We have compiled this list with the best stories about finance, stock exchange and business that have hit the big screen, ordered chronologically.
These films faithfully portray the factors that caused the economic crisis of the United States and the world in 2008. You will learn how the minds of Wall Street work, and identify with many relatable experiences in these films.
1. The Big short (2015)
When four people outside the system discover that the big banks, the media and the government refuse to recognize the collapse of the economy, they have an idea: “The Big Bet”…but their risky investments lead them to the dark side of Modern banking, where they must question everything and everyone.
2. The Wolf of Wall Street (2014)
Film based on real events of the New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). In the mid-80s, Belfort was an honest young man who pursued the American dream, but soon in the securities agency he learned that the most important thing was not to make his clients win, but to be ambitious and earn a good commission. His enormous success and fortune earned him the nickname of “The Wolf of Wall Street”. Money. Power. Women. Drugs. Temptations abound as fear of the law became irrelevant. Jordan and his pack of wolves considered discretion an antiquated quality; They never settled for what they had.
3. Il capitale umano(2013)
The day before Christmas, a luxury vehicle rolls over a cyclist on the road. This unfortunate accident completely changes the destiny of two families: The millionaire Giovanni Bernaschi, a financial speculator who is the manager of an investment fund that he has created, which offers a 40 percent annual return to attract and defraud credulous investors. On the other hand, Dino Ossola, an ambitious real estate agent willing to risk everything even though his company is on the verge of bankruptcy.
4. Assault on Wall Street(2013)
Jim, an average New Yorker, lives with a sick but loving wife. Suddenly, everything changes when the economy crashes and causes him to lose everything. Filled with anger and rage, Jim goes to seek revenge for the life taken from him.
5. The Capital (2012)
Marc Tourneuil (Gad Elmaleh) is a cynical bank employee, a sector that is in the midst of economic crisis across the planet. From nothing, Marc will begin an unstoppable rise through the ins and outs of the banking world to become one of the most powerful and influential people in the country.
6. Arbitrage (2012)
As he approaches his 60th birthday, New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere) is the picture of success — at least on the surface. In reality, Miller is in over his head, trying desperately to sell his empire to a big bank before the authorities and his family uncover the depth of his fraud. Unexpectedly, a critical error forces Miller to juggle family, business and crime with the aid of a former associate, but a detective’s (Tim Roth) suspicions mean it may already be too late.
7. Too Big to Fail (2011)
This adaptation of Andrew Ross Sorkin’s bestseller that tells how the economic crisis of 2008 exploded and how the powerful acted in the face of such an unexpected situation. The story centers on Henry Paulson (William Hurt), Secretary of the Treasury, and on the conflicts between Wall Street and the Washington government.
8. Margin Call (2011)
Chronicle of the life of eight workers of a powerful investment bank during the 24 hours before the beginning of the 2008 financial crisis. When Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto), a beginner analyst, reveals data that could lead the company to ruin, a cataract of moral and financial decisions that produce an earthquake in the lives of those involved in the impending disaster.
9. Limittless (2011)
The writer Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) suffers a serious crisis of creativity. One day he tries a new drug that allows him to make the most of his mental faculties. In this way, he succeeds in New York. A powerful Wall Street mogul (Robert De Niro) feels an irrepressible curiosity to find out what is behind so much success.
10. Wall Street: Money never sleep(2010)
Following a long prison term for insider trading, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) finds himself on the outside looking in at a world he once commanded. Ostensibly hoping to repair his broken relationship with his daughter, Gekko forges an alliance with her fiance, Jake (Shia LaBeouf). Although Jake comes to view Gordon as a father figure, he learns the hard way that Gekko is still a master manipulator who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals.
11. Inside Job (2010) [Documentary]
Inside Job is a 2010 documentary about the financial crisis of 2008 directed by Charles Ferguson. It premiered on May 16 at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and received the Best Documentary Oscar in 2011. The documentary Inside Job is about the 2008 financial crisis about the systematic corruption of the United States by the financial services industry and the consequences of said corruption.
