The money and the financial world have always been a great inspiration for many film-makers. Well-known finance movies embrace all possible genres: comedies, drama, catastrophes, mastership. In these films, you can see detailed psychological profiles of various financial specialists – company managers, directors, analysts, bankers, traders, and so on, sometimes with some exaggerated drawbacks and problems, in a not very flattering way. We watch such films and admire great stories of fantastic financial success and falls, taking risks, sometimes bordering on insane and desperation, and amazing stories of the greatest financial deals in history.
Of course, everyone can establish his own top 10 finance movies to view, admire, and learn, but FinanceWorld sets here our top 10 finance movies required watching. Some stories and characters in them can really help everyone working in the financial sphere to avoid some mistakes and to make the right conclusions.
- Rogue Trader (1999)
The film depicts real events and shows the story of Nick Leeson. He was a person to change the history of one of the most outstanding banks of England – the Barings Bank. He simply caused its downfall. It’s one of the most emotional finance movies, and everyone learns really much about the nuances of trading and the work of the banking industry from it. It’s the story of a person who desired to earn much and was afraid to lose what he already had, and how these desires and fears influence attitude to other people and life as a whole.
- Trading Places (1983)
A famous comedy with Eddie Murphy in the lead role. This is not only one of the best comedies of the 1980s, but one of the most remarkable finance movies as well. It tells about the rises and falls in the trade market and people working there. The movie was a real cinematographical and commercial success, and someone says in its base there were both real social experiment of two traders and famous Mark Twain’s novel (The Prince and the Pauper).
- Wall Street (1987)
This film doesn‘t need any recommendations and adverts. The movie legend was made by the remarkable Oliver Stone. The main character played by brilliant Academy awarder Michael Douglas is well known to all Wall Street’s inhabitants, and it has still been an inspiration for all the people who want to connect their lives with investing, stockbroking and banking.
- The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The movie directed by outstanding Martin Scorsese features the story up and down of Jordan Belfort, a well-known stock scammer. It is considered to be one of the best “black comedies”, although it is based on real, a bit dramatized events. The film will be enjoyed by everyone who dreams to become a millionaire and live a luxurious life with all the attendant consequences.
- Boiler Room (2000)
It was shown in 2000. In its focus – real-life of Seth Davis, presented here by Giovanni Ribisi. It reveals the dark side of the stockbroking, describes the pump and dump scheme in detail. It’s one of the most realistic finance movies because it was based on true interviews of many real stock brokers.
- Quants: the Alchemist of Wall Street. (2010)
It’s a documentary describing Quant, its role and functions, and influence in crushing Wall Street. It describes perfectly the features of math models in stockbroking.
- Inside Job (2010)
The movie shows the events that result in the global financial crisis of 2008. It is based on interviews with financial specialists who tell the truth of those events.
- Margin Call (2011)
It’s considered to be one of the most accurate finance movies of all. It depicts only 24 hours of Wall Street’s firm’s life before the financial disaster.
- The Trillion Dollar Bet (2000)
It is also a documentary featuring the rise and fall of hedge funds in the 1990s. It depicts the nuances of the functioning of the financial market and factors influencing it. It helps to learn more about stock markets, investing, and finances.
- The Big Short (2015)
One more remarkable film brilliantly describing the financial crisis of 2007-2008. It’s both tragedy and comedy, dealing with corrupting and problems facing big banks, government, and media.