“What we learn from history is that
people don’t learn from historyWarren Buffett
There are a lot of different genres in which hollywood has done a great work in entertaining us. Taking us to the imagination where we wouldn’t have gone to if not because of them. One of those amazing genre is Finance.
Yes you read that right I think finance industry and entertainment industry is tailor made for each other as one create the story and another sells them and it is very difficult to tell which one is doing what.
Since post Covid a lot of retail investors have changed into direct investors, so we bring you some of the top must watch movies for finance lovers.
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)
It is not easy to create stories where wall street people are the bad guys, but Michael Moore took this risk. He gave voice to some of the views held by ordinary Americans, and goes after the ideology of free market capitalism.
This Michael Moore’s timely film looks at the successes and failures of the American capitalist system. Where the richest one per cent have more than the bottom 95 per cent combined. A system that claims to reward free enterprise but in fact rewards greed. He coaxes an explanation of what derivatives are from experts.
Margin Call (2011)
This is relatively a bit slow pace, but perhaps the most financially accurate movie on the list. Margin Call takes place over the span of 24 hours in the life of a Wall Street firm on the brink of disaster (modeled closely after some of the large bulge brackets).
A finance company’s management division head working on a major project is fired. His protégé attempts to complete the analysis and finds out the true reason behind their financial downfall.
Boiler Room (2000)
This movie depicts in one of the best way in which the finance guys can become your worst night maire by selling you dreams. Boiler Room is set in the absolute lowest rung of the financial ladder: the pump and dump scheme.
The film is the story of a son who finds it hard to live up to his father’s standards. He joins the dodgy brokers and discovers his inner salesman. Interestingly, these stockbrokers act as if they are not practicing fraud but, rather, are performing the art of sales at the highest level.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
This is one of those masterpieces of Leonardo DiCaprio which you should really watch. The movie based on the book with the same name, this film is entertaining and well-directed – a real Hollywood blockbuster.
It’s a story about Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) takes an entry-level job at a Wall Street brokerage firm. How he went from no one to starting his own company together with his trusted lieutenant (Jonah Hill) and a merry band of brokers, Belfort makes a huge fortune by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. However, while Belfort and his cronies partake in a hedonistic brew of sex, drugs and thrills, the SEC and the FBI close in on his empire of excess.
Inside Job (2011)
One of the most insightful documentaries on the 2008 financial crisis, this film, narrated by Matt Damon, makes the case that the crisis could have been avoided if regulation had been adequate.
The movie is about the global financial meltdown that took place in Fall 2008 which caused millions of job and home losses and plunged the United States into a deep economic recession. Matt Damon narrates a documentary that provides a detailed examination of the elements that led to the collapse and identifies keys financial and political players. Director Charles Ferguson conducts a wide range of interviews and traces the story from the United States to China to Iceland to several other global financial hot spots.
Wall Street (1987)
Another movie in the list of top Must Watch Movies for Finance lovers is Wall Street. Originally crafted to show the excess and hedonism associated with finance, Wall Street still wields incredible power as a recruiting tool for traders, broker, analysts, and bankers nearly 30 years after it was made.
It is a story about Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) who is a stockbroker with big ambition, trying whatever he can to make his way to the top. Although the movie serves to warn us about the dangers of insider trading, let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to be Bud Fox or even Gordon Gekko (legitimately, of course) and earn a hefty some of money.
Too Big To Fail (2011)
One of my personal favorite and an amazing storyteller of the crisis of 2008 and the Lehman Brothers fallout. This movie tells all about the inside meeting and how the wall street fall apart in the 2008.
The movie focusing on the actions of US Treasury Secretary Henry Paul and Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve System, to contain the problems during the period of August 2008 to October 13, 2008.