If you’re enthralled by gangsters, gambling, and organized crime, then chances are you’ve seen Casino. This is a classic gangster film from 1995 that remains a fan favorite to this day. Plus, it is set in Las Vegas, so the film has an air of luxury and seduction that comes from wealth, partying, and casinos. If you’re on the hunt for a new movie that will remind you of this drama, check out our top 10 picks for movies like Casino.
10. This Thing of Ours (2002)
This Thing of Ours shows off an incredible crime set up by the New Jersey mafia, which goes to show that some organized crime can be quite official and impressive. Instead of casinos, this movie highlights technical resources and financial knowledge that allowed the group to steal millions from banks. In a plot to rise in the ranks, they come up with another huge bank heist. Starring icons like Frank Vincent and Vincent Pastore, this movie rivals Casino in its business-like look at crime and the risks worth taking.
9. American Hustle (2013)
American Hustle is a great follow-up to a movie like Casino because it has the same seduction appeal for relationships, illicit behavior, and money. Christian Bale and Amy Adams play twin flames who not only have an affair but also work together as con artists to scam people looking for loans to make a profit. The two work with an FBI agent and infiltrate the New Jersey mafia community. Check out this movie to capture the suspense and crime that will remind you of Casino.
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8. Hard Eight (1996)
Hard Eight shows the behind-the-scenes of Nevada gambling as a professional brings a newbie to Reno and shows him the ropes. This is one of the great gambling movies like Casino because it shows the draw of the glamor that can completely turn a man’s life around. However, there is always one thing that gets in the way of success in a town like Reno and that is temptation. In this case, a cocktail waitress (Gwyneth Paltrow) is that Achilles’ heel.
7. Killing Them Softly (2012)
Card games lead the plot of Killing Them Softly and three victims of the financial crisis decide to rob a high-stakes card game in Boston. Not only is the act a crime, but these men get themselves in the middle of a mob group as a result. Brad Pitt plays the henchman who has to get even with these men on behalf of the mob. Without any spoilers, you can be sure this gets violent and messy.
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6. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
While not all James Bond movies can be considered movies like Casino, Diamonds Are Forever is certainly a comparable story. Sean Connery plays Bond who is tracking down smuggled diamonds and his number-one enemy, Blofeld. His mission leads him to Las Vegas and he takes every action to stop money-hungry criminals. You’ll feel the same level of suspense and greed in this movie as you do in Casino. Plus, who doesn’t love an adventurous Bond movie?
5. The Color of Money (1986)
The Color of Money means more hustling, but this time, all surrounding the game of pool. Like Casino, a young man must learn the game and earn his way to the top. Both are success stories that are surrounded by the excitement of high-stakes games. However, the fall of a pool player is a lot like the fall of a mafia leader or casino owner which can come with huge consequences fueled by greed and power.
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4. The Hangover (2009)
You might not immediately think that The Hangover has a lot in common with Casino. However, both films take place in Vegas and show just how dangerous the city can be. The foursome heads to Vegas the night before Doug’s wedding. The first decision they make is to do drugs. From there, they manage to aggravate a prominent gangster, Mr. Chow, the police, and Mike Tyson in addition to losing the groom. You should check out this comedy because it captures the essence of Vegas and friendship, but does not shy away from the same Casino-like drama you’ve seen before.
3. The Untouchables (1987)
This time in Chicago during Prohibition, Al Capone (played by De Niro) is reaping the rewards of the illicit alcohol business and cannot seem to be stopped because even the cops are corrupt. This paints gangsters as “untouchable” by even police, which is interesting because Vegas has also been depicted as a “lawless land” in movies like Casino. This movie is the perfect next choice if you want to see the adventure and power behind gangsters along with a historical perspective as it portrays the real life of Al Capone.
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2. A Bronx Tale (1993)
A Bronx Tale showcases the same brotherhood and camaraderie that Casino does, especially when it comes to keeping secrets and running an underground operation. In this New York crime drama, a young Calogero must decide between loyalty to his family (particularly his father) or the enchanting world of organized crime. Like Casino, once a character sees the luxury and opportunities that the gangster life can offer, it becomes a way out of struggle. It then becomes a matter of how long you can keep it up before you get caught.
1. Croupier (1998)
As the movie title suggests, this film is about a croupier or someone who runs a casino game table. The perspective becomes service-side and behind-the-scenes much like the storytelling in Casino. Clive Owen plays this new croupier, Jack, and almost instantly gets involved in two things he shouldn’t: female gamblers and crime. Will he help a beautiful woman orchestrate a robbery? Can casinos really protect themselves from both the crime and criminals that show up? Check it out to see why this movie is a great follow-up to Casino.
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