Did you watch the Golden Globes last Sunday? They are my favorite way to kick off the awards season, and they help me determine if I need to head to the movie theater to see something amazing. I already know that I want to see American Hustle and Saving Mr. Banks, but Leonardo DiCaprio’s win for Wolf of Wall Street made me wonder if I should add that movie to the list. So this Friday, in honor of the latest movie about money and finance, I thought I would highlight my Top 10 Movies about money and finance.
10) The Secret of My Success – I was a HUGE Michael J. Fox fan growing up, and I loved the idea of Brantly working his way to the top from the mailroom.
9) Trading Places – This is not only a funny movie, but a great “David vs. Goliath” tale. I had a client once who was a commodities trader and I asked him if a day in his life was anything like this movie, and he said that some days it could be.
8) The Sting – One of my all-time favorite movies. I will never forget how shocked I felt at the end the first time I saw it. Plus, Robert Redford and Paul Newman really do make an awesomely sexy team.
7) The Money Pit – Although it does not take place on a trading floor or in a bank, I love this movie as a cautionary tale on the lessons of poor planning when it comes to home buying.
6) Quicksilver – I love this movie about Kevin Bacon losing his successful trading job and becoming forced to earn a living as a bike messenger.
5) Rogue Trader – This movie is a great reminder on how people on Wall Street will never learn. Despite the fact that this person took down a bank in 1995, we have had similar situations since at JP Morgan, UBS and others.
4) Too Big to Fail – As someone who was working for Bank of America when these activities were taking place, it felt like watching a documentary when watching this movie.
3) Working Girl – I remember watching this movie in high school and not really having a concept of what it was about, I just knew that I wanted Tess to prove everyone wrong in the end. Then I started working on a trading floor and helped finance mergers and acquisitions, and I had a whole new respect for Tess. Many M&A transactions started out with just an idea like Tess had and then spiraled into something more.
2) Boiler Room – Even though this movie was a fictionalized tale of a “chop shop,” what is frightening to know is that this is not a farfetched concept and I am sure that there are a number of boiler rooms around the country still. Buyer beware!
1) Wall Street – Even though I hate the idea of the tagline “Greed is Good,” Wall Street is filled with people who believe this. I know, I worked with many of them. Hence, the reason I left Wall Street.