This list of 10 fantastic movies about money includes everything from Wall Street to The Big Short.
The universe revolves on money. Because of this, it’s an ideal subject for fantastic films. Throughout its history, the entertainment industry has been fascinated by stories about money: how it works, what it can buy, how it alters people, and what it causes them to do.
If you’ve ever wondered how the stock market works or how people use it to their benefit or even how they use it to take advantage of the audience watching, financial movies are a great place to start. Here are eleven films in which money plays a role, either positively or negatively.
1. Wall Street
The film Wall Street, starring Michael Douglas as a corporate raider and Charlie Sheen as a junior stockbroker, is one of the most significant financial films ever made. It was directed by Oliver Stone, who won the Best Picture Oscar for his previous film, Platoon.
Wall Street and Gordon Gekko, created to reflect Reagan-era economics, have become cultural icons and symbols of corporate ideology. The phrase “Greed is good” has become synonymous with the evils of financial institutions, as well as one of cinema’s most recognizable lines of dialogue. Douglas was awarded the Best Actor Oscar for his depiction as the famous role.
2. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Oliver Stone returned to the realm of banking 23 years after the publication of Wall Street with the sequel. With a backdrop of the real-life 2008 financial crisis, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps provides a relatable backdrop and foreboding context for the fictional film.
Gordon Gekko returns to the big screen as Michael Douglas returns to the role of Gekko, who has been freed from prison and wants to get back into the financial business and reconnect with his daughter, Winnie (Carey Mulligan). It got mixed reviews upon release, but many critics proclaimed Wall Street 2 to be one of the best Oliver Stone films in recent memory and a worthy sequel if not better than the original.
3. Other People’s Money
An adaptation of the popular play of the same name by acclaimed filmmaker Norman Jewison stars Danny DeVito, Gregory Peck and Penelope Ann Miller. Larry “The Liquidator” Garfield (DeVito) is a corporate raider who buys and sells undervalued businesses.
As a result, Larry’s boss employs his stepdaughter to defend the company. As a result, Larry falls in love with her and is forced to choose between her and his money. The film was critically panned upon its initial release, and it turned out to be Gregory Peck’s final appearance on stage.
4. The Wolf Of Wall Street
As depicted in The Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort founded a company that sold fraudulent stocks to unwary investors by claiming that they were profitable. As a result, the company would bank millions of dollars, while the investor would walk away with nothing. In one of Martin Scorsese’s best films, Leonardo DiCaprio portrays financier Jordan Belfort.
This 3-hour picture also has Jonah Hill, a brief but unforgettable performance from Matthew McConaughey, and a star-making performance from Margot Robbie, Wolf. Despite being nominated for five Oscars, the film was unable to win any of them.
5. Money Monster
Director Jodie Foster stars as a TV personality Lee Gates (George Clooney) who broadcasts a financial advising show on the air. When a shooter shows up on the live program and takes it hostage because he lost money because of terrible advise Gates gave on his show, the show goes into turmoil.
For a time, some thought the movie was based on an incident involving Mad Money anchor Jim Cramer, who was famously chastised for delivering terrible financial advice that cost individuals money. Money Monster, which also features Julia Roberts, garnered a mixed reception from reviewers but did well at the box office.
6. Boiler Room
Giovanni Ribisi stars as a college dropout who is hired by a brokerage firm that specializes in convincing people to invest in firms that don’t exist. Following the discovery of this, the FBI pulls him in to help them bring down the company for scamming individuals out of millions.
Ribisi, Vin Diesel, and Ben Affleck starred in Boiler Room, which was well reviewed by critics at the time. An important aspect of Wolf Of Wall Street is that it is based on actual events. Unlike Wolf, Boiler Room focuses more on the employees and the interpersonal drama that accompanies their unscrupulous business dealings.
7. The Wizard Of Lies
As the man who built his company into history’s largest financial pyramid scam, Robert DeNiro provides a dominating performance based on the life of infamous Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff. It focuses on how his deceitful activities devastated his family’s lives, leading to Madoff’s imprisonment and the suicide of his son.
DeNiro and Michele Pfeiffer were both hailed for their performances in the film, which was directed by Barry Levinson and starred Michele Pfeiffer as Ruth Madoff.
8. Margin Call
During the financial crisis of 2007-2008, Margin Call takes place mainly on the 24th floor of One Penn Plaza in New York City. As depicted in the film, a financial institution that includes Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers is the focus of the story Actor Zachary Quinto plays an analyst who uncovers that the company is in danger of going bankrupt owing to market volatility in mortgage-backed securities. The employees rush to do damage control.
All-star actors including Zachary Quinto (who also produced the picture) and Demi Moore, together with Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Irons, starred in the production. Margin Call was hailed by critics as the best Wall Street film ever made for its masterful transformation of the crisis into a taut, tight, and engrossing suspense thriller. A nomination for Best Original Screenplay went to Margin Call in the end.
With Anna Gunn as an investment banker attempting to sell shares of her company’s stock, even though the social networking site is vulnerable to hacking, Equity takes an unexpected turn when her insider trader boyfriend releases information about the company’s flaws.
At the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Equity was hailed by reviewers and spectators for its portrayal of women working in the financial sector. After movies like raucousWolf Of Wall Street, which generally depict the banking industry as a “boys club,” a perspective that hadn’t yet been shown on-screen previously.
10. The Big Short
“The Big Short” follows two guys who predicted the 2007-2008 financial crisis based on a best-selling book, which is based on the film. It features Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, and Steve Carell in a picture that is at times heartbreaking and at other times hysterical.
For example, in scenes where actors like Margot Robbie and Anthony Bourdain appear as themselves to explain complex financial information to the audience, filmmaker Adam McKay injects his typical humor into the generally dry and dense topic. Vice, his upcoming movie about former Vice President Dick Cheney, will have the same kind of witty and out-of-the-box storytelling tactics. When it was all said and done, The Big Short was a huge success, garnering five Oscar nominations in addition to McKay’s Best Adapted Screenplay triumph and praise from the critics.