Top ten movies filmed in Las Vegas
The love affair between the big screen and Sin City is one that has endured for decades. Since the 1950s, there have been no fewer than 70 mainstream cinema releases set against the backdrop of Vegas. Without further ado, let’s take a look at ten of the best:
1. Diamonds Are Forever
Arguably one of the most famous in the Bond franchise, this Sean Connery-led spy epic focuses on 007 as he sets out to bring to justice a bunch of thieves intent on smuggling large shipments of ill-gotten South African diamonds. Much of the action takes place in the famous Circus Circus venue.
2. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Based on the drug-hazed Hunter S. Thompson novel of the same name, Fear and Loathing stars Johnny Depp and is brought to life by Terry Gilliam’s ground-breaking directorship.
3. The Hangover
It simply wouldn’t be a Vegas movie run-down without a mention of this modern classic, which sees a groom-to-be and his “wolf pack” seeking out fun, sun and adventure in and around the city. A cast of Hollywood’s funniest leading men and cameos from some of the biggest names in the world, including Mike Tyson, help to make The Hangover an unforgettable comedy romp.
Swingers is a comedic tale of a man who is taken to Sin City by his friend to help him get over a painful break-up, and is undoubtedly one of the funniest American comedies of the 90s.
5. Honeymoon in Vegas
This 1992 romantic comedy features an all-star cast including Nicholas Cage, Sarah Jessica Parker and James Caan. Jack Singer, played by Cage, proposes to Betsy (SJP) and the two then elope to Vegas from NYC, where Jack gambles at Bally’s casino and ultimately loses $65,000 to pro-baller Tommy Korman (Caan). In order to settle the bet, Jack must use his new wife as collateral, but love prevails in the end (in true Hollywood style).
Showgirls: you either love it or you hate it. It’s a story chock-full of sex, drugs and nudity – and what better place to set it than Vegas?
This gritty tale is actually based on the real lives of two controversial Las Vegas gangsters: Frank Rosenthal and Antony Spilotro. Casino (directed by master of the genre Martin Scorsese) features some graphically violent scenes, including one where a gambler who refuses to take his feet down from the table gets his comeuppance. The good news is if you fancy a slice of the Vegas life but want to be able to put your feet up, you can always play at online casinos such as Vernons without fear of repercussions.
8. Viva Las Vegas
By the time Elvis settled in Vegas he was a bloated caricature of himself, and Viva Las Vegas captures the excesses of the city wonderfully.
9. Leaving Las Vegas
Another Nicholas Cage classic set in the entertainment capital of the world – only this time it’s not all fun and games. Leaving Las Vegas is a heart-wrenching movie that deals with the difficult topic of alcoholism in as human a way as possible.
Although only partly shot in Vegas, Bugsy focuses on the story of the Flamingo Hotel, a Vegas mainstay.