Do you want to learn how to make money from the stock market? However, do you find college textbooks or investment novels too boring to read? No need to worry. Without the 800 pages of financial books there is a more fun, entertaining, yet educational approach to learning the financial world. Enter stock market movies.
If you are not an avid book reader, just try to watch some amazing movies or documentaries based on the stock market and it will help you understand about financial markets. You can learn a lot about stocks and explore them just by sitting on your couch and watching these movies on your laptop.
Trading Places (1983)
John Landis directed “Trading Place” with the lead role played by Eddie Murphy.The film deals with the ups and downs of trading in a comedy genre that lays the basics of socio-economics and class structure in America. The film also depicts many conservative ideas of money.
Wall street (1987)
In 1987, Oliver Stone directed this American theatrical film with stars Michèle Dagler, Charlie Sheen, and Daryl Hannah. The film revolves around a young stockbroker, who is involved with wealthy corporate raiders. The film allowed all financial wheeling and dealing. This provides us with an alternative reality about stocks, which may outweigh all of us. The director produced the film as a tribute to his father.
Boiler Room (2000)
The film puts Seth Davis at the center who seeks a job as a shareholder of a suburban investment firm to maintain his father’s high standards. But the job will not be as valid at first. He is a college drop out with a serious desire to achieve success and wealth. The film is directed by Ben Younger, released on 18 February 2000.
The Ascent of Money (2008)
A documentary on the financial history of the world. This shows why our modern societies are structured and behaved. The history of money, loans and banking can be portrayed in this documentary. It is a six-part TV documentary written by author Niall Ferguson in 2008 that shows why stock markets produce bubbles, bursts, and globalization of the Western economy.
Too Big to Fail (2011)
The film was written by Andrew Ross Sorkin and directed by Curtis Hanson and released in 2011. It is about how large and so interconnected some particular financial institutions are that if they fail it will be disastrous for the greater economic system. The film also tells a few clips about the mortgage industry crisis.
Margin Call (2011)
A thought-provoking theatrical film directed by J.C. Chandor. It is a fictional firm and not a real Wall Street firm. The film follows people about investment banks in the 24-hour period before the 2008 financial crisis. It describes how large financial institutions operate and the motivations of those who work within them. It was a 35 million budget film.
Chasing Madoff (2011)
This is a true story based on Harry Markopoulos’s “Nobody Will Listen”. It is a nonfiction fiction documentary film written and directed by Jeff Prosserman. He spent 10 years and tried to get the US Securities and Exchange Commission on his investigative evidence of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, including an fake return of an estimated 18 billion.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
This is my all time favorite stock market film. It is based on a true story of Jordan Belfort, who spent 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in massive security scandals. It discusses the nature of Wall Street brokers with smooth-headed and easy-going bosses. He develops new ways to cover his tracks and grow his fortune
The Big Short (2015)
In this list of top stock market movies, firstly we see the big short rank. The film is based on a non-fictional book written by Michael Lewis, directed by Adam McKay. It is an Oscar-winning film in 2015 and has 37 other wins. It depicts a dramatic story of the events that led to the financial crisis. The film combines mindless comedy with a financial crisis where eight million people lose their jobs and become homeless.
A financial thriller film directed by Meera Menon. The film stars Naomi Bishop, an investment banker who is struggling to reach the top. He is being watched by a prosecutor who suspects him of being corrupt. So he should open a web of corruption in this story, while it becomes even worse with betrayal by a trusted ally to ruin it all. She is facing professional failures which include losing the customer’s trust.