Posted in Vegas Films September 22nd, 2010

Live Vicariously through Vegas Movies

Stuck in a hopelessly mundane city somewhere in the continental U.S.? Do you wake up after an epic evening thinking “that was fun, but it would’ve been way better if we were in Vegas”? Are you counting down the days until you lose you can once again lose your inhibitions in Sin City? You’re not alone. While spending a weekend in Vegas ranks among the most enjoyable experiences still legally permissible (assuming laws are generally abided during your stay), killing time pre-trip or between trips can be agonizing. This list of Vegas inspired blockbusters will get you in the right mindset so you can hit the ground running or maybe take you back to a time in which your life was truly lived.

  1. Casino (1995) Robert De Niro stars in this Scorsese classic, taking audiences back to the old mafia-run Vegas, when Sin City was more of an accurate description than tactfully marketed epithet.
  2. The Hangover (2009) After decades of serving as an international party headquarters, finally a film is bold enough to explore the debauchery that has become the city’s main draw for a generation of 20-something males. After all, not all the action in Vegas is found on the casino floor. This instant classic comedy follows a bachelor party gone horribly wrong or horribly right, depending on your perspective.
  3. Ocean’s Eleven (1960 and/or 2001) Whether you prefer Pitt, Clooney and Company or the original Rat Pack, get lost in this elaborate casino heist scheme. Who knows, perhaps if you play your cards right you could walk away with a similar bank roll.
  4. Diamonds Are Forever (1971) No matter how much you are willing to spend or how refined your poker skills, no one does Vegas quite like James Bond, Connery-Bond to boot.
  5. Vegas Vacation (1997) It was only a matter of time before the Griswolds found their way to the City of Second Chances. This family adventure lays out the city’s sparkling appeal from every perspective from kids to parents to Wayne Newton, mixing in a healthy dose of laughs along the way.

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