What are the best business documentaries?

How about we include biopics as well.

Watching the theranos documentary right now and it's awesome (guy with the messed up eye seems kinda baller). What are some other business documentaries to check out?

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Mar 31, 2019

"Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" (2005): great recount of the Enron scandal. On Netflix.

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Mar 31, 2019

nice, i'll check it out

Mar 31, 2019

Agree with @BubbaBanker - "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" is a good watch.

Also check out:
Quants - The Alchemists of Wall Street (2010)
How the Economic Machine Works, by Ray Dalio (2013)
Black Wednesday (1997)
Meltdown (2010)
Becoming Warren Buffett (2013)

Film-wise, watch "The Founder" (2016) - all about Ray Kroc and the founding of McDonald's.

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Apr 2, 2019

+1 for "Becoming Warren Buffet"

Mar 31, 2019

Watching "Too Big to Fail" on Amazon right now. Would highly recommend

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Apr 1, 2019

Trillion Dollar Bet, a documentary about LTCM

Apr 1, 2019

The movie adaptation of Barbarians at the Gate is awesome. More of a dramatization than a documentary, but still excellent watching. I believe it is on YouTube as well!

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Apr 2, 2019

I've seen it & haven't read the book. Can confirm, its entertaining although dry at times.

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Apr 1, 2019

"Something Ventured" - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1737747/ - Venture capitalists getting Apple and others off and running.

"Hank: 5 Years from the Brink" - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3137552/ - Documentary and interview w/Hank Paulson about financial crisis.

"Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1016268/ - It was mentioned above but I have to mention it again because it is so good.

"Inside Job" - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1645089/ - If this is the one I'm thinking of it's really good. A bit basic if you already know a lot about finance, but entertaining and informative. Unfortunately it's not on Netflix anymore, can rent it on Amazon Prime Video for $3.

Apr 2, 2019

The China Hustle - on Netflix

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Apr 2, 2019

Cant recommend this enough.

Apr 2, 2019

FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

twitter: @CorpFin_Guy

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Apr 2, 2019

Most of these are low quality due to age. They are interesting to watch though.

Trader - Paul Tudor Jones during the crash of 1987. Finding a good quality copy is difficult but there should be better streams out there if you get creative.

Opalesque Tv - Interview series featuring alternative investment managers and hedge funds. Covers different strategies and philosophies for various events. A few big names in it;

Trillion Dollar Debt - About Black Scholes and LTCM collapse.


25 Million Pounds - The trader who helped cause the downfall of Barings Bank.

I second the mentions of Something Ventured, Quants, Hank: 5 Years from the brink, and Inside Job; enjoyed all of them.

Apr 2, 2019

Not documentaries, but Margin Call and The Big Short are outstanding depictions of the crisis...

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Apr 2, 2019

Not a documentary but really enjoyed The Founder. Story of Ray Kroc/the rise of McDonalds.

Apr 4, 2019

Some of them have been mentioned above, but here's a complete list:
1. Bigger than Enron (2002)
2. The Corporation (2003)
3. The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)
4. The Bank That Bust The World (2010)
5. Inside Job (2010)
6. Meltdown: Global Financial Collapse (2011)
7. Becoming Warren Buffett (2017)

Not documentaries, but still very good films:
1. Barbarians at the Gate (1993)
2. Margin Call (2011)
3. Too Big to Fail (2011)
4. The Big Short (2015)

Apr 4, 2019

The Princes of Yen: Japan's Central Bankers and the Transformation of the Economy is fantastic!

Apr 4, 2019

The Men Who Built America

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Apr 8, 2019

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Apr 7, 2019