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Best Movies About Sports Betting | 10 All Time Best Sports Betting Movies

Hollywood has always been fascinated by sports betting. Anyone familiar with the world of sports betting understands that there is a deep connection that runs between the players, coaches, friends, families and not the least, bettors.

It makes for an ideal movie plot with so much drama, danger and debauchery. Over the years Hollywood has released some entertaining fictional yet informative movies that remind us that the present contemporary age of offshore sports betting is much better than the sketchier older days.

  1. The Gambler (1974)


Story of an NYU professor hooked to living life on the edge; the Gambler portrays James Caan in one of his best performances. Caan is impressive with performance on the screen as a gambling addict who engages in all forms of gambling but gets in deepest trouble when he goes for betting.

The Gambler is a surprisingly accurate and powerful depiction of the pitfalls of compulsive gambling but not without leaving you entertained. There are moments of utter humor when Caan goes to ridiculous extremes to get the latest sports scores (it was the time before the internet and ESPN). This movie is arguably the most realistic movie on sports betting ever made.

  1. Casino (1995)

Martin Scorsese is one director who never shied away from standing against the dubious fringe of American society, which is why he was able to bring some classics like Mean Streets, Goodfellas, The Departed and the Gangs of New York to us.

Casino is one such masterpiece that is based on the true story of Frank “Ace” Rothstein who is played by Robert De Niro in the movie. This movie explores the involvement of organized crime in major Las Vegas casinos in the 1970s. The movie is the true depiction of the events involving greed, deception, money, power and murder that happened back in the day at the now-demolished Stardust Casino.

  1. Eight Men Out (1988)

The movie based on the true story of the 1919 Chicago White Sox a team that was one of the favorites and their dealings with the underworld figures in an attempt to throw the World Series. An ensemble of fresh faces at the time like D.B. Sweeney, John Cusack and David Stratharin, this movie is powered by a powerful script. We are not sure how closely this John Sayles’ brilliant movie follows the facts; it does make for excellent sports betting flick.

  1. Bookies (2003)

Four college buddies who become small-time bookies set the centre stage for this Mark Illsley’s movie that is considered by many to be an underseen gem based on sports betting. Led by the Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki and Nick Stahl, the story picks pace when these small-time bookies get greedy but good enough at what they do to attract the attention of the organized crime. Soon they find their world spinning out of control dangerously. David Proval makes for the ideal anti protagonist for this movie.

  1. The Hustler (1961)

A classic of its kind, this film is a perfect sports betting movie. Set on the green felt of a billiards table where a mano-a-mano duel ensues between “Fast Eddie Felson” and “Minnesota Fats”. Paul Newman plays a young pool shark who aspires to the very best at the game. The movie is based on the outcome of the game and another match of revenge. The Hustler is often included in the list of all-time best movies based on sports betting for a reason. It is this flick that gave the single most poignant lesson that in sports or gambling, it’s not talent that matters, but one’s character.

  1. Hardball (2001)

When Keanu Reeves was riding the success wave of his Matrix franchisee, he did a touching sports film entailing the story of a ticket scalper and a small-time sports gambler who agrees for Chicago inner-city Little League baseball team. While with the team he grows a heart that transforms his reckless behavior into a caring and considerate coach. One of the best non-action performances by Reeves, this movie had a bad luck of releasing during the 9/11, but still it remains one of the little gems of sports betting movies.

  1. The Color of Money (1986)

Today most people think of sports betting as bettors sitting on their computers, printing millions with a few odds. However, the perception during the 1980s was entirely different when people associated betting with seedy characters who roam with tobacco-stained fingers from pool hall to pool hall.

The Hustler star Paul Newman makes a comeback in this film but this time with Tom Cruise as his protogé. The Color of Money is much more ambiguous take on sports betting where professional bettors attach their identity, morality and pride with their work. This movie presents a fascinating picture of a bettor’s psychology.

  1. Lay the Favorite (2012)

Beth Raymer’s true-life memoir is portrayed in this 2012 flick that stars Rebecca Hall as Beth and Bruce Willis as Dirk. When Dirk introduces Beth to the world of sports betting, she learns that she has a tremendous aptitude for the wagers and finds herself a place in Dirk’s sports betting outfit. The movie explores the thrill-seeking nature of professional bettors.

Lay the Favorite is not just yet another negative take on sports betting but a charitable and humanistic look at the lives and psychology of professional bettors. After watching the movie, you will realize that sports bettors are not always low-life gamblers but also people thinking thrill.

  1. Two for the Money (2005)

Based on the true story of Brandon Lang, who went from being a college football star to an expert sports handicapper, this 2005 film is a true rags-to-riches story. Powered by the electric performances of Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey, Two for the Money explores the emotions of the professional sports bettors more than the operations and mechanics of the whole betting business.

The film portrays how just like everyone else sports bettors also go through highs and lows, successes and failures and struggle in their relationships.

  1. The Gambler (2015)

The remake of the 1974 classic, Mark Wahlberg is the professor who is driven by the virtue that either you have everything in life or you have nothing. This philosophy also dictates the betting habit that results in him incurring massive debt to a notorious underground gambling ring head and a ruthless loan shark.

When given the ultimatum to pay back his dues within a week with cash or his life, Wahlberg in desperation to liv,e take services of a few of his students to make money.

These are some of the top movies about betting you can watch. Let us know if you know of any such movies.

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