Since the golden age of the Western, poker playing has always been a popular
theme in Hollywood. Although many of the Hollywood films that feature poker are
not very good and some of them even display poker in a ridiculous manner,
watching poker action on the big screen is great fun, especially if you play
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Here are the best poker movies that were ever produced in Hollywood. Some of the
movies are actually excellent movies regardless to their display of the poker
game, while in others the poker games is the feature that makes them worth
watching. However, if you are a poker fan, add these movies to your musts list.
The Sting directed by George Roy Hill in 1973
The Sting is less about poker and more about the art of card sharking but it
will provide you two hours of sophisticated fun. The 1973 Academy award winner
features young Paul Newman as the greatest con artist of them all who mentors
young Robert Redford in the art of trickestry. David S. Warn screenplay is based
on true con games stories.
The Cincinnati Kid directed by Norman Jewison in 1965
The classic stud poker film known for its climatic final hand and the
unforgettable quote: Gets down to what its all about, doesn't it? Making the
wrong move at the right time. In short, The Cincinnati Kid is about the battle
between Steve Macqueen who plays a young poker player also known as The Kid and
the veteran poker gambler known as The Man who is played by Edward G. Robinson
during the Great Depression in New Orleans. It may not appear at any other list
of best movies, but it certainly has one of the best poker scenes ever seen on
the silver screen.
California Split directed by Robert Altman in 1974
California Split may not be the pick of Robert Altmans creation, but is one of
the best movies to depict the messy everyday life of two professional gamblers
played by George Segal and Elliott Gould. Like in many of Altman films, the
narrative is not particularly straight and the end is not necessarily happy, but
it does succeed in describing an authentic experience. Additionally, poker
trivia fans would be thrilled to learn that poker legend Amarillo Slim plays a
Rounders directed by John Dahl in 1998
It is hard to tell whether the movie pushed to the 21st century poker boom or
the rise in the popularity of poker during the last decade made Rounders a cult
hit. However, Rounders is one of the best poker films to display the
contemporary high stake poker scene. The core of the movie is a long poker
marathon in which Mat Damon and Edward Norton are trying to earn money to pay
off the latter gambling debts. World Series of Poker champion Johnny Chan plays
a featured role.
Maverick directed by Richard Donner in 1994
Although Maverick is not the most brilliant film ever made and some of the poker
scenes are kinda silly, it is a fun and lightheaded poker movie. It might even
provide you a basic idea on what it was like to be a rambling gambler in the old
west card scene with Mel Gibson as a maverick who tries to earn enough money for
the big five card draw poker tournament.
Renaldo Micheals is an enthusiast poker player and an amateur movie critic.
Renaldo writes about poker and popular casino games to the online casinos guide.
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