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The Best Movies About Or Featuring Wall Street

Best Wall Street Movies

“What are the best movies about Wall Street?” We looked at 83 of the top Wall Street & Financial Crisis films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 41 films, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Wall Street” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 40+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top 41 Wall Street Movies



41 .) Cosmopolis (2012) directed by David Cronenberg

Lists It Appears On:

  • Business Insider
  • Business Insider 2

Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo during a riot in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager’s life begins to crumble.

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40 .) Catch Me If You Can’ (2002) directed by Steven Spielberg

Lists It Appears On:

  • Forbes
  • MSN

A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. An FBI agent makes it his mission to put him behind bars. But Frank not only eludes capture, he revels in the pursuit.

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39 .) Equity (2016) directed by Meera Menon

Lists It Appears On:

  • Business Insider 2
  • Stash

Senior investment banker Naomi Bishop’s world of high-power big money is brutal and fierce, and one she thrives in. When a controversial IPO threatens the fragile balance of power and confidentiality, Naomi finds herself entangled in a web of politics and deception.

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38 .) Floored: Into the Pit (2009) directed by James Allen Smith

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • The Balance

Enter a world where pandemonium reigns and reckless ambition rules: the trading floors in the financial canyons of downtown Chicago. Here, men use strange hand signals to buy and sell everything from pork belly to soybeans while wearing the weight of our complex economy on their shoulders – along with their neon jackets. It’s a physical, bruising place, one where a slight gain creates heroes, rich beyond what their high school educations should ever afford. But the wrong move on the wrong day can ruin lives. At a time when millions have lost fortunes in the fickle stock market and fear abounds about the faltering financial system, FLOORED is a gripping, honest look behind the curtain of the trading floor that few have ever seen

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37 .) Gold (2016) directed by Stephen Gaghan

Lists It Appears On:

  • BP Rising
  • The Balance

Kenny Wells, a modern-day prospector, hustler, and dreamer, is desperate for a lucky break. Left with few options, Wells teams up with an equally luckless geologist to execute a grandiose, last-ditch effort: to find gold deep in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.

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36 .) The Associate (1996) directed by Donald Petrie

Lists It Appears On:

  • Business Insider 2
  • Journal

Laurel Ayres is a businesswoman trying to make it but unfortunately she works at a investment firm where she does all the work but all the senior investors like Frank Peterson grab all the credit. She then leaves and starts her own firm. While trying to find clients Laurel pretends that she has a male partner named Robert Cutty. And when she starts to do well all of her clients wants to meet Cutty which is difficult since he doesn’t exist.

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35 .) The Corporation (2003)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Journal

The Corporation is a 2003 Canadian documentary film written by Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The documentary is critical of the modern-day corporation, considering its legal status as a class of person and evaluating its behaviour towards society and the world at large as a psychiatrist might evaluate an ordinary person.

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34 .) The Last Days of Lehman Brothers (2010) directed by Whit Stillman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Journal
  • The Balance

Two young women and their friends spend spare time at an exclusive nightclub in 1980s New York.

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33 .) Billions (2016)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BP Rising
  • Business Insider 2
  • The Balance


32 .) Cancel Crash (2012)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Market Watch
  • Market Watch
  • The Balance

A 25th Anniversary Special of the Stock Market Crash of 1987.

 



31 .) Dealers (1989) directed by Colin Bucksey

Lists It Appears On:

  • Business Insider 2
  • Journal
  • The Balance

The London branch of Whitney Paine, a major American investment bank, is in the midst of a crisis; after the loss of $100 million, one of their leading traders, Tony Eisner commits suicide by putting a slug through his head while seated at his place in the board room. Despite the high stakes, many of the firm’s staff are eager to step into Tony’s now-vacated shoes and get credit for saving the company. Daniel Pascoe, the leading trader at the firm, is convinced that he’s first in line for the assignment, but the firm imports a new trader from America, Anna Schuman. Daniel is enraged and makes a point of trying to dig up as much dirt on Anna as he can, but things are going to take another turn.



30 .) It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) directed by Frank Capra

Lists It Appears On:

  • Business Insider 2
  • Forbes
  • The Street

A holiday favourite for generations… George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George’s modest building and loan company. But on Christmas Eve the business’s $8,000 is lost and George’s troubles begin.

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29 .) Limitless (2011) directed by Neil Burger

Lists It Appears On:

  • BP Rising
  • MSN
  • The Balance

A paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unsuccessful writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret “smart drug” that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract shadowy forces that threaten his new life in this darkly comic and provocative film.

