Sports betting has been a popular subject for movies for many years. With the rise of online sportsbooks, the industry’s popularity has skyrocketed, which means that more and more films are being made about it. From romantic comedies to thrilling dramas, there are a lot of great sports betting movies out there for your viewing pleasure. Here is a look at some of the most popular sports betting movies.
Lay The Favorite (2012)
Lay The Favorite is a 2012 comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and starring Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson, and Vince Vaughn. The movie follows Beth Raymer (Hall), an ambitious young woman who moves to Las Vegas to become a professional sports bettor. With the help of Dink (Willis), an experienced gambler, she quickly learns the ropes of the business and starts making big money. However, when her success attracts the attention of some dangerous people in town, she must use all her skills to stay alive. Lay The Favorite is a fun and entertaining movie that looks at the world of sports betting, that will keep you on your toes until its thrilling conclusion.
Two For The Money (2005)
Two For The Money is a 2005 American sports drama film starring Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo and Armand Assante. Directed by D. J. Caruso, the movie follows Brandon Lang (McConaughey), a former college football star who takes up sports gambling after an injury ends his career. He quickly rises to the top of the industry with the help of Walter Abrams (Pacino), a veteran bookmaker who takes him under his wing and teaches him how to make money in this high-stakes world. Along the way, Brandon must confront his own demons as he struggles to stay on top while dealing with Walter’s increasingly erratic behavior.
The Sting (1973)
The Sting is a 1973 American caper film set in 1936, involving a complicated plot by two professional grifters to con a mob boss. It stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford as the grifters, and features Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan and Harold Gould. The title phrase refers to the moment when a con artist finishes the “play” and takes all the money. The film won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture (the last time an American movie won Best Picture without any acting nominations). It was widely praised by critics for its writing, direction, acting performances and technical excellence. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.