20 films about finance and stock trading

The cruel behind-the-scenes world of millionaires and big money, dizzying ups and downs – a world where daily enrichment and ruin occur against the backdrop of human dramas and global crises. Our selection contains the most interesting foreign films about traders, the stock exchange and Wall Street, which are worth watching for fans of stories about gambling hostages of the golden calf.

Default (2018)

In the summer of 1997, South Korea was on the verge of an economic crisis caused by the depreciation of the national currency. Instead of warning citizens about the coming crisis, the government is trying to enlist the help of the West. Investors decided to cash in on the misfortune, and the inhabitants of yesterday’s prosperous prosperous country faced unemployment and bankruptcy. The honest historical drama about finance and the stock exchange became the leader of the box office in South Korea in the first week, and the number of viewers exceeded one million people.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Gukgabudoeui nal

Genre:
Drama, history

Actors:
Kim Hye-soo, Yu A-in, Ho Jun-ho, Cho Woo-jin, Vincent Cassel …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Liar Great and Terrible (2017)

The events of the film based on real events about investments and finances revolve around the loudest scam in recent years in America. Broker Bernard Madoff admits to his sons that his entire company is one big lie, a cover for a financial pyramid. The swindler on the denunciation of children is arrested, followed by a high-profile lawsuit, revelations, the anger of deceived investors and business partners. The schemer, who could not stop, faces a maximum prison term of 150 years.

Original title:
The Wizard of Lies

Genre:
Drama, crime, biography

Actors:
Robert De Niro, Diana Enriquez, Nathan Darrow, Michelle Pfeiffer …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Wall Street Hunter (2016)

An experienced employee of an elite recruitment agency Dane Jenson is a real predator. He is not too picky about the means to achieve his goals: unfair competition and slander are common methods in business where human resources become a commodity. He cannot be called an exemplary family man, especially when a long-awaited promotion is at stake. But in the struggle for the director’s position, fragile family happiness can become a bargaining chip. Career or family – what is really important to him? The cynical headhunter will have to make a choice.

Original title:
A Family Man

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Gerard Butler, Gretchen Mol, Alison Bri…

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Financial Monster (2016)

The protagonist of the tense psychological thriller, Lee Gates, is a charming TV presenter and “Wizard of Wall Street” who gives advice to viewers on financial transactions on the stock exchange. But during a live broadcast, an unknown person bursts into the studio with a gun and explosives. desperate terrorist has come to find out the truth about the shady deal in which he lost the last of his money and punish those responsible.

Original title:
Money Monster

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Big Short (2015)

Financial analyst Michael Berry predicts that the huge US mortgage bubble will soon burst, plunging America and the rest of the world into a financial crisis. And he decides to make money on the stock exchange by betting on a decrease in the market. Following him, several Wall Street financiers make similar predictions. Drama based on real events in the list of the best films about stocks, stock exchanges and finance – the picture has five Oscar nominations, a high rating and positive reviews from viewers.

Original title:
The Big Short

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Traders (2015)

The bold Irish drama asks the question of what a man is ready to do when he is driven to despair. Vernon Stein, a former employee of a bankrupt trading company, after a series of unsuccessful startups, decides on a risky criminal adventure. Together with a former colleague and a bankrupt trader, he organizes a business where the subject of bargaining is not securities or real estate, but human life.

Original title:
Traders

Genre:
Thriller, crime

Actors:
Killian Scott, John Bradley, Nick McGuigan …

Country:
Ireland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
18+


The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

One of the best modern films about financial fraud on the stock exchange, based on the biography of the infamous speculator Jordan Belfort. The assertive and charismatic stockbroker Belfort has already made $49 million at the age of 26 by manipulating cheap stocks. He opens his own company and becomes a business shark, getting into a crazy whirlpool of adrenaline scams, fabulous money, drugs , cheating and orgies.

Original title:
The Wolf of Wall Street

Genre:
Drama, crime, biography, comedy

Actors:
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Capital (2012)

An ambitious bank manager and favorite of the chief, Mark Tournay, is appointed head of an international bank in place of a retired director. Not wanting to obey the board of directors, the hero decided to take the reins of government into his own hands. He quickly steps into the role, managing the finances and laying off thousands of employees to please American shareholders. The applicant for sole power collects compromising information on former friends, weaves risky intrigues and suspects conspiracies everywhere.

Original title:
Le capital

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Gad Elmaleh, Gabriel Byrne, Natasha Renier …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


My Piece of the Pie (2011)

The top best films about economics and finance continue with a comedy drama about an unemployed mother of many children from Dunkirk. France goes to work in Paris and gets a job as a housekeeper for a successful broker Stefan. A woman takes a liking to her employer, but suddenly learns that he and his colleagues have closed the factory where she worked and ruined her life. And now a cruel plan of revenge is ripening in her head.

Original title:
Ma part du gâteau

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Karin Viar, Gilles Lellouche, Audrey Lamy …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Risk Limit (2011)

America, 2008 Several analysts at the bankrupt investment bank found that the country would soon face an imminent crisis. The collapse of the stock market can be their salvation and disaster for millions of ordinary citizens. In one night, they have to make the most difficult decision of their lives. A tense psychological drama with an interesting plot, nominated for an Oscar, does not let go until the very end, inflaming the situation to the limit.

