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American Psycho
19% (150 votes)
A Good Year
1% (5 votes)
Barbarians at the Gate
2% (13 votes)
Boiler Room
6% (43 votes)
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 
3% (24 votes)
Glengarry Glen Ross
1% (10 votes)
Harold and Kumar
6% (44 votes)
Inside Job
3% (20 votes)
Margin Call
16% (125 votes)
Other People's Money
0% (2 votes)
Pursuit of Happyness 
7% (51 votes)
Rogue Trader
1% (8 votes)
The Family Man
2% (15 votes)
The Game 
2% (12 votes)
Stocks and Blondes
1% (4 votes)
Trading Places
4% (33 votes)
Wall Street
24% (188 votes)
Wall Street 2
3% (26 votes)
Total votes: 773

Comments (54)

  • Futures Trader Man's picture

    Just to let you know, this was one of the hardest polls for me to take part in, so many good films, but i had to choose, and i am going with Wall Street.

    "Well, you know, I was a human being before I became a businessman." -- George Soros

  • Neighbor's picture

    margin call vs wall street

    GO

    I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

  • SaucyBacon85's picture

    Boiler room all the way...mostly because the setting was a near replica of my first job's office. The ending was also really good. Wall Street felt cheesy and exaggerated ...something made for people outside of finance.

    Trading places was another very awesome movie though most kids today will have never even heard of it.

    __________

  • 16rl's picture

    Ahhhh so many great movies !!! Im battling between barbarians at the gate, boiler room, The smartest guys in the room, margin call and inside job...

    Im voting for the Enron movie... Each time I watch this film im shocked at the amount of market manipulation done by the enron traders (they shut-down power plants to create power outages and increase spot prices), the "mark-to-market" accounting, the asian dude and his stripper wife, the blatant lies of the CEO... how could this even be real ??

  • Anacott_CEO's picture

    Toughest poll to date

  • In reply to SaucyBacon85
    UFOinsider's picture

    SaucyBacon85:
    Trading places was another very awesome movie though most kids today will have never even heard of it.

    Get busy living

  • AndyLouis's picture

    good to see Margin Call getting its fair due (though it may be only the quants voting for it), I just watched that again last night and it inspired me to make the poll

  • ThaVanBurenBoyz's picture

    Not as finance focused as the others, but it's such a great film...had to select The Game.

  • moneymogul's picture

    Im voting for the Enron movie... Each time I watch this film im shocked at the amount of market manipulation done by the enron traders (they shut-down power plants to create power outages and increase spot prices), the "mark-to-market" accounting, the asian dude and his stripper wife, the blatant lies of the CEO... how could this even be real ??

    Finance seemed to be so much more exciting back then.

    "Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected." - Jobs

  • ginNtonic's picture

    I think the one person who picked Wall Street 2 should be banned.

    I picked Margin Call since it's the most realistic finance movie. It also sends chills down my spine of how scary 2008 was after Lehman. While I loved Wall Street, it was a little too liberal and preachy for my taste.

  • Proposition Joe's picture

    Tough Poll. American Psycho just purely for the quotes.

    Quoting American Psycho with someone kicks off the "did we just become best friends?" scene in Step Brothers.

    Lets see Paul Allen's vote

    I'm like one of them marriage counselors. Charge by the hour to tell some fool he needa bring some flowers home. Then charge another hour telling the bitch she oughta suck some cock every little once in a while. Keep a marriage strong like that. -Prop Joe

  • happypantsmcgee's picture

    We should have a bracket style tournament for this to name WSO's favorite WS movie.

    If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

  • Edmundo Braverman's picture

    So, sooooo, difficult to choose. Especially because Wall Street was a huge part of the reason I wanted to get into the business. Ultimately, though, I had to go with A Good Year because it has come to symbolize everything I learned over my years in finance. And that is simply that a good wine, a hot chick, and doing whatever the fuck you want is ultimately better than selling the remainder of your life for tens of millions of dollars.

    Gotta be the worst poll ever. We need one for the top three, maybe. lol

  • duffmt6's picture

    Props to the one person who picked Wall Street 2

    "For I am a sinner in the hands of an angry God. Bloody Mary full of vodka, blessed are you among cocktails. Pray for me now and at the hour of my death, which I hope is soon. Amen."

  • HFFBALLfan123's picture

    Boiler room,

    Tweeter, AJ Frost, Parker from Avatar and Riddick

  • WSOusername's picture

    i voted for stocks and blondes because im under the impression its a porno

    GBS

  • Guest1655's picture

    Glengarry Glen Ross

    Classic movie. WIll probably be boring for most college freshmen though ;)

  • PetEng's picture

    American Psycho #1

    Margin Call/Boiler Room/Glengarry Glen Ross/Wall Street are all awesome though.

