Movies like The Gambler 1974

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The Gambler (1974)
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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: suspense, tense, clever, intense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, cynical, neo noir, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, casino, gambling, crimes, gangsters, college, gambling debt, debt, character study, bookies, gambling addiction, hopes, bet, debt collector, gambler, money, sport, catastrophe, mafia, poker, relationships, con artists, dark humor, writers, depression ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, california, usa, las vegas, harvard university

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Most similar movies to The Gambler

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films with plots about crimes, gangsters, betrayal, dialogue, corruption, murder and storytelling mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Gambler: Rounders (1998), Owning Mahowny (2003), Even Money (2006), Croupier (1998), Bugsy (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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 ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, suspense, tense, clever ...
Plot: gambling, addiction, crimes, gangsters, gambling debt, gambler, moral dilemma, human nature, casino, character study, police investigation, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, los angeles, california, usa, nevada ...
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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, suspense, clever, psychological, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, poker, friendship, addiction, mafia, law student, casino, ambition, con artists, gambling debt, prison, card playing ...
Time: 90s
Place: atlantic city new jersey, new york, las vegas, texas, atlantic city ...
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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, suspense, thought provoking, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: gambling, gambling addiction, casino, gambler, con artists, embezzlement, poker, addiction, crimes, police investigation, money, obsession ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, atlantic city new jersey, new jersey, toronto ontario canada, atlantic city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, gambling addiction, gangsters, criminal's revenge, buddies ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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 7.0
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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, tense, clever, realistic ...
Plot: gambling, casino, croupier, crimes, heist, cons and scams, addiction, writer's block, greed, relationships, career change, bet ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe, south africa, united kingdom
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66%
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Bugsy (1991)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: New York gangster Ben 'Bugsy' Siegel takes a brief business trip to Los Angeles. A sharp-dressing womanizer with a foul temper, Siegel doesn't hesitate to kill or maim anyone crossing him. In L.A. the life, the movies, and most of all ...
Style: realistic, intense, stylized, talky, suspense ...
Plot: mafia, casino, gangsters, crimes, gambling, hollywood, jewish, organized crime, rise and fall, ambition, bohemian life, elimination ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1945, 70s
Place: las vegas, usa, new york, los angeles, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 8.2
 510K
Casino (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 178 min.
Story: The life of the gambling paradise – Las Vegas – and its dark mafia underbelly.
Style: realistic, clever, rough, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, organized crime, casino, gangsters, gambling, rise and fall, crimes, criminal heroes, greed, betrayal, fbi, italian mafia ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1980, year 1973 ...
Place: las vegas, usa, midwest, costa rica, kansas city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.2
 50K
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, gloomy, clever, twists and turns, suspense ...
Plot: gambling, blackmail, casino, redemption, prostitute, crimes, secret, father figure, motel, dark past, mentor protege relationship, kindness ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, california, nevada, usa, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Phoenix (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Gambling fever -- along with a brutal bookie -- leads three crooked cops into a double-dealing scheme that lands them in hot water way over their heads.
Style: neo noir, sexy, absurd, bloody, twists and turns ...
Plot: gambling, addiction, police corruption, betrayal, heist, nudity (full frontal - brief), crimes, crime gone awry, murder, gunfight, death of protagonist, safe ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, california, arizona, usa, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.2
 109K
Mean Streets (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A small-time hood must choose from among love, friendship and the chance to rise within the mob.
Style: tense, realistic, atmospheric, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, friendship, organized crime, redemption, crimes, female nudity, urban ghetto life, epilepsy, character study, stripper, life philosophy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 5.5
 2K
Cold Deck (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 80 min.
Story: When a poker player hits rock bottom he enlists his best friend to pull off a high-stakes heist.
Style: cynical, captivating, psychological, tense, suspense
Plot: gambling, poker, rivalry, crimes, escapades, race against time, gambling debt, casino, friendship, addiction, friend
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
City of Ghosts (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A con man travels to Cambodia (also on the run from law enforcement in the U.S.) to collect his share in an insurance scam, but discovers more than he bargained for
Style: intense, stylized, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: crimes, betrayal, father son relationship, character study, greed, law enforcement, police investigation, dishonesty, cons and scams, vengeance, dark hero, unlikely friendships ...
Time: contemporary
Place: cambodia, usa, new york, bangkok thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, cerebral, art house, tense, cynical ...
Plot: strip club, gangsters, gambling, nightclub, female nudity, mafia, gambling debt, stripper, hitman, murder, crime gone awry, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 5.9
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Mobsters (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of a group of friends in turn of the century New York, from their early days as street hoods to their rise in the world of organized crime...
Style: suspense, talky, intense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crimes, organized crime, friendship, mafia, betrayal, vengeance, greed, murder, criminal heroes, tough heroes, dishonesty ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 1930s
Place: new york, las vegas, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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The Godfather (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, captivating, epic, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, revenge, crime family, crimes, greed, pride and honor, crime boss, gang war, mob boss, patriarch ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: italy, new york, bronx new york city, sicily, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Black & White (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Rich Bower is an up-and-coming star in the hip-hop world. Everyone wants to be around him, including Raven and her fellow upper-class white high school friends. The growing appeal of black culture among white teens fascinates documentary filmmaker ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, talky, erotic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: hip hop, gangsters, high school, interracial relations, crimes, athlete's life, culture clash, society, musician's life, racism, city life, social differences ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: new york, new jersey, california, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.7
