The casino is one of those themes that Hollywood simply loves. An iconic setting, whether you're looking at a dirty Mafioso-run city or a sparkling backdrop for James Bond's latest errand, the casino always has been, and always will be, a Hollywood fascination. With this in mind, let's look at some of the most famous casino movies from the '70s to the modern day.


Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

While Diamonds Are Forever may not be anyone's favourite bond movie, it is certainly one of the most famous casino movies of all time. This 1971 spy thriller sees Bond take to the Las Vegas strip to stop a diamond smuggling operation, as orchestrated by an exceptionally rich tycoon. There are some incredible casino scenes throughout the movie, which is unsurprising considering the film was partly shot at the Las Vegas International Hotel. Howard Hughes, one of Vegas' most high casino owners helped set this movie up too, adding to the appeal and flavour of this classic. While it may not be one of the best Bond movies of all time, it's an excellent casino movie to be sure.


Casino (1995)

It's little surprise that one of the most famous casino movies of all time is known as Casino. This 1995 classic sees Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci show off the greed, glamour, and corruption of Las Vegas under mob rule. With an IMDB rating of 8.2 and a selection of some of the greatest casino mob scenes that Hollywood has ever seen, Casino is well worth a watch if you haven't seen it before.


Ocean's 11 (2001)

The 2001 remake of Ocean's 11 seems to be going for a halfway house between the ridiculous 21-level of 'made up' and an actual casino crime thriller. With a box office take of $450m and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 82%, Ocean's 11 is one of those casino heists which is well worth watching. It's fast-paced, it's witty and it's completely star-studded, which makes up for the fact that a heist this easy this would never happen in real life. If you're looking for an excellent casino movie that's simply easy to watch, make sure you check out Ocean's 11.


Casino Royale (2006)

Back to Bond, this 2006 remake of Casino Royale was Daniel Craig's first Bond film. Bond takes to the casino to defeat a weapons dealer in the ballsiest way possible - through a game of high stakes poker. Given that Bond gambles with the UK tax payers' money the stakes are fairly high as it is - the fact that the opponent deals in incredibly destructive weapons just makes the stakes that much higher. Casino Royale has a Metascore of 80, with a user score of 8.4, so you know that you're in for a treat with this Bond film. Just don't go into the film looking to learn how to play poker!


21 (2008)

Like Casino Royale, 21 isn't known for being factually accurate. In fact, 21 is famous for being one of the least accurate casino movies of all time. Despite the film completely butchering how card counting works, how the actual events played out, and almost everything in-between, 21 was an absolute hit. With a cost of $35m and a box office take of $157m, it's little wonder that the makers care very little that this film has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 36%.