Wall Street Movie List 

Regardless of what type of movies you like, everybody enjoys plots of greed, corruption, fast lifestyles, and ultimate downfalls. All these factors is what usually makes Wall Street based movies so fun and entertaining to watch. They can also be quite inspiring.

There have been a lot of stellar films about Wall Street culture and the business of finance that are actually worth seeing.Take a look at our list, and let us know if we've missed any others..

 

 Wall Street

Domestic Total Gross: $43.85 million
Worldwide Gross: N/A
Opening Weekend: $4.10 million
 
About:
Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Darryl Hannah and Martin Sheen star in this fictional movie about an impatient, young stockbroker so desperate to succeed on Wall Street he succumbs to making illegal and immoral decisions. Gordon Gekko, played by Douglas, is the ruthless corporate raider who guides him up the ladder.

Interesting Fact:
Gordon Gekko’s “Greed is good” speech was inspired by Ivan Boesky, who paid a $100 million penalty to the SEC to settle insider trading charges. The speech was given at the University of California’s commencement ceremony in 1986.  Boesky said, “Greed is all right, by the way.  I want you to know that.  I think greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself.”

 

"Quants, the alchemists of wallstreet"

     

Quants are the math wizards and computer programmers in the engine room of our global financial system who designed the financial products that almost crashed Wall st. The credit crunch has shown how the global financial system has become increasingly dependent on mathematical models trying to quantify human (economic) behaviour. Now the quants are at the heart of yet another technological revolution in finance: trading at the speed of light.

What are the risks of treating the economy and its markets as a complex machine? Will we be able to keep control of this model-based financial system, or have we created a monster?

A story about greed, fear and randomness from the insides of Wall Street.

 

 

 

Other People’s Money (1991)

 

Norman Jewison directed the racially-charged crime drama “In the Heat of the Night” to a Best Picture win in 1967, but his adaptation of the Jerry Sterner play “Other People’s Money” didn’t fare quite as well. Gregory Peck is the owner of a family business in danger of being overtaken by a ruthless corporate liquidator, played by Danny Devito. Peck puts his lawyer stepdaughter (Penelope Ann Miller) in charge of stalling the capitalist pig, and suddenly he can’t decide which he enjoys more—taking over companies or jousting romantically people who are pre-disposed to hate him. Peck gets to deliver a rousing speech about companies being worth more than just the price of their stock; they are places where you meet your friends and co-workers and earn a living and God help us if all it comes down to is money and blah blah blah

 

 

 

Boiler Room 

 

Like Wall Street, Boiler Room revealed the greasy and sliming tactics that were relevant with the time and ultimately introduced the world to pump and dump stock promoters. The movie includes the likes of: Vin Diesel and Giovanni Ribisi.

Domestic Total Gross: $16.97 million
Worldwide Gross: $28.78 million
Opening Weekend: $5.74 million

 

Changing Lanes (2002)

 

 

This underrated drama has the same message as “Other People’s Money,” but doesn’t feel as obvious or preachy. Kudos to the two lead actors for not being afraid to play complex men who aren’t clean-cut good guy/bad guy types. Examining the blurry line between business ethics and moral guidelines, it pits a wealthy, white New York attorney (Ben Affleck) against a black insurance agent (Samuel L. Jackson) who is trying to secure custody of his kids. Both men act irresponsibly and illegally as their actions to hurt the other person escalate to an insane level. This animosity stems from an inconvenient fender bender on one very important morning for both men, but it’s clear that there is more at play than that as tensions continue to bubble to the surface. The movie raises all kinds of questions about who we are and what is important to us, and shows how easy it is to get caught up in the “game” of money

 

The Persuit of Happyness

 

Unlike most of the movies in this list, The Persuit of Happyness , does not revolve around any greedy or illegal trading scheme, but rather depicts the hardships and dedications one must take to become a stock broker at one of the top investment firms. This movie stars Will Smith.

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Domestic Total Gross: $163.57 million
Worldwide Gross: $307.08 million
Opening Weekend: $26.54 million
 
About:
"The Pursuit of Happyness" wasn't shot anywhere near Wall Street. It was shot in San Francisco and deals with the struggles of a man determined to make it in the financial industry. Will Smith stars as Chris Gardner who has an opportunity to change his life by becoming a stock broker. Gardner takes an unpaid internship and finds himself homeless with is son and abandoned by his wife.

Interesting Fact:
Will Smith was coached for the movie by speedcubing champions Tyson Mao, Toby Mao and Lars Petrus to solve a Rubik’s Cube in less than two minutes.

 

 

Wanda Whips Wall Street a.k.a. Stocks and Blondes (1982)

“Wanda Brandt (Veronica Hart) is a shrewd corporate takeover engineer. She plots to seize control of the most stable financial investment firm on Wall Street by sexually blackmailing all the corporate stockholders out of their holdings. Things get complicated for Wanda as the company president hires an investigator (Jamie Gillis) to determine the cause of the sudden instability of the stock

Wanda Whips Wall Street a.k.a. Stocks and Blondes (1982)

“Wanda Brandt (Veronica Hart) is a shrewd corporate takeover engineer. She plots to seize control of the most stable financial investment firm on Wall Street by sexually blackmailing all the corporate stockholders out of their holdings. Things get complicated for Wanda as the company president hires an investigator (Jamie Gillis) to determine the cause of the sudden instability of the stock

Trading Places

 

Domestic Total Gross: $90.40 million
Worldwide Gross: N/A
Opening Weekend: $7.35 million

About:
Two heartless millionaires make a bet and reverse the lives of a Philadelphia street hustler and a snobbish investor. The con artist is thrown into investing commodities and the investor is thrown into a life of crime. Will the men adapt to their environments or resort back to their original lifestyles? Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis star in this comedy directed by John Landis.

