The Color of Green (Pool Halls & Pool in films & TV)

by osloj | created - 10 Jan 2017 | updated - 13 Jan 2017 | Public

"You know, I got a hunch, fat man. I got a hunch it's me from here on in. One ball, corner pocket. I mean, that ever happen to you? You know, all of a sudden you feel like you can't miss? 'Cause I dreamed about this game, fat man. I dreamed about this game every night on the road. Five ball. You know, this is my table, man. I own it."

Paul Newman as "Fast Eddie" Felson in The Hustler (1961).

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1. 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: 70,828

2. Quantum Leap (1989–1993)
Episode: Pool Hall Blues - September 4, 1954 (1990)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Sam leaps into an old pool playing acquaintance of Al's and must win a pool game so that his granddaughter doesn't lose her bar.

Director: Joe Napolitano | Stars: Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Shari Headley, J.W. Smith

Votes: 267

3. 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: 9,317 | Gross: $0.56M

4. 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

5. Klassik (1998)

101 min | Action, Crime

The current "aces" of billiards from different cities of Russia decided together to make a gift to their teachers, living out their days in almshouses. They decided to raise money and ... See full summary »

Director: Georgiy Shengeliya | Stars: Sergey Nikonenko, Juozas Budraitis, Aleksey Guskov, Valentina Telichkina

Votes: 294

6. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. Kisses and Caroms (2006)

R | 81 min | Comedy

In California, Zack owns the "Breakingtime Billiards", a store that sells pool tables and game room supplies. He works with his girlfriend Jennifer; the sexy seller Tara; the installer of ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Rocca | Stars: Nicole Rayburn, Drew Wicks, Nikki Stanzione, Ryan Parks

Votes: 1,291

13. 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

14. Shamus (1973)

PG | 106 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Millions in diamonds are stolen from a safe in NYC and later the burglar is killed. Shamus is paid $10,000 by the owner to find the diamonds or killer.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Dyan Cannon, John P. Ryan, Joe Santos

Votes: 1,086

15. 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

16. Pool Sharks (1915)

TV-G | 10 min | Comedy, Short

Two romantic rivals play a game of pool for the hand of their lady love.

Director: Edwin Middleton | Stars: W.C. Fields, Marian West, Larry Westford, Bud Ross

Votes: 880

17. 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: 1,641

19. Equals Against Devils (1981)

74 min | Action, Drama

"Champ" Wang, Peng "Roc" Tien and Kor Chun Hung star in this action-packed martial arts revenge film. A fighter is brutally beaten and left for dead, but somehow manages to survive. Time ... See full summary »

Director: Peng Tien | Stars: Peng Tien, Kuan-Hsiung Wang, Chun-Hsiung Ko, Ho Tien

Votes: 23

22. 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

23. 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

24. 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

25. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Game of Pool (1961)

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

A frustrated pool champ has beaten everyone. Everyone except one man; the legend, Fats Brown. Brown is dead, and the champ can only curse his name. But guess who just walked in.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Jack Klugman, Jonathan Winters, Dee Sharon, Harold Red Baker

Votes: 1,625

26. 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

27. 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

28. 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

30. There Are No Thieves in This Village (1965)

82 min | Drama

Dámaso lives in a small town with his wife Ana, who is expecting a child.

Director: Alberto Isaac | Stars: Julián Pastor, Rocío Sagaón, Graciela Enríquez, Luis Buñuel

Votes: 66

31. The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
Episode: A Game of Pool (1989)

TV-PG | Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery

Pool hustler Jesse Cardiff plays against all-time champion "Fats" Brown. The stakes? Only Jesse's life...

Director: Randy Bradshaw | Stars: Esai Morales, Maury Chaykin, Paul Coeur, Guy Sanvido

Votes: 136

32. 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

33. Cue Ball Cat (1950)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Tom is in a pool hall after hours; as he soon discovers, Jerry is sleeping in the corner pocket. Tom chases Jerry around the table and the rest of the pool hall.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 774

35. Siete mesas de billar francés (2007)

116 min | Drama

Angela and her young son Guille travel to the big city to see Leo, her father and the boy's grandfather, when he suddenly takes ill. However, they arrive to discover that he has just passed... See full summary »

Director: Gracia Querejeta | Stars: Maribel Verdú, Blanca Portillo, Jesús Castejón, Víctor Valdivia

Votes: 1,048

36. Carambola (1974)

94 min | Comedy, Western

Coby, an ex-soldier and billiards champion, investigates arms trafficking across the U.S.-Mexican border, with the help of his inseparable friend the gigantic Rodovan.

Director: Ferdinando Baldi | Stars: Paul L. Smith, Antonio Cantafora, Horst Frank, Guglielmo Spoletini

Votes: 109

37. 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

38. Road House (1989)

R | 114 min | Action, Thriller

36 Metascore

A tough bouncer is hired to tame a dirty bar.

Director: Rowdy Herrington | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott, Ben Gazzara

Votes: 55,211 | Gross: $30.05M

39. The Last Picture Show (1971)

R | 118 min | Drama

93 Metascore

In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson

Votes: 38,087 | Gross: $29.13M

40. 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: 68,151 | Gross: $52.29M

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