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Five Iconic Las Vegas Movies

A fistful of movies set in the casino capital.

With its bright lights, casinos and star attractions, Las Vegas long attracted filmmakers who want to add a glamorous backdrop to movies in a variety of genres. With most of the world currently on lockdown you probably won't be visiting Vegas any time soon, but you can always get a taste by visiting judi bola or watching these five movies set around the lights of the strip...

Viva Las Vegas
Elvis Presley is synonymous with Vegas thanks to his residency at the Las Vegas Hilton, where he performed a stunning total of 636 shows between 1969 and 1976. But Elvis had earlier helped to establish the image of the city with his 1964 musical Viva Las Vegas. One of the most popular of the many movies the king of rock 'n roll starred in, the film sees him play a race car driver who finds himself taking a job at a hotel in order to raise the money to pay for repairs to his car. Along the way he falls for Ann Margaret and belts out the memorable title song.

Ocean's 11
Along with Elvis, another group of entertainers we associate with Vegas is "The Rat Pack", which consisted of a core group of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. All five feature in the cast of the 1960 caper Ocean's 11. Led by Sinatra's Danny Ocean, a team of criminals with a variety of skills combine to pull off a daring robbery of not one, but five of the city's biggest casinos - the Sahara, the Riviera, the Desert Inn, the Sands and the Flamingo. The movie famously inspired a 2001 remake which thus far has produced three sequels.

Leaving Las Vegas
Nicolas Cage has become something of a joke in recent times but back in the '90s he was considered one of the genuinely finest actors of his generation. His greatest performance arguably came in director Mike Figgis's Leaving Las Vegas, in which Cage plays a suicidal screenwriter who travels to Vegas with a plan to drink himself to death. Things become complicated when he falls for a prostitute played by Elisabeth Shue. Cage's performance was widely acclaimed, scooping both the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Actor in 1996.

Not so acclaimed was director Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls, another Vegas set movie that arrived the same year as Leaving Las Vegas, but to a much different reception. Critics panned the story of Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkeley), a young woman who arrives in Vegas hoping to become the star of the hottest revue in town, and thanks to its nudity, the film was banned in several countries. In the decades since, Showgirls has developed a cult following, becoming one of the most famous - or perhaps infamous - of all Vegas set movies.

Even a filmmaker of the stature of Martin Scorsese couldn't resist the bright lights of the strip. Reuniting with his Goodfellas stars Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, and screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi, Scorsese's Casino is inspired by the real life exploits of Frank Rosenthal, a mobster who secretly ran four Vegas casinos for the Chicago mob. Along with De Niro and Pesci, the film features a standout performance from Sharon Stone as the former's troublesome wife. The movie boasts the final ever title sequence created by Saul Bass, famous for his memorable titles for Hitchcock movies among others.