Posted March 25, 2021 by Chris in Features

The Best Music from Hollywood Casino Movies

The most profitable, as well as the oldest film industry, great Hollywood has produced many iconic casino and gambling-related movies over the years. Needless to say, Hollywood of the film industry of the United States has dominated the global film industry since the 1930s which marked the peak of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

One of the very first Hollywood movies was The Count of Monte Cristo, released back in 1908. Then years later, the very first Hollywood studio opened its doors on Sunset Boulevard. In the following years, over twenty companies were part of the growing USA film industry. Soon enough, many box-office Hollywood movies emerged and by 1915, Hollywood became the epicenter of the global film industry.

In the following decades, the industry started to change and expand across the East Coast. When it comes to the most iconic Hollywood casino and gambling movies, these are definitely Casino Royale released in 2006, Rounders released in 1998, The Gambler released in 1974, Croupier from 1998, and California Split from 1974.

Even though these iconic Hollywood movies were released years before the United States legalized online casinos, they serve as an inspiration for modern PA online casino venues as well as online venues that operate in other states where such activities are legal such as Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Delaware, Colorado, and West Virginia. Further, we take a look at several Hollywood casino movies with the best music.

Rounders (1998)

One of the most iconic Hollywood casino and gambling-related movies Rounders released in 1998 has also the best music in addition to an excellent storyline and spectacular performances of its lead cast including great Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Gretchen Mol, Paul Cicero, Sonny Zito, and John Malkovich. The movie follows a young man named Mike McDermott who in order to help his best friend returns to playing high-stakes poker games.

When it comes to the movie’s soundtrack and music used, “Baby, I’m A Big Star Now” performed by great Counting Crows is probably the most iconic song from the movie. Fans of the movie will also remember Nat ‘King’ Cole’s great hit “That’s The Kind Of Girl I Dream Of” written by Joel Segal and Marvin Fisher. In the movie, Duke Ellington’s “Warm Valley” can also be heard. Other great songs you will hear in Rounders include:

  • Windows by Hobex
  • Strada Bel Bosco by Mario Napoletano
  • Tuxedo Junction by Gene Krupa

California Split (1974)

California Split released in 1974 is yet another iconic Hollywood casino movie with great soundtracks which doubtlessly match the movie’s vibe. California Split sees great Elliott Gould and George Segal as the lead cast delivering amazing performances alongside Edward Walsh, Ann Prentiss, Gwen Welles, and Joseph Walsh.

When it comes to the storyline, California Split follows Billy Denny as he befriends Charlie Waters over their great love for casino gambling. When it comes to the great music used in the movie, fans of the movie will recognize the “Peg o’ My Heart” song written by Fred Fisher and Al Bryan as well as “Rufus Rastus Johnson Brown” written by Harry von Tilzer and Andrew B. Sterling. Other great songs used in the movie are:

  • Basket Ball Jones written by Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong
  • Kansas City written by Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber
  • Me and My Shadow written by Billy Rose, Al Jolson, and Dave Dreyer

21 (2008)

Starring gorgeous Kate Bosworth, Jim Sturgess, Aaron Yoo, Kevin Spacey, Jacob Pitts, and Liza Lapira, 21 is yet another great casino movie with a spectacular storyline, amazing cast, and great music. The movie is directed by Robert Luketic as it was released in March 2008 in the United States. Inspired by real events, the movie follows six mathematics students at MIT who struggle financially as many students do. In order to afford Harvard Medical School tuition, the group travels to the gambling capital Las Vegas to test their card counting skills.

One of the most popular songs from the movie is definitely “Time to Pretend” performed by MGMT written by Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarder. Fans of the movie will also remember the “Young Folks” song by Peter Bjorn and John and “Music is Happiness” by The Octopus Project. Other great music used in 21 include:

  • Mad Pursuit bs Junkie XL
  • Everybody Get Dangerous by Weezer
  • L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever) by Mark Ronson


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