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Best Gambling Flicks of all Time

By Chuckmonster on Friday, 3rd September 2004 3:01pm
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(from Guardian UK) The Cincinnati Kid has been voted the best gambling movie of all time by the people who you might think know best - gamblers.

The 1965 classic pitting Steve McQueen's youthful ambition against old-hand Edward G Robinson, in a duel-like poker game came top in an online poll among 5,000 regular players and industry professionals.

Overall, it seems gamblers' film tastes are geared towards epic dramas such as Martin Scorsese's Casino (in second position) or comedies such as Guy Ritchies's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (in at third).

But mainly, punters love nothing more than a good heist movie: Ocean's Eleven is in fourth place - proving perhaps that ladies' man George Clooney is no match for the master of the silent-but-meaningful stare McQueen. The Sting is in fifth and Mel Gibson's Maverick in sixth.

Other favourite films include Rounders, the poker film starring Matt Damon (seventh); Rain Man (11th) or, perhaps weirdly, the marriage comedy Honeymoon in Vegas (eighth).

One thing is certain though: gamblers have little love for James Bond. Even though 007 is at pains to show his cool credentials by stepping in a casino and playing baccarat whenever he can, his only appearance in the top 20 is his spoof version, Casino Royale, at number nine.

The top 20

1. The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
2. Casino (1995)
3. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
4. Ocean's Eleven (2001)
5. The Sting (1973)
6. Maverick (1994)
7. Rounders (1998)
8. Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)
9. Casino Royale (1967)
10. The Gamble (1998)
11. Rain Man (1988)
12. The Hustler (1961)
13. The Color of Money (1986)
14. Lucky Town (2000)
15. Las Vegas (2003)
16. Snake Eyes (1998)
17. Croupier (1998)
18. The Music of Chance (1993)
19. Havana (1990)
20. Face (1997)



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