Five Poker Movies You Have To Watch

Check out these five fantastic poker movies that you can feast your eyes on when you're not playing poker

Everyone loves a trip to the movies but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is making that difficult. Poker has featured in movies for decades. The game lends itself to the silver screen. There’s gambling, lots of cash involved, and stunningly beautiful women wherever the eye can see.

Not all producers and directors get their poker scenes correct. They use extremely unlikely hands in an attempt to add drama and suspense to their movies. Some, however, get their poker scenes absolutely spot on.

The following five poker movies are definitely worth a watch if you fancy a break from grinding online poker. They should all be available on your favorite streaming service.

Rounders: The Daddy of all Poker Movies

Rounders is the daddy of all poker movies

Rounders is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best of the best poker movies. It’s even a decent film in its own right, but it’s the daddy of poker movies.

David Levien and Brian Koppleman wrote the Rounders story which was released in September 1998.

The film follows the story of Mike McDermott, played by Matt Damon. He’s a law student who dreams of winning a World Series of Poker bracelet. McDermott loses his entire $30,000 bankroll to Russian mobster Teddy “KGB”, played by John Malkovich

McDermott’s friend Lester “Worm” Murphy (Edward Norton) gets into debt with gangsters and McDermott plays poker to raise the cash. We’ll leave it there so we don’t give you spoilers.

Rounders has several famous poker quotes still used today. “If you can’t spot the sucker in the first half-hour at the table, then you are the sucker,” is one.

Definitely check out Rounders if your a fan of poker movies.

Molly’s Game: The Most Recent of Poker Movies

Molly's Game is the newest of all the poker movies

Molly’s Game is a biographical drama film based on a book with the same name. Molly Bloom ran an exclusive high stakes poke cash game that Hollywood stars frequented. The likes of Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Tobey Maguire, and Leonardo DiCaprio were regulars.

The film released in September 2017, making it one of the most recent poker movies. It follows Bloom’s story who become the target of an FBI investigation after her underground poker empire is exposed.

Jessica Chastain plays Bloom and received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. This movie is worth your time especially because it’s a true story. Hollywood has glamorised it a little, but it’s still a good watch.

The Cincinnati Kid Starring Steve McQueen

1965's The Cincinnatti Kid

Steve McQueen plays Eric “The Kid” Stoner in the 1965 The Cincinnati Kid, one of the oldest poker movies. Stoner is an up and coming poker player who wants to be the very best poker player in the world.

The film is set in the 1930s in New Orleans and revolves around Five Card Stud. There’s an infamous poker hand to look out for, one that’s been discussed for years. It’s so unlikely that it should only happen once in every 443 years!

Maverick: Comedy and Poker Combine

Comdey and poker combine in Maverick

I’m not usually a fan of Mel Gibson movies but I make an exception for Maverick. The film follows Bret Maverick, a con artist who raises money for a high stakes poker game. His journey is full of laughs and some ridiculous five-card draw poker hands.

This movie was a critical and commercial success, grossing $183 million worldwide. Be sure to check it out.

High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story

Learn about the legend that was Stu Ungar

This 2003 bipoic is quite sad as far as poker movies go. It’s the life story of the late Stu Ungar, one of the greatest poker players of all-time. The movie is told in flashback with Ungar in a motel room on the last night of his life.

You learn about his career as a tournament gin rummy player then into poker. Ungar’s marriage, the birth of his daughter and spiral into cocaine abuse also feature.

Ungar is a poker legend and deserving of his own movie. It’s not the greatest feature film of all-time, but watch it to get up to speed with Ungar’s life.

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

If it’s something you can play online for real money, chances are Matthew knows a bit about it. He’s been writing about slots, craps and poker for the better part of the last decade. He’s written for PokerNews, PartyPoker and many other respected online gambling websites during the last nine years.


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