- Theme of Gambling

The Best Movies that Display the Theme of Gambling

Inspiration comes from different parts of the world as an individual’s mind has no control over the same. They tend to visualise stories and capture actions that matter the most. In the same manner, movies have also been able to seek a unique form of inspiration from the good old habit of gambling. As a result, audiences were hit with movies that brought in the forces of gambling and displayed the activity with ease. So as a form of appreciation, we are going to take a look at some of the best movies that were able to display the theme of gambling.

1. Cincinnati Kid (1965)

“Cincinnati Kid” is one of the best poker movies of all time. It was released in 1965 and talks about the life of a young poker player named Eric, “The Kid” Stoner.  His wish to establish himself as the best player and earn the right form of reputation are all captured with ease. With actors like Steve McQueen, Ann-Margret, Edward G. Robinson and Tuesday Weld taking the lead role, the movie went on to create a unique experience for the audience.

Cincinnati Kid (1965)

2. The Hustler (1961)

Director Robert Rossen’s “The Hustler” is another excellent movie that was able to capture gambling and place it right at the top. The film was based on a novel of the same name, which was written by Walter Tevis. Paul Newman, Piper Laurie, Jackie Gleason and George C. Scott was the top performers who were able to capture the imagination of the audience through the portrayal of Eddie Felson, Sarah Packard, Minnesota Fats and Bert Gordon respectively. Due to all that, the movie also went on to receive several awards like BAFTA, Academy and Writers Guild of America Award.

3. Casino (1995)

When top artists like Martin Scorsese, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone and Robert De Niro come together, the result is obviously going to be a spectacle. The movie Casino was a testament to that statement, and both the critics and the audience loved the film. Apart from gambling, the movie also went to showcase the world of gangsters innovatively. In the end, numerous awards were bestowed on the movie as Sharon Stone took home the Oscar and MTV Movie Award for best actress, Martin Scorsese received the Golden Globe for Best Director, and Joe Pesci received the MTV Movie Award for Best Villain.



While you may come across more number of gambling movies, these three tend to hold a specific place in the hearts and minds of people. Their influence on the world of gambling will always be remembered as people look forward to watching the same again and again.

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