Ultimate Finance Movies/Series List

Stumbled upon a really nice list on Twitter with a bunch of finance movies, series, and documentaries so thought I'd share it through here to all my bored students.

Movies

  • Trading Places (1983) -- Trading Movie

  • Wall Street (1987) -- Stock Market Fiction

  • Barbarians at The Gate (1993) -- True Story

  • Rogue Trader (1999) -- True Story (About me)

  • Boiler Room (2000) -- Stock Market Fiction

  • American Psycho (2000) -- M&A(ish) movie

  • Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

  • Gafla (2006) - True Story -- Stock Market Movie (Hindi)

  • Margin Call (2011) -- Investment Banking Fiction

  • Inside Job (2011) -- Financial Crisis Movie

  • Wall Street - Money Never Sleeps -- Sequel to Wall Street (1987)

  • Arbitrage (2012) -- Finance Fiction

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

  • The Big Short (2015) -- Financial Crisis and my all-time favorite

  • Equity (2016) -- Financial Thriller

  • Money Monster (2016) -- Stock Market Thriller

  • Bazaar (2018) -- Fiction

Series

Documentaries

  • Billion Dollar Day (1985)

  • The Corporation (2003)

  • Wall Street Warriors (2006)

  • The Ascent of Money (2008)

  • Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

  • Floored (2009)

  • Freakonomics (2009

  • Chasing Madoff (2010)

  • Too Big to Fail (2011)

  • Baking on Bitcoin (2017)

  • The China Hustle (2017)

  • Becoming Warren Buffet (2017)

  • The Untold Story of the Financial Crisis (2018)

  • 25 Million Pounds (1996) -- Documentary about me

  • Trader (1987)

  • Betting on Zero (2016)

 

The movie is more 'dramatized' and there is a lot of humor that I didn't recall being conveyed in the book which is more journalistic. If you have read the book, you will enjoy the movie. If you like the movie, I do recommend reading the book as there is a lot of backstory/detail omitted by necessity (which includes the actual works/actions of the i-bankers/PE bidders/lawyers, etc.)

 

I like The Godfather III (unlike most I know). I think it's pretty interesting how they try to legitimise the business of olive oil.

 

great doc you can add: Trader it’s a day in the life (ish) style documentary about Paul Tudor Jones. if you get lucky you can find it on YouTube. For some reason, people allege he asks youtube to remove it whenever it gets uploaded.

 

Is it actually good? I feel like a lot of people, myself included, talked shit on another thread without even seeing the trailer. I have since watched the trailer but it looked kinda like the predictable format of "associate is having a hard time cus of demanding bosses-->analysts are also kinda tools-->associate realized that analysts are kids with dreams and aspirations too and they connect as people-->associate/analysts do a really good job on something and now she's rolling"... I could be wrong.

Dayman?
 

I'd say Trading Places is a little better overall, but Margin Call's not a bad movie.

I was also about to complain about the absence of Too Big to Fail, but then I noticed it in the Documentaries section. I would argue that it takes too many liberties, and should be moved to Movies.

The only difference between Asset Management and Investment Research is assets. I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
 

I thought Season 2 was the last good season of Billions, and I've seen people on this site express similar feelings

I’m a fun guy. Obviously I love the game of basketball. I mean there’s more questions you have to ask me in order for me to tell you about myself. I'm not just gonna give you a whole spill... I mean, I don't even know where you're sitting at
 
Kawhi Anthony Leonard:
I thought Season 2 was the last good season of Billions, and I've seen people on this site express similar feelings

Was it S2 or S3 that started with the weird sex shit? Cause that's where I turned it off like 2 years ago. S1 was rad. I loved it. Axe is a great character. Lots of great characters in that show

heister: Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad. https://arthuxtable.com/
 

American Greed and Dirty Money can be hit or miss depending on the episode.l, since they are not exclusively trading/IB/equity related.

 

"...on the south fork." and if you want to be old money chill, you go for the north fork. How do people not know this? I'm a Jersey guy, and even I get the vibe.

The only difference between Asset Management and Investment Research is assets. I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
 

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