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28 .) The Bank (2001) directed by Robert Connolly

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Journal
  • The Balance

The Bank, a world ripe with avarice and corruption, where O’Reilly and his ilk can thrive and honest Aussie battlers lose everything. Enter Jim Doyle a maverick mathematician who has devised a formula to predict the fluctuations of the stock market. When he joins O’Reilly’s fold, he must first prove his loyalty to the “greed is good” ethos. Which way will he go? What does he have to hide?

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27 .) The Company Men’ (2010) directed by John Wells

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • MSN
  • Ranker

Bobby Walker lives the proverbial American dream: great job, beautiful family, shiny Porsche in the garage. When corporate downsizing leaves him and two co-workers jobless, the three men are forced to re-define their lives as men, husbands and fathers.

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26 .) The Family Man (2000) directed by Brett Ratner

Lists It Appears On:

  • Business Insider 2
  • Investopedia
  • Journal

Jack’s lavish, fast-paced lifestyle changes one Christmas night when he stumbles into a grocery store holdup and disarms the gunman. The next morning he wakes up in bed lying next to Kate, his college sweetheart he left in order to pursue his career, and to the horrifying discovery that his former life no longer exists. As he stumbles through this alternate suburban universe, Jack finds himself at a crossroad where he must choose between his high-power career and the woman he loves.

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25 .) The Pit (2010) directed by Lew Lehman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Business Insider 2
  • The Balance
  • The Street

Twelve year-old Jamie Benjamin is a solitary misunderstood boy in his preteens. His classmates pick on him, his neighbors think he’s weird and his parents ignore him. But now Jamie has a secret weapon: deep in the woods he has discovered a deep pit full of man-eating creatures he calls Trogs… and it isn’t long before he gets an idea for getting revenge and feeding the Trogs in the process!



24 .) Wall Street Warriors (2008)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Journal
  • The Balance


23 .) Barbarians at the Gate (1993) directed by Glenn A. Jordan

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Journal
  • Stash
  • The Balance

A television movie based upon the book by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar, about the leveraged buyout (LBO) of RJR Nabisco.

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22 .) Pi (1998) directed by Darren Aronofsky

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Journal
  • The Balance
  • Wall Street Insanity

The debut film from Darren Aronofsky in which a mathematical genius Maximilian Cohen discovers a link in the connection between numbers and reality and thus believes he can predict the future.

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21 .) Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) directed by Michael Moore

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Journal
  • Ranker
  • The Balance
  • Wall Street Insanity

Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story comes home to the issue he’s been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world).

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20 .) The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) directed by Gabriele Muccino

Lists It Appears On:

  • BP Rising
  • Journal
  • MSN
  • The Balance
  • Wall Street Insanity

A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he’s poised to begin a life-changing professional career.

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19 .) Working Girl (1988) directed by Mike Nichols

Lists It Appears On:

  • Business Insider 2
  • IMDB
  • Investopedia
  • Journal
  • The Balance

Witty, romantic look at life in the corporate jungle. Tess McGill is an ambitious secretary with a unique approach for climbing the ladder to success. When her classy, but villainous boss breaks a leg skiing, Tess takes over her office, her apartment and even her wardrobe. She creates a deal with a handsome investment banker that will either take her to the top, or finish her off for good.

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18 .) Inside Job (2010) directed by Charles Ferguson

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Investopedia
  • Ranker
  • The Balance
  • The Street
  • Wall Street Mojo

A film that exposes the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, Inside Job traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia.

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17 .) Other People’s Money (1991) directed by Norman Jewison

Lists It Appears On:

  • Business Insider 2
  • IMDB
  • Journal
  • Ranker
  • Stash
  • The Balance

A corporate raider threatens a hostile take-over of a “mom and pop” company. The patriarch of the company enlists the help of his wife’s daughter, who is a lawyer, to try and protect the company. The raider is enamoured of her, and enjoys the thrust and parry of legal manoeuvring as he tries to win her heart. Written by Ed Sutton.

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16 .) Trader (1987)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Business Insider
  • Business Insider 2
  • Market Watch
  • The Balance
  • The Balance
  • The Street

Is financial trading an art, science, profession or out-and-out gamble? If you’re interested in money and you want to know what it’s really like on Wall Street, this is the video you, your family, your colleagues and your friends should own. Filmed before Wall Street’s October 1987 crash, TRADER is a riviting one hour documentary of a fascinating man, Paul Tudor Jones II. It delivers a rarely seen view of futures trading and explains the workings of this frantic, highly charged marketplace. It gives viewers an inside look at his estate in Virginia, skiing in Gstaad, his New York apartment. It also examines Jones’ prediction that America is nearing the end of a 200-year bull market. If he’s right – and he almost always is – this country and the world are about to experience economic changes of unprecedented proportions.

