The thrills one can experience during a game of poker are second to none. The nail-biting moment where just one card can change the outcome of the game can keep anyone on the edge of their seat. That is why it is no surprise that both land-based and online poker games continue to enjoy immense popularity globally.
Cashing in on the widespread global appeal of poker, filmmakers have made many movies revolving around the activity. Movies have explored the game through the ages through multiple lenses for those who play it.
Here are the best poker movies of all time for those who love the game:
Year of Release: 2015
Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn), a gambler and real estate agent, is convinced that his new friend Curtis (Ryan Reynolds) is his lucky charm when it comes to betting. So, they both take a gambling trip to casinos near the Mississippi River, where a high-stakes game awaits them. While the movie showcases the thrills of playing poker, it also explores themes such as human frailties, behaviour, and desire.
Bet Raise Fold
Year of Release: 2013
This feature-length documentary traces the origins of the online poker industry as it grew to become a multi-billion dollar venture. Through the perspective of three individuals from the industry, the movie discusses the impact of online poker on an entire generation.
Year of Release: 2006
The first James Bond book got a thrilling adaptation with Daniel Craig’s turn as Agent 007. Centred around a high-stakes poker game in a Montenegro casino, the poker sequences portray just as much tension as an explosive action sequence would in the movie.
Year of Release: 1998
Rounders revolves around a reformed gambler, Mike McDermott (Matt Damon), who returns to poker to help a friend, Lester Murphy (Edward Norton), pay off a debt. The movie brings an air of authenticity to its depiction of late 1990s New York’s high-stakes poker circles. It has been lauded for its realistic depiction of poker in a modern world.
The Cincinnati Kid
Year of Release: 1968
This one is a classic David vs Goliath story set during the Great Depression. The movie follows a new player, Eric Stoner (Steve McQueen), as he challenges the best player in America, known as the Man (Edward G. Robinson), in poker circles. How the newbie takes on a legend in his early days of poker makes for a fascinating, nostalgic view into the activity.
So, that was a list of games that gave us a glimpse into the world of land-based and online poker games. If you think there are some other movies that deserve mention on this list, hit the ‘comment’ button with your thoughts. Till then, ciao.