Movies for Finance Professionals: Giving strong and interesting storylines to the cinema, the financial world is full of its ups and downs. Comedy, imagination, tragedy, and reclamation can be seen in many finance films made in Hollywood. These movies add to the drama and are quite sensationalized to make the concept more interesting for the audience, they do attract audience especially the ones who are already in the finance industry.
10 Movies for Finance Professionals Should Watch:-
Here is a list of ten must-watch Movies for Finance Professionals who are in the finance and investment industry.
1. Wall Street
The number one recommended finance movie for every professional is this Oliver Stone classic. This is the movie that made thousands of college graduates speak the famous phrase “Blue Horseshoe loves Anacott Steel” as they rushed to their Series 7 exams.
The movie was originally to show the excess and self-indulgence present in the finance industry. It still shows great power as a recruiting tool for brokers, traders, analysts, and bankers almost 30 years after it was made. The movie cautions us about the risks of insider trading but. It does make us fantasize to be Bud Fox or even Gordon Gekko, in a legal way, and wallow in a bit in our greedy side.
2. Margin Call
One of the most accurate Movies for Finance Professionals, Margin Call, shows us the span of over 24 hours in the life of a Wall Street firm, on the edge of meeting with a disaster. The movie has put very few efforts to show its disregard for the careless risk-taking by a few of the biggest banks who lead to the 2008 financial crisis.
The movie has a wonderfully touching scene where two main characters are talking about the catastrophe that will soon hit their bank and the unsuspecting financial landscape, and a janitor is standing between them, totally unaware of what is happening around him.
3. Boiler Room
This movie is set in the very lowest rung of the financial ladder, the pump, and dump scheme. Boiler Room does demonstrate fiction but the pump and dump firms actually exist and so does the pain and suffering they cause to their victims.
The movie shows a warning to those who are about to start investing in stock market, to stick to honest and strong companies who function with sound fundamentals, and to always stick to the saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
4. The Wolf of Wall Street
One of the best performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street, shows. The rises and falls of a famous stock scammer, Jordan Belfort.
The movie is based on real-life events (dramatized in the movie), around the infamous Stratton Oakmont, an over-the-counter brokerage firm, a pump and dump scheme that assisted IPO many large public companies during the late 80s and 90s.
5. Trading Places
A modern version of The Prince and Pauper, the movie has Eddie Murphy who plays the role of a streetwise con artist. He becomes a fool and becomes the manager of a commodities trading firm where he unknowingly replaces his successor, Dan Aykroyd, who plays the role of a blue-blooded executive.
In the movie, when the actors are getting into their new situations, actual trading gets in the background. The last 15 minutes of the movie shows a very precise depiction of a frantic trading session. This is a great scene to watch along with superb acting from the leads and the 80s nostalgia.
6. Rogue Trader
This movie shows the story of Nick Leeson, a trader who solely lead to the insolvency of Barings Bank. The world’s second-oldest merchant bank. Leeson was a rising star on the Singapore trading floor, his growth was very quick.
He hid massive losses from his bosses in carefully hidden accounts which eventually lead to the mother of all failed trades on a short straddle position on the Nikkei. Which ends up experiencing a large sigma move. Leeson’s story is an amazing lesson in risk management and financial oversight and makes the movie quite amusing.
7. Glengarry Glen Ross
This is a praised movie version of a David Mamet play. The movie has many famous quotes and is focused on a team of oppressed real estate salesmen who are morally compromised because of working for years for their unethical company.
The movie shows the pressure put on the sales team by the senior authorities, the greed, dishonest tactics that salespeople are involved in. The cast of the movie is superb and Alec Baldwin’s “motivational speech” is the best part of the movie. It brings into the picture the best and worst aspects of working under huge pressure.
8. American Psycho
This movie has a background in finance and is a violent and thought-provoking thriller. Christian Bale plays the role of a wealthy investment banker with a dark secret.
The movie does not have a great finance-based storyline but it showcases the bizarre world of finance’s elite class. The total disconnect they have among themselves and with reality.
9. Barbarians at the Gates
This movie was made in 1993 and is center on the leveraged buyout (LBO) of RJR Nabisco. The movie is definitely dramatized for entertainment purposes to show this real-life event.
The audience of this movie gets amused at the greed and inability of Nabisco’s CEO F. Ross Johnson and the behind-the-scenes negotiations and double-dealing around this famous LBO.
10. The Big Short
This movie is based on the nonfiction book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis. It shows a few savvy men who understand the housing bubble. That leads to the financial crisis in 2007-2008 before anybody else does.
The movie shows sophisticated financial instruments quite cleverly. For example, showing Margot Robbie explain mortgage-backed bonds in a tub with holding champagne and showing Selena Gomez explain what synthetic CDOs are at a poker table.
These movies are a must-watch for finance professionals and for those who are not. I will get an insight into how this finance world operates.