For movie buffs and enthusiasts, Las Vegas is considered a gold mine when it comes to places in which you can learn about the most popular and top grossing films in the U.S. Also known as "Sin City," Las Vegas has everything a filmmaker needs to create an exciting and adventure-filled movie. Not to mention, it has all the right attributes to support a movie about violence, gambling, lust, money, and/or scandals, which can appeal to even the most macho moviegoer. Thus, the following article will discuss the four top grossing films shot in Las Vegas over the last two decades.
Directed by Martin Scorsese, who is one of the most influential film directors of all time, the film Casino was released in 1995. Considered one of the most highly anticipated gangster films of its time, Casino was not only shot in Las Vegas, but it was also loosely based on a true story about a bookmaker from this part of the U.S. The stars of this film included Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Sharon Stone. The most noteworthy elements of this film include the setting in which most of the film was made. Throughout the film, viewers get a sneak peak into how casinos really work in Las Vegas, but it also demonstrates the dangerous level of involvement of mobsters in the operation of these facilities.
Although the original "Ocean's Eleven" was released in 1960, the most recent version that was released in 2001 is arguably the best account of this story. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, this Hollywood blockbuster included an extensive cast of stars, such as George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Bernie Mac, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Don Cheadle, among many others. Although this film was a remake, the entire film was shot in Las Vegas. Thus, viewers can enjoy watching these outstanding actors in their roles, while seeing all parts of Las Vegas including inside its extravagant gambling facilities.
The original "Bugsy" film was released in the 1920's, but it was remade by Barry Levinson in 1991. This movie was entirely shot in Las Vegas as it attempted to follow the actual life of Bugsy Siegel by visiting the places in which he was known to frequent during his time as the leading gangster in the United States. Since Nevada was the only state in which gambling was legal during his time, it became the perfect setting for Bugsy to develop his illegal business and build his mob. Moreover, Bugsy was known for helping Las Vegas become the city of casinos; therefore, this film can be considered somewhat of a documentary about how Las Vegas got its start and supported the dreams of this influential gangster.
Filmed in 1999, the movie "Go" was entirely based on four friends who decide to visit Las Vegas for a weekend of partying and adventure. At the time of its release, many films that included Las Vegas were amount crime, mobsters, or violence. Thus, the film "Go" provided some comic relief for individuals who were looking to learn about Las Vegas in a light-hearted and comical way. In this film, you will find stars such as Taye Diggs, Breckin Meyer, and Desmond Askew. Throughout the film, viewers can learn about the different types of attractions that Las Vegas has to offer. For instance, the boys visit buffet restaurants, explore different hotels, and frequent some strip clubs as well. Thus, viewers get a well-rounded idea of what Las Vegas has to offer, and not much has changed since the time of this film's release. As a result, viewers can easily find themselves pursuing a similar adventure of their own if they so choose.