 



15 .) Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) directed by Oliver Stone

Lists It Appears On:

  • BP Rising
  • Business Insider 2
  • IMDB
  • Journal
  • MSN
  • Ranker
  • The Balance

As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader’s mentor.

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14 .) Quants: The Alchemists of Wall Street (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Business Insider
  • Business Insider 2
  • Journal
  • Personal Income
  • The Balance
  • The Street
  • Value Walk
  • Wall Street Mojo

 



13 .) The Big Short (2015) directed by Adam McKay

Lists It Appears On:

  • Benzinga
  • BP Rising
  • Business Insider 2
  • IMDB
  • Investopedia
  • MSN
  • Stash
  • Wall Street Mojo

The men who made millions from a global economic meltdown.

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12 .) Too Big to Fail (2011) directed by Curtis Hanson

Lists It Appears On:

  • BP Rising
  • Business Insider 2
  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Stash
  • The Balance
  • The Street
  • Wall Street Insanity

Based on the bestselling book by Andrew Ross Sorkin, ‘Too Big to Fail’ offers an intimate look at the epochal financial crisis of 2008 and the powerful men and women who decided the fate of the world’s economy in a matter of a few weeks.

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11 .) The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) directed by Brian De Palma

Lists It Appears On:

  • Business Insider
  • Business Insider 2
  • Personal Income
  • Value Walk
  • IMDB
  • Journal
  • Ranker
  • The Balance
  • Wall Street Insanity

After his mistress runs over a young teen, a Wall Street hotshot sees his life unravel in the spotlight, and attracting the interest of a down and out reporter.

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10 .) Arbitrage (2012) directed by Nicholas Jarecki

Lists It Appears On:

  • BP Rising
  • Business Insider
  • Business Insider 2
  • IMDB
  • MSN
  • Personal Income
  • The Balance
  • The Street
  • Value Walk
  • Wall Street Insanity

A troubled hedge fund magnate, desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire, makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.

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9 .) Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) directed by James Foley

Lists It Appears On:

  • Business Insider
  • Business Insider 2
  • Forbes
  • IMDB
  • Journal
  • Personal Income
  • Ranker
  • Top 10 Films
  • Value Walk
  • Wall Street Insanity

Glengarry Glen Ross, follows the lives of four unethical Chicago real estate agents who are prepared to go to any lengths (legal or illegal) to unload undesirable real estate on unwilling prospective buyers.

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8 .) Rogue Trader (1999) directed by James Dearden

Lists It Appears On:

  • Business Insider
  • Business Insider 2
  • IMDB
  • Journal
  • Ranker
  • Stash
  • The Balance
  • The Street
  • Wall Street Insanity
  • Wall Street Mojo

Rogue Trader tells the true story of Nick Leeson, an employee of Barings Bank who–after a successful trading run–ends up accumulating $1.4 billion in losses hidden in account #88888.

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7 .) American Psycho (2000) directed by Mary Harron

Lists It Appears On:

  • BP Rising
  • Business Insider
  • Business Insider 2
  • IMDB
  • Investopedia
  • Journal
  • Personal Income
  • Ranker
  • The Street
  • Top 10 Films
  • Value Walk
  • Wall Street Insanity

A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.

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6 .) Margin Call (2011) directed by J.C. Chandor

Lists It Appears On:

  • BP Rising
  • Business Insider
  • Business Insider 2
  • Forbes
  • IMDB
  • Investopedia
  • MSN
  • Ranker
  • Stash
  • The Balance
  • The Street
  • Wall Street Insanity

A thriller that revolves around the key people at an investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the financial crisis.

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5 .) The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) directed by Martin Scorsese

Lists It Appears On:

  • BP Rising
  • Business Insider 2
  • Forbes
  • IMDB
  • Investopedia
  • MSN
  • Ranker
  • Stash
  • The Balance
  • The Street
  • Wall Street Insanity
  • Wall Street Mojo

A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort’s autobiography.

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4 .) Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) directed by Alex Gibney

Lists It Appears On:

  • Business Insider
  • Business Insider 2
  • Forbes
  • IMDB
  • Investopedia
  • Journal
  • MSN
  • Personal Income
  • Ranker
  • The Balance
  • The Street
  • Value Walk
  • Wall Street Insanity

A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.

