Pool films

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The small but important genre of films centered around pool and billiards

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1. The Color of Money (1986)

R | 119 min | Drama, Sport

77 Metascore

Fast Eddie Felson teaches a cocky but immensely talented protégé the ropes of pool hustling, which in turn inspires him to make an unlikely comeback.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver

Votes: 68,168 | Gross: $52.29M

2. The Hustler (1961)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Sport

90 Metascore

An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott

Votes: 70,839

3. Stickmen (2001)

R | 98 min | Drama

Three young men unwittingly become involved in an underground pool tournament.

Director: Hamish Rothwell | Stars: Robbie Magasiva, Paolo Rotondo, Scott Wills, Simone Kessell

Votes: 1,400

4. Poolhall Junkies (2002)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

36 Metascore

A talented pool hustler who has stayed out of the game for years, must go back to his old ways when his little brother gets involved with his enemy, the very man who held him back from greatness.

Director: Mars Callahan | Stars: Mars Callahan, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Rosenbaum, Ricky Schroder

Votes: 9,319 | Gross: $0.56M

5. Shooting Gallery (2005 Video)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A street-smart pool player falls in with a pack of hustlers. As he rises in the underground circuit, he lands in the middle of a match between his boss and a crooked cop.

Director: Keoni Waxman | Stars: Ving Rhames, Roselyn Sanchez, Daniel Newman, Freddie Prinze Jr.

Votes: 1,131

7. 9-Ball (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Sport

A young woman aspires to become a 9-ball professional and champion but her hustling uncle has other plans for her skills.

Director: Anthony Palma | Stars: Jennifer Barretta, Jennifer Butler, Kurt Hanover, Mark Kochanowicz

Votes: 60

8. The Hustlers (2015– )


A drama surrounding a group of pool players as they try to advance up the rankings in their pool hall. There are multiple simultaneous stories, that show how the stress and anxiety of high stakes gambling can make or break you.

Stars: Jennifer Barretta, Mike Dechaine, William Finnegan, Ross Lacy

Votes: 12

9. Turn the River (2007)

R | 92 min | Drama

55 Metascore

A pool shark takes the ultimate gamble when she kidnaps her own son and flees her ex-husband.

Director: Chris Eigeman | Stars: Famke Janssen, Jaymie Dornan, Rip Torn, Matt Ross

Votes: 1,642

11. Up Against the 8 Ball (2004)

R | Comedy

Two girls at a Historically Black College are strapped for cash to pay their senior year's tuition. In a pinch, they take their pool-hustling skills to Las Vegas to earn the money. But, winning at pool and love has it challenges.

Directors: Troy Curvey Jr., Miguel A. Núñez Jr. | Stars: Iva La'Shawn, Tawny Dahl, Chris Blount, Angela Bowie

Votes: 24

12. Behind the Nine (2003)

Not Rated | 78 min | Drama, Crime

A man running an underground illegal 9-ball tournament out of his home on the outskirts of a southern city fears that someone is out to steal the prize money...he's right.

Director: Martin L. Kelley | Stars: Derek Seiling, Muretta Moss, Alex Collins, Joe Cipriani

Votes: 31

13. Chalk (1996)

144 min | Drama

57 Metascore

A unique film about pool.. Hustler vs newbie and interesting visuals. Very "90's"

Director: Rob Nilsson | Stars: Edwin Johnson, Kelvin Han Yee, Johnnie Reese, Don Bajema

Votes: 31

14. The Pool Hustlers (1983)

103 min | Comedy, Romance

Francesco, nicknamed 'Toscano', is a very good pool player but he never wins when he plays for money. He meets Chiara, a saxophone player, on a late night bus by swapping his case ... See full summary »

Director: Maurizio Ponzi | Stars: Francesco Nuti, Giuliana de Sio, Marcello Lotti, Antonio Petrocelli

Votes: 323

15. 8-Ball

93 min | Crime, Thriller | Post-production

8-BALL is a crime drama that chronicles the lives of Johnny and his three childhood friends in Queens, New York and their fateful encounter with neighborhood mobster, Ramone Torzo. Events ... See full summary »

Directors: Jose L. Cruz, Adrian Manzano, Dave Manzano | Stars: Paul Ben-Victor, Johnny Williams, Shannon Murray, Amiée Conn

16. 8-Ball (2013)

107 min | Crime, Drama

Single mother name Pike who, having just been released from prison, is trying to start her news life anew. When her former boyfriend Lalli come back from abroad, it open a window into her ... See full summary »

Director: Aku Louhimies | Stars: Jessica Grabowsky, Eero Aho, Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Mikko Leppilampi

Votes: 1,636

17. 8 Ball (2008)

24 min | Short, Crime, Drama

Like balls on a pool table, the lives of strangers collide and change course; 8 BALL is a philosophical suspense drama about order in the chaos of life, and the need for human connection. ... See full summary »

