The Best Hollywood Blackjack Films
Casinos and their thrilling stories have caught the attention of Hollywood producers, giving rise to films that have sometimes become cult. Blackjack has not escaped this craze, and many films narrating the exploits of great players and card counters have emerged.
In addition to entertaining us, these films allow us to familiarize ourselves with the most popular card games. And in order to get the sensation of playing at a table, real Blackjack admirers are always thrilled to try modern online casino to get their dose of excitement playing their favorite game.
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Here are 5 of the best Hollywood Blackjack Films:
Rain man (1988)
- Director: Barry Levinson.
- Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, and Valeria Golino.
Charlie (Tom Cruise) is a stressed businessman who, upon his father’s death, inherits an old car and sees the family fortune slipping through his fingers. The money was given to an anonymous beneficiary in a psychiatric institution. After investigating, Charlie discovers that the fortune has returned to an autistic man named Raymond (Dustin Hoffman), and that he is his brother…
The film is the story of a meeting between the two men. On their journey, the two brothers make a stopover in Las Vegas, where Raymond’s mathematical talents are used by Charlie to count blackjack cards.
- Director: Robert Luketic.
- Starring: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne, and Kevin Spacey.
Based on the book ‘Bringing down the House’ written by Ben Mezrich, 21 tells the story of Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess), a brilliant but broke student who doesn’t have enough money to join Harvard. In order to raise enough money for his studies, Ben joins a secret MIT team of gifted mathematics students. The team specializes in blackjack card counting techniques and uses this method to beat Las Vegas casinos.
License to kill (1989)
- Director: John Glen.
- Starring: Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi, and Carey Lowell.
We can’t make a list about gambling films without mentioning a James Bond movie. Starting with the first Bond film ever made, Dr. No (1962) opening with James Bond on a table playing poker. Followed by Casino Royale in 1967. And another Casino Royale movie in 2006 starring Daniel Craig as he portrayed James Bond for the first time.
Back to 1989, John Glen directed License to Kill, another Bond movie putting the secret agent in a table, but this time to play Blackjack against a drug baron.
The Gambler (2014)
- Director: Rupert Wyatt.
- Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson, and John Goodman.
The Gambler (2014) is a film whose main actor is Mark Wahlberg who plays the role of Jim Bennett, a literature teacher who is good at playing the game. But he ends up with many gambling debts when he risked everything on one spin of roulette.
The Gambler is a remake of a 1974 movie of the same name directed by Karel Reisz and starring James Caan, who got a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama”.