Whether you are a professional investor or trader, a beginner in the field of finance, or a student of the subject, learning must be your primary goal. Watching money-related movies or documentaries can be a fun way to learn more about the subject. These films convey profound insights into the working mechanism and psychology of the market, how excessive risk leads to eventual collapse, how markets are manipulated, and how average investors are duped into a scam.
We’ve compiled a list of the top seven movies about finance and the stock market. You are free to enjoy them.
Seven Best Stock Market/ Finance Related Movies You should watch
1. Wall Street (1987)
Bud Fox is an ambitious stockbroker on Wall Street in the 1980s who will do anything to get to the top. Fox, admiring the unflinching corporate raider Gordon Gekko’s power, persuades Gekko to mentor him by offering insider trading. Fox’s decisions endanger his scrupulous father’s livelihood as he becomes embroiled in greed and shady schemes. Faced with this quandary, Fox questions his allegiances.
2. Boiler Room (2000)
If you are an early investor, you should not miss this work of fiction because it will familiarize you with stock market pump and dump schemes. Pump and dump schemes are devastating for victims because they result in significant losses on their investment. As a result, Boiler Room advises early investors to stick to fundamentally sound companies when investing and to live by the adage, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
3. Inside Job (2010)
‘Inside Job’ is a comprehensive examination of the 2008 global financial crisis, which cost more than $20 trillion, cost millions of people their jobs and homes, caused the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. The film traces the rise of a rogue industry that has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia through extensive research and interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics. It was shot in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China.
4. Margin Call (2011)
A well-known financial institution is downsizing, and one of the casualties is the risk management division head, who was working on a major analysis at the time he was let go. His protégé finishes the study late at night and then frantically calls his colleagues in to inform them of the company’s financial disaster, which he has discovered. What follows is a long night of panicked double checking and double dealing as senior management prepares to do whatever it takes to avert the impending disaster, even as a handful of conscientious comrades are dragged along with them into the unethical abyss.
5. Too Big to Fail (2011)
We follow Richard Fuld’s benighted attempt to save Lehman Brothers; conversations between Hank Paulson (the Secretary of the Treasury), Ben Bernanke (chair of the Federal Reserve), and Tim Geithner (president of the New York Fed) as they seek a private solution for Lehman’s; and, back-channel negotiations between Paulson, Warren Buffett, and others. By the end, with the no-strings bailout in place, Wall Street’s modest confidence restored, and a meltdown averted, Paulson wonders if banks will lend.
6. The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Jordan Belfort founded the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont with his partner Donny Azoff in the early 1990s. Their company quickly expands from a staff of 20 to more than 250 employees, and their reputation in the trading community and on Wall Street grows exponentially. So much so that companies use them to file their initial public offerings. As their status grows, so does the amount of substances they abuse and the number of lies they tell. They attract attention like no other, throwing lavish parties for their employees when they win big on high-stakes trades. As a result, Belfort is featured on the cover of Forbes Magazine, dubbed “The Wolf of Wall Street.” With the FBI on his tail, Belfort devises new ways to conceal his activities while watching his fortune grow. Belfort eventually devises a plan to hide their money in a European bank. But, with the FBI on his tail, how long will Belfort and Azoff be able to keep their elaborate wealth and lavish lifestyles?
7. The Big Short (2015)
The Big Short is a 2015 Oscar-winning film adaptation of best-selling author Michael Lewis’s book of the same name. The film, directed by Adam McKay, focuses on the lives of several American financial professionals who predicted and profited from the housing bubble’s build-up and subsequent collapse in 2007 and 2008.
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, published in 2010, was a loose sequel to Lewis’ best-selling Liar’s Poker, a memoir of his work experiences at Solomon Brothers in the 1980s. Both nonfiction books provide an in-depth look at the lives, workplaces, and psychology of several Wall Street professionals as well as the financial world.