Roulette In Films


The use of gambling in films is nothing new, and it has always been a way to incorporate the ups and downs that come with high-roller games. However, roulette is the ultimate game of chance, and that has been included into a host of blockbuster Hollywood films; whether that be in a highly tense drama, adrenaline pumping action flick or a belly busting comedy. But, which films have used roulette the most effectively? 

Diamonds Are Forever 

Almost every James Bond film involves at least one scene taking place in a casino, but it was during the Sean Connery era as 007 when roulette was the chosen game for the hero. The 1971 classic saw Bond play a host of games during his stint in the casino, with the roulette scene drawing the tension ahead of the memorable game of craps that quickly followed it. 

The film was a roaring success with Sean Connery often among the contenders when discussing the best Bond portrayal. However, this set the tone for how casinos were to be used in future instalments of the film; with the 2012 Skyfall film using the casino scene to set the scene in the same way. Before Bond telling Moneypenny to put the money on black after a tense fight scene with the bad guys.  


Largely considered as one of the greatest movies to ever grace the big screen, roulette plays a significant role in the film’s story. In a cafe owned by the main character, Rick, a local woman gambles away all her life savings on a round of roulette so that her husband and her can escape from a corrupt police officer. Rick fixes the game to ensure that the luckless woman wins on her spin, which enables her and her husband to flee to the USA for a better life. 

The 1942 film features a host of A-list Hollywood superstars such as Humphrey Bogart, Paul Henreid and Ingrid Bergman, but very few could have expected the success that it would get as a classic. The film won awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 16th Academy Awards, and grossed over $3.4 million domestically. 


A gang thriller involving director Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone, it was destined to be a legendary film, and that was precisely how it played out. The movie which was released in 1995 showcased everything that is great about casinos and featured multiple scenes involving spins of the roulette wheel; just like you can experience on The film was set in Las Vegas, which is considered the gambling capital of the world. 

The crime drama has passed the test of time and is considered a modern classic and was received with overwhelmingly positive feedback. Sharon Stone won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, while the film entered the Guy Movie Hall of Fame in 2016. Casino grossed an enormous $116 million worldwide. The expectations are high that the 2019 release of The Irishman, which features both De Niro and Pesci can follow in the footsteps of this classic. 

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