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

  • Million Dollar Traders (2009) -- Finance Series

  • Billions (2016) -- Hedge Fund Series

  • Succession (2018) -- Media Conglomerate 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)

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paramediclamar, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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redever, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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.)

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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.

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PaulTwodoorJones, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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.

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jmbasset, what's your opinion? Comment below:

PBS has a few great docuseries - 2008 financial crisis, retirement, and a couple of others. all under the Frontline series.

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AndyLouis, what's your opinion? Comment below:

bulge bracket on amazon, 10/10

also see this https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/polls/whats-your-favorite-finance-related-movie

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Bancroft, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Considering watching it. Heard it was horribly cringey.

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Nightman Cometh, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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.

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Whatever1984, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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.
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Charlie Munger, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Trillion Dollar Bet

Decent documentary on the LTCM blow up and fallout. Wish it went into more detail but it is still pretty good.

To Catch a Trader

Frontline special on our good friend Steven A. Cohen. If you've read Black Edge this probably isn't worth watching though because the book is much better.

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GoldenCinderblock, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Is Billions S2 worth watching? S1 was good. S2 starts weird.

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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Kawhi Anthony Leonard, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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

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GoldenCinderblock, what's your opinion? Comment below:
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.

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maineiac42, what's your opinion? Comment below:

All the good writers went to succession.

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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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