Movies

These are movies that are important to finance culture or have some interesting finance content. Plenty of other movies take place around finance but have little relevant content.

Finance Movies

  • Betting on Zero (2016) Documentary about Bill Ackman shorting stock in Herbalife for Pershing Square.
  • The Big Short (2015) Entertaining take on the mortgage crisis
  • Margin Call (2011) Fictional story about an investment bank that begins a financial crisis
  • Too Big to Fail (2011) Glossy and overly simplistic look at the 2008 bailouts
  • Inside Job (2010) Documentary covering many aspects of the 2008 financial crisis
  • Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) Documentary about the fall of energy trading firm Enron
  • Boiler Room (2000) Portrays a “pump-and-dump” brokerage firm
  • Rogue Trader (1999) Based on the true story of Nick Leeson who brought down Barings Bank
  • Other People’s Money (1991) Comedy about a corporate raid in the 1980’s
  • Wall Street (1987) Portrays insider trading and corporate takeover; includes the famous “Greed is Good” speech
  • Trading Places (1983) classic comedy that involves futures trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange

Business

  • American Factory (2019) Documentary about a Chinese firm that purchases and operates a glass factory in Ohio
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