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Top 5 Movies About Poker

The popularity of the poker game is constantly growing every year. Along with it, the interest in films about gambling is growing as well. On the Internet, you can today find a large number of movies that talk about poker and poker players. It is for this reason that we have collected the best and most interesting films about poker. So if you love poker just as we do, keep reading this post – and pick a decent film.

The Cincinnati Kid

  • Year: 1965
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Norman Juison
  • Cast: Rip Thorne, Jeff Corey, Jack Weston, Anne-Margret, Edward J. Robinson, Steve McQueen, Karl Malden, Ron Soble, Emile Genet, Karl Swenson, Milton Selzer, Joan Blondell, Cab Calloway, Theodore Marcuse

The Cincinnati Kid is undoubtedly considered one of the best films about poker. Its plot is set in the United States of the thirties of the last century. The lead role of a young and ambitious poker player was performed by Steve McQueen. The young man hears that Lancey Howard, a living poker legend, has arrived in the town and decides to fight him. To do this, Steve McQueen needs to organize the game, similar to the one that offers. At stake is not only money but also the ambitions of the young man and his reputation as a professional.


  • Year: 1994
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Western
  • Director: Richard Donner
  • Cast: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Graham Greene, Alfred Molina, James Coburn, Dub Taylor, Jeffrey Lewis, Paul L. Smith, Dan Hedaya

The events of this film take place in the Wild West. The main character in the movie is Bret Maverick – a loser who is about to take part in a poker tournament. But to participate in the poker champ, it is necessary to have 25,000 dollars. And it is just a bomb for Bret, who has only a couple of thousands in his pocket. Maverick has debtors, friends, and enemies. Nevertheless, Bret manages to get into the tournament, and he wins it. But no one will give the money just like that.

California Split

  • Year: 1974
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Director: Robert Altman
  • Cast: George Segal, Elliott Gould, Anne Prentiss, Gwen Wells, Edward Walsh, Joseph Walsh, Bert Remsen, Barbara London, Barbara Ruick, Jay Fletcher

Do luck and happiness go hand in hand? This happens, but it is not always the case. And the California Split movie is proof of that. Lucky players Charlie Waters and Bill Denny are avid gamblers; they are constantly lucky, but the victory does not bring them peace of mind. And even when they win the famous Amarillo Slim in one of the most luxurious casinos in the United States, they do not get pleasure. The main thing for them is the process of playing poker.

The Card Player (Il Cartaio)

  • Year: 2003
  • Country: Italy
  • Genre: Detective, Thriller
  • Director: Dario Argento
  • Cast: Stefania Rocca, Liam Cunningham, Silvio Muccino, Adalberto Maria Merli, Claudio Santamaria, Fiore Argento, Cosimo Fusco, Mia Benedetta, Giovanni Visentin, Claudio Mazzenga

The film centers around a serial killer known as “The Card Player”, who is kidnapping young women in Rome. Using a webcam set-up, the killer challenges the police by forcing them to play hands of Internet poker. If the police lose, the kidnapped victim is tortured and murdered on-screen. When a British tourist is among the girls murdered, policeman John Brennan (Cunningham) is assigned the case and quickly teams up with Italian detective Anna Mari (Rocca). The duo have their work cut out for them when the Police Chief’s daughter (Argento) becomes the killer’s latest kidnapping victim.

High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story

  • Year: 2003
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: Biopic
  • Director: A. W. Vidmer
  • Cast: Michael Imperioli, Renee Faia, Michael Nouri, Michael Pasternak, Pat Morita, Vincent Van Patten

It is the story of the legendary player Stu Unger, who was already the best on the streets of New York at the age of 14. When he turned 20, the young man was forced to flee from debt and the mafia. In Las Vegas, he managed to become a champion, the youngest in history. However, he loses everything soon. And he again has to play in order to rise to the top. Stu was able to win all the poker championships that he took part in.


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