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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  • Business School in IB-M&A
Jul 12, 2020

Add HBO's Panic: The Untold Story of the Financial Crisis (2018)

Also fuck Taylor Mason.

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Jul 13, 2020

Thanks for the input.

Agree 100% percent!!

Jul 13, 2020

yeah, Panic is a good documentary

Jul 15, 2020

yea fuck taylor, creepy little fuck. How do you go from intern to executive in a few months and all the employees are chill with it? She's like a real-life Nebula

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Jul 12, 2020

Dude, where is the ultimate IB movie - American Psycho ?

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Jul 12, 2020

Forgot about that one. If we're being honest though, the only thing close to banking shown is the VPs discussion about business cards.

Jul 13, 2020

came to comment this

"...Needless to say, I did not get the offer."

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Jul 12, 2020

If you havent seen Barbarians at the Gate, stop what you are doing and watch it now, it's great on so many levels. It was on YouTube (full movie) not too long ago, check there, it can be hard to find.

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Jul 14, 2020

Found on YouTube and watched per your comment last night. Sneakily funny and was very well done.. Second this 100%

Jul 18, 2020

Is it the same as the book?

Jul 18, 2020

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.)

Jul 13, 2020

Nothing to add to list, just wanted to add my kudos for putting this together

    • 1
Jul 14, 2020

Anything for those silver bananas.

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  • Prospect in IB - ECM
Jul 13, 2020

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.

Jul 14, 2020

nice thank you

Jul 14, 2020

Bad banks for TV series

Jul 14, 2020

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.

Jul 14, 2020

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

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Jul 14, 2020

I can do 1000 crunches now

Jul 14, 2020

bulge bracket on amazon, 10/10

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Jul 16, 2020

Considering watching it. Heard it was horribly cringey.

Jul 14, 2020

Margin call is the best tho

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Jul 14, 2020

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.

Jul 14, 2020

Trading Places is fantastic. Although they are both about the same subject, I think they are very different films. Margin Call is a hyper realistic movie that finance insiders love and Trading Places is a mass market film with several philosophical twists and turns.

Jul 14, 2020

to be honest i cannot think of a more boring thing to make a movie out of

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Jul 14, 2020

black monday

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Jul 15, 2020

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.

Jul 15, 2020

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

heister:

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

https://arthuxtable.com/

Jul 15, 2020

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

Jul 15, 2020
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/

Jul 16, 2020

All the good writers went to succession.

Jul 16, 2020

Honestly I've never seen a show fall off as hard as Billions did. Succession is immeasurably better. My advice would be don't watch Billions any further than S1 so that you can remain under the impression that it's a good show.

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Jul 15, 2020

Add "To Catch A Trader" by PBS, it was a short documentary about SAC Capital and the Galleon Group's insider trading

Jul 16, 2020

Traders on Amazon Prime was pretty good

Jul 16, 2020

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Jul 16, 2020
Jul 16, 2020

Ozark, not sure if you'd consider that a pure "Finance" show but it's up there for me personally.

Jul 17, 2020

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

Jul 17, 2020
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