Gambling

Gambling is often a taboo hobby. I am not a gambler myself, though I have come to enjoy playing poker and other various card games for fun, which got me thinking about the idea for a movie marathon related to gambling. Poker is too narrow a topic, but expanding it to include the exploration of what makes a gambler, in all facets, from sports betting to casino games, etc, I think this should make for a fascinating marathon!

Hollywood often romanticizes gamblers, while also highlighting their deficiencies. Jack Binion, a famous Las Vegas casino owner once said, “Let’s face it, gambling is a very romantic activity. Movies reflect what people are looking for. Well, I wonder how many gamblers a big star like Clark Gable played in his career. We all daydream about people doing something we are a litle bit afraid to do, and we make heroes of those who pull it off.”

I hope you will follow along and enjoy!

  1. Smart Money (Alfred E. Green, 1931)
  2. Mr. Lucky (H.C. Potter, 1943)
  3. Flame of Barbary Coast (Joseph Kane, 1945)
  4. The Lady Gambles (Michael Gordon, 1949)
  5. Any Number Can Play (Mervyn LeRoy, 1949)
  6. Dark City (William Dieterle, 1950)
  7. The Mississippi Gambler (Rudolph Mate, 1953)
  8. Bob le Flambeur (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1956)
  9. Ocean’s Eleven (Lewis Milestone, 1960)
  10. The Hustler (Robert Rossen, 1961)
  11. The Cincinnati Kid (Norman Jewison, 1965)
  12. A Big Hand for the Little Lady (Fielder Cook, 1966)
  13. Kaleidoscope (Jack Smight, 1966)
  14. 5 Card Stud (Henry Hathaway, 1968)
  15. The Sting (George Roy Hill, 1973)
  16. Thursday’s Game (Robert Moore, 1974)
  17. California Split (Robert Altman, 1974)
  18. The Gambler (Karel Reisz, 1974)
  19. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (John Cassavetes, 1976)
  20. Atlantic City (Louis Malle, 1980)
  21. Ace (Franco Castellano & Guiseppe Moccia, 1981)
  22. The Color of Money (Martin Scorsese, 1986)
  23. The Big Town (Ben Bolt, 1987)
  24. House of Games (David Mamet, 1987)
  25. Let It Ride (Joe Pytka, 1989)
  26. God of Gamblers (Wong Jing, 1989)
  27. Havana (Sydney Pollack, 1990)
  28. Run (Geoff Burrowes, 1991)
  29. Bugsy (Barry Levinson, 1991)
  30. Honeymoon in Vegas (Andrew Bergman, 1992)
  31. Maverick (Richard Donner, 1994)
  32. Leaving Las Vegas (Mike Figgis, 1995)
  33. Casino (Martin Scorsese, 1995)
  34. Hard Eight (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1996)
  35. Vegas Vacation (Stephen Kessler, 1997)
  36. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Guy Ritchie, 1998)
  37. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Terry Gilliam, 1998)
  38. Croupier (Mike Hodges, 1998)
  39. Rounders (John Dahl, 1998)
  40. Luckytown (Paul Nicholas, 2000)
  41. Ocean’s Eleven (Steven Soderbergh, 2001)
  42. The Good Thief (Neil Jordan, 2002)
  43. The Cooler (Wayne Kramer, 2003)
  44. High Roller: The Stu Unger Story (A.W. Vidmer, 2003)
  45. Owning Mahowny (Richard Kwietniowski, 2003)
  46. Shade (Damian Nieman, 2003)
  47. Revolver (Guy Ritchie, 2005)
  48. Two for the Money (D.J. Caruso, 2005)
  49. Even Money (Mark Rydell, 2006)
  50. All In (Nick Vallelonga, 2006)
  51. Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006)
  52. Lucky You (Curtis Hanson, 2007)
  53. The Grand (Zak Penn, 2007)
  54. Deal (Gil Cates, Jr., 2008)
  55. 21 (Robert Luketic, 2008)
  56. The Hangover (Todd Phillips, 2009)
  57. Grinders (Matt Gallagher, 2011)
  58. All In: The Poker Movie (Douglas Tirola, 2012)
  59. Drawing Dead (Mike Weeks, 2013)
  60. Bet Raise Fold (Ryan Firpo, 2013)
  61. Runner Runner (Brad Furman, 2013)
  62. Last Vegas (Jon Turtletaub, 2013)
  63. The Gambler (Rupert Wyatt, 2014)
  64. Mississippi Grind (Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, 2015)
  65. KidPoker (Francine Watson & Gary Davis, 2015)
  66. Win It All (Joe Swanberg, 2017)
  67. The House (Andrew J. Cohen, 2017)
  68. Molly’s Game (Aaron Sorkin, 2017)