What Are Some Famous Movies About Poker?


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Some of the most famous movies about poker include "Rounders," which centers around two characters competing in New York's underground poker scene; "The Cincinnati Kid," in which Steve McQueen's character engages in a high-stakes game of five card stud against an old pro; and "The Sting," which follows two characters trying to cheat at a game of poker against a crime boss. "Maverick" and "High Roller" are also famous movies that center around poker games.

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What Are Some Famous Movies About Poker?
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Many other movies prominently feature poker, although the games may not be the movies' focal point. The 2006 James Bond film "Casino Royale," for example, involves a poker game in which James Bond is attempting to bankrupt a villain who funds terrorist organizations. While the film has many other plot elements, the poker game is an important element and a source of much of the movie's tension.

Guy Ritchie's "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels" is another movie that involves a high-stakes poker game against a crime boss, but unlike many other poker movies, the game is used to set up the rest of the film: when the protagonists lose half a million dollars in a crooked game, they decide to participate in a heist to recover their money.

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