This is a daily countdown of the greatest gambling movies of all time ranked from #25 to #1. Today, we feature #22.
It might have been fitting to rank Oceans Eleven at -- #11, but it doesn't quite merit being that high on the list. So instead, let's double it up and list Oceans Eleven at #22.
Most of the “Oceans” movie franchise has been pretty average. So far, there's been one original made in 1961 (noted with the number "11"), followed by a trilogy of sequels (Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen), then one more recent twist on the team with an all-female starring cast (Oceans 8).
But the initial 2001 remake of the earlier Rat Pack classic, starring Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, and Joey Bishop was thoroughly entertaining and has enough twists and turns to deserve a spot on the "best gambling films" list.
The film, directed by Steven Soderbergh packs a showcase of Hollywood talent — including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Elliott Gould, and Carl Reiner. The stars live up to their charisma and pretty much carry the film from start to finish.
The plot entails a group of Danny Ocean’s (George Clooney) friends orchestrating a robbery of the three biggest casinos on The Vega Strip, most notably The Bellagio, which had just opened a few years earlier when the film was shot. But the story isn’t so important as the chance to see an ensemble cast having a lot of fun making this movie, filmed entirely on location.
The Pointspreads.ca Top-25 Countdown (with Links):
#23 – Molly's Game (2017)
#24 – Owning Mahowny (2003)