Money, it's all about the money. Here are the best movies about stock traders, Wall Street, finance and money. Greed is bad, despite what the movies tell us. However, it is a compelling subject. The best films about the lure of stocks, scams, conmen and money.
1 - The Big Short (2015). Stevel Carell and Christian Bale star in the most compelling darkly-comedic look at the subprime loan financial crisis. It is based on a true story.
2 - Margin Call (2011) Incredible film starring Zachary Quinto, Jeremy Irons, and Kevin Spacey. It's a thriller about a young new broker/analyst who discovers a flaw in the current market and predicts an eminent collapse. While fiction, it is loosely based on the actions of several real firms prior to the crash of 2008. Easily a tie with #1 for stock market movies.
3 - Boiler Room (2000) A college dropout gets a job as a broker but it's not what he thought it would be, and scams prevail.
4 - Too Big To Fail (2011) William Hurt, Paul Giamatti, Ed Asner. Based on Andrew Sorkin's novel, it tells the story of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the subsequent 2008 financial crisis.
5 - Wall Street (1987) One of the earliest and best-known of the financial movies. Charlie and Marin Sheen star alongside Michael Douglas. It's famous tagline: "Greed is good."
6 - Inside Job (2010) - Matt Damon. This film takes place in the days leading up to the 2008 financial crisis.
7 - Trading Places (1983) A comedy about wealth and the advantages that come with it. It culminates with a trading scheme on the commodity futures market.
8 - The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Leo DiCaprio stars in Marin Scorcese's dark comedy about a stock broker who knows no boundaries.
9 - Rogue Trader (1999) A single trading brought down an entire bank.
10 - The Wizard of Lies (2017) About the ponzi scheme guru Bernie Madoff and his fake hedge fund.
11 - Arbitrage (2012) Richard and Gere and Susan Sarandon. A hedge fund manager runs into both personal and professional trouble.
12 - Gengarry Glen Ross (1992) The seedy real estate market and their dirty tactics are highlighted.
13 - In God We Trust (2013) A documentary film about the crimes of Bernie Madoff.
14 - American Psycho (2000) Christian Bale stars as an investment banker by day, killer by night. There is little difference between the two.
15 - Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story. The most infamous stock trading scandal in India.
16 - Enron: the Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) tells the story of the Enron Corporation, its scams and schemes to make money illegally.
17 - Barbarians at the Gate (1993) about the hostile takeover of Nabisco
18 - Money Monster (2011) George Clooney, Julia Roberts. Technically a crime thriller with finance as the backdrop. A cheated investor takes a financial network crew hostage.
19 - Equity (2016) A financial thriller about a female investment banker learns of problems within the company and tries to exploit an issue to her advantage.
20 - Banking on Bitcoin (2016) A documentary about the then-rising new currency before it failed.
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Honorable Mention goes to:
Die Hard (1988) It wasn't technically about stocks, but bearer bonds were the subject of the heist.
Those are the best stock market movies, many based on true events.