If a visit to Las Vegas is in your future, you might be feeling a little restless and impatient to get the fun started. Kill some time before your trip and build up the Vegas excitement by revisiting a few of these classic films set in the entertainment capital of the world. We have put together a list of six of our favorite Las Vegas movies to rev up the excitement for your upcoming trip.
1. Vegas Vacation
In the fourth installment of the hilariously popular National Lampoon’s Vacation series, Clark Griswold and his family take a whirlwind vacation to Las Vegas. From mishaps at the Hoover Dam, to financial ups and downs at the casinos, Vegas Vacation puts a riotous twist on some classic Vegas activities.
21 tells the story of math whiz Ben Campbell, who needs to find a way to pay for Harvard Medical School. To raise the needed tuition money, Ben joins a team of fellow MIT students as they spend their weekends counting cards at the blackjack tables in Vegas.
3. Miss Congeniality 2
When two friends from her pageant days are kidnapped in Las Vegas, Agent Gracie Hart risks losing her standing as the public “face” of the FBI in order to get them back. Along with a reluctant bodyguard named Sam, Gracie embarks on a wild goose chase through the city that concludes on the famous ship outside Treasure Island.
4. Last Vegas
Four childhood friends reconnect in Las Vegas to celebrate the upcoming marriage of Billy, played by Michael Douglas, to a much younger woman. From nightclubs to blackjack tables, the four men have a wild Vegas weekend while dealing with personal issues of friendship and romance.
5. Viva Las Vegas
This classic film stars Elvis Presley as a hopeful race car driver out to win the Las Vegas Grand Prix. First, he will need to replace his car’s engine, but the plot thickens when he is pushed into a pool by a beautiful hotel swimming instructor and loses his money.
6. Ocean’s Eleven
Danny Ocean recruits a band of criminal masterminds for a spectacular Las Vegas heist. The group acts out their elaborate plan to rob three Vegas casinos—the Bellagio, the Mirage, and the MGM Grand—simultaneously.
Take some time away from your packing to enjoy some of these classic films. They are sure to leave you more excited than ever for your own Las Vegas adventure.