10 Must-See Stock Market Movies You Have To Watch Today
Hollywood drives me nuts!
There, I said it.
No thanks to audience-slash-money-seeking-directors, we have a bunch of movies that depict the stock market in such a negative light I’m sure it’s scared off a few people from investing altogether.
Either way, over the years a few gems have slipped through the cracks.
Whether you’re a horror fan, comedy lover, or movie critic, stock market movies never fail to satisfy cinematic cravings!
So I’ve decided to round up the best ones out there.
Here are 10 of the best!
The 10 Must-See Market Movies Worthy of a Weekend Binge
Wall Street (1987)
IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
Tagline: Greed is good
Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Tamara Tunie, Franklin Cover
Genre: Drama / Crime
This is THE classic stock market movie!
Charlie Sheen plays a young hot shot willing to do anything to rise to the top, including trading inside information.
Douglas also gives birth to the quintessential ‘Wall Street bad guy’.
It’s been said that Douglas partly modelled Gekko after Michael Milken and Ivan Boesky.
The movies magnetism is inescapable!
How can you forget the line “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good,”?!
But the movies true legacy is as an educational tool for traders looking to make a quick buck in unsavory ways.
Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
IMDB Rating: 8.2/10
Tagline: When life gives you Llemmons (Actually im making this up, the movie didn’t have a tagline)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey
Genre: Comedy / Crime / Biography
The movie’s based on Jordan Belfort’s best-selling tell-all memoir that pretty much summed up his drug infused, booze addled days on wall street running a 90’s style boiler room.
It has everything Belfort went through in real life, including the crime corruption and the federal government.
Littered with drugs, money, betrayal, and deception, the Wolf of Wall Street takes trading to its highest highs, before placing it firmly back in stark reality.
It’s also easily the raunchiest stock market movie ever released – Just the opening scene of the movie tells you that!
Trading Places (1983)
IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
Tagline: Some very funny business
Director: John Landis
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche
It’s not often Hollywood depicts Wall Street in a humorous light, and you’re not going to find a stock market movie funnier than 1983’s “Trading Places”.
The movie is pretty much about how one man’s fall from wall street is another’s blessing as a snobbish investor and a wily street con artist switch places thanks to a bet made by two callous millionaire brothers who run a commodity futures brokerage.
Watching Eddie Murphy in his prime talking about the futures and the markets is worth the watch alone!
Boiler Room (2000)
IMDB Rating: 7/10
Tagline: Where will you turn? How far would you go? How hard will you fall?
Director: Ben Younger
Stars: Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Nia Long, Nicky Katt
Genre: Crime / Drama / Thriller
Long before the muscle cars of the Fast & The Furious and the high flying stunts of xXx, Vin Diesel was one of the talented actors who brought one of the largest securities scandals to cinema.
Ribisi and Diesel play Long Island pump and dump brokers, whilst the movie chronicles Ribisi’s rise to the top as he learns the ups and downs of running a boiler room.
Not too dissimilar to Belfort, if you’ve ever worked in sales or telemarketing this should seem pretty familiar to you.
The sketchy brokers in this flick look at every call as a closed deal – Whether it’s a closed deal or a customers closed excuse, a sale takes place and money is all that matters!
Being on the fast track to success is not always as legitimate as it seems.
American Psycho (2000)
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
Tagline: Killer Looks
Director: Mary Harron
Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage
Genre: Crime / Drama
Very few wall street movies hit the sublime heights that American Psycho did!
Christian Bale plays Patrick Bateman, a consummate wall street professional and successful stock market trader.
It becomes apparent that Bateman has two very clear passions: Huey Lewis and the News, and murder.
The flick chronicles his psychopathic ego, and switches from using money as a tool to using it as a weapon.
It might only take an hour and a half to watch, but the impression it leaves will make you glad that the sharpest thing in your trading toolkit is your mind.
You’ll certainly never look at business cards the same way ever again!
Margin Call (2011)
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
Tagline: It was the crime of the century, and it wasn’t event against the law
Director: J.C. Chandor
Stars: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany
This is starting to become a bit of a cult classic in financial circles of late.
The movie follows key people at a bank over a 24 hour period during the early stages of the financial crisis.
One banker even manages to create a model that proves his bank is in trouble, but before he can show anyone he gets the chop.
Not a Patrick Bateman chop, he just gets fired.
He passes on his model to a junior and the bank goes into a frenzy trying to save everything.
Cool movie, great cast, well worth the watch!
IMDB Rating: 6.6/10
Tagline: Power is the best alibi
Director: Nicholas Jarecki
Stars: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, Tim Roth
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Robert Miller, played by Gere, is a troubled Hedge Fund manager trying to sell his empire.
Unfortunately, he’s cooked the books and he’s trying to flog his business before anyone finds out.
He ends up accidently causing the death of his mistress and has no choice but to get help from an unlikely source to cover it all up.
A classic? Probably not.
But still worth the watch!
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Tagline: Lie. Cheat. Steal. All in a day’s work
Director: James Foley
Stars: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin
Glengarry Glen Ross might take place off of Wall Street but it still deals with the incentives investment salespeople deal, not to mention it’s a cutthroat look at the essence of stock trading: sales
The movie deals with things like fast cars, big cheques, and anything they’d do to close the deal!
Baldwin isn’t in the movie for very long, but he gave birth to this gem:
“The leads are weak? You’re weak!”
Glengarry Glen Ross is pretty much an examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office, and whether you’re a trader by trade or you’re interested in the profession, this movie will put the money-first mentality in harsh perspective.
Rogue Trader (1999)
IMDB Rating: 6.3/10
Tagline: He’ll risk everything to beat the system
Director: James Dearden
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Anna Friel, Yves Beneyton, Betsy Brantley
Genre: Crime / Drama / History
The movie is based on the real-life story of Barings Bank trader Nick Leeson, an ambitious investment broker who singlehandedly bankrupted one of the oldest and most important banks in Britain.
McGregor is brilliant as the British wunderkind with an addiction to fruit candies.
The movie wasn’t particularly successful at the cinema, but when has that ever been a perfect indicator?
Think of it as a faster-paced, British version of "Wall Street".
It’s a cool movie, definitely worth the watch!
IMDB Rating: NA
Director: Michael Glyn
Stars: Paul Tudor Jones
This doccie is fantastic… If you can even find it!
Made in the late 80’s, the documentary chronicles the day to day life of Paul Tudor Jones as he used techniques adapted from Jesse Livermore to predict the Black Monday crash on film!
Although the video was shown on public television in November 1987, few copies if any actually exist.
On the Internet, bids for the video start at $295!
Even though it portrays Jones in a positive light, finding a copy of this movie is nearly impossible as it's rumored that Jones bought all 1000 copies in existence.
According to the director, Jones even requested in the 1990s that the documentary be removed from circulation.
It has surfaced from time to time on different video sharing and torrent sites, but often gets taken down very quickly.