Are you planning a movie night? If so, here are the best 10 movies about the stock market that I would recommend based on your personal preferences.
Boiler Room is a 2000 American crime drama film directed by Ben Younger and starring Giovanni Ribisi, Nicky Katt, and Vin Diesel.
It is based on the best-selling autobiographical book of the same name by Jordan Belfort. The story follows a young stockbroker who becomes involved in an illegal brokerage firm that specializes in penny stocks.
The movie depicts the life of a young stockbroker in New York City lured into working for a group of pump-and-dump schemers.
Trading Places is a beloved comedy that follows two men as they switch places. Dan Aykroyd plays Louis Winthorpe III, a wealthy commodities broker who has everything he could possibly want in life but loses it all when he is framed for insider trading. Eddie Murphy plays Billy Ray Valentine, a street hustler who becomes the laughingstock of Wall Street after trying to buy oranges at their peak price and losing $1 million on the deal. The two characters are completely different from each other; however, they meet up by chance and end up becoming friends after agreeing to swap lives for one month—and it’s hilarious!
Wall Street is a 1987 film starring Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas. It tells the story of Bud Fox, an ambitious young stockbroker who has his eyes on making it big in the financial industry. His mentor Gordon Gekko (played by Michael Douglas) serves as both a role model and cautionary tale for Bud—and viewers—to see how far you can go if you’re willing to do whatever it takes to get ahead. The film is notable for laying out the moral dilemmas facing Wall Street brokers in real life: the endless quest for money can lead them to betray their own values or even those closest to them, but there are consequences that come with these decisions as well. A sequel was released in 2010 titled Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; following 2008’s financial crisis, its predecessor was re-released in theaters in 2011 so that audiences could reflect on where they thought things went wrong after watching this classic tale unfold onscreen once again
The Big Short
The Big Short is a movie based on the 2008 financial crisis. In this film, a group of people bet against the housing market and make a lot of money when the housing market crashes. The movie stars Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale.
The China Hustle
The China Hustle is about a Chinese company with a Chinese CEO—and the film is based on true events.
After an American hedge fund manager in Hong Kong finds out that the CEO of this company is a fraud, he decides to expose him.
The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, Kyle Chandler, and Matthew McConaughey. It is based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir of the same name. The screenplay was written by Terence Winter, and adapted from an unpublished manuscript written by Belfort himself.
It’s not only my all-time favorite movie but also regarded as one of the best movies about Wall Street. If you are lucky (and reside in the right region) you can watch Wolf of Wall Street on Netflix.
Inside Job is a 2010 documentary about the 2008 financial crisis. It won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2011.
The film’s director, Charles Ferguson, interviewed many people involved in the crisis—including economists and politicians—to see how it all happened.
Narrated by Matt Damon, Inside Job describes how the crisis was caused by a combination of greed and corruption on Wall Street as well as by lax government oversight of financial companies.
Too Big To Fail
The film is based on the book of the same name by Andrew Ross Sorkin and tells the story of how a handful of people were involved in the financial crisis. It’s a very interesting movie with great performances by William Hurt, Paul Giamatti, and Billy Crudup. The film makes complex events easy to understand thanks to its excellent storytelling and well-written script (also written by Sorkin).
Margin Call is a fictionalized story about the 2008 financial crisis, but it’s also an exciting thriller set in the offices of a Wall Street investment firm. This movie was filmed over the course of 19 days and won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.
The movie stars Jeremy Irons as Sam Rogers, the CEO of an unnamed major investment firm on Wall Street who has to deal with the sudden disappearance of $3 million in customer money due to risky trades gone bad. His staff is scrambling to figure out how much damage has been done so they can save themselves from a complete meltdown when their clients find out what’s happened—and there may be more than one person involved in stealing from them.
Barbarians at the Gate
In the early 80s, a group of investors led by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) attempted to buy out RJR Nabisco. The deal was worth $25 billion at the time and was the biggest leveraged buyout in history.
The movie Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco is based on a book by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar about this story. It was released in 1993 and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie as well as Golden Globe Awards for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television and Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television (Jeffrey Tambor).
This was my list of movies about the stock market
These films showcase the highs and lows of the stock market.
There are a lot of lessons to be learned from these films. They are entertaining and informative, making them good for a variety of people, including students, investors, and anyone who is interested in the stock market. Most of these stock market movies can be found on Netflix or Amazon Prime.