Love movies? Love money? If you said yes to both, you can’t miss the movies listed in this article. Read on!
Movies have entertained us for many years and will continue to do so, but some movies also succeed in educating us about life. Today, there are so many genres and sub-genres of movies that cater to the tastes and preferences of audiences from various walks of life.
If you’re interested in learning about money but aren’t really the type to pick up a book and read a lot, you can use your love for movies to learn some neat lessons in money and more, because we’ve handpicked a list of awesome movies that are primarily based on money, business or finance that are totally worth your time.
Please note that some of the movies here show both positive and negative aspects of money, finance and business – which is good because you can learn a lot from both! Also, none of the negative activities are endorsed – they are purely to be seen from a movie perspective.
This 1987 movie throws light on power and wealth in the business world, showcasing how ruthless corporates had business deals with stockbrokers at Wall Street. Though it lets us into the darker side of money and wealth, the film did inspire many a stockbroker to get in on the Wall Street action in real life.
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The Wolf Of Wall Street
This 2013 hit film stars Leonardo Dicaprio who plays the role of Jordan Belfort, a real-life stockbroker who was infamous for scamming investors and earning a life of affluence in his own crude way. The movie successfully shows how costly mistakes can be if one tries getting rich the wrong way, and that’s a strong lesson for anyone who wants to make it big – there’s no shortcut to legitimate success.
Though the protagonist here is more of a negative character, Belfort does have a few qualities that can be admired, such as his self-confidence and sharp thinking.
Enron: The Smartest Guys In the Room
Who can forget the Enron scandal that led the company to declare bankruptcy? This movie showcases the downfall of the company due to its corrupt business practices that not only led down its employees but also investors, of course. This movie can be viewed as a classic case study!
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This 2010 movie is based on a book and it is centered around the value and importance of incentive in life. It goes on to state that incentives can shape people’s behavior. Who knows? It could inspire you to set incentives on your financial roadmap and help you focus better. Either way, it’s worth a watch.
The Pursuit Of Happyness
The stellar performance by Will Smith who plays the role of a struggling father who goes through everything from being flat-broke to being evicted from his house along with his wife and son, only to somehow survive through it all and finally land a decent job. The emotions portrayed are really effective, and Will’s character leaves you inspired to go ahead and follow your dreams no matter what.
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The Big Short
This movie has a star-studded lineup that includes the likes of Christian Bale and Brad Pitt. A dramatic comedy film, this flick shows how a hedge fund manager and three other men successfully predict the meltdown of the US housing market. You also see them opportunistically cashing in on this downfall.
The next time you find yourself bored on a weekend, try and catch some of these movies (though we recommend you watch all of the above) and you’ll surely learn a few valuable lessons. Some may fall under the category of what not to do and some may just inspire you to do things right and develop an interest in all things finance. Not to mention, these are really well made movies that a buff like you can’t afford to miss!