Business has become such an important topic in our corporate and social environment that companies and universities are no longer the only way to learn about financial management. Nowadays, we can also delve into the subject by watching movies about finances.

In this context, nothing is better than finding titles that have the right plot and show us a bit of the reality of the market! These films can help investors and industry professionals who are interested in deepening their knowledge in a practical and different way.

So, check out these films about finances that you should watch to go beyond the ordinary and learn a bit more about economics and business!

1. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

The recipient of five Oscar nominations, The Wolf of Wall Street tells the true story of the ambitious investor Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. After losing his job in a brokerage firm, Jordan creates his own company investing in junk stocks that aren’t listed on the stock market.

With this initiative, our protagonist gets rich quickly, but needs to reconcile his expenses and his extravagant lifestyle, which is one of the main reasons for the poor administration of his fortune.

2. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

The Pursuit of Happyness is a film that teaches us a great lesson: success depends solely on the effort of each individual. Based on a true story, the film depicts the life of Chris Gardner (Will Smith), an unsuccessful salesman, who abandons his wife with a five-year-old son to raise.

Despite financial difficulties, and even after getting a non-paid internship, Chris Gardner faces challenges and dedicates himself entirely to his work, outshining all of his competitors and achieving success, even though his circumstances are precarious.

3. Inside Job (2010)

The 2008 crisis was a subject that shook the financial world in all possible ways. But it’s through the documentary Inside Job that you’ll learn the details and consequences of this crisis and the reactions of various people who lost their jobs and homes.

In a very realistic manner, this film narrated by Matt Damon investigates the relationship of politicians, journalists and other professionals linked to the financial markets, to understand each one’s involvement and the steps that led to this situation.

Ideal for investors, watching this film is important to understand how crises are treated in the real world.

4. Wall Street (1987)

Even though it’s the oldest film in this list, Wall Street is a direct film that shows the dark side of the financial market.
Themes like a lack of ethics and professionalism are depicted in this film which traces the rise of Bud (Charlie Sheen) and his corrupt boss played by Michael Douglas.

Obsessed with becoming rich, the protagonists reveal a bit of what happens behind the scenes in banks and large corporations, showing the temptations that can waylay those interested in honest work.

5. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

The story revolves around Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), who is arrested for conducting financial fraud. After spending a few years in prison, Gekko decides to give lectures and write a book about his journey. In the meantime, Jacob Moore (Shia LaBeouf), husband of his daughter Winnie (Carey Mulligan), asks for his help to deal with the market. Gekko, with the intention of getting closer to his daughter, decides to help him.

Aimed at showing the day-to-day lives of those who work in the stock market and how the lack of knowledge can be fatal to an inexperienced investor, this film is a good choice for those who want to know well all the situations presented by the market.

6. Moneyball (2012)

Here we see Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), who runs a baseball team, the Oakland Athletics, alongside Peter Brand (Jonah Hill). The duo creates a statistics-based system to improve the performance of their players, and invest in average sportsmen using the data obtained. With that, the team is able to participate in major championships.

Based on a true story, the film is a great choice to understand more about the financial behind-the-scenes of the sports world – in addition to showing how planning is important to achieve good results.

7. Margin Call (2011)

The 2011 film mainly focuses on the power of information and how economic crises affect the business environment. Its story is centered on 3 characters – Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto), Seth Bregman (Penn Badgley) and Will Emerson (Paul Bettany) – employees of the risk sector of a brokerage firm that is undergoing layoffs.

While picking up the elevator with a recently dismissed employee, Peter receives a pen drive with sensitive information about the company: an analysis on the volatility of the firm, indicating that the risk limit had already exceeded a long time ago. Thanks to this information, an emergency meeting is held with the main sectors to solve the situation.

8. The Big Short (2015)

Based on the great housing crisis that hit the United States in 2008 and had great consequences worldwide, this film shows how bad times can sometimes be opportunities.

Michael Burry (Christian Bale) owns a midsize company and decides to invest a large portion of the fund he manages in a possible crisis of the American real estate system. This decision, however, causes some reactions in other investors, such as Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling).

Seeing an opportunity in the crisis, Vennett decides to offer this investment opportunity to his clients – including Mark Baum (Steve Carell), a brokerage firm owner who has been in trouble since his brother’s suicide. Parallel to these stories, the film also follows two new investors who realize the prospect of profiting from the crisis and go after a Wall Street recluse guru, Ben Rickert (Brad Pitt), to help them.

Well, now you already have 8 choices of films about finances to improve your knowledge about the business world! As we have seen, each one has its approach and focus, but all complement each other in the learning process.

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