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Jan 29, 2006  
© 2006 John Scott  

Since the mid 1930s, people have been watching and enjoying movies about poker. One of the best known poker films ever produced is The Cincinnati Kid, which was released in 1965. Steve McQueen played Eric Stoner, a gambler who must play for the highest stakes of his entire life against the greatest poker player in the country.

In 1936, Aces and Eights was a popular poker film. In this movie, a gambler who never carries a gun exposes a cheat. He is later killed, but by whom…

Loaded Pistol debuted in theatres in 1948. The film starts with a shoot-out during a poker game that kills someone. A man is wrongfully accused and goes into hiding. The poker game has to be recreated in order to find the murderer.

Frank Sinatra starred in the 1955 poker movie, The Man with the Golden Arm. The character he portrayed was addicted to both gambling and drugs.

Warren Beatty starred in the 1966 film, The Kaleidoscope. His character, Barny Lincoln, is a poker player who marks cards of high value. But in a suspenseful twist, he ends up having to play in a high stakes game to prove he’s the luckiest poker play in the world.

In 1994, the film Maverick was released. Mel Gibson plays high stakes poker player, Bret Maverick. Jody Foster plays a tough lady gambler. The plot of the movie revolves around the methods the two uses in order to raise money for a poker tournament. Their biggest obstacle - time.

Two poker movies hit the big screen in 1998. The first, Rounders, is the story of a law student, played by Matt Damon, who gets busted in a poker game. He has to promise his girlfriend, played by Mol Gretchen, that he will give up poker forever. Suspense builds when he takes part in a poker game to help his friend pay off a gambling debt to a Russian mobster.

The second 1998 poker movie was Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. In the movie, four friends from London enter a poker game and play against a local gangster. They get busted and decide to pull a hoist to get out of the jam that they’ve created for themselves.

Luckytown hit the silver scree4n in 2000. The plot revolves around a woman who is looking for her lost father, a notorious gambler who spends all his time in Las Vegas. There are some great poker scenes in Luckytown and it’s a movie you won’t want to miss.

Other poker movies that have been released and enjoyed by viewers over the years include:

Smart Money - 1931
Ruggles of Red Gap - 1935
Mississippi Gambler - 1953
The Sting - 1973
Stripes - 1981
Shannon’s Deal - 1989
Run - 1991
Straight to the Heart - 1995
Stuey - 2003

If you love to watch poker movies and haven’t seen the films mentioned here, you’re in for a real treat. These great movies will provide you with hours of poker entertainment. Enjoy!


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