Best Wall Street Movies

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Hollywood does a pretty good job of fictionalizing the markets.
This is my short list of the Best Wall Street Movies.

Wall Street

Topics Covered: Being a Stockbroker, Insider Trading

Michael Douglas plays a big time Wall Street player, Gordon Gekko, who has more money than he could possibly care about. He is idolized by Bud Fox, played by Charlie Sheen. Fox is taught to bend the rules and he eventually breaks the rules in the name of money. http://amzn.to/Yg2TgR

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

wall street money never sleeps
Topics Covered: Investment Banking, Venture Capitalism

Following a lengthy prison term, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) finds himself on the outside looking in at a world he once commanded. Hoping to repair his relationship with his daughter, Winnie (Carey Mulligan), Gekko forges an alliance with her fiancé, Jake (Shia LaBeouf). But Winnie and Jake learn the hard way that Gekko is still a master manipulator who will stop at nothing to reclaim his rightful place at the top of Wall Street. http://amzn.to/RaMKXU

Trading Places

trading places
Topics Covered: Orange Juice Futures, Commodities

Two very wealthy brothers Randolph and Mortimer Duke are sitting around their exclusive club discussing the theory of Heredity vs. Enviroment. Is a financial success born or made? They make a little bet and take their most trusted employee (Dan Aykroyd), and ruin his life, then take a street-wise con-artist (Eddie Murphy), and give him a taste of the good life. http://amzn.to/10BIDpn

Boiler Room

boiler room
Topics Covered: Penny Stocks, IPO’s

PERSONAL FAVORITE! Seth Davis (Giovanni Ribisi) is a 19-year-old college dropout who gains a position as a stockbroker into a “chop shop” brokerage firm, J.T. Marlin. The employees of this firm are like an immature gang of boys with too much money. In no time, Seth is making sales and settling into the groove of the office and all the after-hours perks, but the dream fades when Davis discovers the scam that is making all of the brokers wealthy beyond their dreams. http://amzn.to/V0jxut

Rogue Trader

rogue trader
Topics Covered: Futures, Trading on Margin, Currency Futures, Spot Currency

This movie covers one of the most infamous traders, Nick Lesson (Ewan McGregor). He pretty much singlehandedly caused the collapse of Barings Bank. He trades on the The Singapore International Monetary Exchange which is a futures and spot market for currency exchange. http://amzn.to/Top6p9

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

enron movie
Topics Covered: Energy futures, Accrual Accounting

This documentary film is an epic morality tale, drawing upon a wealth of insider interviews and archival material to show how Enron, once the nation’s seventh largest corporate entity, essentially faked its bookkeeping to report profits that never existed. The corrupt mismanagement  use special purpose entities to hide the massive losses that eventually toppled the company and brought ruin upon themselves, along with thousands of otherwise innocent victims. http://amzn.to/SjjnBb

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  • krantcents

    Although the focus of the movie is something else, Arbitrage is one of the best movies. One of my all time favorites is Wall Street.

  • http://thechicagofinancialplanner.com/ Roger Wohlner

    Good post I’ve seen most of these but will have to catch the others on Netflix. “Greed as they say is good.”

    • http://YoungFinances.com/ LaTisha Styles

      I just saw two more that I should add to the list also. A movie called Arbitrage with Richard Gere and another one related to black box trading and the chaos theory. Both good ones.

  • http://twitter.com/krantcents krantcents

    Although the focus of the movie is something else, Arbitrage is one of the best movies. One of my all time favorites is Wall Street.

  • http://YoungFinances.com/ LaTisha Styles

    I don’t think I’ve seen that one. I’ll have to check it out!