Gambling has figured in a large number of hit movies, with the gambling scene being a crucial part of the plot. Some of the most popular movies that have included gambling scenes or which are wholly themed on gambling are The Gambler (1974), Casino (1995), Rounders (1998), Croupier (1998), Ocean Eleven (2001), Owning Mahowny (2003), Casino Royale (2006), 21 (2008), The Hangover (2009), Lay the Favourite (2012), Runner Runner (2013) and many more.
The Gambler is one of the most popular drama films on gambling. It tell the story of an English professor whose life spirals out of control and who is forced to go to Las Vegas to gamble his little fortune. Based on this movie, another American crime drama movie of the same name was released in 2014 by director Rupert Wyatt. On another note, the movie ‘Casino’ depicts the relationship between criminal benefactors in the 70’s and Las Vegas casinos. Clive Owen has featured in The Croupier in 1998, where he takes the role of a struggling writer who gets a job as a casino croupier to make ends meet. The comeback movie of Dustin Hoffman called Rain Man (1998) features a severely autistic personage with card counting talents.
Some of the movies in recent years to have featured gambling include the James Bond's Casino Royale, with its famous poker scene in a tournament between Bond and “Le Chiffre”, a banker and terrorist financier. One of the most entertaining American comedy movies filmed in Las Vegas is known as The Hangover, where Alan (Zach Galifianakis) uses his card counting knowledge to win over $80K playing Blackjack.
There are various other movies out there with scenes in casinos and it won’t be long before you find plots of future movies where your favourite actors are found playing casino games online such as at Spin and Win Casino, as nowadays more people play in online casinos rather than in land based ones. With the changing gaming trends, the plots of future movies will most probably adapt to include scenes with online gambling.