Here is a list of my favourite movies with a financial theme. This is an off-beat listing and I have deliberately avoided movies with the words Wall Street in them! I have not listed trading based movies or business oriented movies like, The Insider, Barbarians at the Gates and many documentaries centered around Wall street or the 2008 crash. I am yet to see, the inside job. So it is not here.
I have also not listed many foreign language films (French, Korean etc.) which have a financial theme, for I have not watched any as yet.
This is not an exhaustive list of my favourites. When I ask myself to make a list, many wonderful movies escape my memory. This is all I could muster. All posters are from Wikipedia and all storylines and from IMDB.
Feel free to list your favourite finance themed movie in the comments section.
All posters are from Wikipedia and all storylines and from IMDB.
Double Indemnity (1944) - Life Insurance
Storyline: An insurance rep lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.
It's a wonderful life (1946) - Real Estate Loans
Storyline: An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.
Features my favourite actors James Stewart and Donna Reed. Saw it for the first time more than 20 years ago. When the movie ended, I locked myself in the bathroom and sobbed inconsolably in joy! A truly cathartic experience. It is a holiday season fav. So it should play in Star Movies this month.
Margin Call (2011) - Value At Risk
Storyline: Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the (2008) financial crisis.
Not exactly a classic but I saw it at a time when I had given up on movie watching and it revived the habit for me. So it is special.
Arbitrage (2012) - price convergence
Storyline: A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.
Many people believe that the title is incorrect and confusing, but I think it is absolutely brilliant.
Storyline: An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.
Extraordinary movie about selling pressure. A favourite.
The Pursuit of Happiness (2006)
Storyline: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor.
Not exactly a 'finance' movie but shows the struggles of a driven man with a dream, who has trouble meeting ends.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) - Ashal Jauhari
Storyline: Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Don't ask me why, but this movie remains me of Ashal Jauhari! It is the second most cathartic movie I have ever seen (Its a wonderful life, is the first, the dark knight is the third).
I will stop here with an uneasy feeling that this list is woefully incomplete.
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