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Bored? Here Are 10 Gambling Movies You Can Stream For Free While Self-Quarantining

Some Cinematic Inspiration While You're Playing Online Poker


Casinos are closed around the world, and there are no sports to watch, let alone bet on. While there are plenty of online poker options to keep you in action, some of us are jonesing for the bright lights of Vegas or the sweat that comes with a high-stakes roll of the dice.

Rather than watch every episode of The Office for the ninth time, here are some movies you can stream for free (assuming you subscribe) to help alleviate the inevitable boredom that comes with social distancing.

*Note: Streaming options depend on your region.

Streaming On Netflix


Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 2h 3m
IMDB: 6.8/10
Metascore: 48/100

This 2008 film based on Ben Mezrechi’s excellent Bringing Down The House tells a fictionalized story about the MIT students who took Las Vegas casinos for millions as expert card counters. The movie features Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne, and a young Josh Gad, but you’ll have to overlook the presence of Kevin Spacey.


Rated: R
Running Time: 2h 1m
IMDB: 7.3/10
Metascore: 54/100

Brian Koppelman and David Levien’s movie script helped to spark the poker boom, and despite some of the cheesiness that’s only apparent 22 years later, it’s still at the top of most poker player’s lists when it comes to the genre. Fans of the movie have been clamoring for a Matt Damon and Edward Norton reunion in the sequel for years.

Mississippi Grind

Rated: R
Running Time: 1h 48m
IMDB: 6.4/10
Metascore: 77/100

Two down-on-their-luck gamblers, excellently played by Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn, set out on a road trip to build a bankroll and play in a big poker tournament in New Orleans. The movie was written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the same duo behind Captain Marvel, Sugar, It’s Kind Of A Funny Story, and Half Nelson.

Win It All

Rated: MA
Running Time: 1h 28m
IMDB: 6.2/10
Metascore: 77/100

This 2017 project from Joe Swanberg is the newest film on the list and reunites him with New Girl and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse star Jake Johnson, with whom he worked with on Drinking Buddies. Johnson plays a gambling addict who has to win big at a poker game in order to get out of the hole with a criminal who is set to be released from prison.

Streaming On Amazon Prime

Hard Eight (Sydney)

Rated: R
Running Time: 1h 41m
IMDB: 7.2/10
Metascore: 78/100

Did you know that P.T. Anderson made a gambling movie? This 1996 crime film features a young Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Gwyneth Paltrow, but it’s all about the relationship between a casino comps expert Sydney, played by Philip Baker Hall, and his gambling protege played by John C. Reilly.


Rated: R
Running Time: 1h 41m
IMDB: 6.3/10
Metascore: 40/100

Although this movie is about poker, it’s more about sleight-of-hand magic and how it affects high-stakes private poker games. Based on some of the hands shown, it’s clear the film’s production didn’t have any real poker players on set, but there are some fun, over-the-top performances from Jamie Foxx and Sylvester Stallone.

Atlantic City

Rated: R
Running Time: 1h 44m
IMDB: 7.3/10
Metascore: 85/100

Made in 1980, Louis Malle’s Atlantic City is the oldest movie on this list. This crime thriller stars Susan Sarandon as a casino waitress who dreams of dealing blackjack in Monte Carlo, and Burt Lancaster as a small-time gangster who runs an illegal lottery. There are more than 25 movies with the word ‘Vegas’ in the title, but only two about the Garden State’s gambling hub.

Streaming On Hulu

The Cooler

Rated: R
Running Time: 1h 41m
IMDB: 6.9/10
Metascore: 69/100

Even the unlucky ones have a place in Las Vegas. At least that’s the premise of this 2003 film starring William H. Macy. When Maria Bello shows up as a love interest, however, his luck begins to change, much to the dismay of his boss, played by Alec Baldwin. The movie also somehow features NSYNC member Joe Fatone.

Vegas Vacation

Rated: PG
Running Time: 1h 33m
IMDB: 6.0/10
Metascore: 20/100

Ignore the fact that it has the lowest metascore on the list, and focus on it being the only family-friendly movie available. This Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, and Randy Quaid comedy had us all hoping we had the great Vegas luck of Nick Papagiorgio. “I put a dollar in, I got a car!”

Streaming On HBO

Casino Royale

Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 2h 24m
IMDB: 8.0/10
Metascore: 80/100

For much of this James Bond episode’s run time, there is very little gambling. Then in the movie’s climactic casino scene, you get to see one of the most absurd poker hands in cinema history. Even though he splashed the pot, we still like Daniel Craig’s performance better than Matt Damon’s at the WSOP.

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over 1 year ago

Owning Mahowny should be on that list.

Toronto bank employee Dan Mahowny (Philip Seymour Hoffman) seems like an honest man to his coworkers and loving girlfriend, Belinda (Minnie Driver). None of them realize that he is actually a compulsive gambler who steals from the bank's accounts to pay off his bookie, Frank (Maury Chaykin), and fund regular trips to casinos. Sleazy casino boss Victor (John Hurt) encourages Dan to amass more and more debt, until the missing money becomes hard to hide, and Dan's life spirals out of control.