Casino related movies are not only about characters that gamble their money away or try to “beat the house”. The casino setting of the films often acts as a catalyst for the flaws of the characters, making for a more well-rounded movie.
In the list below, we’ll be looking at three of the best casino related movies of the 2000s.
Casino Royale (2006)
Director: Martin Campbell
Starring: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench, Mads Mikkelsen
Based on Sir Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel, the 2006 version of Casino Royale is among the most famous casino movies. Casino Royale acted as a “reboot” of the series. Daniel Craig was chosen to play the role of the new Bond who was assigned to bankrupt a terrorist financier called Le Chiffre in a poker game.
The Hangover (2009)
Director: Todd Phillips
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong
Todd Phillips directed the R-rated comedy The Hangover starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms as a friends group on a bachelor party weekend retracing their steps from the things that happened the night before with the groom complete AWOL.
Besides the fact that the movie is set in Vegas, there are a few nods to casinos including Alan, Galifianakis’s character, using his card counting skills to win great at Blackjack.
Director: Robert Luketic
Starring: Jim Sturgess, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey
The movie 21 was loosely based on a book about an MIT card counters group though how factual the story was mostly depends on what you read and who you talk to. In 21, Jim Sturgess’s character, Ben Campbell, who uses his skills in order to drum up enough cash to attend Harvard. However, between the thrill of winning, a love interest, and a security boss (Laurence Fishburne), not all goes to plan.