A round up of the best Vegas films
Vegas is the adult’s playground, which is why it’s no wonder that it is such a popular setting for some of our favorite films of all time. With its grand lights, its stunning casinos, its lurid history and all its glitz and glam, it makes for one compelling story — and that’s just the city itself.
Themed movie nights are always a great way to truly enjoy the genre, and the quintessential Vegas movie is, indeed, its own genre. With high stakes, beautiful women, and the chance to win (or risk) it all, here is our round up of the best Vegas films to watch during your next theme night.
Best Vegas Films
Vegas has some pretty great movies to call its own, and in fact has too many to count set within its illustrious borders. To really kickstart off any movie night, however, you are going to want to focus on these five classics:
1. The Hangover
If there is one movie that embodies “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, this would be the one. An absolute classic that its sequels could never properly live up to, this hilarious comedy is a great way to start off, or end, your night.
2. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
For the greatest trip known to man, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the perfect choice. Follow Johnny Depp as Raoul as he covers the mint 400 motorcycle race and takes every drug available along the way.
3. Ocean’s Eleven
Heist movies are fun, but only when they are done right. The characters, the pacing, and above all else, the setting matters, which is Ocean’s Eleven is, and always will be, one of the best Vegas movies of all time.
4. Vegas Vacation
For hilarity gone wrong, Vegas Vacation is the way to go. Following the other Vacation movies in the series, this hilarious edition follows the Griswold family as they take on Vegas, and things go wrong from there.
5. Show Girls
Vegas movies are typically fast-paced and imbued with hilarity, which is why Show Girls is essential to soften the pace of the others in this list. Show Girls follows its lead behind the glittering curtain as she works to become a professional dancer in the city of lights.
Make Your Vegas Themed Night Even Better
Hosting a movie themed night is a great way to directly compare movies and visions of Vegas in one sitting, but you can do so much more. It’s Vegas, baby! Dress up, pop the champagne, play some regular or bitcoin games to simulate your own casino experience.
There are so many ways that you can truly embody and bring Vegas right into your home while you have any of these great Vegas classics on the screen. Enjoy a night over Zoom, or a night with your friends — when Vegas is your theme, you cannot go wrong. Just remember to have all the movies downloaded, or better yet, see if they are available on a streaming service so if you are enjoying a movie night across cities or even countries, you can sync them up without a hitch.