Life is a gamble. Watching movies is a gamble. Everything in life is a gamble.
Gambling is all about taking risks. A strange game indeed. Usually, most people tend to play safe in real life, yet when it comes to gambling, people somehow become much bolder and even enjoy taking risks. Why? Because the visible reward is much bigger.
The risk-taking is what makes gambling so attractive—both as a game and as a metaphor for life. And that is why so many filmmakers have chosen to incorporate this dangerous game in their movies. Today, Maimovie listed the top 10 movies with clever plots using gambling. From a movie from the 60s about a pool hustler getting into the major league all the way to a movie with Adam Sandler as a gambling addict, we have a whole variety for you to watch.
What do you think? Is gambling worth it at times? Or never at all?
The following list was based on Maimovie on May 02, 2022, under the “gambling” and “clever plot” Keytalks. Check out the Maimovie app or website to discover more movies and shows.
1997, 1h 40m
Marty Lakewood is a reporter forced to leave Chicago and his family because he had uncovered too much police corruption. He returns to his small home town on the California coast to his ailing mother and prostitute sister, with whom he had an incestuous affair. Being short of money, he seduces a woman cop in order to sell her house.
1941, 1h 37m
It’s no accident when wealthy Charles falls for Jean. Jean is a con artist with her sights set on Charles’ fortune. Matters complicate when Jean starts falling for her mark. When Charles suspects Jean is a gold digger, he dumps her. Jean, fixated on revenge and still pining for the millionaire, devises a plan to get back in Charles’ life. With love and payback on her mind, she re-introduces herself to Charles, this time as an aristocrat named Lady Eve Sidwich.
1995, 2h 59m
In early-1970s Las Vegas, low-level mobster Sam “Ace” Rothstein 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, his ex-hustler wife Ginger, her con-artist ex Lester Diamond and a handful of corrupt politicians put Sam in ever-increasing danger.
1997, 1h 42m
A stranger mentors a young Reno gambler who weds a hooker and befriends a vulgar casino regular.
2000, 1h 42m
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.
1987, 1h 42m
A psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men.
1961, 2h 14m
Fast Eddie Felson is a small-time pool hustler with a lot of talent but a self-destructive attitude. His bravado causes him to challenge the legendary Minnesota Fats to a high-stakes match.
1949, 1h 13m
Expecting the usual loss, a boxing manager takes bribes from a betting gangster without telling his fighter.
2017, 2h 20m
Molly Bloom, a young skier and former Olympic hopeful becomes a successful entrepreneur (and a target of an FBI investigation) when she establishes a high-stakes, international poker game.
2019, 2h 16m
A charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.