1) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:
Hunter S. Thompson’s visionary novel unfolds in all its depraved glory as a dope-fuelled journalist and his Samoan attorney take to Vegas in search of the American dream. Incredibly, they make some kind of sanity out of the city.
The quintessential story of money, power, greed and deception as two mobsters face the trials and tribulations of maintaining a gambling empire in Las Vegas. Martin Scorcese’s sprawling epic captures the industry at its most savage.
Matt Damon, Edward Norton and a ludicrously-accented John Malkovich star in the movie that turned a generation of degenerates into card players. Gritty, engaging and surprisingly believable.
4) Hard Eight:
The gripping tale of a down-and-out loser whose life gets turned around when he is taken under the wing of a professional hustler. Together, the pair start building a new life for themselves until fate cruelly intervenes. An overlooked classic.
5) Ocean’s Eleven:
Though it may not excel in its subtlety, Steven Soderbergh’s entertaining casino crime caper is nevertheless an enjoyable two hours of heist and hustle. George Clooney leads an all-star cast in the best instalment of the film franchise.