Popular Casino Movies

Casinos are an exciting place, so they have often been the backdrop for popular movies. Some of these films have become true classics over the years. We are sure you will have good memories of some of them.

Here we take a look at some of the most popular casino movies of all time.


21 is a film about MIT’s famous blackjack team that has made millions in winnings at Las Vegas casinos like Goliath Casino or 888 by keeping a close watch on the cards they’ve already played. This film takes a look at how it all started and how the team had to be attentive to stay one step ahead of the different houses.


One of the classic casino movies about both criminals and casinos that have both played a big role in the varied history of Las Vegas. This film takes a look at the role of the Mafia in the development of now legal gambling. In addition, the weaknesses of the human character are shown when he lets himself be overwhelmed by greed. It’s one of Martin Scorsese’s best movies, featuring Sharon Stone, Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci among others.

Casino Royale

James Bond has long been associated with casinos, as the secret agent in almost every film since the first release of Casino Royale in 1967 appears in such a house. In Skyfall, James Bond even takes the time to play a little poker instead of playing his favorite game Baccarat.

Oceans 11

This film was originally released in 1960, but it only became truly famous with the well-known performance in the 2001 reprint, which featured Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Julia Roberts, among others. The film is about how one of the big casinos in Las Vegas is robbed by a gang of thieves who land the biggest coup of their lives.

The Cooler – Everything for Love

This movie isn’t quite as well known. The story set in Las Vegas is about William H. Macy, known as „Cooler“. That’s how people are called who bring an end to a winning streak. Alec Baldwin plays the leading role in this movie, which you should definitely watch if you haven’t already.


This movie is maybe one of the funniest movies ever. It’s about the biggest adventure in the life of some young men who leave for Las Vegas for a bachelor party. Gambling, strip clubs, fast weddings, face tattoos and wild parties with drugs, alcohol, strippers and a tiger are just some of the things you can look forward to in this comedy. More about the fantastic world of online casinos you will find under www.casinovergleich.eu.

SPECIAL: The Best Poker Movies

Fortunately, not everyone is as unlucky as Charlie Harper in the sitcom Two and a Half Men, who, according to his own statements, always loses a large part of his quite lavish income during the game.

Maybe the good Charlie should take a look at a list of poker movies. As a kind of cinematic tutoring. Who knows, maybe he can copy one or the other trick from the professionals in the film and use it profitably in the poker game. More Realmoney Poker sites (Die besten Echtgeld Poker Seiten). We recommend the brand 888 poker.

Welcome to a Filmtipps-Mini-Special in the sign of jack, lady, king, grAS. We start with the inevitable classics and travel to the equally inevitable Las Vegas. We will visit one or the other casino. We’ll go astray, wake up in the Wild West, make a detour to Italy and even Far East Laos before we find enemies for life in Oklahoma.


USA 1965, directed by Norman Jewison. Actors: Steve McQueen, Edward G. Robinson, Rip Torn, Ann-Margret

This classic tells the story of the young poker pro Eric „The Kid“ Stoner (Steve McQueen), who in New Orleans during the Great Depression challenged the old master Lancey „The Man“ Howard (Edward G. Robinson).

Originally Sam Peckinpah had started shooting. But the controversial director rebel („THE WILD BUNCH“, „STRAW DOGS“, „BRING MIR DEN KOPF VON ALFREDO GARCIA“) had quickly quarreled with the producers. Norman Jewison stepped in and staged what was possibly the most dense character study of possessed players of all time.


USA 1995, Director: Martin Scorsese. Actors: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone, James Woods, Kevin Pollak.

Sam „Ace“ Rothstein (Robert De Niro) is commissioned by the Chicago mob to lead the Tangiers Casino in Las Vegas because of his first-class gambling and betting talent. It’s a place where gambling has nothing to do with either luck or gambling.

CASINO is perhaps the greatest masterpiece of Saint Marty’s filmography, as we like to call Martin Scorsese on our small website, which is not poor with great masterpieces. And a true story to boot. You can find a detailed film review with top marks – what else – here.


Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Actors: Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, Philip Seymour Hoffman

John (John C. Reilly) gambled away the last cent. An elderly man named Sidney (Philip Baker Hall) appears as the saviour in distress, who teaches him various tricks in the casino.

Even before MAGNOLIA, BOOGIE NIGHTS AND THERE WILL BE BLOOD, LAST EXIT RENO or HARD EIGHT, as the film was originally called, was BLOOD. The debut film of the director Paul Thomas Anderson, who is highly esteemed by us, may not yet reach the complexity of his later work, but his feeling for telling a good story is already evident in this work. Together with his at the same time down-to-earth and innovative directing, the inimitable camera of Robert Elswit and half a dozen top-class actors, make this film something special.


USA, 2015, directed by Simon West. Performers: Jason Statham, Michael Angarano, Dominik García-Lorido, Hope Davis, Milo Ventimiglia, Stanley Tucci, Anne Heche

Action veteran Simon West (THE EXPENDABLES 3) staged this underrated thriller in Las Vegas. Jason Statham is much more challenged as an actor than in comparable productions. The dramatic character of a pathological card player, who wants to hide his problems by emphasizing coolness, suits the Brit surprisingly well. Here is our film review.


I 2004. Director. Dario Argento. Actors: Liam Cunningham, Adalberto Maria Merli, Silvio Muccin

The Roman commissioner Anna Mari (Stefania Rocca) gets an email message from a madman who wants to poker online with the police for the life of a kidnapped woman. If the police refuse the offer, the woman has to die. If she loses, she has to die as well. A classic lose-lose situation, unfortunately also for the career of Dario Argento. The visionary creator of powerful Giallos – we are eagerly awaiting the SUSPIRA remake – is far from his best form here. For all our love: Our reviewer could not give more than 6 out of 10 points at that time.


„Grindelwald’s Crimes“: The innocent times from „Harry Potter“ are over.

In Fantastic Animal Beings: Grindelwald’s crime we get to know the magical Paris of the thirties. This has little in common with the innocent Harry Potter adventures of the past. A critique:

Oh, what was the excitement when in 2005 the almost finished Harry Potter pressed a slabbery wet kiss on the mouth of his schoolmate Cho Chang in the Room of Wishes. What an innocent love. What a sweet scene. The makers* of the latest adventure from the magical world can only smile tiredly about this: fantastic animal creatures: Grindelwald’s Crime, the second of five planned Harry Potter spin-offs, is incomparably darker, more evil and even a bit political.

Harry Potter writer Joanne K. Rowling once again contributed the script. David Yates, who already directed four Harry Potter films and also Fantastic Animal Beings and where they can be found, takes the viewers* back to the thirties of the magician world. The dark magician Gellert Grindelwald, who was arrested at the end of the previous film, manages to escape. He wants to lead pure-blooded sorcerers and witches to world domination and kill or subjugate the Muggles, all non-magical people. After all, one also needs „beasts of burden“. Little by little, the villain scrapes his followers* around in Paris. So far, so simple.

Who am I? Where am I? What am I?

But in addition to this main plot, David Yates shows us so many subplots, jumps in time and changes of location that viewers* have problems following the plot and memorizing all the new names and faces before a new character is immediately introduced. After almost 130 minutes, you feel as if you had just run an untrained half marathon in your head.

In a great hurry we learn that Credence Barebone, who at the end of the first film was actually considered dead by the viewing public*, works as a temp for a travelling circus, but is also in search of his mother. A love story is quickly told by protagonist Newt Scamander with Lita Lestrange – yes, exactly, a sister of the witch Bellatrix Lestrange. Then we become witnesses* to the relationship crisis between witch Queenie and Muggle Jacob – yes, Jacob had lost his memories of the existence of a magical world at the end of part one -, Voldemort’s snake Naghini appears in human form, Newt Scamander has stress with his brother. And then, here and there, the title-giving fantastic animal creatures jump through the picture and are either extremely cute – ui, a gold-greedy Niffler! – or destroy everything – oh, a burning cat lion with a colorful mane.

