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The 14 Most Thrilling Vegas Movies of All Time

by Jennifer Lafferty

The 14 Most Thrilling Vegas Movies of All Time
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There’s a reason so many movies are set in Las Vegas. In addition to the glitz, wild party atmosphere, and great entertainment, it’s the kind of place where you feel that anything can happen. There’s something about this town that inspires outrageous behavior and questionable judgment, which makes it an ideal setting for movies like What Happens in Vegas and The Hangover. Check out the 15 most thrilling Sin City films throughout the years.



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Of all the movies set in Vegas, the 1991 biographical crime drama Bugsy is most relevant to the locale because it centers on the creation of Las Vegas as we know it, at the hands of mobster Bugsy Siegel.

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Ocean’s 11


The 1960 Rat Pack heist comedy Ocean’s 11, about WWII compatriots who ambitiously plot to rob five Vegas casinos in one night, has proven to have timeless appeal, leading to the star-studded 2001 reboot.

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Leaving Las Vegas


While movies set in Sin City are usually fun and lighthearted, there are dramas like Leaving Las Vegas, starring Nicolas Cage as an alcoholic intent on drinking himself to death, which have a powerful impact on audiences.

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Now You See Me


The showbiz aspect of Las Vegas is typically relegated to the background in these films, but it is front and center in the popular illusionist crime thriller Now You See Me and the upcoming sequel.

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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery


Las Vegas is the perfect backdrop for Mike Myers’ comedy Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, about a hipster spy who spends decades in crytofreeze before he’s rejuvenated in the 1990s but retains his flashy, swinging 1960s style.

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The 1995 Martin Scorsese crime drama Casino centers on one of Vegas’s biggest draws: gambling. Inspired by true events, this hit movie, starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Sharon Stone, follows two mobsters involved in a gambling empire.

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Viva Las Vegas


The entertainer probably most closely associated with Las Vegas was Elvis. So, it seems fitting that Elvis starred alongside Ann-Margret in the 1964 musical Viva Las Vegas, one of The King's most memorable films.

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro star in this unforgettable 1998 comedy about journalist Raoul Duke and his friend Dr. Gonzo, who embark on a bizarre, drug-fueled journey to Las Vegas, where Raoul is assigned to cover a motorcycle race.

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Ocean’s Thirteen


The Ocean’s film franchise, which began with the 2001 remake of the original film, spawned two sequels, concluding with Ocean’s Thirteen. Among the best aspects of these films is the cast, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon.

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Think Like a Man Too


The star-studded cast of hit romantic comedy Think Like a Man returns for this sequel in which the couples head to Las Vegas for a wedding and a romantic weekend in which various temptations lead to hilarious misadventures.

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3000 Miles to Graceland


The 2001 action-comedy 3000 Miles to Graceland, starring Kevin Costner and Kurt Russell, follows a heist by a group of ex-cons and combines some things Vegas is most famous for: casinos, crime, and Elvis impersonators.

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What Happens in Vegas


This romantic comedy stars Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher as two incompatible strangers facing the consequences of their drunken and regrettable Vegas elopement, which turns their lives upside down after they win a million dollar jackpot.

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The 1999 crime comedy Go, starring Sarah Polley, Katie Holmes, and Scott Wolf, offers three different perspectives of events surrounding a drug deal. The film’s highlights include a colorful story line filled with plot twists and Vegas misadventures.

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The Hangover


Possibly the ultimate Vegas-themed movie is this outrageous 2009 comedy and franchise-opener starring Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis, centering on the aftermath of a wild bachelor party and a search for the missing groom.