Drama Poker Movies

The following collection of drama poker movie reviews provide an overview of the movie cast members and plot synopsis. These poker film reviews also highlight the benefits a poker player can gain from watching them.

Born Yesterday (1950)

Born Yesterday is a film released in 1950 by Columbia Pictures. It is based on a play, also entitled Born Yesterday. The film follows the story of a Harry Brock, a corrupt tycoon who travels with his showgirl girlfriend to Washington, DC in order to attempt to buy off a Congressman. Gradually, his girlfriend learns more about Brock’s corruption.

California Split (1974)

California Split is a gambling movie released in 1974 by Columbia Pictures. The film follows the developing friendship of Bill Denny and Charlie Waters, played by George Segal and Elliot Gould, respectively. The film is driven by character development as opposed to an intricate plot.

The Cincinnati Kid (1965)

The Cincinnati Kid is a film released in 1965 by MGM Films. The film follows tale of Eric "The Kid" Stone, a young poker player seeking to earn a reputation as a card shark during the Great Depression. He eventually challenges Lancey "The Man" Howard, considered to be the greatest poker player around.

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Cool Hand Luke is an American drama released in 1967 by Warner Bros. The film follows the story of Luke Jackson, played by Paul Newman, as a prisoner in a prison camp in Florida. Luke is very rebellious, and his refusal to conform with the hierarchy of the prison system is what drives along the plot of the movie. Poker plays a role in the movie, and Luke earns the nickname "Cool Hand Luke" after winning on a bluff.

The Driver (1978)

The Driver is a crime film released in 1978 by 20th Century Fox in North America, and EMI Films internationally. The film stars Ryan O’Neal as a professional getaway driver on the run from the police. The Driver is often cited by critics as a fine example of a film within the film noir genre, and is perhaps most notable for its extensive, exciting car chases.

The Gambler from Natchez (1954)

The Gambler from Natchez is a film released in 1954 by Twentieth Century Fox. The Gambler from Natchez follows the story of an army serviceman who returns to New Orleans in the 1840s to find that his father, a gambler, was killed while cheating in a card game. The man then sets out to avenge his father’s death and clear his name.

The Mississippi Gambler (1953)

The Mississippi Gambler is a 1953 film released by Universal International Pictures. The film stars Tyrone Power as Mark Fallon, a gambler who tries to bring honest gambling to the riverboats. Along the way, Fallon makes enemies with various crooked gamblers, and develops a complicated romance with Angelique Dureau, a woman whose necklace he wins in a poker game.

Mister Cory (1957)

Mister Cory is a film released in 1957 by Universal Pictures starring Tony Curtis and Martha Hyer. The film follows the story of Cory, a young con artist living in Chicago. Cory acquires a job as a busboy in Wisconsin, and gradually works his way into the world of professional gambling.

The Odd Couple (1968)

The Odd Couple is a comedy film released in 1968 by Paramount Pictures. The film follows the story of Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison, who divorce their wives and decide to live together despite their differing personalities. The film is based on Mel Brooks, who decided to live with his friend after getting divorced.

Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964)

Robin and the 7 Hoods is a musical film released in 1964 by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film is an adaptation of the legend of Robin Hood, set in Chicago in the 1930s, complete with gangsters. The film centers around the story of a Chicago gangster who accidentally gets involved in philanthropic work in the midst of a gang war.

Silent Running (1972)

Silent Running is a science fiction film released in 1972 by Universal Pictures. The film follows the story of a botanist traveling through space on a greenhouse ship in the future. The vast majority of the plant life found on Earth has become extinct, and a few remaining species are under the care of the botanist. The botanist receives orders from Earth to destroy the remaining plants, but he instead chooses to rebel.

The Sting (1973)

The Sting is an Oscar-winning caper movie released in 1973 by Universal Pictures. The film follows the story of a pair of professional con artists who perpetrate a con against a mob boss. The film draws its inspiration from a book entitled "The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man," by David Maurer. In addition, the plot of The Sting closely mirrors the "Horse Play" episode of Orson Welles’ radio show, entitled The Third Man.

White Savage (1943)

White Savage is a film released in 1943 by Universal Pictures. The film follows the story of a shark hunter who falls in love with the leader of a tropical island. White Savage was one of the first films released by Universal Pictures to use Technicolor production, and features an all-star cast.