Poker on the Big Screen: Top 10 Must-Watch Poker Movies

Poker is one of the most well-known card games in the world. Despite its sluggish beginnings in the 18th century, poker has grown rapidly throughout time, and we now have a very rich history to explore. The popularity of big-screen poker tournaments and the sheer joy of playing the game has contributed to the increase of players over the last several decades.

Top 10 Exciting Poker Movies to Watch

These are without a doubt some of the greatest movies ever produced that focus heavily on poker in all of its forms. As with any list of this kind, it is somewhat subjective, and you may or may not agree with some of the selections.

10. Deal (2008)

Deal, a poker movie from 2008, is one of the more contentious ones in this category in regard to its overall quality. The movie has a straightforward narrative and few “wow” moments, but it does include a number of poker sequences and has cameos by celebrities like Mike Sexton, Phil Laak, and Antonio Esfandiari.

9. Lucky You (2007)

Another poker movie that drew mixed reviews from the audience, especially among enthusiasts of the game, is Lucky You. The good news is that there’s a ton of action packed with poker scenes, and the film is mostly about poker rather than about Huck finding his luck with Billie (Drew Barrymore) or mending family rifts.

8. Maverick (1994)

Maverick, which stars Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, and James Garner, is a cheerful movie with a lot of amusing and enjoyable subplots focused on poker. This movie features the gambling world of Atlantic City. New Jersey joined the ranks of Nevada and Delaware as the third US state to legalize online poker in 2013 and now has plenty of exciting online operators to choose from.

Even if you have no prior knowledge of poker, this film is a terrific pick for a casual Sunday afternoon watching since it finds a nice mix of poker, gambling, and other elements.

7. The Grand (2007)

Zak Penn directed the 2007 improv comedy The Grand. A strong ensemble of performers, including Ray Romano, Woody Harrelson, Chris Parnell, Jason Alexander, and Dennis Farina, were brought in for the film.

There is a lot of poker in this film, but the main theme is not so much about poker hands as it is about how anybody can win in a single tournament and how it may completely transform someone’s life.

6. High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story (2003)

Stu “The Kid” Ungar may not be well-known to some of the younger players, but his name helped usher in a new age of poker.

This movie tells the story of “The Kid,” from his early days playing gin rummy to switching to Texas Hold’em and dominating the game for many years, to his tragic end.

5. California Split (1974)

The main protagonists, Bill and Charlie (played by George Segal and Elliott Gould), decide to pursue the lives of professional gamblers in the 1970s in America after meeting in a poker game.

This film deserves a spot on the list of the greatest poker movies because of its excellent direction and performance. It sometimes has the sense of seeing a documentary on the topic, which is always great.

4. All In: The Poker Movie (2009)

All In: The Poker Movie is worth seeing if you want to take a nostalgic stroll down memory lane. It is an award-winning documentary made by Douglas Tirola.

Whether you’re a casual poker player seeking a historical “lesson” or a serious player hoping to catch up on the events that led to the development of poker into what it is today, this movie is worth a watch.

3. The Cincinnati Kid (1965)

The Cincinnati Kid is among the greatest poker movies from this genre while being one of the oldest. It almost seems like a movie from the past, starring Edward G. Robinson and Steve McQueen as Rounders. In terms of poker, it is difficult to determine how true the representation is since the rules were player-made and the games were seldom played for real money, but it is still an excellent movie you should watch.

2. Molly’s Game (2017)

One of the most recent authentic poker films to be released on large screens is Molly’s Game. The 2017 film is based on the real-life experiences of Molly Bloom, dubbed the “Poker Queen,” who arranged high-stakes private games for a select group of wealthy patrons, professional players, and Hollywood stars.

1. Rounders (1998)

Rounders is the one poker movie that should be on the watch list of all poker enthusiasts and players. Rounders, a 1998 film starring Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Malkovich, and Gretchen Mol, was the first to mention Texas Hold’em, a poker variant that was going to become very popular worldwide.

The film is about young gun Mike McDermott (Damon), who wants to be a professional player and try his luck in Vegas. It’s a very straightforward plot.


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