Seven Movies for Finance Buffs
Whether your job is finance-related or you are simply interested in all things financial, there are some great movies that will likely suit your fancy. While the stories vary, the main focus of all these movies is the same: money. The following list highlights seven movies for finance buffs, in no particular order.
1. Wall Street
Starring Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen, this 1987 drama is a must-see for finance buffs. The story revolves around an up-and-coming Wall Street stockbroker who desperately wants to be the best. He winds up getting taken under the wing of a highly-successful, yet ruthless veteran stockbroker who teaches him the tricks of the trade, whether they are right or wrong. The rookie must then face reality and realize that the shady side of the stockbroking world is not all it’s cracked up to be.
2. The Secret of My Success
This 1987 comedy starring Michael J. Fox tells the tale of a guy from Kansas who moves to New York to become successful. Unfortunately he is fired on the first day of his job so he must improvise. He visits his wealthy uncle who gives him a mail-room job at his company, but it just is not enough. Fox’s character then creates a job for himself under a different name. You can imagine the chaos this will cause.
3. Trading Places
Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy star in this hilarious film about a businessman and a con artist who switch roles. Aykroyd’s character plays a businessman who works for a pair of snobbish brothers at a commodities brokerage firm. Murphy plays the street-smart con artist. When the two cross paths, it leads to a bet that changes both of their lives forever.
4. Boiler Room
The story in this 2000 thriller focuses on a college dropout, played by Giovanni Ribisi, who runs an illegal casino from his apartment. When opportunity knocks and he is invited to interview at a brokerage firm, he cannot pass up the chance to make something of himself. As the story goes on, he starts to realize his new career is not as legitimate as he once thought.
5. Glengarry Glen Ross
This intense drama stars many well-known actors such as Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, and Kevin Spacey. It centers on a real estate business in Chicago that is having trouble staying afloat during difficult times. When each real estate agent is put under tremendous pressure in order to keep their jobs, it shows just how far some of them will go to make a dollar.
6. Other People’s Money
In this 1991 movie, Danny DeVito plays a heartless investor who likes to purchase companies only to break them up and sell the assets. When he attempts to work his magic on a small, family-run company, things do not go as planned and he begins to realize that people are much more important than money.
7. Rogue Trader
This intense crime drama tells the story of Nick Leeson, who was personally responsible for the demise of a large bank. The movie begins when Leeson, who is played by Ewan McGregor, works as a clerk for Barings Bank. The bank offers him a new position that requires he travel to Jakarta, where he is responsible for all the aspects of the bank’s new trading operation. Things go great at first, but after a while they take a terrible turn for the worse.
If you are a finance buff, you are sure to enjoy all of these great, entertaining films that focus on money. You should definitely take the time to watch them as soon as possible, because you will not be disappointed.
Guest post from Bailey Harris. Bailey writes for Creditscore.net.