Are you a poker player looking for something to watch on Netflix or a film to add to your DVD.com queue? If so, continue reading for our list of 7 movies on Netflix that poker players should check out.
Note that DVD.com is Netflix’s DVD subscription service. This service is in addition to your standard Netflix subscription. However, they do offer a 30-day free trial.
Perhaps the most recognized face in the poker world. This film covers the life story of PokerStars Team Pro Daniel Negreanu. It gives you an unbiased view into the life of “Kid Poker” and his poker accomplishments.
Even if you aren’t a big fan of Negreanu, this is still a solid film that will give you some insight into the life of tournament poker’s All-Time Money Leader.
All Work All Play
This documentary isn’t about poker but rather the world of e-sports. This film covers the rise of e-sports and takes you on a journey with several League of Legends teams as they try to take down the Extreme Masters championship.
With Global Poker League trying to make waves in the e-sports market, this will help poker players an introduction to the culture and give them a taste of what Alex Dreyfus is hoping one day to accomplish with the GPL.
The quintessential poker film for the modern poker era, Rounders is a film that every poker players should see at least once. Law student Mike McDermott is a budding poker genius who has to make the tough choice between his passion or the “safe path” in life.
This film is viewed as the first film to really show the poker world how it really is, or at least was, back in the 1990s. This film is only presently through Netflix’s DVD subscription service. Even if you have already seen it, why not add this to your Netflix DVD queue.
The Cincinnati Kid (DVD.com)
Set in the depression-era, this film follows the story of Eric Stoner (Steve McQueen) as he tries to make his name as a poker shark. Made in 1965, this story is different from most modern day movies as it focuses on the game of Five Card Stud.
While it has a tendency to be a bit overdramatic, it was one of the few movies of the time that gave a semi-realistic portrayal of underground poker. Granted, the final hand is the most unrealistic cooler in history. Even so, it just highlights the drama in what is an awesome old school poker film.
The Grand (DVD.com)
If you like “mockumentary” style comedies such as Modern Family, then you will like The Grand. Containing a hilarious ensemble cast anchored by Woody Harrelson, Cheryl Hines and David Cross, this film pokes fun at the tournament poker world circa 2007.
Included in the film are several big name poker pros from that era, all involved in comedic scenes. Overall, this is fun jaunt into the tournament world but some jokes may go over the head of some of those that have only been involved in the game in the last five years or so.
Overall, if you want a solid comedy about tournament poker, this is a great choice.
While not a poker film, The Hustler is still an enjoyable film that many poker players can relate to. Paul Newman stars as “Fast Eddie” Felson, a pool shark looking to make his name as a pool hustler.
Those that have watched The Cincinnati Kid will realize the general plot and story are similar, this film is one that helped solidify Newman’s film legacy. 25 years later, Newman would go on to star with Tom Cruise in The Color of Money, a solid sequel to this classic film.
Note: The Color of Money is available on DVD.com.
Breaking Vegas: Prince of Poker (DVD.com)
The History Channel does a good job with some of their historical storytelling shows such as the Men Who Built America series. In this 2007 episode of Breaking Vegas, the story of Jim McManus’ run at the 2000 World Series of Poker Main Event is covered.
While those that don’t already know his story will learn something, I don’t recommend this to poker fans as a documentary but more like a pseudo-comedy. The reviews on DVD.com don’t do it just on just how cheesy that this episode really is.
Serious poker players will get a good chuckle or two from the cheeseball acting and questionable script writing. If you are looking for an atypical selection for your DVD.com queue, this is it.