- Movies tend to dramatize reality, but if you’re looking for a finance/stock market movies list to binge on, you’ve come to the right place
- The 2008 financial crisis has been the subject of many movies
- Also featured are some interesting biographical dramas
There’s something that keeps drawing us to watch corrupt elite in high places indulging their greed even though it makes our blood boil. And the financial industry has enough of those that portray Wall Street in such a light.
Of course, movies tend to dramatize reality, but if you’re looking for a finance/stock market movies list to binge on, you’ve come to the right place, so, let’s get into it.
7. Margin Call (2011)
This film may be in the running for the best Wall Street movie ever made. It depicts the 24 hours before the 2007 financial crises and has an ensemble cast including Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons and Demi Moore.
Nominated for an Oscar, this film premiered at Cannes Film Festival and is perhaps the most technically correct film made on the crisis, that isn’t a documentary.
6. The Founder (2016)
A biographical film on the McDonalds story, it stars Michael Keaton as Ray Croc who bought the company and, in a few years, made it the most successful fast-food company in the world.
Nick Offerman and John Caroll Lynch star as the McDonald brothers. Its Keaton at his best and themes like consumerism are aptly portrayed.
5. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Based on the memoir of Jordan Belfort who founded the disgraced firm Stratton Oakmont, the film sees Leonardo DiCaprio put in a performance as Belfort, worthy of an Oscar nomination.
It depicts a pump and dump scheme and was directed by Martin Scorsese. It drew its fair share of controversy.
4. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
The Hudsucker Proxy has a cult following and it is visually very aesthetic. No surprise then that it was made by the legendary Coen Brothers. This is one of the more philosophical movies on this list.
A gullible business school graduate, played by Tim Robbins, is made president of a manufacturing company after being hired as part of a stock scam by its director, played by Paul Newman. Need we say more?
3. The Social Network (2010)
Another biographical drama, it portrays the founding of Facebook. Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg. Along with critical acclaim it received eight Oscar nominations.
2. The Big Short (2015)
The Big Short was a biographical film that showed how the 2008 financial crisis was triggered by the United States housing bubble.
It was based on Michael Lewis’ book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. It stars an ensemble cast including Christian Bale and Brad Pitt, among others.
It won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay and features cameos from Selena Gomez and late chef Anthony Bourdain who breakdown some pretty serious financial topics for the audience.
1. Inside Job (2010)
Inside Job is an actual documentary on the 2008 financial crisis that premiered at Cannes and won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Five parts lay out the changes in policy and practice that caused the crisis. It is well researched, deeply complex, justifiably angry and Matt Damon’s narration adds much.
This is a rather short list but provides variation between biographical, fiction and documentary cinema with regards to the financial industry and stock markets. These flicks are critically acclaimed and a good starting point to binge out on some financial movies.