For decades now, some of the more popular films in cinema have been films about Las Vegas. Whether it is the history of the town, the glitz and glamor of the strip, or the potential to win life changing money through gambling and poker, movie goers flock to films about sin city. Today we look at the Top 5 Films About Las Vegas.
5. The Hangover
The Hangover could have also been titled “Best Night Ever…I think.” Bachelor parties, excessive drinking, gambling, and not remembering what happened the next day are all classic signs that you are in Las Vegas. This movie does a great job of combining all of those factors while throwing in Mike Tyson’s tiger and a random baby in a closet. You have to watch the movie to find out what we mean there.
4. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
If you are not a fan of Vegas or want to see a different take on sin city, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is definitely your film. Hunter S. Thompson gives a brutal portrayal of the city in a cult classic that is also pure comic gold. Johnny Depp does a great job impersonating Thompson in one of his pre-Pirates roles.
The story of the MIT Blackjack Team is one of the better dramatic movies about Las Vegas in the last decade. Unlike many casino movies in recent years, this movie focuses entirely on the world of blackjack as opposed to many that focus on Texas Hold’em poker. Kevin Spacey as a former card counter looking for a way to run his next con and Laurence Fishburne as an old security head struggling to find a place in a high-tech Vegas security world round out a solid cast and a story that draws you in from beginning to end.
A movie that doesn’t get a nod on many Vegas movie lists tells the story about how Bugsy Siegel began the mob’s hold on Las Vegas. For those that love the history of Las Vegas, this movies is a must see as viewers get a glimpse of how it all began and how the dream of Vegas proved to be too big for the man that started it all.
Martin Scorsese’s tale of the story around the history of the now extinct Stardust Casino is one of the quintessential Las Vegas movies. Sam Rothstein, played by Robert DeNiro and Nicky Santoro, played by Joe Pesci try to turn around business at the Tangiers Casino and things go downhill fast as the mob is beginning to lose their grip on what is now old Vegas.