Call us biased, but we really do think that one movie plot that always delivers a rollicking good time is the classic casino heist. Find out which 10 movies we liked the most, and then come play at Gaming Club, where heists aren’t something anyone has to worry about.
- 3000 Miles to Graceland
3000 Miles to Graceland is violent, funny for all the wrong reasons, was nominated for Golden Raspberries, and we love it. Starring Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner, and Courteney Cox Arquette, the movie was released in 2001.
The heist at the heart of it takes place in a Las Vegas casino hosting an Elvis convention.
Dark and moody, Croupier is a neo-noir movie released in 1998. The British production stars Clive Owen and Alex Kingston.
An aspiring writer becomes a croupier to try make ends meet. His girlfriend lures him into assisting a London underworld gang to rob the casino in which he works, but things don’t turn out quite according to plan.
- Against the House
Released in 1955 and starring Jack Finney, Guy Madison, and Kim Novak, Against the House sees a young couple forced to participate in a robbery at the famous Harold’s Club casino by old college friends.
Initially quite benign, the plan takes a darker turn when one of the gang decides to make a last-minute change.
- The Good Thief
An acclaimed 2002 remake of a 1955 French heist movie, the Good Thief stars Nick Nolte, Emir Kusturica, and Nutsa Kukhianidze. The central character is a retired thief with a heroin problem, who is determined to pull off one last big job, which is to rob a famous casino.
- The Sting
We’ve cheated just a little bit by including 1973’s the Sting, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. The story about a pair of grifters sees them trying to con a mobster in a scam involving a sportsbook, and was inspired by the true story of Charles and Fred Gondorff.
- Rain Man
The classic 1988 comedy drama Rain Man stars Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, and follows the story of two brothers, one of whom is autistic, and inherited the bulk of their father’s multi-million dollar estate. A particularly memorable moment is when Hoffman’s character demonstrates his prowess at counting cards at a casino blackjack table.
- Oceans 11
Released in 2001, Oceans 11 stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, and Julia Roberts. Following his release from prison, Danny Ocean convinces friends to join forces with him in robbing three huge Vegas casinos simultaneously, and then recruits others to carry out the audacious heist.
- Oceans 12
The 2004 sequel to Oceans 11, Ocean 12 picks up not long after where the first film left off. The owner of the three casinos the gang robbed tracks them down and demands that they return what was stolen, plus interest.
This leads to plans to rob another casino; this time in Europe.
- Oceans 13
Oceans 13, released in 2007, brings the Oceans trilogy to a close. This time, Danny Ocean and the gang try avenge Reuben Tishkoff after he’s conned by a business partner.
The plan is to make a disaster of the opening of Tishkoff’s former partner’s new casino and hotel in Vegas.
2008 release 21, starring Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Spacey, and Jim Sturgess, is based on the Ben Mezrich bestseller, Bringing Down the House. It offers a glimpse into the fascinating story of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s blackjack team, which made a huge amount of money by counting cards in Vegas casinos over weekends.
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