One of the biggest weaknesses of the film is its overflowing narrative: Joanne K. Rowling has overloaded her story with so many ideas and characters that there is hardly any time to breathe and enjoy. Because visually has fantastic animal creatures: Grindelwald Verbrechen has a lot to offer, you can tell that the film was shot for 3D cinema. Curses buzz from magic wands, huge animal creatures hiss across the Paris sky in bright colours or magicians and witches dissolve spectacularly into fog – there is seldom a really quiet moment that is not interrupted by a curse firework.

Action scene follows action scene and so Grindelwald’s crimes have little in common with the earlier Harry Potter movies. David Yates makes his movie much darker, darker and more cruel. Right in the first few minutes of the film so many people are killed, deceitfully killed, that it quickly becomes clear: We are no longer in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, no – this is the „real“ life here – and now die, you Muggle!

Grindelwald seems more threatening than Voldemort

However, the movie doesn’t owe much of this gloomy mood to the special effects, but to a platinum blonde Johnny Depp. While Eddie Redmayne takes a clear step into the background, Depp can now completely fill and shape the role of Gellert Grindelwald. Depp convinces as a cold-hearted, villain in leather trousers, who knows how to win other people over with the help of his power of speech and incite them against other people. In contrast to the Potter villain Lord Voldemort, Grindelwald is much more human – and therefore all the more threatening.


New Study on Access to Film Works for Education and Research

In November 2016 the European Audiovisual Observatory has carried out a survey among the members of the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes. The objective was to assess the access to the film works in their collections in the context of education and research. 32 ACE members replied to the survey, representing over 1.1million film works.

The  study “Access to film works in the collections of Film Heritage Institutions in the context of education and research” was part of a research project supported by the European Commission.” It can be downloaded HERE.

European Film Gateway meeting in Bologna, 28 June 2016

23 June 2016 – EFG partners and interested ACE members are invited to join the EFG meeting, which takes place in Bologna on 28 June. The meeting is organised by Deutsches Filminstitut and ACE, both partners in Europeana DSI representing EFG. Aim of the meeting is to give an overview of the activities carried out under Europeana DSI 1, what are the tasks for the next funding period (July 2016 – August 2017), and to update on Europeana’s latest developments and strategic planning.

ABCinema Plus workshop on rights issues for film education, Frankfurt, 13 April 2016

Providing  critical viewing skills is key for young generations to understand the visual culture around them. European film archives have a longstanding expertise in teaching what film is  – a language, an art form, an expression of human activity. They offer varied film literacy activities (workshops, screenings, seminars, guided tours etc.) for different user and age groups.  However, the legal framework under which film archives and cinema institutions carry out these film literacy activities is more often than not unclear.

In the frame of the ABCinema Plus project a one day workshop will be held at the Deutsches Filminstut in Frankfurt on 13 April 2016 to give insight in copyright exceptions and licensing models related to the use of film heritage in education.  The workshop is open to the professional public.

Film Restoration Summer School / FIAF Summer School 2012

The 5th edition of the Film Restoration Summer School / FIAF Summer School will take place in Bologna from June to July 2012. The project is organised and hosted by Cineteca di Bologna in collaboration with ACE and FIAF. The main objective of the Summer School is to teach and update participants on how to restore and preserve a film through the use of photochemical and new digital technologies. It is designed for both for archivists and staff working at FIAF archives, and students. For the Festival Edition 2012, ACE awarded  a scholarship to five applicants.

Programme and timetable 2012
On-line Distance Learning: 9 May- 20 June (on Wednesdays)
Theory Classes: Bologna, Il Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival, 23 – 30 June
Restoration Practice: Bologna, 2 – 13 July During the internship, participants are supervised by international experts and laboratory staff to put into practice what they learned during their first week of theory.

Please find more information, the full programme and the list of the 36 selected participants here.

For further information, please contact Elena Tammacaro.