 

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

 

 

Domestic Total Gross: $4.07 million
Worldwide Gross: $4.85 million
Opening Weekend: $76,639

About:
This documentary tells the tale of the 2001 collapse of Enron, then the seventh largest company in the United States. Peter Coyote narrates and describes events from suicide to the loss of 20,0000 jobs — as well as the manipulation of California’s electricity market. The 'characters' include Enron execs Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling, Lou Pai, and Andy Fastow.

Interesting Fact:
On June 24, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court set aside some convictions of former Enron Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling in the Enron federal case.

The Associate

 

 

In a time where old men dominated top spots on Wall Street, Whoopie Goldberg, in The Associate, conjures up a fake male persona to head up her new investment firm only to realize covering up her real identity may be harder than she had though, while being caught in some interesting situations.

Domestic Total Gross: $12.84 million
Worldwide Gross: N/A
Opening Weekend: $4.26 million

About:
Whoopi Goldberg stars as Laurel Ayers, a smart investment banker who realizes the only way to make it on Wall Street is to disguise herself as a white man.  She starts her own investment firm as Robert Cutty and finds herself in a series of ordeals where she proves to her former colleagues that internal attributes are more important than external ones.

Interesting Fact:
Goldberg starred in five films that were also released in 1996—"Ghosts of Mississippi," "Eddie," "Bogus, Blood of Bordello," and "The Associate."  "Eddie" was the highest domestic grossing movie at $31.39 million.

Domestic Total Gross: $63.78 million
Worldwide Gross: $102.95 million
Opening Weekend: $4.72 million

 

Working Girl (1988)

 

 

About:
Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver star in a romantic comedy about an ambitious secretary who takes a unique approach to climbing the corporate ladder.  When Tess’ boss is injured in a skiing accident, Tess takes over her office, apartment and even her wardrobe.  She creates a merger and acquisitions deal with a handsome investment banker that can make or break her new-found career.

Interesting Fact:
"Working Girl" won an Academy Award for “Let the River Run” for theme song by Carly Simon and the song was originally titled “Wall Street Hymn.”

American Psycho

 

Christian Bale plays a Wall Street yuppie obsessed with success, status and style, with a stunning fiancé (Reese Witherspoon). He is also a psychotic killer who rapes, murders and dismembers both strangers and acquaintances without provocation or purpose. Based on the controversial novel by Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho offers a sharp satire to the dark side of yuppie culture in the ‘80s, while setting forth a vision that is both terrifying and chilling.

Domestic Total Gross: $15.07 million
Worldwide Gross: $34.27 million
Opening Weekend: $4.96 million

Interesting Fact:
According to "American Psycho" director Mary Harron, Christian Bale saw Tom Cruise on the David Letterman Show and noticed “this very intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes” and based the character of Bateman on that.

The Family Man

 

Domestic Total Gross: $75.79 million
Worldwide Gross: $124.75 million
Opening Weekend: $10.55 million

About:
Jack Campbell is a single, successful, dedicated Wall Street exec, working on a multi-billion dollar deal on Christmas Eve. He wakes up the next morning in New Jersey happily married to his ex-girlfriend with two children and a job at his father-in-law’s tire store. Which life will he choose? Nicholas Cage, Tea Leoni, Don Cheadle and Jeremy Piven star in this fantasy comedy.

Interesting Fact:
The scene where falling snow symbolizes the changes in Jack’s life is an homage to the 1946 movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

 

 

 The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

   

 

Awash in fuzzy racial politics and confused performances, Brian De Palma didn’t make a great movie when he adapted Tom Wolfe’s book “The Bonfire of the Vanities.” What he did do was try to make America hate Tom Hanks—and then let promptly him off the hook. Hanks plays rich Wall Street trader Sherman McCoy, whose mistress (Melanie Griffith) panics when they are driving in the Bronx one night. She guns the engine and runs over a black man, putting him in a coma. Hanks’ character in the book is a real money-grubbing scuzball at the top of the social hierarchy, but the studio chose to make the film’s McCoy more sympathetic—taking all the bite out of the entire affair, and leaving a judge played by Morgan Freeman to lecture all the people that had benefited from McCoy’s very public downfall

 

 

Pi (1998)
  

Domestic Total Gross: $3.22 million
Worldwide Gross: N/A
Opening Weekend: $31,069

 

 

 

 

 

About:
"Pi" is a black-and-white thriller about a paranoid math and computer genius that may have figured out how to predict the behavior of the stock market through mathematical patterns.  The main character Max Cohen finds himself chased by greedy Wall Street traders and a Hasidic Jew who wants to rediscover mathematical mysteries in the Torah.

Interesting Fact: 
The film cost $60,000 to make that was raised through $100 contributions from the director’s friends and family.  When Artisan Entertainment bought the film, each contributor received $150 return on their investment.

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