“TOP 10 films for traders: Immersion in the world of finance through a cinematic prism

Financial markets, investing and stock trading are a fascinating and exciting world that often become the focus of attention in the film industry. Films about finance and trading allow viewers to plunge into the complex maze of stock transactions, strategies and human stories associated with this field. Here is a selection of 20 films that can captivate and inspire traders and financial enthusiasts.

1) The Big Short, 2015

The Big Short, 2015: This film reveals the mysteries of the 2007-2008 financial crisis and follows a group of investors who predicted it was coming and profited from the market collapse.

Snatch is an American biographical crime-comedy film directed by Adam McKay. It is based on the book “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine” by Michael Lewis, which shows how the 2007-2008 crisis was caused by the US housing bubble. The film consists of three separate but parallel stories connected by their actions in the years leading up to the 2007 housing market crash. Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt

2) Margin Call, 2011

Margin Call, 2011: Inside an investment bank before the 2008 crisis. The film explores the ethics and consequences of decisions made in the face of financial hardship.

“Margin of Risk” is a thriller that tells the story of a large American investment bank on the verge of a financial crisis and bankruptcy. The film is based on real events that took place during the global economic crisis of 2008. Starring Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore and Stanley Tucci

3) Trader, 1987

Trader, 1987 A documentary about the life of legendary trader Paul Tuger, who risked everything to achieve success in the stock market. You can find an additional description of this film in my other article, I highly recommend reading this article

4) Inside Job, 2010

Inside Job, 2010: This documentary explores the factors leading to the 2008 financial crisis and its consequences for the global economy.

Inside Job, 2010 is a documentary film about the financial crisis of 2007-2010, directed by Charles Ferguson in 20101. The film talks about systemic corruption in the financial sector of the United States and its consequences. The film features famous bankers, politicians and financiers who come to the conclusion that the cause of the crisis is excessive liberalization of financial markets1. The film was awarded the Oscar in the category “Best Documentary Film” in 2011

5) Risk, 2016

Risk, 2016: A dive into the life of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, and his struggle with financial institutions and power.

“Risk” (2016) is a documentary film directed by Laura Poitras, which tells about the life of Julian Assange after the creation of the WikiLeaks project. The film describes Assange’s inner world and the hidden motives that guide him and his inner circle1. It also touches on themes of power, betrayal, the search for truth and the price one has to pay for it1. “Risk” was released in 2016 and has a runtime of 86 minutes

6) “Wall Street” (1987) and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”

“Wall Street” (1987) and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (2010): Both films explore the cruelties and temptations of the financial world, exploring the mores of Wall Street.

“Wall Street” (1987) and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (2010) are two part drama films that explore the cruelties and temptations of the financial world, as well as the morals of Wall Street. Both parts of the film were directed by Oliver Stone.

“Wall Street” (1987) is the first part of the film, which was released in 1987. The film tells the story of a young broker, Bud Fox, who works on Wall Street and dreams of getting rich quick. He meets the legendary banker Gordon Gekko, who becomes his mentor and teaches him all the intricacies of the financial world. However, Bud soon realizes that Gordon Gekko is not what he seemed at first glance, and that his methods of work are not always legal.

“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (2010) is a sequel to the film “Wall Street” (1987), which was released in 2010. The film tells the story of Gordon Gekko, who is released from prison after serving 20 years for fraud. He tries to restore his relationship with his daughter and start a new life, but faces new problems and challenges related to the financial world12. The film also touches on the themes of the 2008 financial crisis and its consequences.

Both parts of the film received positive reviews from critics and audiences123. Wall Street (1987) was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won one Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Michael Douglas). “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (2010) was nominated for an Oscar in the category “Best Actor” (Michael Douglas).

7) “Boiler Room” (2000): Young brokers, their ambitions and moral dilemmas in the stock exchange environment.

Boiler Room (2000) is an American crime drama film written and directed by Ben Younger. Starring Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Nia Long, Ben Affleck, Nicky Katt, Scott Caan, Tom Everett Scott, Ron Rifkin and Jamie Kennedy12. The film tells the story of Seth Davis, a 19-year-old college dropout who runs an illegal casino out of his home. One day, his cousin Adam comes to the casino to play blackjack and introduces Seth to Greg Weinstein, a wealthy investor. Greg offers Seth a job at the brokerage firm J.T. Marlin, promising him a quick get rich. Seth joins the company and begins working as a trainee broker. He soon realizes that J.T. Marlin is a fraudulent company that sells shares of fictitious companies and speculative securities. The film was nominated for several awards, including an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2001.

8) The Recruit, 2003

The Recruit, 2003: Espionage and covert operations in the world of finance and corporations.

“The Recruit” (2003) is an American spy thriller directed by Roger Donaldson. The film tells the story of James Clayton, a student and experienced hacker who attracts the attention of intelligence agencies and is recruited into the CIA by mentioning the mysterious disappearance of his father in the 90s. James is trained by Walter Burke and becomes an undercover agent. He receives a task: to find a “mole” who is stealing a dangerous virus from Langley. The film was released in 2003 and has a running time of 115 minutes.

9) Slumdog Millionaire, 2008

Slumdog Millionaire (2008): A journey through life, luck, and the pursuit of a better life that can be reflected in the worlds of finance and investing.

“Slumdog Millionaire” is a crime melodrama filmed by directors Danny Boyle and Lovelin Tandan in 2008. The film is based on the novel “Q&A” by Indian writer Vikas Swarup. The main character Jamal Malik, an 18-year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, participates in the game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” and wins 20 million rupees. However, he is arrested on suspicion of fraud. During the interrogation, Jamal talks about his life in the slums, each chapter of which gave him the answers to all the questions on the game show. The film won eight Oscars, including Best Picture of the Year. It is associated with finance, since the main character won money in the TV game “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”.

10) Barbarians at the Gate, 1993

“Tycoon” (Barbarians at the Gate, 1993): About the battle for RJR Nabisco and corporate maneuvers in the world of financial purchasing.

Barbarians at the Gate is a 1993 HBO television film. The film is based on the book by Brian Burrow and John Helyar about the history of RJR Nabisco’s LBO. The main character, F. Ross Johnson, executive director of a large New York tobacco company, plans to buy all the shares at a low price and become the owner of the company. However, his plans are threatened by competition from Henry Kravitz and his cousin George Robertson. The rivalry is growing stronger, and RJR Nabisco is facing a coup.

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