  • streetwannabe's picture

    Margin Call was amazing. Was not really into finance or exposed to the 2008 crash, but it really creates an appreciation for the gravity of what happened only a few years ago.

    "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme."

  • swagon's picture

    i voted 4 Wall St 2 cause shia is pure BALLER

    hes a great actor and cool person, surely he pulls mad tail, prob even a better trader that some of the HF guys on WSO, he learned how 2 trade preppin for WS2 and made like 300% return

  • ThaVanBurenBoyz's picture

    By the way, if you haven't seen The Game, definitely check it out. Little known film with Michael Douglas and Sean Penn. Picture Gordon Gekko in a psychological thriller, getting mind fucked.

  • historiclegend's picture

    Yea The Game is probably the best movie on the list. Had hooked the whole time. I don't remember it being finance related though..? He was rich and that's it.

  • In reply to historiclegend
    UFOinsider's picture

    historiclegend:
    Yea The Game is probably the best movie on the list. Had hooked the whole time. I don't remember it being finance related though..? He was rich and that's it.

    He managed a large fund, pension if I'm not mistaken

    Get busy living

  • In reply to UFOinsider
    ThaVanBurenBoyz's picture

    UFOinsider:
    historiclegend:
    Yea The Game is probably the best movie on the list. Had hooked the whole time. I don't remember it being finance related though..? He was rich and that's it.

    He managed a large fund, pension if I'm not mistaken

    The only clues we're given about his job is that he calls himself an investment banker, and that he "moves money from one place to another."
  • Beachbum89's picture

    Trading Places needs to get its due. One of the funniest movies either Eddie Murphy or Dan Aykroyd have ever done. Also, shout out to Jamie Lee Curtis for showing her boobies for the first time in that one.

  • Gekko21's picture

    I never really enjoyed Trading Places after seeing the large price movements in OJ. You can be funny and get things wrong, but that large price movement always irked me.

    Other People's Money really needs to get its due. I think it is a must see film. It has some minor problems and isn't entirely realistic, but it is pretty funny and has a speech that is better than 'Greed is Good' in Wall Street. I posted a high quality link.

    www.putlocker.com/file/AC3AA6A1C2D67F3D

    "Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, for knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA."

  • Edmundo Braverman's picture

    @Gekko Back in the day, FCOJ was extremely thinly traded, so it was given to huge intra-day moves if there was any imbalance on either side. I was actually kinda impressed that the Trading Places folks concentrated on OJ (no pun intended), because really only insiders knew about the volatility.

    You have to remember that this was 1983 when everything was still open outcry and the scalpers ruled the day.

  • Commuter's picture

    Commanding Heights

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  • chi312's picture

    Shocked at how few people chose Other Peoples Money. Perhaps the best in my mind.

  • 1man2nv's picture

    Margin Call was horrible! Everything about it was so fake. It looked like it was written by an occupy wall street protestor

    You give me a gift? *BAM* Thank you note! You invite me somewhere? *POW* RSVP! You do me a favor? *WHAM* Favor returned! Do not test my politeness.

  • Relentless101's picture

    Wall Street is timeless. Michael Douglas in his prime and Charlie Sheen when he was actually "winning" and had yet to discover his tiger blood. That shit was polarizing and still is.

  • In reply to 1man2nv
    Dedline's picture

    1man2nv:
    Margin Call was horrible! Everything about it was so fake. It looked like it was written by an occupy wall street protestor

    It wasn't horrible but definitely should not be in 3rd. Anyone else agree?
  • In reply to 1man2nv
    ginNtonic's picture

    1man2nv:
    Margin Call was horrible! Everything about it was so fake. It looked like it was written by an occupy wall street protestor

    Huh, I didn't get that at all. I don't think there was anything remotely anti-capitalist or even anti-finance. I thought it was the most realistic of all of the finance movies I've seen. But I'm an corp fin guy, so I'm not too experienced on the S&T side.

  • CornerOffice21's picture

    I still haven't seen Margin Call, but I am looking forward to it! Wall Street is a classic, but how come no one really likes the second one, "Wall Street Money Never Sleeps?" I thought it was pretty good and I'm actually hoping for a third one.

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    where's get rich or die trying?

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  • In reply to ginNtonic
    1man2nv's picture

    You give me a gift? *BAM* Thank you note! You invite me somewhere? *POW* RSVP! You do me a favor? *WHAM* Favor returned! Do not test my politeness.

  • Hans's picture

    Life is short. Find what you want, and take it.

  • In reply to Texsun
    1man2nv's picture

    You give me a gift? *BAM* Thank you note! You invite me somewhere? *POW* RSVP! You do me a favor? *WHAM* Favor returned! Do not test my politeness.

  • In reply to ThaVanBurenBoyz
    Hans's picture

    Life is short. Find what you want, and take it.

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