 305K
Donnie Brasco (1997)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: An FBI undercover agent infilitrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life at the expense of his regular one.
Style: neo noir, realistic, tense, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, fbi, mentor, organized crime, crimes, undercover agent, working undercover, undercover, friends, investigation, law enforcement ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1978
Place: new york, new jersey, florida, usa, miami ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.3
 12K
Hoodlum (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In 1934, the second most lucrative business in New York City was running "the numbers". When, Madam Queen, the powerful woman who runs the scam in Harlem, is arrested. Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson takes over the business and must ...
Style: stylized, dramatic, entertaining, splatter, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, mafia, crimes, violence, betrayal, death, corruption, gunfight, african american, great depression, moral ambiguity ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, harlem, california, illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Two for the Money (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A former college athlete joins forces with a sports consultant to handicap football games for high-rolling gamblers.
Style: intense, serious, tense, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: gambling, sport, greed, father son relationship, football, american football, cons and scams, addiction, bet, rags to riches, workplace, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, las vegas, puerto rico, new jersey, new orleans ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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: suspenseful, stylized, brutal, intense, bad ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, gangsters, crimes, brutality, tough heroes, greed, betrayal, violence, redemption, bodyguard, dishonesty, lone wolves ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, new orleans, usa, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Light Sleeper (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A drug dealer with upscale clientele is having moral problems going about his daily deliveries. A reformed addict, he has never gotten over the wife that left him, and the couple that use him for deliveries worry about his mental well-being and his ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, psychological, neo noir ...
Plot: drug dealing, addiction, redemption, drugs, drug dealer, obsession, going straight, life is a bitch, crimes, hopes, drug abuse, insomnia ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Hell's Kitchen (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When a robbery goes awry, the bandits all end up in a puddle of blood and only one lives and goes to jail for five years. Upon his release, the girlfriend wants her new boyfriend to kill him. Only trouble is the boyfriend knows that the fault was ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: crime gone awry, friendship, haunted by the past, murder, crimes, infidelity, heist, urban ghetto life, gang, dishonesty, criminal's revenge, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.8
 571
Money Kings (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Vinnie's a bookie, happily married, running his operation for 30 years out of his bar in Brooklyn. Times change, the boys up the chain want a bigger profit, so Vinnie's expendable He's assigned a hotheaded kid, Tony, the nephew of a ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, bookies, gangsters, bet, loser, dishonesty, life is a bitch, down on your luck, disorder, unlikely criminals, crimes, unlikely partners ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 6.6
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The Funeral (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story concerns the funeral of one of three brothers in a family of gangsters that lived in New York in 1930s. Details of the past of the brothers and their families are shown through a series of flashbacks.
Style: neo noir, talky, light, visually appealing, allegory ...
Plot: gangsters, crimes, organized crime, mafia, vengeance, murder, labor union, flashback, insanity, violence, corpse, strike ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Ash Wednesday (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Ash Wednesday is set in the Manhattan of the early 1980's and is about a pair of Irish-American brothers who become embroiled in a conflict with the Irish Mob.
Style: intense, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious ...
Plot: hitman, betrayal, gangsters, vengeance, crimes, violence, organized crime, murder, love triangle, haunted by the past, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, year 1980, year 1983
Place: new york, boston, ireland, usa, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 4.8
 4K
Harvard Man (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: College has always been a time for experimentation, sexual, cultural and otherwise. "Harvard Man" plays out against a background of love, sex, basketball, crime and experimentation. Action and philosophy in young people's quest to ...
Style: sexy, twists and turns, light, intense, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gambling, gangsters, basketball, drug abuse, college life, college, mentor, crime gone awry, addiction, love triangle, cheerleader, comedy of errors ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, las vegas, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.8
 3K
Fingers (1978)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Keitel plays the lead in this schizophrenic movie in which he is continually pulled by the two conflicting sides of his personality, on the one hand that of a quiet piano virtuoso and on the other a ruthless debt collector for his mobster father. ...
Style: neo noir, serious, realistic, tense, gloomy ...
Plot: gangsters, mafia, character study, schizophrenia, graphic violence, parents and children, family business, musician's life, lifestyle, crimes, collector, family relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.3
 5K
Dinner Rush (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Is it just another evening at the hugely popular Italian restaurant of proprietor and bookmaker Louis Cropa in New York? Anything but as tonight's guests include; a local police detective and his wife specially invited by the owner; on the ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, witty, twist ending, enigmatic ...
Plot: gambling, gangsters, food, revenge, mafia, hitman, murder, organized crime, complex characters, crime gone awry, restaurant, graphic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, california, new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.6
 643
Cement (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: What's the bond between partners, between brothers, and between spouses? In L.A., Bill Holt handcuffs Sean Rickhart inside a rebar frame for a freeway pillar at a construction site; Bill's going to bury Sean in quick-drying cement. Guided ...
Style: neo noir, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, police corruption, criminal's revenge, gangsters, drug dealing, criminal heroes, police investigation, life is a bitch, rivalry, dishonesty, law enforcement, addiction ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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, empire, pregnancy, addiction, bookies, crimes, dishonesty, survival, gangsters, love and romance, casino, dog ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%