Bookie Movies
Movies with gambling themes or scenes related to horse racing, racetracks, bookmaking, or sports betting.
In some cases, the related scenes are brief, but of sufficient value to list the movie.


photo of racetrack bookie

movie scene with Roscoe Arbuckle as racetrack bookie, 1920s
--possibly THE SPEED KINGS (1913) or OH DOCTOR! (1917)--

photo of racetrack bookie

movie scene with Three Stooges as racetrack touts
--possibly PLAYING THE PONIES (1937) or EVEN AS IOU (1942)--

Date Title Comments
1984 AGAINST ALL ODDS 128min., starring Jeff Bridges, Rachel Ward and Alex Karras; Director: Taylor Hackford.
1949 ANY NUMBER CAN PLAY 112min., starring Clark Gable, Wendell Corey, Mary Astor and Alexis Smith; Director: Mervyn LeRoy. Gable as casino and race book owner.
1981 ATLANTIC CITY 105min., starring Burt Lancaster and Susann Sarandon. Screenplay by John Guare. Directed by Louis Malle.
1953 BELLES OF ST. TRINIAN'S 86min., starring Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell and George Cole; Comedy by Producer/director/writer team of Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliatt.
1960 BELLS ARE RINGING 126min., starring Judy Holiday, Dean Martin, Eddie Foy Jr. [as bookie]; Musical directed by Vincente Minnelli.
2002 BIG SHOT -- CONFESSIONS OF A CAMPUS BOOKIE 83min., comedy based on true incident in 1994; starring Nicholas Turturro; director: Ernest R. Dickerson; 20TH Century Fox production: movie made-for-cable.
1952 BLOODHOUNDS OF BROADWAY 90min., starring Scott Brady as a bookie on the run from a government committee and Mitzi Gaynor as an aspiring Broadway performer..
2003 BOOKIES 93min., Cast: Nick Stahl, Johnny Galecki, Lukas Haas, and Rachel Leigh Cook. Director: Mark Illsley. College kids become part-time bookies and attract attention of the Mob..
1950 CRY DANGER 80min., starring Dick Powell, Rhonda Fleming, William Conrad, Richard Erdman, and Jean Porter. Directed by Robert Parrish..
1950 THE DAMNED DON'T CRY! 103min., starring Joan Crawford, David Brian, and Steve Cochran. Director: Vincent Sherman. Short scene of a very swanky wire room..
1950 DARK CITY 88min., starring Charleton Heston, Elizabeth Scott, & Jack Webb.
1939 THE DAY THE BOOKIES WEPT 50min., Runyonesque comedy starring Betty Grable, Joe Penner, Hal Erickson, and William Newell as Maxie T. Bookmaker, Director Leslie Goodwins.
1978 DEAD EASY 90min., starring Rosemary Paul and Scott Burgess; Director: Bert Diling.
2000 DINNER RUSH 99min., starring Danny Aiello, Edoardo Ballerini, Kirk Acevedo, Vivian Wu, Mike McGlone, Summer Phoenix, John Corbett, and Sandra Bernhard. Director: Bob Giraldi. New York restaurant owner and bookie Louis Cropa lost a friend to a mob hit and his chef's gambling has caused problems with the Mob..
1996 DOGS: THE RISE AND FALL OF AN ALL-GIRL BOOKIE JOINT 90min., starring Pam Columbus, Melody Beal, Pam Gray; Director: Eve Annenberg.
1960s DRAGNET 14202 [TV show] 30min. [each episode]; five episodes: THE BOOKIE, THE BIG AMATEUR, BURGLARY - COURTROOM , NARCO - MISSING HYPE; starring Jack Webb; Columbia House VHS.
1949 DUKE OF CHICAGO ??min., starring Tom Brown, Audrey Long, and Grant Withers; bookies try to get a boxer to take a dive..
1988 EIGHT MEN OUT 119min., story of the 1919 Chicago White Sox scandel; starring John Cusack, Clifton James, Michael Lerner, Charlie Sheen; Director: John Sayles.
1985 FEVER PITCH 95min., starring Ryan O'Neal and Catherine Hicks; Director: Richard Brooks.
1937 THE FRAME UP 95min., starring Paul Kelly, Jacqueline Wells, Edward Earle, Paul Kelly, John Tyrrell, and Robert Emmett O'Connor; (A Columbia Pictures film) Director: Richard Brooks.
1933 FROM HELL TO HEAVEN 66min., starring Carole Lombard, David Manners, Jack Oakie, Adrienne Ames and Sidney Blackmer.
1974 THE GAMBLER 111min., starring James Caan, Lauren Hutton, Paul Sorvino, Lauren Hutton and Burt Young; Director: Karel Reisz.
1950 GAMBLING HOUSE 80min., starring Victor Mature, Terry More, & William Bendix.
1942 A GENTLEMAN AT HEART 66min., starring Cesar Romero, Milton Berle, & Carole Landis.
1962 GOING MY WAY 60min., Episode: "Mr. Second Chance". One hour T.V. series based on the classic 1944 film. Starring Gene Kelly as Father O'Malley, Leo G. Carroll as Father Fitzgibbon and Dick York as Tom Colwell. Guest star: Dan Duryea.
1945 HERE COME THE CO-EDS 90min., starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr..
1998 HI LIFE 82min., starring Eric Stoltz, Moira Kelly, Campbell Scott, Karen Cartlidge, and Daryl Hannah; Director: Roger Hedden.
1935 HOT TIP 70min., starring James Gleason, Russell Gleason and ZaSu Pitts; RKO.
1937 IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU 64min., based on a short story by Nathanael West, starring Alan Baxter, Andrea Leeds, Owen Davis, Jr., Astrid Allwyn, Walter Kingsford, Al Shean, Christian Rub, Elsa Janssen.
