Poker in the Movies

If you love poker, you may want to check out these 18 great poker-influenced movies!

Aces and Eights (1936)

A gentleman gambler exposes a cheater—and then is framed for his killing. But will he be able to clear his name and win his ranch back?

Asso (1981)

Also is the best poker player in town, but was recently killed. When he gets to heaven, he plays poker against a clerk who loses and lets him come back to earth as a ghost searching for a good man for his widowed wife. Yes, really.

Big Hand for a Little Lady (1966)

A Western about a man who loses it all at a poker challenge and then has a heart attack…and his widowed wife who now must learn poker to win it all back.

California Split (1974)

A gambler gets deep into debt and then pawns everything to play the poker game of a lifetime.

The Cincinnati Kid (1965)

A new kid’s in town and he has to face the best poker player in the US. He has help along the way, but when it all comes down, its up to him.

The Cooler (2004)

A man who inspires bad luck must hang around winning players to “cool them off.” But then he falls in love and suddenly inspires good luck.

Dr. Mabuse—The Gambler (1922)

Dr. Mabuse uses his mind-control tricks to win at the poker table!

Havana (1990)

Robert Redford is a gambler who trusts no one…but then meets the woman of his dreams.

House of Games (1987)

A psychologist tries to help a patient who says he’ll be killed if he doesn’t pay off a poker debt. She works hard to learn the game before he loses it all.

Kaleidoscope (1966)

A cheating poker player is forced to play in a high stakes game to prove he really is the “luckiest poker player ever.”

Loaded Pistols (1948)

Playing poker and the lights go out. Suddenly, someone is shot! In this whodunit, Gene Autry must play more poker to find the answer.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

London regulars pool together to help their friend play poker against a gangster. Their loss throws them into the wild world of the crime underground…and it’s all they can do to get back out.

Lucky (2003)

The dark comedic rise and fall of a gambling addict.

Luckytown (2000)

A young woman (Kirsten Dunst) convinces a clerk to give up his job and head to Vegas to become a poker king. But she actually has an ulterior motive…finding her father.

Maverick (1994)

Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster star in this Western romp where they must come up with cash for a big poker tournament…no matter what it takes.

Queen High (1930)

When two business women can’t get along, they play poker to see who gets to be in charge…and who gets to be a servant to the other for a year!

Rounders (1998)

Matt Damon comes to the rescue, helping a buddy of his pay off a big gambling debt. He dives into the professional poker world, for better or worse.

Sunset Trail (1939)

Hopalong Cassidy! Need we say more? Hopalong tracks down a bad guy by pretending to be a amateur poker player.