Movies That Capture the Essence of a Casino


Casinos are often associated with Las Vegas, Reno and Atlantic City, but many other cities have casinos where people can try their luck on a slot machine or a card game. While studies and arguments can be made on the pros and cons of gambling, there is one thing that cannot be denied – that casinos bring in money to their home towns.

Stepping into a casino can be an exciting experience. Guests are surrounded by flashy lights, the sound of clinking slot machines and the smell of cigar smoke and other casino scents. The commotion is intoxicating and the adrenaline rush of trying your luck on a slot machine or a poker table can keep even the most jaded person entertained.

In addition to the games, there are plenty of places to eat and drink and entertainment options like live music and shows. All of this creates a vibrant atmosphere that is perfect for moviemakers looking to capture the essence of a casino.

After the success of Goodfellas, director Martin Scorsese teamed up with Robert De Niro to star in Casino, a spiritual sequel that explores the seedier side of organized crime. And while the film’s themes of loss, betrayal and despair might seem at odds with its theme of blind chance, Casino has a certain honesty to it that is undeniable.