When Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) states that “greed, for lack of a better word,” he sets the tone for the mindset of Wall Street shown in the movies. This 1987 film, directed by Oliver Stone, is still widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. You’ll be hard-pressed not to keep returning back for more once you’ve had a taste of the American business world. Here are a dozen films to which you can devote some time.
IPO investment banker Anna Gunn (from Breaking Bad on TV) is being probed by her own company for possible insider trading in the film. Despite the fact that the film isn’t as showy as other financial thrillers, Gunn’s portrayal is one of the film’s strongest points. It’s well worth the time and effort.
American Psycho (2000)
It’s nice to watch a Christain Bale in his prime before becoming Batman. Are his coworkers too enmeshed in their investments to recognize Bale for who he really is?” Bale portrays a serial killer who gets away with murder after murder in this film. Violence and comedy are as disgusting as they can be in this film. We’ll start our collection of flicks about corporate America’s shadowy underbelly with this slasher.
The Big Short (2015)
Jesus Bale is at it again. An Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay went to this movie. After shooting for only $50 million, the picture ended up grossing $133 million worldwide. Brad Pitt, a member of the film’s ensemble cast, also serves as the film’s producer. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine is based on Michael Lewis’ book about the US housing bubble, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine In 2008, the bubble bursts and a number of folks make it big.
Margin Call (2011)
It’s a movie about greed and power that’s similar to many others on our list. Chandor made his directorial debut with this picture, which takes place over the course of 24 hours in an investment firm on Wall Street. Jeremy Irons, Paul Bettany, and Kevin Spacey round out the ensemble group. It was recognized as one of the greatest Wall Street movies ever filmed when it was released.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Despite the fact that it was widely panned for glorifying Wall Street’s shady dealings, The Wolf of Wall Street grossed $392 million worldwide, making it Martin Scorsese’s highest-grossing film to date. Leonardo Di Caprio and Martin Scorsese collaborated on this picture as well. In this dark comedy, the humor is fast-paced and the quips fly thick and quick. The primary characters, notably Jonah Hill’s Donnie Azoff, take drugs, making the film as gloomy as they come. Jordan Belfort’s autobiography serves as the basis for the film.
Wall Street (1987)
For many years, Wall Street has been considered the most captivating stock market film ever created, which is why we opened this post with it. As a young and aspiring trader (Charlie Sheen) becomes embroiled in the world of a powerful and vicious broker (Michael Douglas), the film explores questions of morality, greed, and the value of money.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Chris Gardner (Will Smith), a homeless man who went on to build a multi-million dollar brokerage firm, is the inspiration for the film. Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, the 8-year-old son of Will Smith, plays Christopher Gardner Jr., Will’s son. In the end, Gardner is able to land a desired full-time position at the brokerage business where he worked as an intern, despite his dire circumstances.
Trading Places (1983)
Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd feature in this pre-financial crisis screwball comedy, which was released before the financial catastrophe. Throughout the 1980s, Murphy was a major celebrity and a surefire box office draw. For the sake of the story’s outcome, the Duke brothers, owners of a commodities brokerage firm, exchange the lives of two men.
Boiler Room (2000)
Based on the true story of a stock brokerage firm that uses its brokers to fraudulently inflate the value of dormant or fictional companies, the film stars Giovanni Ribisi, Ben Affleck, and Vin Diesel. When Seth Davis (Ribisi) leaves his company, the tale revolves around how he manages to stay out of trouble.
For the most part, this film focuses more on medicines than the stock market. Nevertheless, Bradley Cooper’s performance and the film’s idea make this film nearly impossible to miss. When Edward Morra started using the medicine, he was able to join a brokerage firm, where he performed extraordinarily well. Carl Van Loon, a financier played by Robert DeNiro, seeks counsel from Eddie. Eddie is shown to have the potential to be the next President as the movie nears its conclusion.
Company Men (2010)
Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, and Kevin Costner star in the film, which tells the narrative of a fictional transportation company called Global Transportation Systems. Bobby Walker (Affleck) is laid off as the company’s fortunes change, forcing him to sell his house and go to his parents’ residence. The rest of the story revolves around the men’s success or failure.
Inside Job (2010)
This Oscar-winning film, narrated by Matt Damon, chronicles the 2008 financial crisis in the United States. With no mention of Moore, it was dubbed “a Michael Moore movie.” In this film, directed by Charles Ferguson, Ferguson presents a powerful argument against dishonest financial practices from the pulpit.