19 financial movies and TV shows you must watch
Wall Street (1987)
A young stockbroker is lured into insider trading through his collaboration with the ruthless investor and corporate raider Gordon Gekko. The movie was the first in which a character uses a completely wireless mobile phone.
The Big Short (2015)
In 2006-2007, a group of investors took short positions towards the US mortgage market. During their research, they discover how deficient and corrupt the market is.
Black Monday (2019)
19 October 1987. Black Monday was the worst stock market crash in Wall Street history. This dark comedy series focus on a small stock brokerage firm, and has its own theory what caused the crash.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise as a rich stockbroker who lived the high life to his downfall, with crime and corruption.
Margin Call (2011)
This story follows the key people at an investment bank during 24 hours in the initial stages of the financial crisis of 2008.
Boiler Room (2000)
Seth, a college dropout, tries to live up to his father’s high expectations. He gets a job as a stockbroker at an investment firm on the outskirts of New York. But the job may not be as legitimate as it first seemed.
Rogue Trader (1999)
The story of Nick Leeson, an ambitious investment broker, who single-handedly bankrupted one of the oldest and most important banks in the UK.
Wall Street: Money never sleeps (2010)
Gordon Gekko is now out of jail, but still disrespected by his peers. He is working with his future son-in-law, an idealistic stockbroker, when he sees an opportunity to subdue a Wall Street enemy and rebuild his empire.
A cat-and-mouse game between federal prosecutor Chuck Rhoades and hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, set in New York’s financial and political world.
Young stockbrokers make their way into London’s financial world during the aftermath of the financial collapse of 2008. Relationships and sex, alongside life at the investment bank, sets the tone of the show.
The newly appointed CEO of a large European investment bank is working to hold on to power when an American hedge fund company tries to buy them up.
The Oil Fund (2018)
Humorous drama series centered around the Norwegian pension fund, lovingly called the “Oil Fund”. The fund was created to invest the enormous tax revenues generated by the Norwegian oil and gas industry. The show follows a few investors who work for the fund and invest billion after billion, all according to the rules for ethical investments, set by Norwegian politicians.
Too Big to Fail (2011)
Tells the story of the financial crisis of 2008, and the attempts to save the American bank Lehman Brothers. The movie follows, among others, Hank Paulson (Treasury secretary), Ben Bernanke (President of the US Federal Reserve) and Tim Geithner (President of New York Fed).
The Outsider (2016)
The rise and fall of an anonymous French stock trader who became a superstar, then scapegoat, just when the financial crisis in 2008 began to develop.
The Wizard of Lies (2017)
The fall of Bernie Madoff, whose pyramid scheme robbed $65 billion from unsuspecting stock investors. The largest fraud in US history. TV movie with Robert De Niro as Madoff.
Miniseries with the same story as “The Wizard of Lies”, here with Richard Dreyfuss as Bernie Madoff.
Other People’s Money (1991)
A corporate raider buys shares in an undervalued company, but falls in love with the founder’s stepdaughter, who is a lawyer, and sent to save the family business. Let the battle begin.
American Psycho (2000)
A wealthy New York investment bank manager hides his psychopathic, selfish side from his co-workers and friends as he delves into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.
Trading Places (1983)
A snobbish investor and a cunning street swindler get their lives exchanged as part of a bet between two heartless millionaires.