Casino Royale

After  receiving a license to kill, British Secret Service agent James Bond  (Daniel Craig) heads to Madagascar, where he uncovers a link to Le  Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), a man who finances terrorist organizations.  Learning that Le Chiffre plans to raise money in a high-stakes poker  game, MI6 sends Bond to play against him, gambling that their newest “00” operative will topple the man’s organization.

Release date: November 17, 2006 (USA)

Director: Martin Campbell

Featured song: You Know My Name

Box office: 599 million USD

Screenplay: Robert Wade, Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis

Poker Night

A  young detective becomes an unwilling participant in a deadly cat and  mouse game when he is kidnapped by a serial killer. To survive, he has  to use all of the wisdom imparted to him by veteran detectives during  poker nights.

Release date: December 20, 2014 (USA)

Director: Greg Francis

Screenplay: Greg Francis

Music composed by: Scott Glasgow

Executive producers: Alan Pao, Frank Caruso

Runner Runner

Believing  that he has been swindled, Princeton grad student Richie (Justin  Timberlake) goes to Costa Rica to confront online-gambling tycoon Ivan  Block (Ben Affleck). Block’s promises of immense wealth and power have a  seductive effect on Richie, until he learns the shocking truth about  his new mentor. When Richie is coerced by the FBI to  help bring Block to justice, he faces the biggest gamble of his life:  outmaneuvering the two forces closing in on him.

Release date: October 4, 2013 (USA)

Director: Brad Furman

Box office: 62.7 million USD

Budget: 30 million USD

Production companies: Regency Enterprises, Appian Way Productions, TSG Entertainment, Double Feature Films

Holy Rollers

A  blackjack team made up of devoted Christians wins millions from casinos  as they try to find a place for faith and God in the arena of high  stakes gambling.

Initial release: June 11, 2011

Director: Bryan Storkel

Screenplay: Bryan Storkel

Music composed by: Frank Lenz

Cast: Brad Currah, Mark Treas, Dusty Wisniew, Ben Crawford, Michael Draven, Colin Jones, Michael Scott Foster

Producers: Bryan Storkel, Jason Connell, Amy Storkel


Jack  Weil (Robert Redford), a professional gambler, enjoys the hedonistic  lifestyle of Batista’s Cuba, where he is organizing a crucial poker game  that could make or break him. He meets seductive Bobby Duran (Lena  Olin) and is surprised that she, a wealthy woman, is aiding Fidel Castro  and his communist rebels. Apolitical Jack doesn’t  usually take sides, but after Bobby and her husband, Arturo (Raul  Julia), are arrested, he contemplates risking everything to help their  cause.

Release date: December 12, 1990 (USA)

Director: Sydney Pollack

Music composed by: Dave Grusin

Budget: 40 million USD

Box office: 9.243 million USD


Mike  McDermott (Matt Damon) loses his money in a poker game against Russian  gangster Teddy “KGB” (John Malkovich). Under pressure from his  girlfriend, Jo (Gretchen Mol), he promises to quit gambling. This lasts  until his friend, Lester “Worm” Murphy (Edward Norton), gets out of  prison and needs to pay off an old debt. The pair  come close to earning the money back but are caught cheating. Then Mike  finds out the debt is owed to Teddy and makes one last-ditch effort to  beat the Russian.

Release date: September 11, 1998 (USA)

Director: John Dahl

Screenplay: Brian Koppelman, David Levien

Story by: Brian Koppelman, David Levien

Nominations: Golden Lion, Grand Jury Prize

Ocean’s Eleven

Dapper  Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is a man of action. Less than 24 hours  into his parole from a New Jersey penitentiary, the wry, charismatic  thief is already rolling out his next plan. Following three rules: Don’t  hurt anybody, don’t steal from anyone who doesn’t deserve it, and play  the game like you’ve got nothing to lose. Danny orchestrates the most sophisticated, elaborate casino heist in history.

Release date: December 7, 2001 (USA)

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Producer: Jerry Weintraub

Film series: Ocean’s Trilogy

Production companies: Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Section Eight Productions

Lucky You

Huck  Cheever (Eric Bana) is a talented poker player who must balance an  intense love affair with the feats he must accomplish to win a slot in  the world championship game in Las Vegas. If he makes it to the table,  there is a chance he may have to compete against his father (Robert  Duvall), a poker legend who abandoned Huck’s mother years ago.

Initial release: September 8, 2006

Director: Curtis Hanson

Budget: 55 million USD

Screenplay: Curtis Hanson, Eric Roth

Production companies: Warner Bros., Flower Films, Village Roadshow Pictures

The Poker House

Agnes (Jennifer Lawrence) and her two sisters struggle through a day in a home overrun by gamblers, thieves, and johns.

