Poker has always marked a space and pulled interest of the audiences. Poker game didn’t fail to cover the entertainment segment as well and has admirably caught movie producers’ interest around the globe, and is there any valid reason why it wouldn't?
There are numerous films that have been made on Poker and the stories spinning around it. A must watch list of movies, if you are a poker enthusiast and would most likely like and identify with, as a Poker player, is as follows.
In the world of high-stakes Poker, Rounders movie narrates a story of passion, risk and the extreme price of friendship. The term “rounder” refers to a person traveling around from city to city seeking high-stakes cash games.
A 1998 American drama, Rounders gives a glimpse into the underground world of high-stakes Poker. Directed by John Dahl, it stars Matt Damon and Edward Norton. The film follows two friends who need to quickly earn enough cash playing Poker to pay off a huge debt.
The film opened with mixed reviews and earned modestly at the box office. With the growing popularity of Texas Hold’em and other Poker games, the film became a cult hit.
High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story:
The film is based on a true story, Stuey Ungar (Michael Imperioli) moves from teenage card prodigy to world-renowned gambling superstar. Stuey is victorious and moves on to a high-profile poker career, but with success comes a troubling lifestyle of addiction and excess. Vincent (Michael Nouri), a gangster with a family connection, offers a second chance in the form of a Las Vegas rummy competition. The film opened to mixed reviews and was a great hit.
The 2006 movie, featured Daniel Craig’s debut as the super-efficient secret agent, James Bond. Casino Royale is set at the beginning of Bond’s career as Agent 007, just as he is earning his license to kill. The bond must defeat Le Chiffre, in a high stakes Poker game in order to stop his business financing terrorists. The movie earned almost $600 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing James Bond film until the release of Skyfall in 2012.
Shade is a 2003 neo-noir crime drama set in the world of poker hustlers working the clubs and martini bars of Los Angeles. Having a rich cast that includes Stuart Townsend, Gabriel Byrne, Thandie Newton, Jamie Foxx, Roger Guenveur Smith, Melanie Griffith and Sylvester Stallone; the tale unfolds as a group of hustlers to collect the resources needed, they plan one last job which goes horribly wrong. Shade was open for only five weeks in six theatres, and it grossed $459,098 in worldwide ticket sales.
Based on the 1950s television series of the same name created by Roy Huggins, directed by Richard Donner, Maverick is a 1994 American Western comedy film. Mel Gibson stars as Bret Maverick, a Poker player who would rather con someone than fight them. He needs an additional three thousand dollars in order to enter a Winner Take All Poker game that begins in a few days. The film received a favorable critical reception for its light-hearted charm and was successful in earning over $180 million during its theatrical run.
The Cincinnati Kid
Despite being made in 1965, The Cincinnati Kid has stood well in these times as well. The movie depicts the era of 1930’s gambling precisely. It features some of the biggest stars of the time and also is praised for its pacing, acting, story and the climax. The movie tells the story of Eric “The Kid” Stoner, a young Poker player, as he seeks to create his reputation as the best. This quest leads him to challenge Lancey “The Man” Howard, an older player widely measured to be the best, culminating in a climactic final Poker hand between the two.