This is a fun one.
It’s research, yeah. But you’re going to like doing it.
Today, I’m going to be talking about the best movies on the stock market.
Now, when I say stock market movies, I mean the movies that are loosely based or related to the stock market. I’m sure you’ve seen at least a few of the movies on my list. But do watch them all. So, here goes.
I’m starting with a very well known one.
I’m sure you’ve all heard of this movie. I mean, Leonardo Dicaprio as Jordan Belfort is not something you can forget easily.
Directed by the award-winning Martin Scorsese, this movie is based on the life of Jordan Belfort, his rise to a wealthy stock broker, his high life which eventually led to his fall and the aftermath.
This movie recounts Belfort’s perspective on his career as a stockbroker in New York City and how his firm Stratton Oakmont engaged in rampant corruption and fraud on Wall Street that ultimately lead to his downfall.
The Wolf of Wall Street gives you a pretty clear picture of what being a stockbroker means, albeit a much exaggerated and extreme version. Watching this movie can help you understand the basics of stockbroking. And because the entire movie is so humorous and energetic, you’ll never be bored!
This one is a little different from the rest.
Gafla is a 2006 Hindi Bollywood film based on the 1992 stock market scam involving Harshad Mehta. This movie was nominated for many awards and won awards for Best Script and Best Debut Director.
This movie is underrated and depends solely on the quality of acting and the plot, rather than fancy props and special effects. And trust me when I tell you, Gafla does not disappoint.
Actors like Vinod Sherawat and Shruti Ulfat have brought the characters to life. Director Sameer Hachate does a superb job of converting the story from the pages to the screen.
So go watch this movie guys. It’s one of those underrated gems of Indian cinema. And it shows the stock market vividly.
You can watch this movie here: Gafla movie
3. Wall Street
This 1987 drama, while not as faced paced as The Wolf of Wall Street, is a classic.
It is the story of a young and impatient stockbroker, Gordon Gekko, who is willing to do anything to get to the top. Eventually, he takes to trading inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider.
Michael Douglas won an Oscar for his performance as the charming, lying, selfish Gordon Gekko. His mantra, “Greed is good” is era defining and unforgettable. The question, “How much is enough?”, that reverberates through the entire movie will haunt you.
This movie’s real target isn’t the Wall Street criminals who break the law. Oliver Stone’s real target is the value system that places profits and wealth above all else.
So if you haven’t watched it yet, you’re missing out on a masterpiece.
4. Margin Call
Margin Call follows the key people at an investment bank, during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. It takes place over 36 hours when a junior analyst discovers that the bank’s holdings in worthless mortgage securities will soon bankrupt the bank.
You guys know about the whole Goldman Sachs collapse, right?
Well, this movie portrays an eerily similar situation to the whole Goldman Sachs fiasco.
It is an outstanding thriller featuring top notch performances from Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore and others.
You don’t even need to follow the financial markets to understand this movie. It is a must watch for every share market enthusiast and basically everyone else who enjoys a good movie.
5. The Big Short
This movie is a mix between a documentary, a comedy, and all things good.
It checks all the boxes, doesn’t it?
The Big Short is loosely based on a true story and follows three groups of people who predict the collapse of the US credit and housing bubble prior to the 2008 collapse.
They bet against the market by shorting mortgage bonds and make huge profits after the inevitable happens.
This movie received nominations for Oscars and Academy Awards. Boasting a star cast made up of Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and others, The Big Short offers a humorous snapshot of the financial world.
If you haven’t watched it yet, you’re missing out on one of the best films of 2015.
6. Inside Job
Inside Job provides a comprehensive analysis of the 2008 global financial crisis which cost about $20 trillion and millions of jobs.
This movie is informative without boring the viewers. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, it traces the rise of the rogue industry which has corrupted politics and regulations. It is an easy to follow documentary which leaves the viewer angry at the amount of greed and corruption underlying the financial system.
Oh, and the best part?
It’s narrated by Matt Damon.
You don’t really have any more reason to put off watching it, do you?
7. Boiler Room
This has been considered to be a more aggressive version of Wall Street, meant for a younger audience.
Boiler Room follows a college dropout who gets a job as a broker which puts him on the fast track to success. However, the job is not entirely legitimate.
This movie contains excellent sales scenes with a lot of negative stereotypes associated with stockbrokers. The movie hums with authenticity.
With actors like Ben Affleck and Vin Diesel, Boiler Room is a very entertaining and thrilling finance movie that all prospective investors should watch.
So, yet again, I’m leaving you guys with a lot of homework.
I hope you’ll have more fun this time, though. You could get cozy with your laptop and a bowl of popcorn and basically make a meal out of it.
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