You can find many movies about poker. Some are seriously good while others are not executed that well. Today we’ll look at the good ones. No, not the good but the 3 greatest poker movies of all time (in our opinion)!
Molly’s Game is by far one of the most realistic film representations of poker. Released in 2017, the film is based on a true story around the life of Molly Bloom, “The Poker Queen”, who used to run private high stakes poker games for some of the biggest Hollywood stars, businessmen and professional players!
The movie stars Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, and Kevin Costner, and shows the Hollywood adaptation of Bloom’s life – from her young age as an aspiring Olympic-class skier to her eventual downfall for organizing illegal poker games.
Some of the scenes in the movie do seem a bit exaggerated, however, the scripting isn’t half as bad. The writers did a good job getting the poker stuff correct and the purists in the poker fraternity will not have much to complain about! For any poker fan out there, Molly’s Game should be on the must-watch list!
The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
One of the oldest movies on poker, The Cincinnati Kid is like Rounders of the past. The movie features Steve McQueen and Edward G. Robinson and tells the story of a young kid who embarks on a journey to prove that he’s the best poker player around. In order to do that, he must take on the unofficial best player around, Lancey Howard.
The game of choice is an unpopular variation of Poker called Five Card Stud. Set in the 1930’s, the movie is very well written. As far as poker is concerned, it is hard to say how accurate the portrayal is since those games were rarely played with table stakes, and the rules were whatever players agreed to. Everything else in the movie makes it well worth a watch for every poker player out there!
The undisputed number one poker movie of all time! Released in 1998 and starring Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Malkovich, and Gretchen Mol, Rounders was the first-of-its-kind movie that made serious references to Texas Hold’em, a game variation that was about to take the world by the storm.
The movie revolves around Mike McDermott who wants to become a professional player and take on the best players in the world at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
The movie teaches you about one of the most important concepts in poker, Bankroll Management and also portrays important themes such as loyalty, friendship and the importance of believing in yourself.
The poker purists might not be satisfied with the writing of the poker scenes in the movie but you can’t take anything away from the film because it’s a movie and not a guide how to play Texas Hold’Em!