Love films? Love poker? Fancy picking up some tips from the stars of the silver screen?

Here are a collection of some of the best poker-themed films around – and who knows, you might even learn a thing or two!

The Sting

A 1973 poker classic, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Set in 1930s Chicago, two con men set out to avenge the death of a mutual friend by conning a mob boss. In the film, a high-stakes poker game takes place on aboard the famous 20th Century Limited train, whilst en route from New York to Chicago. Little does one of the players know that the bets against him are being made with his own money!

The Cincinatti Kid

Steve McQueen stars in this 1965 poker flick as an up-and-coming poker player, who decides to prove himself as a pro by playing in a high stakes game against an old master. The film culminates in a tense final hand of an open stakes game between the two.


Matt Damon and Edward Norton attempt win enough cash playing poker to pay off a large outstanding debt. All is going to plan until they lose their entire winnings after being caught cheating, and the pair begin to run out of time to make their money back. Several of today’s pro poker players credit this film with getting them into the game.

Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

This iconic film from 1998 was written and directed by Guy Ritchie. Four East End chaps pool together their cash in order to take part in a high stakes game of three card brag – one of the ancestors to the modern game of poker. However, the game is rigged, and they end up £500,000 in debt to a powerful crime lord.

California Split

Two friends bond over a mutual love of gambling in this 1974 film. One of the pair pawns his possessions and risks everything in order to play in a poker game in Reno. They’re successful, but instead of returning with the money they’ve made, the pair decide to try their hand a a range of other casino games, including blackjack, roulette and craps. One of the players which the pair encounter is real-life poker pro, Amarillo Slim, who plays himself.