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! I hope you will follow along and enjoy!

  1. The Mississippi Gambler (Rudolph Mate, 1953)
  2. Bob le Flambeur (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1956)
  3. Ocean’s Eleven (Lewis Milestone, 1960)
  4. The Hustler (Robert Rossen, 1961)
  5. The Cincinnati Kid (Norman Jewison, 1965)
  6. A Big Hand for the Little Lady (Fielder Cook, 1966)
  7. Kaleidoscope (Jack Smight, 1966)
  8. 5 Card Stud (Henry Hathaway, 1968)
  9. The Sting (George Roy Hill, 1973)
  10. Thursday’s Game (Robert Moore, 1974)
  11. California Split (Robert Altman, 1974)
  12. The Gambler (Karel Reisz, 1974)
  13. Atlantic City (Louis Malle, 1980)
  14. Ace (Franco Castellano & Guiseppe Moccia, 1981)
  15. The Color of Money (Martin Scorsese, 1986)
  16. House of Games (David Mamet, 1987)
  17. Let It Ride (Joe Pytka, 1989)
  18. God of Gamblers (Wong Jing, 1989)
  19. Havana (Sydney Pollack, 1990)
  20. Run (Geoff Burrowes, 1991)
  21. Bugsy (Barry Levinson, 1991)
  22. Maverick (Richard Donner, 1994)
  23. Casino (Martin Scorsese, 1995)
  24. Hard Eight (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1996)
  25. Vegas Vacation (Stephen Kessler, 1997)
  26. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Guy Ritchie, 1998)
  27. Croupier (Mike Hodges, 1998)
  28. Rounders (John Dahl, 1998)
  29. Luckytown (Paul Nicholas, 2000)
  30. Ocean’s Eleven (Steven Soderbergh, 2001)
  31. The Cooler (Wayne Kramer, 2003)
  32. High Roller: The Stu Unger Story (A.W. Vidmer, 2003)
  33. Owning Mahowny (Richard Kwietniowski, 2003)
  34. Shade (Damian Nieman, 2003)
  35. Two for the Money (D.J. Caruso, 2005)
  36. All In (Nick Vallelonga, 2006)
  37. Lucky You (Curtis Hanson, 2007)
  38. The Grand (Zak Penn, 2007)
  39. Deal (Gil Cates, Jr., 2008)
  40. 21 (Robert Luketic, 2008)
  41. Grinders (Matt Gallagher, 2011)
  42. All In: The Poker Movie (Douglas Tirola, 2012)
  43. Drawing Dead (Mike Weeks, 2013)
  44. Bet Raise Fold (Ryan Firpo, 2013)
  45. Runner Runner (Brad Furman, 2013)
  46. The Gambler (Rupert Wyatt, 2014)
  47. Mississippi Grind (Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, 2015)
  48. KidPoker (Francine Watson & Gary Davis, 2015)
  49. The House (Andrew J. Cohen, 2017)
  50. Molly’s Game (Aaron Sorkin, 2017)