Movies like The Gambler

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The Gambler (2014)
 6.0
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The Gambler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Literature professor Jim Bennett leads a secret life as a high-stakes gambler. Always a risk-taker, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Staying one step ahead, he pits his creditor against the operator of an illicit gambling ring while garnering the attention of Frank, a paternalistic loan shark. As his relationship with a student deepens, Bennett must risk everything for a second chance.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, rough, serious, realistic, clever, cynical, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: gambling, addiction, crimes, gangsters, moral dilemma, human nature, casino, gambling debt, family relations, race against time, dishonesty, parents and children, life is a bitch, gambler, professor, character study, police investigation, teacher student relationship, swindle, nudity (full frontal - brief), teachers and students, love and romance, sexual content, power relations, gambling addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, las vegas, california, usa, nevada, new jersey

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Most similar movies to The Gambler

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspense and tense films with plots about crimes, gangsters, dishonesty, betrayal, murder, mentor and dialogue mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Gambler: Wild Card (2015), Runner Runner (2013), Contraband (2012), The Grifters (1990), Rounders (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.6
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Wild Card (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a gambling problem gets in trouble with the mob, he has one last play… and it's all or nothing.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gambling, crimes, bodyguard, tough heroes, casino, dishonesty, lone wolves, betrayal, violence, greed, brutality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, new orleans
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100%
 5.6
 63K
Runner Runner (2013)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur.
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, twist ending, surprise ending, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: gambling, cons and scams, fbi, ambition, casino, manipulation, temptation, mind game, power relations, boss and employee, computers and web, dirty cop ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2013, 2010s
Place: costa rica, usa, puerto rico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.4
 122K
Contraband (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When his brother-in-law runs afoul of a drug lord, family man Chris Farraday turns to a skill he abandoned long ago – smuggling – to repay the debt. But the job goes wrong, and Farraday finds himself wanted by cops, crooks and killers alike.
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: smuggling, gunfight, dishonesty, drug lord, crimes, criminal heroes, robbery, rivalry, betrayal, ex convict, wanted, one last job ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new orleans, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 28K
The Grifters (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young short-con grifter suffers both injury and the displeasure of reuniting with his criminal mother, all the while dating an unpredictable young lady.
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, tense, cynical, serious ...
Plot: betrayal, con artists, manipulation, crimes, couples, intrigue, rivalry, nudity (full frontal - brief), swindle, graphic violence, sexual content, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, arizona, phoenix arizona, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.3
 150K
Rounders (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks.
Style: neo noir, serious, clever, psychological, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, poker, friendship, card playing, mafia, judge, addiction, cons and scams, destructive relationship, debt, ex convict, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, atlantic city, texas, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 21K
Croupier (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, France, Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jack Manfred is an aspiring writer who to make ends meet, takes a job as a croupier. Jack remains an observer, knowing that everything in life is a gamble and that gamblers are born to lose. Inevitably, he gets sucked into the world of the casino ...
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, clever, tense, realistic ...
Plot: gambling, casino, croupier, cons and scams, roulette, crimes, career change, bet, writer's life, femme fatale, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe, south africa, united kingdom
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.6
 1K
The Runner (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A compulsive gambler finds his new family's safety seriously threatened by a ruthless gambling boss.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: gambling, pregnancy, addiction, bookies, crimes, dishonesty, survival, gangsters, love and romance, casino, lust, dog ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.1
 5K
The Gambler (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: New York City English professor Axel Freed outwardly seems like an upstanding citizen. But privately Freed is in the clutches of a severe gambling addiction that threatens to destroy him.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gambling, addiction, debt, bookies, gambling debt, casino, crimes, hopes, gangsters, loan, gambler, bet ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, las vegas, harvard university, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 7.0
 13K
Owning Mahowny (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Dan Mahowny was a rising star at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. At twenty-four he was assistant manager of a major branch in the heart of Toronto's financial district. To his colleagues he was a workaholic. To his customers, he was ...
Style: psychological, sincere, suspenseful, suspense, melancholic ...
Plot: gambling, gambling addiction, money, gambler, embezzlement, obsession, addiction, banker, casino, crimes, police investigation, human nature ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, toronto ontario canada, canada, atlantic city, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.8
 24K
Rampart (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Follows veteran police officer Dave Brown, the last of the renegade cops, as he struggles to take care of his family, and fights for his own survival.
Style: rough, bleak, psychological, suspense, intense ...
Plot: police corruption, police brutality, bigotry, crimes, brutality, dishonesty, tough law enforcer, scandal, sister sister relationship, dysfunctional family, family, confession ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1999
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A proud strip club owner is forced to come to terms with himself as a man, when his gambling addiction gets him in hot water with the mob, who offer him only one alternative.
Style: neo noir, cynical, gloomy, tense, serious ...
Plot: hitman, gambling, murder, bandit, strip club, gangsters, crime gone awry, crimes, bookies, disorder, gang, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, los angeles, california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.0
 42K
13 (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.
Style: bleak, psychological, serious, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: russian roulette, greed, gambling, murder, crimes, fish out of water, life is a bitch, society, social decay, police detective, drug overdose, game of death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, ohio, new york, midwest, delaware ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.3
 13K
Shade (2003)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Tiffany, Charlie and Vernon are con artists looking to up the ante from their typical scams. They figure a good way of doing this is taking down Dean "The Dean" Stevens, a well-known cardsharp, in a rigged game. However, they first need ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, surprise ending, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, betrayal, dishonesty, crimes, vengeance, gangsters, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, ambition, rivalry, cons and scams, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.4
