1. MARGIN CALL (2011)
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During the first 36 hours of the financial crisis of 2007/2008, a large investment bank is under siege. Banks holding worthless mortgage-backed securities will soon collapse the bank, causing all traders to deliberately sell worthless investments to clients, a junior analyst discovered. The situation is uncannily reminiscent to Goldman Sachs’ debacle in 2007.
2. INSIDE JOB (2010)
The documentary begins in the early 2000s and follows the global financial crisis all the way through to the 2007/2008 meltdown. It’s a well-researched film, narrated by Matt Damon, that makes you upset about the financial system’s greed and corruption.
3. THE BIG SHORT (2015)
Comedic and dramatic film about three groups of people who predicted the 2008 financial crisis before it happened, largely based on a true tale.
They bet against the market, expecting a catastrophic financial system collapse in the second quarter of 2007, and made huge profits.
4. THE WIZARD OF LIES (2017)
De Niro portrays Bernad Madoff in the story of his $65 billion Ponzi scheme coming to an end in the midst of the financial crisis that erupted in 2008.
5. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013)
The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the life of Jordan Belfort, a charismatic and unscrupulous stockbroker who was sentenced to prison for securities fraud in the movie. In spite of being the most “f*cks” in any movie, some people (especially males) find it tedious and tedious, while others (mostly men) find it hilarious and completely delightful.
6. BOILER ROOM (2000)
A 19-year-old college dropout makes it big in the stock market as a boiler room broker (a company that sells worthless investments through high pressure sales calls). Shows every unfavorable stockbroker cliché and has superb sales moments (akin to those in “Wolf on Wall Street”). If you’re a younger and more aggressive investor, this is Wall Street for you!
7. WALL STREET (1987)
Aspiring stockbroker gets entangled with billionaire corporate raider. The film examines the tension between greed and ethics in the financial sector in a mature way. It’s a must-see classic, even if it isn’t as fast-paced as Boiler Room.
8. ROGUE TRADER (1999)
Nick Leeson, a 28-year-old Singaporean derivatives trader, was responsible for bringing Barings Bank to its knees through a combination of high-risk trading, lies, and deceit. Nick was sentenced to prison after he caused a $800 million loss to one of the world’s oldest merchant banks. Any anybody with even a basic understanding of futures and derivatives will find this book fascinating.
9. MILLION DOLLAR TRADERS (2009)
TV show that follows 12 people who want to become fund managers but have no prior expertise in the stock market. It was the purpose of the study to investigate if novice traders could be trained to outperform the market and expert investors. Fund manager Lex Van Dam provides the competitors £1m to trade during the financial crisis of 2007-09. The emotional roller coaster that the contestants must face is filmed for everyone’s viewing pleasure. What a wonderful and enthralling presentation.
10. THE BANK (2001)
An Australian television series about a mathematician who develops a formula for predicting stock market moves. It has a surprising ending, despite the fact that it moves slowly at points. A lot of automated traders will get a kick out of it.