Initial release: 2008

Director: Lori Petty

Music composed by: Mike Post

Story by: Lori Petty

Screenplay: Lori Petty, David Alan Grier


Ben  Campbell (Jim Sturgess), a brilliant student at Massachusetts Institute  of Technology, needs some quick cash to pay his tuition bills. He joins  a group of students who, under the leadership of unorthodox professor  Mickey Rosa (Kevin Spacey), use their math skills to win big in Las  Vegas. Seduced by a beautiful teammate (Kate  Bosworth) and loads of money, Ben learns that the stakes are higher than  he ever imagined when he crosses paths with casino enforcer Cole  Williams (Laurence Fishburne).

Release date: March 28, 2008 (USA)

Director: Robert Luketic

Adapted from: Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions

Box office: 157.9 million USD

Budget: 35 million USD

California Split

Carefree  single guy Charlie Waters (Elliott Gould) rooms with two lovely  prostitutes, Barbara Miller (Ann Prentiss) and Susan Peters (Gwen  Welles), and lives to gamble. Along with his glum betting buddy, Bill  Denny (George Segal), Charlie sets out on a gambling streak in search of  the ever-elusive big payday. While Charlie and Bill  have some lucky moments, they also have to contend with serious setbacks  that threaten to derail their hedonistic betting binge.

Initial release: August 7, 1974

Director: Robert Altman

Screenplay: Joseph Walsh

Box office: 5 million USD (rentals, US/Canada)

Music composed by: Phyllis Shotwell

House of Games

After  one of her patients threatens suicide, psychiatrist Margaret Ford  (Lindsay Crouse) confronts the source of his anxieties, a downtown  bookie named Mike (Joe Mantegna). Once she decides that Mike is not a  serious threat, however, she herself becomes interested in his world of  high-stakes gambling, and makes use of her skills at  reading “tells,” becoming entrenched in his dealings. Things get  dangerous, though, when Mike turns out not to be a bookie at all, but a  con man.

Release date: October 11, 1987 (USA)

Director: David Mamet

Box office: 2.586 million USD

Screenplay: David Mamet, Jonathan Katz

Awards: London Film Critics’ Circle Award for Film of the Year


In  early-1970s Las Vegas, low-level mobster Sam “Ace” Rothstein (Robert De  Niro) gets tapped by his bosses to head the Tangiers Casino. At first,  he’s a great success in the job, but over the years, problems with his  loose-cannon enforcer Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), his ex-hustler wife  Ginger (Sharon Stone), her con-artist ex Lester  Diamond (James Woods) and a handful of corrupt politicians put Sam in  ever-increasing danger. Martin Scorsese directs this adaptation of  Nicholas Pileggi’s book.

Release date: November 22, 1995 (USA)

Director: Martin Scorsese

Based on: Casino; by Nicholas Pileggi

Awards: Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama, Nastro d’Argento for Best Production Design

Screenplay: Martin Scorsese, Nicholas Pileggi

God of Gamblers

A hustler (Joey Wong) and his girlfriend try to take advantage of a legendary gambler (Andy Lau) suffering from memory loss.

Initial release: December 14, 1989 (Hong Kong)

Director: Wong Jing

Cantonese: Dou2 San4

Mandarin: Dǔ Shén

Music composed by: Lowell Lo, Sherman Chow Gam-Cheung

High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story

In  this film based on a true story, Stuey Ungar (Michael Imperioli) moves  from teenage card prodigy to world-renowned gambling superstar. Early  on, Stuey takes a liking to gambling, but his obsessive habits put him  in debt to the mob. Vincent (Michael Nouri), a gangster with a family  connection, offers a second chance in the form of a  Las Vegas rummy competition. Stuey is victorious and moves on to a  high-profile poker career, but with success comes a troubling lifestyle  of addiction and excess.

Initial release: 2003

Director: A. W. Vidmer

Screenplay: A. W. Vidmer

Initial DVD release: March 15, 2005

Music composed by: Starr Parodi, Jeff Eden Fair

All In: The Poker Movie

Filmmaker Douglas Tirola examines the growing popularity of poker, and the crackdown on online gambling.