 21K
The Yards (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he finds his aunt married to Frank Olchin, one of the big ...
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, rough, emotional ...
Plot: political corruption, betrayal, corruption, murder, whistleblower, false accusation, crimes, injustice, moral dilemma, life is a bitch, gangsters, bribery ...
Time: 90s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.6
 8K
Playing God (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Stripped of his medical license after performing an operation while high on amphetamines, famed LA surgeon Dr Eugene Sands abandons his former life only to find himself crossing paths with Raymond Blossom, an infamous counterfeiter. Employed as a ...
Style: psychological, serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, undercover, haunted by the past, fbi, mind game, crimes, dishonesty, drug dealing, working undercover, love triangle, betrayal, murder ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.8
 5K
Even Money (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Gambling addiction bring the stories of three otherwise unconnected people together as it destroys each of their lives.
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: gambling, addiction, obsession, bookies, cons and scams, destructive relationship, moral dilemma, couple relations, heist, gangsters, criminal's revenge, buddies ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.3
 652
One Way Out (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Harry Woltz is a homicide cop with a gambling problem; a problem that leaves him owing a great deal of money to the Russell brothers. To clear the debt they ask him to train John Farrow to murder his wife, Evans, without leaving the usual clues or ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, tense
Plot: police corruption, police investigation, addiction, murder, gambling, law enforcement, dishonesty, crimes, gambling debt, sex, siblings relations, investigation ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.2
 49K
Hard Eight (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A stranger mentors a young Reno gambler who weds a hooker and befriends a vulgar casino regular.
Style: neo noir, clever, gloomy, tense, serious ...
Plot: gambling, blackmail, casino, ransom, prostitute, crimes, christmas, betrayal, low lives, loser, holiday, cover up ...
Time: 90s
Place: nevada, las vegas, usa, atlantic city new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Charlie Valentine (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The film chronicles the exploits of the title character, Charlie, played by Raymond J. Barry (Training Day) a career criminal intent on scoring one last big pay day. When his "perfect crime" goes bad, Charlie flees to Los Angeles to hide ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: family relations, criminal heroes, dishonesty, heist, strong violent content, disorder, crime gone awry, betrayal, parents and children, nudity (full frontal - brief), violence, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.1
 2K
The Narrows (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A 19 year old Brooklyn boy who is torn between two worlds when his photography portfolio wins him a partial scholarship to NYU. He must figure out how to balance his Italian neighborhood roots with the expansive, sophisticated world on the other ...
Style: serious, tense, captivating, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: college student, crimes, moral dilemma, society, family relations, self discovery, human nature, parents and children, city life, coming of age, gangsters, criminal heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Killing Them Softly (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, rough, tense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crime gone awry, robbery, criminal, hitman, bandit, crimes, gambling, mafia, murder, poker, brutality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2008, 2000s, 70s
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana, florida, orlando florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
We Own the Night (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hitmen.
Style: serious, captivating, rough, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, law enforcement, heroin, gangsters, nightclub, crimes, mafia, siblings relations, parents and children, parent child relationship, party, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988, 70s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.8
 523K
Nightcrawler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Style: neo noir, psychological, disturbing, biting, suspenseful ...
Plot: sociopath, journalism, character study, journalist, morality, cynicism, graphic violence, obsession, ambition, satire, life is a bitch, deception ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 7.2
 22K
House of Games (1987)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men.
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, psychological, clever, suspenseful ...
Plot: gambling, psychiatrist, crimes, betrayal, card playing, cons and scams, mastermind, psychologist, mind game, dishonesty, love affair, con artists ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, seattle, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.0
 412
The Poker Club (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Four friends discover and accidentally kill a burglar -- who may not be alone -- in the kitchen during their weekly poker night.
Style: tense, psychological, suspense, captivating, serious ...
Plot: disposing of a dead body, gambling, burglar, chase, crimes, buddies, rivalry, betrayal, vengeance, infidelity, stripper, basement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.4
 3K
Bad Company (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Nelson Crowe is a CIA operative under the thumb of the Company for a disputed delivery of $50,000 in gold. They blackmail him into working for the Grimes Organization, which is set up as a private company for hire, to blackmail prominent ...
Style: tense, psychological, suspenseful, clever, twists and turns ...
Plot: black man white woman relationship, murder, cons and scams, blackmail, judge, crimes, uncover truth, dangerous attraction, police corruption, rivalry, protagonist as suspect, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
City of Industry (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A retired thief swears revenge on the lunatic who murdered his brother and partner, while going on the run with the loot they stole.
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, heist, betrayal, revenge, crimes, gangsters, gang, stripper, graphic violence, family relations, criminal's revenge, manhunt ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, florida, palm springs california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
In the Electric Mist (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Lt. Dave Robicheaux, a detective in New Iberia, Louisiana, is trying to link the murder of a local hooker to New Orleans mobster Julie (Baby Feet) Balboni, who is co-producer of a Civil War film. At the same time, after Elrod Sykes, the star of the ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, rough, atmospheric, lyrical ...
Plot: swamp, murder, police detective, police investigation, uncover truth, mystery, life is a bitch, dishonesty, law enforcement, serial killer, baseball, confederate soldier ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.9
 8K
Empire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A big time drug dealer Victor Rosa is looking to get out of the game and sees his chance with a big deal with a new friend who happens to be a Wall St. stockbroker. Thinking this will be his chance to go out on top Victor soon finds out that he has ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: betrayal, vengeance, crimes, wall street, drug dealing, cons and scams, criminal heroes, going straight, violence, greed, pregnancy, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.6
 2K
Circus (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Bruno, a sadistic criminal, wants clever con man Leo out of the way. Leo and his equally clever wife, Lily, are up to something. So too is Julius: he hires Leo to kill Gloria, Julius's wife. Leo does it, but then Julius shows up with the murder ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, gangsters, betrayal, master criminal, crimes, criminal's revenge, rivalry, murder, vengeance, gambling, interracial relations, room service ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, london, brighton
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%