Top Gambling/Con Artists related Movies/TV episodes

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1. Hard Eight (1996)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

Professional gambler Sydney teaches John the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 36,480 | Gross: $0.22M

2. Owning Mahowny (2003)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

A bank manager with: (a) a gambling problem and (b) access to a multimillion dollar account gets into a messy situation. Based on the story of the largest one-man bank fraud in Canadian history.

Director: Richard Kwietniowski | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Minnie Driver, John Hurt, Maury Chaykin

Votes: 11,999 | Gross: $1.01M

3. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham

Votes: 498,876 | Gross: $3.90M

4. A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Western

Comedy western in which a traveler bets more money than he can afford in a poker game, and unusual events follow.

Director: Fielder Cook | Stars: Henry Fonda, Joanne Woodward, Jason Robards, Paul Ford

Votes: 3,601

5. Revolver (2005)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

25 Metascore

Gambler Jake Green enters into a game with potentially deadly consequences.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, André Benjamin, Vincent Pastore

Votes: 84,898 | Gross: $0.08M

6. Rounders (1998)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama

54 Metascore

A young, reformed gambler must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks, while balancing his relationship with his girlfriend and his commitments to law school.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Gretchen Mol, John Malkovich

Votes: 135,229 | Gross: $22.91M

7. House of Games (1987)

R | 102 min | Crime, Thriller

78 Metascore

A psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men.

Director: David Mamet | Stars: Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Mike Nussbaum, Lilia Skala

Votes: 19,117 | Gross: $2.59M

8. Nine Queens (2000)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the "nine queens").

Director: Fabián Bielinsky | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Gastón Pauls, Leticia Brédice, María Mercedes Villagra

Votes: 46,355 | Gross: $1.22M

9. Casino (1995)

R | 178 min | Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire, and over a fast living and fast loving socialite.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James Woods

Votes: 420,541 | Gross: $42.44M

10. The Music of Chance (1993)

R | 98 min | Drama

A thrill seeker agrees to help a shady professional gambler win a high stakes poker game. However, they lose and become captives of two eccentric rich men who decide to forcibly keep them on their remote gated ranch as indentured servants.

Director: Philip Haas | Stars: James Spader, Mandy Patinkin, M. Emmet Walsh, Charles Durning

Votes: 2,005 | Gross: $0.31M

11. The Cooler (2003)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

In an old school Las Vegas casino, its top gambling jinx breaks his curse when he falls in love, much to his boss' consternation.

Director: Wayne Kramer | Stars: William H. Macy, Maria Bello, Alec Baldwin, Shawn Hatosy

Votes: 31,211 | Gross: $8.24M

12. 21 (2008)

PG-13 | 123 min | Crime, Drama, History

48 Metascore

"21" is the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.

Director: Robert Luketic | Stars: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, Aaron Yoo

Votes: 215,815 | Gross: $81.16M

13. Croupier (1998)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

An aspiring writer is hired as a croupier at a casino, where he realizes that his life as a croupier would make a great novel.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Clive Owen, Nick Reding, Nicholas Ball, Alexander Morton

Votes: 17,461 | Gross: $6.20M

14. The Gambler (1974)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

Axel Freed is a literature professor. He has the gambling vice. When he has lost all of his money, he borrows from his girlfriend, then his mother, and finally some bad guys that chase him. Despite all of this, he cannot stop gambling.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: James Caan, Paul Sorvino, Lauren Hutton, Morris Carnovsky

Votes: 3,573

15. The Cincinnati Kid (1965)

TV-14 | 102 min | Drama

An up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Steve McQueen, Ann-Margret, Edward G. Robinson, Karl Malden

Votes: 13,870 | Gross: $15.26M

16. Maverick (1994)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

62 Metascore

Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Graham Greene

Votes: 95,952 | Gross: $101.63M

17. Bay of Angels (1963)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

Jean is a clerk in a bank. His colleague Caron is a gambler and gives him the virus. In the casinos, Jean meets Jackie. Their love affair will follow their luck at the roulette.

