EDITORIAL: Best casino movies of all-time

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Hollywood has a huge fascination with gambling. They keep creating movies which reveal the dark and hidden side of the casino lifestyle, or tells tale of strategic card counting. Here are top 5 movies of all time.

1) Casino Royale

Casino Royale is a 2006 movie based on the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. The spy film was directed by Michael Campbell and stars Daniel Craig as a secret agent MI6 under the name of James Bond. The movie is set in the early life of James Bond when he is receiving his license to kill. Bond is assigned a task to bankrupt the famous terrorist financier Le Chiffre. While doing his task, he falls in love with a lady who is in charge of the money he needs for the game. Casino Royale premiered on 14th November 2006 in London with a total box office collection of $600 million.

2) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

The movie has been adapted from the novel Fear and loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson. It is an American satirical road film released in the year 1998. The film was directed by Terry Gilliam and casts Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro. The film depicts the duos journey through Las Vegas. As the film progresses, their initial intention of journalism dissolves as they begin to explore the city and its various illegal activities.

3) The Hangover

A hilarious portrayal of Las Vegas and it’s mind-blowing casinos, The Hangover was released in 2009, directed by Todd Philips. The first installment in the Hangover trilogy, the film stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Heather Graham and Justin Bartha among several others. The movie tells the story of four friends who travel to Las Vegas, to celebrate a bachelor’s party. However the three friends wake up, with the groom missing and without any memory of prior events. They must find the groom before the marriage is to take place. The movie was a hit and won the Golden Globe award for best motion picture- musical or comedy along side several other accolades.

4) Casino

Casino a 1995 American crime film, was directed by Martin Scorsese. Based on a non-fiction book Casino- Love and Honour in Las Vegas, the film stars Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, James Woods and Joe Pesci among several other actors. The movie was a huge box office success, and Stone’s performance earned her a Golden Globe award for best actress in motion pictures-Drama.

5) Ocean’s Eleven

Ocean’s Eleven was released in the year 2001, and is a remake of the 1960 film of the same name. The movie was a huge success at the box office and earned the title of fifth highest grossing film of 2001.

There are numerous casinos around the globe with free slot machines, which provide opportunities to the players to participate in the gambling free of cost. The casino movies show the unknown side of this industry which is generally unknown to the common crowd.