- 1 How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (1967)
- 2 The Godfather (1972)
- 3 Wall Street (1987)
- 4 Jerry Maguire (1996)
- 5 A Perfect Murder (1998)
- 6 American Psycho (2000)
- 7 Boiler Room (2000)
- 8 The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
- 9 Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
- 10 The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
- 11 The Big Short (2015)
One of the reasons many are still confused with money matters such as budgeting, basic personal finance, loans, and investing is because there are a lot of terms to remember and complicated issues to watch out for. However, gaining knowledge about these topics can do wonders to help you manage your money wisely and more effectively, especially when you understand the concepts, know how they work, and not just know the words.
But who said that getting your finances in order should be boring and confusing? Get on the right path to your own financial journey the fun and easy way with the help of educational and entertaining resources like movies. Whether you believe the cliché “money makes the world go round” or not, you can’t deny that money and the financial industry are such complex subjects, inspiring many filmmakers to create compelling stories for the big screen.
Here are some popular movies that are a must-watch for anyone who wants to understand what it’s like to be in various financial situations, or for any movie junkie, really. They range from real financial scandals to intriguing stories that revolve around money, as well as insights into the wild world of the financial industry.
How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (1967)
This musical comedy is about a window cleaner who worked hard to climb the corporate ladder armed only with determination and creativity.
The Godfather (1972)
This critically-acclaimed crime film chronicles how the head of a gangster family transfers control of his organized crime empire to his reluctant son. While one should never resort to committing crime, this is a good example of how having good negotiation and bargaining skills can help you land on beneficial deals.
Wall Street (1987)
Wall Street is about a young, ambitious stockbroker who will do anything to get to the top, even if that means trading on illegal inside information and training under a high-rolling, corrupt corporate raider.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
While this movie teaches us that there is more to life than money, it also shows us that we can reach our personal and financial goals by working and living ethically.
A Perfect Murder (1998)
A remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic, Dial M for Murder, this movie deals with leveraging in two ways: the protagonist over-leverages his fortune for a business deal that backfired, and he also leverages his wife’s paramour’s dirty secrets to blackmail the latter into killing the wife who is a multi-million dollar heiress.
American Psycho (2000)
American Psycho is about a wealthy investment banker in New York who has a dark, psychopathic secret. The movie gives us a peek into the strange world of the elite finance executives.
Boiler Room (2000)
Boiler Room revolves around the story of a college dropout who joins a team of fraudulent brokers who make it big by closing sales through illegitimate means.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
The Pursuit of Happyness is based on the true rags-to-riches story of entrepreneur Christopher Gardner. His heartwarming story highlights his struggles as a homeless salesman while raising his son and how he succeeds to become a brokerage owner.
Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
The protagonist of the movie is a financial journalist who ironically has a shopping addiction that led her into a number of mishaps, including being buried in 12 credit card debts. The movie shows how she bounces back and repays all her debts, while also recovering from her addiction.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort and his career as a stockbroker in New York City. The biographical movie is centered on Jordan’s rise and fall and his Stratton Oakmont firm’s involvement in fraud and corruption on Wall Street.
The Big Short (2015)
This biographical movie is based on the U.S. housing bubble and the financial crisis of 2007-2008. It explains financial terms and concepts comically through cameo appearances by different celebrities.
Or perhaps you don’t have much time for a movie marathon and prefer reading? Besides numerous books, websites, and blogs that explain finance terms and managing money for beginners, comics are also sources of fascinating, substantial stories told through visually stimulating graphics and action-packed adventures. The Team Mobius comics, for example, is a comic that helps readers of all ages and backgrounds get a grasp of the dangers and consequences of poor money management and financial illiteracy.
It’s never too early or too late to start setting your goals towards a better financial life. These stories do not only provide insight to jargons and situations you should understand, but they are also presented through inspiring and relatable scenarios you could imagine yourself in.