12. The company men (2010)
Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) is living the American dream: he has a great job, a nice family and a stunning porsche in the garage. When the company he works for decides to reduce the workforce he leaves him unemployed along with his colleagues Phil Woodward (Chris Cooper) and Gene McClary (Tommy Lee Jones). That is when the three men will be forced to rethink their lives and their roles as husbands and fathers.
13. The International (2009)
Interpol agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and Manhattan District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts) intend to bring to justice one of the most important banks in the world. Uncovering a myriad of illegal activities, Salinger and Whitman follow the trail of financial operations that are carried out from Berlin to Milan, from New York to Istanbul, in a high-risk international persecution, which puts their lives in danger.
14. The pursuit of happiness (2009)
Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is a brilliant and talented salesman, but his job does not allow him to cover his most basic needs. So much so that they end up throwing him, along with his five-year-old son (Jaden Smith), from his flat in San Francisco, and both have nowhere to go. When Gardner manages to do an internship at a prestigious brokerage, the two protagonists will have to face many adversities to make their dream of a better life come true.
15. A good year (2006)
Max Skinner (Russell Crowe), an investment expert, travels from London to Provence to sell a small vineyard that he inherited from an uncle, to whom he was very close as a child. What I did not expect at all is that this was the starting point of a stimulating chapter in his life.
16. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
The American company Enron, based in Texas, has become one of the most powerful companies in the country, overnight. However, a young employee recently incorporated discovers quite shady matters that end up destabilizing the apparent balance of Enron, to which the greed of its leaders, has led to perdition.
17. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
The film is based on the life of John Forbes Nash (played by Russell Crowe). He is a strange and lonely boy, with hallucinogenic attacks, which only his roommate (Paul Bettany) understands. Nash outlined a revolutionary theory (game theory) and thanks to that he gets a teaching position at MIT.
18. Boiler Room (2000)
Seth has left school and set up an illegal casino in his house. His father, who is a judge, does not see this occupation too well, and this provokes new tensions in his already tense relationship. Everything seems to change when Seth a client offers to work as a broker. However, it will soon prove that everything that glitters is not gold. It is an attractive world in which the great part are young and ambitious. But in the business of financial speculation, loyalty quarrels with ambition …
19. Rogue trader (1999)
Nick Leeson, an employee of Barings Bank (McGregor), revolutionized the financial system of Southeast Asia in 1995. He was sent to Singapore to work in the futures market of Barings Bank, a reputed bank with two centuries of seniority. Although he was considered the best employee, he robbed the bank of huge amounts of money to cover the losses of his financial operations, but there came a time when the volume of embezzlement was exorbitant.
20. The insider (V.O.) (1999)
The film revolves around the tobacco market, a sector that moves multimillion dollar amounts. The argument is about the controversial strategies of tobacco companies to market cigarettes. A presenter invites a program to a tobacco scientist who sees his life collapse. But nobody will come out unscathed from a battle against the tobacco companies. The film is based on real events, specifically on the real case in which one of the largest tobacco companies in the world, Brown & Williamson.
21. Others people's money (1991)
Larry Garfield (Danny DeVito) is an unscrupulous man who loves money above all things. On Wall Street he is known as “Larry the Liquidator” for his ability to take over the companies of others. His next goal is the company of an 81-year-old patriarch (Gregory Peck) who, to keep his company, hires the services of an ingenious and beautiful lawyer, who has as many scruples as Larry.
22. Wall Street (1987)
Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) is a young and ambitious stockbroker who managed to finish his university studies thanks to his effort and that of his father (Martin Sheen), mechanic and union leader. His greatest desire is to work with a man he admires, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), an unscrupulous individual who has made himself and who in a short time has managed to amass a great fortune in the world of the stock market. Thanks to his insistence, Bud manages to enter the private circle of the almighty Gekko, and begins to collaborate with him in his business and investments.
23. Trading Places (1983)
What happens when a Wall Street tycoon meets a street thief? This comedy film offers us the misadventures of a scam artist who exchanges his lifestyle with a triumphant stock market investor. Two very rich and powerful businessmen have a discussion about the cause of whether a person is poor or rich, social origin or genetics. As they do not agree, they decide to make a bet, impoverishing a rich man and giving all the benefits and putting a poor man in charge of his company.