Director: Inon Shampanier | Stars: Shawn Reaves, Howard S. Miller, Joe Kaprielian, Sadie Alexandru

Votes: 95

18. The Baron and the Kid (1984 TV Movie)

94 min | Drama, Sport

William "The Baron" Addington is a former pool pro whose lifetime of boozing has cost him his career and family. Determined to straighten out his life, he gave up drinking and now plays ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Nelson | Stars: Johnny Cash, Darren McGavin, Greg Webb, Tracy Pollan

Votes: 130

19. Kiss Shot (1989 TV Movie)

PG | 90 min | Drama

A detached black mother loses her job and also the ability to pay back her credit. She recalls her billiard skills and begins to play for money. Will she be cool enough to be a pro in such ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry London | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Dennis Franz, Tasha Scott, David Marciano

Votes: 327

20. Hard Knuckle (1987 TV Movie)

R | 90 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Sport

In the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Australia, the most popular sport is Hard Knuckle, a bloodier form of pool. Steve Bisley (Goose from Mad Max) is Harry, a pool hustler, who wants to beat Knuckle champ Top Dog, to get his bike back.

Director: Lex Marinos | Stars: Steve Bisley, Gary Day, David Jay, Esben Storm

Votes: 30

21. Il signor Quindicipalle (1998)

101 min | Comedy, Romance

Francesco Di Narnali is a world champion billiards Italian and American, with a particular talent for spectacular performances, in particular to be able to pit fifteen balls to the pool ... See full synopsis »

Director: Francesco Nuti | Stars: Francesco Nuti, Sabrina Ferilli, Novello Novelli, Giulia Weber

Votes: 299

22. Un paradiso senza biliardo (1991)

113 min | Comedy

It's the 1950s and Giuseppe gets a letter from his friend Franco who is working in Sweden. He writes that Sweden is a wonderful country with high salaries, free health care and most ... See full summary »

Director: Carlo Barsotti | Stars: Paolo Migone, Gianluca Favilla, Giacomo Poretti, Giuseppe Nesi

Votes: 21

23. Bad Boy (1935)

Approved | 56 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Poolroom ace Eddie marries his girlfriend Sally but can't find work so he sends her back to her family. Things improve after he catches some crooks.

Director: John G. Blystone | Stars: James Dunn, Dorothy Wilson, Louise Fazenda, Victor Kilian

Votes: 45

24. Snooker (1975)

95 min | Comedy

The story is about two twin brothers, Azriel and Gavriel (both played by Yehuda Barkan). Azriel is a shy and religious Jew who works in a fruit shop in Jaffa. Gavriel, is a hoodlum and a ... See full summary »

Director: Boaz Davidson | Stars: Yehuda Barkan, Joseph Shiloach, Ze'ev Revach, Arieh Elias

Votes: 584

25. The Baltimore Bullet (1980)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A tale of two hustlers trying to set up a big game.

Director: Robert Ellis Miller | Stars: James Coburn, Omar Sharif, Ronee Blakley, Bruce Boxleitner

Votes: 428

26. Casablanca, Casablanca (1985)

109 min | Comedy

This movie is the sequel of _Io, Chiara e lo Scuro (1982)_. Francesco forgot billiards because now he lives with Chiara: "Billiards is jealous, he explains, if you love a woman, you can ... See full summary »

Director: Francesco Nuti | Stars: Francesco Nuti, Giuliana de Sio, Daniel Olbrychski, Marcello Lotti

Votes: 164

27. Number One (1985 TV Movie)

106 min | Drama

A down on his luck Irishman in London decides to play snooker for money.

Director: Les Blair | Stars: Bob Geldof, Mel Smith, Alison Steadman, P.H. Moriarty

Votes: 68

28. Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire (1987)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

Cocky cockney snooker player Billy Kid accepts the challenge of a grudge match from Maxwell Randall (the Green Baize Vampire), six times world champion; the loser will never play ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Clarke | Stars: Phil Daniels, Alun Armstrong, Bruce Payne, Louise Gold

Votes: 232

29. Legend of the Dragon (1991)

96 min | Comedy

Stephen Chow leaves for the big city to try and save his home by winning the huge snooker tournament.

Directors: Danny Lee, Lik-Chi Lee | Stars: Stephen Chow, Teresa Mo, Ka-Yan Leung, Wah Yuen

Votes: 837

31. Carambola (2003)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

Diego Luna and Jesus Ochoa are part of the star-studded cast! Carambola is a fascinating look into the lives of people who are ruled by chance, competition, and the steadfast love for a ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Hollander | Stars: Roberto Cobo, Laura Hidalgo, Diego Luna, Daniel Martinez

Votes: 82

32. Virgin Pockets (2007 Video)

80 min | Comedy, Drama

After giving up her life as a professional pool player, Elizabeth meets a young pool player who wins her over and back to national competition.

Director: Paul Gorman | Stars: Drew Gerbik, Nathan Gorman, Chexy Grace, Cody Hoepfl

Votes: 24

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