The Best Craps Hollywood Movies

Published: October 8, 2018

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Though roulette and blackjack would rank as the most popular table games at online casinos, there is nothing that beat the buzz at the craps tables. You have the shooter rolling the dice across the long table and the other players shouting for their desired number. Many famous Hollywood movies have exploited the activity that revolves around craps gambling.

One of the earliest movies featuring craps was Guys and Dolls released in 1955 and starring Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando. It is set in New York in the late 1940s. Sinatra runs an illegal craps game and Brando is a high roller. In the climax Brando needs money to save a mission run by his girl. He needs a particular number at a juncture and gets it.

The Big Town, released in 1987, was set in 1957. Cullen is a small town craps shooter with a talent for winning who heads to Las Vegas. In a private craps game run by George Cole he breaks the bank. In the romantic angle, Cullen falls in love with Cole's wife. The personal and professional rivalry are developed together through a number of exciting craps scenes between Cullen and Cole, with the lady becoming a part of the intrigue.

The movie Hard Eight takes the name from a craps bet that wins on a throw of eight with four on each die. But the shooter has to get a hard eight before he rolls eight in any other way or before he rolls a seven. The only connection with craps in the movie is a critical scene in which a wager of hard eight is placed and won. The overall theme of the film is how to earn survival money in Las Vegas casinos.

Ocean's Thirteen is the third and final movie in the Ocean's series that deals with heists in casinos. In this movie, George Clooney, playing Ocean, gathers a team to take the casino to the cleaners. He cheats at the craps tables by replacing the casino dice with loaded ones. The loaded dice have a high probability of rolling a total of two, with the number one appearing on each die. The team bets heavily on two, also known as snake’s eyes, and break the bank at the craps tables.

Perhaps the only James Bond movie with a craps table scene is Diamonds Are Forever. Searching for a link to the diamond smuggler, Bond goes to a casino where he meets Plenty O' Toole shooting craps. Plenty is a regular at this casino who seduces high rollers. Bond obviously is a willing victim.


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