With millions of players across the world, poker is now considered one of the sports in many countries. Inspired by this special sports, filmmakers have produced movies about poker to satisfy the audience who always feels curious about poker - a game that allegedly goes with fortune. Check this list out with Gurugamer.com!

21 (2008)

Directed by: Robert Luketic

Who’s in it: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Spacey.

The first name on the list of best movies about poker is a 2008 movie named 21. This movie tells a story about 6 outstanding MIT students who join a blackjack team under the leadership of professor Micky Rosa. They apply covert signaling and card counting to increase their probability of winning at Las Vegas casinos. Despite its controversy and mixed reviews, this movie is still a box office success at the time of its release.

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Casino Royale (2006)

Directed by: Martin Campbell

Who’s in it: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright, Judi Dench.

Casino Royale mentions Le Chiffre - a French financier who secretly supports terrorists by profits from his casinos. He is also known as an expert chess player and a mathematical genius. In one mistake, he lost the money that was supposed to be transferred to the terrorist. Chiffre decides to organize a Texas hold ‘em tournament to earn a similar amount to the lost money. However, James Bond doesn’t let him fulfill his mission.

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Maverick (1994)

Directed by: Richard Donner

Who’s in it: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Graham Greene, James Coburn, Alfred Molina.

Bret Maverick (Mel Gibson) gets inspired by James Garner in TV shows of the 1950s. This gambler lacks $3,000 to enter a high-stakes poker game. He teams up with a con artist Annabelle Bransford (Foster) and a lawyer Marshal Cooper in a bid to win half of a million dollars in the promising game. The 1994 movie gained a lot of critical acclaim due to its outstanding cast, addictive screenplay, and filming. Don't miss Maverick if you are looking for the best movies about poker on Netflix.


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Rounders (1998)

Directed by: John Dahl

Who’s in it: Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Turturro, Famke Janssen, Gretchen Mol, John Malkovich, Martin Landau.

Two friends want to pay off a huge debt and their choice is to enter and win at a high-stakes poker game. The main character Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) is a prominent law student whose best skill is playing poker. However, after losing Teddy KGB, he decides to focus more on his study and promise his girlfriend not to play poker anymore. Things start to change when his childhood friend asks him for help.

Molly’s Game (2017)

Directed by: Aaron Sorkin

Who’s in it: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O’Dowd, Bill Camp.

When it comes to the best movies about poker, Molly's Game is no doubt a must-watch movie. Molly’s Game revolves around Bloom who the FBI has kept an eye on after her underground poker empire is revealed. Her familiar customers consist of top-world Hollywood celebs, business tycoons, mobs, and athletes. Before starting her career at a casino in Los Angeles, she almost became a mogul skier; however, a severe accident completely ruins her dream, leading to her move to the underground world.

Molly’s Game almost reveals the whole memoirs of the female poker boss in the underworld. With a running time of 140 minutes, the movie still manages to attract the audience until the end. Furthermore, terms, techniques, and psychologies regarding poker are provided.

Lucky You (2007)

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

Who’s in it: Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall, Debra Messing.

For those who feel curious about the gambling world, Lucky You deserves a try. This movie doesn’t just manage to depict the most popular Poker tournament WSOP (World Series of Poker) but also stars real-life stars including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, and Doyle Brunson. Lucky You revolves around Huck Cheeves, a talented poker player who doesn’t know how to control his temper. However, in his daily life, Huck always knows what to do to avoid long-term relationships, as well as love bonds. His life may never change if he doesn’t meet a promising singer Billie Offer.

Above are 6 movies about poker you shouldn’t miss if you want to learn more about special sports. Which movies on this list suit you the most? Or do you know other similar movies? Tell us in the comment box below!

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