Movies and TV shows have always played an important role in our lives. In this blog, we have selected our top and best 5 finance documentaries and movies that you must watch. On top of it, streaming platforms are rapidly taking over the entertainment industry, especially, when movies and TV shows are concerned. Movies and TV shows are a source of entertainment and provide us with information concerning the world around us, give us an insight into the lives of some of the greatest people, and help us view the mistakes and difficulties of the past. Today with the help of the internet we have access to a wide range of over-the-top (ott) platforms and subscription-based services that give us entertainment at home.
In this blog, I would like to highlight and list down some of the top financial and business world movies that every investor, businessman/woman, and any enthusiast of the global markets should watch and takedown certain lessons and points. This will not only build our knowledge base but will give us a chance to understand the mindset and psychology of the people who have lived through those times of crisis and what they endured and did to overcome them.
This is my personal list of the top movies/documentaries that relate to the world of finance in particular and business in general. The list ranks top 5 movies/documentaries which are as follows.
5. INSIDE JOB-
At number 5 of best finance documentaries we have Inside Job provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which had a cost of over $20 trillion, it caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. The documentary revolves around thorough, exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics. The film traces the rise of a rogue industry that has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia.
This documentary will teach you a lot about the Housing bubble that imploded in 2008 and how certain banks in the sight of riches went down the road of bankruptcy.
Directed by: Charles Ferguson
4. BETTING ON ZERO-
The Writer/director Ted Braun follows controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman as he puts a billion dollars on the line in his crusade to expose Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history.
The plot mainly revolves around how for almost 5 years Bill Ackman fought with a company named Herbalife. It shows what goes into understanding a company before taking a call whether to invest or not in the company. It also highlights that the markets will not always favor you or your analysis all the time. All in all, it shows the harsh realities and the patience one requires to survive wall street. It’s sure is one of the best top finance movies that you must watch.
Directed by: Ted Braun
3. ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM–
At number 3 we have Enron is one of the best finance documentaries. Enron dives from the seventh largest US company to bankruptcy in less than a year in this tale which is told chronologically. The emphasis of this movie is on human drama, from suicide to 20,000 people being sacked. The financial documentary highlights the personalities of Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling, Lou Pai, and Andy Fastow.
Along the way, we watch Enron manipulate California’s deregulated electricity market, get a free pass from Arthur Andersen which enables the dubious mark-to-market accounting scheme and use greed to manipulate banks and brokerages (Merrill Lynch fires the analyst who questions Enron’s rise).
The financial documentary is a good lesson on the destruction caused by corporate greed and capitalism. I would highly recommend this for those interested in the world of finance and business.
Directed by: Alex Gibney
2. MARGIN CALL–
The movie revolves around a financial company that is downsizing and one of the victims is the risk management division head, who was working on a major analysis just when he was let go.
His protégé completes the study late into the night and then frantically calls his colleagues in about the company’s financial disaster he has discovered.
What follows is a long night of panicked double-checking and double-dealing as the senior management prepares to do whatever it takes to mitigate the debacle to come even as the handful of conscientious comrades find themselves dragged along into the unethical abyss.
Another plus point to this financial movie is the amazing and intense acting of Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany. If you are a house of cards fan or a financial freak, you need to watch this movie.
Directed by: J.C. Chandor
1.WALL STREET (1987) –
At the top we have one of the classic movies the best financial moviesThis movie is based on the Wall Street of the 1980s in which Bud Fox is a stockbroker full of ambition, doing whatever he can to make his way to the top. Admiring the power of the unsparing corporate raider Gordon Gekko, Fox entices Gekko into mentoring him by providing insider trading. As Fox becomes embroiled in greed and underhanded schemes, his decisions eventually threaten the livelihood of his scrupulous father.
The movie is an all-time classic and there is the latest remake of it called “WALL STREET- MONEY NEVER SLEEPS”. This movie stars Charlie sheen and Michael Douglas. The movie does not have a lot of factual material, but it is a thriller, and the ending will blow your mind away.
Directed by: Oliver Stone
I would also like to list a few honorable mentions that I believe are worth your time-
- BOILER ROOM
- TOO BIG TO FAIL
- MONEY FOR NOTHING- INSIDE THE FED
- THE BIG SHORT
- THE CHINA HUSTLE
What are you waiting for…? Grab a tub of popcorn and binge-watch some of the best financial dramas and thriller documentaries.