Director: Jacques Demy | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Claude Mann, Paul Guers, Henri Nassiet

Votes: 2,452 | Gross: $0.09M

18. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)
Episode: Man from the South (1960)

TV-14 | 26 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

In a Las Vegas casino, an unpleasant little man hopes to use a young man's wish to impress the young woman he has just met to pressure the young fellow into accepting a macabre bet.

Director: Norman Lloyd | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Steve McQueen, Peter Lorre, Neile Adams

Votes: 617

19. Climax! (1954–1958)
Episode: Casino Royale (1954)

Unrated | 52 min | Drama

American spy James Bond must outsmart card wiz and crime boss LeChiffre while monitoring his actions.

Director: William H. Brown Jr. | Stars: Barry Nelson, Peter Lorre, Linda Christian, Michael Pate

Votes: 974

20. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Fever (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A middle aged man catches gambling fever from a slot machine that he believes is calling his name.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Rod Serling, Everett Sloane, Vivi Janiss, William Kendis

Votes: 2,133

21. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Nice Place to Visit (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

When bad guy Henry Francis Valentine dies in a shootout with police, he wakes up in the next world where his every wish is granted forever, and ever.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Larry Blyden, Sebastian Cabot, John Close, Barbara English

Votes: 2,090

22. Hustle (2004–2012)
Episode: Clearance from a Deal (2011)

59 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

American Marcus Wendell opens his first British casino, proclaiming his hatred of cheats. He tells how, at the very first Wendell casino a hundred and fifty years ago, Albert's great ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Goldby | Stars: Adrian Lester, Robert Glenister, Matt Di Angelo, Kelly Adams

Votes: 83

23. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)
Episode: A Piece of the Action (1962)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Duke Marsden is a compulsive gambler and is about to lose his wife because of it. She gives him an ultimatum to either give up poker or else she's gone.

Director: Bernard Girard | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Gig Young, Martha Hyer, Gene Evans

Votes: 277

24. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Crime

68 Metascore

Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of fifty thousand dollars first.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly, Anton Rodgers

Votes: 60,211 | Gross: $42.04M

25. 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: 9,344 | Gross: $0.56M

26. 29th Street (1991)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

Frank Pesce is the luckiest man alive in spite of his bad luck. Based on a true story, a man growing up in a tough New York neighborhood has a gift for finding himself in the worst possible... See full summary »

Director: George Gallo | Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Danny Aiello, Lainie Kazan, Frank Pesce

Votes: 2,367 | Gross: $2.12M

27. The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)

R | 121 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

58 Metascore

Two cousins unknowingly rob the mob and face the dangerous consequences.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah, Geraldine Page

Votes: 7,155 | Gross: $6.14M

28. Kaleidoscope (1966)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Crime

Romantic comedy which has Barney Lincoln and Angel McGinnis as a pair of amorous adventurers in the gambling places of London and the Riviera. Barney Lincoln is a rambling gambling man who ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Warren Beatty, Susannah York, Clive Revill, Eric Porter

Votes: 601

29. Let It Ride (1989)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Action

33 Metascore

A nosy cab driver gets a hot tip on a race horse and wins big, but he can't seem to stop gambling. Will he go broke or walk home with a pretty penny?

Director: Joe Pytka | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, David Johansen, Jennifer Tilly

Votes: 4,838 | Gross: $4.97M

30. The Lady Gambles (1949)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A desperate husband tries to find help for his wife suffering from addictive gambling.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Preston, Stephen McNally, Edith Barrett

Votes: 484

31. Bob le Flambeur (1956)

PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

After losing big, an aging gambler decides to assemble a team to rob a casino.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Roger Duchesne, Isabelle Corey, Daniel Cauchy, Guy Decomble

Votes: 9,555 | Gross: $0.02M

32. Cheers (1982–1993)
Episode: Pick a Con... Any Con (1983)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

When Sam learns that a conman has taken thousands of dollars from Coach, he turns to Harry "The Hat" to help them get the money back.

Director: James Burrows | Stars: Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Nicholas Colasanto, Rhea Perlman

Votes: 550



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