Bugsy is always so tragic to us. I mean, Bugsy essentially founded Las Vegas and was killed by his mob friends because it was taking too long and cost too much money. But that factoid at the end of the movie about how much $ the mob has made off of Vegas, like we said -- tragic.
Another film that shows the darker side of Vegas! Martin Scorsese reunited with Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro for a different kind of gangster story and if Sharon Stone didn't just ruin it all for De Niro! From the beginning, like a "sure thing" bet, we just didn't trust her!
Sure, all of Rain Main doesn't take place in Las Vegas. But, the part that does is not only pure delight, but a turning point in the entire movie. That scene where they're coming down the escalator alone is perfection.
Again, the whole movie isn't set in Vegas, but the part that is truly anchors the movie. And that car chase scene down Las Vegas Boulevard with Magic Carpet Ride remixed by the Chemical Brothers is astounding.
If you're going to go to a city to drink yourself to death, isn't Las Vegas the perfect spot? But, when Nicolas Cage meets Elisabeth Shue, something changes and a classic movie coupling is born. Cage even won an Oscar for the role!