1976 THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE 110min., starring.Ben Gazzara and Seymour Cassel; Director: John Cassavetes.
1948 KING OF THE GAMBLERS 110min., Republic Pictures, starring.Janet Martin, William Wright and Thurston Hall; Director: George Blain [sports fixing theme.
1961 KING OF THE ROARING TWENTIES--THE STORY OF ARNOLD ROTHSTEIN 109min., starring David Janssen, Dianne Foster, Jack Carson, Diana Dors, Dan O'Herlihy, Mickey Shaughnessy, Keenan Wynn, William Demarest, Joseph Schildkraut and Mickey Rooney; Director: Joseph Newman; . Based on the book "The Big Bankroll" by Leo Katcher..
1939 KING OF THE TURF 88min., starring Adolphe Menjou, Roger Daniel, and Dolores Costello. Edward Small Productions..
1939 THE LADY'S FROM KENTUCKY ??min., starring George Raft as a former bookie and Ellen Drew as a horse owner.
1997 THE LAST BET (aka: LESSER PROFITS) 88min., starring John Turturro, Scott Glenn, Elizabeth Perkins, Jimmy Smits, and Amy Brenneman. Director: William Devizia. Small-time, New York bookies on the run from a cop out to get them..
1934 THE LEMON DROP KID 71min., starring Lee Tracy, Helen Mack and William Frawley; Director: Marshall Neilan.
1951 THE LEMON DROP KID 91min., starring Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan; Director: Sidney Lanfield.
1941 LOVE ON THE DOLE 99min., starring Deborah Kerr, Clifford Evans and Joyce Howard; Director: John Taylor (based on novel by Walter Greenwood).
1990 MILLER'S CROSSING 115min., starring Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, and Jon Polito; Directed by Joel Coen.
1949 MISS GRANT TAKES RICHMOND 87min., starring Lucille Ball and William Holden; Director: Lloyd Bacon.
1998 MONEY KINGS (Also known as VIG) 96min., starring Timothy Hutton Peter Falk; Director: Graham Theakston.
1979 NORTH AVENUE IRREGULARS 100min., starring Edward Herrmann, Barbara Harris, Susan Clark, Karen Valentine, Cloris Leachman, Patsy Kelly, Michael Constantine, Douglas V. Fowley, Virginia Capers, Steve Franken and Dena Dietrich; Director: Bruce Bilson.
1984 PHAR LAP 107min., starring Tom Burlinson; Director: Simon Wincer.
1997 PHOENIX 108min., starring Ray Liotta, Anthony LaPaglia, Daniel Baldwin, Jeremy Piven, Anjelica Huston, Tom Noonan (as a bookie); Director: Danny Cannon.
1989 PLOT AGAINST HARRY 80min., starring Martin Priest (shot in 1969); Director: Michael Roemer.
1948 RACE STREET 79min., starring George Raft (as a San Francisco bookie & club owner), Marilyn Maxwell, Harry Morgan and William Bendix; Director: Anthony Mann.
1947 RAILROADED 75min., starring John Ireland, Sheila Ryan, and Hugh Beaumont; Director: Anthony Mann.
1998 THE RUNNER 97min., starring Ron Eldard, Courteney Cox, John Goodman, and Bokeem Woodbine; Director: Ron Moler.
1945 SALTY O'ROURKE 92min., starring Alan Ladd, Gail Russell, William Demarest, Bruce Cabot, Spring Byington; Director: Raoul Walsh .
1937 SARATOGA 92min., starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Lionel Barrymore; Director: Jack Conway.
1949 SCENE OF THE CRIME 94min., Starring Van Johnson, Gloria DeHaven, Arlene Dahl, and Tom Drake.
1950 711 OCEAN DRIVE 102min., starring Edmond O'Brien (as a telephone tech who helps the bookie joints), Dorothy Patrick, Joanne Dru, and Otto Kruger; Director: Joseph Newman.
1977 SKATEBOARD THE MOVIE 97min., starring Leif Garrett, Chad McQueen, Allen Garfield and Tony Alva; Director: George Gage.
1949 SORROWFUL JONES 88min., starring Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, William Demerest; Director: Sidney Lanfield.
1973 THE STING 129min., starring Paul Newman Robert Redford Charles Durning Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan, Sally Kirkland and Robert Shaw; Director: George Roy Hill.
1951 THE STRIP 85min., starring Mickey Rooney (as an aspiring jazz drummer), James Craig (as a Rooney's bookie), Sally Forrest, and William Demarest; Director: Leslie Kardos. Includes jazz performances by Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden and Earl "Fatha" Hines.
1951 TWO DOLLAR BETTOR 70min., starring Steve Brodie, Marie Windsor, John Litel, Barbara Logan, and Barbara Billingsley; Director: Edward L Cahn.
2005 TWO FOR THE MONEY 122min., starring Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo, Armand Assante, Jeremy Piven, Al Pacino; Director: D.J. Caruso. Sports betting theme..
1998 VIG (Also known as MONEY KINGS) 96min., starring Timothy Hutton Peter Falk; Director: Graham Theakston.
1962 WHO'S GOT THE ACTION? 93min., starring Dean Martin and Lana Turner; Director: Daniel Mann.
1972 WIN, PLACE OR STEAL 88min., starring Dean Stockwell, Russ Tamblyn, Alex Karras, and McLean Stevenson; Director: Richard Bailey.
1956 WIRETAPPER 80min., starring Bill Williams and Georgia Lee.
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