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Best Sports Betting Movies

Sports Betting MoviesWelcome to our collection of reviews for the best sports betting movies of all time.

Here is where we’ll dive deep into classic wagering films and explore the gambling elements involved, and in doing so, stray off the beaten path of regurgitated inclusions from top ten sports betting movie lists that populate inferior websites around the net.

Here, we'll be concentrating on movies that focus on the complete spectrum of sportsbook operations, including entertainment betting and prop bets on fictional real-life scenarios.

This list will include movies that were featured atop the odds at legal Academy Awards betting sites, as well as cult classics that contain elements of sports betting as a part of their plot.

Sports Betting Movie Reviews

Great Sports Betting Movies: Kingpin (1996)

Kingpin (1996) is a mid-90s comedy classic that was one of the first movies to utilize gross-out humor, a tactic that began to take hold following the release of 1999's American Pie. It is the story of a bowler named Roy Munson, played by Woody Harrelson, who decides to join...
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Great Sports Betting Movies: Vanishing Point (1971)

Vanishing Point is the story of Kowalski, a mysterious man with a sordid past who now finds himself on a cross-country mission where what's at stake and why slowly become evident over the course of the film's running time. Released just two years following Easy Rider, Vanishing Point is one...
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Greatest Sports Betting Films: The Best Super Bowl Movies

While the Super Bowl may be the most-watched event on the sports calendar each year, there are not many significant movies involving the big game as a major component of the plot. In advance of the NFL Playoff betting beginning this weekend, we've provided some of our top suggestions for...
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Great Sports Betting Movies: The Hustler (1961)

While The Hustler is widely considered a top all-time film by Hollywood standards, it isn't one that comes up often when discussing the greatest sports betting movies of all time, and that's mostly due to the game involved - pool (billiards). Unless a major tournament is going on, the books...
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Great Sports Betting Movies: Goodfellas (1990)

I know what you're thinking. You've seen Goodfellas a thousand times and not once is there an instance of sports betting amid the entire 146-minute duration. While sports betting is not a present plot element in the 1990 mafia drama directed by Martin Scorcese, the main character of Henry Hill,...
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Great Sports Betting Movies: The Running Man (1987)

Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, The Running Man is part of a string of Hollywood blockbuster hits that Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in over the course of 1982 to 1994. The film is the story of Ben Richards (Schwarzenegger) who is wrongfully accused of murdering several...
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Great Sports Betting Movies: Brewster’s Millions (1985)

Originally a novel penned by George Barr McCutcheon in 1902, Brewster’s Millions then became a stage play and has been adapted for the screen no less than 13 times as of 2021. The Brewster’s Millions film adaption up for discussion today is the 1985 Walter Hill directed iteration starring legendary...
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Oddball Sports Betting Movies: Little Darlings (1980)

In 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted, John Lennon was shot and killed by a “fan” near his New York City apartment, and Little Darlings was unleashed onto unsuspecting movie audiences around the globe. Little Darlings is the story of two young women, Ferris (Tatum O’Neal) and Angel (Kristy McNichol), who...
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Great Sports Betting Movies: Over The Top (1987)

Over The Top is the story of a trucker by the name of Lincoln Hawk (Sylvester Stallone) who is taking his young son, Michael, on a road trip from his military school in Colorado to see his ex-wife in California who is suffering from a rare heart disease. Lincoln and...
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Sports Betting Movie FAQs

What’s the name of that Matthew McConaughey sports betting movie?

Matthew McConaughey stars as sports oddsmaker Brandon Lang in the 2005 film Two For The Money.

What is that Al Pacino sports betting movie called?

Al Pacino plays Walter Abrams, the head of a major sportsbook, in Two For The Money (2005).

The character was based on real-life bookmaker Stu “The Source” Feiner who continues to offer sports betting advice to this day. 

Can I bet on Hollywood movies?

Yes. Offshore sportsbooks are able to accept wagers on the Academy Awards, but also allow for Golden Globes betting, Razzies odds, lines on the BAFTA Awards, and other various betting odds for movies, TV, and the music industry. 

Are there sports betting movies on Netflix?

Because Netflix rotates its content often, it is difficult to keep track of the sports betting movies that are featured via their services. Most of the time, Netflix features multiple films and documentaries on the subject of sports betting.

Stay tuned to this page because we’ll continue to cover movies that involve subjects in the realm of betting on sports, entertainment prop bets, and other in-film wagers. 

Are there documentaries on sports betting?

Yes, there are several, but one of the more prominent documentaries in recent years was Life on the Line.

Sports betting movies often do not go into much detail regarding sportsbooks and their practices, but Life on the Line gives insight into the activities of the world’s top sports gamblers in Vegas. 

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