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10. Oceans Eleven

This is a 2001 remake of a 1960's Sinatra film about a Casino heist only, they have upped the ante a bit. George Clooney (playing Danny Ocean), Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and eight others attempt the impossible, rip off three Las Vegas Casinos in the same night, at the exact same time. Andy Garcia's character, Terry Benedict is the only target for one reason, he's messing around with Danny Ocean's girl. This has become the first in a trilogy and somewhat of a stable among Las Vegas films. They say whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, and that true as far as everything else except the money in this cleaver heist flick.

9. Honey I blew up the Kid

The entire movie takes place right outside the city, and it ends with it in one of the most memorable sights anyone could imagine, a 100 foot tall baby terrorizing Las Vegas. While it doesn't have a lot of gambling and sex, it features all the major casinos and a very terrified ice cream man. The sequel to Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Honey I blew up the kid has pretty much the same cast including the very funny Rick Moranis and his wife played by Marcia Strassman. Just like the first movie, Wayne Szalinski messes up an extraordinary experiment when he's trying to impress his boss. His 2 year old child Adam is accidentally hit by the ray, and slowly becomes a giant. The baby finds his way into the bright city of Las Vegas, and stomps around the strip, playing with the guitar off of the Hard Rock Casino Hotel...very funny.

8. Honeymoon in Vegas

The first of Nicolas Cage's Las Vegas Trio, including Con Air and Leaving Las Vegas. I loved Con Air but vegas was only in the end scene, and that don't count. Cage plays Jack Singer, a compulsive gambler and superstitious man who fears marrying his girlfriend after the terrifying words spoken to him by his mother on her deathbed. James Caan plays a crafty gambler who has an eye on Singer's finance played by Sarah Jessica Parker. He decides to invite Singer to a poker game knowing he'll lose and owe him a great deal of money and when this happens, he makes a deal with him to trade him his fiance for a weekend for the debt that he owes him. Betrayal, gambling, cheating and sin are common among Las Vegas movies, and this is a funny one that can be watched time and again. The Elvis scene at the end...I still want to do that.

I would love to put Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas on here, but I think it'd be in too many categories, like in the top road movies, haha, it's so damn good.

7. The Cooler

Guy is depressed, guy meets girl, guy is no longer depressed. Not that simple. The guy is Bernie Lootz played by William H. Macy and yes he is depressed, but that's his job. Literally that is what he does for a living. He works for Alec Baldwin's character, Shelly Kaplow, going from table to table in his downtown Las Vegas Casino, being depressed. Kaplow pays him for this because he believes in a very old school idea that some people are simply bad luck. A good percentage of the people playing at the poker tables that Lootz walks over to suddenly start to lose. His title, The Cooler. He finally gets to the point in his life when he wants to do something about his depression and contemplates leaving the dive of a Casino; fearing he'll lose the bad luck the cooler brings, Kaplow hires a prostitute to sleep with Lootz and convince him she wanted to. Only something happens that Kaplow didn't count on, Lootz starts to be happy and so his luck charm works in the opposite way and the casino manager starts to lose money big time. The Cooler is a unique movie with a strange feel to it. It's a Vegas movie for sure with the side of Vegas some people would rather pretend doesn't exist.

6. Diamonds are forever

James Bond attempts to foil the plans of Ernst Stavro Blofeld for the last time. The diamond thieving arch enemy lead Connery to the American city of Sin, Las Vegas. Bond drives through narrow streets on two wheels, he beats up women who look like men, he beats up men who act like women and he is rescued from certain death by way of burning alive in a crematory oven. As far a showcasing Las Vegas, they do a great job of making you want to go to Circus Circus and gamble while acrobats jump and tumble over your head.

The top 5 Vegas movies, and other articles such as the top Vietnam movies and the Top Nerd Movies are just a few of soon to be long list of Top 10 Movies. Suggestions for more Top 10 Lists are also encouraged!!!


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