Release date: July 29, 2011 (USA)

Director: Douglas Tirola

Editor: Robert Greene

Producers: Douglas Tirola, Susan Bedusa, Robert Greene

Cinematography: Robert Greene, Charles Poekel, Eric Daniel Metzgar, Nick Higgins, Jeremy Settles

Honeymoon in Vegas

After  losing $65,000 to professional gambler and con man Tommy Korman (James  Caan), penniless private investigator Jack Singer (Nicolas Cage) agrees  to let Korman borrow his beautiful fiancée, Betsy (Sarah Jessica  Parker), for a Hawaiian getaway to pay off his debts. But when Betsy —  who looks just like Korman’s late wife — begins to  fall for her charismatic captor, the commitment-phobic Singer must race  against the clock to track them down and win her back.

Initial release: August 28, 1992

Director: Andrew Bergman

Screenplay: Andrew Bergman

Costume design: Julie Weiss

Nominations: Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Eddy  (Nick Moran) convinces three friends to pool funds for a high-stakes  poker game against local crime boss Hatchet Harry (P.H. Moriarty). Harry  cheats and Eddy loses, giving him a week to pay back 500,000 pounds or  hand over his father’s pub. Desperate, Eddy and his friends wait for  their neighbors to rob some drug dealers, then rob  the robbers in turn. After both thefts, the number of interested  criminal parties increases, with the four friends in dangerously over  their heads.

Release date: March 5, 1999 (USA)

Director: Guy Ritchie

Budget: 1.35 million USD

Producer: Matthew Vaughn

Production companies: Summit Entertainment, HandMade Films, Caravan Pictures


This  film update of the “Maverick” TV series finds the title cardsharp (Mel  Gibson) hoping to join a poker contest with an impressive payoff. In  order to enter, Maverick must first put up a large cash sum. He scams  hopeful contestants Annabelle (Jodie Foster) and Angel (Alfred Molina)  in a preliminary card game to win the money he needs,  making enemies of both players. While trying to evade Annabelle and  Angel, the crafty Maverick realizes a cunning marshal (James Garner) is  also on his tail.

Release date: May 20, 1994 (USA)

Directors: Richard Donner, Emiliano Ruschel

Box office: 183 million USD

MPAA rating: PG-13, PG

Producers: Richard Donner, Bruce Davey, Larissa Vereza, Emiliano Ruschel


Tiffany  (Thandie Newton), Charlie (Gabriel Byrne) and Vernon (Stuart Townsend)  are con artists looking to up the ante from their typical scams. They  figure a good way of doing this is taking down Dean “The Dean” Stevens  (Sylvester Stallone), a well-known cardsharp, in a rigged game. However,  they first need enough money to enter a game with  Stevens, so they decide to strike a deal with fellow crook Larry  Jennings (Jamie Foxx) to scam a local gangster — which turns out to be a  bad idea.

Release date: April 9, 2004 (USA)

Director: Damian Nieman

Box office: 459,098 USD

Budget: 6.8 million USD

Music composed by: Christopher Young, James Johnzen

The Cincinnati Kid

Young  poker player Eric Stoner (Steve McQueen), also known as the “Cincinnati  Kid,” wants to build his reputation by beating the best player around,  Lancey “The Man” Howard (Edward G. Robinson). Through Stoner’s friend,  “Shooter” (Karl Malden), a game with Howard is scheduled. However,  Stoner discovers the game is being fixed against  Howard by Slade (Rip Torn) out of revenge for a bad loss he suffered to  Howard. Stoner objects because he feels he can take the match on his own  merits.

Release date: October 15, 1965 (USA)

Director: Norman Jewison

Music composed by: Lalo Schifrin

Screenplay: Terry Southern, Ring Lardner Jr.

Nominations: Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

The Grand

Jack  Faro (Woody Harrelson) is the grandson of a casino legend and a former  poker champ himself, until he lost it all, including the casino he  inherited, to liquor and alimony. In order to win back his casino, Jack  must enter the upcoming World Championship of Poker, where he will face  stiff competition from famous players like Deuce Fairbanks (Dennis Farina) and Lainie Schwartzman (Cheryl Hines).

Initial release: June 7, 2007

Director: Zak Penn

Budget: 3 million USD (2007)

Box office: 114,669 USD (USA)

Screenplay: Zak Penn

The Sting

Following  the murder of a mutual friend, aspiring con man Johnny Hooker (Robert  Redford) teams up with old pro Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman) to take  revenge on the ruthless crime boss responsible, Doyle Lonnegan (Robert  Shaw). Hooker and Gondorff set about implementing an elaborate scheme,  one so crafty that Lonnegan won’t even know he’s been  swindled. As their big con unfolds, however, things don’t go according  to plan, requiring some last-minute improvisation by the undaunted duo.

Release date: December 25, 1973 (USA)

Director: George Roy Hill

Music composed by: Marvin Hamlisch

Screenplay: David S. Ward

Awards: Academy Award for Best Picture,