put most of their bankrolls–and livelihoods–on the line for Super Bowl Sunday in this documentary that is equal parts exciting and educational.
#6. Hard Four (2010)
In craps, they say to never bet on a hard four. However, if you like low-budget screwball comedies, this particular Hard Four is worth putting your money on.
Find out what happens when a legendary craps player dies playing the game he loves and his family must go on a wacky adventure in order to get his body back.
#5. Double Down (2000)
A crazy time is inevitable when you get four compulsive gamblers together, let alone when they are best friends. But when the motley crew of merry gamblers in Double Down needs to devise a plan to pay off their debt to an insane hitman, the crazy times turn into ones of madness.
Watch which of love, loyalty, or money win out in this gripping drama led by Beverly Hills 90210 star Jason Priestly.
#4. Lay the Favorite (2012)
Based off a non-fiction memoir of the same name, this lighthearted comedy follows a bored stripper (Rebecca Hall) into the world of offshore sports gambling under the tutelage of professional gambler Bruce Willis.
As the winnings pile up, however, so do the feelings between the two as well as Willis’ wife, Catherine-Zeta Jones, who wants this new gambling prodigy out of their lives.
#3. 21 (2008)
Say what you want about its accuracy in portraying the real-life MIT blackjack teams, 21 is still an incredibly fun and exciting romp through the world of card counting.
Kevin Spacey was cast perfectly as an MIT professor recruiting the likes of Kate Bosworth and Jim Sturgess for a mathematical dream team with the goal of taking down the house at casinos around the world.
#2. Croupier (1999)
Possibly the best film with a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes that you’ve never heard of. In Clive Owen’s breakthrough performance, follow a struggling writer-turned-croupier as he gets sucked into the world of casino life and the blurred line between dealers and bettors, customers and friends.
Complicating things even further is a relationship with a fellow croupier, a strict no-no in the casino world.
#1. Rounders (1998)
If somehow you’ve never seen Rounders, chances are you have still heard half the dialogue quoted at poker tables over your lifetime. After losing it all in a game of Hold ‘Em, now-retired card shark Matt Damon is just trying to put himself through law school in a more blue-collar way while staying out of trouble.
However, he can’t help but give into temptation when his ex-partner (Edward Norton) gets out of the slammer. After the duo gets in a various assortment of trouble, Damon decides to make a run at earning enough to go to the World Series of Poker by playing heads up against an ex-KGB mob boss (played amazingly by John Malkovich).