Original title:
Margin Call

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Too Cool to Fail (2011)

The crisis of 2008 seriously hit the global economy, reflected in realistic films about financiers. Based on investigative journalism , this biographical drama follows events on Wall Street and in government offices on the eve of the crisis. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is seeking to contain the looming chaos by channeling funds to buy risky mortgage assets from the biggest banks in the country, whose failure would mean the collapse of the American economy.

Original title:
Too Big to Fail

Genre:
Drama, biography, history

Actors:
William Hurt, Edward Asner, Billy Crudup…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Bankruptcy (2010)

Talented trader Erwan Kermor invents a new and very risky way to make money on the stock exchange, based on climate research. Noticing that serious shocks in the world of finance are reflected in the chart of natural phenomena, the hero begins to predict the behavior of the market. Kermore opens his own business, and it is gradually gaining crazy momentum, because in his hands are the keys to the global economy.

Original title:
Krach

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Gilles Lellouche, Vaina Giocante, Qamar Abbas…

Country:
Canada, Belgium, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 4.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Wall Street: Money Don’t Sleep (2010)

Former trader Gordon Gekko is released from prison after serving time for financial fraud. Jacob Moore is an honest young financier who dreams of a brilliant career and marriage to Winnie, the daughter of Gekko, who has not spoken to her father for many years. The impending economic crisis puts the bank where Jacob works on the brink of ruin, and the hero decides to turn to Gordon Gekko for help, without even knowing what he is getting into.

Original title:
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Overheard (2009)

Three Chinese police officers are investigating stock exchange fraud by listening in on the communications of employees of an influential company. But, having received valuable information about a possible increase in the value of shares, the heroes succumb to the temptation and decide to use them for personal gain. Soon, the leak is discovered and the auction is suspended, and the police are under suspicion, incurring the wrath of the big mafia bosses.

Original title:
Sit ting fung wan

Genre:
Thriller, crime

Actors:
Sean Lau, Louis Koo, Daniel Wu …

Country:
Hong Kong, Singapore, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Strategy (2009)

Aspiring self-taught trader Kang Hyun-soo, after five years of painstaking work, finally breaks the jackpot, and at the same time the plans of a serious criminal group. Now the angry gangsters, who have planned to pull off a major scam on the stock exchange, force Hyun-soo to participate in their fraud. Will the hero be able to get out of the web of intrigue and betrayal? The action-packed thriller of 2009 was the first South Korean film about stock trading and investors, a new successful genre experiment.

Original title:
Jakjeon

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Park Yong-ha, Kim Min-jong, Park Hee-soon …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.3

Age limit:
16+


Boiler Room (2000)

This fast-paced feature film about trading and stock exchanges centers on Seth Davis, a college dropout. Wanting to get rich quick on stock trading, he plunges into the hot weekdays of the American stock exchange. By selling shares of non-existent companies, the company is getting richer every day. And large dividends and the purchase of a luxury car have almost managed to lull the broker’s conscience. But can the hero come to terms with the fact that he profits from the deception of ordinary people, destroying their lives?

Original title:
Boiler Room

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Nia Long, Ben Affleck…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Conman (1999)

Young aspiring financier Nick Leeson becomes a clerk at the respected British bank Berings. Nick is soon put in charge of exchange transactions in the Singapore branch. A rapid career rise, high incomes and a beautiful life quickly turned the hero’s head, and his uncontrolled actions turn into big losses for the bank.

Original title:
Rogue Trader

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime, history

Actors:
Christian Solimeno, Ewan McGregor, Lorna Pegler …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Companion (1996)

Smart and energetic financier Laurel Iris is hampered by the stupid prejudices of businessmen on Wall Street, where men dominate and a black woman simply cannot be trusted. And so Laurel invents a successful partner – a white man, Robert Cutty, on behalf of whom she allegedly conducts business. A light adventurous movie with sparkling humor gives a powerful charge of positive and looks in one breath.

Original title:
The Associate

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Whoopi Goldberg, Dianne Wiest, Eli Wallach …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.1

Age limit:
16+


Dealers (1989)

Employees of the London branch of an American bank are shocked by the suicide of one of the leading employees of the company, but they are eager to take his place. Promising broker Daniel Pascoe is looking for a promotion, but his superiors send meticulous and methodical careerist Anna Schumann to help him, so that together they pull the company out of the crisis. Daniel is annoyed by distrust and decides to get rid of a competitor. The British film about finance and traders shows from the inside how the mechanisms of brokerage companies work.

Original title:
Dealers

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Paul McGann, Rebecca De Mornay, Derrick O’Connor …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.5

Age Limits :
18+


Wall Street (1987)

Ambitious broker Bud Fox negotiates a dirty deal with experienced swindler Gordon Gekko. He gives Gekko insider information about the company where his father works. And Gekko provides him with a rapid career growth. But blinded by quick victories, Fox will soon learn the real price of success. The award-winning and critically acclaimed film brought the lead actor Michael Douglas an Oscar and a Golden Globe, and became a benchmark for stock and financial cinema.

Original title:
Wall Street

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


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I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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