When the chips are down, gambling movies have always been the best backdrop for intrigue from heists to heartache. Here is SPYSCAPE’s countdown of the top 10 gambling scenes from memorable movies you’ll want to stream right now.
10. Lost in America (1985)
David (Albert Brooks) and Linda (Julie Hagerty) are Los Angeles yuppies who leave well-paid jobs to drop out of society ‘like Easy Rider’ - except they get their motor runnin’ and head out on the highway looking for adventure in a Winnebago. After they roll into Las Vegas with $100,000, Linda’s tango with ‘22’ is a must-watch meltdown. It’s from the golden 80s movie archives but Lost in America stands the test of time.
9. Casino (1995)
Does anyone play a murderous mobster better than Joe Pesci? He’s brutal, flamboyant, and absolutely mesmerizing in Casino, particularly in the Blackjack scene where Nicky (Pesci) proves himself to be not just a tough-talking gangster but a vicious, unpredictable crook.
8. Run Lola, Run (1998)
This German thriller is a crime drama with a ticking clock - a money delivery goes wrong and Lola (Franka Potente) has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks ($60,000) to save her partner’s life. It’s gritty, surreal, and the casino scream is one of the most memorable movie shrieks in history. (German with English subtitles)
7. Swingers (1996)
Trent (Vince Vaughan) and Mike (John Favreau) are so ‘money’ in Swingers they don’t even know it. Their ‘Vegas baby, Vegas’ road trip is effortlessly cool and Trent's pep talk to Mike in the casino is a classic. From a low-budget film to a cult favorite, Swingers is a must-stream film.
6. Rain Man (1998)
The chemistry between spoiled, abrasive L.A. yuppie Charlie (Tom Cruise) and his autistic brother Ray (Dustin Hoffman) in Rain Man is at the very heart of this ‘buddy film’ with a gambling twist. Hoffman steals the movie with the now legendary card counting scene.