There are so many great movies about poker! It’s hard to trim it down to a short list when it’s a game with such a sense of magic about it. There is more human emotion and site in poker than in any other kind of gambling. In fact, some facets of people’s personalities really only comes out during an intense game of poker! Here’s a roundup of the very best movies that focus on this superb game.
Rounders: The Epitomic Poker Film
Rounders (starring Matt Damon and Ed Norton) is the story of a law school student, who makes his money by playing poker. When his pal is released from prison, the two go on a hustling rage, and they start getting money from all the people that they regularly play with in different bars, clubs, and houses. This movie won critical acclaim. As an interesting piece on the moneymaking side of poker. It built upon Damon’s success in Good Will Hunting.
Maverick: A Feel-Good Poker Movie
This movie is a western/action/comedy and it is one to remember. Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster are experienced poker players and they continuously compete and try to outsmart each other. They are trying to gain entrance to the largest poker tournament around, a riverboat five-card draw game where the winner takes home all the winnings.This is a fun movie that the whole family can watch. You’ll especially love James Garner!
The Cincinnati Kid: A Classic Poker Movie
The Cincinnati Kid stars Steve McQueen and Edward Robinson as The Kid and Lancey Howard. The film captures the journey of the card master player from New Orleans onward as he tries to win the title of the best poker player in the world. Steve McQueen is a legendary rebel, and this movie is overflowing with a lot of awesome action. This is one of the best poker movies of all time.
Honeymoon in Vegas: A Goofy Poker Movie
Revolving around the idea of cheating at poker, this movie stars Nicolas Cage as a man who manages to lose his girlfriend for an entire weekend. Cage’s character isn’t all that smart, and his antics are filled with hilarity. This is a very fun movie to get started out on. Nicolas Cage is always up to something funny in this movie.
A Big Hand for a Little Lady: A Genre-Bending Poker Movie
The largest high-stakes poker game in the West captures the attention of Meredity as he bets his whole family fortune on the game. His wife is not happy about, but when her husband has a heart attack, she has to take his place. She finds herself with the title, “Big Hand” and we get to find out how she fares.
These are just a few examples of some great poker movies. Although watching a scripted poker game isn’t as exciting as watching it live, these movies are still just as entertaining. So gather up your family and have a great poker movie night.