Poker Movies

The 10 Best Poker Movies

There are actually quite a lot of movies that are directly or indirectly related to poker. Many of the good poker movies on offer are dumbed down for those that do not understand poker, and the strategies used are not likely to work in the real world of gambling. The important thing to consider is that most of poker related movies do not cover all aspects of playing poker, instead, they focus on watch makes a good movie. In the end it would be quite boring to watch movie with full poker tournament or cash game with one interesting hand in 20.

Best Poker Movies

There are literally hundreds of poker movies, some of which are better than others. By looking through out best poker movies list, players will have an idea of what to expect if they ever get a chance to watch one. The movies about poker have been being released for years, with everything from old country style westerns to the new age way of playing.

Even the best poker movies should not be used as a basis for developing new strategies and skills in the world of online poker, but they are certainly excellent entertainment. The list of the movies below are some of the best poker movies of all time. That being said, there are many other great movies relating to poker, some educational ones too. Stay tuned for another guide featuring educational based movies. Until then sit down, relax and enjoy these great poker movies.

So here we go with the countdown. In the coming weeks we will complete the list of the top poker movies:

1. The Sting

Featuring Paul Newman and Robert Redrford (1973)

2. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Featuring Jason Statham (1998)

3. Casino Royale

Featuring Daniel Craig (2006)

4. The Cincinnati Kid

Featuring Steve McQueen (1965)

5. Rounders

Featuring Matt Damon and Edward Norton (1998)

6. A Big Hand for the Little Lady

Featuring Henry Fonda (1966)

7. House of Games

Featuring Lindsay Crouse (1987)

8. California Split

Featuring George Segal and Elliott Gould (1974)

9. Maverick

Featuring Mel Gibson & Jodie Foster (1994)

10. High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story

Featuring Michael Imperioli (2003)

The Sting

Posted on March 23, 2013 by Leave a comment

(1973) 129 min. - comedy Directed by: George Roy Hill Written by: Davis S. Ward Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redforf Johnny Hooker a young and aspiring con-man looks to Luther to help him refine his trade. They managed to pull a con job where they net $11,000 from the courier of a mobster numbers runner. They didn’t know this at the time and the boss, Lonnegan, considering this a personal attack orders their death. A crooked cop, Snyder, catches up with Hooker and demands a payoff to not Read more [...] Tags: 

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

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(1998) 107 min. - thriller Directed by: Guy Ritchie Written by: Guy Ritchie Starring: Jason Fleming, Dexter Fletcher, Jason Statham, Nick Moran After a crooked game of three card brag goes bad four lads wind up in debt to an East End hard man. After over hearing their next door neighbors prepare a plot to rob some drug growers they decide to rob them in return. The simple plot thickens and draws the viewers in as two double barreled antique shotguns from another scam makes its way into the main Read more [...] Tags: 

Casino Royale

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(2006) 144 min. - drama Directed by: Martin Campbell Written by: Neal Purvis Starring: Daniel Craig, Eva Green The 21st film in the James Bonds series Casino Royale breaks ties from the previous films. James Bond played here by Daniel Craig sets about his first mission as Agent 007 even while earning his license to kill. He falls hard for Vesper Lynd who the boss, M, sends along with him to play a high-stakes poker game. His mission is to win back his money which will help him stay safe and bankrupt Read more [...] Tags: 

The Cincinnati Kid

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(1965) 102 min. - drama Directed by: Norman Jewison Written by: Richard Jessup, Ring Lardner Jr. Starring: Steve McQueen Eric Stoner, aka "The Kid," a young poker player wants to take on Lancey Howard, “The Man,” a master poker player.  Despite warnings from his friend Shooter not to take on Howard the Kid decides to play. Before the game is played Howard plays against William Jefferson Slade with Shooter as the dealer. Howard comes out victorious taking Slade’s pride and his $6,000. Slade Read more [...] Tags: 


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(1998) 121min. - drama Directed by: John Dahl Written by: Brian Koppelman, David Levien Starring: Matt Damon, Edward Norton The 1998 film Rounders gives some insight into the underground world of high-stakes poker. Matt Damon and Edward Norton are the main characters who need to resort to playing poker in order to pay off a debt. The movie is so titled because a rounder is someone who travels from place to place in search of high-stakes cash games. The popularity of Texas hold 'em and other poker Read more [...] Tags: 

A Big Hand for the Little Lady

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(1966) 95min. - comedy Directed by: Fielder Cook Written by: Sidney Carrol Starring: Henry Fonda, Joanne Woodward On the way to San Antonio, Texas a couple and their son have some problems with their wagon and is force to make a stop in Laredo. The husband, a recovering gambler, gets wind of a big poker game in town and decides to join in even though he is not the very best poker player. Betting all his family’s money on the game he has a heart attack when the stakes rises and signals to his Read more [...] Tags: 

House of Games

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(1987) 102 min. - drama Directed by: Davit Mamet Written by: Davit Mamet, Jonathan Katz Starring: Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Mike Nussbaum Margaret Ford is a famous psychologist who gets sucked into the world of gambling and poker. In an attempt to help one of her patients get out of debt Margaret visits a local pool hall and bar called the House of Games and makes an agreement with Mike to whom the debt is owed. She agrees to accompany him to a high stakes poker game and spot the “tell” Read more [...] Tags: 

California Split

Posted on October 27, 2012 by Leave a comment

(1974) 108 min. - comedy Directed by: Robert Altman Written by: Joseph Walsh Starring: George Segal, Elliott Gould, Ann Prentiss A love of gambling leads to a budding friendship between two friends Bill Denny and Charlie Waters. Charlie loves to gamble and is always on the lookout for the next score. Bill at first was not as enthusiastic but eventually gets there. He eventually becomes addicted to gambling and goes into debt. He plans a trip to Reno and pawns some of his possessions in order to Read more [...] Tags: 


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(1994) 127 min. - comedy Directed by: Richard Donner Written by: William Goldman Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner Maverick starring Mel Gibson is a recreation of the TV Show Maverick from the 1950’s starring James Garner (who played sheriff Zane Cooper in the movie). Maverick loves to gamble and although he’s from the old west he would rather gamble and con others than fight. The show centers around some of Maverick’s misfortunes as he’s on the way to a big five-card draw Read more [...] Tags: 

High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story

Posted on September 29, 2012 by Leave a comment

(2003) 120 min. - biography Directed by: A. W. Vidmer Written by: A. W. Vidmer Starring: Michael Imperioli, Al Bernstein, Andrew N.S. Glazer This movie is a true story that is based on the life of poker legend Stu "The Kid" Ungar. The film has an alternate title called Stuey. The story is told in flashback beginning with Ungar (Michael Imperioli) sitting in the hotel room on the last night of his life. He is narrating his life story to a stranger and speaks of growing up as a bookie’s son. He Read more [...] Tags: ,