Best Blackjack Movies To Watch This December
Is there any game of cards even vaguely comparable to Blackjack? It often features centre-stage to many a casino drama, with talk of players counting cards and being banned from ever setting foot in these here doors again, to others making a living out of conning the rich and famous by relying on the luck of the draw.
As far as movies and how we like to spend our December holiday time goes, movies about Blackjack are about as good as it gets. And lucky for us, there are more than enough movies about Blackjack to keep us busy for all of December.
These are our top picks of highly watchable Blackjack movies.
Holy Rollers (2011)
With the full title being, “Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians”, this one is an immediate movie-lover’s magnet. The documentary tells the story of devout Christians Colin Jones and Ben Crawford. The pair, in an attempt to make some money but at the same time sooth their guilty conscience about the relying-on-luck factor, decide that winning by applying skill is the only way to go in order to at least to some extent, keep up with their end of the Christian bargain.
They decide that their weapon of choice will be a team of players skilled in the discipline of counting cards. It all works out pretty dandy from a business point of view and they end up raking in more than $3 million over the course of 5 years.
The Cooler (2003)
The Wayne Kramer classic The Cooler was a smash Blackjack motion picture hit because of the very theme round which the story was fashioned, being that of casinos supposedly making use of folks referred to as “coolers”, i.e. people who have a variety of luck so terrible that anyone who just so happens to get into close proximity with them, ends up losing too.
Rain Man (1998)
Talk about a big-names movie about Blackjack. Starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, Rain Main follows the story of Raymond Babbitt (played by Dustin Hoffman) who, having been diagnosed with an advanced form of autism, has the fantastic ability of not only memorising numbers but also performing lightning-fast calculations. Raymond’s brother Ray (played by Tom Cruise) begins to use Raymond’s talent in order to count cards and win at Blackjack at a local casino.
A movie primarily about autism and extraordinary faculties of the mind, the story does include a strong reference to what card counting is all about.