Netflix and Chips

Who needs chill when you can have a stack of chips? It’s been a great year for online streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and BBC iPlayer. Here at Casino.com, we love a little ante with our visual action.

If you’re scratching around for something to watch this week, here is our indispensible guide to the top 15 movies streaming today. Not surprisingly, they all have either a betting theme or are set in a casino or Las Vegas. Is your favourite film here? Did we miss one? Are you sitting comfortably? Lights, camera, action…

15. Bachelor Party Vegas

If you like your clichés served thick and fast, with a large order of strippers, gangsters, crime, and raucous ‘what-happens-in-Vegas-stays-in-Vegas’ exploits, Bachelor Party Vegas hits the spot. This is Friday night lads’ movie, best enjoyed with a tub of popcorn and a few beers. The plot: five lads go wild in Las Vegas and things get a lot crazy.

With a 35% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Shakespeare it doth not be.  It is – however – a no-brainer scattered with giggles and a few belly laughs. Just don’t over think it and you won’t be (too) disappointed.

14. The Hangover

Made in 2009, just three years after Bachelor Party Vegas, The Hangover was everything its predecessor wasn’t. Once again, the pre-nuptial lads go wild in Las Vegas, scoring every stereotype during an unforgettable night which – cue plot twist – they forget.

The genius premise, of the protagonists trying to work their way back through the night, delighted both viewers and critics. It also introduced the world to nerd extraordinaire Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, and Bradley Cooper. Funny, sharp, and clever enough to flip the clichés, The Hangover is a must-see and available on Netflix right now.

13. Guns, Girls, and Gambling

Gary Oldman, Christian Slater, and a title that promises much.  Sadly, this sub-par Quentin Tarantino tribute act largely misses the mark but it’s not without its good bits. The critics destroyed it but the viewers take is ‘quirky’, ‘borderline tacky’, and ‘fun – stupid fun’. Want to give it a whirl? It’s on Amazon Prime – enjoy…

12. Win It All

Win It All is a critically acclaimed 2017 film from director Joe Swanberg. It’s a Netflix Originals movie and tells the tale of hopeless gambler Eddie who agrees to stash a bag for an acquaintance who is headed to prison. Curiosity rears its head, Eddie opens the bag, finds money, and goes gambling. Next, we find out that the prisoner is getting out early and wants his bag of money. Will Eddie win it all back? Entertaining, sparky, original, and a solid 85% on Rotten Tomatoes.

11. The Cooler

With his hangdog, dour, looks, The Cooler was a role made for actor William H. Macy. Bernie Lootz aka The Cooler is a living jinx; used by Las Vegas casino management to stop winning streaks and take the ‘win’ out of a table. In the film, Lootz falls in love and flips the jinx; helping players clean up at the blackjack and baccarat tables. Smart, complex, and available on Amazon Prime.

10. Ocean’s Eleven

Stylish, witty, and packed with stars, Ocean’s Eleven is a ridiculously enjoyable heist movie that makes Las Vegas look almost as good as its cast of A-listers, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts. Beautifully shot and directed by Steven Soderbergh, Ocean’s Eleven is streaming now on Amazon Prime.

9. Casino

Based on the true story of Las Vegas legend Frank Rosenthal, Casino is Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece about the evolution of Las Vegas. No other film has ever given the casino such a central role, with support from Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Sharon Stone. If you have never seen it, this is definitely not one to miss. It’s on Prime.

8. Bugsy

Set a generation earlier than Casino, Bugsy tells the true-life story of gangster Bugsy Siegel. The 1991 film was directed by Barry Levinson and stars Warren Beatty as its eponymous hero. Siegel was the inspiration behind modern Las Vegas and built the Strip’s first hotel – the Flamingo – in 1946. An amazing story and yours to enjoy on both Prime and YouTube.

7.  Casino Royale

No list of casino-themed films can be complete without at least one James Bond movie. Casino Royale is one of the most iconic. In the 2006 film, the Casino Royale is supposed to be in Montenegro. It’s actually the five-star Grandhotel Pupp in Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia. One of the best – 007 out of 10.

6. Rounders

This film is a favourite with Poker fans. It’s a brilliant portrayal of the world of high stakes underground poker and its many perils. Stand out performances from Matt Damon and Ed Norton make this a winning hand. Deal it out on Prime.

5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Terry Gilliam and Johnny Depp do a half-decent job of putting Hunter S. Thompson’s drug-addled, insane, Las Vegas road trip on film. It split the critics but Depp gives the performance he was born to deliver – watch out for the bats.

4. The Gambler

Mark Wahlberg stars in this cautionary tale of a literature professor who spirals into a cycle of self-destructive gambling. His secret life eventually catches up with him and drama ensues. Weighty stuff but worth a watch.

3. 21

If Blackjack is your game, this movie needs to be on your bucket list. This true-life story of Harvard card counters beating the casino, under the tutelage of rogue professor MIcky Rosa, played by Kevin Spacey. The critics gave it a rinsing but it’s worth a look on Prime; especially, if you want to learn the secrets of beating blackjack.

2. Croupier

Set in a London casino, Croupier is a masterpiece of low key, understated, cinema, from director Mike Hodges. Starring Clive Owen as a failing writer looking for inspiration, Croupier combines the search for human truths with a slick thriller. It all kicks off in the casino. Arguably, the best on this list. Check it out on Amazon Prime today.

1. Uncut Gems

Adam Sandler turns in the performance of his career in the brilliant thriller Uncut Gems. It tells the story of hapless gambler and jeweller Howard Ratner and his battles with debt, the mob, and a six-way parlay. It’s definitely one to watch and it’s on Netflix right now.

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