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The best films set in casinos

When it comes to the best films set in a casino, some of the most intense, thought-driven scenes rarely depict them as being in a casino.

For example, take “Rain Man,” a comedy-drama directed by Barry Levinson. Towards the middle of the film, we see Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) realise his recently-discovered brother has a rare case of autism that allows his mind to calculate enormous sums, within seconds. As Charlie understands the power and what Raymond (Dustin Hoffman) is capable of, he decides to head to Las Vegas and hit the casinos in a chance to make a fortune, and funnily enough he does it.

In another popular genre, heist movies, you have the Ocean’s franchise, which is a span of multi-movies about a group of top thieves. (CONTINUED)


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