The best poker movies are the ones that capture the essence of the game. They may not be perfect, but they are well made and are full of humour and adventure. There are some great titles in the genre that you can check out if you haven’t already! Here are a few of my favorites:
The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
The Cincinnati Kid is a 1965 drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It stars Steve McQueen as the title character, a young poker player who tries to make a name for himself against the best of the best in the game.
Although the movie’s plot revolves around the high stakes game of poker, it also has a few less impressive romantic entanglements. There’s a lot of colour in this one.
In the waning days of the Depression, a man named Lancey “The Man” Howard has become the greatest poker player in the world. He travels from big game to big game, hoping to beat the Kid. As a result, he becomes a target of revenge. His business partner, William Jefferson Slade (Ann-Margret) tries to blackmail him, but the Kid makes amends before the cards are dealt.
The Cincinnati Kid is a mix of high stakes action and low-key romantic entanglements. Aside from the romance between the two main characters, there are other less-impressive entanglements.
Ocean’s 11 (1979)
Ocean’s 11 (1979) is an American crime film about a heist involving five Las Vegas casinos. It was directed by Steven Soderbergh.
The film is based on a 1960 movie of the same name. In the original, George Clooney played a character named Danny Ocean. Later, he was replaced by Matt Damon.
A sequel, Ocean’s Eight, followed in 2006. In that movie, Owen and Luke Wilson were supposed to play the Malloy brothers. However, Casey Affleck stepped in for that role. This was the first of several roles in the Ocean series.
Other actors who appeared in Ocean’s Eleven included Elliott Gould, who played Reuben Tishkoff. Ben Affleck also played Virgil Malloy.
Julia Roberts was not cast in Ocean’s Eleven, but she did star in two films, both with Clooney, in 2016 and 2017. She also starred in Wonder in 2017, which earned her a nomination for the Oscar for best supporting actress. That year, she also won the Golden Globe for best actress in a drama.
Shade (also 2003)
Whether you’re a novice or an expert poker player, you might find some interesting things to learn from watching a movie about the game. There are various types of movies, including comedy, action, drama and others. Some are more popular than others.
Poker Player is one of the most famous and most awarded movies of the last century. It won seven Academy Awards in 1973. It was also a smash hit during its time.
Poker Player is the story of a card sharp known as the “Dean.” He is played by Sylvester Stallone. The film is a fictionalization of the life of a real-life poker player.
The movie is a great example of the best poker movies of all time. However, the movie does not portray the actual game of poker very well.
It is a lighthearted and humorous movie that is perfect for a Sunday afternoon. A majority of the comic relief comes from Jamie Foxx.
Molly’s Game (2019)
The film Molly’s Game is a crime drama that tells the true story of Olympic skier Molly Bloom, who ran a high-stakes poker game for wealthy people. It is based on her memoir. In this biographical film, Bloom is portrayed by Jessica Chastain.
The movie was a surprise hit late last year. After its release, the film has received a nomination for an Academy Award. The story follows the rise and fall of Bloom’s high-stakes poker game.
Molly Bloom started the game. She recruited several celebrities to join the game. These included Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Alex Rodriguez. One night, the game lost $100 million.
Then, the FBI infiltrated the game and arrested Bloom. Eventually, she pleads guilty and is sentenced to one year of probation. However, the judge sentences her to 200 hours of community service.
When the FBI is investigating her, she gets help from Charlie Jaffey (Idris Elba), a prominent lawyer in New York. Although she has protected innocent people, she wants to be able to continue running her poker game.