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3 .) Boiler Room (2000) directed by Ben Younger

Lists It Appears On:

  • BP Rising
  • Business Insider
  • Business Insider 2
  • Forbes
  • IMDB
  • Journal
  • MSN
  • Personal Income
  • Ranker
  • Stash
  • The Balance
  • The Street
  • Value Walk
  • Wall Street Insanity
  • Wall Street Mojo

A college dropout gets a job as a broker for a suburban investment firm, which puts him on the fast track to success, but the job might not be as legitimate as it sounds.

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2 .) Trading Places (1983) directed by John Landis

Lists It Appears On:

  • Business Insider
  • Business Insider 2
  • Forbes
  • IMDB
  • Investopedia
  • Journal
  • MSN
  • Personal Income
  • Ranker
  • The Balance
  • The Street
  • Top 10 Films
  • Value Walk
  • Wall Street Insanity
  • Wall Street Mojo

A snobbish investor and a wily street con-artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

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1 .) Wall Street (1987) directed by Oliver Stone

Lists It Appears On:

  • BP Rising
  • Business Insider
  • Business Insider 2
  • Forbes
  • IMDB
  • Investopedia
  • Journal
  • Market Watch
  • MSN
  • Personal Income
  • Ranker
  • Stash
  • The Balance
  • The Street
  • Top 10 Films
  • Value Walk
  • Wall Street Insanity
  • Wall Street Mojo

A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider whom takes the youth under his wing.

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The 40+ Additional Best Wall Street Movies



 

# Films Directors Lists
(Titles Appear On 1 List Each)
42 A Good Year (2006)
The Balance
43
American Greed (2007 to current)
The Balance
44 Billion Dollar Day (1985)
The Balance
45 Black Wednesday (1997)
The Balance
46 Capital (2012)
The Balance
47 Dealers IMDB
48 Die Hard with a Vengeance Ranker
49 Firewall (2006)
Business Insider 2
50 Food, Inc (2008) MSN
51 Freakonomics’ (2010) MSN
52
Golman Saches: Power and Peril (2010)
The Balance
53 Jungle 2 Jungle Ranker
54 Limit Up (1989)
The Balance
55 Mad Men’ Benzinga
56 Million Dollar Traders (2009)
The Balance
57 Mind Over Money (2010)
The Balance
58 Money For Nothing’ Benzinga
59 Money Monster BP Rising
60 Ocean’s Eleven Forbes
61 Owning Mahowny (2003)
The Balance
62 Quicksilver (1986)
The Balance
63 Remembering Black Monday
Market Watch
64
Requiem For The American Dream’
Benzinga
65 Rollover (1981) Journal
66 Silver Bears (1978)
The Balance
67 Stavisky (1974)
The Balance
68
Street Food Around The World’
Benzinga
69
Super Rich: The Greed Game (2008)
The Balance
70 The Ascent of Money (2008)
The Balance
71 The Dark Knight Rises Ranker
72 The Game (1997)
Business Insider 2
73
The Midas Formula: Trillion Dollar Bet (1999)
The Balance
74 The Office’ Benzinga
75 The Scam (2009)
The Balance
76 The Trillion Dollar Bet (2000)
Wall Street Mojo
77 The Warning (2009)
The Balance
78 The Wizard of Lies BP Rising
79 The Wolf of Wall Street (1929) The Street
80 Trillion Dollar Bet (2000) Journal
81 Waffle Street’ Benzinga
82 White Collar’ Benzinga
83 Wolves of Wall Street Ranker


20 Best Financial Crisis Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
Benzinga NFLX And Chill With These 8 Wall Street Shows And Movies
BP Rising 15 WALL STREET MOVIES YOU CAN’T MISS
Business Insider 13 Awesome Wall Street Movies To Entertain You On Your Day Off
Business Insider 2 27 Wall Street movies to watch over Christmas
Forbes 10 Best Wall Street Movies To Ring In 2017
Fortune These 7 Movies Tell The Real Story Behind the Financial Crisis
IMDB Top 25 Greatest Movies About Finance (Banks, Stock Market, and Wall Street)
Investopedia Top 10 Wall Street Movies
Journal Best Wall Street Films to Watch
Market Watch The 5 best movies featuring Black Monday
MSN ‘The Big Short’ and 14 Other Best Movies About Money and Wall Street
Personal Income 9 Must See Wall Street Movies
Ranker The Best Movies About Wall Street
Stash 10 Best Movies About Finance & The Stock Market
The Balance List of Trading Movies, Documentaries, and TV Shows
The Street 16 Must-See Wall Street Movies
Top 10 Films The 80s And 90s: Two Decades Of Wall Street Power Movies
Value Walk Nine Must See Wall Street Movies
Wall Street Insanity The 15 Best Wall Street Movies Ever Made
Wall Street Mojo Top 10 Wall Street Movies You Must Watch

 

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